McHenry County Jewish Congregation continues a month of holidays

PRESS RELEASE

By Leslie Cook

Crystal Lake, IL – Local congregation, McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC) continues a time of reflection and return with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, beginning with Kol Nidre, Friday evening September 29 at 7:00pm.

Holidays at MCJC are unique and special.  Our own members lead the services, making these co-creative and empowering experiences for all.  

We welcome non-members and guests to share these days with us but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC.

Kol Nidre
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Yom Kippur Morning Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 9:00 am

Yom Kippur Children’s Services (Ages 4-8)
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 10:15
MCJC will offer Children’s Services on Yom Kippur. This a wonderfully engaging, musical and fun service, and geared to younger children ages 4 through 8.  ​

Yom Kippur Mincha Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 4:30 pm

Yom Kippur Neila Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at​ 6:00 pm

Break-the-Fast
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 7:15 pm

Join the entire MCJC community for Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur Services. So that we can plan, please contact the MCJC office to RSVP at: 815-455-1810 or mcjcoffice@yahoo.com.  

Pizza in the Hut Religious School Sukkot Celebration
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Sukkot Yom Tov Morning Services with Lulav & Etrog
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 9:30 am

Friday Night Shabbat Services & Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Sukkot Services
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

Study, prayer, celebration and community-building continue throughout the year with Shabbat potlucks and services, Religious School, an active Adult Education program and online through our website at mcjconline.org. We hope you’ll join us!

Contact:

To learn more about MCJC, please contact:

Rabbi Tom Samuels
rabbi@mcjconline.org

Or stop in to visit us at 8617 Ridgefield Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012. Call the MCJC office first at 815-455-1810 to be sure someone will be there to greet you.

McHenry County Jewish Congregation wishes you a Happy New Year

PRESS RELEASE

By Leslie Cook

Woodstock, IL – Local congregation, McHenry County Jewish Congregation (known to its friends as “MCJC”) looks forward to to the beginning of a new Jewish year, 5778, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Rosh HaShanna (“Head of the Year”) is known as the Birthday of the World, and it’s the perfect time to pause and celebrate the beauty of creation. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year as we look forward to the year to come.

You can even get a jump start on reflection and study the evening of September 16, Selichot.

High Holy Days at MCJC are unique and special. Our own members lead the services, making these co-creative and empowering experiences for all.

We welcome non-members and guests to share the High Holy Days with us but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC.

We hope you’ll join us for one or more of our holiday services — better yet that you’ll study and celebrate with us throughout the year:

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Leil Selichot – An Evening of Reflection & Learning in Preparation for the High Holidays

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Erev Rosh HaShanna (Eve of the New Year)

Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 9:00 am; Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 am
Rosh HaShanna Morning Service – Day I

Tashlich Service (Immediately following services, approx. 1:45 pm)
Cast your bread on the water
2:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)

Family Service with Shofar Blowing and Tashlich by the Pond – Open to the Public
4:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)
Join us for a musical family High Holiday and Tashlich service.

Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9:00 am
Rosh HaShanna Morning Service – Day 2

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9:30 am
Shabbat Shuva – Sabbath of “turning” and “returning”
Shabbat Shuva Morning Services

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre

Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 9:00 am; Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 am
Yom Kippur Morning Service

Start: 4:30 pm
Yom Kippur Mincha Service

Start: 6:00 pm
Yom Kippur Neila Service (“Closing of the Gates”)

Start: 7:15 pm
Break-the-Fast
Please join the entire MCJC community for a Potluck Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur Services.
Contact the MCJC office to RSVP at: 815-455-1810 or office@mcjconline.org.

Contact:
To learn more about MCJC or our month of holidays (yes, there are more), or to let us know you’d like to attend, please contact:

Rabbi Tom Samuels
rabbi@mcjconline.org

Or stop in to visit us at 8617 Ridgefield Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012. Call the MCJC office first at 815-455-1810 to be sure someone will be there to greet you.

High Holy Days, Sukkot, Simchat Torah 5778/2017

Service Schedule
 Erev Tisha B’Av
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Leil Selichot
An Evening of Reflection & Learning in Preparation for the High Holidays
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7
:00 pm
Rosh HaShana
Erev Rosh HaShana

Sunday, September 9 at 7:30 pm 
Rosh HaShana Morning Service – Day I
Monday, September 10 at 9:00 am
Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 am
Tashlich Service
2:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​Family Service with Shofar Blowing & Tashlich by the Pond
4:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)
 Join us for a musical family High Holiday and Tashlich service. This program is open to the public, ​so bring friends and family, Jewish or not. 
Rosh HaShana Morning Service – Day 2
Tuesday, September 11 at 9:00 am
Shabbat Shuva
Shabbat Shuva Morning Services
Saturday, September 15 at 9:30 am
Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm SHARP
Yom Kippur Morning Service
Wednesday, September 19 at 9:00 am
Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 amYom Kippur Mincha Service
Start: 4:30 pm

