Upcoming at MCJC Week of June 18, 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, June 19
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Ethics of our Fathers Series, Part 3 of 4 (How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose) – please follow the link to register.
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee

Friday, June 21
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, June 22
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.)

Sunday, June 23
MCJC Clean-Up Day (Please see article for details.)

Wednesday, June 26
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Ethics of our Fathers Series, Part 4 of 4 (How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose) – please follow the link to register.

Thursday, June 27
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting, Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

Friday, June 28
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 welcoming you to this “Palace in Time.”

Saturday, June 28
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, June 30
8:00 am: Board Meeting

Torah: Beha’alotcha

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

Beha’alotcha

Moses lives fully embracing his complicated human self. For this we say, לֹא קָם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל כְּמֹשֶה עוֹד. No one human can replace, replicate, the greatness of Moses. לֹא תוּכַל לִרְאֹת אֶת-פָּנָי: כִּי לֹא-יִרְאַנִי הָאָדָם, וָחָי
I, God, will not allow you human beings, to see My face and to live. The prophet is human, after all.

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 8:1 – 12:16  Click here.

Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7 – Click here.

This is the week! MCJC Needs a Little Help from our Friends

Dale Morton, Chair of our MCJC Building and Grounds Committee, has set two dates for summer outdoor cleanup and maintenance work: 

Sundays, June 23 and August 18, 8 am – noon

All materials are provided, and you don’t need special skills. We just need you in work clothes joining your MCJC friends. The major areas where we need help are: 

  • Paint the playground equipment
  • Weeding in flower beds
  • Reduce the burn pile out back
  • Plant flowers
  • Paint the benches and back stairs.  

Please let Dale know if you can help out on one of those days building@mcjconline.org.

MCJC Book Club wraps up the 2018/19 Season and plans for 2019/20

Over the past year, discussions among MCJC Book Club book choices ranged from a novella based in Israel, to historical fiction rooted in ancient Christianity, to an autobiographical account of what it means to be Jewish in modern day New York. 

The group met four times from fall through spring, and each time, the discussions were enhanced by the skilled guidance of our facilitator, Rachel Kamin, a recognized authority on Jewish literature and director of the cultural and learning center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El.  

The Book Club is taking the summer off and will meet next at 7 pm on Thursday, Sept. 12, to discuss The Weight of Ink, a novel by Rachel Kadish.  An intellectual, suspenseful, and entertaining page-turner, The Weight of Ink tells the story of two remarkable women separated by three centuries, the ambition that connects them, and the power of the written word.

Anyone can join the ‘club’ at any time…if a particular book piques your interest, please come!  For more information, contact Rita Janowitz at books@mcjconline.org.

Sharing & Extending Shabbat, Friday Evenings, Shabbat Mornings & Afternoons

Welcome Shabbat and share its first hours with our Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table video series, and also at our MCJC Community Shabbat Potluck Dinners.

Our Friday evenings begin at 6:30 pm. The upcoming schedule is:

In addition, although we gather for services and Kiddush each Saturday, we enjoy two Extended Kiddushes each month, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Members share veggie/dairy foods, we talk, we sing, and we learn Torah together.

Coming up in June:

We hope you will join us in creating our “Palace in Time,” Shabbat.

Annual Meeting Report from “Let’s Have Fun Together” Group

MAY 2018 – MAY 2019
“LET’S HAVE FUN TOGETHER” EVENTS

​The goal of the MCJC “Let’s Have Fun Together” initiative is to enhance the social program offerings at MCJC in an effort to help build community. These are events we shared during the past year:

1) Saturday June 9, 2018: attended the Green Room Productions family-friendly improv show at the Cosman Theater in Huntley. Prior to the program, we had dinner at the Kosta’s Restaurant in Algonquin.

2) Saturday July 15, 2018: attended the Woodstock Folk Festival and had a picnic lunch in the park on the Woodstock City Square.

3) Monday December 24, 2018: annual Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner at the New China Restaurant in Carpentersville.

4) Sunday March 10, 2019: Charles Troy’s presentation of “The Creation of West Side Story” at MCJC, followed by a dessert social.

