New OPT President Shari S.

Hi, I’m Shari! I have been a member of OPT since 2004, when I enrolled my then 1st grader in religious school. It had not even dawned on me that non-members couldn’t attend.  In around 2008, then President Lauren Levrant asked me to join the board. Since I...

New President Deborah Holdstein

Oak Park Temple has been a home to me and to my family since the mid-1980s, and we have observed not only the holidays, for instance, but also life-cycle and other significant events such as these:  my children’s naming ceremonies; my parents’...

Sheri’s Last Message

This is my last monthly message to the congregation as your president.  In my role as president, I have had the opportunity to meet presidents from many other congregations. Inevitably, the conversation would turn to the challenges we face.  And each time,...

Present, Past, Future

We didn’t plan it this way, but it seems that our first three months of Sesquicentennial Celebrations have naturally fallen into the monthly themes of Present, Past, Future.    November was our celebration in the Present – an incredible concert...

Celebrate…

We are now in full swing with our sesquicentennial celebrations.  It was so wonderful to see everyone in our big tent for our Rosh Hashanah oneg, a perfect way to start our year of celebration.  I suspect that by the time you see this, the David Broza...

Meeting David Broza

I still vividly remember the first time I heard his music.  It was at a Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival.  I don’t remember the year, but I do remember standing only 20 feet away as I heard the most amazing music originate from a single person...