Category Archives: Happenings

Upcoming at MCJC Week of December 11, 2018

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, December 12
NO Lunch and Learn
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, December 14 
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner – Check out our new Community Havdalah Dec. 15, below.

Saturday, December 15
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
3:30 pm: MCJC Community Havdalah. We will meet at 3:30 pm Shabbat afternoon for light fare, Zemirot and Talmud Torah. The program has an adult focus.

Sunday, December 16
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education

Tuesday, December 18
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting at Panera, Crystal Lake

Wednesday, December 19
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
4:30 pm:  Religious School Special Outdoor Session – Wear warm winter clothes!

Friday, December 21
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (Plan to attend our next Community Havdalah Jan 12.)

Saturday, December 22
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 23
NO Religious School– Winter Break
NO Adult Education – Winter Break

 Wednesday, December 26
NO Lunch and Learn
NO Religious School

Friday, December 28 
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (Plan to attend our next Community Havdalah Jan 12.)

Saturday, December 29
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 30
NO Religious School– Winter Break
NO Adult Education – Winter Break

Upcoming at MCJC Week of December 4, 2018

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, December 5
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Friday, December 7
6:30 pm: NO Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, December 8
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

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

Wednesday, December 12
NO Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, December 14 
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (See Community Havdalah below.)

Saturday, December 15
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
3:30 pm: Community Havdalah. MCJC kids will cook and service dinner under the guidance of professional chef and MCJC member, Leyla Wheelhouse. Potluck Dessert.

Sunday, December 16
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education

Tuesday, December 18
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting at Panera, Crystal Lake

Sunday, December 19
9: 15 a.m.:  Religious School Special Outdoor Session – Wear warm winter clothes!

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 27

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, November 28
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:15 pm: PADS Dinner at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean St., Woodstock

Friday, November 30
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, December 1
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 2
9:30 am: Religious School– Annual MCJC Hanukkah Party (see below)
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, December 5
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting at MCJC

Friday, December 7
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, December 8
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 9
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, December 12
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, December 14
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (See Saturday, December 15 Havdalah program below)

Saturday, December 15
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
4:00 pm: Community Havdalah Hanukkah Crafts Project. Dinner provided. Potluck dessert.

Sunday, December 16
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

SAVE THE DATES
Tuesday, December 18
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting at Panera, Crystal Lake

Sunday, December 19
9: 15 a.m.:  Religious School Special Outdoor Session – Wear Warm Winter Clothes

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 20

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, November 21
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn – Thanksgiving Break
4:30 pm: NO Religious School – Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 23
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, November 24
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 25
9:30 am:    NO Religious School – Thanksgiving Break
11:00 am:  Adult Education

Wednesday, November 28
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:15 pm: PADS Dinner at the Redeemer Lutheran Church1320 Dean St., Woodstock

Friday, November 30
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, December 1
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 2
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education

SAVE THE DATES
Wednesday, December 5
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting at MCJC

Sunday, December 12
9: 15 a.m.:  Religious School Special Outdoor Session – Wear Warm Winter Clothes

Tuesday, December 18
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting at Panera, Crystal Lake

Join FaithBridge for the 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

Last Sunday evening, MCJC members joined the FaithBridge Interfaith Thanksgiving program “Living in Unity: Within Diversity All Are One,” held in McHenry at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Especially after the warm community support MCJC had at our Solidarity Shabbat Vigil following the Pittsburgh shooting a few weeks ago, it was good to see some familiar faces at this inspirational service.

FaithBridge’s next event is the 9thAnnual Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on January 21, 2019 from 7:30 am to 9:30 a.m.  For tickets, please visit www.faithbridgeinterfaith.org/martin-luther-king-jr-prayer-breakfast.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 13

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, November 14
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, November 16
Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner – CANCELLED.  For this week, see Saturday, November 17 Havdalah Program (below)

Saturday, November 17
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion 
5:00 pm: Community Havdalah and Hanukkah Crafts Project at MCJC – Dinner provided, potluck dessert

Sunday, November 18
8:00 am: Board Meeting
NO Religious School: Teacher In-service Day at CKI
NO Adult Education 
7:00 pm: Faithbridge’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL

Wednesday, November 21
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom – Thanksgiving Break
4:30 pm: NO Religious School – Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 23
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, November 24
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 25
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am:  Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, November 28
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 6

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, November 7
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, November 9
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, November 10
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 11
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am:  Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, November 14
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, November 16
Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner back next week. For this week, see Saturday, November 17 Havdalah Program (below)

Saturday, November 17
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion 
5:00 pm: Community Havdalah and Hanukkah Crafts Project at MCJC – Dinner provided, potluck dessert

Sunday, November 18
No Religious School: Teacher In-service Day at CKI
No Adult Education 
7:00 pm: Faithbridge’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL

Join your neighbors for FaithBridge’s 12th Annual Thanksgiving service

Join your Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Baha’i, Muslim, and (fill-in-your-affiliation) neighbors for FaithBridge’s 12th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Living in Unity; Within Diversity All are One.

This evening of song, drumming, and unifying words — to give thanks, enjoy fellowship and make an offering for the benefit of others — will be held at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, at 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 18.

