MCJC Social Action Committee Update

MCJC-SPONSORED PADS DINNERS
MCJC members prepared and served dinner for the homeless of McHenry County and for PADS volunteers this past December 27 and January 24 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock. Fifty-four PADS guests and ten PADS volunteers were fed on December 27, and forty-three PADS guests and fourteen PADS volunteers were fed on January 24. Gene Lindow and his Trio Grille Restaurant, Leslie Cook, Ellen Morton, Amy & Ben Llaneta, Marian Weiss, Brian Silver, Lisa Chiodo, Rachel Bailenson, and Eva Hoffman provided food for the dinners, and Amy & BJ Llaneta, Brian Silver, Lisa Chiodo, and Bruce Weiss served the meals. The meals were delicious and were much appreciated by the PADS guests and volunteers. Watch your enouncements for dates of future dinners.

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY & TRAIL
MCJC has adopted Ridgefield Road between U.S. Route 14 and Country Club Road, and has agreed to pick up litter on Ridgefield Road on a regular basis for a two-year period. Until winter set in, Bruce Weiss picked up litter from Ridgefield Road roughly every ten days and usually picked up between three to five five gallon cans of litter. In addition, MCJC has adopted the Bike Trail along U.S Route 14 between Ridgefield Road and Lucas Road, and has agreed to pick up litter on the Bike Trail once a month for a one year period. Until winter set in, Lizz & John Dewey picked up litter from the Bike Trail once a month, and usually filled one large, black garbage bag.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, McHENRY COUNTY PROGRAM
Howard Frank, MCJC Social Action Committee member, works every Wednesday in support of Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County. In the past two months, Howard has worked at the following Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County building project sites: a duplex home in Wonder Lake, an energy efficient two bedroom home in Cary, and a single family home in McHenry. Hats off to Howard for his work with Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County!

If you would like to lend a hand in any of these efforts, contact Bruce Weiss at socialaction@mcjconline.org.

MCJC Book Club Report

MCJC Connections
March/April 2018 * Adar/Nissan/Iyar * Volume 5778

The MCJC Book Club meets every other month to discuss a Jewish themed book. It meets next on Thursday, March 15, at 7 pm, to discuss Bertrand Court by Michelle Brafman.

Bertrand Court is a captivating novel told in short story form, intertwining seventeen narratives about the secrets of a cast of politicos, filmmakers, and housewives, all tied to a suburban Washington, D.C., cul-de-sac.

This book is available in paperback format at libraries and bookstores, and online at Amazon, Alibris, and other book sites.

Rachel Kamin will again be our facilitator for this program.

The next book will be And After The Fire by Lauren Belfer, to be discussed May 10, 2018. For more information, please email books@mcjconline.org.

Celebrate Purim at MCJC

MCJC Connections
March/April 2018 * Adar/Nissan/Iyar * Volume 5778

Purim is a time for meaningful fun for kids of all ages. This year the festivities begin on Sunday, March 4 at 9:15 a.m.

We’ll open with music and noisy (it is Purim, after all) readings from  the Book of Esther (the Megillah.) The famous, annual MCJC Home Made Purim Carnival including games, food, and general silliness starts around 10:30 a.m. Wear a costume, and bring toiletries and paper goods as we will be preparing bags for the McHenry County PADS services for the area’s homeless population (we’ll prep the bags from 10-10:30 a.m.).

Also, children will pass out Mishloach Manot gift bags to the other children in their class. MCJC will supply the critical groggers, Goldshlager, and hamantashen.

