Name: Kol Sasson Congregation
Address: 8825 East Prairie Rd., Skokie, IL 60076-2343
Denominational affiliation: We are a halachically observant partnership minyan.
Member units (households): 0-100
What percentage of members are older than 50? 50%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Approximately 60-75 people on Shabbat and holiday mornings.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Approximately 2:30
Shabbat dress code: Business casual
Daily services? No
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? We rent space in another Orthodox synagogue and share some programming.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes. There is kiddush after services.
Language of service: Hebrew
Is another language offered in the prayer book? The prayer books we use (Koren and Artscroll) have English translations.
Children’s programming: Yes. We have four children’s groups, divided by age (babies through pre-b’nei mitzvah age children).
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes
Are services streamed online? No
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? We don’t have a rabbi, but members or guest speakers give Divrei Torah each week, available here.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 0
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? We do not have a rabbi.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? We are a partnership minyan, and accordingly, during services, women lead kabbalat Shabbat, Psukei d’Zimra and Torah service. Men lead Shacharit and Musaf. Both men and women read Torah, have aliyot, and lead Hallel. Ten men are required for a minyan, and there is a mechitza. Outside of services, all leadership positions (president, officer roles, committee heads) are open to both men and women.
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