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Bring Music of the Jewish Soul Home

Jewish Music, Memory and Identity
All music is soul music, an expression of someone’s soul, and Jewish music is no exception. It expresses the Jewish soul, the joy, sadness, hope, longing, aspiration, anticipation, fun, excitement and love that flows from a Jewish life.

Music is one of those things that like the aromas of food stimulates emotion and memory, as Stuart Stott expresses in his song, Music in My Mother’s House:

“There were wind chimes in the window. Bells inside the clock.
An organ in the corner and tunes on a music box.
We sang while we were cooking or working in the yard.
We sang because our lives were really hard.

“There was music in my mother’s house.
There was music all around.
There was music in my mother’s house.
And my heart’s still full with the sound…”

One of the best ways to create warm Jewish memories with your children is to fill your home with Jewish music in all its variety. For children, the simple words and melodies of songs are a key: sing your children to sleep, sing with them, sing while you’re cooking or working in the yard. Sing at Shabbat dinner — sing at any meal! Sing in the shower, sing while you’re carpooling, sing while you’re cleaning the house, stop for a song break while you’re helping with homework. If someone plays piano or guitar or another instrument, try learning a Jewish song to share with the family.

Jewish Song-of-the-Week (or month)
Here’s a good way to get started: choose a Jewish Song-of-the-Week (or month) to learn and sing to each other or sing together any chance you have.

Decide how you’ll choose a song. Will each person in the family take a turn finding something to share with the others? Will each person bring a suggestion to the table and the family vote on one for the current choice?

Jewish Music Resources
Rabbi Tom offers a growing library of Jewish songs (https://mcjconline.org/category/jewishmusic/) to help you choose. Visit often to check out new videos.

The Chicago area is home to some wonderful Jewish musicians, and you’ll have a chance to hear and learn from many of them at the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival this summer, Sunday, June 10, 11 am – 6 pm at St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve.

In the meantime, you can check out some of our own Chicago Jewish musicians on their websites: Listen Up! Jewish A CappellaThe Maxwell St. Klezmer Band and Tum BalalaikaShakshuka and Kol Sasson  just to name a very few.

Be sure to check out Jewish Rock Radio for contemporary and up-and-coming Jewish music for all ages.

The Klezmer Music Foundation, created by Chicagoan Lori Lippitz, encourages young people to engage through their outreach program to schools and other venues. The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago offers performances and programs on aspects of Jewish music, and for any who really want to get into it (or have a school paper to write and want an interesting topic), the Asher Library is an extraordinary local resource.

Did you know The Chicago Public Library has a Jewish Music Archive? And it’s a cool place to visit as a family as well!

Of course we all know about resources like iTunes and Pandora.

YouTube features lots of videos when you search on things like “Jewish songs,” “Israeli songs,” “Jewish children’s songs,” “Jewish holiday songs,” “Jewish songs in English,” or “Shabbat songs.”

Make searching and learning a fun family activity as you discover ways to enrich the Jewish soul of your home.

When you sensitize your ears, you’ll start to find music coming from so many places. Don’t be surprised if your kids start to sing snippets of tunes they hear in synagogue alongside your Jewish-Song-of-the-Week (or month). You can be sure they’ll remember the Jewish songs you sing together as warmly as the aromas of Jewish foods you share.

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 17

Upcoming at MCJC
Week of April 17

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

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
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: MCJC Night of Casino Entertainment & Silent Auction, McHenry VFW

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

Save the Dates:

May 6
9:15 am: Last Day of Religious School, Closing Day, Community Picnic
10:30 am: MCJC Annual Meeting (see below)

May 19
7:00 pm Community Shavuot Learning Program (Tikuun Leil Shavuot)

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.

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.

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