Join the fun – Saturday, Nov. 16, 6 PM, when MCJC Celebrates 40 Years

LORDY, LORDY, MCJC’S TURNING 40! Celebrate 40 years of serving as the Jewish heart of McHenry County. We’ll enjoy… 

Havdalah: We’ll bid farewell to Shabbat with prayer and song, and reflect on our history and community-minded spirit. 

Dinner: We’ll provide a dairy entrée if you all bring a side dish and/or dessert to share. 

Swap Auction: This fun and easy fundraiser involves you donating a treasure or two that you no longer need. We’ll have live bidding on some items, and a ‘name your price’ section for others. We’ll also have raffle baskets and other low-cost ways to support MCJC. Prepare to take some treasures home with you! 

Don’t miss it! Saturday, November 16, 6 pm. The event is free to all. MCJC members, past and present, please join us and catch up with old friends and celebrate your ‘Little Shul on the Prairie’!

Questions?  Contact Ellen Morton at mcjcanniversary@mcjconline.org or call 815.353.0819. You can also reservation a space for yourself and your guests through our Events Calendar.

Religious School News Week of September 10, 2019

By Davina Kelly

All students have begun working on their Hebrew language skills. We are impressed with how much they remember after a long summer off!

Last Sunday all grades listened to a story about what can happen when we overreact, jump to conclusions, and act in unkind ways. Then they discussed how to prevent these types of reactions (such as taking a deep breath.) Lastly, they made worry beads (a type of calming device.)

Next week, all will begin learning about the upcoming High Holy Days, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

Wednesday, September 9
Religious School for grades 4-7

Sunday, September 15
Religious School for all grades

We’re off to a great start with your children!

Torah: Ki Teitze

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

KI TEITZE

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: Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19  Click here.

Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 – 54:10 — 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.

“Grazing Sheep at PaSu Farms”by Heidi Schuyt is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Join Rabbi Tom in a High Holy Days Learning Series at Panera, Crystal Lake

Preparing for the High Holy Days: An Exploration of Ancient and Contemporary Jewish Wisdom

The High Holy Days have the power to enrich and transform our lives. We have an opportunity to become aware, deeply aware, of how fragile life is. We are given a chance to open our eyes to the beauty and wonder that surrounds us, to know we are all an intimate part of God’s creative powers.

Together, as a community, we celebrate our opportunity to bring the Divine into our lives. This is the High Holy Days – Festival of Life.

Please join Rabbi Tom in an exploration of themes of the High Holy Days and multi-layered meanings waiting to be discovered. Learn how to make these special days life-invigorating for yourself, your family, and your community.

All sessions meet at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Each session is offered twice on Wednesdays, at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm, so you can choose whichever works best for you. Please note there is no evening session on Wednesday, September 18.

Sessions meet on these dates:

Wednesday, September 4
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 11 please note: 2 pm class is at MCJC
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 18
2:00 pm ONLY

Wednesday, September 25
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

These learning sessions are open to the public and free of charge. Please register with us at  https://mcjconline.org/event/preparing-for-the-high-holy-days-an-exploration-of-ancient-contemporary-jewish-wisdom-part-ii/ (in the Calendar at mcjconline.org, on Sept. 11).

For more information about our Adult Education program at MCJC or other programs and services, please contact Rabbi Tom via rabbi@mcjconline.org or call the MCJC office and leave a message for him, 866-455-1810.

High Holy Days 2019 / 5780 Schedule

Selichot Service and Discussion with Havdalah
Saturday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. co-hosted by MCJC, at CKI (330 Division St., Elgin)

Erev Rosh HaShanah
Sunday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

Rosh HaShanah—Day 1
Monday, September 30, 9:00 a.m.
Discussion Group, 9:15 a.m.
Children’s Service (ages 4-8) 10:15 a.m.
Tashlich Service 1:45 p.m.
Main Beach
300 Lakeshore Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL
Family Service with Tashlich 4:30 p.m.
Main Beach
300 Lakeshore Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL

Rosh HaShanah—Day 2
Tuesday, October 1, 9:00 a.m.

Kol Nidre
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 9, 9:00 a.m.
Discussion Group, 9:15 a.m.
Children’s Service (ages 4-8) 10:15 a.m.
Mincha Service 5:00 p.m.
Neila Service 6:00 p.m.
Break-the-Fast 7:15 p.m.

Sukkot
Monday, October 14, 8:30 a.m.
Sukkot Morning Services with Lulav & Etrog

Yizkor
Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion with Yizkor

Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 20, 9:15 a.m.
Simchat Torah Celebrations with Religious School and Pizza in the Hut


Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur Children’s Services
Monday, September 30 and
Wednesday, October 9 at 10:15 a.m.
Bring your family to our High Holy Day Children’s Services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, as well as on Yom Kippur. These are wonderfully engaging, musical and fun services, and geared to younger children ages 4 through 8.


