The MCJC Book Club November 2017 Meeting

MCJC Connections
November/December 2017 ~ Cheshvan/Kislev/Tevet ~ Vol. 5778

The MCJC Book Club continues to meet
every other month! Our next meeting will
be Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
We will discuss WINDY CITY BLUES
by Renee Rosen.
When her piano talents are discovered by a record company, Leeba becomes an accomplished songwriter and friend to several blues legends before her romance with a black guitarist is met by racism and anti-Semitism in segregated Chicago during the civil rights
era. This book is part of the Spertus One Book, One Community program. We may be able to SKYPE with
the author.

Our next meetings are scheduled for January 25,
March 15, and May 10, 2018.

Please help us choose three books we will read from
the descriptions of five books below suggested by our
facilitator, Rachel Kamin. Email your choices to Rita
Janowitz at

Moonglow by Michael Chabon (Paperback)
A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.

The First Love Story by Bruce Feiler (PB 3/20/18)
Presents a revelatory account of Adam and Eve’s symbolism as central figures in western imagination and their role in shaping humanity’s deepest feelings about relationships, family, and togetherness.

Bertrand Court by Michelle Brafman (PB)
The author of Washing the Dead intertwines seventeen
luminous narratives about the secrets of an unforgettable
cast of politicos, filmmakers, and housewives, all tied to
a suburban cul-de-sac.

Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir by Annette Gendler (PB)
Like her Great-aunt Resi, Annette Gendler, a German,
fell in love with a Jewish man. But unlike her aunt,
whose marriage was destroyed by “the Nazi times,”
Gendler found a way to make her impossible love survive.

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer (PB)
A tale inspired by historical events, traces the experiences of two women whose lives are transformed by a mysterious Johann Sebastian Bach choral masterpiece.

New Year; “New” Kitchen

MCJC Connections
November/December 2017 ~ Cheshvan/Kislev/Tevet ~ Vol. 5778

In the frenzy of activities leading up to this year’s
High Holy Days, some very ambitious, brave members
collaborated to give our kitchen a fresh look.

Eileen Franks, Adrienne Himmelfarb, Esther Kaplan and Leslie Cook painstakingly organized and cleaned our community

Our MCJC Maintenance Crew followed up and attached new red knobs on cabinets in the rearranged meat section, added power sources, added a shelf for disposables so they are more accessible and easier to track and carried out the gargantuan task of cleaning the adhesive off the counter tops from contact paper. A big Todah Rabbah to Dale Mortenson, Steve Borress and Gene Lindow.

As part of the much-needed project, a small, new
refrigerator was purchased by Eileen Franks for upstairs, to be
used for Shabbat morning Kiddushes.

In coming days, we hope to order a few new items so that we have fully operational dairy, meat and pareve sections. With the cleaning and reorganizing, filling in some missing pieces, our new little refrigerator and some quality equipment we purchased with our Israel Day grant, we can enjoy and learn together in our community kitchen.

Todah Rabbah, everyone!

Corners of Our Fields 5778

MCJC Connections
November/December 2017 ~ Cheshvan/Kislev/Tevet ~ Vol. 5778

As is our custom at MCJC, the High Holy Days usher in our “Corners of Our Fields” food drive, in conjunction with Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

Todah rabbah to all those who contributed this year. MCJC donated $523.55 pounds of food to the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry!

Feel free to use the envelopes attached to the grocery bags to mail donations to Mazon at any time throughout the year. Your donations are much appreciated.

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County