Selichot Service & Discussion with Havdala

Saturday, September 1, 2018
5:00 PM at MCJC

The High Holy Days are imbued with a special light that gives us the chance to make changes in our lives that seemed out of our reach during the rest of the year.

Join the MCJC Community for an evening of discussion and learning to prepare for the High Holy Day season.

To guide you in your spiritual practice this season, we offer these Kavvanot.

Gabbai’s Message: What’s In YOUR NAME?

Gene Lindow

By Gene Lindow 

I am always trying to share an inspirational message and recently received one at a funeral earlier this summer. Rabbi Klein of Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin shared a poem by ZELDA that moved me. My hope is that it may touch you, too.

  • Each of us has a name given by God, and given by our parents.
  • Each of us has a name given by our stature and our smile, and given by what we wear.
  • Each of us has a name given by the mountains and given by our walls.
  • Each of us has a name given by the stars and given by our neighbors.
  • Each of us has a name given by our sins and given by our longing.
  • Each of us has a name given by our enemies and given by our love.
  • Each of us has a name given by our celebrations and given by our work.
  • Each of us has a name given by the seasons and given by our blindness.
  • Each of us has a name given by the sea and given by our death.

During the High Holidays we find ourselves looking at what we have encountered in life. We look at how we can improve, what we can change, and how we can accept that we will not always get what we want from life. It is easy to win. I believe how we handle the disappointments and challenges of life truly has the greater impact on our successes.

I know that during the High Holidays I will not be able to ask each of you directly for your forgiveness if I offended you. I hope you find it in your hearts to forgive my transgressions, and in doing so you can impact on my name.

A JOURNEY TO PEACE 5779 (PREPARING FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAYS 2018)

The High Holy Days are imbued with a special light that gives us the chance to make changes in our lives that seemed out of our reach during the rest of the year.

Day 1 Rosh Hashana – Asking the Big Questions

Looking Within: Renewal of our Relationships.  How am I doing with friends, family, community, and work? Do I owe anyone an apology? Do I need to return a borrowed item? Can I mend a broken connection? Have I left a promise undone? Make a list.

Day 2 – More Looking: Self Care

Am I taking care of my physical body? Have I had doctor and dental check-ups? Have I listened to my body’s needs? Am I getting enough rest and quiet time? Am I caring for my changing challenges? Do I pay attention to my diet? How can I do better?

Day 3 – Much More Looking

Within What am I doing to grow spiritually? What new activity have I tried or re-introduced into my routine? Is there a comforting routine in my daily, weekly, or monthly schedule? Do I have someone in my circle to guide me? (If not, seek advice.)

Day 4 – Am I Angry?

Is there someone in my life that has hurt me? Have I retaliated? What is MY part? Can I forgive or start to forgive? Can I ask for forgiveness? Do I need help with this?

Day 5 – Am I Afraid?

Yes, I am human; we all have fears. What/who frightens me? Why am I fearful? Are they real or imagined fears? Are there things I do in my life to reduce those fears? Are my attempts to reduce those fears healthy?

Day 6 – Am I Honest?

Do I practice honesty with myself and with others? Do I justify “exceptions from the truth” to justify a perceived positive result? Am I more concerned with seeking approval than being truthful? Do I avoid making changes when I am not being honest with how I feel about a relationship, decision, or lifestyle?

Day 7 – Balance:

Where is the Joy, Love, and Play in my Life? Does my life have real fun space? Is it enough? Do I actively seek enriching experiences, entertainment, and generosity? Can I turn off my social media and electronic devices for a part of my day or week? Do I honor and spend time in nature? Do I listen? Can I say, “Not now”?

Day 8 – Patience:

Tell me Yes, Tell me No, But Please Don’t Tell me to Wait. Is time always a commodity, or can I slow down? Does my agenda supersede all others? Can I stay in the moment, or do I live in the past and future? How can I do better?

Day 9 – Hope and Gratitude:

Every Day is a New Beginning. We can start over any time. Prayer and meditation can take us to a place of unselfish and focused spiritual growth. Even something very, very small makes a difference. Am I willing to add just one tiny, new practice to my daily routine or more? Do I need help with this?

Day 10 – Service:

Giving Without Reward – the Greatest Gift of All. The path to peace and joy lies in the ability to do for others, when our motives are not self-serving. Even the smallest token or act of kindness is enough each day.

Taking Action – Smile. “Thank you.” An anonymous gift or gesture.  A kind word to a stranger.

