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Lifelong Learning - 25th Anniversary of the Congregation Programming

The central focus of learning at Congregation Sukkat Shalom is the exploration of personal journeys of faith. We believe that spiritual growth and the acquisition of knowledge constitute a quest and not an answer — a journey, not a destination.

A Special Series of Adult Education Events in Celebration of Sukkat Shalom's 25 years


October 15 -  Noon, Virtual Wilmette Book Club

“Address Unknown” by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor

When it first appeared in Story magazine in 1938, this epistolary story became an immediate social phenomenon and literary sensation. Published in book form a year later and banned in Nazi Germany, it garnered high praise in the United States and much of Europe. Download the PDF at


October 21, Noon - Virtual Downtown Lunch and Learn

Author Larry Tye, known for his biographies of Edward Bernays ,Satchel Paige, andRobert F. Kennedy, will speak on the reign of fear and chaos unleashed by Senator Joseph McCarthy.


October 28 - Noon Virtual Senior Men's Lunch Group 

Pre-election discussion with Rabbi Gordon and Sukkat Shalom member and political consultant, John Kupper.


November 12 - Noon, Virtual Wilmette Book Club

“The Butcher of Desire; or Imagining Philip Roth” by Sam Apple in Tablet Magazine (June 8, 2015): and “‘I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting’; or, Looking at Kafka” by Philip Roth in Reading Myself and Others (1975) *PDF will be provided*


November 15, 7:00 pm - Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome, by Zoom

Join Professor Susannah Heschel, Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College, a past guest scholar for Sukkat Shalom, as she reviews the inside story of Masada. Professior Heschel, a Guggenheim Fellow, is an author and editor of numerous books and articles, recipient of academic awards and honorary doctorates, and daughter of Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the leading Jewish theologians and philosophers of the 20th century.

December 9, Noon - Virtual Downtown Lunch and Learn

Dr. Peter Hayes, Northwestern Universtiy Emeritus Professor of History and German, will speak on the conduct of Germany's largest corporations during the Third Reich. 


December 10, 2020, Noon - Virtual Wilmette Book Club

“Operation Tamar” by Omer Friedlander in The Common (April 27, 2020):

“Alte Sachen” by Omer Friedlander in The Chicago Tribune (June 19, 2020)

“Jellyfish in Gaza” by Omer Friedlander in the Baltimore Review (Winter 2020)


March 7, 2021, 7:00pm - Guest Scholar, Bruce Feiler

Recommended Books by Rabbi Gordon

Sat, July 24 2021 15 Av 5781