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Religious School News Week of November 19, 2019

Hebrew learning continues in all grades. The 2nd / 3rd grade class learned a new letter and their first “final” letter. They also worked on learning some common Hebrew words.

Grades 4-7 continue to work on fluency. They also continued to work on their Challah trays, which they will finish next Sunday.

Next month, our school is looking forward to some exciting events. On Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 pm, we will have a Consecration Havdalah ceremony, when 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!

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 20 – Religious School, grades 4-7

Sunday, November 24 – Religious School, all grades

Wednesday, November 27 – NO School (Thanksgiving Break)

Sunday, December 1 – NO School (Thanksgiving Break)

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 19, 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 20
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, November 22
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, November 23
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 24
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
4:00 pm: FAITHBRIDGE 13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Program  (Faith Community United Church of Christ, Prairie Grove, IL)

Monday, November 25
6:00 pm:  Communications Committee Meeting (Panera, Crystal Lake)

Wednesday, November 27
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
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)

SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, December 8
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish ImmigrantMore information and reserve your seats here.

Torah: Chayei Sara – The Absurdity of Life

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

CHAYEI SARA

The Absurdity of Life: That we must remind ourselves, inspire each other, to cherish those moments, no matter how few and how fleeting. To learn from them, to remain loyal to them, especially when they inevitably fade far and fast into our past.

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 23:1 – 25:18 – Click here.

Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 – 1:31 – Click here.

* * *

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

“Rabbi Contemplates the Torah” by Len Radin is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

Religious School News Week of November 12, 2019

Our 2nd – 3rd graders learned 5 Hebrew letters and 2 vowels so far! They practiced reading combinations of letters and vowels, and read the word “Shabbat” in Hebrew.  They also continued to work on their first picture for their own Torahs.

4th through 7th graders worked on prayer reading and Hebrew sight words.  They continued to paint their challah trays, which are looking great so far.

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 13 – Religious School grades 4-7

Sunday, November 17 – Religious School all grades

Oh, and NEW THIS WEEK: See our Religious School Havdalah (10/20) video in the right column of every page of the site just below Rabbi Tom’s Shabbat video – or view it in our Video Gallery: https://mcjconline.org/video-category/shabbat-videos/

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 12, 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 13
2:00 pm: NO Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 15
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, November 16
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).

6:00 pm: MCJC 40th Anniversary Celebration! – More information, signups, and contributions here.

Sunday, November 17
8:00 am:  Board of Directors Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, November 20
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, November 22
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, November 23
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 24
9:30 am: Religious School all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Monday, November 25
6:00 pm:  Communications Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 27
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
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

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.

SAVE THE DATE:  December 8
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish ImmigrantMore information and reserve your seats here.

Torah: Vayera

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

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 18:1 – 22:24  – Click here.

Haftarah: II Kings 4:1 – 4:37 – Click here.

* * *

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

“end_of_the_world-2-(CC0)-John_Martin” by TC Cool is licensed under CC0 1.0 

Torah: Lech Lecha – Our Unpredictable Potential

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

LECH LECHA

“Go to the place that I will show you – where I shall make you visible, where your potential will be realized in unpredictable ways.” ~ The Sefat Emet

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 12:1 – 17:27 – Click here.

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16 – Click here.

* * *

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 November 5, 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 6
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014)
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)

Friday, November 8
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, November 9
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 10
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, November 13
2:00 pm: NO Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School grades 4-7
6:30 pm: NO Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Friday, November 15
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, November 16
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).
6:00 pm: MCJC 40th Anniversary Celebration! – More information, signups, and contributions here.

Sunday, November 17
8:00 am:  Board of Directors Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, November 20
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, November 22
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, November 23
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services, Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 24
9:30 am: Religious School all grades
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Monday, November 25
6:00 pm:  Communications Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 27
2:00 pm: Learn with Rabbi Tom (Panera, Crystal Lake)
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

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).

SAVE THE DATE:  December 8
1:30 pm: Charles Troy returns to MCJC with a new show — Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish ImmigrantMore information and reserve your seats here.

Religious School News Week of November 5, 2019

Last Sunday we started something new in Religious School. Not only will we begin our Sunday mornings with Havdalah, we will also begin with some prayers. Students will learn how prayers are chanted, along with the origins of the prayers and common traditions.

Our 2nd and 3rd grade classes learned another Hebrew letter and vowel. They also read their first Torah story and created their first picture for their own Torahs.  Grades 4-7 worked on Hebrew word recognition and began painting the backgrounds of their challah trays.

Please join MCJC as it celebrates 40 years on Saturday, November 16 at 6 pm. The event is free to all members, and children are welcome!  For more information or to RSVP visit MCJC’s website at https://mcjconline.org/event/mcjc-40th-anniversary-celebration/.

UPCOMING

Wednesday, November 6 – Religious School grades 4-7

Sunday, November 10 – Religious School all grades

Faithbridge: 13th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Program

CONNECTING ONE TO ONE
Lighting Up the Dark Times

Sunday, November 24, 2019 – 4:00 pm
At: Faith Community United Church of Christ, 2023 Rt. 176 at Bayview Beach Rd., Prairie Grove, IL – 815-479-1307

Join with neighbors, families and friends from various faith communities to celebrate together, acknowledging how hard it is to connect in dark times, as we move into winter. We will sing, drum and speak together about connections.

The program will be followed by refreshments and fellowship. An offering will benefit local food pantries and a water purification project in Central America.

A drum circle will be led by Greg Rajsky – bring your percussion instruments!

Singing will be led by Tricia Alexander – bring your voice!

An offering will be requested for area food pantries – bring your cash or check!

Refreshments will be served. Interaction will be led by our hearts.

This gathering is sponsored by FaithBridge Interfaith Association. For additional information, please contact: Rabbi Maralee Gordon, maraleegordon@gmail.com