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55+ Social Group

Or Shalom's 55+ Social Group was created to better meet the needs of this enthusiastic demographic in our community at large. Members and nonmembers come together several times a year for a variety of programs and events. This group is self-run and programming reflects the groups interests.

Join us as we socialize, have a nosh, and get to know each other. Participate in programming that engages the heart and mind as we gather several times during the year to discuss all issues that make the "world go round," current events, music, book reviews, comedy, Israel and more hot topics!

55+ Social Club membership dues are now FREE! Non-temple members are welcome to join this group. Please email Bill at or call the temple office at 847-362-1948 to sign up!

201819 Programs

Somewhere in Europe: The WWII Letters of Sam Lesner
Wednesday, October 10, 7 p.m.

A Book Talk by the Editors Roberta Lesner Bernstein and Judy Lesner Holstein

Sam Lesner was the award-winning movie critic of the Chicago Daily News from 1945 until the newspaper’s folding in 1978. He had worked at the Daily News, mainly as a reviewer of theater, music and night life, from 1928 until he was drafted into the Army in February 1944. For the next 20 months, he served in the Army Medical Corps of the 130th General Hospital in the ETO, returning to the Daily News in November 1945, when he was offered the dual positions of movie critic and night- life critic. 

In 2004, his daughters accidentally found this box, long after his passing in 1990, and embarked upon the task of fulfilling his plan to put his letters into a book.

Veterans’ Shabbat
Friday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.

Intergenerational Event (w/Jew Crew)
Sunday, November 18, 5–7 p.m.

Why Do Prayer Melodies Change? with Cantorial Soloist Laurie Akers
Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m.

Jewish Life Cleaning: Tips to Organize & Downsize with Denise Kaplan
Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.

If you are overwhelmed by the prospect of cleaning out and organizing a lifetime of accumulated possessions and the thought of moving (suddenly or otherwise), this class is for you!

Trivia Challenge
Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Sun, May 26 2019 21 Iyar 5779