Category Archives: Social Groups

Let’s Have Fun Together at the Woodstock Folk Festival, Sunday, July 21

The next MCJC “Let’s Have Fun together” program is the Woodstock Folk Festival, Sunday, July 21, Noon-6:00 pm in the park on the historic Woodstock City Square.

MCJC members and friends should bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs and meet at 11:30 am on the Woodstock Square in the park and get ready to enjoy an afternoon of soulful music and wonderful fellowship.

This is the 34th consecutive year for this outstanding musical festival. An eclectic mix of performers from the U.S., Canada, and the UK will perform blues, country,  Americana, a cappella, international, traditional, and contemporary folk songs. The afternoon’s music program will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing and Moonwalk which took place July 20-21, 1969!

The Festival features a Main Stage, Open Mic Stage, Children’s Area, and a Blues Workshop. With a diverse musical line-up and an array of activities for people of all ages, the Festival will offer something for everyone.

The suggested donation for the event is $15 for seniors and students and $20 for adults. Please RSVP at funtogether@mcjconline.org so that MCJC “Let’s Have Fun Together” Committee Co-Chairs, Burl Cohn and Bruce Weiss, will know how large a space to reserve in the park.

Annual Meeting Report from “Let’s Have Fun Together” Group

MAY 2018 – MAY 2019
“LET’S HAVE FUN TOGETHER” EVENTS

​The goal of the MCJC “Let’s Have Fun Together” initiative is to enhance the social program offerings at MCJC in an effort to help build community. These are events we shared during the past year:

1) Saturday June 9, 2018: attended the Green Room Productions family-friendly improv show at the Cosman Theater in Huntley. Prior to the program, we had dinner at the Kosta’s Restaurant in Algonquin.

2) Saturday July 15, 2018: attended the Woodstock Folk Festival and had a picnic lunch in the park on the Woodstock City Square.

3) Monday December 24, 2018: annual Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner at the New China Restaurant in Carpentersville.

4) Sunday March 10, 2019: Charles Troy’s presentation of “The Creation of West Side Story” at MCJC, followed by a dessert social.

IDEAS FOR MAY 2019 – MAY 2020
“LET’S HAVE FUN TOGETHER” PROGRAMS

1) Attend the Woodstock Folk Festival on Sunday July 21 on the Woodstock City Square park, and have a picnic lunch.

2) Attend a performance of the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team on Friday night, August 2, at Wonder Lake Beach, and have a picnic dinner.

3) Invite Charles Troy to present the following shows at MCJC: “Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant,” “The Creation of The Sound of Music,” and “The Creation of The Wizard of Oz” and have either a dessert social or a pizza dinner.

4) Invite someone to come to MCJC late afternoon on a Saturday to teach Israeli folk dancing, and have a Havdalah service and pizza dinner.

5) Hold the annual Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner at the New China Restaurant in Carpentersville.

6) Hold a Jewish Bingo Night at MCJC on a Saturday and include a Havdalah service and pizza dinner (note: each bingo game would have prizes for an adult winner and a child winner.)

7) Carpool day trip on a Sunday to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie and have lunch at a Jewish deli.

IMPORTANT: please contact Burl Cohn and Bruce Weiss at funtogether@mcjconline.org and let them know which of the above listed program ideas interest you.

Pssssst . . . Don’t Miss The Next Diamonds Event: Food, Fund, Friendship

What? Next Diamonds Event

When? Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 1:00  pm

Where? The “Shul”

Why? Because it is time.

Join your Diamonds group for an afternoon of
Fun, Food, Film & Friendship . . .

Featuring our unlimited Salad, Pizza, & Dessert.
As always this event is open to all MCJC members, friends,
and anyone who cares to join us.

Suggested donation $7.50 pp.

Please help our chefs with your early response:
RSVP to Lois: loisshar@gmail.com

QUESTIONS?
Call Lois . . . 847-854-0584 or Burl 847-777-8119

“Let’s Have Fun Together,” MCJC! Friday, August 17, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Wonder Lake Beach

SPECIAL MCJC SHABBAT PROGRAM 
PICNIC – SHABBAT CELEBRATION – WATER SKI SHOW

Plan to join your MCJC family for a special Shabbat program featuring a picnic,  a celebration of Shabbat,  and a water ski show.

