How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose

Explore the teachings of ancient rabbinic sages on how to live a life of meaning and purpose. Join us at Panera Bread in Crystal Lake for this 4-part summer series, Pirkei Avot: Ethics of the Fathers, taught by Rabbi Tom Samuels of McHenry County Jewish Congregation.

WHEN: Wednesdays June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2 pm – 3 pm

WHERE: Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

While this summer series at Panera in Crystal Lake is free and open to the public, we request that you register with us if you plan to attend.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE, GO TO: mcjconline.org/event/meaning-and-purpose

HOSTED BY: McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012, 815-455-1810, email: office@mcjconline.org, website: mcjconline.org.

Torah: Behar – Modeling a Just Society

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

Behar

We will focus on the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years and how our text is a model for a just society where the dignity of the individual is sacrosanct (yet another manifestation of how blessed we all are to have inherited this text).

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: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2  Click here.

Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6 – 32:27 – Click here.

Religious School News Week of May 21, 2019

Religious School is out for the summer!

We had a great Closing Day last Sunday.  We enjoyed singing our favorite songs, sharing memories, playing Jewpardy, having Kona Ice, and eating hot dogs.

A big thank you to all our teachers, parents, and students for a wonderful year! A special thanks goes to Ilene Kaye for teaching songs to our students and helping with our family events. Also, thanks to our maintenance men and Jill Purvin for helping at all our events.

Lots of well wishes for Jenna Mussar and Dara Turnball, as they step down from teaching. Jenna plans to teach in Korea next year, and Dara is going back to school.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in teaching next year, have them email their inquiry to school@mcjconline.org for more information.

Please don’t be a stranger to MCJC during the summer. Attend a Friday night Shabbat, come to a Saturday morning service, join a committee, or help at a clean-up day.

Have a wonderful summer!

The Communications Committee: Who We Are, What We Do

The Communications Committee has been meeting for over a year. During that time, we have taken on several big projects:

  • A website that has become the coordinating point for all of our communications. Anything that goes into the e-nouncements, Newsletter, press releases, goes first through the website, both in its editing stage and its final published version. – mcjconline.org
  • With thanks to Rabbi Tom, we have introduced several video series into our website: Torah study, Shabbat Shalom at Rabbi Tom’s Table, and Holidays. We hope to add video streaming soon. As we look at ways to promote these video series and expand on them, they will become important tools for inreach — and outreach.
  • We have a great team of editors with very sharp eyes who reduce errors and conflicting information and ensure a uniformly professional style in all our publications. – Ellen Levy and Elaine Steinberg
  • We have a Facebook account and Twitter account that coordinate to the website, helping us reach a wider audience.
  • We have gotten onto a new email server, and now have a 99+% delivery rate.
  • David Drizner, who has managed MCJC’s Newsletter mailing list for years, as well as Newsletter printing and mailing, is part of the Communications Committee. David has expertise in “process,” and helps us look at ways to create sustainable processes that will serve the congregation well, as our membership and work force change over time.
  • We examined the purpose of each publication and set up the Newsletter as a benefit of membership and tool to encourage new memberships. We set a policy for sending out the Newsletter which will save approximately $500/year in costs, even as we move to first class postage.
  • We sent a 1st class mailing to 186 non-member households last week, asking if they would like to continue receiving the Newsletter, and asking for them to confirm a “yes” with a $10 annual subscription.
  • We gathered information from the four corners of the MCJC world and beyond to set up a database, still a work in progress, although we are able to produce some first results. The power of this tool will become more evident as we add more types of data.
  • Every current member should soon receive a letter showing information we have in the database for you and members of your family. We hope you will take a moment to update or add to your information. This is a one-time, first class mailing.

Next year we want to continue developing and improving mechanisms to help us all communicate better with each other and with our wider public — and to keep MCJC growing.

One specific project we look forward to taking on is a one-year congregational calendar, coordinated, edited, and launched on the website to serve us all as a tool for planning.

We also hope to work more closely with our other MCJC Committees to see how the processes we are putting in place can help their work. We encourage the Board and Committee Chairs to reach out to any member of the Committee to see how Communications can enhance what you are doing, whether it’s a post on the website or an article for the newsletter or e-nouncements, a press release, a registration process, a mailing list, or a report from the database.  We urge you to join Membership Committee Chair, Linda Blatchford, as she has seen how this partnership can strengthen MCJC’s mission and vision.

Please check the MCJC website at mcjconline.org for information about how you can easily stay up-to-date with your MCJC family.

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In addition to checking out your beautiful bi-monthly MCJC Newsletter, here are other ways to stay up-to-date with your MCJC family:

  • You can “follow” or subscribe to our website, and each post will land in your mailbox as it’s posted.
  • You can sign onto our email list and receive our weekly e-nouncements via the sign-up form in the right column of every page of our website.
  • You can visit us on Facebook (McHenry County Jewish Congregation) or on Twitter (McHenry Judaism).
  • You can visit our website at mcjconline.org and browse through our posts, pictures, Torah and music videos, and news.
  • You can learn to use forms on the website. Submitting a question or contact through the “Contact Us” form gets your note directly to the person who can best respond to it.
  • Registering for a class or event ensures you will get a call if there is a change. Payments are quick and easy with our payment buttons.

