The School Year is over, but MCJC will be busy over the summer: Join an MCJC Committee

MCJC Committees will be busy over the summer. Committees are a great way to get involved with the work of the congregation. Share your knowledge and talent with one of these Standing Committees.

Building & Grounds
Communications
Education
Fundraising
Membership
Operations
Ritual
Social Action

Indicate your interest by requesting membership in one or more of these committees. Prior registration on our site is required (right column, halfway down). Then you may request to join one or more.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot an Evening of Jewish Inspiration 2018

From Jesus to the Lubavitcher Rebbe: Jewish perspectives on Messianic Redemption

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:00 pm at MCJC

Within Judaism, the term Messiah has many connotations and contradictions.

  • In the Hebrew Bible, the term referred to an “anointed one,” a divinely chosen figure who would bring to fruition God’s plan for His people and for all humankind.
  • In Talmudic and Medieval rabbinic literature, the term conjures up images of a future world filled with peace and divine tranquility.

Join Rabbi Tom in an exploration of how the idea of Messianic Redemption evolved, and continues to evolve, throughout Jewish thought and history.

COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENTS

MCJC Committees will be busy over the summer. Committees are a great way to get involved with the work of the congregation.

BUILDING & GROUNDS
We have created a summer work list and are scheduling two volunteer dates to address MCJC needs. The dates are Sunday, July 22nd and Sunday, August 19th from 9 am to noon.  Lunch will be served at noon.

There are many small outdoor projects at MCJC that we could use your help with.  Most of the projects involve painting and / or staining (playground set, front benches, back stairs, etc.).  All supplies will be provided.  Please respond to building@mcjconline.org or just show up!

MEMBERSHIP
The Membership Committee will meet Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at MCJC to put together Membership packets. Please join us to help.

Can you volunteer to help staff our table at the GREATER CHICAGO JEWISH FESTIVAL Sunday, June 10? (See information here). Please contact Steve Danzig via membership@mcjconline.org.

RITUAL
Our next meeting is May 16, 6:30 pm at MCJC.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of May 14

Wednesday, May 16
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Friday, May 18
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

May 19
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion
7:00 pm: Community Shavuot Learning Program (Tikkun Leil Shavuot)

Sunday, May 20
9:30 am: Shavuot Services with Yizkor

Wednesday, May 23
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom

Friday, May 25
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, May 26
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services – Seth Turnball’s Bar Mitzvah

SAVE THE DATES

Saturday, June 9
5:00 pm: Diamonds’ Dinner & GreenRoom Family Improv Night

Sunday, June 10
11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

Torah: Creating Communities of Meaning (Bamidbar 2018)

In the institutional American Jewish world, over the past half century, there has been what scholars call a Theology, a Halacha of Demographics: How many people registered for our program? Who is affiliated and with whom? Who is engaged with Israel and why?  This has become the bulk of the conversation, the Halacha of American Jewish life.

But the problem, the challenge, isn’t demographics or not giving Hitler a posthumous victory. Rather it is about creating communities of meaning. Communal systems cannot flourish where their only narrative are numbers and rules. For true vibrancy, communities require human stories –- of suffering and triumph, conflict and euphoria, humor and love –- to ensure that a community understands its own depth and complexities.

We are here to serve each other. To answer the question, “Why remain Jewish?” To teach each other how a commitment to Jewish life will, as Jay Michaelson writes, revive our spirit, rekindle our passion for living, and infuse our lives with joy and with meaning. Satisfy our need to touch the transcendent in the world. Express our very humanity.

The Trope: Bamidbar

Torah: Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 – Click here.

Haftarah: Hosea 2:1 – 2:22 – Click here.

Upcoming at MCJC

Wednesday, May 9
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom

Thursday, May 10
7:00 pm: MCJC Book Club

Friday, May 11
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, May 12
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion

Wednesday, May 16
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Friday, May 18
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, May 19
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services with Torah Discussion
7:00 pm: Community Shavuot Learning Program (Tikuun Leil Shavuot)

Sunday, May 20
9:30 am: Shavuot Services with Yizkor

SAVE THE DATE:
May 26
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services – Seth Turnball’s Bar Mitzvah

Torah: The Jubilee Year — Meshing Human to God and Human to Human Relationships (Behar-Bechukotai 2018)

At the very heart of our tradition is the notion that there is holiness in the world and that we are responsible, accountable, to God, for having such holiness realized.  That the way in which you and I behave in the world ultimately helps to shape and repair our universe. That God charges us with the responsibility of contributing to the repair of the world, to the completion of a Creation.

The Trope

Behar: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2 – Click here.

Bechotai: Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34 – Click here.

Religious School Closing Day May 6 — Line Up of Festivities

Our incomparable MCJC Maintenance Men on another occasion. Always the best!

9:15 am: Join Rabbi Tom and the teachers in Havdalah, singing, and a brief review of the year

10:00 am: Participate in our first ever Adults vs. Kids Jewpardy game

10:30 am: Parents attend the congregation’s Annual Meeting and board elections while our Kids play Gaga Ball (adult supervision has been arranged)

11:15 am: Enjoy a hot dog lunch brought to you by our one and only MCJC Maintenance Men

Indulge with a shaved ice treat! The Tropical Chill truck will be here!

Hope to see you all there!

Thank you all PADS dinner volunteers for an amazing 2018 season

The April 25 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner fed 35 homeless guests and seven PADS volunteers.

The FOOD PROVIDERS for this dinner were:  Gene Lindow (barbecue chicken),  Leslie Cook (barley bean vegetable soup),  Amy and Ben Llaneta (potato salad),  Ellen Morton (green beans),  Esther Kaplan (salad),  Iza Celewicz (rolls), Kim Solomon Dooley (brownies), and Marian Weiss (chocolate cake,  apple sauce raisin cake, and chocolate chip cookie squares).

The FOOD SERVERS for the April 25 dinner were:  Amy and BJ Llaneta,  Kim Solomon Dooley,  Iza Celewicz,  Briana and Elsa Salgado, Brian Silver, and Bruce Weiss.

The PADS dish washing volunteers failed to show up the night of April 25, so the following MCJC PADS dinner team members pitched in to help wash the dinner dishes:  Kim Solomon Dooley,  Iza Celewicz,  Briana and Elsa Salgado, Brian Silver, and Bruce Weiss.

The April 25 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is the last PADS dinner for the 2017-2018 winter season.  The MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for the 2017-2018 winter season were an amazing success —   and they were an amazing success because of the hard work all of you put into them.

I am MCJC’s representative to the Woodstock Area Community Ministries (WACM) which oversees the PADS dinner program. I know first hand how grateful WACM is for MCJC’s participation in this important community service program.  MCJC has an outstanding reputation as a caring congregation among the members of WACM for its active involvement in community service projects.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017-2018 season!

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County

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