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Upcoming at MCJC Week of January 8, 2019

For more information about any of these listings, please visit our website, either the provided links or the MCJC Calendar at

Wednesday, January 9
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Thursday, January 10
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club discusses Three Floors Up with Rachel Kamin

Friday, January 11 
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, January 12
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
Extended Kiddush until 3:30 following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah. You are invited to share vegetarian items.

Sunday, January 13
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, January 16
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School 
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

March 10: Charles Troy Comes to MCJC with Acclaimed “The Creation of West Side Story” Show. (Please note this date change).

This is an MCJC event you won’t want to miss! The show is followed with light refreshments, and free babysitting is available — but you must RSVP here or call the office at 815-455-1810.

Read all about this wonderful event.

Torah: National Self-Reflection

Vayigash 2018

The great Medieval poet and and thinker, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi, asks Jews of all generations–past, present and future: Are we any different than all other peoples similarly rooted in ethnic and religious particularism, harboring tendencies toward demonizing the “other” in our midst?


Torah: Genesis 44:18 – 47:27 — Click here.
Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15 – 37:28 – Click here.

Popcorn! MCJC School Students Selling Popcorn Now!

The students from our MCJC school are selling Double Good Popcorn through the first week of December. Orders are due December 9.

The money raised in this fundraiser goes directly to MCJC School programming — and the student who sells the most popcorn will earn a pizza party for their class!

If you would like to purchase but don’t have a student connection, please use the link below to view the order form and print if needed.

There are three ways to submit your order to Dara:

    • Contact Dara Turnball via the MCJC phone (815-455-1810), and leave a message for Dara with your order.
    • Download and print the order form, fill it in, scan it and email it to Dara at
    • Send completed form via regular mail to the MCJC office (8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012, Attn. Dara Turnball).

Use this link to view and/or print the form:

Support our MCJC School in a fun and delicious way. Yay popcorn!!

Co-President’s Column: My Introduction

July/August 2018 ~ Tammuz/Av/Elul ~ Volume 5778

Dara Turnball

By Dara Turnball, MCJC Co-President

Hello MCJC! Many of you know me, some of you well, some of you not sowell, and some not at all, so I figured with my first newsletter article I would introduce myself.

I have lived in Woodstock my entire life (except for going to Chicago for college.) But it wasn’t until my adulthood that I found my Jewish home at MCJC. My mother raised my brothers and me as Jewish, but we celebrated all the other holidays with the larger family. So growing up, my spirituality was very eclectic to say the least; in fact when I visited Ireland, I fell in love with a castle that housed
nuns and told my mom I wanted to live there!

But when I started to read about Judaism and really understand the historic significance of things, I found my true spiritual home. I’m so glad I was able to share that with my two sons. Seth, my oldest, just had his Bar Mitzvah here at MCJC. It was a beautiful moment to watch him up there after all his hard work. I’m excited to see that same thing happen in a few years when my youngest, Eli, reads from the Torah.

MCJC is very blessed with passionate teachers who truly care for the children in our school, and it’s amazing to watch them all grow, learn, and question together. With programming running Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there is plenty of time for our youth to learn and grow their own Jewish identities, and I hope with the coming school year the process of Jewish education will become one that allows for that passion to thrive in our students.

Education is a great passion of mine; I think that we must all be life-long learners. I’ve been working in schools for the past five years. Before that I was with a marketing firm as the head of the video department. I’ve taken several different professional paths, but
each one taught me valuable skills and life lessons, which helped me to become who I am today. I just finished my Masters this May and am excited for the next step in my career.

I became a part of the MCJC board shortly after joining as a member. I think the idea of helping and giving back to organizations that do so much for you and your family is a key component to living a full life. Often times we are so rushed with today’s world and the need to achieve, we forget to calm ourselves and to really be present in the moment. Becoming a leader at MCJC was daunting, but the reward is amazing. I’ve learned a lot about myself as I’ve volunteered to help with various things throughout MCJC.

There is that old saying, “If not now, when? If not me, who?” I believe this to be very true. If we don’t make time now, then we won’t. If we don’t step up to the plate to be a part of our community, then who will? MCJC needs all of us working together to foster an open and caring place for our members and visitors. That being said, during the coming year there are going to be ample opportunities for you to step up to the plate and become a part of MCJC, and I encourage you to do so!