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 This week parsha podcast from Rabbi Agishtein is available here:

Introducing - Sip Shmooze & Seek for all the women of the Shul - see the flyer below for more details.  

Rabbi Agishtein invites all the teen boys for an Oneg at his house at 9:30pm.  

Kiddush is sponsored by Gertsberg Family on occasion of Bentzion going to Israel

Father and Son learning at 5:00 PM. This week father and son learning is sponsored by Meyerson family. 

Please let Heritage office know at if you would like to be a storyteller or to sponsor future Father and Son learning and Thursday Night Mishmor. Cost is 0. 

Tisha Bav Schedule 

Shabbos Aug 6th:

Avos Ubonim 5 pm 
Mincha at 5:45
There will be no Shalosh Seudos at Shul 
Fast starts at 8:02 pm 
9:02 pm - Say Boruch Hamavdil, change into Tisha Bav shoes, etc  
Maariv 9:30 pm
Eicha followed by Kinnos at 9:40 pm 

Sunday, Aug 7th

Shachris 9 am 

Kinnos & speeches 9:45 am
Chatzos 12:57 pm 
Shiur on the Gemaros of Tisha B`av 7 pm 
Mincha 7:30 pm (bring Tallis & Teffilin)
Maariv 8:30 pm 
Fast ends at 8:52 pm  
The Halachos of Tish B`av on Sunday

Shabbos Afternoon: Aug 6th - 9th of Av

Regular Shalosh Seudos - There is no Seudas Hamfsekes so we do not eat the customary bread & egg (תקנב:י).

The fast begins at Shkia 8:02 pm. Everyone must finish eating & drinking before this time.

Continue wearing Shabbos clothing, leather shoes and sitting on regular chairs - until the end of Shabbos - 9:02 PM (תקנג:ב קו”ה ע’ רפג)

Havdalah - Although proper Havdalah will be made on Sunday night, one must say “Boruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh L’chol” before doing Melocha, changing into weekday attire and putting on Tisha Bav shoes. One should also make a Borei M’orie Haish on a Havdalah candle as this can only be done on Motzei Shabbos.

Nursing or pregnant women, or anyone else who needs to break their fast, must make a full Havdalah (minus the Brocho on Besomim) before eating. A cup of tea, coffee, orange juice or coke should be used instead of wine.

Sunday Night: Aug 7th - 10th of Av

Havdalah - no Brocho on Besomim or fire ( תקנו:א). Wine or grape juice can be used.

Since this year the fast was pushed off till Sunday, washing clothing, bathing, and haircuts are permitted as soon as the fast finishes.

One should wait until the morning (you do not need to wait till Chatzos) before eating meat, drinking wine or listening to music.

Weekly Torah

This Parashah begins the last of the Five Books of The Torah, Sefer Devarim. This Book is also called Mishneh Torah, literally `the Repetition of The Torah (and hence the Greek/English title of Deuteronomy). Sefer Devarim relates what Moshe told the Beney Yisrael during the last five weeks of his life, as they prepared to cross the Jordan into Erets Yisrael. Moshe reviews the mitsvot, stressing the change of lifestyle they are about to undergo: from the miraculous, supernatural existence of the desert under his guidance to the apparently natural way of life they will experience under Yehoshua`s leadership in Erets Yisrael. The central theme of this week is the sin of the spies, the meraglim. The Parashah opens with Moshe hinting to the sins of the previous generation who have died in the 40 years of wandering in the desert. He gives the Beney Yisrael a description of what would have happened if they hadn`t sinned by sending spies into Erets Yisrael. He tells them that HaShem would have given them all of the land from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates including the lands of Amon, Moav, and Edom without needing to fight. He details the subtle sins that culminate in the sin of the spies, and reviews at length the sin of the spies and the results of that sin: the entire generation was to die in the desert, that Moshe would not enter Erets Yisrael, but rather they would be led by Yehoshua bin Nun. He reminds them that their immediate reaction to HaShem`s decree was to want to `go up and fight` to redress the sin. He recounts how they wouldn`t listen when he told them not to go because they no longer merited to vanquish their enemies miraculously. They ignored him and suffered a massive defeat. They were not allowed to fight with the kingdoms of Esav, Moav or Amon -- these lands were not to be part of the map of Erets Yisrael in the meantime. When the conquest of Canaan will begin with Sichon and Og, it will need to be in the natural way of warfare.


