It was A WARM, DELICIOUS, FUN, AND SENTIMENTAL EVENING . . .

By Ellen Morton

What a warm, delicious, fun, and sentimental evening our MCJC 40th Anniversary event was! We even made a little money for the congregation. And it all happened fairly easily because everyone pulled together so well.  Many thanks to all of you who helped make this evening such a success in every way.

We had a great crowd, great fun and enjoyed great food (thanks to Ilene Kaye, Kathleen Mayber and Marian Michaels for taking the lead in putting it all together and to guests who supplied additional dishes).

Miles Purvin displays the contents of a gift basket, trailed by Gene Lindow, Steve Boress and Dale Morton (aka, the Three Auctioneers).

The Woo-Woo drink was a hit! The decorations were great, including Italian themed flower vases from Renee’s Florist — and swap auctioneers, Gene Lindow, Dale Morton and Steve Boress, were perfectly silly and persuasive. Thank you, Sandy Lindow and Dara Turnball, for impromptu suggestions that made the evening even better.

Hunter Purvin shows off a wine rack, an item in the live auction.

Our kids in residence were awesome as runners and gift dispensers. And little Eli with his mustache handing out cookies . . . adorable! Thank you, and we hope you all actually had as much fun as it looked like you did.

The Grover’s ended up with one two many pictures at the end of the swap auction.

Paula Eskoz, your poem was perfect, and we all enjoyed the trivia! It got everyone engaged. Bruce Weiss, your MCJC history will be entered into the annals of our congregation. The slide show on the television screen was perfect, inviting people to visit the old albums and such on display. Bravo to all for these creative efforts!

Havdalah set the right mood, and the light up toys are always a crowd favorite. Thank you Kathleen Mayber, Stew Bailenson, and Herb Franks for your comments and suggestions.

MCJC founding member Stew Bailenson shares some sage advice with the dinner crowd.

With all disposable items, clean up went smoothly and quickly. Thanks to Rabbi Tom, Jonah Markowitz, Brandon Pacyna, Seth Turnball, Isabel Schiffer and others, the kitchen is even in good shape!

Check out was smooth with our ‘keep your own tally forms,’ keeping it easy for our check-out ladies and Renee to keep track of everything.

Eli Pacyna offers cookies to the crowd.

All told, it was a great evening. Hope you can attend our 45th coming right up in five years . . . . Oh, and if you didn’t know there was an MCJC 40th Anniversary event on Saturday . . . we’re not sure that’s possible, but if you missed your print newsletter, weekly e-nouncements, special emails, Facebook and Twitter posts, and flyers here and there, there’s just one thing to do. Get in touch with the Communications Committee via communications@mcjconline.org and let them know how to reach you!

MCJC Participates in the 2019 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk

MCJC joined 12 local churches to participate in the 2019 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, September 29.

Two hundred and thirty-eight individuals participated in this year’s Crop Walk, and the Walk raised $21,315! Twenty-five percent of the money raised from the Walk benefited local food pantries and the McHenry West High School “Food For Thought” program, with 75% of the proceeds raised will benefit hunger relief programs worldwide.

The 2019 MCJC Crop Walk Team raised $721! The  Team members were Davina, Sienna, and Andrew Kelly; Dara Turnball with Seth, Brandon and Eli; Jonah, London, and Asher Markowitz; Carrie, Jason, and Briella Bernstein; and Bruce Weiss.

MCJC-Sponsored November 27, 2019 PADS Dinner Well Underway

By Bruce Weiss, Social Action Chairperson

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is a week from tomorrow, November 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

Since the dinner is on the evening before Thanksgiving, I was concerned it would be difficult to have sufficient food providers and servers for the meal. I am so happy and thankful to report we have plenty of offers to provide food as well as the food servers we need for the dinner.

The food providers for our upcoming PADS dinner are: Gene Lindow (turkey breast in gravy), Briana and Elsa Salgado (mashed potatoes), Leslie Cook (Fatoush, a Middle Eastern bread salad), Bruce Weiss (French cut green beans and rolls), Dara Turnball (brownies), and Marian Weiss (yet-to-be determined cookies). Food providers should bring their food items to Redeemer Lutheran Church between 6:00 and 6:30 pm.  

We will once again use compostable plates and bowls to limit the amount of “washing work” after serving the meal.

As MCJC Social Action Chairperson, I am so very grateful for the help of our MCJC members with these MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners.

Religious School News Week of November 19, 2019

Hebrew learning continues in all grades. The 2nd / 3rd grade class learned a new letter and their first “final” letter. They also worked on learning some common Hebrew words.

