From Kveller.com: The Shabbat Version of ‘Baby Shark’ Will Blow You Out of the Water

Read more about this really, really, really popular  video and other great things to enjoy with your kids here: https://www.kveller.com/the-shabbat-version-of-baby-shark-will-blow-you-out-of-the-water/

And watch it here or on Kveller:

From Kveller: If you are a parent to young children, you may have heard the song “Baby Shark” about, oh, some 235,000 to 2.3 million times already. The 60-minute loop of the hit kid song (and dance) has, impressively but unsurprisingly, over 30 million views.

But now, there’s a Jewish version of this ear worm that’s equally annoy… I mean, catchy. Jewish a cappella group the Maccabeats have put out a parody of “Baby Shark” that’s guaranteed to get your kids excited about the holiest day of the week: Shabbat!

Called simply, “It’s Shabbat!” the song chronicles all the awesomeness of this holiday, including challah, yummy food, and every exhausted parents favorite Saturday afternoon activity: nap time. With adorable animation and a cute Shabbat-themed dance, it’s sure to get your kids dancing and singing this Friday (and every) evening!

Save the Date March 10: Charles Troy Comes to MCJC with Acclaimed “The Creation of West Side Story” Show

The Creation of West Side Story

The MCJC Let’s Have Fun Together Committee is pleased to announce that Charles Troy will present his highly acclaimed “The Creation of West Side Story” show at MCJC on Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 pm.

This 90 minute multimedia show was a huge entertainment success, receiving a standing ovation, this past summer at the Woodstock Opera House.  It’s a show you won’t want to miss! Plan to bring your family and friends to share this delightful and informative entertainment experience. Free child care is available if needed.

Charles Troy is America’s most celebrated dramatic musical theater historian/storyteller. He has developed more than fifty multimedia shows on musical theater subjects. His presentations are informative, highly entertaining, and have been embraced by audiences nationwide.

Mr. Troy is based in Chicago and performs extensively in Chicago North Shore communities and appears on a monthly basis at the Skokie Theater. He has been featured twice on the front page of the Arts & Entertainment section of the Chicago Tribune. The late Roy Leonard, former theater critic for WGN-TV, wrote in his blog in 2014, “I first saw Charles Troy a few months back at the Skokie Theater and have been back three times since, learning things I never knew about Broadway musicals I’ve enjoyed for years.”

RSVP and advance ticket purchase are required. Tickets are $15/per person.  Please RSVP via the calendar listing on this site (in the calendar, click on the March 10 listing to go to a registration page) or by calling the MCJC office at 815-455-1810.

You may purchase your tickets securely with your online RSVP by credit card or PayPal, or you may send a check made out to MCJC to:

McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8617 Ridgefield Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Attn: Tickets

Please RSVP and purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment in the event of sellout. We will hold your tickets for you at the door.

If you have questions about the show, please contact Bruce Weiss via email (funtogether@mcjconline.org).

We will provide child care during the show if needed. You may indicate your requirements when you register.

A refreshment social immediately follows Charles Troy’s presentation.

“The Creation of West Side Story” is brought to you by MCJC’s Let’s Have Fun Together program.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of January 8, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 9
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Thursday, January 10
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club discusses Three Floors Up with Rachel Kamin

Friday, January 11 
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, January 12
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
Extended Kiddush until 3:30 following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah. You are invited to share vegetarian items.

Sunday, January 13
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, January 16
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School 
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

SAVE THE DATE!
March 10: Charles Troy Comes to MCJC with Acclaimed “The Creation of West Side Story” Show. (Please note this date change).

This is an MCJC event you won’t want to miss! The show is followed with light refreshments, and free babysitting is available — but you must RSVP here or call the office at 815-455-1810.

Read all about this wonderful event.

MCJC Book Club Meets This Week

Following a Jewish thread yet mixing up the genres, MCJC’s Book Club will tackle an Israeli novella series, a split-screen work of historical fiction, and an autobiographical account of what it means to be Jewish in modern day New York.

The group will meet at MCJC on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 pm to discuss Three Floors Up by Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo. This compilation of three novellas explores the interconnected lives of the residents of an upper middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, people whose turmoils, secrets, confessions, and decisions reveal the ills of a society with an identity crisis.  

Next, on Thursday, March 14, the group will gather to discuss The Cloister by James Carroll. A priest and a Holocaust survivor find their perspectives and senses of identity reshaped by their shared investigation into the classic romance between discredited religious scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual paramour, Heloise.

Finally, on Thursday, May 30, the group will discuss My Jewish Year by Abigail Pogrebin. Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance. She wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant and chronicles her journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism in this captivating, educational, and inspiring memoir.  

