Category Archives: Happenings

Upcoming at MCJC

PLEASE CHECK OUR CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (left column of this page):

Wednesday, November 29
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
5:00 pm: MCJC Blog Development Planning Meeting

Friday, December 1
No Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner
(See Below: December 2nd First Saturdays Havdala Program)

Saturday, December 2
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services – Special Torah Study Program (See Below)
5:00 pm: First Saturdays Havdala Program at MCJC (See Below)

Sunday, December 3
9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Annual Hanukka Gift Boutique Fair
Click Here for the Event Flyer

9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: JFCS Parenting Workshop: “Let’s talk about Teens, Drugs, and Parenting”
12:00 am: School PTO Meeting
TBD: Thrill Ride Movie Showing (See Below)

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

Friday, December 8
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, December 9
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services

Sunday, December 10
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: The Jewish Way with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, December 13
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, December 15
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, December 16
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services

Sunday, December 17
9:30 am – 12:00 pm:
MCJC Annual Chanukah Community Party
Click Here for the Event Flyer
(No Adult Ed class with Rabbi Tom)

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Special Shabbat Morning Torah Text Study: “The Collective vs Individual Responsibility”
Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 9:30 am

This Shabbat morning we will dive into the Torah portion, Vayishlach, through a text-based community discussion, titled, “Collective vs Individual Responsibility: Who is Guilty and Who is Less Guilty.”

Click Here for preparatory readings.

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JFCS Parenting Workshop
Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 11:00 am

“Let’s talk about Teens, Drugs, and Parenting”

What is it about teens? Why and how do they go from cute kid to eye-rolling teen in the blink of an eye? What is the developmental job of a teenager, and how does a parent support the work the teen needs to do? Why are drinking and drugs so often part of the life stage, and what can parents do to keep their kids safe? Gain wisdom from some of the expert psychologists of this generation as shared by social worker and mom Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW.

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MCJC Annual Chanukah Gift Boutique
Sunday, December 3, 2017
9:30 am – Noon

Buy your Chanukah and holiday gifts at our Annual Holiday Gift Boutique.
Click Here for the Flyer

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“Thrill Ride”: A Special Movie Showing
Sunday, December 3, 2017
(Showtimes Coming)

This movie, “Thrill Ride” is written and directed by MCJC members, Chris and Illisa Parrish. It is based on a story from their son Mason, who passed away from brain cancer in 2011. Mason was a student in our Religious School, where his brother Max, currently attends. Proceeds from the film go toward The Mason Parrish Foundation, and will be used to fund pediatric brain tumor research.

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Annual Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 17, 2017
9:15 am – Noon

Join us for our annual Chanukah Party. There will be lots of fun and games, music, and of course our Maintenance Guys’ famous latkes!

Click Here for the Flyer

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MCJC Diamonds’ Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner
Sunday, December 24, 2017, at 5:30 pm

Did someone say Chinese? Join your MCJC friends for a Christmas Eve Tradition at the New China Restaurant, 72 N. Kennedy Dr. (RT. 25), in Carpentersville, IL 60110 (tel: 847-428-2228) All are welcome: Diamonds Members, friends, and friends of friends…. R.S.V.P. to Lois at loisshar@gmail.com or at 847-854-0584.

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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 is coordinating 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 howard.gail.frank@gmail.com.
MCJC’s Care Committee

MCJC’s Care Committee is here to ensure that our members are served during times of difficulty as well as during times of joy. You can participate as much or as little as your time permits: make a meal, shovel someone’s driveway, send a get-well card, etc. For more information, please contact Rabbi Tom.

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Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
Wednesdays, 1:00 pm

Explore Jewish history through the lens of the erratic, the unpredictable, the fascinating, and the truly inspiring. Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week. Check MCJC’s calendar for any schedule changes.
The Jewish Way with Rabbi Tom
Sundays, 11:00 am

Learn about and experience the many faces of Judaism. Find those touchpoints of meaning and memory-making that Judaism offers. Check MCJC’s calendar for any schedule changes.

The MCJC Book Club November 2017 Meeting

MCJC Connections
November/December 2017 ~ Cheshvan/Kislev/Tevet ~ Vol. 5778

The MCJC Book Club continues to meet
every other month! Our next meeting will
be Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
We will discuss WINDY CITY BLUES
by Renee Rosen.
When her piano talents are discovered by a record company, Leeba becomes an accomplished songwriter and friend to several blues legends before her romance with a black guitarist is met by racism and anti-Semitism in segregated Chicago during the civil rights
era. This book is part of the Spertus One Book, One Community program. We may be able to SKYPE with
the author.

Our next meetings are scheduled for January 25,
March 15, and May 10, 2018.

Please help us choose three books we will read from
the descriptions of five books below suggested by our
facilitator, Rachel Kamin. Email your choices to Rita
Janowitz at bookclub@mcjconline.org.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon (Paperback)
A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.