Grades 4-7 continue to work on fluency. They also continued to work on their Challah trays, which they will finish next Sunday.

Next month, our school is looking forward to some exciting events. On Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 pm, we will have a Consecration Havdalah ceremony, when our 4th / 5th graders will receive their very own prayer books! We hope all families will join us for this special ceremony followed by a pizza party.

Sunday, December 15, will be our annual Chanukah party. The fun starts at 9:30 am with music, followed by activity stations, and of course, Latkes!

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 20 – Religious School, grades 4-7

Sunday, November 24 – Religious School, all grades

Wednesday, November 27 – NO School (Thanksgiving Break)

Sunday, December 1 – NO School (Thanksgiving Break)

Religious School News Week of November 12, 2019

Our 2nd – 3rd graders learned 5 Hebrew letters and 2 vowels so far! They practiced reading combinations of letters and vowels, and read the word “Shabbat” in Hebrew.  They also continued to work on their first picture for their own Torahs.

4th through 7th graders worked on prayer reading and Hebrew sight words.  They continued to paint their challah trays, which are looking great so far.

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 13 – Religious School grades 4-7

Sunday, November 17 – Religious School all grades

Oh, and NEW THIS WEEK: See our Religious School Havdalah (10/20) video in the right column of every page of the site just below Rabbi Tom’s Shabbat video – or view it in our Video Gallery: https://mcjconline.org/video-category/shabbat-videos/

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 12, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, the provided links, or the MCJC Calendar at mcjconline.org/events.

Wednesday, November 13
2:00 pm: NO Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 15
6:30:  Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat. Check out our Video Gallery for the entire series!

Saturday, November 16
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Community Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org).

6:00 pm: MCJC 40th Anniversary Celebration! – More information, signups, and contributions here.

Sunday, November 17
8:00 am:  Board of Directors Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, November 20
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 22
6:30:  Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat. Check out our Video Gallery for the entire series!

Saturday, November 23
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 24
9:30 am: Religious School all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Monday, November 25
6:00 pm:  Communications Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 27
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: NO Religious School
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner – Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 29
6:30: Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner  (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, November 30
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Community Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org).

Sunday, December 1
Deadline for submissions for the January-February newsletter.

SAVE THE DATE:  December 8
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish ImmigrantMore information and reserve your seats here.

Torah: Vayera

Please join us on Saturday morning at 9:30 am for Shabbat worship and Torah study.

THE TROPE

Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Genesis 18:1 – 22:24  – Click here.

Haftarah: II Kings 4:1 – 4:37 – Click here.

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Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

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Torah: Lech Lecha – Our Unpredictable Potential

Please join us on Saturday morning at 9:30 am for Shabbat worship and Torah study.

LECH LECHA

“Go to the place that I will show you – where I shall make you visible, where your potential will be realized in unpredictable ways.” ~ The Sefat Emet

THE TROPE

Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Genesis 12:1 – 17:27 – Click here.

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16 – Click here.

* * *

Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 5, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, the provided links, or the MCJC Calendar at mcjconline.org/events.

Wednesday, November 6
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)

Friday, November 8
6:30:  Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat. Check out our Video Gallery for the entire series!

Saturday, November 9
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 10
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, November 13
2:00 pm: NO Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 15
6:30:  Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat. Check out our Video Gallery for the entire series!

Saturday, November 16
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Community Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org).
6:00 pm: MCJC 40th Anniversary Celebration! – More information, signups, and contributions here.

Sunday, November 17
8:00 am:  Board of Directors Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, November 20
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 22
6:30:  Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat. Check out our Video Gallery for the entire series!

Saturday, November 23
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 24
9:30 am: Religious School all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Monday, November 25
6:00 pm:  Communications Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 27
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: NO Religious School
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner – Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 29
6:30: Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner  (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, November 30
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Community Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org).

SAVE THE DATE:  December 8
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish ImmigrantMore information and reserve your seats here.

Religious School News Week of November 5, 2019

Last Sunday we started something new in Religious School. Not only will we begin our Sunday mornings with Havdalah, we will also begin with some prayers. Students will learn how prayers are chanted, along with the origins of the prayers and common traditions.

Our 2nd and 3rd grade classes learned another Hebrew letter and vowel. They also read their first Torah story and created their first picture for their own Torahs.  Grades 4-7 worked on Hebrew word recognition and began painting the backgrounds of their challah trays.

Please join MCJC as it celebrates 40 years on Saturday, November 16 at 6 pm. The event is free to all members, and children are welcome!  For more information or to RSVP visit MCJC’s website at https://mcjconline.org/event/mcjc-40th-anniversary-celebration/.

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 6 – Religious School grades 4-7

Sunday, November 10 – Religious School all grades

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