Category Archives: Announcements

Local Shiva Arrangements for Max Gimpel, Father of Al Gimpel

Al Gimpel will sit Shiva at the Saddlebrook Farms “Lake Lodge” building this coming Wednesday evening, February 27 from 6 pm to 9 pm with a Ma’ariv Service at 7:30 pm.

The address of the Saddlebrook Farms subdivision is 23000 West Peterson Road, Grayslake Illinois.

The entrance to Saddlebrook Farms is near Peterson Road and Route 60. Turn off Peterson Road at Behm Lane. Ignore the first side road, and follow Behm Lane for two-tenths of a mile. Turn right on Saddlebrook Drive, and follow it for 1.1 miles to the building marked “Lake Lodge.”  Dairy or Parve dishes are welcome.

Al prefers that you come to this Shiva Wednesday, a venue with much more room, but if you cannot, he will sit Shiva during the same hours on Tuesday at his home, 107 Jockey Court Grayslake Illinois (where parking may be more difficult).


Shiva. If you would like to donate food or make a financial contribution to the Shiva, or if you have questions about what to donate, please contact Ellen Morton at or text her at 815-353-0819.

Other contributions. Contributions in memory of Max Gimpel can be made to The Selfhelp Home at 908 W. Argyle, Chicago, IL 60640. You can also make your contribution online at

With Sadness, we announce the passing of Max Gimpel, father of Allen Gimpel

We mourn the passing of Max Gimpel, father of Allen Gimpel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gimpel family.


From Allen Gimpel:

At just over 101 years old, Max Gimpel passed away in comfort in the very early hours of this morning. Burial will be in Arizona, with Shiva Visitation to be determined.

A very good newspaper article was written about Dad some years ago. Google these words consecutively: Max Gimpel Architect Of The Spirit.

Examples of his religious artwork can be found at, and when you reach the landing page click on the words “click here.”


תהא נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים
T’hi nafsho tzrurah b’tzror hachaim
May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.

Chicago Jewish Film Festival Coming Soon

The 6th Annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival runs March 1 – 17 and features 43 films at venues across the city and suburbs: ArcLight Theaters in Glenview and Chicago; Cinemark Theatres in Deer Park and Evanston; the Music Box Theatre in Lakeview; and special screenings at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie and the Hotel at Midtown in Chicago.

This year, the festival includes a World Premiere, 12 Midwest Premieres and 4 Chicago Premieres, along with insightful talkbacks following many of the films, all totaling 96 screenings over the course of the three weekends.

The 2019 JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is a celebration of strength and resilience, and in particular, a tribute to strong female protagonists whose experiences made a difference for their families and the world. Golda’s Balcony, a one-woman film about Israel’s fearless, first and only woman to serve as Prime Minister, is brought to life through the critically-acclaimed performance by Tovah Feldshuh. Grateful, a closer-to-home story about a 40-something mom and wife, Jenni Berebitsky, who has ALS, has left audiences laughing through tears and in awe of this brave and inspirational woman. The timely feature film, Working Woman, is a drama from Israel about an ambitious career woman who struggles to restore her dignity after receiving unwanted advances from her boss.

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival has grown from modest beginnings to engaging over 12,000 movie lovers in 2018. The 2019 festival is poised to reach even more people through the diverse selection of film and special events.

For more information, please visit the Film Festival website:

With sadness, we announce the death of Manfred Leo Lindow

Funeral Service for Manfred Lindow
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 12:00 pm
Congregation Kneseth Israel (CKI)
330 Division St, Elgin, IL 60120

We mourn the passing of Manfred Lindow, husband of Helen Lindow, father to Edgar, Gene (Sandy), and Kenneth (Bekki), grandfather to Justin Pfeifer, Danielle, Melissa, Geoffrey, Yehuda (Chai B’racha), Shimi, Tamima, Sara, and Bracha.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lindow family.

תהא נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים
T’hi nafsho tzrurah b’tzror hachaim
May his soul be bound up to the bond of life.

Please click here for a link to the funeral home announcement, obituary, service and shiva times, and for more information.