IDEAS FOR MAY 2019 – MAY 2020
“LET’S HAVE FUN TOGETHER” PROGRAMS

1) Attend the Woodstock Folk Festival on Sunday July 21 on the Woodstock City Square park, and have a picnic lunch.

2) Attend a performance of the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team on Friday night, August 2, at Wonder Lake Beach, and have a picnic dinner.

3) Invite Charles Troy to present the following shows at MCJC: “Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant,” “The Creation of The Sound of Music,” and “The Creation of The Wizard of Oz” and have either a dessert social or a pizza dinner.

4) Invite someone to come to MCJC late afternoon on a Saturday to teach Israeli folk dancing, and have a Havdalah service and pizza dinner.

5) Hold the annual Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner at the New China Restaurant in Carpentersville.

6) Hold a Jewish Bingo Night at MCJC on a Saturday and include a Havdalah service and pizza dinner (note: each bingo game would have prizes for an adult winner and a child winner.)

7) Carpool day trip on a Sunday to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie and have lunch at a Jewish deli.

IMPORTANT: please contact Burl Cohn and Bruce Weiss at funtogether@mcjconline.org and let them know which of the above listed program ideas interest you.

Annual Meeting Report from Social Action

PROJECTS: MAY 2018 – MAY 2019

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY AND ADOPT-A-TRAIL 

MCJC is a participant in the McHenry County Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway Program and the McHenry County Conservation District Adopt-A-Trail Program.

As a participant in these two important community service environmental programs, MCJC is responsible for picking up litter on Ridgefield Road between Country Club Road and U.S. Route 14, and the Bike Trail along U.S Route 14 between Ridgefield Road and Lucas Road (McHenry County Community College) from April 1 until the first snowfall. Usually two to four five gallon cans of litter are picked up along Ridgefield Road, and a bit less than one five-gallon can is picked up along the bike trail.

Bruce Weiss is looking for volunteers to help him twice a month with this community service project.  The amount of work time involved is approximately one hour. The day and time the work would be done is completely flexible. If you are able to help, please contact Bruce at 815-338-2721 or socialaction@mcjconline.org.

MCHENRY COUNTY CROP HUNGER WALK

MCJC joined 12 local churches and participated in the 2018 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, September 30, 2018.  A total of $24,159.28 was raised by this year’s WALK participants. Twenty-five percent of the money raised from the WALK benefited local food pantries, and seventy-five percent of the proceeds raised from the WALK  benefit hunger relief programs world wide.

MCJC participants raised a total of $686!  MCJC participants in the 2018 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk included:  Davina/Jim/Sienna/Andrew Kelly, Dara & Seth Turnball, Brandon & Eli Pacyna, Jonah/London/Asher Markowitz, Carrie/Jason/Briella Bernstein, Kelly/Robb/Ryleigh/Brooklyn Tadelman, Paula Eskoz, and Bruce Weiss.

WOODSTOCK AREA COMMUNITY MINISTRIES “SHARE THE WARMTH” WINTER CLOTHING COLLECTION DRIVE

MCJC was a participating congregation in the Woodstock Area Community Ministries “Share The Warmth” winter clothing collection drive.  Coats, jackets, boots, mittens, and blankets were collected by local religious congregations and distributed to more than 100 people in need at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock between November 8 and November 10, 2018. MCJC contributed  winter coats and gloves that completely filled two 32-gallon cans!

MCJC-SPONSORED PADS DINNERS

MCJC members prepared and served a dinner for the homeless the last Wednesday of each month between October 2018 and April 2019 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock. Between 20 and 33 (average 25) homeless PADS guests and 5 to 8 (average 6) PADS overnight volunteers were fed each month.

The MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners were a big success. The food items that MCJC members prepared were always delicious, and the MCJC serving team members always had a good time working together.  The homeless PADS guests and the PADS overnight volunteers “loved” the MCJC sponsored PADS dinners, often coming back for seconds and even thirds! Jackie Kroeger, the McHenry County PADS Dinner Coordinator,  greatly appreciated MCJC’s participation in this very worthwhile community service project.

