Category Archives: Religious School

Religious School News Week of May 21, 2019

Religious School is out for the summer!

We had a great Closing Day last Sunday.  We enjoyed singing our favorite songs, sharing memories, playing Jewpardy, having Kona Ice, and eating hot dogs.

A big thank you to all our teachers, parents, and students for a wonderful year! A special thanks goes to Ilene Kaye for teaching songs to our students and helping with our family events. Also, thanks to our maintenance men and Jill Purvin for helping at all our events.

Lots of well wishes for Jenna Mussar and Dara Turnball, as they step down from teaching. Jenna plans to teach in Korea next year, and Dara is going back to school.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in teaching next year, have them email their inquiry to school@mcjconline.org for more information.

Please don’t be a stranger to MCJC during the summer. Attend a Friday night Shabbat, come to a Saturday morning service, join a committee, or help at a clean-up day.

Have a wonderful summer!

Religious School News Week of May 14, 2019

Don’t miss the Annual Meeting & School Closing Day Picnic!

Grades 4-7 finished their Jewish values film. Our “Jewish Values” video will make it’s debut during Closing Day activities. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, May 15: Religious school for grades 3-7

Sunday, May 19-: Religious School Closing Day

Please join us as we wrap up our school year with student memories, Havdalah, singing, kids vs. adult Jewpardy, Kona Ice, games for the kids (during the Annual Meeting) and of course a hot dog lunch (with sides) for everyone at the MCJC Annual Closing Day Picnic.

It Was A Beautiful Day In Spring Grove For MCJC

Sunday afternoon, April 28, was beautiful in Spring Grove, Illinois when MCJC visited the only Holocaust Memorial in McHenry County.

Storyteller Jim May and MCJC member Nancy Wicker lovingly created the bas relief as a tribute to survivor Lisa Derman, who died at the Storytelling Festival in Spring Grove Park, while she was sharing her experiences during the Holocaust.

Speaking at the event were Jim May; Al Gimpel, whose father wrote the Hebrew on the monument; Ellen Levy, who shared her tribute to Lisa; Storyteller Carol Kerman, a docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, who explained the Terezin saplings fundraiser; and Rabbi Tom, who led the group in saying Kaddish to remember Lisa and all those who were lost during the Holocaust.

MCJC plans to make this an annual event to remember Lisa and learn about the Holocaust.

Religious School News Week of April 16, 2019

By Davina Kelly

Our students are very busy learning about Passover the last few weeks. They are practicing the Four Questions in Hebrew, singing Passover songs with special guests Ilene Kaye and Paula Eskoz, and making crafts.

The K-1 class made Afikomen bags. Grades 2-3 made 10 made bookmarks depicting the Ten Plagues (check out the photos in the upcoming Newsletter — they came out great)! All grades had fun working together to make Matzah houses and toffee Matzah. And Hebrew practice continues for all.

Wednesday, April 17 – Religious School for grades 3-7.

Sunday, April 21  No Religious School (2nd Day of Passover)

Wednesday, April 24 – Religious School for grades 3-7.

Sunday, April 28 – Religious School for all grades.

Then at 1:30 pm, please join MCJC at Spring Grove Park to see
McHenry County’s Only Holocaust Memorial.

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 create this beautiful monument.

Spring Grove Park
2102 Main Street
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Religious School News Week of April 9, 2019

It was good to see everyone back from Spring Break, and now that we’re beginning to feel a little warmth in the air, our thoughts turn to Passover and other Spring holidays.

Wednesday, April 10 – Religious School for grades 3-7.

Sunday, April 14 – Religious School for all grades. A special Passover activity will surprise and delight you.

While you’re there on the 14th . . .
Check out MCJC’s

Mother’s Day Gift Boutique

10:30 am to 1:30 pm

There will be jewelry, handmade Kippot, woodwork, and an assortment of other beautiful items.

Vendors will provide raffle prizes, so plan to take your chances to win one! Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 tickets for $5.

If you can volunteer some time, please get in touch with Linda Blatchford at membership@mcjconline.org.