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 annual meeting coincides with year-end school activities, which will begin at 9:15 am. All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting starting at 10:30 am, as your input is vital to our success. We hope you also plan to attend our annual school closing picnic, which will start at about 11:15 am.

Each family membership is entitled to two votes (member must be 18 or older). Single members are entitled to one vote.

A quorum (25% of eligible voters) is required to conduct congregational business, so it is important you either attend or provide a proxy. If you cannot attend, you are allowed to designate a vote by proxy. You may print out and sign the proxy below and send it along with a member who is attending the May 17 meeting, or you may cut, paste and complete the proxy and email it to MCJC to or

Your vote is necessary to advance the business of this congregation this coming year by voting for or against the slate presented to the congregation by the Nominating Committee. (Also attached is a Proxy Ballot)

MCJC’s Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of officers for consideration for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Karen Koenig – co-President
Andy Purvin – co-President (acting Secretary)
Dara Turnball – co-President
Jennifer Finger – Treasurer

At-Large Board Members
Robb Tadelman
Leslie Cook
Steve Danzig
Mark Goldberg
Iza Celewicz

We hope you will be able to join us on the May 6. If you have any questions, you can contact Rob Perbohner ( or me.

Sincerely yours,

Jack Fishman
MCJC President

Please cut and paste, complete the proxy, and email it to me at or to Rob Perbohner at — or employ the tried-and-true technique of printing out the proxy, signing it, and giving it to a member who is attending the meeting.


I, _____________________________________________, will not be able to attend the Congregational Meeting of MCJC on May 6, 2018. I designate the congregant member below to vote on all matters on my behalf.



(Printed Name)


(Printed name of Proxy)


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
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, April 28
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion
7:00 pm: MCJC Casino Night Fundraiser & Silent Auction

Sunday, April 29
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, May 2
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:15 pm: Religious School Faculty Meeting

Friday, May 4
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, May 5
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion

Sunday, May 6
9:15 am: Last Day of Religious School, Closing Day, Community Picnic

Wednesday, May 9
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Thursday, May 10
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club

Friday, May 11
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, May 12
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion

MCJC Needs You!!!

We are looking for talented volunteers to join the MCJC team:

Volunteer Graphic Designer for logo, branding, brochures, fliers, etc. for print and online publications. Know PhotoShop or Illustrator? Have some talent? We need your help!

Volunteer to write and/or submit online Press Releases for MCJC. Coordinate with other committee members.

Please contact Rabbi Tom if you want to be part of the MCJC team at

Special Board Announcement

We are pleased and excited to announce that we have signed a new contract with Rabbi Tom, whereby he will serve as our community’s spiritual leader for at least the next two years, with the possibility of third and fourth option years.
The Board and Rabbi Tom look forward to continuing the journey of building MCJC as our Jewish home – with love, respect, curiosity, diversity, and Torah. 
Jack B. Fishman President

New Year; “New” Kitchen

MCJC Connections
November/December 2017 ~ Cheshvan/Kislev/Tevet ~ Vol. 5778

In the frenzy of activities leading up to this year’s
High Holy Days, some very ambitious, brave members
collaborated to give our kitchen a fresh look.

Eileen Franks, Adrienne Himmelfarb, Esther Kaplan and Leslie Cook painstakingly organized and cleaned our community

Our MCJC Maintenance Crew followed up and attached new red knobs on cabinets in the rearranged meat section, added power sources, added a shelf for disposables so they are more accessible and easier to track and carried out the gargantuan task of cleaning the adhesive off the counter tops from contact paper. A big Todah Rabbah to Dale Mortenson, Steve Borress and Gene Lindow.

As part of the much-needed project, a small, new
refrigerator was purchased by Eileen Franks for upstairs, to be
used for Shabbat morning Kiddushes.

In coming days, we hope to order a few new items so that we have fully operational dairy, meat and pareve sections. With the cleaning and reorganizing, filling in some missing pieces, our new little refrigerator and some quality equipment we purchased with our Israel Day grant, we can enjoy and learn together in our community kitchen.

Todah Rabbah, everyone!