Category Archives: Membership

Todah Rabbah To All Who Contributed to a wonderful MCJC Open House

More than 40 people attended our Membership Open House, ate, and schmoozed. Guest comments included: “It feels so comfortable here.” “I could learn more about Judaism here.” and “The food was great.”

Todah rabbah to Ellen and Dale Morton for everything, Lois Shartiag for arranging the food, Dara Turnball for acting as Treasurer, Rabbi Tom for being so accessible, and the Communications team for working with us.

I am so thankful to so many current members of MCJC who came to the Open House and helped with membership efforts, in addition to teaching, and serving on other MCJC committees. There were even members who couldn’t be there who dropped off food for everyone to enjoy! If I had to use specific names, you’d be reading most of the membership directory.

Yiddishkeit is the only term that I can use to describe the attitude and atmosphere at MCJC.

“I thankfully acknowledge you, HaShem, for all the many gifts you provide.” Baruch atah Hashem shetovotecha rabim meod.

The next membership committee meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm, at Panera on Randall Rd. in Algonguin. It is open to any MCJC ambassador including membership committee members. We’ll review the Open House and begin our new buddy membership process to grow our MCJC community.

B’shalom, Linda Blatchford

Todah Rabbah from the Communications Committee to the Membership Committee and Board for a Great Opening Day…

Todah Rabbah to Membership Chair Linda Blatchford, Co-presidents Andy Purvin, Dara Turnball, and Karen Koenig, and Board Members Brian Horn, Iza Celewicz, and Jonah Markowitz for attending and supporting MCJC’s Open House and Religious School Opening Day. We appreciate all of your work for this event, Linda, and the help the Board provided to meet and greet new members.

Happy 5779-5780, MCJC teachers and assistants!

McHenry County Jewish Congregation Open House & Community picnic

Sunday, August 25, 2019
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC) Membership Committee invites you to an Open House and Community Picnic in conjunction with the Opening Day of the MCJC Religious School 2019/2020.

The event is Sunday, August 25, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, at 8617 Ridgefield Rd. in unincorporated Crystal Lake.  It is accessible from Route 14.

View our Religious School in action, tour the building, and meet members, teachers, and Rabbi Tom Samuels. A Community Picnic starts at 11:30 am, with kosher hot dogs and veggie/pareve foods prepared by congregants.

RSVPs are required by August 20 at

MCJC is the heart of Jewish life in the greater McHenry County area. We offer

  • a full schedule of weekly worship services
  • holiday services (the High Holy Days begin this year September 29 and include children’s services)
  • Friday evening potluck dinners
  • social events
  • social action programs
  • a Religious School and Hebrew program that meets one weekday afternoon and Sunday mornings
  • a growing library of educational videos from Rabbi Tom for Torah study, Shabbat celebrations, songs, and more

If you would like to find out more about membership in our vibrant MCJC community, please email

MCJC Open House A Great Success!

On Sunday, August 26, the MCJC Membership Committee hosted an Open House in conjunction with the Opening Day of School. The day was an opportunity for MCJC to welcome the wider community to meet our teaching staff, board, members and Rabbi Tom and see our MCJC family in action.

All of our guests were treated to a delightful veggie lunch provided by members along with kosher hot dogs grilled up by our very own MCJC Specialty Kitchen Crew.

Everyone had a chance to visit and get to know each other. Here are just a few of the comments we overheard:

  • “…very welcoming community, down to earth people,,,”
  • “Love that it was more than hot dogs…”
  • “Great energy…”

We were pleased to give out two gift bags with two more good to go . . . and happy to welcome back a former member.

Linda Blatchford, Membership Committee Chair, says “Many thanks to the membership committee, teachers, and members for making the Open House a success and for bringing so much food and warmth to the event.”

And MCJC thanks Linda and the Membership Committee for all the energy they bring to developing a membership program at MCJC. The great feeling of the day broadcast to the world (or at least to our local community) what a special place MCJC is.

For more about our MCJC Open House and pictures, check out the article in the Northwest Herald.

MCJC Open House Sunday, August 26, 9:15 am to 12:30 pm

We welcome you to visit MCJC to see if our Jewish community is right for you.  Get a taste of Religious School at 9:15 a.m., tour the building at 11:00 a.m., and meet members, teachers, and Rabbi Tom. The community picnic starts at 11:30. Hot dogs and veggie/pareve food selections will be served.

We’ve had a great response to this event. It promises to be a wonderful day and an opportunity to meet with and experience what a special place our MCJC community is.

If you’re among those who have already RSVP’d, thank you! If you haven’t yet let us know you’ll be there, please RSVP today at

Jewish Festival Thank Yous from MCJC Membership Committee…

Thank you to Rabbi Tom and MCJC membership ambassadors Steve and Sharon Danzig, Larry and Elaine Steinberg (who also donated MCJC pens), Burl and Annette Cohn, and Norm and Paula Ezkoz. You were superheroes for bearing with the rainstorms and staffing the MCJC table at the Chicago Jewish Festival.

Also, todah rabbah to Gail and Howard Frank, Renee Cooper, and the above ambassadors who helped copy and prepare the festival materials.

Your work on behalf of MCJC is appreciated!

Linda Blatchford, Membership Chair. 

MCJC Membership 2018-19: Information Update Form

For Membership Registration and Payment, please print out the Membership Registration and Payment Form at the bottom of this page (a .pdf) under the "Submit" button. Fill it in and mail to: McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

You can also make membership payments by using the Membership Payment button in the right column of each page of the site.

To update your family information and Yahrzeits, please fill in the information below. In future years, we will be able to return your information to you for updates and changes.

The form allows you to enter information for two adults, four children and four Yahreits. If you have additional children or adult family members living in your household or additional Yahrzeits, please submit a second form to accommodate them.

NOTE: The information in the first section is required for all form submissions.


Please update the information for each person in your household, beginning with yourself:

Person #1 (Adult)

Person #2 (Adult):

Person #3 (Child):

Person #4 (Child):

Person #5 (Child):

Person #6 (Child):


Yahrzeit # 1:

Yahrzeit # 2:

Yahrzeit # 3:

Yahrzeit # 4:


Please list their names and phone numbers:



That's it! Thank you for providing us the information that will help us serve you better.

And remember: if you have more information, please submit this form (below), refresh the page, and submit a second form.

See below the "Submit" button for your Membership Registration and Payment form.



Please print and fill in this form and mail to: McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012, Attn: Membership:

Membership 2018-19_Registration_Payment_Form

Please join MCJC at The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival June 10, 2018

The Membership Committee needs YOU!

We are looking for 4-6 volunteers to staff our table in shifts at the GREATER CHICAGO JEWISH FESTIVAL Sunday, June 10, 2018, in St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve, 11 am – 6 pm. (Oakton St. West of LeHigh, Skokie)

Never been to the Festival? It’s a great event, and we are excited to represent MCJC to 50,000 attendees.

Read more here: – or see the flyer below.

Please contact Steve Danzig via if you can help out!