Learn with Rabbi Tom Wednesdays, Sundays

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
Wednesdays, 1:00 pm

Explore Jewish history through the lens of the erratic, the unpredictable, the fascinating, and the truly inspiring.

Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week.

The Jewish Way with Rabbi Tom
Sundays, 11:00 am

For almost four thousand years, Jews have influenced and inspired radial ideas, theologies, philosophies, and entire cultures throughout the world. And we have only just begun!

Learn about and experience the many faces of Judaism with Rabbi Tom on Sunday mornings at MCJC. Find those touchpoints of meaning and memory-making that Judaism offers.

Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week.

For more information on either of these classes, please contact Rabbi Tom at: rabbi@mcjconline.org or 815.455.1810.

Check MCJC’s calendar on this site for any schedule changes.

MCJC Annual Notice and Proxy

Dear Fellow Congregant:

The annual meeting of the McHenry County Jewish Congregation will be held Sunday, May 6 2018, at 10:30 am. The meeting will include:

• State of the Congregation (Officers Report)
• Board of Directors Election, 2018-19
• Rabbi’s Comments
• 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 17 meeting, or you may cut, paste and complete the proxy and email it to MCJC to Robert.Perbohner@gmail.com or jbfishman@fishmanmillerpc.com

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. (Also attached Ballot)

MCJC’s Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of officers for consideration for the 2018-19 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
Leslie Cook
Steve Danzig
Mark Goldberg
Iza Celewicz

We hope you will be able to join us on the May 6. If you have any questions, you can contact Rob Perbohner (robert.perbohner@gmail.com) or me.

Sincerely yours,

Jack Fishman
MCJC President
jbfishman@fishmanmillerpc.com

Please cut and paste and complete the proxy and email it to me at jbfishman@fishmanmillerpc.com or to Rob Perbohner at robert.perbohner@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 6, 2018. 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)

Upcoming at MCJC Week of April 10

Week of April 10

Please see the MCJC CALENDAR for more information on any of these dates: 

Wednesday, April 11
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, April 13
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner. We will be joined by members of Pastor Community Church, Barrington, IL

Saturday, April 14
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion

Sunday, April 15 – CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, April 18
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, April 20
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, April 21
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion

Sunday, April 22
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, April 55
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner (See Below)

Friday, April 27
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, April 28
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion

Sunday, April 29
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom

Searching for Your Jewish Treasures

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? You never know what you might discover on the way to locating “the” treasure. What if you discover more treasures in your life than you ever imagined possible?

So try searching for your Jewish treasures. There are no rules about what a “Jewish” treasure is. The only rule is that you tell the rest of your family why the treasures you find are Jewish for you. Of course some of us will immediately find a kiddush cup and think of Shabbat meals. Or a picture that reminds us of a trip to Israel. But what if a pitcher’s glove immediately makes you think and feel, “Jewish?” That’s great! Just tell us why. Why does that pitcher’s glove make you think…”Jewish?”

So here’s one way you can search for your Jewish treasures. At a family dinner, let everyone in your home know they have a week to find their Jewish treasures. Plan to share your treasures with each other at a family dinner a week later and tell each other why these items feel or say “Jewish” to you, the memories or thoughts you associate with them.

What about centering your search around Shabbat meals, sharing your treasures around a Shabbat table at home or Friday evening at MCJC?

If you’d like to share your discoveries with your MCJC community, we’d love to publish them in our MCJC blog. Write up everyone’s contributions and email them to webmaster@mcjconline.org.

MCJC’s Major Fundraiser: An Evening of Casino Entertainment

Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the McHenry VFW 

Our “Little Shul on the Prairie” is in the process of requesting donations and/or sponsorships from our community members to help make our event successful.

The success of this event will enable us to continue to provide an outstanding religious education for both children and adults as well as community outreach and spiritual growth in McHenry County. We are asking for Silent Auction items, raffle prizes and event sponsorships.

EVENT SPONSORSHIPS CATEGORIES:

$50 Wildcard

Name on MCJC website, Facebook, Twitter, as well as in printed program book

$200 Queen

Name on MCJC website, Facebook, Twitter, as well as in printed program book and table signage at event, and “Raise your Glass” announcements

$350 King

Name on MCJC website, Facebook, Twitter, as well as in printed program book, table signage at event, “Raise your Glass” announcements, your promotional materials in our “Thank You” bags (*if provided) and a ticket to the event

$500 Ace

Name on MCJC website, Facebook, Twitter, as well as in printed program book, table signage at event, “Raise your Glass” announcements, your promotional materials in our “Thank You” bags (*if provided), and Two tickets to the event

$1000 or more The Royal Flush

Name on MCJC website, Facebook, Twitter, as well as in printed program book, table signage at event, “Raise your Glass” announcements, your promotional materials in our “Thank You” bags (if provided), four tickets to the event — AND a genuine LAS VEGAS printed casino table felt with your business or family name printed on it, for your choice of table game. Deliverable after the event for you to keep.

Donated items and sponsorships to MCJC are considered a charitable contribution and are tax deductible. Please contact us for our Federal ID number.

For more information, or to arrange donation pickups, please contact us via email at mcjcevents@gmail.com.

PADS DINNER IN APRIL

Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Committee Chairperson

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is April 25, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock. This PADS dinner is our last of the season.

If you would like to help with food or serving the night of the April 25 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner,  please contact Bruce Weiss via socialaction@mcjconline.org.

Your help with this MCJC community service project will be GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.

To aid in this, the MCJC Social Action Committee is coordinating volunteer efforts with the local McHenry County Habitat for Humanity group. We volunteer on Wednesdays at the work site (locations change depending on build schedules). No construction experience is required, only the desire to help.

We are supervised by experienced personnel. All tools and safety equipment are supplied by Habitat. For a look at some of the projects we are currently involved in, please Click Here.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Howard Frank at habitat@mcjconline.org.

Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County accepts monetary donations of new and gently used building materials and household goods at their ReStore resale store located at 2205 S. Eastwood Drive in Woodstock.

MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner March 28

By Bruce Weiss, Social Action Committee Chair

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is this week, Wednesday March 28 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock. There are only two more MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for the October 2017-April 2018 PADS winter season (March 28 and April 25).

The menu for our upcoming dinner is soup, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. Our wonderful MCJC volunteers are providing the meal.

Please contact me, Amy,and Ben Llanetta if you are able to help out for the next (and last) dinner via socialaction@mcjconline.org. Sixty-five portions of each item are needed, but you can contribute an amount of an item that your time and energy will allow.

Five to six individuals will be needed to help serve the meal (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm). Please contact me or Amy Llanetta if you are able to help serve the meal. You can get in touch with us about preparing or serving via socialaction@mcjconline.org.

Thanks so much for your help with this important community service project.

Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Committee Chairperson

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County