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Our Synagogue is Open; Our Building is Closed

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

We are Congregation Sukkat Shalom, a shelter of peace. A sukkah is a simple structure, impermanent, fragile, and open. The imagery of a sukkah was central to the message we were trying to send in the early years after the founding of our congregation. For...Read more...

No Rush to Return to "Normal"

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

These are truly challenging times. Due to the current pandemic, we have had to shelter at home, avoid human contact with those outside our immediate family, and close our...Read more...

How Jewish History Helps Us Understand These Current Times

by Rabbi Samuel Gordon

The story is told about an encounter between Henry Kissinger and Chou En Lai. Kissinger, knowing Chou was a student of history, asked him about the impact of the French Revolution. Chou answered: “Too soon to...Read more...

Covid 19 Letter

by Rabbi Samuel Gordon

We find ourselves in uncharted waters. It is far too early to know the long term impact of this Coronavirus pandemic. We pray for the health and wellbeing of all of you, your families, and dear ones. At Sukkat Shalom we are taking every precautionary...Read more...

Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Rainbow Push Chicago Breakfast, Keynote Address

by Rabbi Samuel Gordon

January 20, 2020

I ask you to imagine for a moment that Dr. King is with us this morning. It is not so impossible a thought. He would have been 91. Now imagine the breakfast is over, and Dr. King goes upstairs out the front door of this hotel and walks onto Wacker Drive. If he looks to the north, he...Read more...

Anti-Semitism Today - Kol Nidre 2019

by Rabbi Samuel Gordon

October 8, 2019

This past October, I led an interfaith trip to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan composed of a little over two dozen congregants of Sukkat Shalom and First Congregational Church of Wilmette. It was a wonderful pilgrimage with our...Read more...

On Living a Life of Meaning - Yom Kippur Morning 2019

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

On Living a Life of Meaning

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Opening our Hearts to the Sacred - Erev Rosh Hashanah 2019

by Rabbi Carlie Daniels

I’m wondering: Why are you here this evening? Yes, I know it’s Erev Rosh Hashanah. I know that some of you are here because your parents made you come. And some are here because even though your parents or grandparents died many years ago, their voice still echoes loudly in your head, they...Read more...

A Parable for Family School

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

The Tree of Knowing and The Tree of Life

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Remarks of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sukkat Shalom Service of Healing, 10/29/18

Rev. Jesse Jackson

We share this pain together

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Archives of a Past Battle - Yom Kippur Morning 2018

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Archives of a Past Battle

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Saving the Children - Rosh Hashanah Morning 2018

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Saving the Children

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Finding Holiness in the Broken Pieces - Erev Rosh Hashanah 2018

Rabbi Carlie Weisbrod Daniels

Kol Nidre 5779  That Which Changes That Which Remains the Same--September 18, 2018

Rabbi Samuel N Gordon

That Which Changes That Which Remains the Same

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Gaza and Jerusalem

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Gaza and Jerusalem

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#Metoo - Sarai's Story

Rabbi Carlie Weisbrod Daniels

#MeToo Sarai's Story

Friday, October 27, 2017 

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Naming Evil

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Naming Evil

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Who by Fire, Who by Water

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Who by Fire, Who by Water

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Zachor: History and Memory

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Zachor: History and Memory

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Embracing Dissent: Moving Beyond our Filter Bubbles

Rabbi Carlie Weisbrod Daniels

Embracing Dissent: Moving Beyond our Filter Bubbles

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After Charlottesville 

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

After Charlottesville

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