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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.

Religious School News Week of February 12, 2019

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 may snow outside, but we’re warm and happy inside at MCJC.

In the Classroom:  The K-1 class finished their Ten Commandments unit. Their books look great! The 2-3 class continued working on their Shabbat Shalom scrapbook, and making a Shabbat Shalom banner for the sanctuary. The 4-7 graders started planning their Jewish values film, and are very excited to begin filming. Hebrew studies for all are going well.

This week:  Wednesday, February 13 – Religious School for grades 3-7. Sunday, February 17 – Religious School for all grades

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

PURIM FUN: Sunday, March 17 – 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

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

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 January 22, 2019

Even though it was cold and snowy outside, we were thinking of Spring and celebrating Tu b’Shevat.  It was wonderful seeing all the students in grades K-7 together having a good time trying out some new fruits, making bird feeders, and learning some interesting tree and environmental facts with our trivia game.

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, January 23 – Regular religious school for grades 3-7.
Sunday, January 27 – Regular religious school for all grades.  Grades 4-7 please fill out and return Jewish values film project permission slip.

OTHER REMINDERS 
Please bring in snacks for the second half of the year. They can be bulk, or if you prefer, cash donations are acceptable.

ABSENCE
And remember: if your child will be absent, please email school@mcjconline.org or text 847-373-3186.

The Day After Tu b’Shevat: 10 Ways To Celebrate The Trees Year-Round

Maybe it’s spring in Israel, but in our area, Tu b’Shevat found us buried in snow with well below freezing temperatures.

We sang and danced with Rabbi Tom…

Still, the celebration went forward at MCJC even though we didn’t get to plant trees outdoors as we enjoyed the first warming rays of spring sunshine. And we have some great pictures to show for it! Here we are, singing and dancing with Rabbi Tom — and making bird feeders for our feathered friends.

Here are 10 things to do year-round to celebrate trees and birds and the natural world that surrounds us:

  1. Take a family walk through the woods — even when it’s filled with snow. Robert Frost thought it was especially beautiful then. You can enjoy it too!
  2. Try growing fresh veggies from food scraps.
  3. Keep the faith: warmer days will come. You can get more from your garden when it does get warm enough to plant if you get things started indoors early.
  4. Enjoy this great Ted Talk about the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, how it is becoming a carbon “sink” for the world.
  5. Talk about what the Tanach (Jewish Bible) has to say about the environment.  When you finish the quotes in this article, follow the links to more material. Family members can take turns tracking down quotes from the Bible and from rabbinic texts, bringing one to each meal to share with the family and discuss.
  6. Share a “sourced” meal. Ask family members to share in some

    We made bird feeders for our feathered friends.

    detective work, finding out where each food item came from. Where and how was it produced? Were animals involved? How were they treated? Were people involved? Were they respected and pair fairly for their labor? What kind of energy was involved in producing the food item?

  7. Inventory your home to see how you can reduce food waste.
  8. Inventory your home to see where you use plastic. How can you reduce the impact of plastic on the environment by using less or repurposing what plastic you do use?
  9. Read together as a family these two books by forester, Peter Wohlleben: The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals. 
  10. Conscious choice: it’s a buzz phrase today, but conscious choice is what kashrut, the Jewish dietary laws, are all about. Now we know that what we eat impacts the environment as well. What can you learn together about how food is produced in the U.S. today? What Judaism says about the food we eat? (Hint: it depends). Richard Schwartz, founder of the Jewish Vegetarian Society, JVS.org, has gathered a significant body of material from Tanach and rabbinic texts about vegetarianism and the environment. You can find this material here: The Schwartz Collection on Judaism, Vegetarianism, and Animal Rights and here: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/rabbinic-teachings-on-vegetarianism

These activities all have a common purpose: thoughtful renewal of our relationship to the environment and the food it provides. Great ways to celebrate Tu b’Shevat year-round.

From Kveller.com: The Shabbat Version of ‘Baby Shark’ Will Blow You Out of the Water

Read more about this really, really, really popular  video and other great things to enjoy with your kids here: https://www.kveller.com/the-shabbat-version-of-baby-shark-will-blow-you-out-of-the-water/

And watch it here or on Kveller:

From Kveller: If you are a parent to young children, you may have heard the song “Baby Shark” about, oh, some 235,000 to 2.3 million times already. The 60-minute loop of the hit kid song (and dance) has, impressively but unsurprisingly, over 30 million views.

But now, there’s a Jewish version of this ear worm that’s equally annoy… I mean, catchy. Jewish a cappella group the Maccabeats have put out a parody of “Baby Shark” that’s guaranteed to get your kids excited about the holiest day of the week: Shabbat!

Called simply, “It’s Shabbat!” the song chronicles all the awesomeness of this holiday, including challah, yummy food, and every exhausted parents favorite Saturday afternoon activity: nap time. With adorable animation and a cute Shabbat-themed dance, it’s sure to get your kids dancing and singing this Friday (and every) evening!

Religious School News Week of January 15, 2019

It was great seeing our parents and students again after the break. Welcome back!

This week: Wednesday is regular religious school for grades 3-7. This Sunday, January 20 we observe Havdalah at 9:30 am followed by class time (Hebrew for the upper grades).

Beginning at 10:40 am, we will enjoy a special Tu Bi-sh’vat Celebration. Parents and friends are welcome to join us. We will sample tree fruits, plant seeds, make bird feeders and play an environmental trivia game.

Other reminders: Please bring in snacks for the second half of the year. They can be bulk or, if you prefer, cash donations are acceptable.

If your child will be absent, remember to email school@mcjconline.org or text 847-373-3186.

Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Chag Yafeh Kol Kach…

12/04/2018 Update: Our Annual MCJC Hanukkah Party was great fun! Here are a few pictures . . . more to come in our Slideshow in the right column:

Our very own MCJC “Maintenance Men” make the best latkes anywhere!

The Religious School hosted our Annual MCJC Hanukkah Party this past Sunday, December 2 from 9:30 am – 12 noon.

Some more of our “Maintenance Men . . . “

During this fun and festive morning, we enjoyed a scavenger hunt, candle-making, cookie-decorating, giant-sized dreidel games and a Hanukkah music game. Oh, and we can’t forget Latkes, made our our fabulous MCJC Maintenance Men and served up late morning.

These kinds of events make MCJC the warm, fun and happy family place we all love so much. We’re so glad you were there to share the fun and deliciousness. Happy Hanukkah!

The festivities begin . . . What better thing to do in a kitchen than make menorahs from dough? More to come. Religious School Hanukkah Event Sunday, December 2.