Category Archives: Happenings

Upcoming at MCJC Week of October 16

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 17
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee meeting at MCJC

Friday, October 19
6:30 pm: Shabbat Potluck Dinner CANCELLED
(See Saturday, October 20 Havdala program below.)

Saturday, October 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
5:00 pm: Community Havdala Potluck Picnic & Bonfire at Ellen and Dale Morton’s Farm (See below, register through our website.)

Sunday, October 21
9:30 am: Religious School at MCJC
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
1:00 pm: Diamonds Event  –  POSTPONED (watch for more info)
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:00-8:00 pm: MCJC-sponsored PADS Dinner, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock

Friday, October 26
6:30 pm: Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, October 27
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, October 28
8:00 am: MCJC Board Meeting at MCJC
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
2:00 pm: Elgin Chapter of Hadassah Event at CKI

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

MEET SUNNY THE WONDER CHICKEN! — Saturday, October 20 (RSVP deadline Oct. 17)

MEET SUNNY THE WONDER CHICKEN!

Havdala Potluck Picnic & Bonfire
Saturday, October 20, 5 pm
ELLENDALE

Home of Ellen & Dale Morton
2321 S. Cherry Valley Road, Woodstock, IL.

All MCJC members and their family and friends are invited to spend an autumn evening at Ellendale, a small farm just three miles from MCJC. Come meet (or get reacquainted with) Sunny the Wonder Chicken and her sisters, walk the grounds, and enjoy a good meal, a Havdala service, and a bonfire.

Dress for the weather and the location—there’s plenty of room inside if the weather conspires against us.

Parking is available in a pasture if you bear to the left after pulling into the driveway.

Please bring a folding chair for each member of your party, and a veggie/dairy dish to pass.

Please RSVP to Ellen at ellen.r.morton@gmail.com or 815-353-0819 by October 17, and let her know what you plan to bring. You can also register on this site.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th! Don’t forget to RSVP so we know how many to plan for!

MCJC Makes Book Club Selection

On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:00 pm, MCJC will host a “One Book, One Community” discussion when it reviews Memento Park by Mark Savas.  Each year, in honor of Jewish Book Month, Spertus Institute selects a single book to be read and discussed throughout the Chicago area.

This year’s selection, Memento Park, is set in LA, NY, and Budapest (with a stop in Chicago) and begins with an unexpected call from the Australian consulate. Thus protagonist Mark Santos learns of a valuable painting believed to have been looted from his family during WWII. To recover it, he must repair his strained relationship with his father, unearth his family history, and restore his connection to his own Judaism.

The discussion at MCJC will be facilitated by Rachel Kamin.  For more information about the Book Club, contact Rita Janowitz.

Elgin Chapter of Hadassah Hosts “Double-Chai” Tea with Two Great Presenters

  • Are you currently a Hadassah member but not affiliated with any chapter?
  • Were you ever a Hadassah member in the past?
  • Are you interested in learning more about Hadassah and the benefits of membership?

The Elgin Chapter of Hadassah invites current & previous Hadassah members, associates and guests to attend our

‘Double-Chai’ Tea!
Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm
Congregation Kneseth Israel, 330 Division Street, Elgin, IL 60120

Our Featured Speaker is Bonnie Lipton, National Hadassah Past President. Bonnie is also an Honorary
Vice President and a five-generation Life Member.
She currently serves as National Building Chair for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and is a member of the Hadassah Medical Organization Board of Directors.

Our Guest Presentation is Marilyn Price, nationally renowned storyteller. Since the beginning of her career, Marilyn has been working with adults as a teacher and mentor, utilizing her skills as a storyteller and a personal fascination with her own Jewish roots. She also is known for her work with younger audiences by including her renowned puppetry skills.

It’s only $36.00/pp to attend. Refreshments catered by kosher caterer, Becky Albert. “Hats and gloves” are welcome and encouraged!

Reservations must be mailed by October 24, 2018 to:
Barbara Maring Kulefsky, 349 Wentworth Lane, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Please make your checks payable to: Hadassah.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Sternfeld: 847-985-1122.

To learn more about Hadassah, please visit the Hadassah website.

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 9

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

Wednesday, October 10
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, October 12
6:30 pm: Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, October 13
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, October 14
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
1:00 pm: Join your Shalom Group of friends and family for: Steen Metz My Story: Surviving the Holocaust (see below)

Monday, October 15
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting, off-site

Wednesday, October 17
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee meeting at MCJC

Friday, October 19
6:30 pm: Shabbat Potluck Dinner CANCELLED
(See Saturday, October 20 Havdala program below.)

