Upcoming Week of August 13, 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, August 14
NO Lunch and Learn today

Thursday, August 15
High Holy Days orders are due TODAY for HH greeting card, Yizkor booklet, and Break-the-Fast

Friday, August 16
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting
6:30 pm: 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.
CANCELED – 6:00 pm: “Let’s Have Fun Together” picnic and Wonder Lake Water Ski Show

Saturday, August 17
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Discussion

Sunday, August 18
MCJC Clean-Up Day. If you can attend, please contact Dale Morton at building@mcjconline.org.
8:00 am: Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 21
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee

Friday, August 23
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, August 24
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, August 25
9:30 am – noon:  First Day of Religious School
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open House and New Member Brunch

Wednesday, August 28
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, August 30
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.

Saturday, August 31
9:30 am:  Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Discussion
1:00 pm:  Max Parrish becomes a Bar Mitzvah
6:30 pm: A Night of Casino Entertainment – Join MCJC for a great evening of fun and games!

Torah: God, the Parent, Consoles His Children

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

VAETCHANAN

Shabbat Nachamu:
God, the Parent, Consoles His Children

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 3:23 – 7:11  Click here.

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1 – 40:26 — 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.

“To the Promised Land – 4×3”by joshlama is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Canceled – Casino Night Event August 31

We are saddened to report that THIS EVENT WAS CANCELED. Those who bought tickets will be refunded. Our fundraising efforts will instead go towards the upcoming MCJC 40th Anniversary event. Stay tuned for information on that opportunity to celebrate with MCJC.

Join MCJC for a great evening of fun and games:
A Night of Casino Entertainment!

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Tables open at 7:00 pm

Location: Flores Banquets & Steel Heart Events
240 N. Throop St., Woodstock, IL 60098

Purchase Tickets at:
mcjc2019-casinofundraiser.eventbrite.com
$50 with advance purchase
$60 at the door

Your ticket purchase includes:

  • TWO FREE Drink Tickets (Beer, Wine, or Soft Drinks)
  • Pasta Dinner
  • Live Music!
  • 100 Chips for the Casino Tables
  • Cash Bar
  • Silent Auction
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Additional Raffles
  • Casino Tables Featuring: Craps, Roulette, Black Jack, and Poker!!!!

Exchange the chips you win at the Casino Tables for Raffle Tickets at the end of the evening. Raffle items will be on display during the event.

For more information, email events@mcjconline.org.

Max Parrish to Become Bar Mitzvah Saturday, August 31

I will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, August 31 at the Bull Valley Country Club. I’ve been studying at MCJC since I was nine years-old. Judaism is important to me because you can express new ideas through religion. Judaism can be updated as it goes along with the future, so it stays relevant and keeps guiding humanity.

I attend Northwood Middle School in Woodstock. I like video games, Marvel movies, and anime. I’m interested in politics, geography, and cooking. When I grow up, I want to go abroad, see the world, and someday get a job in global politics.

My mom always does her best to make my life embarrassing, and my dad always makes me laugh. My sister, Lainey, just turned five, and she always brings joy to my life. I like to think that my older brother, Mason, watches over me in hard times. My dog is also always there to let me pet him when I need comfort.

Becoming a Bar Mitzvah means I have matured as a person and advanced the experiences that will build my future. I believe becoming a Bar Mitzvah is important for Jewish youth to give them a sense of accomplishment and determination in their Jewish studies.

Upcoming at MCJC the Week of August 6, 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, August 7
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, August 9
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, August 10
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).
7:00 pm: Erev Tisha B’Av Services & Discussion Group – a special Tisha B’Av program.

Sunday, August 11
Tisha B’Av

Wednesday, August 14
NO Lunch and Learn today.

Friday, August 16
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting
6:30 pm: 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.
6:00 pm: “Let’s Have Fun Together” picnic and Wonder Lake Water Ski Show

Saturday, August 17
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Discussion

Sunday, August 18
MCJC Clean-Up Day. If you can attend, please contact Dale Morton at building@mcjconline.org.
8:00 am: Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 21
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, August 23
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, August 24
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, August 25
9:30 am – noon:  First Day of Religious School
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open House and New Member Brunch

Wednesday, August 28
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Saturday, August 31
9:30 am:  Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Discussion
1:00 pm:  Max Parrish becomes a Bar Mitzvah
6:30 pm: A Night of Casino Entertainment – Join MCJC for a great evening of fun and games!

Join Rabbi Tom in a September Learning Series for the High Holy Days 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
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-and-contemporary-jewish-wisdom-part-i/ (in the Calendar at mcjconline.org, on Sept. 4).

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. at CKI

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 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, https://mcjconline.org/2019/07/high-holy-days-2019-volunteer-payment-forms/


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.

MCJC High Holy Days Participation & Order Form – Return by August 15

Submit Names for the MCJC High Holy Day Greeting Card and Yizkor Book. Submit reservations for Break-the-Fast or non-member High Holy Day Tickets.

The MCJC High Holy Day Card offers an easy way to fulfill the long-standing tradition of offering New Year’s greetings to friends and family. If you would like to include your name/s in the card we send to members and friends, please complete the form below. This form also gives you the opportunity to provide names of loved ones for the Yizkor Booklet, to sign up for the Break-the-Fast, even to get non-member High Holy Day tickets.

Important Note

Please note that we had a spam issue with our online form and had to remove it. You may click on and print the .pdf below and mail it in with your payment to: McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

If you prefer to pay online, you can still do that with the button below or in the right column of the site. Be sure to mail in your form, which will be paired with your online payment in the office.

Participation & Order Form – .pdf Version

https://mcjconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019_HH-Form_web.pdf

High Holy Days Payment Button

Amount: USD

Join “Let’s Have Fun Together” August 16 for the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show

Don’t miss our next “Let’s Have Fun Together” event on Friday, August 16, at Wonder Lake Center Beach.  We will meet for a picnic at 6:00 pm followed by the highly entertaining Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team performing (admission free) at 7:00 pm.

The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team won the National Show Ski Championship four times, and has been a top five national water ski show team competitor every year since 1996. During the one hour, fast moving, highly entertaining themed show, the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team members perform a variety of gravity-defying stunts. Click here for some amazing pictures of the team in action.

Bring your own picnic dinner and lawn chairs, and plan to arrive at Wonder Lake Center Beach to meet the rest of our group at 6:00 pm. Bruce Weiss will lead us in Kiddush, the Shabbat prayer over wine, and HaMotzi, the prayer over the bread, before we eat our picnic dinners followed by the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show performing at 7:00 pm.

Wonder Lake Center Beach is located at 4110 E. Lake Shore Drive in Wonder Lake. We will gather under the big tree near the water, on the far right side of the beach, as you face the water.

If it is a sunny evening, wear a hat or sun visor, as the audience watches the ski show facing the western sky.

This event is weather-dependent and will be cancelled if it rains. Notification of cancellation will be posted in the e-nouncements at the top, right corner of mcjconline.org.

Please RSVP to funtogether@mcjconline.org, if you plan to attend this “Let’s Have Fun Together” event, so the committee knows how many people to expect.

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County