Upcoming at MCJC Week of July 31

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 1
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom

Friday, August 3
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, August 4
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, August 8
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom

Friday, August 10
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, August 11
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, August 12
10:00 am – 12:00 noon: B’nai Mitzvah Families Meet & Greet at MCJC

Wednesday, August 15
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom

Friday, August 17
4:30 pm: Faculty Meeting


SAVE THE DATES
Friday, August 17
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Special Shabbat Picnic at Wonder Lake Water Ski Show

Community Shabbat Potluck Picnic Dinner at the Wonder Lake National Champion Water Ski Team Show. We’ll light Shabbat candles, say Kiddush, and sing some Shabbat songs around 6:30 pm. The show is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Sunday, August 26
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: McHenry County Jewish Congregation OPEN HOUSE – tour the building, meet members, teachers, and Rabbi Tom, enjoy a community picnic.
9:15 am – 11:30 am: Religious School Opening Day
(SEE 2018-2019 SCHOOL SCHEDULE HERE).

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Opening Day Picnic

Torah: One Does not Live by Bread Alone

Eikev 2018

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

The Israelite’s prolonged wandering in the desert served as a learning-experience: that whether in the desert or once settled as a sovereign nation, their very existence is ultimately dependent on God’s grace, “one does not live by bread alone, but by everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

THE TROPE

Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25 – Click here.
Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Deut. 7: 12-15, p. 1037
  2. Deut. 7: 16-21,  p. 1038
  3. Deut. 7: 22-26, p. 1038

Haftarah:

Isaiah 49:14-51:3, p. 1056 (Second Haftarah of Consolation)

Learn with Rabbi Tom Wednesdays, Sundays

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
Wednesdays, 1:00 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.

Check MCJC’s calendar on this site for any schedule changes.

B’nai Mitzvah Meet and Greet

All MCJC families whose children are entering B’nai Mitzvah age are invited to meet-up at MCJC on Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

This Meet and Greet will be a great opportunity to meet other B’nai Mitzvah parents, talk with B’nai Mitzvah veterans (MCJC parents whose children were already Bar or Bat Mitzvah), to ask questions, and to find out best practices to make the entire process less stressful — meaningful and with wonderful memories.

A dairy nosh will be provided. Please RSVP to Rabbi Tom at: rabbi@mcjconline.org

Upcoming at MCJC Week of July 24

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

Wednesday, July 25
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Faculty Meeting
6:30 pm: Ritual Committee Meeting

Friday, July 27
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, July 28
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

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

Friday, August 3
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, August 4
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, August 8
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom

Friday, August 10
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, August 11
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, August 12
10:00 am – 12:00 noon: B’nai Mitzvah Families Meet & Greet at MCJC

SAVE THE DATES
Friday, August 17
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Special Shabbat Picnic at Wonder Lake Water Ski Show

Community Shabbat Potluck Picnic Dinner at the Wonder Lake National Champion Water Ski Team Show. We’ll light Shabbat candles, say Kiddush, and sing some Shabbat songs around 6:30 pm. The show is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Sunday, August 26
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: McHenry County Jewish Congregation OPEN HOUSE – tour the building, meet members, teachers, and Rabbi Tom, enjoy a community picnic.
9:15 am – 11:30 am: Religious School Opening Day
(SEE 2018-2019 SCHOOL SCHEDULE HERE).

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Opening Day Picnic

Torah: Living Like God

Vaetchanan 2018

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

On Shabbat, we actualize the Jewish tradition’s idea of holiness, kedusha. That what constitutes holiness is not a sacred object, place, person, ritual or practice. But rather, we make the distinction between the things that are ours and the things that belong to God.

