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The Persian Hebrew Congregation

The Persian Hebrew Congregation

Shabbat P’ Tzav & Shabbat HaGadol (The Shabbat before Pesach)

April 3 - April 6, 2020

Shabbat “HaGadol” Shalom!

Please let us all try to keep the Shabbat on the highest level possible!


There is no Beit Kenesset this week.

May we return very soon to our beloved Beit Kenesset.


On behalf of the Persian Hebrew Congregation we would like to offer our sincere condolences to Randi & Bennett Israel and family on the passing of Randi’s dear mother, Beverly Evelyn Donenberg, Itai Benai bat Velvel & Michal, Aleha HaShalom.

There will be no traditional Shiva visitation.

There will be a “Zoom Shiva” on Monday evening at 7:30-8:00pm.

The link is HERE.

Meeting ID: 636 777 973

One tap mobile
+13126266799, 636777973# US (Chicago)


Other options instead of an actual Shiva visit, will be calling by phone (H) 847 677 4961 or condolence card in the regular mail.


It is a good idea to read the parsha of the week from a chumash.

In the Artscroll Stone Chumashim it is page 568.

The Haftara is a special one this week, for Shabbat HaGadol found on page 1220.


B'Ezrat Hashem we are planning to have a Zoom Class on the topic of "Pesach this Year".

It will be at 7:00pm on Sunday evening, April 5.

Click HERE to join the class.

Meeting ID: 636 777 973

One tap mobile
+13126266799, 636777973# US (Chicago)


Our Pesach Schedule will be coming out shortly.


Shabbat Schedule

Shir HaShirim ‑ 6:50pm

Candle Lighting ‑ 6:59pm

Friday Afternoon Mincha ‑ 7:00pm

Shacharit ‑ 8:40am

(Actually it is very good to pray the Shemona Esrei of Shacharit at sunrise which this Shabbat is 6:27am, if you can.)

Earliest time for Mincha on Shabbat is 1:32pm

Start eating Seudat Shelishit before 7:20pm

Havdala: 8:11pm


During the month of Nissan there is no Tachanun in our daily prayers.


If you would like to sponsor a Kiddush, chullent or a Seudat Shelishit we may have to wait until after Pesach.


A time for Chessed…

In a time of isolation and quarantine let us try to reach out to each other a little more and please remember to check on people who may be elderly or living alone.


If you have not completed your Sale Chametz form please do so by Monday afternoon.

Here is a link.

We have already sent it out via email and What’sApp. If you have any difficulty downloading it please contact the Rabbi.


Please donate to our Maot Chitim Pesach Fund Charity:

There is a special Mitzvah of giving Tzedaka to help families in need before Pesach (also called Maot Chitim or Kimcha D’ Pischa) and especially this year due the Coronavirus Pandemic.

There is a collection in the city in general (as sent out in a previous email), but we are also collecting for our community itself.

If anyone would like to contribute please make out a check to the Persian Hebrew Congregation and please write “PHC Chessed Fund” in the memo. 

Please let the Rabbi know that you are sending a check and how much. This will help us appropriate the funds in a proper manner.

Please send the check to the following address:

Att: Rabbi Hamaoui

3547 Arcadia Street

Evanston IL, 60203

Thank you, to all those who have already contributed to this Mitzvah.


Refuah Sheleima List:

Let us pray that all those that are sick, especially from COVID-19, should have a recovery and all those that are healthy should remain healthy.

May Hashem bring a swift end to this plague.

If you have a name of a person that needs a refuah sheleima, you may reply to this email with the name of the person.

Gavriel Moshe ben Israel, Rachel bat Michal, Peninah Leah bat Sara Aliza, Eliana Miriam bat Sara Aliza, Ester bat Sara Khatoon, Bracha Esther bat Sarah, Adam ben Chanah Meira, Eliezer ben Leah, Rochelle Chamshana bat Atirsa Tirza, Nava’h bat Sarah, Klonomis Yehuda ben Esther Yechet, Chanit Rivka bat Ashira Yehudit, Devorah bat Bela, Claudy bat Muzli, Yehoshua Motte ben Mira, Chaim ben Meir, Eitan ben Chana, HaRav Yom Tov Yitzchak Ben Rissel, Leah bat Machla Rivka, Yitzchak ben Tavuos, Motaran ben Tavous, Baruch Ezra ben Eshrat, Farrah bat Parvaneh, Liba Ruth bat Dina, Tziporah Miriam bat Mazal, Soosan bat Zaman, Yoel ben Rachel, Eliezer Shalom Zelig ben Tzivia Dina, Elka Freidel Bat Chana Gittel, Aron Yankel ben Roza Riva, Betzalel Meir ben Sarah, Devorah Chaya bat Rachel and David ben Miriam.

If the person whose name you submitted is no longer in need of a Refuah Sheleima, please inform the Rabbi.

Shabbat Shalom!



Wed, April 8 2020 14 Nisan 5780