Co-President’s Column: My Introduction

MCJC CONNECTIONS
July/August 2018 ~ Tammuz/Av/Elul ~ Volume 5778

Dara Turnball

By Dara Turnball, MCJC Co-President

Hello MCJC! Many of you know me, some of you well, some of you not sowell, and some not at all, so I figured with my first newsletter article I would introduce myself.

I have lived in Woodstock my entire life (except for going to Chicago for college.) But it wasn’t until my adulthood that I found my Jewish home at MCJC. My mother raised my brothers and me as Jewish, but we celebrated all the other holidays with the larger family. So growing up, my spirituality was very eclectic to say the least; in fact when I visited Ireland, I fell in love with a castle that housed
nuns and told my mom I wanted to live there!

But when I started to read about Judaism and really understand the historic significance of things, I found my true spiritual home. I’m so glad I was able to share that with my two sons. Seth, my oldest, just had his Bar Mitzvah here at MCJC. It was a beautiful moment to watch him up there after all his hard work. I’m excited to see that same thing happen in a few years when my youngest, Eli, reads from the Torah.

MCJC is very blessed with passionate teachers who truly care for the children in our school, and it’s amazing to watch them all grow, learn, and question together. With programming running Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there is plenty of time for our youth to learn and grow their own Jewish identities, and I hope with the coming school year the process of Jewish education will become one that allows for that passion to thrive in our students.

Education is a great passion of mine; I think that we must all be life-long learners. I’ve been working in schools for the past five years. Before that I was with a marketing firm as the head of the video department. I’ve taken several different professional paths, but
each one taught me valuable skills and life lessons, which helped me to become who I am today. I just finished my Masters this May and am excited for the next step in my career.

I became a part of the MCJC board shortly after joining as a member. I think the idea of helping and giving back to organizations that do so much for you and your family is a key component to living a full life. Often times we are so rushed with today’s world and the need to achieve, we forget to calm ourselves and to really be present in the moment. Becoming a leader at MCJC was daunting, but the reward is amazing. I’ve learned a lot about myself as I’ve volunteered to help with various things throughout MCJC.

There is that old saying, “If not now, when? If not me, who?” I believe this to be very true. If we don’t make time now, then we won’t. If we don’t step up to the plate to be a part of our community, then who will? MCJC needs all of us working together to foster an open and caring place for our members and visitors. That being said, during the coming year there are going to be ample opportunities for you to step up to the plate and become a part of MCJC, and I encourage you to do so!

Upcoming at MCJC Week of July 3

Wednesday, July 4
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

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

Saturday, July 7
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, July 11
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

Friday, July 13
3:00 pm: Religious School Faculty Meeting
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, July 14
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, July 15
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm: MCJC’s Let’s Have Fun Together program at the Woodstock Folk Festival

Wednesday, July 18
6:30 pm: Membership Committee Meeting, location off-site

SAVE THE DATES:
Sunday, July 22
9:00 am – noon: Help the Building & Grounds Committee with some outdoor tasks, light painting, etc. – lunch at noon

Tuesday, July 24
7:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting, location off-site

Torah: Biblical Peace Requires Morality and Justice

PINCHAS

The Jerusalem Talmud provides one of the finest formulations of Biblical peace: “The world stands upon three things: justice, truth and peace; and all three are really one: If justice is done, truth is done, and peace is done.”

In other words, only by doing justice can peace be achieved. (Jerusalem Ta’anit 4:2). Peace and well-being can never be attained at the expense of justice and morality.

The Torah’s message of peace is predicated on a complete unwillingness to compromise morality and justice—even if force must be employed to defend them.

Please join us 9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning for study and worship. (Rabbi Tom will be out of town this week. Our members lead parts of the service.

THE TROPE

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

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

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

  • First Aliyah: 25:10-13 (P918)
  • Second Aliyah: 25:14-18 (P919)
  • Third Aliyah: 25:19-26:4 (P920)
  • Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:46-19:21 (P938)

MCJC Committee Announcements

MCJC is busy over the summer! 

BUILDING & GROUNDS
It’s the perfect time to help our Maintenance Men with outdoor projects! We have created a summer work list and are scheduling two volunteer dates to address MCJC needs. The dates are SUNDAY, JULY 22 and SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 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!

COMMUNICATIONS
The Communications Committee is gathering all MCJC data collections in order to create a central database. If you compiled any lists or information on MCJC’s behalf, please complete the form here, attach your information, and submit no later than July 15, 2018.

Our next meeting is Monday, July 24, 7 pm, location off-site. Please check for more information here or if interested in attending, email webmaster@mcjconline.org.

MEMBERSHIP
Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 pm off-site. We hope you’ll attend our open house event on August 26. Watch this website and your weekly E-Announcements for more details.

RITUAL
Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 pm at MCJC. This is a great time to get involved with the Ritual Committee as we plan the High Holy Days at MCJC.

Torah: A God Who Believes In Humanity

Balak 2018

The story of Balak and Bilaam is a call for the embrace of a unified, singular God, who is beyond nature, liberated from the forces of nature, a God who requires human beings to take control of their own lives. A God who believes in humanity and with whom we are in a covenant to complete Creation.

Please join us 9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning for study and worship. (Rabbi Tom will be out of town this week. Our members lead parts of the service.

THE TROPE

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

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

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

  • First Aliyah: 22: 2-4 (P894)
  • Second Aliyah: 22: 5-8 (P895)
  • Third Aliyah: 22: 9-12 (P895)
  • Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 (P915)

Upcoming At MCJC Week Of June 26

Friday, June 29
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck CANCELLED

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

Wednesday, July 4
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

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

Saturday, July 7
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, July 11
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

Jewish Festival Thank Yous from MCJC Membership Committee…

Thank you to Rabbi Tom and MCJC membership ambassadors Steve and Sharon Danzig, Larry and Elaine Steinberg (who also donated MCJC pens), Burl and Annette Cohn, and Norm and Paula Ezkoz. You were superheroes for bearing with the rainstorms and staffing the MCJC table at the Chicago Jewish Festival.

Also, todah rabbah to Gail and Howard Frank, Renee Cooper, and the above ambassadors who helped copy and prepare the festival materials.

Your work on behalf of MCJC is appreciated!

Linda Blatchford, Membership Chair. 

Upcoming at MCJC June 20 – July 15, 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, June 20
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom
(Please note: Lunch & Learn cancelled until July 18)

Friday, June 22
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck 
(Please note: Community Shabbat Potluck cancelled until July 13)

June 23
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion.
Special Kiddush-Luncheon following services, sponsored by Adrienne and Jerry Himmelfarb and by the Franks/Lindow families in memory of Herb, Helen, Betty and Judy’s mother, Lottie Franks.

Wednesday, June 27
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

Friday, June 29
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat Potluck CANCELLED

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

Wednesday, July 4
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

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

Saturday, July 7
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Wednesday, July 11
1:00 pm: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED

Friday, July 13
3:00 pm: Religious School Faculty Meeting
6:30 pm Community Shabbat Potluck

Saturday, July 14
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion

Sunday, July 15
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm: MCJC’s Let’s Have Fun Together program at the 33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

Sunday, July 22
9:00 am – 12 noon: Help the Building and Grounds Committee with outdoor projects! Enjoy lunch with your fellow MCJC’ers afterward!

Tuesday, July 24
7:00 pm: Communications Committee Meeting

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