THE TROPE

Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11 – Click here.
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1 – 40:26 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  • Deuteronomy 3: 23-25 PAGE 1005
  • Deuteronomy 3: 26-29 PAGE 1005
  • Deuteronomy 4: 1-4 PAGE 1006
Haftarah:
  • Isaiah 40: 1-26  PAGE 1033

MCJC School Schedule 2018-2019

AUGUST 

Sunday Wednesday
26: Opening Day 29: School

SEPTEMBER

Sunday Wednesday
2: No School 5: School
9: No School 12: School
16: School 19: No School
23: School 26: Pizza in the Hut
30: School Simchat Torah

OCTOBER

Sunday Wednesday
3: School
7: No school 12: School
14: School 17: School
21: Family Event Offsite 24: School
28: School 31: No School

NOVEMBER

Sunday Wednesday
4: School (Daylight Savings Ends) 7: School
11: School 14: School
18: No School Teacher Inservice 21: No School Thanksgiving Break
25: No School Thanksgiving Break 28: School

DECEMBER

Sunday Wednesday
2: School: Hannukah Party 5: School
9: School 12: School
16: School 19: School
23: No School Winter Break 26: No School Winter Break
30: No School Winter Break

JANUARY

Sunday Wednesday
2: No School Winter Break
6: No School Winter Break/Teacher Inservice 9: School
13: School 16: School
20: School 23: School
27: School 30: School

FEBRUARY

Sunday Wednesday
3: School 6:School
10: School 13: School
17: School 20: School
24: School 27: School

MARCH

Sunday Wednesday
3: School 6: School
10: School (Daylight Savings) 13: School
17: School Purim Carnival 20: School
24: No School Spring Break 27: No School Spring Break
31: No School Spring Break

APRIL

Sunday Wednesday
3: School
7: School 10: School
14: School 17: School
21: No School 24: School
28: School

MAY

Sunday Wednesday
1: School
5: School Israel Day Celebration 8: School
12: No School Mother’s Day 15: School
19: School Closing Day

MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for 2017-2018 an amazing success

The MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for the 2017-2018 winter season at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock were an amazing success. They were a success because of all the hard work put in by the following MCJC members: Gene Lindow, Amy, Ben, & BJ Llaneta, Marian & Bruce Weiss, Leslie Cook, Esther Kaplan, Ellen Morton, Brian Silver, Lisa Chiodo, Iza Celewicz, Briana & Elsa Salgado, Kim Solomon Dooley, Rachel Bailenson, Eileen Franks, and Elli Emmons.

The Woodstock Area Community Ministries (WACM,) which oversees the PADS dinner program for the McHenry County homeless, is very grateful for MCJC’s participation in this important community service project. MCJC has an outstanding reputation as a caring congregation among the members of the WACM  community.

Religious School News: Endings and Beginnings

Religious school concluded in early May with teacher recaps from the year, speeches, and thank you comments from Rob Perbohner to Brian Horn and Zach for ALL THEY DO (Zach moved to Tennessee). Paula Eskoz was also recognized because she will not be returning on Sundays in the fall but will remain as a teacher on Wednesday afternoons. A thank you was made to our aides, Sienna and Kayla, who helped us out so much.

This was followed by a rousing game of JEWpardy led by Paula and Davina. We matched adults against the children, and though it was a very tight and exciting game, the kids pulled out the win! Fun was had by all.

Hopefully everybody is enjoying their summer break so far . . . having fun and staying safe. Calendars will be announced, but school will resume in late August this year.

We will have some staff changes this fall as follows:

  • Sundays: K-1: TBA
  • 2-3: Davina Kelly
  • 4-7: Dara Turnball and Rita Janowitz (Judaica)
  • 2-7: Paula Eskoz (Hebrew, Wednesdays)
  • 4-7: Rabbi Tom (Hebrew B’nai Mitzvah Club)
  • Computer Lab: Rachel Bailenson

Wednesdays will see changes as well. All grades will be together in the sanctuary with different Hebrew stations: Rabbi’s B’nai Mitzvah Hebrew, Computer Lab, Hebrew games, and ESPECIALLY individual Hebrew reading with the students at their own levels. Our intent is to “beef up” our Hebrew program this year.

Finally, new school-wide curriculum is being decided upon and purchased this summer as teachers continue to have meetings. We will use a program which will have consistency, building upon Hebrew reading skills and prayers throughout the grades. This also will have an online component, and can be used at home as well for reinforcement and enrichment.

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County