Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 27

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, November 28
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:15 pm: PADS Dinner at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean St., Woodstock

Friday, November 30
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, December 1
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 2
9:30 am: Religious School– Annual MCJC Hanukkah Party (see below)
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, December 5
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting at MCJC

Friday, December 7
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

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

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

Wednesday, December 12
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, December 14
NO Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner (See Saturday, December 15 Havdalah program below)

Saturday, December 15
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion
4:00 pm: Community Havdalah Hanukkah Crafts Project. Dinner provided. Potluck dessert.

Sunday, December 16
8:00 am: Board Meeting
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education with Rabbi Tom

SAVE THE DATES
Tuesday, December 18
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting at Panera, Crystal Lake

Sunday, December 19
9: 15 a.m.:  Religious School Special Outdoor Session – Wear Warm Winter Clothes

Parenting as an ongoing process

Vayeishev

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

The relationship between God and humanity as well as that among human beings themselves is, throughout the Torah, a messy one. Complicated. Hard and constant work. The story of Jacob and his favorite son, Joseph, is no exception.

THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 37:1 – 40:23 – Click here.
Haftarah: Amos 2:6 – 3:8 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah (Parshat Vayeishev, Sefer Bereishit):

1. Gen. 37: 1-8, p. 226
2. Gen. 37: 9-11, p. 228
3. Gen. 37: 12-28, p. 228

Haftarah:

 Amos 2:6-3:8, p. 247

Update on MCJC-sponsored November 28 PADS Dinner

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is this  Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock (across from the Woodstock Fire Station on Dean Street).

Thank you all so much for helping out with this important community service project!

Food providers for the meal are: Leslie Cook (soup),  Gene Lindow/Trio Grille (chicken entree), Briana and Elsie Salgado (mashed potatoes), Ellen Morton (green beans), Dara Turnball (rolls), Ilene Kaye (dessert), Kim Dooley Solomon (brownies), and Marian Weiss (chocolate chip cookies and some type of cake).

It is hard to know how many PADS guests we will have. The numbers have run low this year (roughly 25 people,) but with winter now in full force, we probably should plan for 50 PADS guests.

Servers for the meal are:  Dara and Brandon Turnball and their two children, Briana, Elsa and Jessie Salgado, Kim Dooley Solomon, Iza Celewicz, Brian Silver, and me. This is the largest number of servers we have ever had! Everyone gets a chance to help out, and we always have fun.

Although we don’t usually wash the dishes, we did for the last two dinners — so we’ll be prepared if that’s required!

The meal is served between 7:00 and 8:00 pm, so if you’re bringing food, please bring your items between 6:00 and 6:30 pm. Look forward to seeing you there!

Bruce Weiss
MCJC Social Action Chairperson

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 president@mcjconline.org.
    • 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:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.doublegood.com/Fundraising+page/Double+Good+Fundraising+Brochure.pdf

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

Upcoming at MCJC Week of November 20

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, November 21
1:00 pm: NO Lunch and Learn – Thanksgiving Break
4:30 pm: NO Religious School – Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 23
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, November 24
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, November 25
9:30 am:    NO Religious School – Thanksgiving Break
11:00 am:  Adult Education

Wednesday, November 28
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn
4:30 pm: Religious School
6:15 pm: PADS Dinner at the Redeemer Lutheran Church1320 Dean St., Woodstock

Friday, November 30
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Saturday, December 1
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, December 2
9:30 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Education

SAVE THE DATES
Wednesday, December 5
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting at MCJC

Sunday, December 12
9: 15 a.m.:  Religious School Special Outdoor Session – Wear Warm Winter Clothes

Tuesday, December 18
6:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting at Panera, Crystal Lake

Your MCJC Community Needs You!

