Category Archives: Social Action

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  

First PADS Dinner 2018-2019 season Wednesday, Oct. 24

Our first MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner of the 2018-2019 PADS season is Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

Five to six individuals are needed to help serve the meal (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm). Please contact Bruce Weiss or Amy Yoslov-Llanetta if you are able to help serve the meal. You can get in touch with us about preparing or serving via

For more information about PADS, Click Here. To find out about volunteering, please contact Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Chairperson, at

Thanks so much for your help with this important community service project.

 Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Committee Chairperson


Help “End Hunger One Step At A Time.” Join your MCJC friends and family and participate in the 2018 McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk, scheduled for September 30, 2018.

The MCJC Social Action Committee is partnering with the MCJC Religious School in this year’s McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk.

The Walk is scheduled for 1:00 pm Sunday, September 30 at the First Methodist Church, 236 W. Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake. There are two walks: one is a four-mile walk, and the other is a one-mile family fun walk. There will be family activities along the one-mile route and at the church after the walk. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

25% of the money raised from the McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk will go to designated local food pantries and 75% of the proceeds raised benefit hunger, clean water, and emergency relief worldwide.

Members of the MCJC community who would like to participate in this community service project should plan to attend an organization meeting at MCJC on Sunday, August 26. Watch your next E-Announcements for the time.

Participation in this event involves not only walking the day of the event but also raising money by obtaining donation pledges from friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.

If you have questions about participating in the McHenry County Crop Hunger Walk, please contact Bruce Weiss via email,, or via phone, 815-338-2721. You can also contact Davina Kelly 847-659-8285.


From April 1 until the first snowfall, MCJC is responsible for picking up litter twice a month along Ridgefield Road, from  Country Club Road to U.S. Route 14, and along the U.S. Route bike trail between Ridgefield Road and Lucas Road.

Usually three to four five-gallon cans of litter are picked up along Ridgefield Road, and about one five-gallon can is picked up along the bike trail.

Bruce Weiss is looking for volunteers to help him with this community service project. If you are able to help, please contact Bruce at either 815-338- 2721 or

Corners of Our Field Food Drive 5779

As is our custom at MCJC, the High Holy Days will mark the start of our “Corners of Our Fields” food drive in conjunction with Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

This year we will collect food for McHenry High School and personal care items for the Old Firehouse Assistance Center in Woodstock. The “Food for Thought” program at McHenry High School is “providing hope and dignity to children by discreetly supplying additional food to students in need.”

Please pick up grocery bags as you leave services on Rosh Hashanah, and return the bag(s) on or shortly after Yom Kippur.

These community agencies will be grateful for all donations. Below are typical items the pantry would appreciate. Please check to be sure items are not near expiration dates.  A list of highest need items will be stapled to the grocery bag, and we’ll update that list, if necessary, in the weekly E-Announcements.

Toddah rabbah for your donations.

Items Needed for MCHS’s Food for Thought Program:

  • Canned chicken, tuna, or salmon
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Hot or cold cereals
  • Health snacks (ex. granola bars)
  • Grains (ex. pasta or rice)

In a separate bag, please:

Personal Care Products for the Old Firehouse Assistance Center:

  • Shampoo
  • Liquid Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorants
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
  • Laundry Care Items

For additional information, feel free to visit the websites: and

MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for 2017-2018 an amazing success

The MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for the 2017-2018 winter season at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock were an amazing success. They were a success because of all the hard work put in by the following MCJC members: Gene Lindow, Amy, Ben, & BJ Llaneta, Marian & Bruce Weiss, Leslie Cook, Esther Kaplan, Ellen Morton, Brian Silver, Lisa Chiodo, Iza Celewicz, Briana & Elsa Salgado, Kim Solomon Dooley, Rachel Bailenson, Eileen Franks, and Elli Emmons.

The Woodstock Area Community Ministries (WACM,) which oversees the PADS dinner program for the McHenry County homeless, is very grateful for MCJC’s participation in this important community service project. MCJC has an outstanding reputation as a caring congregation among the members of the WACM  community.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.

To aid in this, the MCJC Social Action Committee coordinates volunteer efforts with the local McHenry County Habitat for Humanity group. We volunteer on Wednesdays at the work site (locations change depending on build schedules). No construction experience is required, only the desire to help.

We are supervised by experienced personnel. All tools and safety equipment are supplied by Habitat. For a look at some of the projects we are currently involved in, please Click Here.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Howard Frank at

Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County accepts monetary donations of new and gently used building materials and household goods at their ReStore resale store located at 2205 S. Eastwood Drive in Woodstock.