MCJC members that provided food items for this past year’s PADS dinners included: Gene Lindow, Leslie Cook, Ellen Morton, Iza Celewicz, Kim Solomon Dooley, Briana & Elsie Salgado, Esther & Bob Kaplan, Amy Yoslov-Llaneta, Dara Turnball, Andy & Jill Purvin, and Marian & Bruce Weiss. Special thanks goes to Gene Lindow and Chef Adam at the Trio Grille Restaurant for their willingness to prepare the entrees for every MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner this past year.

MCJC members that helped serve the past year’s PADS dinners included: Linda & Jerry Trachsler, Amy Yoslov-Llaneta, Brian Silver, Iza Celewicz, Kim & Logan Solomon Dooley, Briana/Elsie/Jessie Salgado, Dara & Seth Turnball, Brandon & Eli Pacyna, Andy/Miles/Hunter Purvin, and Bruce Weiss.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
BUILDING PROJECTS

MCJC member Howard Frank has done a spectacular job representing MCJC and working as a volunteer for McHenry County Habitat For Humanity. Howard wrote the following report:

“I have been volunteering for Habitat For Humanity for just over 2 years and have really enjoyed the activity and the friendships that I have made. Just a summary of what has happened over the past 12 months is impressive: 9 families are in (or will be soon) rehabbed homes or condos, 6 families are in (or will be soon) brand new construction.   

“To me, this is amazing!!  This group of volunteers (led by Habitat employees) has been able to enrich the lives of 15 families with affordable homes of their own. 

“Looking forward, I have been told that there are nearly 20 jobs (both new construction and rehab) to be undertaken over the next year. We are always looking for people with a desire to help in these activities. The Habitat employees and the senior volunteers (not me) are there to train anyone willing to learn. You will get dirty, but it is a wonderful feeling going to the dedication ceremonies where the keys are turned over to the new families.   

“Please join me on Wednesdays (other days are also available) to help this worthwhile activity.”  ~ Howard Frank  (847)-764-9143 (cell phone).

CORNERS OF OUR FIELDS PROJECT

The Corners of Our Fields Project is not, strictly speaking, an MCJC social action committee undertaking. It has evolved into the “baby” of Ellen and Joel Levy.  The Corners of Our Fields Project is undertaken each High Holy Day season when we collect food and personal care items for people in need.

This year’s recipient of the food collected from the Corners of Our Fields Project was the McHenry West High School Food For Thought Program that provides food for McHenry West High School students from low income families. The personal care items collected by the Corners of Our Fields Project was donated to the Old Fire House Assistance Center in Woodstock which provides multiple services to the the homeless community of McHenry County.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of June 11, 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, June 12
2:00 pm:  Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Ethics of our Fathers Series, Part 2 of 4 (How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose) – please follow the link to register.

Friday, June 14
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting
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 welcoming you to this “Palace in Time.”

Saturday, June 15
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, June 19
2:00 pm:  Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Ethics of our Fathers Series, Part 3 of 4 (How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose) – please follow the link to register.
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee

Friday, June 21
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, June 22
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, June 26
2:00 pm:  Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Ethics of our Fathers Series, Part 4 of 4 (How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose) – please follow the link to register.

Torah: Nasso

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

Nasso

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 4:21 – 7:89  Click here.

Haftarah: Judges 13:2 – 13:25 – Click here.

Celebrating Shavuot, The Feast of Weeks, June 8

On Saturday, June 8, we celebrate the Festival of Shavuot with Shabbat morning services that include the Yizkor prayer.  Immediately following services, we continue our celebration with an Extended Kiddush, including light fare, Zemirot, and Talmud Torah with Rabbi Tom. Our study session during Extended Kiddush focuses on Shavuot.

Shavuot is a time to focus on Matan Torah, revelation, when Moses received the Torah from God at Sinai.

Our Torah is called “The Book of Life,” Sefer Ha’Chayim. It is something with which to get intimately involved. The Torah is a meeting place where we can encounter holiness in our everyday lives.

Our Torah engages, integrates, and inspires the whole person: it speaks to us about the world we inhabit, and the world we would like to build.

Many people follow the custom of eating dairy foods on Shavuot. My Jewish Learning shares some interesting reasons for this practice. If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org.

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County