Family Service with Tashlich
Monday, September 30 at 4:30 p.m.
MCJC will be hosting a musical, family-friendly, High
Holy Day service. We’ll share songs, stories, a shofar blowing Shofar-palooza, and much more. This program is open to the public, so bring friends and family, Jewish or not.


Break-the-Fast 2019 at MCJC
Wednesday, October 9 at 7:15 p.m.
Join the entire MCJC community at
Break-the Fast after Yom Kippur Services:
$10 per person, $5 per child, $30 max per family
To register, please contact the MCJC office at 815-455-1810 or office@mcjconline.org
You can also pay securely on our website, https://mcjconline.org/2019/08/high-holy-days-break-the-fast-reservations-non-member-tickets/


Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 20 at 9:15 a.m.
Simchat Torah is a joyous celebration when we end the last book
of the Torah and start again from the beginning.
Young and old, Dor v’Dor, generation-to generation,
we’ll sing and dance, together with the Torahs.

Torah: Shoftim

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

SHOFTIM

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: Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9  Click here.

Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12 – 52:12 — 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.

McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk Coming Up Sept. 29 – Join Your MCJC Friends

MCJC will join twelve local churches and participate in the 2019 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, September 29, 2019.  This MCJC community fundraising project is a joint undertaking of the MCJC Social Action Committee and the MCJC Religious School Faculty.

The Walk begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 29, at the First Methodist Church, 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. Registration begins at 1:15 pm.

The Walk is a one-mile route, with family fun activities along the way. Beverages and snacks are provided for  participants. The event generally comes to a conclusion shortly after 3:00 pm.

Twenty-five percent of the money raised from the 2019 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk goes to designated local food pantries, and 75% of the money  benefits hunger relief programs world-wide. The MCJC participants in the 2018 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk ​raised $686!

If you are interested in participating in this community fundraising event, please contact either Bruce Weiss at 815-338-2721  or  socialaction@mcjconline.org OR Davina Kelly at 847-659-8285 or school@mcjconline.org.   

Participation in this event involves walking the one mile route the day of the event, as well as raising money by obtaining donations from people that you know, such as friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, people you work with, anyone you can think to ask!

We look forward to seeing you at theMcHenry County Crop Hunger Walk on September 29.

The Jewish Federation of Chicago launched an emergency relief fund for Hurricain Dorian

Even as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the eastern seaboard, and the scope of the devastation in the Bahamas is just beginning to be known, the Jewish Federation of Chicago has launched an emergency relief fund to aid recovery efforts.

Donations to the Jewish Federation Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund can be made at donate.juf.org/disaster, by calling (312) 444-2869, or by sending a check payable to Jewish Federation Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to 30 S. Wells Street, #3017, Chicago, IL 60606.

As always, 100% of collected funds will provide relief for those impacted by this disaster, with Federation absorbing all administrative costs. Federation works with long-established relief organizations on the ground to provide the most effective, efficient, and coordinated response. Past partners have included IsraAID, NECHAMA: Jewish Response to Disaster, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

We will continue to keep you informed as events unfold.

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Upcoming at MCJC Week of September 3, 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, September 4
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Part I – Preparing for the High Holy Days) at Panera, Crystal Lake
4:30 pm: Religious School for grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Part I – Preparing for the High Holy Days) at Panera, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, September 6
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 new Video Gallery for the entire series!

Saturday, September 7
9:30 am:  Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Discussion

Sunday, September 8
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades

Wednesday, September 11
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Part II – Preparing for the High Holy Days) at Panera, Crystal Lake
4:30 pm: Religious School for grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Membership Committee Meeting at Panera,  451 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin
6:30 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Part II – Preparing for the High Holy Days) at Panera, Crystal Lake

Thursday, September 12
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club

Friday, September 13
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting
6:30 pm: 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, September 14
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Extended 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, September 15
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am:  Religious School for all grades

Wednesday, September 18
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Part II – Preparing for the High Holy Days) at Panera, Crystal Lake
4:30 pm: Religious School for grades 4-7
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

MCJC Religious School News Week of September 3, 2019

By Davina Kelly

It was great to see so many of you for Opening Day! Everyone enjoyed catching up, meeting our new 4th/5th grade teacher, Kathleen Mayber, and welcoming new members.

Students made Resolution Sticks (decorated paper towel tubes with their resolutions for the new year.) The morning wrapped up with a delicious lunch provided by our Maintenance Men and Membership Committee.

If you haven’t already sent in your children’s forms, please remember to do that as soon as possible!

Please note these upcoming dates:

Wednesday, September 4
Religious School for grades 4-7

Sunday, September 8
Religious School for all grades

Wednesday, September 11
Religious School for grades 4-7

Sunday, September 15
Religious School for all grades

We look forward to an exciting year with your children!

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County