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Welcome to Young Israel of Skokie

Welcome to Young Israel of Skokie.  Under the leadership of Rabbi Gershon Schaffel, we provide a meaningful davening, many learning opportunities, and a warm and welcoming chevra.  Rabbi Schaffel’s broad knowledge and positive, cheerful approach to Yiddishkeit encourages us to significantly grow our learning.  If you are looking for a smaller, more participatory congregation, check us out.

Rabbi Schaffel's Podcast

Rabbi Schaffel's classes are now on a podcast!  They are available on multiple platforms.  Follow this link to get to the podcast and for more information:

                      YIOS Book Club

Sept 21
7:30 pm
The Netanyahus
by Joshua Cohen
Oct 26
7:30 pm
Apples Never Fall
by Liane Moriarty
Nov 30
7:30 pm
The Lions of Fifth Avenue
by Fiona Davis

Watch your email for ZOOM instructions!

For further questions contact Gila Wertheimer

Email the form shown below to to sign up for the High Holidays

Rabbi Schaffel's GPS for the Siddur


Rabbi Schaffel's Class on Halacha: Nowadays and Everyday

Letter from the Shul

Dear YIOS Shul Members,

As a Shul family and a Jewish Community, we are faced with how to navigate a world with the COVID-19 VIRUS and a difficult economic situation.

There are many resources of how best to deal with the medical aspects of the virus and ways to be prepared. A community health and safety hotline has been arranged for questions related to how to contact the CDC, how to arrange testing, and how to obtain resources in a case of quarantine. The number is 224-534-9867.

This past Shabbat, Rabbi Schaffel spoke about how we should conduct ourselves in Shul as it relates to the current medical concerns. Bottom line practice good hygiene and be respectful of others in the shul. If you choose to kiss mezuzahs or the Torah or shake hands that is your decision. But please respect the decision of others.

YIOS is more than a place to daven, we are a community and a family. As such we try and help each other in many ways. In addition to ways we help each other through life cycle events and in times of need, we are expanding how we as a Kahal, can help each other during these challenging times.

  • If you or a family member are in voluntary or forced quarantine, we will work with you to see that you have food and household items during this time.
  • If you or a family member G-d forbid, are ill, we will work with you to see you have food and household items during your illness.
  • We have set up a special financial Gemach. If you are experiencing serious financial difficulties because of the medical and current financial situation, we will provide help to the extent we can.
  • Members who need help during quarantine or illness, please contact either Rabbi Schaffel, Ralph Siegel, or Ellen Cohen.
  • If you need financial assistance contact Rabbi Schaffel, who will work with you in complete confidentiality.
  • We urge any shul member who can be called upon to help to contribute to the Gemach, to contact Rabbi Schaffel.

With Ha’Shem’s help, as a shul, a family and as a Kahal, we will work together to deal with the challenges that we are all facing.

If you have any questions, we may not have immediate answers but we will do our best to help find the answers.

Kol Tuv,

Rabbi Gershon Schaffel



Ralph Siegel



Ellen Cohen


New Audio File Available

Reflections of a Jewish-American Diplomat, presented at Young Israel of Skokie.  Right click to download.


Click here to hear Rabbi Gershon Schaffel's podcasts on subjects like the Shema, Tisha b'Av, Slichos, Succos, Shadchanus, Pesach, Hilchos Yom Tov, and much much more!

Sun, September 25 2022 29 Elul 5782