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       The Persian Hebrew Congregation

A Synagogue that feels like home

We are a Sephardic Orthodox Congregation in Skokie, IL. Jews from numerous countries and various origins pray together in our beautiful sanctuary, celebrate chagim together, study together, enjoy kiddushim together and are always excited to welcome newcomers to our congregation.

Three Tenets of Judaism

At the Persian Hebrew Congregation, our home away from home, the three tenets of Judaism, Torah, Avodah and Ge'Meelut Chasidim (Study, Worship and Acts of Kindness) are the values that we hope to live by.

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The Daily Mincha & Arvit will be at 7:10pm this week.

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Persian Hebrew Congregation

Parshat Metzora - Shabbat HaGadol - Pesach Schedule

April 18-24, 2024

“Shabbat HaGadol Shalom!”


Sponsorships are available for the Boys Chol HaMoed Pesach Learning Program.

This is a program where boys and fathers of the community are welcome to come and pray, eat breakfast and then learn Torah and win prizes in a raffle on each of the days of Chol HaMoed Pesach.

You can donate by clicking HERE or see Rabbi Hamaoui directly.

Please specify what the donation is for (Boys Learning Program).


Pesach is quickly approaching. Please don’t forget to send in your sale of Chametz forms.


Friday Night Schedule:

We are officially on summer schedule.

Every Friday Night this is the schedule:

Shir Hashirim - 6:45pm

Mincha Friday Night - 7:00pm

Early Candle Lighting - not before 6:12pm.

Regular Candle lighting time - 7:17pm

Shabbat Morning

Shacharit - 8:40am

Shabbat HaGadol Class - 6:10pm

“The Pesach Seder”

Men & Women invited to attend.

Shabbat Afternoon Mincha - 7:00pm

Havdala: 8:28pm


The Kiddush this week is sponsored by PHC.


On behalf of the Persian Hebrew Congregation, we would like to thank Yossi & Alisa Miller for the Shabbat shopping this week.

Chazak UBaruch!


Seudat Shelishit this week is open for sponsorship.


Pesach Schdule:

Sunday Shacharit - 7:20am

Sunday, April 21

Mincha - 7:20pm

Search for Chametz after 8:25pm


Monday, April 22, Erev Pesach & Taanit Bechorim - Fast of the First Born (fast starts 4:36am)

Shacharit - 6:10am

Siyum after Shacharit (to permit firstborns to eat) all are welcome to join.

Finish eating Chametz by 10:04am

Burn Chametz by 11:26am


Candle lighting - 7:20pm

7:20pm - Mincha & Arvit (With Hallel[1])

Monday Night - First Seder

8:30pm - Recommended starting time for Seder

Chatzot (midnight) - 12:49am[2]


Tuesday, April 23 - First Day of Pesach

Shacharit[3] & Musaf[4]- 8:40am

6:45pm - Class

Mincha & Arvit - 7:25pm (With Hallel[5])[6]

Candle lighting and preparation not before 8:31pm

Tuesday Night - Second Seder[7]

Chatzot (midnight) - 12:48am[8]


Wednesday, April 24 - Second Day of Pesach

Shacharit - 8:40am

6:45pm - Class

Mincha & Arvit - 7:25pm

Havdala[9] - 8:32pm


Thursday - Sunday - April 25-28 - Days of Chol Hamoed

Thurs & Fri - Shacharit[10] 6:00am & 8:00am

Mincha & Arvit 7:25pm


Sunday - 7:45am Shacharit


Chol HaMoed Boys Learning Program

Thurs-Fri - Shacharit 8:00am

Followed by Breakfast & Learning, Prizes

We need more sponsorships!


Refuah Sheleima List:

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.

Please say extra prayers & Tehilim for the hostages, wounded & Israeli Soldiers.   

Rachel bat Ita Bini, Iris bat Rivka, Hillel Chanan ben Henna, Ruth bat Miriam, Liba Ruth bat Dina, Rachel bat Dina, Alter Fivel Nachum Shalom ben Fayga, Shayna Bracha bat Sima Yenta, Chai Esther bat Mindel, David Vella ben Rachel, Mayli bat Moran, Keren Ta’ir bat Adina Tova, Flory bat Eissa, Shamir ben Penina, Moshe ben Yola Gracia, Ben Yehuda ben Rachel, Itta bat Tzippeh, Esther bat Sarah Miriam, Janet Sarah bat Heshmat, Sarah Vered bat Shoshana, Sima Yenta bat Chana Gittel, Flora bat Farangiz, David ben Maryam, Tuvia ben Tzivia, Sara Rachel bat Shifra, Chaya Musa Ita bat Chana Gittel, Shifra Shulamis bat Chaya Musa Ita.



[1]Sephardic women should also be sure to say this Hallel with a beracha before the start of the Seder.

[2] Try to finish the last cup of wine or at least the Afikoman by this time.

[3] After Shacharit and before Musaf we recite the special Tikun HaTal - the announcement to stop saying Mashiv HaRuach and to begin saying Morid HaTal.

[4] During this Musaf we begin saying Morid HaTal.

[5] Sephardic Women should also be sure to say this Hallel with a beracha before the start of the Seder.

[6] First night of Sefirat HaOmer

[7] We say Shehechiyanu also on the second night of Pesach.

[8] Try to finish the last cup of wine or at least the Afikoman by this time.

[9] No candle & No Besamim

[10] During the days of Chol HaMoed we do not put Tefillin on, but we do wear our Talit. We pray Shacharit. We say Morid HaTal, Barechenu (the summer paragraph) and Ya’aleh V’Yavo. Half Hallel without a Beracha is recited. We pray Musaf.


                      WhatsApp Groups

To join our PHC WhatsApp group or the Daf Yomi group speak to Rabbi Hamaoui.

Sun, April 21 2024 13 Nisan 5784