Category Archives: Happenings

MCJC Week of April 16, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, the provided links or the MCJC Calendar at mcjconline.org/events.

If you have not yet signed up for the MCJC Seder, there’s still time to sign up online! We extended the online reservation and payment deadline to April 17.

Wednesday, April 17 – DEADLINE TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE AT THE 2ND NIGHT SEDER
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 3 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:15 pm:  Ritual Committee meeting

Friday, April 19
6:30 pm: Passover First Night Seder  — NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner/Services – We’ll see you at MCJC’s 2nd Night Seder.

Saturday, April 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
6:00 pm: MCJC Community Passover Second Night Seder

Sunday, April 21
9:30 am: NO Religious School
11:00 am: NO Adult Education

Monday, April 22
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting (Panera Bread, Crystal Lake, Meeting Room)

Wednesday, April 24
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 4 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:00 pm: MCJC-sponsored PADS Dinner

Friday, April 26
6:30 pm:  Ilene Kaye and Paula Eskoz are working on a special MCJC Friday evening service in cooperation with Rabbi Tom. The service will incorporate some of their old favorites from Siddur Sim Shalom — which might be favorites of yours. A light, kosher for Passover Kiddush follows the service. (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, April 27
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning ServicesYIZKOR & Torah Discussion. Extended Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy kosher for Passover food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Sunday, April 28
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education
1:30 pm: In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Religious School students and MCJC families visit McHenry County’s only Holocaust Memorial and hear Storyteller Jim May. (See flyer and driving directions outside the sanctuary.)

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, May 19 – MCJC Annual Meeting & School Closing Day Picnic – more information coming soon!

Upcoming at MCJC Week of April 9, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, the provided links or the MCJC Calendar at mcjconline.org/events.

Wednesday, April 10
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 2 meets at MCJC. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, April 12 – DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR MCJC 2nd NIGHT SEDER
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner/Services (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, April 13
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion (Shabbat HaGadol). Extended Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

4:30 pm: Ari and Noah Shamash B’nai Mitzvah Service with a Community Havdala Program and Reception

Sunday, April 14
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School
10:30 am: Mother’s Day Boutique – Vendors check HERE.
11:00 am: Adult Education

Wednesday, April 17
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 3 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:15pm:  Ritual Committee meeting

Friday, April 19
6:30 pm: Passover First Night Seder  — NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner/Services – We’ll see you at MCJC’s 2nd Night Seder.

Saturday, April 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
6:00 pm: MCJC Community Passover Second Night Seder – Please sign up online now. Reservation deadline: April 12.

Sunday, April 21
9:30 am: NO Religious School
11:00 am: NO Adult Education

Wednesday, April 24
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 4 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:00 pm: MCJC-sponsored PADS Dinner

Friday, April 26
6:30 pm: Ilene Kaye and Paula Eskoz are arranging a special MCJC Friday evening service in cooperation with Rabbi Tom on the occasion of their fathers’ Yahrzeits. Kiddush follows the service (If you can bring kosher for Passover veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org).

Saturday, April 27
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning ServicesYIZKOR & Torah Discussion. Extended Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring kosher for Passover veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Sunday, April 28
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education
1:30 pm: In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Religious School students and MCJC families visit McHenry County’s only Holocaust Memorial and hear Storyteller Jim May. (See flyer and driving directions outside the sanctuary.)

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, May 19 – MCJC Annual Meeting & School Closing Day Picnic – more information coming soon!

Calling all Crafters . . . to our MCJC Mother’s Day Boutique

Are you looking for a wonderful venue to showcase and sell your handmade items just in time for Mother’s Day? How about our

MCJC Mother’s Day Boutique
Sunday, April 14, 2019
10:30 – 1:30 pm

taking place at:
McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8617 Ridgefield Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

If you would like a table, please register with us by filling in and submitting the information below. You may make your payment with the button below this form or with the EXPRESS MOTHER’S DAY BOUTIQUE VENDOR PAYMENT in the right column of each page of our website.

INFORMATION FOR VENDORS

MCJC is planning our Mother's Day Boutique, and we invite you to participate as a vendor.

The event is Sunday, April 14 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

  • Setup time is after 9:30 am.
  • The fee is $20, and you provide one raffle item.
  • Your fee entitles you to one 8 ft. table and a 10' x 5' space.
  • Items should be handmade.
  • Important note: We cannot accept any more jewelry vendors. That item category is filled.
  • If you bring food with you, please bring only veggie or dairy items into the building.

MCJC will place announcements for the Boutique in a few community newspapers, in our weekly congregational e-nouncements and on our website.

We look forward to your participation. For more information, please contact Linda Blatchford at membership@mcjconline.org.

If you are paying your $20 vendor fee online, use the Payment button below or the EXPRESS MOTHER’S DAY BOUTIQUE VENDOR PAYMENT button in the right column of every page of the site. Your credit card or PayPal payment is secure with PayPal.