Would you like to be a vendor? It’s not too late if you act quickly. Visit this page, sign up and pay your vendor fee.

On Sunday, April 28, MCJC will observe Yom HaShoah.  After Religious School for all grades, families will meet at 1:30 at Spring Grove Park to hear storyteller Jim May talk about McHenry County’s only Holocaust Memorial.  MCJC has a strong connection with the Memorial since member Nancy Deborah Wicker and Max Gimpel, father of Al Gimpel, helped to create this beautiful tribute to survivor Lisa Derman.  Please join us for a memorable afternoon.  The flyer and directions are located just outside the sanctuary.

Religious School News Week of March 19, 2019

What a fun family day at MCJC!  Last Sunday, everyone enjoyed making Hamantaschen, creating graggers, making cards, and putting together Blessing Bags. Of course, the carnival and lunch were also enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to the faculty, Ilene Kaye, the maintenance committee, and Rabbi Tom.

SPRING BREAK IS COMING! Sunday, March 24 through Sunday, March 31. That means . . . wait for it . . . NO Religious School March 24, 27, or 31!

Upcoming Special Events

PURIM 2019 –Costumes are encouraged!

Wednesday, March 20 –More Purim Fun: Megillah Shpiel Night. The fun starts at 5:00 pm.

The MCJC Purim Shpiel is back by popular demand.  We come together to enjoy a pizza dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, followed by a “Wizard of Oz” themed Shpiel.  This will be in place of Religious School.

Important Request: If you plan to attend the pizza dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 pm and/or can bring some Hamantaschen, please RSVP to school@mcjconline.org and let us know your plan. Hope to see you there!

And remember: NO Religious School March 24, 27, or 31.  Enjoy Spring Break!

Celebrate Shabbat with our 4th-7th Graders

SHABBAT:  A Special Time

Even More Special on March 23
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
When we share it with our 4 – 7 Graders
MCJC Religious School Students

Please join us for
Shabbat Morning Services & Kiddush

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The Grades 4 – 7 class has worked hard on learning to participate meaningfully as part of MCJC worship. We  extend this invitation for you to come worship alongside our younger members.

Our Grade 4 class will also participate in their consecration ceremony.

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There’s more! On the second and fourth Shabbatot of the month, Extended Kiddush follows the morning service. It includes light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah. Please plan to stay on for adult Torah study.

Religious School News Week of March 12, 2019

SPRING BREAK IS COMING! Sunday, March 24 through Sunday, March 31. Stated another way, no Religious School March 24, 27, or 31.

In the Classroom: The K-1 and 2-3 classes welcomed special guests Ilene Kaye and Paula Eskoz, who taught Purim songs. The students’ singing and dancing were great! Grades 4 – 7 worked on their Jewish values film. Hebrew studies continued for all.

This week: Wednesday, March 13 – Religious school for grades 3 – 7.

Upcoming Special Events

PURIM 2019
Costumes are encouraged both days!

Sunday, March 17 – PURIM FUN
9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Please join us for a Family Purim Celebration
We will make Hamantaschen, put together blessing bags, make graggers, and have a great time with carnival games and hot dogs at our one-and-only MCJC Purim Carnival.  Parents: Please plan to attend, especially for grades K-3. Carnival tickets are $1.00/10 tickets and lunch is free (donations always welcome).

Wednesday, March 20 – Megillah Shpiel Night. The fun starts at 5:00 pm.

The MCJC Purim Shpiel is back by popular demand.  We come together to enjoy a pizza dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 pm followed by a “Wizard of Oz” Shpiel.  This will be in place of Religious School.

Important Request: If you plan to attend the pizza dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 pm and/or can bring some Hamantaschen, please RSVP to school@mcjconline.org and let us know your plan. Hope to see you there!

Snacks:  We are running low on snacks! Please send in peanut free/nut free snacks. Snacks can be bulk, or if you prefer, cash donations are acceptable.

Absence:  Last but not least, if your child will be absent, please email school@mcjconline.org or text 847-373-3186.