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Finally, and best of all, we have good meetings. We have fun — even while we are a hard-working committee putting in place lots of things we hope will serve MCJC well now and in the future. If you’d like to join us, please watch for meeting dates in the e-nouncements and plan to come on in.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of May 14, 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, May 15
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, May 17
6:30 pm: Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table – Please visit our website, the upper right column, for a beautiful video welcoming you to this “Palace in Time.”

Saturday, May 18
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Please note: this is a special lay-led service as both Gabbai Gene and Rabbi Tom will not be there. If you can participate, in particular read Torah or Haftarah, please contact Linda Blatchford at l_blatchford@yahoo.com.

Sunday, May 19
9:30 am: Last Day of Religious School
10:30 am: MCJC Annual Meeting. If you cannot attend, please send your Proxy form (emailed to you and available on this link.) Your input is vital.
11:15 am: Religious School Annual Closing Day Picnic

Monday, May 20
6:30 pm: Communications Committee Meeting, Panera Bread, Crystal Lake

Wednesday, May 22
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Friday, May 24
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, May 25
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)

Wednesday, May 29
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn

Thursday, May 30
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club

Friday, May 31
6:30 pm: Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table – Please visit our website, the upper right column, for a beautiful video welcoming you to this “Palace in Time.”

Saturday, June 1
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion.
6:30 pm: MCJC Casino Night Fundraiser – Doors open 6:30 pm; Tables open 7:00 pm.

Torah Video: Emor – Action & Inaction, work & rest, Active & Passive, Will & Restraint

Please join us on Saturday morning at 9:30 for a special, lay-led Shabbat worship and Torah study.

Emor

This portion introduces a dialogue about the relationship between action and inaction, work and rest, active and passive, will and restraint.

THE TROPE 

Torah: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23  Click here.

Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15 – 44:31 – Click here.

How to submit items for the weekly e-nouncements or bimonthly Newsletter

To submit an entry for the weekly e-nouncements and/or website: email e-nouncements@mcjconline.org no later than Friday for the following week’s issue.

To submit an entry for the August/September Newsletter, MCJC Connections: email your entries to newsletter@mcjconline.org by July 5. Please note: This will be our High Holy Day and School Opening issue.

For both publications, please enter your copy into the body of an email. If you have associated artwork or pictures, attach to your email as a .jpg.

If you are not receiving newsletters or e-nouncements, please notify the Communications Committee via webmaster@mcjconline.org.

MCJC Annual Notice & Proxy

Dear Fellow Congregant:

The annual meeting of the McHenry County Jewish Congregation will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 10:30 am. The meeting will include:

  • State of the Congregation 
  • Board of Directors Election, 2019-20
  • Rabbi’s Comments, School & Committee Reports
  • Open discussion of congregational matters

The annual meeting coincides with year-end school activities, which will begin at 9:15 am. All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting starting at 10:30 am, as your input is vital to our success. We hope you also plan to attend our annual school closing picnic, which will start at about 11:15 am. 

Each family membership is entitled to two votes (member must be 18 or older). Single members are entitled to one vote. 

A quorum (25% of eligible voters) is required to conduct congregational business so it is important you either attend or provide a proxy. If you cannot attend, you are allowed to designate a vote by proxy. You may print out and sign the proxy below and send it along with a member who is attending the May 19 meeting, or you may cut, paste and complete the proxy and email it to Dale Morton at Rdalemorton@gmail.com or Karen Koenig at president@mcjconline.org.

Your vote is necessary to advance the business of this congregation this coming year by voting for or against the slate presented to the congregation by the Nominating Committee.

MCJC’s Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of officers for consideration for the 2019-20 fiscal year. 

Officers
Karen Koenig – co-President
Andy Purvin – co-President (acting Secretary)
Dara Turnball – co-President
Jennifer Finger – Treasurer

At-Large Board Members
Robb Tadelman
Mark Goldberg
Iza Celewicz
Brian Horn
Jonah Markowitz

We hope you will be able to join us on May 19.  If you have any questions you can contact our Nominating Committee Chair, Dale Morton, or Co-President, Karen Koenig.

Karen Koenig, MCJC Co-President


Please either cut and paste and complete the proxy and email it to me, Karen Koenig, at president@mcjconline.org, or to Dale Morton at Rdalemorton@gmail.com — or employ the tried and true technique of printing out the proxy, signing it and giving it to a member who is attending the meeting.

PROXY

I, _____________________________________________, will not be able to attend the Congregational Meeting of MCJC on May 19, 2019. I designate the congregant member below to vote on all matters on my behalf.

Signed,


(Signature)


(Printed Name)


DESIGNATED PROXY


(Printed name of Proxy)


(Date)

Religious School News Week of May 14, 2019

Don’t miss the Annual Meeting & School Closing Day Picnic!

Grades 4-7 finished their Jewish values film. Our “Jewish Values” video will make it’s debut during Closing Day activities. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, May 15: Religious school for grades 3-7

Sunday, May 19-: Religious School Closing Day

Please join us as we wrap up our school year with student memories, Havdalah, singing, kids vs. adult Jewpardy, Kona Ice, games for the kids (during the Annual Meeting) and of course a hot dog lunch (with sides) for everyone at the MCJC Annual Closing Day Picnic.

MCJC Book Club To Explore What It Means To Be Jewish In Modern Day New York

On Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 pm, the MCJC Book Club will meet to 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.

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County