If you plan to pay via check, please write your $20 check to MCJC and enter "Boutique Vendor" to the Memo area of your check. Mail to:

McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8617 Ridgefield Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

BE SURE TO SUBMIT YOUR FORM BELOW.

 

MOTHER’S DAY BOUTIQUE VENDOR PAYMENT

Amount: USD

Mother’s Day Boutique at MCJC Sunday, April 14 . . . find the perfect gift!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for mom?
What better place to find it than at our

MCJC Mother’s Day Boutique
Sunday, April 14, 2019
10:30 – 1:30 pm

Crafters and other vendors will showcase unique handmade items at
McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8617 Ridgefield Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Vendors will also provide raffle prizes, so try your luck! Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 tickets for $5.

We have beautiful jewelry, handmade kippot, woodwork, and an assortment of other beautiful items.

Make mom happy with the perfect gift.

VOLUNTEER REQUEST

If you can help with vendors when they arrive, raffle ticket sales or setting up prizes, please contact Linda Blatchford at membership@mcjconline.org

WANT TO BE A VENDOR?

Register and pay your fee here.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Blatchford, membership@mcjconline.org

Upcoming at MCJC Week of April 2, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, either the provided links or the MCJC Calendar at mcjconline.org/events.

Wednesday, April 3
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 1 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School for grades 3-7.

Friday, April 5
Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table – Please visit our website, upper right column, for online Shabbat services.

Saturday, April 6
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion (Shabbat HaChodesh)

Sunday, April 7
9:30 am: Religious School for all grades.
11:00 am: Adult Education

Wednesday, April 10
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 2 meets at MCJC. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, April 12
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, April 13
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion (Shabbat HaGadol). Extended Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)
4:30 pm: Ari and Noah Shamash B’nai Mitzvah Service with a Community Havdala Program and Reception

Sunday, April 14
9:30 am: Religious School– Special Passover Program with the “Matzah Man”
10:30 am: Mother’s Day BoutiqueVendors check HERE.
11:00 am: Adult Education

Wednesday, April 17
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 3 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:15pm: Ritual Committee meeting

Friday, April 19
6:30 pm: 1st Night Seder of Passover — NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner or services – Hope to see you at MCJC’s 2nd Night Seder.

Saturday, April 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
6:00 pm: MCJC Community Passover Seder 2nd Night. – You can sign up online.

Sunday, April 21
9:30 am: NO Religious School
11:00 am: NO Adult Education

Wednesday, April 24
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 4 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:00 pm: MCJC-sponsored PADS Dinner

Friday, April 26
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, April 27
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Extended Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Sunday, April 28
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education
1:30 pm: MCJC visits McHenry County’s only Holocaust Memorial and hears Storyteller Jim May.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of March 26, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, either the provided links or the MCJC Calendar at mcjconline.org/events.

SPRING BREAK IS HERE! Sunday, March 24 through Sunday, March 31. No Religious School, Adult Education, or Lunch and Learn (Lunch and Learn WILL meet this week, March 27).

Wednesday, March 27
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn 
6:00 pm: MCJC-sponsored PADS Dinner at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Woodstock.

Friday, March 29
6:30 pm: Shabbat Shalom with Rabbi Tom – Please visit our website, the upper right column, for a beautiful video welcoming you to this palace in time.

Saturday, March 30
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, March 31
9:30 am: NO Religious School – Spring Break
11:00 am: NO Adult Education – Spring Break

Wednesday, April 3
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 1 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, April 5
6:30 pm: Shabbat Shalom with Rabbi Tom – Please visit our website, the upper right column, for a beautiful video welcoming you to this “Palace in Time.”

Saturday, April 6
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, April 7
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education

Wednesday, April 10
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 2 meets at MCJC. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, April 12
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, April 13
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
4:30 pm: Ari and Noah Shamash B’nai Mitzvah Service with a Community Havdala Program and Reception

Sunday, April 14
9:30 am: Religious School– Special Passover Program with the “Matzah Man”
11:00 am: Adult Education

Wednesday, April 17
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 3 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, April 19
6:30 pm: 1st Night Seder of Passover — NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner or services – Hope to see you at MCJC’s 2nd Night Seder.

Saturday, April 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
6:00 pm: MCJC Community Passover Seder 2nd Night. – You can sign up online.

Wednesday, April 24
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn
2:00 pm: 4-Part Passover Learning Series – Session 4 meets at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. RSVP here.
4:30 pm: Religious School

Sunday, April 28
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education
12:00 pm: MCJC visits McHenry County’s only Holocaust Memorial and hears Storyteller Jim May.

MCJC Visits McHenry County’s Only Holocaust Memorial

Please join us as
MCJC Visits Spring Grove to see
McHenry County’s Only Holocaust Memorial.

Sunday,
April 28, 2019
at 1:30 pm

Spring Grove Park
2102 Main Street
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Storyteller Jim May will meet us at the park
to share stories about Holocaust survivor Lisa Derman,
and explain how MCJC member Nancy Wicker
and Max Gimpel, father of Al Gimpel,
helped to create this beautiful monument.

This event is free.

