|This Week at BJBE
October 23, 2017
Please join us for Max & Benny's Family Night this Wednesday. Enjoy a great meal, fun project and get to know other BJBE families while raising funds for our congregation.
BJBE is proud to sponsor The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfred Israel at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, this Sunday, 3:30pm at the ArcLight Theatre in The Glen.
Get your flu shot, health screenings and information, and donate blood this Sunday at the Health Fair and Blood Drive.
Help Project Nourish help those in need by supporting BJBE's participation in a Thanksgiving meal as part of our partnership with Bethlehem Healing Temple.
Please see sections below for information on these and other programs
We look forward to celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Emily and Samantha Friedman at the morning service and the B'nai Mitzvah of Ethan Schachter and Paul Vigder at the Havdalah service this Saturday. Mazel tov to them and their families.
847-940-7575, ext. 118
Tuesday Symposium: History of the Jewish People, 10:00-11:30am.
The story of the Jewish people, our story, tells the story of the world. By studying the major memories, moments and movements of the Jewish people we can come to know ourselves and envision our future. We will experience the incredible Hall of History in our Jewish Learning Center - 200 feet of murals displaying hundreds of archival, museum quality photos, maps and documents.
Judges, Instructor: Rabbi Ally Tick Brill
Kings & Prophets, Instructor: Rabbi Ally Tick Brill
Family Nights at Max & Benny's, back room, 5:00 - 7:00pm, feel free to bring a friend for crafts, games, and $5 kids meals. Wednesday, October 25, Thursday, November 16, Monday, January 22, and more to come. Bring this flier with you and Max & Benny's will donate 15% back to BJBE's Early Childhood Program at the Chava Center. Questions, contact Anne Robbin or Susie Wexler.
Sunday, October 29, Health Fair, 9:00am- 12:30pm and Blood Drive, 8:00am-12:30pm.
Flu shots (bring your insurance card) plus diabetes, bone density, and blood pressure screenings, balance assessments, information on nutrition & weight loss, foot, eye health and lots more.
Brought to you by BJBE's Caring Community and Social Action Network.
Click here to make an appointment to donate blood.
Sunday Adult Learning, Lessons from the Hall of History,
October 29 -
Creation to the Second Temple, Rabbi Karyn Kedar
November 5 -
Second Temple, Rabbi Jason Fenster
November 12 -
Enlightenment, Rabbi Karyn Kedar
- The State of Israel, Rabbi Karyn Kedar
Sunday, October 29, 3:30pm, BJBE hosts The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfred Israel at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. The filmmaker, Yonatan Nir, will present a pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q & A. The Arclight Theatre in The Glen. Click here to purchase tickets or at the box office.
College Boxes deadline is November 1. Sisterhood would like to send your college student holiday cards and packages during Chanukah and Purim 2017-2018. Please send us your child's college address (including the college name) and if they will be there through the month of March. There is no fee for your child(ren), but for $18 we can also send to grandkids/nieces/nephews/etc. Please email info to Shelley Wax
or Cheryl Kahn.
If paying by check, make payable to BJBE Sisterhood and send to the temple office, Attn: College Boxes.
Rabbi Fenster's Installation Weekend. Join us to celebrate a sacred and joyous moment in the life of Congregation BJBE.
Friday, November 3, 7:30pm, Mizmor L'Shabbat
Rabbi Billy Dreskin will install Rabbi Jason Fenster at this uplifting service featuring our tefilah band and Cantor Ellen Dreskin, followed by a celebratory oneg.
Saturday, November 4, Kol Shabbat service at 9:00am, Torah study led by Rabbi Fenster and Rabbi Dreskin at 11:00am, followed by a Rabbi's Table luncheon. Please RSVP to Leslie Block or by phone at 847.940.7575 if you'll be attending the luncheon.
StandWithUs 6th Annual Campus Champions Gala, Sunday, November 5, 5:00pm at BJBE.
Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and currently president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Honorees: Dr. Sheri Ross and Charles Glick, devoted Pro-Israel advocates.
