Tikkun Leil Shavuot an Evening of Jewish Inspiration 2018

From Jesus to the Lubavitcher Rebbe: Jewish perspectives on Messianic Redemption

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:00 pm at MCJC

Within Judaism, the term Messiah has many connotations and contradictions.

  • In the Hebrew Bible, the term referred to an “anointed one,” a divinely chosen figure who would bring to fruition God’s plan for His people and for all humankind.
  • In Talmudic and Medieval rabbinic literature, the term conjures up images of a future world filled with peace and divine tranquility.

Join Rabbi Tom in an exploration of how the idea of Messianic Redemption evolved, and continues to evolve, throughout Jewish thought and history.


MCJC Committees will be busy over the summer. Committees are a great way to get involved with the work of the congregation.

We have created a summer work list and are scheduling two volunteer dates to address MCJC needs. The dates are Sunday, July 22nd and Sunday, August 19th from 9 am to noon.  Lunch will be served at noon.

There are many small outdoor projects at MCJC that we could use your help with.  Most of the projects involve painting and / or staining (playground set, front benches, back stairs, etc.).  All supplies will be provided.  Please respond to building@mcjconline.org or just show up!

The Membership Committee will meet Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at MCJC to put together Membership packets. Please join us to help.

Can you volunteer to help staff our table at the GREATER CHICAGO JEWISH FESTIVAL Sunday, June 10? (See information here). Please contact Steve Danzig via membership@mcjconline.org.

Our next meeting is May 16, 6:30 pm at MCJC.

Save the Date: Saturday, June 9 — MCJC Goes to Dinner & GreenRoom Improv!

Join the Diamonds Group and your MCJC family for an evening of dinner at Kostas in Algonquin followed by a rollicking good time at GreenRoom Improv, recently named by the Northwest Herald the best place to go in the area on a Saturday evening!

MCJC Diamonds Group invites our entire MCJC family and friends and friends of friends to get together for this special evening of dinner and laughter . . . GreenRoom takes audience suggestions and true-life audience stories and turns them into hilarious theatre pieces right before your eyes! Their shows include competing improv teams, improvised songs, audience members onstage, tons of energy and an unforgettable evening for young and old alike.


TIME: The evening begins at 5 pm with dinner at Kostas. The GreenRoom Family Improv Show begins at 6:30 pm.

PLACE: Kostas — 4053 Algonquin Rd. (at Square Barn), Algonquin (Phone 817-515-7181). GreenRoom Improv –Cosman Theater, Huntley (for GPS’ers 12015 Mill St. 60142).

TICKETS: $15/ADULTS – $12/Students and Seniors. If we have a group of 15 or more, ticket prices for all are $10/per person.

Please contact Bruce (woodstockbruce@hotmail.com or 815-338-2721) to let him know we can count you in. We’ll be seated together in a VIP area, but you must reserve with Bruce by May 26!

If you’ve made your reservation with Bruce, pay for your tickets at the door, and just mention you’re part of the MCJC group to receive your discount.

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival Coming Up June 10

Every two years, The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival brings together great Jewish entertainment, art, crafts, foods, fun and a wonderful community spirit.

This year’s event is Sunday, June 10, 11 am – 6 pm in Cook County Forest Preserve (Oakton Street west of Lehigh). There’s plenty of parking on site.  The suggested donation is $5/person.

Featured performers this year are Corky Siegel, Howard Levy and Rebbesoul. Among the many great events on this day are two new ones: Comedysportz (Improv with a Jewish Twist) and a Kosher Barbecue Competition.

Come on out and join MCJC at the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival. And if you plan to come, please consider volunteering for a shift at the MCJC table where we’re proud to tell 50,000 people about McHenry County Jewish Congregation. Please contact Steve Danzig via membership@mcjconline.org if you can help out.

The School Year is over, but MCJC will be busy over the summer: Join an MCJC Committee

MCJC Committees will be busy over the summer. Committees are a great way to get involved with the work of the congregation. Share your knowledge and talent with one of these Standing Committees.

Building & Grounds
Social Action

Indicate your interest by requesting membership in one or more of these committees. Prior registration on our site is required (right column, halfway down). Then you may request to join one or more.

Upcoming at MCJC

Wednesday, May 9
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom

Thursday, May 10
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club

Friday, May 11
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, May 12
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion

Wednesday, May 16
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Friday, May 18
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, May 19
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion
7:00 pm: Community Shavuot Learning Program (Tikuun Leil Shavuot)

Sunday, May 20
9:30 am: Shavuot Services with Yizkor

May 26
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services – Seth Turnball’s Bar Mitzvah

Torah: The Jubilee Year — Meshing Human to God and Human to Human Relationships (Behar-Bechukotai 2018)

At the very heart of our tradition is the notion that there is holiness in the world and that we are responsible, accountable, to God, for having such holiness realized.  That the way in which you and I behave in the world ultimately helps to shape and repair our universe. That God charges us with the responsibility of contributing to the repair of the world, to the completion of a Creation.

The Trope

Behar: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2 – Click here.

Bechotai: Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34 – Click here.

Religious School Closing Day May 6 — Line Up of Festivities

Our incomparable MCJC Maintenance Men on another occasion. Always the best!

9:15 am: Join Rabbi Tom and the teachers in Havdalah, singing, and a brief review of the year

10:00 am: Participate in our first ever Adults vs. Kids Jewpardy game

10:30 am: Parents attend the congregation’s Annual Meeting and board elections while our Kids play Gaga Ball (adult supervision has been arranged)

11:15 am: Enjoy a hot dog lunch brought to you by our one and only MCJC Maintenance Men

Indulge with a shaved ice treat! The Tropical Chill truck will be here!

Hope to see you all there!

Thank you all PADS dinner volunteers for an amazing 2018 season

The April 25 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner fed 35 homeless guests and seven PADS volunteers.

The FOOD PROVIDERS for this dinner were:  Gene Lindow (barbecue chicken),  Leslie Cook (barley bean vegetable soup),  Amy and Ben Llaneta (potato salad),  Ellen Morton (green beans),  Esther Kaplan (salad),  Iza Celewicz (rolls), Kim Solomon Dooley (brownies), and Marian Weiss (chocolate cake,  apple sauce raisin cake, and chocolate chip cookie squares).

The FOOD SERVERS for the April 25 dinner were:  Amy and BJ Llaneta,  Kim Solomon Dooley,  Iza Celewicz,  Briana and Elsa Salgado, Brian Silver, and Bruce Weiss.

The PADS dish washing volunteers failed to show up the night of April 25, so the following MCJC PADS dinner team members pitched in to help wash the dinner dishes:  Kim Solomon Dooley,  Iza Celewicz,  Briana and Elsa Salgado, Brian Silver, and Bruce Weiss.

The April 25 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is the last PADS dinner for the 2017-2018 winter season.  The MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for the 2017-2018 winter season were an amazing success —   and they were an amazing success because of the hard work all of you put into them.

I am MCJC’s representative to the Woodstock Area Community Ministries (WACM) which oversees the PADS dinner program. I know first hand how grateful WACM is for MCJC’s participation in this important community service program.  MCJC has an outstanding reputation as a caring congregation among the members of WACM for its active involvement in community service projects.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017-2018 season!

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County

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