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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.

MCJC High Holy Days Participation & Order Form – Return by August 15

Submit Names for the MCJC High Holy Day Greeting Card and Yizkor Book. Submit reservations for High Holy Days tickets, Break-the-Fast or non-member High Holy Day Tickets.

The MCJC High Holy Day Card offers an easy way to fulfill the long-standing tradition of offering New Year’s greetings to friends and family. If you would like to include your name/s in the card we send to members and friends, please complete the form below. This form also gives you the opportunity to provide names of loved ones for the Yizkor Booklet, to sign up for the Break-the-Fast, even to get non-member High Holy Day tickets.

Form. There are three ways for you to submit your High Holy Days Participation & Order Form:

  • 1. Use this online version of the form.
  • 2. Use the .pdf version of the form which you can download and print using the link just above the Payment Button below.
  • 3. Use the form provided on the back page of your August/September MCJC Newsletter.

If you use this online form, be sure to click "Submit" when you are finished. If you print and use the .pdf version or if you use the form on the back page of your Newsletter, you may return it to McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC), 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

Payment. After you total your payment, you can use the payment button below this form or in the right column of every page of this site to pay securely online.

If you prefer, you can write your check to MCJC and mail or bring in to McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC), 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

1. ROSH HASHANAH GREETING CARD ($18.00).

2. YIZKOR MEMORIAL BOOKLET (Your generous contribution is greatly appreciated).

3. BREAK-THE-FAST OCT. 9 @ 7:30 pm ($10.00/adult, $5.00/child, 6-12, $30.00/family).

4. HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES NON-MEMBER TICKET PRICES

Please note that only members in good standing will be free of charge for services. Contact Jen Finger, treasurer@mcjconline.org, as soon as possible if you are unsure of your standing. Select the tickets you need below:

5. CAN YOU VOLUNTEER?
MCJC can always use your help. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to take an active part in our Jewish community. Please let us know below how you can help. You may check more than one.

Thank you for your participation in MCJC's High Holy Days 5780. Be sure to click "Submit" below and to follow with your payment using the High Holy Days payment buttons on the site or via check to MCJC.

Participation & Order Form – .pdf Version

https://mcjconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019_HH-Form_web.pdf

High Holy Days Payment Button

Amount: USD

Upcoming at MCJC Week of July 16, 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 17
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee

Friday, July 19
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting at MCJC
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 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 – RSVP to funtogether@mcjconline.org so we can reserve enough space.

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 – 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!

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.

Torah: Balak

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

BALAK 2019

More and more questions…fewer and fewer answers…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 22:2 – 25:9  Click here.

Haftarah: Micah 5:6 – 6:8 – 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 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

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.