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, mcjconline.org/2019/07/high-holy-days-contributions-payments/.


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.

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 Week of July 9, 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, July 10
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, July 12
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting at MCJC
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, July 13
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, July 17
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee

Saturday, July 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, July 21
11:30 am: “Let’s Have Fun Together” at the Woodstock Folk Festival

Wednesday, July 24
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Thursday, July 25
6:30 pm:  Communications Committee Meeting at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, July 26
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.

Saturday, July 27
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, July 31
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

SAVE THE DATES! 
Saturday, August 10
7:00 pm: Erev Tisha B’Av Services & Discussion Group – members Gene Lindow and Muriel Pick will co-lead a special Tisha B’Av program.

Sunday, August 25
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open House and New Member Brunch

Saturday, August 31
6:30 pm: A Night of Casino Entertainment – Join MCJC for a great evening of fun and games!

Torah: Chukat

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

CHUKAT

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: Numbers 19:1 – 22:1  Click here.

Haftarah: Judges 11:1 – 11:33 – Click here.

“Moses bringing water from the rock and receiving the ten commandments”by Nick in exsilio is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Learn with Rabbi Tom Wednesdays, Sundays

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
Wednesdays, 2:00 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. Please bring your own veggie/dairy lunch.

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.

Wednesday sessions often meet at Panera in Crystal Lake. Check MCJC’s calendar and e-nouncements for schedule and location specifics.

Erev Tisha B’Av Services & Discussion Group, August 10, 2019

On Saturday, August 10, at 7:00 pm, at MCJC, members Gene Lindow and Muriel Pick will co-lead a special Tisha B’Av program.

The evening includes Havdala, readings from the Book of Lamentations / Eicha, and a discussion group titled: “From Victimhood to Victory – The Dilemma of Suffering and Forgiveness.” 

We look forward to sharing this time together the evening of Saturday, August 10.

About the Discussion Topic: 
From Victimhood to Victory – The Dilemma of Suffering and Forgiveness

  • The benefits of staying victimized (why do we whine so much?)
  • The rewards of moving toward healing
  • The power of spiritual strength
  • Lessons from our Jewish resources
  • How do we get past anger and fear from those who have hurt us?
  • A practical home exercise: Can we control others behaviors? Who can we control?

About Tisha b’Av:
Tisha B’Av culminates the Three Weeks, an annual mourning period for the destruction of the Holy Temple, an event that launched us into a still-ongoing exile. It is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date that many other tragedies befell the Jewish people.

Tisha B’Av is the time we begin, as individuals and as a community, to do a Heshbon HaNefesh, an Accounting of the Soul, as we prepare for the High Holy Days.

“Prayers”by chaim zvi is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

McHenry County Jewish Congregation Open House & Community picnic

Sunday, August 25, 2019
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC) Membership Committee invites you to an Open House and Community Picnic in conjunction with the Opening Day of the MCJC Religious School 2019/2020.

The event is Sunday, August 25, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, at 8617 Ridgefield Rd. in unincorporated Crystal Lake.  It is accessible from Route 14.

View our Religious School in action, tour the building, and meet members, teachers, and Rabbi Tom Samuels. A Community Picnic starts at 11:30 am, with kosher hot dogs and veggie/pareve foods prepared by congregants.

RSVPs are required by August 20 at  https://mcjconline.org/event/mchenry-county-jewish-congregation-open-house/

MCJC is the heart of Jewish life in the greater McHenry County area. We offer

  • a full schedule of weekly worship services
  • holiday services (the High Holy Days begin this year September 29 and include children’s services)
  • Friday evening potluck dinners
  • social events
  • social action programs
  • a Religious School and Hebrew program that meets one weekday afternoon and Sunday mornings
  • a growing library of educational videos from Rabbi Tom for Torah study, Shabbat celebrations, songs, and more

If you would like to find out more about membership in our vibrant MCJC community, please email membership@mcjconline.org.

A Night of Casino Entertainment August 31, 2019

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.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of July 2, 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, July 3
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

Thursday, July 4
Independence Day

Friday, July 5
6:30 pm: Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table – This week we will experiment with a new format. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat.

Saturday, July 6
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, July 10
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, July 12
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, July 13
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, July 17
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee

SAVE THE DATES! 
Saturday, August 10
7:00 pm: Erev Tisha B’Av Services & Discussion Group – members Gene Lindow and Muriel Pick will co-lead a special Tisha B’Av program.

Saturday, August 31
6:30 pm: A Night of Casino Entertainment – Join MCJC for a great evening of fun and games!

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County