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Torah: Parashat Vayetzei – Stopping to Move

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

PARASHAT VAYETZEI

Jacob’s vision, Rabbi Sharon Brous teaches, is an affirmation that life must be lived with firm roots in the real world — the base of the ladder — and, simultaneously, with deep attachment to the values and ideals of heaven — the peak of the ladder.

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: Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 – Click here.

Haftarah: Hosea 12:13 – 14:10 – Click here.

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Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of December 3, 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, December 4
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom, *Panera, Crystal Lake
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom, *Panera, Crystal Lake

Friday, December 6
6:30:  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. Check out our Video Gallery for the entire series!

Saturday, December 7
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 8
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — “Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant” More information and reserve your seats here.

Wednesday, December 11
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom, *Panera, Crystal Lake
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom, *Panera, Crystal Lake

Friday, December 13
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, December 14
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Community 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).
4:30 pm: Consecration Havdalah Ceremony

Sunday, December 15
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am: Annual Community Chanukah Party

Wednesday, December 18
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom, *Panera, Crystal Lake
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee meeting
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, December 20
6:30:  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. Check out our Video Gallery for the entire series!

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

Sunday, December 22
FIRST NIGHT OF CHANUKAH
9:30 am: NO Religious School
11:00 am: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Tuesday, December 24
5:00 or 6:00 pm TBD: Get out your chopsticks! –
“Let’s Have Fun Together” CHINESE DINNER

Wednesday, December 25
2:00 pm: NO Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: NO Religious School
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street, Woodstock
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, December 27
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, December 28
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Community 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, December 29
9:30 am: NO Religious School
11:00 am: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

*Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Religious School News Week of December 3, 2019

In December, our Religious School invites the congregation to join us for some exciting events:

On Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 pm, please join us for a Consecration Havdalah Ceremony. Our 4th-5th graders will receive their very own prayer books. We hope all MCJC families will join us for this special ceremony followed by a pizza party!

On Sunday, December 15, we will enjoy our Annual Community Chanukah Party. The fun starts at 9:30 am with music, followed by activity stations and of course, latkes prepared by our own MCJC Maintenance Men!

DECEMBER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 4
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7

Sunday, December 8
9:30 am: Religious School all grades

Wednesday, December 11
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7

Saturday, December 14
4:30 pm: Consecration Havdalah Ceremony (see above)

Sunday, December 15
9:30 am: Annual Community Chanukah Party (see above)

Wednesday, December 18
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7

Sunday, December 22
9:30 am: NO Religious School

Wednesday, December 25
4:30 pm: NO Religious School

Sunday, December 29
9:30 am: NO Religious School

“Chanukah 5769” by otir_im is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Time to Sign Up! “Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant” – Sunday, December 8, 1:30 PM

Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant
A Multimedia Presentation
by Charles Troy

On Sunday, December 8, at 1:30 pm, the “Let’s Have Fun Together” Committee is please to welcome back Charles Troy, acclaimed dramatic musical historian. He will present a ninety-minute multimedia show, “Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant.”

MCJC tickets are $15 each — but we don’t want anyone to miss this wonderful event because of the ticket price. For a complimentary ticket, please contact Bruce Weiss at funtogether@mcjconline.org.

Sign up and get your payment instructions at https://mcjconline.org/event/charles-troy. You may also contact Bruce Weiss at 815-338-2721.

See the video . . . then come to the show!

Mr. Troy is a graphic designer and former theatre lyricist who has developed more than fifty multimedia presentations on musical theatre subjects. More than twenty of these presentations are 90-minute programs on the stories behind many of the great musicals. These visually seamless presentations combine his own original graphics with historic photos, edited audio tracks with the lyrics displayed onscreen, and illustrative video clips — all coordinated with a scripted narrative, evolved from his extensive research, that weaves the pertinent events into a dramatic tale.

Charles is based in the Chicago area, and has appeared twelve times at the Woodstock Opera House over the last two seasons. He appears regularly at the Skokie Theatre on the first Wednesday afternoon of every month. He has also appeared at the York Theatre Company in NYC, at the Cole Porter Festival in Porter’s hometown of Peru, Indiana, at the Elkhart Jazz Festival, in Scottsdale, in San Francisco, and makes a tour of Florida every January.

“Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant” is one of Mr. Troy’s most popular presentations, and we are excited to be able to bring him back to MCJC. If you were at the last Charles Troy presentation on West Side Story, we know you’ll want to return for more. If you missed that one, be sure to save the date, Sunday, December 8, for an unforgettable afternoon.

SONGS IN THIS PROGRAM
(Featured in chronological order)

1907 “Marie” from Sunny Italy Irving Berlin
1909 “Sadie Salome” (Go Home) Dorothy Loudon
1909 “My Wife’s Gone to the Country” Collins & Harlan
1909 “That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune”
Lynnette Perry and Jason Graae
1910 “Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon” Joan Morris
1911 “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” Max Morath
1912 “When I Lost You” Maude Maggart
1912 “When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam’” Michael Feinstein
1912 “At the Devil’s Ball” Joan Morris
1914 “Simple Melody” Jo Stafford, then Ethel Levey and Blanche Tomlin
1915 “I Love a Piano” Barbara Cook
1915 “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars” William Cantor
1915 “When I Leave the World Behind” Maude Maggart
1918 “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” Jack Haley
1919 “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” John Steel
1919 “Mandy” Eddie Cantor
1919 “You’d Be Surprised” Joan Morris
1921 “All By Myself” Bing Crosby
1924 “Lazy” Joan Morris
1924 “What’ll I Do?” Linda Ronstadt
1924 “All Alone” Connee Boswell
1925 “Remember” Maude Maggart
1925 “Always” Gordon MacRae

Torah: Toldot – From Sacred Survivalism to Aspiration & Relationship

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

TOLDOT

Moving from a culture of Sacred Survivalism to one of Aspiration and Relationship: “The fact is, however, that the trauma of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism are no longer sufficient for creating personal identification with the story of the Jewish people. The real problem is how to build a sense of community out of shared meaning, not shared suffering. Stories of persecution will not inspire our grandchildren to be Jews. We have to offer them a dream, a vision that is morally and spiritually compelling.” ~ Rabbi David Hartman

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: Genesis 25:19 – 28:9 – Click here.

Haftarah: Malachi 1:1 – 2:7 – Click here.

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Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

“So close but so far away” by ann_blair2003 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 26, 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, November 27
2:00 pm: NO Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: NO Religious School
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner – Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Thursday, November 28
HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 29
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, November 30
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Community 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, December 1
Deadline for submissions for the January-February newsletter.
9:30 am: NO Religious School
11:00 am: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, December 4
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)

Friday, December 6
6:30:  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. Check out our Video Gallery for the entire series!

Saturday, December 7
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 8
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — “Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant” More information and reserve your seats here.

Wednesday, December 11
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)

Friday, December 13
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, December 14
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Community 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).
4:30 pm: 4th Grade Religious School Step-Up Havdalah Program

Sunday, December 15
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am: Community Chanukah Party

Religious School News Week of November 26, 2019

Last week, students in all grades continued working on their Hebrew. Grade 2/3 read and discussed another Torah story. Most of the 4th-7th graders finished their challah trays. We will spray them with a food-safe sealant and send them home soon.

Next month, our school is looking forward to some exciting events:

  • On Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 we will have a Consecration Havdalah ceremony. Our 4th-5th graders will receive their very own prayer books. We hope all families will join us for this special ceremony followed by a pizza party!
  • Sunday, December 15, will be our annual Chanukah party. The fun starts at 9:30 am with music followed by activity stations and, of course, latkes prepared by our own MCJC Maintenance Men!

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 27 – NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Sunday, December 1 – NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Wednesday, December 4– Religious School, grades 4-7

Sunday, December 8 – Religious School, all grades.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

“Cornucopia” by Accretion Disc is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

It was A WARM, DELICIOUS, FUN, AND SENTIMENTAL EVENING . . .

By Ellen Morton

What a warm, delicious, fun, and sentimental evening our MCJC 40th Anniversary event was! We even made a little money for the congregation. And it all happened fairly easily because everyone pulled together so well.  Many thanks to all of you who helped make this evening such a success in every way.