Passover Seder at MCJC

MCJC invites you to our table
as we carry on the tradition of hosting our

Second Night Community Passover Seder
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Cost: $20 per adult; $10 per child (ages 4-12), $60 max. per family

RSVP: Please detach and return by March 19, 2018 to:
MCJC 8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
or Email to: mcjcoffice@yahoo.com

Name: ___________________________________________________________________
# of adults ______ # of children under 12 ____ Payment amount $______
Credit Card # _______________________________ Exp. Date _________________

Torah Study: Tetzaveh 2018: Coming to terms with the inherited Priestly caste system in the Torah

In this week’s Torah portion, for the first time in the Torah, we are faced with a social structure that includes a hereditary elite within the Jewish people: Aaron and his male descendants, the priestly caste. “Modern Judaism has a problem with the priesthood. The notion of hereditary holiness—that one segment of the Jewish people is set apart from others, given ceremonial privileges, and invited to bless the people—conflicts with our egalitarian ethos.” (Daniel Nevins, JTS).

It turns out that the rabbis of the Talmud, whose discussions over the course of hundreds of years during which Judaism went from being a religion centered on the Temple to one centered on legal scholarship, also had a hard time embracing the very idea of an inherited dynastic social order of elites.

Upcoming at MCJC

MCJC E-nouncements * February 20, 2018 * Adar

Wednesday, February 21
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED THIS WEEK
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, February 23
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, February 24
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services: Special Torah Discussion
7:00 pm: Jewish Film Festival at CKI

Sunday, February 25
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, February 28
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School (Purim Fun!)
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner

Friday, March 2
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, March 3
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services: Special Torah Discussion

Sunday, March 4
9:15 am: Community Purim Services & Carnival
3:00 pm: PYJ Rollerblading Program

Wednesday, March 7
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, March 9
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, March 10
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services: Special Torah Discussion

Sunday, March 11
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, March 14
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, March 16
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, March 17
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services: Special Torah Discussion

Sunday, March 18
9:15 am: Religious School – Special Fox Valley Passover Program at CKI in Elgin (See Calendar, link in left column – and ad, right column)

SAVE THE DATES:
Sunday, April 8
10:30 am: JVS Branding Workshop (See Calendar, link in left column – and ad, right column)

Saturday, April 28
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Night of Casino Entertainment and Silent Auction at the McHenry VFW.
(See Calendar, link in left column – and ad, right column)

Upcoming at MCJC

Wednesday, February 14
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, February 16
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, February 17
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services: Special Torah Discussion

Sunday, February 18
8:00 am: Board Meeting
No Religious School: Teacher-In-Training off-site

Wednesday, February 21
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom CANCELLED
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, February 23
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, February 24
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services: Special Torah Discussion
7:00 pm: Jewish Film Festival at CKI

Sunday, February 25
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom

Wednesday, February 28
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School (Purim Fun!)
6:00 pm: PADS Dinner (See Below)

Friday, March 2
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, March 3
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services: Special Torah Discussion

Sunday, March 4
9:15 am: Community Purim Services & Carnival
(No Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom)

Wednesday, March 7
1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
4:30 pm: Religious School

Friday, March 9
6:30 pm: Community Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, March 10
9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services: Special Torah Discussion

Sunday, March 11
9:15 am: Religious School
11:00 am: Adult Ed with Rabbi Tom

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SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday, April 28
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Night of Casino Entertainment and Silent Auction
at the McHenry VFW.
(See Calendar Listing on this site and ad, right column)

PADS Dinner in February

MCJC E-nouncements – February 13, 2018

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is February 28th 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

The menu is soup, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. The MCJC PADS dinner team needs to provide enough food for 60 guests. Gene Lindow and his Trio Grille team will provide the roasted chicken entree, and Leslie Cook will provide the soup.

We need food providers for the mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. We also need a total of five volunteers to help serve the meal.

Important: do not feel that you yourself need to provide a food item for 60 people…provide whatever your time & energy allow you to provide.

Please let me (socialaction@mcjconline.org) know which food item & how much of the needed food item you are able to provide. Also please contact Amy Yosloff-Lanetta via socialaction@mcjconline.org if you are able to help serve the meal. Write “Amy” in the subject line. Your help with this important community service project is GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Warm regards, Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Chairperson

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County