All are welcome to participate in the Book Club at any time. Rachel Kamin, director of the cultural and learning center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El, facilitates all discussions.

We encourage participants to make a donation of $36 to MCJC to help cover the cost of the facilitator. For more information, contact Rita Janowitz at books@mcjconline.org.  

Upcoming at MCJC Week of January 1, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 2
NO Lunch and Learn
NO Religious School

Friday, January 4 
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (Plan to attend our next Extended Shabbat on Jan 12).
6:00 pm: An Interfaith Program: Planting the Seeds of Faith and Friendship at Resurrection Catholic Church

Saturday, January 5
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, January 6
NO Religious School– Winter Break
NO Adult Education – Winter Break

Wednesday, January 9
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Thursday, January 10
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club discusses Three Floors Upwith Rachel Kamin

Friday, January 11 
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (Plan to attend our next Extended Shabbat on Jan 12).

Saturday, January 12
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
Extended Kiddush until 3:30 following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah. You are invited to share vegetarian items.

Sunday, January 13
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, January 16
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School 
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Torah: Freedom Is A Conscious Choice Pt. I

Vaera 2018

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I38PTzoRyQ&feature=youtu.be

Freedom is a spiritual project or conscious choice. In order to thrive, it must be actively cultivated. Then, and only then, can we soften our hearts.

THE TROPE

Torah: Exodus 6:2 – 9:35  — Click here.
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25 – 29:21 – Click here.

This week we will focus on:

Sefer Shemot | Parashat Vaera

  1. Ex 6: 2-5, p. 351
  2. Ex 6: 6-9, p. 352
  3. Ex 6: 10-13, p. 353

Haftarah: 
Ezekiel 28:25-29:21, p. 370

Multiplying Blessings: It’s Never Too Late for Giving

In the coming days, MCJC members will receive this letter. We invite all friends of MCJC to consider this end-of-year appeal.

Dear MCJC Congregants and Supporters . . .

As the calendar year comes to an end, we hope you will consider our end-of-year appeal and respond with your support.

MCJC continues to need your financial commitment as we face budgetary shortfalls. While we have taken steps to minimize costs without sacrificing our services and programs, we continue to face financial challenges. We are stepping up our fundraising efforts along with new member recruitment during the next year, but we hope you will consider this opportunity for end-of-year gift giving.

Please take your time with the attached form, and fill in as many lines as you can. When you reach the last line, pause to think about all the blessings in your life.

Then return the form and your donation check as soon as possible but no later than December 31, 2018. Please write “Blessings” on your check.

You may also donate simply and securely online by using the Express Blessings Donation button halfway down the right column of every page of our website, www.mcjconline.org .

Thank you in advance for your generosity,

MCJC

An Interfaith Program: Planting the Seeds of Community & Friendship

Our neighbors at Resurrection Catholic Church invite us to join their community on the evening of Friday, January 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm for a presentation, community meal, and conversation.

All ages are welcome! Children’s activities and babysitting will be provided.

Dr. Anne M. Carpenter presents biblical accounts of Mary and how those accounts were incorporated into the theology of early and Medieval Christianity.

We will continue the evening with a community meal and conversation.

This event is convened by Resurrection Catholic Church, AMCO, the Ridgefield Presbyterian Church and McHenry County Jewish Congregation. We will meet on this occasion at Resurrection, 2918 S. Country Club Rd., Woodstock, Illinois, 60098.

Future fellowship events for adults, youth and children will be on a quarterly basis, moving around among our various places of worship. The culmination of this year’s Seeds of Friendship is planning and planting a vegetable garden next summer, and taking the harvest to a local soup kitchen or food pantry in fall of 2019.

Please RSVP so we know how to plan the food:

Rachael Sowa (Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church) – rdsowa@yahoo.com

Umar Carter (AMCO) – umarcarter@gmail.com

Danielle Cairoli (Resurrection Catholic Church) – dani.cairoli@gmail.com

New at MCJC: Extending Shabbat – Join your MCJC Family this Week

This past month, we began a new program at MCJC: a monthly program to extend our time together on Shabbat. In December, there was a Community Havdalah program. This Shabbat, January 12, we will share an Extended Kiddush.

This Extended Shabbat will include light fare, Zemirot, and Talmud Torah. The program has an adult focus. We invite you to bring vegetarian items to share.

Please join your MCJC family for an Extended Shabbat experience, this Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:30 am Service – Extended Kiddush & Talmud Torah following.

And we hope you will join us every Shabbat for community sharing, prayer and study.

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County