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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 … Continue reading

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Meet the Bar Mitzvah: Seth Turnball

I turned 13 in December and will be having my Bar Mitzvah service on May 26. One of my favorite sports is basketball; I have been playing since first grade. I’ve played on a traveling league for the past three … Continue reading

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A Message from Rabbi Tom

MCJC Connections May/June 2018 ~ Iyar/Sivan/Tamuz ~ Volume 5778 Leadership guru Jim Collins describes a great leader as “an individual who blends extreme personal humility with an intense professional will.” Collins points out that such a combination is a rarity … Continue reading

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President’s Report: “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” “All Good Things…”

MCJC Connections May/June 2018 ~ Iyar/Sivan/Tamuz ~ Vol. 5778 By Jack Fishman For those television fans reading this column, you may recognize the two titles of this article as the names of the final episodes of “M*A*S*H” and “Star Trek: The … Continue reading

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Religious School News: Holiday Happenings!

MCJC Connections May/June 2018 ~ Iyar/Sivan/Tamuz ~ Vol. 5778 By Paula Eskoz What a busy couple of months we had leading up to Spring Break. In addition to our regular classroom Hebrew/Judaica/holiday studies, we had some really fun special events! This … Continue reading

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B’nai Mitzvah Class with Rabbi Tom

At MCJC, we teach our children to question, to debate, to fall in love with Torah, while finding their own voices in the chorus of our tradition. Our students don’t have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah – they become a … Continue reading

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Habitat: My First Home Dedication

By Howard Frank On Feb. 24 I went to my first Home Dedication for Habitat for Humanity. The new owners of the home in McHenry are a single father, Matt, and his five year old son. It was a wonderful … Continue reading

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MCJC is a participant in the McHenry County Adopt-A-Highway litter pick-up community service program. MCJC’s adopted highway is Ridgefield Road, between U.S Route 14 and Country Club Road. Over 11 five-gallon cans of litter were picked up on Friday, March … Continue reading

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Upcoming at MCJC Week of April 24

Please see the MCJC CALENDAR for more information on any of these dates:  Tuesday, April 24 Office Closed Wednesday, April 25 1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom 4:30 pm: Religious School 6:00 pm: PADS Dinner (See Below) Friday, April 27 … Continue reading

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Torah: It’s About Separation, Not Morality: Rethinking Homosexuality in the Torah — Acharei Mot / Kedoshim 2018

The Torah was given in the desert, to emphasize its universal availability. This is a trope of pluralism, universalism, and tolerance, regardless of who someone has sex with or, for that matter, whether they like eggplant or not. The Trope … Continue reading

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