The First Love Story by Bruce Feiler (PB 3/20/18)
Presents a revelatory account of Adam and Eve’s symbolism as central figures in western imagination and their role in shaping humanity’s deepest feelings about relationships, family, and togetherness.

Bertrand Court by Michelle Brafman (PB)
The author of Washing the Dead intertwines seventeen
luminous narratives about the secrets of an unforgettable
cast of politicos, filmmakers, and housewives, all tied to
a suburban cul-de-sac.

Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir by Annette Gendler (PB)
Like her Great-aunt Resi, Annette Gendler, a German,
fell in love with a Jewish man. But unlike her aunt,
whose marriage was destroyed by “the Nazi times,”
Gendler found a way to make her impossible love survive.

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer (PB)
A tale inspired by historical events, traces the experiences of two women whose lives are transformed by a mysterious Johann Sebastian Bach choral masterpiece.

McHenry County Jewish Congregation continues a month of holidays

PRESS RELEASE

By Leslie Cook

Crystal Lake, IL – Local congregation, McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC) continues a time of reflection and return with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, beginning with Kol Nidre, Friday evening September 29 at 7:00pm.

Holidays at MCJC are unique and special.  Our own members lead the services, making these co-creative and empowering experiences for all.  

We welcome non-members and guests to share these days with us but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC.

Kol Nidre
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Yom Kippur Morning Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 9:00 am

Yom Kippur Children’s Services (Ages 4-8)
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 10:15
MCJC will offer Children’s Services on Yom Kippur. This a wonderfully engaging, musical and fun service, and geared to younger children ages 4 through 8.  ​

Yom Kippur Mincha Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 4:30 pm

Yom Kippur Neila Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at​ 6:00 pm

Break-the-Fast
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 7:15 pm

Join the entire MCJC community for Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur Services. So that we can plan, please contact the MCJC office to RSVP at: 815-455-1810 or mcjcoffice@yahoo.com.  

Pizza in the Hut Religious School Sukkot Celebration
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Sukkot Yom Tov Morning Services with Lulav & Etrog
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 9:30 am

Friday Night Shabbat Services & Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Sukkot Services
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

Study, prayer, celebration and community-building continue throughout the year with Shabbat potlucks and services, Religious School, an active Adult Education program and online through our website at mcjconline.org. We hope you’ll join us!

Contact:

To learn more about MCJC, please contact:

Rabbi Tom Samuels
rabbi@mcjconline.org

Or stop in to visit us at 8617 Ridgefield Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012. Call the MCJC office first at 815-455-1810 to be sure someone will be there to greet you.

McHenry County Jewish Congregation wishes you a Happy New Year

PRESS RELEASE

By Leslie Cook

Woodstock, IL – Local congregation, McHenry County Jewish Congregation (known to its friends as “MCJC”) looks forward to to the beginning of a new Jewish year, 5778, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Rosh HaShanna (“Head of the Year”) is known as the Birthday of the World, and it’s the perfect time to pause and celebrate the beauty of creation. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year as we look forward to the year to come.

You can even get a jump start on reflection and study the evening of September 16, Selichot.

High Holy Days at MCJC are unique and special. Our own members lead the services, making these co-creative and empowering experiences for all.

We welcome non-members and guests to share the High Holy Days with us but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC.

We hope you’ll join us for one or more of our holiday services — better yet that you’ll study and celebrate with us throughout the year:

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Leil Selichot – An Evening of Reflection & Learning in Preparation for the High Holidays

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Erev Rosh HaShanna (Eve of the New Year)

Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 9:00 am; Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 am
Rosh HaShanna Morning Service – Day I

Tashlich Service (Immediately following services, approx. 1:45 pm)
Cast your bread on the water
2:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)

Family Service with Shofar Blowing and Tashlich by the Pond – Open to the Public
4:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)
Join us for a musical family High Holiday and Tashlich service.

Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9:00 am
Rosh HaShanna Morning Service – Day 2

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9:30 am
Shabbat Shuva – Sabbath of “turning” and “returning”
Shabbat Shuva Morning Services

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre

Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 9:00 am; Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 am
Yom Kippur Morning Service

Start: 4:30 pm
Yom Kippur Mincha Service

Start: 6:00 pm
Yom Kippur Neila Service (“Closing of the Gates”)

Start: 7:15 pm
Break-the-Fast
Please join the entire MCJC community for a Potluck Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur Services.
Contact the MCJC office to RSVP at: 815-455-1810 or office@mcjconline.org.

Contact:
To learn more about MCJC or our month of holidays (yes, there are more), or to let us know you’d like to attend, please contact:

Rabbi Tom Samuels
rabbi@mcjconline.org

Or stop in to visit us at 8617 Ridgefield Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012. Call the MCJC office first at 815-455-1810 to be sure someone will be there to greet you.