Religious School News Week of December 3, 2019

In December, our Religious School invites the congregation to join us for some exciting events:

On Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 pm, please join us for a Consecration Havdalah Ceremony. Our 4th-5th graders will receive their very own prayer books. We hope all MCJC families will join us for this special ceremony followed by a pizza party!

On Sunday, December 15, we will enjoy our Annual Community Chanukah Party. The fun starts at 9:30 am with music, followed by activity stations and of course, latkes prepared by our own MCJC Maintenance Men!

DECEMBER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 4
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7

Sunday, December 8
9:30 am: Religious School all grades

Wednesday, December 11
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7

Saturday, December 14
4:30 pm: Consecration Havdalah Ceremony (see above)

Sunday, December 15
9:30 am: Annual Community Chanukah Party (see above)

Wednesday, December 18
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7

Sunday, December 22
9:30 am: NO Religious School

Wednesday, December 25
4:30 pm: NO Religious School

Sunday, December 29
9:30 am: NO Religious School

“Chanukah 5769” by otir_im is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Torah: Toldot – From Sacred Survivalism to Aspiration & Relationship

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

TOLDOT

Moving from a culture of Sacred Survivalism to one of Aspiration and Relationship: “The fact is, however, that the trauma of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism are no longer sufficient for creating personal identification with the story of the Jewish people. The real problem is how to build a sense of community out of shared meaning, not shared suffering. Stories of persecution will not inspire our grandchildren to be Jews. We have to offer them a dream, a vision that is morally and spiritually compelling.” ~ Rabbi David Hartman

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: Genesis 25:19 – 28:9 – Click here.

Haftarah: Malachi 1:1 – 2:7 – 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.

“So close but so far away” by ann_blair2003 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 26, 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, November 27
2:00 pm: NO Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: NO Religious School
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner – Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Thursday, November 28
HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 29
6:30: 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, November 30
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, December 1
Deadline for submissions for the January-February newsletter.
9:30 am: NO Religious School
11:00 am: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, December 4
2:00 pm: 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, December 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 Video Gallery for the entire series!

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

Sunday, December 8
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — “Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant” More information and reserve your seats here.

Wednesday, December 11
2:00 pm: 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, December 13
6:30: 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, December 14
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).
4:30 pm: 4th Grade Religious School Step-Up Havdalah Program

Sunday, December 15
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am: Community Chanukah Party

Religious School News Week of November 26, 2019

Last week, students in all grades continued working on their Hebrew. Grade 2/3 read and discussed another Torah story. Most of the 4th-7th graders finished their challah trays. We will spray them with a food-safe sealant and send them home soon.

Next month, our school is looking forward to some exciting events:

  • On Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 we will have a Consecration Havdalah ceremony. Our 4th-5th graders will receive their very own prayer books. We hope all families will join us for this special ceremony followed by a pizza party!
  • Sunday, December 15, will be our annual Chanukah party. The fun starts at 9:30 am with music followed by activity stations and, of course, latkes prepared by our own MCJC Maintenance Men!

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 27 – NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Sunday, December 1 – NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Wednesday, December 4– Religious School, grades 4-7

Sunday, December 8 – Religious School, all grades.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

“Cornucopia” by Accretion Disc is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

It was A WARM, DELICIOUS, FUN, AND SENTIMENTAL EVENING . . .

By Ellen Morton

What a warm, delicious, fun, and sentimental evening our MCJC 40th Anniversary event was! We even made a little money for the congregation. And it all happened fairly easily because everyone pulled together so well.  Many thanks to all of you who helped make this evening such a success in every way.

We had a great crowd, great fun and enjoyed great food (thanks to Ilene Kaye, Kathleen Mayber and Marian Michaels for taking the lead in putting it all together and to guests who supplied additional dishes).

Miles Purvin displays the contents of a gift basket, trailed by Gene Lindow, Steve Boress and Dale Morton (aka, the Three Auctioneers).

The Woo-Woo drink was a hit! The decorations were great, including Italian themed flower vases from Renee’s Florist — and swap auctioneers, Gene Lindow, Dale Morton and Steve Boress, were perfectly silly and persuasive. Thank you, Sandy Lindow and Dara Turnball, for impromptu suggestions that made the evening even better.

Hunter Purvin shows off a wine rack, an item in the live auction.

Our kids in residence were awesome as runners and gift dispensers. And little Eli with his mustache handing out cookies . . . adorable! Thank you, and we hope you all actually had as much fun as it looked like you did.

The Grover’s ended up with one two many pictures at the end of the swap auction.

Paula Eskoz, your poem was perfect, and we all enjoyed the trivia! It got everyone engaged. Bruce Weiss, your MCJC history will be entered into the annals of our congregation. The slide show on the television screen was perfect, inviting people to visit the old albums and such on display. Bravo to all for these creative efforts!