: Live, interactive art creation by Artists 4 Israel.
Emcee and Comedian
: Elon Gold, one of the top comedians in the country.
StandWithUs Emerson Fellows and High School Interns, the champions of Israel on campus. Click here for online reservations.
- Please join us each week for
Mindfulness and Torah study
based on weekly text, poetry and other contemplative readings. We all become one another's teachers as we build our own inner "mishkan" or sanctuary. We will learn to practice meditation so we can access how Torah affects our lives. Relax, renew and create space in your week,
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am, beginning November 9.
Come once, come weekly. If you have any questions, please contact
, trained at Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Grab a friend and head to Sisterhood's Annual Holiday Boutique, Sunday, November 19, 9am - 3pm. With over 30 vendors there's something for everyone on your holiday shopping list including Judaica, clothing for adults and children, books, jewelry, home accessories, makeup and more! Do all of your shopping and stay for lunch, raffle prizes and a bake sale. For more information or to volunteer contact
. If you would like to bake for the bake sale contact
. This is one shopping event you won't want to miss!
Shabbat Torah Study: Numbers, Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
For more information about the Center for Adult Learning,contact
ednesday, October 25, 7:00pm, Informational meeting on the RAC (Religious Action Center) L'Taken Conference in Washington D.C. January 26-29, 2018. This opportunity if limited to 10 BJBE teens. Our young adults will have the opportunity to impact our political process as they share their views on social justice topics with decision makers on Capitol Hill. Click here for more information. The cost of the trip is approximately $800, which includes airfare, lodging and most meals; limited scholarships available.Please RSVP to Leslie Block.
All events take place at BJBE unless otherwise stated. For questions or information about youth programs, please contact Cantor Rayna Green.
Shabbat Service Friday, October 27,
Shabbat mornings feature our
Kol Shabbat Service at 9:30am
Torah Study at 11:00am.
Wednesday Morning Minyan
Begin your day in a beautiful and powerful way by attending our Wednesday morning Minyan from 6:45am to 7:30am. Each week we pray in the intimate space of the Chapel with a supportive, welcoming group. Experience a prayer service grounded in communal song, thought-provoking liturgy, and deep silence, followed by camaraderie over bagels and coffee. Morning Minyan participants have commented that this worship has connected to their lives in many unexpected and transformative ways. For more information, contact
Rabbi Fenster. The weekday prayer melodies are available here, although all are welcome to attend regardless of musical or prayerbook knowledge.
Services in both the Sacred Hall and Sanctuary are streamed.. To view our live or recorded streams,
please click here
. You may have to watch an initial commercial before the stream begins, but this is a free and open program accessible to anyone. To access:
DAYTIME AT BJBE
Monday Canasta/Mahjong: The Sisterhood will host Canasta and Mahjong games weekly at 12:00pm. All are welcome to join in the fun. To participate, RSVP to Sharon Krivitzky and let her know which game you will be playing and if you can bring supplies.
ednesday Morning Minyan:
Our weekday morning Minyan meets
in the Chapel followed by Talmud Study led by Rabbi Kedar. For more information
contactRabbi Fenster. The weekday prayer melodies areavailable here.
SOCIAL ACTION NETWORK
Project Nourish Thanksgiving Event:
Each year BJBE, along with the other temples in our Project Nourish consortium, helps Bethlehem Healing Temple, the distribution center of our lunch delivery, with their Thanksgiving Event. Together we supply all the ingredients for them to cook a Thanksgiving meal for about 500 people that live near the church, some of whom live on the street. Many of these people also line up every Sunday to receive the lunches that we make.
How can you help? The best way is to donate to our Bob Terry Project Nourish Fund so we can then buy all the bulk ingredients we are responsible for as well as contribute to the shared cost of the meats that are cooked. It is a way to directly impact the lives of people who are under- served as well as overlooked in our society. Holidays can be lonely and difficult times and just knowing that other people care is such a positive message to send to those who need it most.