Yom Kippur Neila Service
Start: 6:00 pm

Break-the-Fast
Start: 7:15 pm
Click Here for Break-the-Fast Registration

Join the entire MCJC community for Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur Services. So that we can plan, please contact the MCJC office to RSVP and to help put this together at: 815-455-1810 or office@mcjconline.org

Sukkot
Pizza in the Hut Religious School Sukkot Celebration
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Sukkot Yom Tov Morning Services with Lulav & Etrog
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 9:30 am

Friday Night Shabbat Services & Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah
Friday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Sukkot Services
Saturday, October 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

Special Religious School Sukkot Programming
Sunday, October 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

​Shemini Atzeret
Sheminim Atzeret Morning Services with Yizkor
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:30 am

Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah Community Celebration / Shabbat Dinner Potluck
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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Family & Children’s Services

Rosh HaShanna & Yom Kippur Children’s Services (Ages 4-8)
MCJC will offer Children’s Services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 9 at 10:15 am , as well as on Yom Kippur, Saturday, Wednesday, September 19 , also at 10:15 am. These are wonderfully engaging, musical and fun services, and geared to younger children ages 4 through 8.  ​

Family Service with Shofar Blowing & Tashlich
Monday, September 10, at 4:30 pm
Join Rabbi Tom and the entire MCJC community on Monday, September 10 at 4:30 pm, (the first day of Rosh Hashanah), at 
Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​. We will have a musical family service and throw kosher oyster crackers (supplied by MCJC) into the pond next to the shelter. We will conclude with a community-wide shofar blowing Shofar-Palooza (bring your own shofar or use the ones MCJC provides). This program is open to the public, so bring friends and family, Jewish or not. 

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Days of Teshuva: A Journey to Peace
High Holidays 2018/5779

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are imbued with a special light that gives us the chance to make changes in our lives that seemed out of our reach during the rest of the year.

Day 1: Rosh Hashanah – Asking the Big Questions
Looking Within:  Renewal of our Relationships
How am I doing with friends, family, community, and work?
Do I owe anyone an apology?
Do I need to return a borrowed item?
Can I mend a broken connection?
Have I left a promise undone?
Make a list.

Day 2
More Looking: Self Care
Am I taking care of my physical body?
Have I had doctor and dental check-ups?
Have I listened to my body’s needs?
Am I getting enough rest and quiet time?
Am I caring for my changing challenges?
Do I pay attention to my diet?
How can I do better?

Day 3
Much More Looking Within
What am I doing to grow spiritually?
What new activity have I tried or re-introduced into my routine?
Is there a comforting routine in my day, week or monthly schedule?
Do I have someone in my circle to guide me? (If not, seek advice.)

Day 4
Am I Angry?
Is there someone in my life that has hurt me? Have I retaliated?
What is MY part?
Can I forgive or start to forgive?
Can I ask for forgiveness?
Do I need help with this?

Day 5
Am I Afraid?
What/who frightens me?
Why am I fearful?
Are they real or imagined fears?
Are there things I do in my life to reduce those fears?
Are my attempts to reduce those fears healthy?
Yes, I am human; we all have fears.

Day 6
Am I Honest?
Do I practice honesty with myself and with others?
Do I justify “exceptions from the truth” to justify a perceived positive result?
Am I more concerned with seeking approval than being truthful?
Do I avoid making changes when I am not being honest with how I feel about a relationship, decision, or lifestyle?

Day 7
Balance: Where is the Joy, Love, and Play in my Life?
Does my life have real fun space?
Is it enough?
Do I actively seek enriching experiences, entertainment, and generosity?
Can I turn off the multimedia and electronic devices for a part of my day or week?
Do I honor and spend time in nature?
Do I listen?
Can I say, “Not now”?

Day 8
Patience: Tell me Yes, Tell me No, But Please Don’t Tell me to Wait. 
Is time always a commodity, or can I slow down?
Does my agenda supersede all others?
Can I stay in the moment, or do I live in the past and future?
How can I do better?

Day 9
Hope and Gratitude: Every Day is a New Beginning. 
We can start over any time.
Prayer and meditation can take us to a place of unselfish and focused spiritual growth.
Even something very, very small makes a difference.
Am I willing to add just one tiny, new practice to my daily routine or more? Do I need help with this?

Day 10
Service: Giving Without Reward – the Greatest Gift of All.
The path to peace and joy lies in the ability to do for others, when our motives are not self –serving.
Even the smallest token or act of kindness is enough each day.

Taking Action:
Smile
“Thank you.”
An anonymous gift or gesture
A kind word to a stranger
Comforting the sick
Supporting the grieving
Sharing a talent
Protecting the natural world

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County

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