MCJC needs a Volunteer Coordinator, and we hope you’ll consider becoming that person!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our MCJC community, and we have so many people who devote a lot of time and energy to making our community work. From Board Members to those who work on our committees–Building & Maintenance, Communications, Events, Fundraising, Membership and Ritual–we are blessed with hard-working, creative, devoted volunteers. We welcome you to contact the chairs of any of these committees to find out how you can get engaged.

At this time, we find that we need the services of an energetic Volunteer Coordinator, someone who can build a team of congregants willing to pitch in to help with a dinner or an event or a mailing or to prepare the kitchen for Passover . . . or whatever is needed on an ad hoc basis.

The person who successfully builds this program will relieve a lot of pressure from the team of volunteers who not only manage committees and the projects that come out of those committees but the many smaller related tasks that could be handled by others who prefer shorter term, more limited commitments.

We can provide to a Volunteer Coordinator lists of people to contact to start a team. We can also offer all the tools of our website, email system and social media connections.

Please contact Dara Turnball (president@mcjconline.org) if you’d like to spearhead an effort to organize people who want to help out a little here and there without a huge, long term commitment. Think of all the ways you can make it fun, while doing something critically important for your congregation!

PADS Dinner Upcoming Wednesday, November 28

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is Wednesday, November 28 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

The menu for the November 28 dinner is soup,  chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. Gene Lindow and Adam ( Head Chef at Trio Grille Restaurant) will provide chicken, Leslie Cook soup, and Marian Weiss desserts for the meal.

The MCJC Social Action Committee still needs food providers for mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and rolls. Food contributions for the meal need to be at Redeemer Lutheran Church between 6:15-6:30 pm. I will get a head count from the PADS Volunteer Meal Coordinator a week before the meal, but now that winter is here,  we can probably expect between 50 and 60 PADS guests to feed at the overnight shelter at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

We also need four to seven individuals to serve the meal. Food servers should be at Redeemer Lutheran Church by 6:30-6:45 pm, and we will serve the meal between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Usually a PADS volunteer team separate from the meal providers comes to wash the dishes, although that didn’t happen in October, and the MCJC PADS dinner team had to complete that job.

Thanks for being a member of the MCJC PADS dinner team! MCJC is recognized throughout our community as a caring congregation, and MCJC providing a PADS dinner once a month is truly a “community Mitzvah.”

Thanks for your help,
Bruce Weiss
MCJC Social Action Chairperson

Join FaithBridge for the 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

Last Sunday evening, MCJC members joined the FaithBridge Interfaith Thanksgiving program “Living in Unity: Within Diversity All Are One,” held in McHenry at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Especially after the warm community support MCJC had at our Solidarity Shabbat Vigil following the Pittsburgh shooting a few weeks ago, it was good to see some familiar faces at this inspirational service.

FaithBridge’s next event is the 9thAnnual Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on January 21, 2019 from 7:30 am to 9:30 a.m.  For tickets, please visit www.faithbridgeinterfaith.org/martin-luther-king-jr-prayer-breakfast.

Torah: Living in the Duality Between Self & Immortality

Vayishlach 2018

Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study on Saturday, November 24 at 9:30 am.

Elie Wiesel taught that Jacob lived in the duality of the mundane and the celestial. During the day he talked only of his business affairs. At night, and only at night, could he, in the pitch darkness, truly struggle with the ISH, with his deep, deep self. At night Jacob spoke to the God of immortality.

THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 – Click here.
Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Gen. 32: 23-30, p. 201
  2. Gen. 32: 31-33, p. 202
  3. Gen. 33: 1-4, p. 203

Haftarah:

Obadiah 1-21, p. 222

Torah: Stopping to Move

Vayetzei 2018

Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study, on Saturday, November 17 9:30 am.

Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR, an empowered, non-denominational Jewish community in Los Angeles, points out the irony that sometimes we need to stop moving in order to realize that we are truly mobile. Jacob has to literally put his head on a rock in order to realize that his life is in motion. To remember that he is not yet complete.

THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 – Click here.
Haftarah: Hosea 12:13 – 14:10 – Click here.

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