Jewish Festival Thank Yous from MCJC Membership Committee…

Thank you to Rabbi Tom and MCJC membership ambassadors Steve and Sharon Danzig, Larry and Elaine Steinberg (who also donated MCJC pens), Burl and Annette Cohn, and Norm and Paula Ezkoz. You were superheroes for bearing with the rainstorms and staffing the MCJC table at the Chicago Jewish Festival.

Also, todah rabbah to Gail and Howard Frank, Renee Cooper, and the above ambassadors who helped copy and prepare the festival materials.

Your work on behalf of MCJC is appreciated!

Linda Blatchford, Membership Chair. 


MCJC Committees will be busy over the summer. Committees are a great way to get involved with the work of the congregation — and WE NEED YOU!!

We have created a summer work list and are scheduling two volunteer dates to address MCJC needs. The dates are Sunday, July 22 and Sunday, August 19 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, or just show up!

The Communications Committee has met twice so far over the summer.  We are hard at work on a three-way effort: streamlining and making communication inside MCJC more efficient, making our communication with the public more effective, and gathering and reorganizing into a database the data that connects it all. If you are interested in joining us and sharing your communications expertise, please email Leslie Cook, .

Membership continues to gear up for our busiest season of the year! Please plan to attend our Membership Picnic, August 26. If you would like to join our group, email Linda Blatchford,

From the Communications Committee: We need your help collecting MCJC data

The Communications Committee is gathering all MCJC data collections in order to create a central database. If you compiled any lists or information on MCJC’s behalf, please complete the form below, attach your information, and submit no later than July 15, 2018.


Please let us know how to get back to you if we have questions:

Please provide as much of this information as possible:

Do you have any additional comments?

You may attach your data file below your comments.

Torah: The Torah’s Call for Radical Egalitarianism

Peoplehood functioned as a placeholder and a worldview that upheld and solidified the core movements, institutions, and practices of twentieth century American Jewry. Jewish identity appears to be slowly but steadily moving away from a paradigm of Jewish peoplehood toward one of Jewish meaning. In this new paradigm, texts, ideas, values, and practices that answer the question “Why be Jewish?” become the primary portals for Jewish identity.

The Trope: Korach

Torah: Numbers 16:1 – 18:32 Click here.

Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14 – 12:22 – Click here.

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 if you can help out.

This Week! Saturday, June 9 — MCJC Goes to Dinner & GreenRoom Improv!

Join the Diamond’s Group and your MCJC family for an evening of dinner at Kosta’s in Algonquin followed by a rollicking good time at GreenRoom Improv, recently named by the Northwest Herald as “The Best Place to Go in the Area on a Saturday Evening.”

So come on out MCJCers — and bring your 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 Kosta’s. The GreenRoom Family Improv Show begins at 6:30 pm.

PLACE: Kosta’s — 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 ( 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.

Torah: People and Land in Relationship (Shelach 2018)

The People of Israel’s relationship to the Land of Israel is often compared to that of lovers. At times this relationship is romanticized and idealized, immune to everyday realities. Other times, the relationship is defined by frustrations and a sense of hopelessness. In this week’s Torah portion, Shelach Lecha, both paradigms are presented.

The Trope: Shelach

Torah: Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 Click here.

Haftarah: Joshua 2:1 – 2:24 – Click here.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of June 12

Wednesday, June 13
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom

Friday, June 15
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, June 16
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, June 20
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom

Friday, June 22
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

June 23
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Note the Dates:
No Wednesday Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom on June 27 and July 4
No Friday Night Community Potluck on June 29 and July 6

Upcoming at MCJC Week of June 5


Please see the MCJC CALENDAR for more information on any of these dates: 

Wednesday, June 6
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom

Friday, June 8
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, June 9
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
5:00 pm: Diamonds’ Dinner & GreenRoom Family Improv Night

Sunday, June 10
8:00 am: Board Meeting
11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

Wednesday, June 13
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Faculty Meeting

Friday, June 15
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, June 16
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, June 20
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee

Note these Dates:
No Wednesday Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom on June 27 and July 4
No Friday Night Community Potluck on June 29 and July 6

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