The entire MCJC community and their friends are invited to gather at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 17, at the Main Beach in Wonder Lake located at Hancock Drive and East Lake Shore Drive. Come early so it’s easier to find parking.

Bring your chairs and a picnic dinner to enjoy.

  • From 5:00 to 6:00 pm, we’ll enjoy dinner together and visiting with one another in fellowship.
  • From 6:00 to 6:30 pm, we will light Shabbat candles,  say Kiddush, and sing some Shabbat songs.
  • From 7:00 to 8:00 pm we’ll enjoy the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team perform its highly entertaining show.

The crowd attending the Water Ski Show begins to build in earnest on the hillside overlooking Wonder Lake Beach between 6:30 and 7:00 pm.  During that time the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team begins to get ready for its show and plays show music.

The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team performs between 7:00 and 8:00 pm.   The audience faces the western sky during the show.  If it is sunny,  having a sun visor or hat will make it a bit easier to see the show.

This is a free admission event, but the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team members walk through the audience during a  5-minute intermission in the show to collect donations.

This MCJC event is weather dependent.  If we have  rain or thunderstorms that evening, we will cancel the event. You may check for cancelation in the Express Announcements on the MCJC website in the upper right corner.

If you have questions regarding this special MCJC Friday Shabbat event, please email diamonds@mcjconline.org or call Bruce Weiss (815-338-2721)  or Burl Cohn (847-777-8119).

“Let’s Have Fun Together,” MCJC! Picnic & 33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

The MCJC Diamond’s Group invites the entire MCJC membership and friends to another great “Let’s Have Fun Together ” event:

SUNDAY, JULY 15
Picnic Lunch In The Park 11 AM
Historic Woodstock City Square
(Opera House Side)

Followed By
The 33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival
Noon – 6:00 PM

Audiences have come to the annual Woodstock Folk Festival from near and far since 1986.

Local, national, and international folk music artists will perform a variety of styles of folk music at the festival, which features a Main Stage, an Open Mic Stage, a Children’s Area, a Workshop, and an All-Sing Finale.

This is a free admission event, though organizers of the event welcome donations. For more detailed information about the event, see the flyer below.

Bring folding chairs and a picnic lunch.  If you like folk music, you will love this event!

Please RSVP so we know how large a space in the park we need to reserve for the MCJC group.

RSVP & Questions: Bruce Weiss 815-338-2721 or woodstockbruce@hotmail.com

The purpose of the MCJC “Let’s Have Fun Together” initiative is to enhance the social program offerings at MCJC.

Diamonds’ Brunch, Meeting & Free Concert

WOODSTOCK COMMUNITY CHOIR
Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 12:15 pm 
 
$5 per person for brunch at MCJC (pay at the door) 
A free concert following brunch will be at the Woodstock Opera House 
 
 As with all Diamonds’ events, this one is open to the entire congregation and their friends, and friends of their friends.
After brunch and our meeting at MCJC, we will carpool to the Woodstock Opera House for a free program of the Woodstock Community Choir, and their presentation of: “How Far I’ll Go – A Salute to Modern Musicals,” which will run from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 
This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Woodstock Opera House. Donations in support of the Woodstock Community Choir are welcome. Please RSVP to Bruce Weiss at diamonds@mcjconline.org.

Diamond’s Brunch, Meeting & Free Concert

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Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 12:15 pm
 $5 /pp for bru
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A free concert following brunch will be at the Woodstock Opera House
 
As with all Diamond’s events, this one is open to the entire congregation and their friends, and friends of their friends.
After brunch and our meeting at MCJC, we will all car-pool to the Woodstock Opera House for a free program of the Woodstock Community Choir, and their presentation of: “How Far I’ll Go – A Salute to Modern Musicals,” which will run from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Woodstock Opera House. Donations in support of the Woodstock Community Choir are welcome. Please RSVP to Bruce Weiss at diamonds@mcjconline.org.

MCJC Diamonds’ Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner

For more information, please see the calendar on this site.
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 events@mcjconline.org. Write “Lois” in the subject line.