|This Week at BJBE
October 30, 2017 - updated
Please join us for a special moment in the life of our synagogue as we celebrate the installation of Rabbi Jason Fenster this weekend.
Rabbi Fenster will be installed by Rabbi Billy Dreskin at the Friday night service featuring our Tefilah Band and Cantor Ellen Dreskin, followed by a celebratory oneg. Rabbi and Cantor Dreskin join our clergy on the bimah to lead Kol Shabbat, with a special Torah study led by Rabbi Fenster and Rabbi Dreskin. We conclude with a Rabbi's Table luncheon immediately following the service. Please
if you are planning on attending the luncheon. We look forward to sharing this sacred and joyous experience with you.
Don't forget to set your clocks back Saturday night so you get that delicious extra hour of sleep before Sunday school and Adult Education!
Please see sections below for information on these and other programs
We look forward to celebrating the B'nai Mitzvah of Devlan Schwartz and Daniel Silverstein at the morning service and the B'nai Mitzvah of Samantha Legator and Dylan Sussman 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.
October 31 - Esther with Rabbi Ally Tick Brill
November 7 - Hellinism with
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
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 9:30am, 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.
Sunday Morning Adult Learning, Lessons from the Hall of History,
November 5 - Second Temple, Rabbi Jason Fenster
November 12 - Enlightenment, Rabbi Karyn Kedar
November 19 - The State of Israel, Rabbi Karyn Kedar
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. Special Guests:
StandWithUs Emerson Fellows and High School Interns, the champions of Israel on campus. Click here for online reservations.
Adult Learning: Shalom Bayit - Peace in the Home: Having Civil Conversations Across Lines of Difference Tuesday, November 7, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Mishkan Shalom- 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 Margot Andersen, trained at Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Mitzvah Playdate in the JLC, for families with young children, Sunday, November 12, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, Bring a picnic dinner, have fun with friends and make the world a better place. Make a family Tzedakah Chest, Cookie packing for Project Nourish, Support a Vet on Veteran's Day Weekend. RSVP to Dani, for more information contact Melanie Berkowitz.
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. 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.
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!
Join BJBE's Clergy at the Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Sunday, November 19
at 7:00pm, Hosted by Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism, 1221 County Line Road, Highland Park. Contact
at Lakeside Congregation for more information.
AIPAC & BJBE invite you to a special event: Israel and the International Media featuring Matti Friedman, Jounalist and Author, Times of Israel, Tuesday, December 5, 6:00pm, Leadership Reception, for AIPAC Club Members; 7:00pm, Community Program & Dessert Reception, free and open to the community. Register by November 28 here or for questions contact Brittany Cohen 312.253.8968
Shabbat Torah Study: Numbers, Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
For more information about the Center for Adult Learning,contact
SYG Lounge Night, Wednesday, November 1, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
SYG Shul In, Friday, November 10-11
JYG & KYG (3-8th graders) are going to Rockin'Jump! Sunday, November 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm,
950 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove RSVP to
Mizmor L'Shabbat Service and Installation of Rabbi Jason Fenster
by Rabbi Billy Dreskin, featuring our Tefilah Band and Cantor Ellen Dreskin,
Friday, November 3, 7:30pm
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
contact Rabbi Fenster. The weekday prayer melodies are available 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),
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.
Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) provides Holiday gifts for over 500 needy children receiving agency services such as counseling, foster care, respite, and other essential support services. Please join Sisterhood for the month of November in supporting this toy drive by donating a new, unwrapped toy. There is a collection box in the tzedakah nook. To make a cash or gift card donation, please contact Sharon Sabin. Thank you in advance for your participation in this project.
Luggage For Freedom packs suitcases and backpacks for women and children who have been living in a shelter because of domestic abuse. As the women prepare to leave the shelter to begin a new life, Luggage For Freedom provides them with new bedding, toiletries, books, and other items to make their transition easier. Tzedakah donations in November will be designated to buy new sheets and towels.
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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For more information about
Deerfield Students for Israel and the Deerfield Hebrew Honor Society will be hosting its annual
night on November 12
at Deerfield High School's auditorium. We invite the BJBE community to join us. Admission is free. SYG President Benjamin Bluman is on the planning committee and would love to see you there! We will be showing the movie "Abulele" from the Israeli film festival. RSVP
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