Havdalah set the right mood, and the light up toys are always a crowd favorite. Thank you Kathleen Mayber, Stew Bailenson, and Herb Franks for your comments and suggestions.

MCJC founding member Stew Bailenson shares some sage advice with the dinner crowd.

With all disposable items, clean up went smoothly and quickly. Thanks to Rabbi Tom, Jonah Markowitz, Brandon Pacyna, Seth Turnball, Isabel Schiffer and others, the kitchen is even in good shape!

Check out was smooth with our ‘keep your own tally forms,’ keeping it easy for our check-out ladies and Renee to keep track of everything.

Eli Pacyna offers cookies to the crowd.

All told, it was a great evening. Hope you can attend our 45th coming right up in five years . . . . Oh, and if you didn’t know there was an MCJC 40th Anniversary event on Saturday . . . we’re not sure that’s possible, but if you missed your print newsletter, weekly e-nouncements, special emails, Facebook and Twitter posts, and flyers here and there, there’s just one thing to do. Get in touch with the Communications Committee via communications@mcjconline.org and let them know how to reach you!

MCJC Participates in the 2019 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk

MCJC joined 12 local churches to participate in the 2019 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, September 29.

Two hundred and thirty-eight individuals participated in this year’s Crop Walk, and the Walk raised $21,315! Twenty-five percent of the money raised from the Walk benefited local food pantries and the McHenry West High School “Food For Thought” program, with 75% of the proceeds raised will benefit hunger relief programs worldwide.

The 2019 MCJC Crop Walk Team raised $721! The  Team members were Davina, Sienna, and Andrew Kelly; Dara Turnball with Seth, Brandon and Eli; Jonah, London, and Asher Markowitz; Carrie, Jason, and Briella Bernstein; and Bruce Weiss.

MCJC-Sponsored November 27, 2019 PADS Dinner Tonight!

By Bruce Weiss, Social Action Chairperson

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is a week from tomorrow, November 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

Since the dinner is on the evening before Thanksgiving, I was concerned it would be difficult to have sufficient food providers and servers for the meal. I am so happy and thankful to report we have plenty of offers to provide food as well as the food servers we need for the dinner.

The food providers for our upcoming PADS dinner are: Gene Lindow (turkey breast in gravy), Briana and Elsa Salgado (mashed potatoes), Leslie Cook (Fatoush, a Middle Eastern bread salad), Bruce Weiss (French cut green beans and rolls), Dara Turnball (brownies), and Marian Weiss (yet-to-be determined cookies). Food providers should bring their food items to Redeemer Lutheran Church between 6:00 and 6:30 pm.  

We will once again use compostable plates and bowls to limit the amount of “washing work” after serving the meal.

As MCJC Social Action Chairperson, I am so very grateful for the help of our MCJC members with these MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners.

Religious School News Week of November 19, 2019

Hebrew learning continues in all grades. The 2nd / 3rd grade class learned a new letter and their first “final” letter. They also worked on learning some common Hebrew words.

Grades 4-7 continue to work on fluency. They also continued to work on their Challah trays, which they will finish next Sunday.

Next month, our school is looking forward to some exciting events. On Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 pm, we will have a Consecration Havdalah ceremony, when our 4th / 5th graders will receive their very own prayer books! We hope all families will join us for this special ceremony followed by a pizza party.

Sunday, December 15, will be our annual Chanukah party. The fun starts at 9:30 am with music, followed by activity stations, and of course, Latkes!

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 20 – Religious School, grades 4-7

Sunday, November 24 – Religious School, all grades

Wednesday, November 27 – NO School (Thanksgiving Break)

Sunday, December 1 – NO School (Thanksgiving Break)

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 19, 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, November 20
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 22
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, November 23
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 24
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
4:00 pm: FAITHBRIDGE 13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Program  (Faith Community United Church of Christ, Prairie Grove, IL)

Monday, November 25
6:00 pm:  Communications Committee Meeting (Panera, Crystal Lake)

Wednesday, November 27
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: NO Religious School
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner – Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Thursday, November 28
HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 29
6:30: 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, November 30
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, December 1
Deadline for submissions for the January-February newsletter.
9:30 am: NO Religious School
11:00 am: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, December 4
2:00 pm: 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)

SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, December 8
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish ImmigrantMore information and reserve your seats here.

Torah: Chayei Sara – The Absurdity of Life

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

CHAYEI SARA

The Absurdity of Life: That we must remind ourselves, inspire each other, to cherish those moments, no matter how few and how fleeting. To learn from them, to remain loyal to them, especially when they inevitably fade far and fast into our past.

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: Genesis 23:1 – 25:18 – Click here.

Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 – 1:31 – 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.

“Rabbi Contemplates the Torah” by Len Radin is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

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