Saturday, October 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
5:00 pm: Community Havdala Potluck Picnic & Bonfire at Ellen and Dale Morton’s Farm (See below.)

Sunday, October 21
10:00 am: Religious School (off-site at CKI Elgin for a special program – see below)
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
1:00 pm: Diamonds Event


SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, October 28
8:00 am: MCJC Board Meeting at MCJC

OCTOBER 14 YOUR SHALOM GROUP SUN CITY FRIENDS AND FAMILY INVITE YOU…

The Shalom Group Sun City presents

Steen Metz
My Story: Surviving the Holocaust

Steen Metz (featured on NBC News) grew up in the town of Oabout 100 miles west of Copenhagen, and was the son of non-practicing Jewish parents. Jews made up only 0.2 percent of the country’s population, and were well-integrated into Danish society at the time.

Then, on October 2, 1943, after more than three years of Nazi occupation in Denmark, Metz’s family, 8-year-old Steen and his parents were arrested at their home, loaded into a crowded cattle car without food, water, light or a working toilet for a three day trip to Terezin Concentration Camp in what is today the Czech Republic.

When: Sunday, October 14 at 1 pm
Where: Meadow View Lodge
Cost: $5/person (Checks payable by 10/7/18 to the Shalom Group, c/o Ed Gordon, 12944 Illinois, Huntley, IL 60142)

Guests are welcome, but seating is limited.

All proceeds will be donated to the
Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois

Upcoming at MCJC Week of October 2

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 3
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, October 5
6:30 pm: CANCELLED! – Shabbat Potluck Dinner and Services

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

Sunday, October 7
No Religious School

Wednesday, October 10
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, October 12
6:30 pm: Shabbat Potluck Dinner and Services

Saturday, October 13
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, October 14
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
1:00 pm: Join your Shalom Group friends and family for: Steen Metz My Story: Surviving the Holocaust (see below)

Wednesday, October 17
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, October 19
6:30 pm: CANCELLED! – Shabbat Potluck Dinner and Services (See Saturday, October 20 Havdala program below)

Saturday, October 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
5:00 pm: Community Havdala Potluck Picnic & Bonfire at Ellen and Dale Morton’s Farm (see below)

Sunday, October 21
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom
1:00 pm: Diamonds Event

Upcoming at MCJC Week of September 25, 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, September 26
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom – CANCELLED
4:30 pm: Pizza in the Hut – Sukkot Program with the Religious School

Friday, September 28
6:30 pm: Shabbat Potluck Dinner and Services

Saturday, September 29
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion with Yizkor

Sunday, September 30
9:15 am: Hoshanna Rabba/Simchat Torah Celebrations with Religious School

Monday, October 1
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting (off-site)

Wednesday, October 3
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, October 5
6:30 pm: CANCELLED: Shabbat Potluck Dinner and Services

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

Sunday, October 7
No Religious School


SAVE THE DATES

Saturday, October 20
5:00 pm: Community Havdala Potluck Picnic & Bonfire at Ellen and Dale Morton’s Farm (more information coming soon!)

Sunday, October 21
1:00 pm: Diamonds Event

Upcoming at MCJC Week of September 18, 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.

Tuesday, September 18
7:00 pm: Kol Nidre Service

Wednesday, September 19
9:00 am: Yom Kippur Morning Service
9:30 am – 10:30 am: High Holy Day Discussion Group
10:15 am: Children’s Service (ages 4-8)
4:30 pm: Yom Kippur Mincha Service
6:00 pm: Yom Kippur Neila Service
7:15 pm: Break-the-Fast

Friday, September 21
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck & Services

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

Sunday, September 23
9:15 am: Erev Sukkot Services with the Religious School.
Sukkah Building with the Building & Grounds Committee
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Monday, September 24
8:30 am: Sukkot Morning Services with Lulav & Etrog

Wednesday, September 26
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Pizza in the Hut – Sukkot Program with the Religious School

Friday, September 28
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner and Services

Saturday, September 29
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion with Yizkor

Sunday, September 30
9:15 am: Hoshanna Rabba/Simchat Torah Celebrations with Religious School


SAVE THE DATES
Oct. 1: Shemini Atzeret
Oct. 2: Simchat Torah (see below)