Category Archives: Rabbi Tom’s Classes

Join Rabbi Tom in a High Holy Days Learning Series at Panera, Crystal Lake

Preparing for the High Holy Days: An Exploration of Ancient and Contemporary Jewish Wisdom

The High Holy Days have the power to enrich and transform our lives. We have an opportunity to become aware, deeply aware, of how fragile life is. We are given a chance to open our eyes to the beauty and wonder that surrounds us, to know we are all an intimate part of God’s creative powers.

Together, as a community, we celebrate our opportunity to bring the Divine into our lives. This is the High Holy Days – Festival of Life.

Please join Rabbi Tom in an exploration of themes of the High Holy Days and multi-layered meanings waiting to be discovered. Learn how to make these special days life-invigorating for yourself, your family, and your community.

All sessions meet at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Each session is offered twice on Wednesdays, at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm, so you can choose whichever works best for you. Please note there is no evening session on Wednesday, September 18.

Sessions meet on these dates:

Wednesday, September 4
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 11 please note: 2 pm class is at MCJC
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 18
2:00 pm ONLY

Wednesday, September 25
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

These learning sessions are open to the public and free of charge. Please register with us at (in the Calendar at, on Sept. 11).

For more information about our Adult Education program at MCJC or other programs and services, please contact Rabbi Tom via or call the MCJC office and leave a message for him, 866-455-1810.

Learn with Rabbi Tom Wednesdays, Sundays

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm

Explore Jewish history through the lens of the erratic, the unpredictable, the fascinating, and the truly inspiring.

Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week. Please bring your own veggie/dairy lunch.

The Jewish Way with Rabbi Tom
Sundays, 11:00 am

For almost four thousand years, Jews have influenced and inspired radial ideas, theologies, philosophies, and entire cultures throughout the world. And we have only just begun!

Learn about and experience the many faces of Judaism with Rabbi Tom on Sunday mornings at MCJC. Find those touchpoints of meaning and memory-making that Judaism offers.

Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week.

For more information on either of these classes, please contact Rabbi Tom at: or 815.455.1810.

Wednesday sessions often meet at Panera in Crystal Lake. Check MCJC’s calendar and e-nouncements for schedule and location specifics.

Join in on this 4-part learning series with Rabbi Tom at Panera in Crystal Lake

Join Rabbi Tom Samuels for a four-part series exploring the foundational story of the Jewish people.

Sessions 1, 3 and 4 will be held in the meeting room at: Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Session 2 will be held at MCJC.

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

We look forward to learning with you in these free pre-Passover sessions. Non-members welcome.

RSVP requested.