Category Archives: Caring Community

Next MCJC PADS-sponsored Dinner Wednesday, December 26

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is Wednesday, December 26, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

Gene Lindow and his Trio Grille chef, Adam, will make Italian Beef sandwiches for the entree.  Leslie Cook will provide soup. Marian and I will provide cookies, brownies, and a cake.

I need some input for something to serve with the Italian Beef sandwiches. What kind of potato dish (french fries? potato chips? other potato dish?) . . . what kind of vegetable/salad (coleslaw? fruit salad? regular salad?). We will not need rolls for this meal.

We will need a minimum of 4 servers. Most likely we will again have to wash a few dishes, although we will use paper plates and bowls as much as possible.

I know this PADS dinner is right in the heart of the holiday season, but I hope we will still have enough help with this important community mitzvah.

I will find out from Jackie Kroeger (PADS Dinner Coordinator) how many guests have come to the PADS dinners this month and let everyone know so we can plan effectively.

Thanks for your help, and warm regards,
Bruce Weiss,
MCJC Social Action Chairperson

Our next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is December 26

Our November 28 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner was very successful. The food was delicious, and the servers had a good time serving the meal and washing the dishes.

Yes, doing the dishes! It seems that will be the case going forward. In prior years, a man and wife team came in to do that work, but  unfortunately are no longer available, and no replacement volunteers have been found.

The PADS servers this year have been allowed to use paper products to serve the meal instead of china to reduce the amount of dish washing, but those of us that washed remarked, “There still seem to be a lot of items to wash!”

We fed twenty-seven PADS guests and five overnight PADS volunteers. We are serving many fewer PADS guests this year than last year, so we will recommend appropriately smaller quantities to those who bring food.

Our next PADS dinner is December 26. Thanks to all who worked on this past month’s dinner!  Please get in touch with Bruce Weiss, Social Action Chairperson ( if you would like to get involved with our next dinner.

Update on MCJC-sponsored November 28 PADS Dinner

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is this  Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock (across from the Woodstock Fire Station on Dean Street).

Thank you all so much for helping out with this important community service project!

Food providers for the meal are: Leslie Cook (soup),  Gene Lindow/Trio Grille (chicken entree), Briana and Elsie Salgado (mashed potatoes), Ellen Morton (green beans), Dara Turnball (rolls), Ilene Kaye (dessert), Kim Dooley Solomon (brownies), and Marian Weiss (chocolate chip cookies and some type of cake).

It is hard to know how many PADS guests we will have. The numbers have run low this year (roughly 25 people,) but with winter now in full force, we probably should plan for 50 PADS guests.

Servers for the meal are:  Dara and Brandon Turnball and their two children, Briana, Elsa and Jessie Salgado, Kim Dooley Solomon, Iza Celewicz, Brian Silver, and me. This is the largest number of servers we have ever had! Everyone gets a chance to help out, and we always have fun.

Although we don’t usually wash the dishes, we did for the last two dinners — so we’ll be prepared if that’s required!

The meal is served between 7:00 and 8:00 pm, so if you’re bringing food, please bring your items between 6:00 and 6:30 pm. Look forward to seeing you there!

Bruce Weiss
MCJC Social Action Chairperson

PADS Dinner Upcoming Wednesday, November 28

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is Wednesday, November 28 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

The menu for the November 28 dinner is soup,  chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. Gene Lindow and Adam ( Head Chef at Trio Grille Restaurant) will provide chicken, Leslie Cook soup, and Marian Weiss desserts for the meal.

The MCJC Social Action Committee still needs food providers for mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and rolls. Food contributions for the meal need to be at Redeemer Lutheran Church between 6:15-6:30 pm. I will get a head count from the PADS Volunteer Meal Coordinator a week before the meal, but now that winter is here,  we can probably expect between 50 and 60 PADS guests to feed at the overnight shelter at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

We also need four to seven individuals to serve the meal. Food servers should be at Redeemer Lutheran Church by 6:30-6:45 pm, and we will serve the meal between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Usually a PADS volunteer team separate from the meal providers comes to wash the dishes, although that didn’t happen in October, and the MCJC PADS dinner team had to complete that job.

Thanks for being a member of the MCJC PADS dinner team! MCJC is recognized throughout our community as a caring congregation, and MCJC providing a PADS dinner once a month is truly a “community Mitzvah.”

Thanks for your help,
Bruce Weiss
MCJC Social Action Chairperson

MCJC hosts Community Shabbat and Vigil in response to Pittsburgh shootings

My eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of my people.  — Lamentations 3:48

You are invited to McHenry County Jewish Congregation on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:oo pm to join together in solidarity in response to the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

MCJC will host a Community Shabbat and Vigil. All faiths are welcome to join us in lighting candles and coming together in prayer for our Jewish family in Pittsburgh, and for all those who have experienced violence.

The MCJC community offers its help and support to the Pittsburgh community during this harrowing time and in the days, months, and years to come.

May God grant our people both the strength to help each other during this time of mourning, and the fortitude to rebuild together. May decent people the world over join together with us to foster kindness and love between communities. May the memories of those lost be for a blessing.

Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters at Tree of Life . . .

My eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of my people. — Lamentations 3:48

We were horror-stricken to hear of the terrible attack over Shabbat against the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, likely the deadliest assault against Jews in American history.

Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters at Tree of Life and throughout the Squirrel Hill community. That this cowardly anti-Semitic assault was perpetrated during a brit milah, a celebration of new life, only highlights the twisted nature of the evil that has threatened the Jewish people over the ages and against which all people of good conscience must fight.

The MCJC community offers its help and support to the Pittsburgh community during this harrowing time and in the days, months and years to come.

May God grant our people both the strength to help each other during this time of mourning and the fortitude to rebuild together. And may decent people the world over join together with us in eradicating this most ancient of all hatreds.

PADS Dinner a BIG Success!

By Bruce Weiss

The October 24 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner was a big success. Five PADS volunteers served 20 homeless PADS guests.

The number of PADS guests coming to the Woodstock Wednesday PADS dinners and sleep-over shelter is down compared to last year, but we’re early in the season. As the weather turns colder, I am pretty sure the number of PADS guests coming to the dinners and sleep-over shelter will increase to 50-60, as it did last year.

The food providers for last night’s MCJC-sponsored dinner were:  Gene Lindow’s Trio Grille Restaurant (meatloaf),  Briana & Elsie Salgado (mashed potatoes),  Ellen Morton (green beans with almonds),  Bruce Weiss (salad), Amy Yoslov-LLaneta (rolls)  Marian Weiss (chocolate brownies & lemon cake). To say the dinner was delicious would be the understatement of the year.  Several of the PADS guests commented how delicious the meal was. Two of the PADS guests even said the meat loaf was the best they have ever tasted!

The servers and dishwashers at last night’s MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners were: Amy-LLaneta,  Briana/Elsie/Jesse Salgado, and Bruce Weiss. There was tremendous camaraderie among the MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner team last night, and the team members had a lot of fun working together for a good cause.

MCJC has an amazing PADS dinner team consisting of 17 MCJC members (Gene Lindow, Amy-Yoslov Llaneta, Leslie Cook, Ellen Morton, Briana/Elsie/Jesse Salgado, Esther/Bob Kaplan, Kim Solomon Dooley, Iza Celewwicz, Brian Silver, Linda & Jerry Trachsler, Eva Hoffman, Rachel Bailenson, and Bruce/Marian Weiss.

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is Wednesday November 28 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street, Woodstock, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Please email for more information or to participate.

MCJC Participates in the 2018 McHenry County Drop Hunger Walk

MCJC joined 12 local churches and participated in the 2018 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, September 30. A total of $20,794 was raised by this year’s Walk participants. A quarter of the money raised from the Walk will benefit local food pantries, and the rest will go toward hunger prevention programs, clean water, and provide emergency relief world wide.

MCJC participants in the 2018 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk included: Davina, Jim, Sienna, and Andrew Kelly; Dara Turnball, and Brandon and Eli Pacyna; Jonah, London, and Asher Markowitz; Carrie, Jason, and Briella Bernstein; Kelly, Robb, Ryleigh, and Brooklyn Tadelman; Paula Eskoz; and Bruce Weiss.

MCJC’s involvement in the 2018 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk demonstrated once again that MCJC is a caring synagogue, and its members feel it is important to do good deeds for the community in which it is located.

Corners of Our Fields Food Drive 5779 A Great Success!

As is our custom at MCJC, the High Holy Days ushered in our “Corners of our Fields” food drive, in conjunction with Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. This year we collected food for McHenry West High School and personal care items for the Old Firehouse Assistance Center in Woodstock.

The “Food for Thought” program at McHenry West High School is “providing hope and dignity to children by discreetly supplying additional food to students in need.” These two community service agencies were extremely grateful for all of the donations we made.

When MCJC delivered the items to the Old Firehouse, we were greeted with, “What great timing! We didn’t think we were going to make it through today!” At McHenry West High School, we were surrounded by a contingent of kids who helped unload the car after exclaiming, “Did you buy all of this?”

Todah Rabbah to MCJC members Bruce Weiss and Cheryl Meyers for providing the link to these two extraordinary groups and to Miles Purvin and Hunter Purvin for helping to load the cars.

Please feel free to donate to these agencies any time throughout the year. The Old Firehouse is always looking for volunteers and for personal care items, and students are always hungry! For additional information, feel free to visit their websites:

MCJC Collects Winter Coats for Those Who Need Them

MCJC is collecting winter coats, unused or in good condition, for adults and children. The coats will be distributed to low income families living in Woodstock and neighboring communities as part of the Woodstock Area Community Ministries 2018 Winter Coat Drive. 


Look for a can marked “2018 Winter Coat Drive” in the MCJC vestibule to place your unused or good condition winter coats that MCJC family members no longer wear.  


The 2018 Winter Coat Drive will end Monday, November 5. Please address questions regarding this community service project to MCJC social action chairperson, Bruce Weiss, at 815-338- 2721  or