  • Comforting the sick
  • Supporting the grieving
  • Sharing a talent
  • Protecting the natural world

Print the .pdf of these Kavvanot.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of August 29

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

Wednesday, August 29
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED
No Religious School

Friday, August 31
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck 

Saturday September 1
5:00 pm: Selichot Service and Discussion with Havdalah (see below for more information)
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, September 2
No Religious School – Labor Day

Wednesday, September 5
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
4:30 pm: High Holy Days Set-Up

Saturday, September 8
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, September 9  – Erev Rosh Hashana
No Religious School – High Holy Days Set-Up
7:30 pm: Erev Rosh Hashana Service with Yom Tov Kiddush to follow

Sept. 10: Rosh Hashana – 1st Day
9:00 am: Rosh Hashana Morning Service – Day I
9:30 am – 10:30 am: High Holy Day Discussion Group
10:15 am: Children’s Service (ages 4-8)
1:45 pm: First Tashlich Service at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
4:30 pm: Tashlich Family Service at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014


SAVE THE DATES

Sept. 11: Rosh Hashana – 2nd Day
Sept. 18: Kol Nidre
Sept. 19: Yom Kippur
Sept. 23: Sukkot – Erev
Sept. 24: Sukkot – 1st Day
Sept. 25: Sukkot – 2nd Day
Oct. 1: Shemini Atzeret
Oct. 2: Simchat Torah

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.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of August 21

August 21 – 27, 2018

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

Wednesday, August 22
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

6:30 pm:  Ritual Committee

Friday, August 24
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck  CANCELLED

Saturday, August 25
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, August 26
Religious School Opening Day | OPEN HOUSE | Community Picnic

Wednesday, August 29
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

Friday, August 31
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck  CANCELLED

Saturday September 1
5:00 pm: Selichot Service and Discussion with Havdala (see below for more information)


SAVE THE DATES
Sept. 9: Rosh Hashana – Erev
Sept. 10: Rosh Hashana – 1st Day
Sept. 11: Rosh Hashana – 2nd Day
Sept. 18: Kol Nidre
Sept. 19: Yom Kippur
Sept. 23: Sukkot – Erev
Sept. 24: Sukkot – 1st Day
Sept. 25: Sukkot – 2nd Day
Oct. 1: Shemini Atzeret
Oct. 2: Simchat Torah

MCJC Committee & Group Announcements

JOIN A COMMITTEE!
The important work of MCJC happens in its committees — plus it’s a great way to get to know your MCJC family better.

BUILDING & GROUNDS
To all who participated in either of our MCJC spruce up, clean and repair dates, thank you! To any who wanted to participate and weren’t able to make those dates, there’s more to do. Please contact Dale Morton at building@mcjconline.org.

MEMBERSHIP
Please join us for our Membership Open House, Sunday, August 26, 9:15 am. We’ve got an exciting morning planned. RSVP if you haven’t already at https://mcjconline.org/event/new-member-brunch/

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Our next meeting is Monday, August 27, 6 pm at the Panera Bread on Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake.

SOCIAL ACTION
We’re getting underway for our Social Action work this year . . . with PADS meals, Adopt-a-Highway, Adopt-a-Trail, Habitat for Humanity, and more. If you would like to join us, please contact Bruce Weiss at socialaction@mcjconline.org.

DIAMONDS
We have so many fun and interesting activities planned for this year, all open to the whole congregation. Please contact us for scheduling information or to let us know what fun activities you’d like to share with your MCJC family. Contact Burl Cohn at diamonds@mcjconline.org.

Torah: Ki Teitzei

Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study, 9:30 am.

THE TROPE

Torah: Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19  Click here

Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 – 54:10 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Deut. 21: 10-14, p. 1112
  2. Deut. 21: 15-17, p. 1113
  3. Deut. 17: 18-21, p. 1113

Haftarah:

Isaiah 54:1-10, p. 1138. This was Jerry Himmelfarb’s Bar Mitzvah portion, so he will chant Haftarah. It is an occasion for celebration as only MCJC knows how . . .

Healthy Leadership Transition

Shoftim

Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study, 9:30 am.

The Torah gives us a model for a healthy transition of leadership in the narrative of Moses and Joshua. That all transitions must start with an ending.

THE TROPE

Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9 – Click here.
Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12 – 52:12 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Deut. 16: 18-22, p. 1088
  2. Deut. 17: 1-7, p. 1089
  3. Deut. 17: 8-13, p. 1090

Haftarah:

Isaiah 51:12-52:12 (4th Haftarah d’Nechamtah, of Consolation), p. 1108

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