Shabbos Information

This week`s Torah chapter is Devarim

This Friday, August 5

Mincha will be at 7:00 PM

Candle lighting will be at 7:53 PM

Shabbos, August 6

Shabbos Morning class by Rabbi Agishtein and Rabbi Zaslavsky will be at 8:30 AM

Shachris will be at 9:00 AM

Heritage kids program will be from 9:30 AM to 11 AM

Rabbi Zuckerman 10-minute class for kids and adults right after Shachris

Kiddush is sponsored by Gertsberg Family on occasion of Bentzion going to Israel

sponsor Kiddush

Father and Son learning will be at 5:00 PM

No Class of Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Zusis 

Mincha will be at 5:45 PM

Maariv will be at 9:30 PM

Weekly Davening


Monday - Friday - 7:00 AM


Monday - Thursday - 7:50 PM

Alex Turik
August 6
Michael Khvilovsky
August 9
Naomi Turetsky
August 10
Amiel Volinsky
August 10
Alexander Meyerson
August 11
Mike and Lena Goizman
August 4
Michael and Rivka Chastkofsky
August 5
Avi and Isabel Lev
August 5
David Yelkonovich
David Velvel ben Yosef Issur
August 4 
Gregory Bondarenko
Gersh ben Yosef
August 6 
Illya Leshchinskaya
Illya bas Gershon
August 10




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24 hour crisis line

Culturally sensitive individual and group counseling

Legal information & court support

Financial assistance

Rabbinical & community advocacy & training

Information & referrals

Community prevention & educational programs

Mission Statement

SHALVA's mission is to address domestic abuse in Jewish homes and relationships through counseling and education.

Core Values

The following reflect our core values that are the never-changing definition of who we are and what we stand for. They are the underpinnings of our organizational culture.

SHALVA's philosophy and services are rooted in Jewish values.

Maintaining the strictest level of safety and confidentiality

Providing high-quality services in a supportive environment

Being physically and financially accessible to all Jewish abuse victims

Serving all clients with the utmost sensitivity to their religious observance

Helping clients regain their dignity and sense of self

Founded in 1986, SHALVA provides free domestic abuse crisis-counseling for adult women in the Chicago Jewish community.

"We believe that every Jewish woman has the right to be safe in her personal relationship with her partner."

Agency Overview

SHALVA is the oldest independent Jewish domestic abuse agency in the United States and has been instrumental in facilitating national and international dialogues on the specific needs of Jewish families experiencing domestic violence. SHALVA carries out its mission by working to create "a zero tolerance" for domestic abuse in the Jewish community.

SHALVA'S first executive director was Sherry Dimarsky. In 1986, SHALVA's first year of existence, 24 clients were served. Since then, SHALVA has worked with over 4,000 clients from every denomination of Judaism that seek assistance for domestic abuse. Over the years, SHALVA has grown to include free counseling services in the form of crisis-counseling, ongoing individual, support and educational groups.

SHALVA works in partnership with domestic abuse agencies throughout the Chicago metropolitan area to increase awareness around culturally-specific Jewish issues and to serve as a resource specializing in Chicago's Jewish population. SHALVA's community education programs reach more than 3,400 people annually throughout the Jewish community and our newsletter is sent to over 19,500 homes biannually. Since 1986, SHALVA volunteers and staff have educated thousands of individuals about violence in Jewish relationships. SHALVA staff trains Rabbis, police officers, hospital social workers, camp counselors, teachers, friends and family of victims in order to increase education and community awareness about domestic abuse, to inform the public about SHALVA's counseling and education services, and to promote advocacy around the issue of domestic abuse.


Contact Us

Tel #: 773-583-HOPE (4673)

Fax #: 847-674-0180


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 46375

Chicago, IL 60646-0375

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National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)