Donations to a planned meditation bench are appreciated.
Make checks payable to MCJC,
note it is for the bench, and mail to:
McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8716 Ridgefield Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

You may also donate online with our Express Bench Donation button in the right column of the website, just under the Passover Seder payment button.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of March 19, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, either the provided links or the MCJC Calendar at mcjconline.org/events.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 
5:00 pm:  Purim Pizza Dinner – RSVP to school@mcjconline.org if you plan to attend.
6:00 pm: Megillah Reading/Purim Shpiel -“Wizard of Oz” theme (wear a costume, and shake, rattle, & roll that gragger!)

Friday, March 22
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner – (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, March 23
9:30 am: Grades 4-7 Special Shabbat – Shabbat Morning Services & Kiddush – 4th Grade Consecration
1:00 pm: Extended Kiddush follows the 4th-7th Grades’ Special Shabbat kiddush. It includes light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah. We hope you’ll stay for this adult Torah study.

SPRING BREAK IS HERE! Sunday, March 24 through Sunday, March 31. No Religious School, Adult Education, or Lunch and Learn.

Wednesday, March 27
6:00 pm: MCJC-sponsored PADS Dinner at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Woodstock.

Friday, March 29
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner – (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

SAVE THESE APRIL DATES!

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 –MCJC Community Passover Seder 2nd Night.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28
MCJC will travel out to Spring Grove on Sunday, April 28, 2019 after Religious School.  Please join our entire synagogue to see McHenry County’s only Holocaust Memorial. Storyteller Jim May will meet us there to share the story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Derman, at the beautiful monument created by Jim and MCJC member Nancy Deborah Wicker, with Hebrew written by Max Gimpel, father of Al Gimpel.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of March 12, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, either the provided links or the MCJC Calendar at mcjconline.org/events.

SHOWING NOW THROUGH MARCH 17 AT A THEATER NEAR YOU
The Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, March 13
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn – Dedicated to the memory of Ken Bailenson, z”l, son of MCJC founding member, Stew Bailenson. 
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:00 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 14
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club – Discussing The Cloister by James Carroll

Friday, March 15
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner  CANCELLED

Saturday, March 16
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

SUNDAY, MARCH 17
Religious School Purim Program – including our one-and-only MCJC Purim Carnival

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 
5:00 pm:  Purim Dinner
6:00 pm: Megillah Reading/Purim Shpiel -“Wizard of Oz” theme (wear a costume, and shake, rattle, & roll that gragger)

Friday, March 22
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner – (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, March 23
9:30 am: Grades 4-7 Special Shabbat – Shabbat Morning Services & Kiddush – 4th Grade Consecration
1:00 pm: Extended Kiddush follows the 4th-7th Grades’ Special Shabbat kiddush. It includes light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring via kiddush@mcjconline.org). We hope you’ll stay on for adult Torah study.

SPRING BREAK IS COMING! Sunday, March 24 through Sunday, March 31. No Religious School, Adult Education or Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom March 24, 27, or 31.

SAVE THESE APRIL DATES!

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 – MCJC Passover Seder (details to follow)

SUNDAY, APRIL 28
MCJC will travel out to Spring Grove on Sunday, April 28, 2019 after Religious School.  Please join our entire synagogue to see McHenry County’s only Holocaust Memorial. Storyteller Jim May will meet us there to share the story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Derman, at the beautiful monument created by Jim and MCJC member Nancy Deborah Wicker, with Hebrew written by Max Gimpel, father of Al Gimpel.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of March 5, 2019

Wednesday, March 6
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
4:30 pm: Religious School

Saturday, March 9
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
Extended Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Sunday, March 10 – It’s a big day at MCJC!
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education
1:30 pm: Charles Troy Comes to MCJC with his acclaimed “The Creation of West Side Story” show. Time to get your ticketsThis is an MCJC event you don’t want to miss! Light refreshments follow the show, and free babysitting is available — but you must RSVP here or call the office at 815-455-1810. Read all about this wonderful event

Wednesday, March 13
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:00 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 14
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club – Discussing The Cloister by James Carroll

Friday, March 15
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, March 16
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

SUNDAY, MARCH 17
Religious School Purim Program – including our one-and-only MCJC Purim Carnival

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 
5:00 pm:  Purim Dinner
6:00 pm: Megillah Reading/Purim Shpiel -“Wizard of Oz” theme (wear a costume, and shake, rattle, & roll that gragger)

SHOWING NOW THROUGH MARCH 17 AT A THEATER NEAR YOU
The Chicago Jewish Film Festival

SAVE THESE APRIL DATES!

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 – MCJC Passover Seder (details to follow)

SUNDAY, APRIL 28
MCJC will travel out to Spring Grove on Sunday, April 28, 2019 after Religious School.  Please join our entire synagogue to see McHenry County’s only Holocaust Memorial. Storyteller Jim May will meet us there to share the story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Derman, at the beautiful monument created by Jim and MCJC member Nancy Deborah Wicker, with Hebrew written by Max Gimpel, father of Al Gimpel.