Upcoming at MCJC Week of July 30, 2019

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

Wednesday, July 31
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, August 2
6:30 pm: Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat.

Saturday, August 3
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, August 7
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, August 9
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, August 10
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Extended Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org).
7:00 pm: Erev Tisha B’Av Services & Discussion Group – a special Tisha B’Av program.

Sunday, August 11
Tisha B’Av

Wednesday, August 14
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, August 16
Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat.
6:00 pm: “Let’s Have Fun Together” picnic and Wonder Lake Water Ski Show

Saturday, August 17
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Discussion

Sunday, August 18
MCJC Clean-Up Day. If you can attend, please contact Dale Morton at building@mcjconline.org.
8:00 am: Board Meeting

Sunday, August 25
9:30 am – noon:  First Day of Religious School
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open House and New Member Brunch

Saturday, August 31
6:30 pm: A Night of Casino Entertainment – Join MCJC for a great evening of fun and games!

Torah: Mattot-Massei

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

MATOT-MASSEI

THE TROPE

Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 30:2 – 36:13  Click here.

Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4 – 28; 3:4

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Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

Tisha B’Av: Balancing Memory and Loss with the Present and the Future

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

DEVARIM

Every human being is inevitably left with a huge emptiness which is a vacuum of unanswered questions, fears, and doubts that come with the trials and tribulations of being human. How do we go on living and  find the strength to carry on? How do we make the lessons, the values, the inspirations of our individual and collective memories a part of who each of us is becoming, while at the same time finding our own voices of aspiration? We ask, “How can we hold these two intentions?”

THE TROPE

Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22  Click here.

Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1 – 1:27 — Click here.

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Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

Torah: Pinchas – Justice, Truth, and then Peace

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

PINCHAS 2019

“This week’s news—most weeks’ news—offers sufficient evidence of that. Leaders must act quickly and forcefully to restore order. Justice is crucial to that effort. Perhaps Pinchas receives God’s covenant of peace because he needs it so desperately. We all do. May it come speedily, in our days.”  (Professor Arnold Eisen, JTS)

THE TROPE

Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 25:10 – 30:1  Click here.

Haftarah: I Kings 18:46 – 19:21 – Click here.

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Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

Torah: Balak

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

BALAK 2019

More and more questions…fewer and fewer answers…THE TROPE

Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 22:2 – 25:9  Click here.

Haftarah: Micah 5:6 – 6:8 – Click here.

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Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

Upcoming at MCJC Week of July 9, 2019

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

Wednesday, July 10
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, July 12
3:00 pm: Faculty Meeting at MCJC
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org)

Saturday, July 13
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion. Extended Kiddush following morning service to include light fare, Zemirot, Talmud Torah (If you can bring veggie or dairy food to share, please let us know what you’ll bring at kiddush@mcjconline.org.)

Wednesday, July 17
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
6:15 pm: Ritual Committee

Saturday, July 20
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, July 21
11:30 am: “Let’s Have Fun Together” at the Woodstock Folk Festival

Wednesday, July 24
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Thursday, July 25
6:30 pm:  Communications Committee Meeting at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Friday, July 26
6:30 pm: Friday Night Shabbat at Rabbi Tom’s Table. Please visit our website at mcjconline.org, the upper right column, for a beautiful video celebrating Shabbat.

Saturday, July 27
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, July 31
2:00 pm: Lunch and Learn at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

SAVE THE DATES! 
Saturday, August 10
7:00 pm: Erev Tisha B’Av Services & Discussion Group – members Gene Lindow and Muriel Pick will co-lead a special Tisha B’Av program.

Sunday, August 25
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open House and New Member Brunch

Saturday, August 31
6:30 pm: A Night of Casino Entertainment – Join MCJC for a great evening of fun and games!

Torah: Chukat

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

CHUKAT

THE TROPE

Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 19:1 – 22:1  Click here.

Haftarah: Judges 11:1 – 11:33 – Click here.

“Moses bringing water from the rock and receiving the ten commandments”by Nick in exsilio is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Learn with Rabbi Tom Wednesdays, Sundays

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm

Explore Jewish history through the lens of the erratic, the unpredictable, the fascinating, and the truly inspiring.

Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week. Please bring your own veggie/dairy lunch.

The Jewish Way with Rabbi Tom
Sundays, 11:00 am

For almost four thousand years, Jews have influenced and inspired radial ideas, theologies, philosophies, and entire cultures throughout the world. And we have only just begun!

Learn about and experience the many faces of Judaism with Rabbi Tom on Sunday mornings at MCJC. Find those touchpoints of meaning and memory-making that Judaism offers.

Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week.

For more information on either of these classes, please contact Rabbi Tom at: rabbi@mcjconline.org or 815.455.1810.

Wednesday sessions often meet at Panera in Crystal Lake. Check MCJC’s calendar and e-nouncements for schedule and location specifics.

Erev Tisha B’Av Services & Discussion Group, August 10, 2019

On Saturday, August 10, at 7:00 pm, at MCJC, we will share a special Tisha B’Av program.

The evening includes Havdala, readings from the Book of Lamentations / Eicha, and a discussion group titled: “From Victimhood to Victory – The Dilemma of Suffering and Forgiveness.” 

We look forward to sharing this time together the evening of Saturday, August 10.

About the Discussion Topic: 
From Victimhood to Victory – The Dilemma of Suffering and Forgiveness

  • The benefits of staying victimized (why do we whine so much?)
  • The rewards of moving toward healing
  • The power of spiritual strength
  • Lessons from our Jewish resources
  • How do we get past anger and fear from those who have hurt us?
  • A practical home exercise: Can we control others behaviors? Who can we control?

About Tisha b’Av:
Tisha B’Av culminates the Three Weeks, an annual mourning period for the destruction of the Holy Temple, an event that launched us into a still-ongoing exile. It is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date that many other tragedies befell the Jewish people.

Tisha B’Av is the time we begin, as individuals and as a community, to do a Heshbon HaNefesh, an Accounting of the Soul, as we prepare for the High Holy Days.

“Prayers”by chaim zvi is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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