Category Archives: Religious School

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.

Religious School News Week of March 5, 2019

We’re getting ready for Purim even as we continue our classroom learning. Have you decided on your costume for this Wizard of Oz extravaganza yet?!

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 6 – Religious School for grades 3-7.  Sunday, March 10 – Religious School for all grades.

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: plan to attend, especially for grades K-3.

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.

Religious School News Week of February 26, 2019

Last Friday, many of our religious school families enjoyed welcoming in Shabbat at MCJC with wonderful conversation, prayer and food. Thank you to all who came!

In the Classroom: On Sunday, the K-1 class began learning about Purim. Grades 2-3 started to wrap up their Shabbat unit. In addition, grade 3 is learning about Jewish kings, most recently King David. Grades 4-7 did some genealogy and continued making games for the Purim carnival. Hebrew studies continue for all.

This week: Wednesday, February 27 – Religious School for grades 3-7.  Sunday, March 3 – Religious School for all grades.

Upcoming Special Events

Sunday, March 17 – PURIM FUN
9:30 am -12:00 pm – Please join us for a Family Purim Celebration
We are looking for parent volunteers who can assist with carnival activities. Please email us at school@mcjconline.org if you are interested.

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:  Also, if you have not done so already, please bring in snacks for the second half of the year.  They 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.

Religious School News Week of February 20, 2019

Be happy – it’s Adar. And Purim is coming to MCJC with a Wizard of Oz theme. Read all about it. And in the meantime . . .

We’re still looking . . .

The MCJC Board is restructuring and reinvigorating the Religious School Education Committee. We are looking for a Committee Chair as well as members. Interested parties email president@mcjconline.org.

The MCJC Religious School still needs Substitutes for Sundays, 9:30 am – 12 noon, and Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, all grades. If interested, please email school@mcjconline.org.

It was great seeing so many students despite the snowy weather.

In the Classroom:  The K-1 class learned some new Hebrew letters and worked with the 2nd-3rd graders on making decorations for the upcoming Family Shabbat. The 2nd-3rd grade class also continued working on their Shabbat Shalom scrapbooks. The 4th-7th graders worked with Rabbi Tom on Hebrew prayers, and began designing games for the Purim Carnival.

This week: Wednesday, February 20 – Religious School for grades 3-7.  Sunday, February 24 – Religious School for all grades.

Upcoming Special Events: 
Friday, February 22, 6 pm 
K-3 families will sponsor a veggie/dairy meal for our Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner. All are welcome!

Sunday, March 17 – PURIM FUN 
Please join us for a Family Purim Celebration. One of our many fun activities will be making Blessing Bags. Please continue to bring your donations! We are looking for these items:

alcohol wipes
band aids
bathing wipes
Chapstick
feminine hygiene products
floss
gloves
mints
multi-vitamins, chewable in unopened containers
peanut butter crackers
soft breakfast bars
socks, black best
toothbrushes
Zip-Loc bags – quart and gallon size

We are also looking for parent volunteers who can help run Purim Carnival activities.

Wednesday, March 20 – Megillah Shpiel Night. The fun starts at 5 pm with a pizza dinner.

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

Snacks:  Also, if you have not done so already, please bring in snacks for the second half of the year.  They 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.

Religious School News Week of February 5, 2019

Did you see this announcement in the e-nouncements the last couple of weeks?

The MCJC Board is restructuring and reinvigorating the Religious School Education Committee. We are looking for a Committee Chair as well as members. Interested parties email president@mcjconline.org.

The MCJC Religious School still needs Substitutes for Sundays, 9:30 am – 12 noon, and Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, all grades. If interested, please email school@mcjconline.org.

And now for this week’s news! Finally, the weather has returned to normal! It was great seeing most of our students last Sunday.

In the Classroom. The K-1 class is learning about the Ten Commandments.  The 2-3 class is learning about Shabbat, and they are beginning to put together a Shabbat Shalom scrapbook with things that bring them peace and joy. The 4-7 graders have finished watching the movie “Wonder,” and will soon begin their Jewish Values film project. Hebrew studies for all are going well.

This week. Wednesday, February 6- Regular religious school for grades 3-7.  Sunday, February 10- Regular religious school for all grades.

Upcoming Special Event. Friday, February 22, 6 pm: K-3 families are sponsoring a veggie/dairy meal for Shabbat. All are welcome!

Other reminders. Please continue to bring in donations for Blessing Bags. We are looking for these items:

alcohol wipes
band aids
bathing wipes
Chapstick
feminine hygiene products
floss
gloves
mints
multi-vitamins, chewable in unopened containers
peanut butter crackers
soft breakfast bars
socks, black best
toothbrushes
Zip-Loc bags – quart and gallon size

Snacks. Also, if you have not done so already, please bring in snacks for the second half of the year.  They 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.