A drum circle will be led by Greg Rajsky, so bring your percussion instruments! The choir of Tree of Life will participate, and an offering will be requested for area food pantries, and for FaithBridge’s future programming.

FaithBridge Interfaith promotes mutual understanding and respectful relationships among diverse religious communities in McHenry County and surrounding areas.

For more information, contact M.E. Tanabe at m.e.tanabe@comcast.net, or Rabbi Maralee Gordon at maraleegordon@gmail.com.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of October 30

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, October 31
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
No Religious School

Friday, November 2
6:30 pm: Solidarity Shabbat, community is welcome: Community Shabbat and Vigil for the victims and families of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting

Saturday, November 3
9:30 am: Solidarity Shabbat, community is welcome: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion (Jewish Resilience in the Face of Anti-Semitism)
7:30 pm: Jewish Theatre of Elgin “Rosenstrasse” production at CKI

Sunday, November 4
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
3:00 pm & 7:30 pm: Jewish Theatre of Elgin “Rosenstrasse” production at CKI

Wednesday, November 7
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

The Jewish Theatre of Elgin Produces Rosenstrasse at CKI

The Jewish Theatre of Elgin is producing their first play, Rosenstrasse by Terry Lawrence, which opens on Nov 3  at Congregation Kneseth Israel.

Rosenstrasse, which translates to Rose Street, is based on the true story of the Rosenstrasse protests in Berlin, Germany in 1943. The protest began on February 27, when Jewish men married to non-Jewish women were arrested from factories, detained and prepared to be shipped off to Auschwitz. Around 1700 men were arrested and taken to a holding facility on Rosenstrasse. Their wives started coming to Rosenstrasse to try to get their husbands back. Each day more and more women arrived.  They began to unite.

It is an uplifting, inspiring, and even funny at times telling of an important part of Holocaust history and education. You will laugh, you will cry, you will cheer as women find their voices, and you most certainly won’t want to miss this show.

How this production came to Elgin is a long journey. “I saw Rosenstrasse in 2002 in Grand Rapids, MI,” explains Sarah Klein, the producer. “It’s a story of women learning their strength and power against seemingly insurmountable odds. I saw it with my mother and my grandmother: two strong, smart, and passionate women. It’s a play and a piece of history that stuck with me. Sitting at the Tony Awards this year, I decided I needed to use my strength, my power to make this history known and bring this beautiful play to Elgin.

Closing night is my grandmother’s Yahrzeit, the anniversary of her death. She would have been proud to see me in this play, which shows formidable female role models.”

From the minute Gareth Mann Sitz walked into Congregation Kneseth Israel many years ago, she knew it was the perfect location for theatre. She decided now was time for Jewish theatre in the Elgin area, and after talking to Klein, they resolved to bring Rosenstrasse to Congregation Kneseth Israel and  to Elgin.

The Jewish Theatre of Elgin is performing Rosenstrasse in remembrance of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, which took place on Nov 9-10 in 1938. Kristallnacht refers to the broken glass littering the streets after the Nazis attacked Jewish people and property.

“One of the things I love about performing this play at CKI is the audience will sit beneath the beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary,” Klein commented. “I think history like Rosenstrasse where Jews and non-Jews can help and protect each other and organizations like the Jewish Theatre of Elgin where Jews and non-Jews work together to create a show are similar to stained glass windows. We take something broken, this broken glass from Kristallnacht, and put it together into something beautiful.”

Klein explains that there is so much more special to her about performing in the sanctuary. The aisles are used extensively in this production as the streets. There is always motion, movement happening throughout the play and it puts the audience in the action.  Above the bimah, stage, there is a Ner Tamid, eternal light. “For me, I see the  Ner Tamid as the presence of God in the story. So much of this play is about the power of women and the power of love, the Ner Tamid becomes part of it for me.”

The Jewish Theatre of Elgin is proud there are many skilled people within the local Jewish community. Our director is Jewish, the producer, the stage manager, people creating music, sets, props, and costumes, as well as some of the cast are Jewish as well. But as the story of Rosenstrasse shows, so much can be accomplished when we work together, Jews and non-Jews. It enriches this piece to have diverse backgrounds. “We have a wonderfully talented cast that feels such a connection to this play, a need to tell this story. We have cast members who were born in Germany or had German parents. One cast member had a mother born in Poland in a German labor camp. Their experiences enhance the play,” remarked Mann Sitz.

“The moment I heard of the women’s protest at Rosenstrasse, I knew this story had to be told.  It’s about the power of women, the power of non-violent protest and the power of love itself.  Even today, women demand to be heard,” explains playwright, Terry Lawrence.

Performances are Nov 3 at 7:30 and Nov 4 at 3 and 7:30 at Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin. There will be a talk back after the 3:00 performance on the 4th with playwright Terry Lawrence, who  now resides in Vermont.  Any tickets for any of the performances gains access to the talkback. Tickets in advance are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors and at the door tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students/seniors.Tickets can be purchased online at https://jewishtheatreofelginrosenstrasse.eventbrite.com or at Congregation Kneseth Israel.

Come see this story unfold of the power of love as women stand up to hate, to Nazis.