Category Archives: Shabbat & Holidays

MEET SUNNY THE WONDER CHICKEN! — Saturday, October 20 (RSVP deadline Oct. 17)


Havdala Potluck Picnic & Bonfire
Saturday, October 20, 5 pm

Home of Ellen & Dale Morton
2321 S. Cherry Valley Road, Woodstock, IL.

All MCJC members and their family and friends are invited to spend an autumn evening at Ellendale, a small farm just three miles from MCJC. Come meet (or get reacquainted with) Sunny the Wonder Chicken and her sisters, walk the grounds, and enjoy a good meal, a Havdala service, and a bonfire.

Dress for the weather and the location—there’s plenty of room inside if the weather conspires against us.

Parking is available in a pasture if you bear to the left after pulling into the driveway.

Please bring a folding chair for each member of your party, and a veggie/dairy dish to pass.

Please RSVP to Ellen at or 815-353-0819 by October 17, and let her know what you plan to bring. You can also register on this site.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th! Don’t forget to RSVP so we know how many to plan for!

High Holy Days Tickets for Non-Members

The High Holy Days at MCJC are unique and special. Our own members lead the services, making these co-creative and empowering experiences for all. Make this the year you become part of what makes the High Holy Days such a special time at MCJC.

We welcome non-members and guests to share the High Holy Days with us,  but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC. You can purchase your non-member High Holy Day tickets below.

​For more information, please contact Rabbi Tom


High Holy Day services for non-members:

Other Amount: USD

Thank you for supporting MCJC and sharing the High Holy Days with us this year.

Passover 2018: It All Starts with a Question

Passover 2018: It All Starts with a Question

In the Jewish tradition, there’s a sense that everything gets moving as a result of a problem, a question, a Machloket in Hebrew. That even the most provocative question is still better than no question because, in the words of Rabbi Professor Donniel Hartman, questions, questioning, push at the limits of the sort of silent conspiracy of the way things have to be.


Shabbat Ba’Bayit: Shabbat in the Home Friday, January 19, 2018, at 6:30 pm

The Sages of old spoke of Shabbat as a glimpse of the World to Come. A gift to us human beings from the Treasure-house of HaShem, The Divine.

All are welcome to bring in Shabbat with prayers, singing and a Kosher Shabbat dinner at the home of MCJC members Steve and Sharon Danzig. Steve and Sharon will prepare a traditional Kosher chicken dinner, just like Bubbe used to make, but even better!

We are past the RSVP date. However, if you do wish to participate, please contact Jill Purvin at, or leave a message with the MCJC office at 815-455-1810, to help us plan.

NOTE: The MCJC building will be closed this Friday night.