Thank you for your consideration, Merrilee Waldron, Project Nourish Coordinator
In addition to our usual collections of toiletries, hearing aids, glasses, printer cartridges, and batteries, we will be collecting
Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (only that brand), squeezable apple sauce
(like GoGo Squeeze, but any brand is okay), and new kids' hats and gloves. These much-needed items will be donated to Families Helping Families of Chicagoland, and will be distributed to kids in our community - the Highland Park School District, in particular. There are students who come to school hungry, for whom a cereal bar and applesauce may be their only breakfast or after-school snack. We are NOT collecting used clothing at this time. Thank you for your generous donations.
Looking for a group to volunteer at the Inspiration Cafe November 18 and December 16.
Congregants and B'nai Mitzvah students have the opportunity to plan a menu, shop for groceries, cook and serve a nutritious dinner with a dash of hope served in a restaurant-style setting to individuals who are on their journey from homelessness toward self-sufficiency.
Please contact Joey Waldman if you are interested.
First it was Harvey. Now, as we begin the Jewish new year, a series of natural disasters are taking their toll on millions of people, here in the United States, in the Caribbean and in Mexico. In just four weeks, hurricanes and earthquakes caused an extraordinary amount of destruction in these areas and the need is only continuing to grow. Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is ready, raising funds to aid those affected and to rebuild lives and communities.
As always, the Federation will absorb all administrative costs, so that 100 percent of funds collected will provide relief for the thousands impacted by these disasters.
BJBE's Caring Community is a team of volunteers who can act as your extended family when your family needs additional support. Caring Community provides the following services: home delivered meals in times of need, transportation to/from temple or a medical appointment, phone support for people who are ill or lonely, senior education and caregiver support, chicken or vegetable soups (always available in the kitchen!) and a virtual food pantry. To access these services confidentially, please call Gloria Kaiz at 847-945-3741.
BJBE is certified as a Safer Synagogue by Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education & Solutions (JCARES). Our leadership has been trained in understanding the impact of abuse across the lifespan and improving access to support for congregants experiencing abusive situations. For more information, please contact the clergy at 847-940-7575.
The Caring Community and CJE Senior Life are pleased to offer
at no charge with
Senior Health Insurance Counselor Esther Craven.
Esther has over 25 years of experience at CJE. As a benefits specialist, she offers assistance and advocacy in areas of Medicare, health insurance and resources for retirement. Individual appointments with Esther are available at BJBE on
or call her in the temple office at 847.940.7575.
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Book BJBE for your upcoming celebration!!
Your spiritual home is also a premier venue with beautiful reception space in the Village Center, Sacred Hall and Courtyard. With completion of the Sanctuary, we have new opportunities available for you to celebrate your special events at BJBE. For information and reservations, contact Erica Stone
or by phone at 847-940-7575.
JUDAICA (GIFT) SHOP
New and exciting merchandise in the Judaica Shop. Make certain to see the new Gary Rosenthal items that he recently created. Also, there are lovely and unique Seeka mezzuzot from Israel that are specially priced. These very special items that make gift giving simple. Free gift wrapping always included. There are new Chanukah items in the shop now and more on the way.
The Judaica Shop is open 30 minutes prior to and after Friday Night Services, Sundays 9:30 to 11:30am, Wednesdays 4:30 to 6:30pm (during religious school) and always by special appointment by calling Lynne at 847-528-1359.
A fun and easy way to meet other BJBE members is by working in the shop. We will train you and a team member is always with you. For info, please call Arlene at 224-676-1112.
(Chai School Principal
(Director of Preschool)
(JYG & SYG Advisor)
(Senior Clergy's Assistant)
(Membership & Assistant Clergy's Assistant)
(Executive Director's Assistant)
Want to uphold Jewish ideals from generation to generation.....Donate to the Sustaining Gifts Program. Click "DONATE" above or contact
in the BJBE office to make a gift..
Arlene Mayzel, Executive Director
Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
1201 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015