We had a great crowd, great fun and enjoyed great food (thanks to Ilene Kaye, Kathleen Mayber and Marian Michaels for taking the lead in putting it all together and to guests who supplied additional dishes).

Miles Purvin displays the contents of a gift basket, trailed by Gene Lindow, Steve Boress and Dale Morton (aka, the Three Auctioneers).

The Woo-Woo drink was a hit! The decorations were great, including Italian themed flower vases from Renee’s Florist — and swap auctioneers, Gene Lindow, Dale Morton and Steve Boress, were perfectly silly and persuasive. Thank you, Sandy Lindow and Dara Turnball, for impromptu suggestions that made the evening even better.

Hunter Purvin shows off a wine rack, an item in the live auction.

Our kids in residence were awesome as runners and gift dispensers. And little Eli with his mustache handing out cookies . . . adorable! Thank you, and we hope you all actually had as much fun as it looked like you did.

The Grover’s ended up with one two many pictures at the end of the swap auction.

Paula Eskoz, your poem was perfect, and we all enjoyed the trivia! It got everyone engaged. Bruce Weiss, your MCJC history will be entered into the annals of our congregation. The slide show on the television screen was perfect, inviting people to visit the old albums and such on display. Bravo to all for these creative efforts!

Havdalah set the right mood, and the light up toys are always a crowd favorite. Thank you Kathleen Mayber, Stew Bailenson, and Herb Franks for your comments and suggestions.

MCJC founding member Stew Bailenson shares some sage advice with the dinner crowd.

With all disposable items, clean up went smoothly and quickly. Thanks to Rabbi Tom, Jonah Markowitz, Brandon Pacyna, Seth Turnball, Isabel Schiffer and others, the kitchen is even in good shape!

Check out was smooth with our ‘keep your own tally forms,’ keeping it easy for our check-out ladies and Renee to keep track of everything.

Eli Pacyna offers cookies to the crowd.

All told, it was a great evening. Hope you can attend our 45th coming right up in five years . . . . Oh, and if you didn’t know there was an MCJC 40th Anniversary event on Saturday . . . we’re not sure that’s possible, but if you missed your print newsletter, weekly e-nouncements, special emails, Facebook and Twitter posts, and flyers here and there, there’s just one thing to do. Get in touch with the Communications Committee via communications@mcjconline.org and let them know how to reach you!

MCJC Participates in the 2019 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk

MCJC joined 12 local churches to participate in the 2019 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, September 29.

Two hundred and thirty-eight individuals participated in this year’s Crop Walk, and the Walk raised $21,315! Twenty-five percent of the money raised from the Walk benefited local food pantries and the McHenry West High School “Food For Thought” program, with 75% of the proceeds raised will benefit hunger relief programs worldwide.

The 2019 MCJC Crop Walk Team raised $721! The  Team members were Davina, Sienna, and Andrew Kelly; Dara Turnball with Seth, Brandon and Eli; Jonah, London, and Asher Markowitz; Carrie, Jason, and Briella Bernstein; and Bruce Weiss.

MCJC-Sponsored November 27, 2019 PADS Dinner Tonight!

By Bruce Weiss, Social Action Chairperson

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is a week from tomorrow, November 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

Since the dinner is on the evening before Thanksgiving, I was concerned it would be difficult to have sufficient food providers and servers for the meal. I am so happy and thankful to report we have plenty of offers to provide food as well as the food servers we need for the dinner.

The food providers for our upcoming PADS dinner are: Gene Lindow (turkey breast in gravy), Briana and Elsa Salgado (mashed potatoes), Leslie Cook (Fatoush, a Middle Eastern bread salad), Bruce Weiss (French cut green beans and rolls), Dara Turnball (brownies), and Marian Weiss (yet-to-be determined cookies). Food providers should bring their food items to Redeemer Lutheran Church between 6:00 and 6:30 pm.  

We will once again use compostable plates and bowls to limit the amount of “washing work” after serving the meal.

As MCJC Social Action Chairperson, I am so very grateful for the help of our MCJC members with these MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners.