Torah: Sukkot Chol Ha-Moed Sukkot

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

SUKKOT CHOL HA-MOED SHABBAT

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: Exodus 33:12 – 34:26  Numbers 29:26-31.

Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18 – 39:16.

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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.

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. AND/OR
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 Morning Services With Lulav and Etrog
Sunday, October 13, 10:45 a.m.
Join us for Pizza-In-The-Hut afterwards

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

Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 20, 10:45 a.m.
Simchat Torah Celebration. Come sing and dance with the Torahs


FAMILY SERVICES & EVENTS

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 from Toddler (with parent) through Grade 4.


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 Shofarpalooza, and more. This program is open to the public, so bring friends and family.


Break-the-Fast 2018 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, mcjconline.org.


Sukkot
Sunday, October 13 at 10:45 a.m.
Community Services with Lulav and Etrog
Join our Religious School for the celebration and Pizza-In-The-Hut afterwards!


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.

Religious School News Week of October 8, 2019

L’Shanah Tovah! We hope everyone had a wonderful Rosh HaShanah. It was great seeing many of our students at services.

UPCOMING:

Wednesday, October 9 – No School – Yom Kippur

Sunday, October 13
Parents, please plan on joining us for a Sukkot Celebration (and remember that morning is our deadline for dropping off donations for our Corners of Our Fields drive.)

  • 9:30-10:00 am: Havdalah and Introduction to Sukkot
  • 10:00-11:00 am: Sukkah decorating
  • 1:00-12:00 am: Lulav and Etrog ceremony, singing, and Pizza in the Hut (Please reply via school@mcjconline.org if you are attending, so we can order enough pizza).

Sunday, October 20
Also, parents, please plan on joining us on for a Simchat Torah Celebration with bagels and donut holes (School from 9:30-10:30 am, then service and snack).

Meet the B’nai Mitzvah

On Saturday, November 2, MCJC and the Purvin family will be doubly blessed when Hunter (הִלֵּל) and Miles (מֶלֶך) become B’nai Mitzvah.

The boys have been fixtures at MCJC for the past five years, and in that time they have learned Hebrew, Judaica, how to lead Shabbat services, and so much more.  They even brought Yarmulkes, Dreidels, and a Torah to Lundahl Middle School in Crystal Lake to share their love of Judaism with their classmates.

Like most twins, they have completely divergent interests. Hunter enjoys more of the dichotomy of construction (building with LEGOs and destroying with NERF Guns), while Miles is more often found in the kitchen in pursuit of his goal, to become Master Chef Junior, or as an actor on stage performing in various musicals.

Parents Jill and Andy could not be more proud of the two young men in their quests for higher learning. They eagerly anticipate the date when Hunter and Miles share their vision of their Parshah, Noah’s Ark.  Please enjoy the irony of twins reciting the liturgy of “Noah’s Ark.”

Torah: Ha’Azinu

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

HA’AZINU

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 32:1 – 32:52  Click here.

Haftarah: II Samuel 22:1 – 22:51 — 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.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of October 8, 2019

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

Tuesday, October 8
Erev Yom Kippur
7:00 pm: Kol Nidre

Wednesday, October 9
Yom Kippur
9:00 am: Main Service
9:15 am: Discussion Group with Muriel Pick
10:15 am: Children’s Service
5:00 pm: Minchah Service
6:00 pm: Ne’ilah Service
7:15 pm: Break-the Fast

Friday, October 11
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner led by Rabbi Tom, Paula Eskoz, and Ilene Kaye (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, October 12
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, October 13
9:45 am:  Deadline for Corners of Our Fields donations
10:45 am: Sukkot Program With Lulav and Etrog:   Join us for Pizza in the Hut afterward (if you plan to attend, please RSVP via school@mcjconline.org)
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, October 16
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School grade 4-7
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Friday, October 18
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, October 19
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion. and Yizkor (Shemini Atzeret)

Sunday, October 20
8:00 am: Board Meeting
10:45 am: Simchat Torah Celebration for all – sing and dance with the Torahs

Wednesday, October 23
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)

Friday, October 25
6:30: Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner led by Rabbi Tom, Paula Eskoz, and Ilene Kaye (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, October 26
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, October 27
9:30 am: Religious School all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, October 30
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)

Friday, November 1
6:30 pm: Purvin Family Bar Mitzvah Shabbat Service & Dinner

Saturday, November 2
9:30 am: Purvin Family Bar Mitzvah Service and Kiddush Luncheon

Sunday, November 3
9:30 am: Religious School all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Legacy Planning . . . Please Consider MCJC With A Gift From Your Estate

Be a part of McHenry County Jewish Congregation for generations to come. When you create a Jewish legacy by gifting from your estate, you can help ensure that McHenry County provides a Jewish home into the future. L’Dor v’Dor . . .

Please find some verbiage below that can be crafted into your estate planning.

I give to the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, at 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012, the sum of _____________, to be used for its general purposes.

I give to the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, at 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012, the sum of _____________. I request that this gift be used to _______________________________.

I give to the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, at 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012, in memory of _____________ my deceased _____________, the sum of _____________, to be used by that Congregation for its general purposes.

I give to the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, at 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012, a sum equal to ______ percent of my residuary estate, to be used by that Congregation for its general purposes.

MCJC Book Club Picks Books & Dates

MCJC’s Book Club has compiled a diverse reading list for the year, from historical fiction about Old Cairo, to Chasidic life in Brooklyn, to a memoir about the impact of genetic testing and questions of identity. Each session is facilitated by Rachel Kamin, an authority on Jewish literature and Director of the Cultural and Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El. All but the first discussion will be held at MCJC.

Dec. 5 @ 6 pm:  The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lucas. A college student receives a mysterious package that ignites an historical investigation that exposes incredible aspects of his family history and its ties to the Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. This book is a winner of the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Note that this session will be held offsite, and will include dinner and materials related to the book.

Feb. 6 @ 7 pm: On Division by Goldie Goldbloom. Anticipating the birth of her first great-grandchild, a 57-year-old Chasidic woman in Williamsburg, Brooklyn feels exposed and ashamed by her own late-in-life pregnancy that slowly separates her from her community.

April 23 @ 7 pm: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. An acclaimed author describes her staggering discovery that she is not biologically related to her father, tracing her efforts to uncover the truth from a half-century web of family secrets to reestablish her sense of identity.

An additional session will be held on June 1, with the book to be determined.

The book club is open to all, even non-members, with donations accepted to offset the cost of the facilitator.  Mark these dates on your calendar, and join the discussion at whatever session strikes your fancy!

For more information on any of these sessions, please contact Ellen Morton via books@mcjconline.org.

Get Out Your Chopsticks

Join with MCJC “Let’s Have Fun Together” for our traditional salute to our friends of the Far East.

CHINESE FOOD DINNER
Bring your friends and Mishpacha

This event is open to all:
Monday, December 24 at 5:00 pm
New China Restaurant

72 N. Kennedy Drive, Carpentersville
(Route 25 between Routes 62 & 68)
847-428-2228

For reservation and questions, contact Lois at loisshar@gmail.com or 847-854-0584

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