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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.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of June 4, 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 5
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Ethics of our Fathers Series, Part 1 of 4 (How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose) – please follow the link to register. 

Friday, June 7
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 8
9:30 am: 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 focuses on Shavuot.

Sunday, June 9
First Day of Shavuot

Monday, June 10
Second Day of Shavuot

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

Torah: Bamidbar

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

Bamidbar

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 1:1 – 4:20  Click here.

Haftarah: Hosea 2:1 – 2:22 – Click here.

Torah: Bechukotai – On Religious Humility

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

Bechukotai

Our relationship with Judaism should be no different than our relationship with a partner, a spouse, or our kids. When you find things about them, about the Torah, that you don’t like but have to live with nevertheless, you must struggle with it. Never give up.

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: Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34  Click here.

Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14 – Click here.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of May 28, 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, May 29
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at MCJC

Thursday, May 30
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club

Friday, May 31
6:30 pm: Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table – Please visit our website, the upper right column, for a beautiful video welcoming you to this “Palace in Time.”

Saturday, June 1
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion.
PLEASE NOTE: MCJC Casino Night Fundraiser POSTPONED until August 31.

Sunday, June 2
Yom Yerushalayim

Wednesday, June 5
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Ethics of our Fathers Series, Part 1 of 4 (How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose) – please follow the link to register. 

Friday, June 7
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 8
9:30 am: 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.

How to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose

Explore the teachings of ancient rabbinic sages on how to live a life of meaning and purpose. Join us at Panera Bread in Crystal Lake for this 4-part summer series, Pirkei Avot: Ethics of the Fathers, taught by Rabbi Tom Samuels of McHenry County Jewish Congregation.

WHEN: Wednesdays June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2 pm – 3 pm

WHERE: Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

While this summer series at Panera in Crystal Lake is free and open to the public, we request that you register with us if you plan to attend.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE, GO TO: mcjconline.org/event/meaning-and-purpose

HOSTED BY: McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012, 815-455-1810, email: office@mcjconline.org, website: mcjconline.org.

Torah: Behar – Modeling a Just Society

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

Behar

We will focus on the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years and how our text is a model for a just society where the dignity of the individual is sacrosanct (yet another manifestation of how blessed we all are to have inherited this text).

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: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2  Click here.

Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6 – 32:27 – Click here.

Religious School News Week of May 21, 2019

Religious School is out for the summer!

We had a great Closing Day last Sunday.  We enjoyed singing our favorite songs, sharing memories, playing Jewpardy, having Kona Ice, and eating hot dogs.

A big thank you to all our teachers, parents, and students for a wonderful year! A special thanks goes to Ilene Kaye for teaching songs to our students and helping with our family events. Also, thanks to our maintenance men and Jill Purvin for helping at all our events.

Lots of well wishes for Jenna Mussar and Dara Turnball, as they step down from teaching. Jenna plans to teach in Korea next year, and Dara is going back to school.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in teaching next year, have them email their inquiry to school@mcjconline.org for more information.

Please don’t be a stranger to MCJC during the summer. Attend a Friday night Shabbat, come to a Saturday morning service, join a committee, or help at a clean-up day.

Have a wonderful summer!

Upcoming at MCJC Week of May 21, 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, May 22
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Friday, May 24
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, May 25
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, May 29
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn

Thursday, May 30
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club

Friday, May 31
6:30 pm: Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table – Please visit our website, the upper right column, for a beautiful video welcoming you to this “Palace in Time.”

Saturday, June 1
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion.

SAVE THE DATE AUGUST 31 (postponed from June 1)

6:30 pm: MCJC Casino Night Fundraiser – Doors open 6:30 pm; Tables begin 7:00 pm. Fun! Friends! Music! Food! Drinks! Game Tables! Let the games begin. Get your tickets at mcjc2019-casinofundraiser.eventbrite.com (100 extra chips if you get your tickets before the event).

The Communications Committee: Who We Are, What We Do

The Communications Committee has been meeting for over a year. During that time, we have taken on several big projects:

  • A website that has become the coordinating point for all of our communications. Anything that goes into the e-nouncements, Newsletter, press releases, goes first through the website, both in its editing stage and its final published version. – mcjconline.org
  • With thanks to Rabbi Tom, we have introduced several video series into our website: Torah study, Shabbat Shalom at Rabbi Tom’s Table, and Holidays. We hope to add video streaming soon. As we look at ways to promote these video series and expand on them, they will become important tools for inreach — and outreach.
  • We have a great team of editors with very sharp eyes who reduce errors and conflicting information and ensure a uniformly professional style in all our publications. – Ellen Levy and Elaine Steinberg
  • We have a Facebook account and Twitter account that coordinate to the website, helping us reach a wider audience.
  • We have gotten onto a new email server, and now have a 99+% delivery rate.
  • David Drizner, who has managed MCJC’s Newsletter mailing list for years, as well as Newsletter printing and mailing, is part of the Communications Committee. David has expertise in “process,” and helps us look at ways to create sustainable processes that will serve the congregation well, as our membership and work force change over time.
  • We examined the purpose of each publication and set up the Newsletter as a benefit of membership and tool to encourage new memberships. We set a policy for sending out the Newsletter which will save approximately $500/year in costs, even as we move to first class postage.
  • We sent a 1st class mailing to 186 non-member households last week, asking if they would like to continue receiving the Newsletter, and asking for them to confirm a “yes” with a $10 annual subscription.
  • We gathered information from the four corners of the MCJC world and beyond to set up a database, still a work in progress, although we are able to produce some first results. The power of this tool will become more evident as we add more types of data.
  • Every current member should soon receive a letter showing information we have in the database for you and members of your family. We hope you will take a moment to update or add to your information. This is a one-time, first class mailing.

Next year we want to continue developing and improving mechanisms to help us all communicate better with each other and with our wider public — and to keep MCJC growing.

One specific project we look forward to taking on is a one-year congregational calendar, coordinated, edited, and launched on the website to serve us all as a tool for planning.

We also hope to work more closely with our other MCJC Committees to see how the processes we are putting in place can help their work. We encourage the Board and Committee Chairs to reach out to any member of the Committee to see how Communications can enhance what you are doing, whether it’s a post on the website or an article for the newsletter or e-nouncements, a press release, a registration process, a mailing list, or a report from the database.  We urge you to join Membership Committee Chair, Linda Blatchford, as she has seen how this partnership can strengthen MCJC’s mission and vision.

Please check the MCJC website at mcjconline.org for information about how you can easily stay up-to-date with your MCJC family.

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In addition to checking out your beautiful bi-monthly MCJC Newsletter, here are other ways to stay up-to-date with your MCJC family:

  • You can “follow” or subscribe to our website, and each post will land in your mailbox as it’s posted.
  • You can sign onto our email list and receive our weekly e-nouncements via the sign-up form in the right column of every page of our website.
  • You can visit us on Facebook (McHenry County Jewish Congregation) or on Twitter (McHenry Judaism).
  • You can visit our website at mcjconline.org and browse through our posts, pictures, Torah and music videos, and news.
  • You can learn to use forms on the website. Submitting a question or contact through the “Contact Us” form gets your note directly to the person who can best respond to it.
  • Registering for a class or event ensures you will get a call if there is a change. Payments are quick and easy with our payment buttons.

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Finally, and best of all, we have good meetings. We have fun — even while we are a hard-working committee putting in place lots of things we hope will serve MCJC well now and in the future. If you’d like to join us, please watch for meeting dates in the e-nouncements and plan to come on in.