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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 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 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 or text 847-373-3186.

What’s Up For Purim?

By Paula Eskoz

Sunday, March 17


Sunday, March 17, at our religious school
Is a Purim program that will surely be cool
For children AND adults, so please attend
Much appreciated if a “hand” you can lend

Yummy Hamantashen ready to bake
Creative, noisy Graggers for all to make
Blessing Bags to fill for the homeless at PADS
So we can help them be a little less sad

Dress in costumes if you like, you will be seen
Purim songs led by Rabbi Tom and Ilene
Second half of the morning is carnival games
Followed by lunch, you’ll be glad you came!

Wednesday, March 20 

Big Night with lots of fun in the works . . . 

Come out, come out, wherever you are
MCJC friends from near and from far
Please join us March 20 for our Purim Shpiel
Returning this year, along with a small meal

From 5 until 6, we’ll be serving dinner
Then a Wizard of Oz Shpiel, should be a winner
At Haman’s name, shake a Gragger or two
Drink some Goldschlager, while you BOO

Please come in costume, it adds to the fun
There will be something for everyone
So come with the kiddies, the night won’t be late
More info to follow, we can hardly wait!

Our Pizza Dinner Is Followed by the Megillah Reading/Purim Shpiel

Wizard of Oz Theme – Wear a costume, and shake, rattle, & roll that gragger!  

March 20 is a very big night for the Religious School and our whole congregation!

The Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel follows our 5:00 pm pizza dinner. The fun-filled reading in the MCJC tradition of Purim Shpiels begins at 6:00 pm and is not to be missed!

This year our Megillah Reading has a Wizard of Oz theme.  Costumes are welcome and encouraged!  

All these great activities make one great Purim evening celebration for the Religious School and our whole community. Come on out with the whole family. It’s a great time to bring friends to introduce them to our MCJC community.

P.S. If you would like to attend the pizza dinner or can bring Hamantaschen, please email

Celebrate Purim at MCJC

MCJC Connections
March/April 2018 * Adar/Nissan/Iyar * Volume 5778

Purim is a time for meaningful fun for kids of all ages. This year the festivities begin on Sunday, March 4 at 9:15 a.m.

We’ll open with music and noisy (it is Purim, after all) readings from  the Book of Esther (the Megillah.) The famous, annual MCJC Home Made Purim Carnival including games, food, and general silliness starts around 10:30 a.m. Wear a costume, and bring toiletries and paper goods as we will be preparing bags for the McHenry County PADS services for the area’s homeless population (we’ll prep the bags from 10-10:30 a.m.).

Also, children will pass out Mishloach Manot gift bags to the other children in their class. MCJC will supply the critical groggers, Goldshlager, and hamantashen.