Category Archives: Announcements

To Print Or Not To Print The Newsletter: That Is The Question

MCJC members receive the printed newsletter on a regular, bimonthly basis.  We hope you enjoy our newsletter, but we are wondering if you like reading it in print or online. Please respond to the following survey.

___ I prefer to read the print version.

___ I prefer to read the online version.

Please copy this post, and paste it into an email with your responses. Enter “Print Newsletter” into the subject line, and send the email to Thank you for your time!

Legacy Planning . . . Please Consider MCJC With A Gift From Your Estate

Be a part of McHenry County Jewish Congregation for generations to come. When you create a Jewish legacy by gifting from your estate, you can help ensure that McHenry County provides a Jewish home into the future. L’Dor v’Dor . . .

Please find some verbiage below that can be crafted into your estate planning.

I give to the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, at 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012, the sum of _____________, to be used for its general purposes.

I give to the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, at 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012, the sum of _____________. I request that this gift be used to _______________________________.

I give to the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, at 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012, in memory of _____________ my deceased _____________, the sum of _____________, to be used by that Congregation for its general purposes.

I give to the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, at 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012, a sum equal to ______ percent of my residuary estate, to be used by that Congregation for its general purposes.

Join the fun – Saturday, Nov. 16, 6 PM, when MCJC Celebrates 40 Years

LORDY, LORDY, MCJC’S TURNING 40! Celebrate 40 years of serving as the Jewish heart of McHenry County. We’ll enjoy… 

Havdalah: We’ll bid farewell to Shabbat with prayer and song, and reflect on our history and community-minded spirit. 

Dinner: We’ll provide a dairy entrée if you all bring a side dish and/or dessert to share. 

Swap Auction: This fun and easy fundraiser involves you donating a treasure or two that you no longer need. We’ll have live bidding on some items, and a ‘name your price’ section for others. We’ll also have raffle baskets and other low-cost ways to support MCJC. Prepare to take some treasures home with you! 

Don’t miss it! Saturday, November 16, 6 pm. The event is free to all. MCJC members, past and present, please join us and catch up with old friends and celebrate your ‘Little Shul on the Prairie’!

Questions?  Contact Ellen Morton at or call 815.353.0819. You can also reservation a space for yourself and your guests through our Events Calendar.

We can use all the help we can get with High Holy Day Kiddushes

Start the New Year with a Mitzvah for the MCJC Community! Volunteer to coordinate the Rosh HaShanah Community Kiddush and Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast 5780!

The groundwork has been laid, but we need a special someone(s) to assure these food events bring a tasty and Sweet New Year to all.  Please contact Elaine at for the particulars.

“Rosh Hashana 5770”by Avital Pinnick is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Jewish Federation of Chicago launched an emergency relief fund for Hurricain Dorian

Even as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the eastern seaboard, and the scope of the devastation in the Bahamas is just beginning to be known, the Jewish Federation of Chicago has launched an emergency relief fund to aid recovery efforts.

Donations to the Jewish Federation Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund can be made at, by calling (312) 444-2869, or by sending a check payable to Jewish Federation Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to 30 S. Wells Street, #3017, Chicago, IL 60606.

As always, 100% of collected funds will provide relief for those impacted by this disaster, with Federation absorbing all administrative costs. Federation works with long-established relief organizations on the ground to provide the most effective, efficient, and coordinated response. Past partners have included IsraAID, NECHAMA: Jewish Response to Disaster, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

We will continue to keep you informed as events unfold.

“IMG_0297.JPG”by Tiffy-doodle is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Invitation to MCJC from the Shalom Club at Sun City

Come to the Sunday Shalom Cabaret
Sunday, September 15, 12:00 p.m.
Fountainview Center, Sun City, Huntley

Serving Pizza and Dessert, Soda and Water included
$12/person for members, $15 for non-members (guests welcome)

Join Jeff and Janis on this magical, marvelous Journey through Tin Pan Alley: Stage, Screen, and Folk era music highlighting the remarkable stories and songs of Jewish composers and lyricists who established the Great American Songbook. For more information, see their website:

Make Checks payable to The Shalom Group
Send to Ed Gordon, 12944 Illinois, Huntley, IL 60142
by Sept. 8, 2019

The Jewish Federation Has Opened a Fund for Asylum Seekers

From The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago: In response to hearing from many members of our community who are anguished about the situation at the nation’s southern border, the Jewish Federation has opened the Jewish Federation Fund for Asylum Seekers.

The Fund will provide temporary housing for those legally in the U.S. released from detention centers, legal representation, and case managers and advocates for unaccompanied and/or separated children, through three organizations.

  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego (San Diego Rapid Response Network) runs a shelter for families released from detention and provides a safe place to people as they decide on next steps while waiting for an asylum court hearing. The families—who frequently have only the clothes on their backs when they are released—are provided with food, toiletries, clothing and toys for the children.
  • The Young Center, based in Chicago, provides case management for unaccompanied and separated children. The laws governing asylum do not require proceeding in the “best interests of the child,” so the volunteer case managers provided by the Young Center work to achieve that level of care.
  • RAICES provides free and low-cost legal services to asylum seekers and refugees at its five Texas offices.

To learn more about this effort please click on the link If you have additional questions please contact Paula Harris, or (312) 444-2859.

Also, from The Chicago Jewish News:

This is the week! MCJC Needs a Little Help from our Friends

Dale Morton, Chair of our MCJC Building and Grounds Committee, has set two dates for summer outdoor cleanup and maintenance work: 

Sundays, June 23 and August 18, 8 am – noon

All materials are provided, and you don’t need special skills. We just need you in work clothes joining your MCJC friends. The major areas where we need help are: 

  • Paint the playground equipment
  • Weeding in flower beds
  • Reduce the burn pile out back
  • Plant flowers
  • Paint the benches and back stairs.  

Please let Dale know if you can help out on one of those days

How to submit items for the weekly e-nouncements or bimonthly Newsletter

To submit an entry for the weekly e-nouncements and/or website: email no later than Friday for the following week’s issue.

To submit an entry for the August/September Newsletter, MCJC Connections: email your entries to by July 5. Please note: This will be our High Holy Day and School Opening issue.

For both publications, please enter your copy into the body of an email. If you have associated artwork or pictures, attach to your email as a .jpg.

If you are not receiving newsletters or e-nouncements, please notify the Communications Committee via

MCJC Annual Notice & Proxy

Dear Fellow Congregant:

The annual meeting of the McHenry County Jewish Congregation will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 10:30 am. The meeting will include:

  • State of the Congregation 
  • Board of Directors Election, 2019-20
  • Rabbi’s Comments, School & Committee Reports
  • 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 19 meeting, or you may cut, paste and complete the proxy and email it to Dale Morton at or Karen Koenig at

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.

MCJC’s Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of officers for consideration for the 2019-20 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
Mark Goldberg
Iza Celewicz
Brian Horn
Jonah Markowitz

We hope you will be able to join us on May 19.  If you have any questions you can contact our Nominating Committee Chair, Dale Morton, or Co-President, Karen Koenig.

Karen Koenig, MCJC Co-President

Please either cut and paste and complete the proxy and email it to me, Karen Koenig, at, or to Dale Morton 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 19, 2019. I designate the congregant member below to vote on all matters on my behalf.



(Printed Name)


(Printed name of Proxy)