CU Jewish Weekly Announcements
Friday, November 13, 2020
Candlelighting 11/13 at 4:20 pm • Shabbat ends 11/14 at 5:20 pm
The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and
Jewish Endowment Foundation
cordially invite you to attend the

2020 Virtual Annual Campaign Dinner

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm CT

This is a virtual Zoom event, no cost to attend
Register online at or call (217) 367-9872 to receive access information
RSVP required by Thursday, December 3, 2020
Featuring our speaker:
Daniel Shapiro,
Champaign native and former US Ambassador to Israel.
Also, join us as we honor
Mitch and Frances Harris
for their many years of service to the
Champaign-Urbana Jewish Community.
You can purchase a delicious dinner from Michael’s Catering. 
Both cRc kosher and non-kosher meals are available.
You can find selections here or call (217) 351-2500
November: Month of Thanksgiving and 
Thinking about the many roles of food in our lives

CUJF invites you to participate in a series of activities and events during the month of November that explore how food can connect us to our history, traditions and community while also bridging across cultural divides.

November 14 @ 8:00 pm
Conversation About Israeli Culture, Food and Social Life

Join a presentation and discussion with Dr. Liat Maggid-Alon, 2019-2020 Israel Institute Visiting Scholar at UIUC Program in Jewish Culture & Society. Learn about Israeli culture, food, and social life, highlighting the work and lives of Atamna-Ismaeel, Ottolenghi and Hovav. (This is a stand-alone event that does not require participating in the previously suggested activities.) Please register to get access information.

November 22 @ 8:30pm
Third Virtual Ladies’ Night

We will continue the conversation about food, its social and cultural aspects, and the work and lives of Hovav, Ottolenghi and Atamna-Ismaeel. (This is a stand-alone event that does not require participating in the previously suggested activities.)  Please register to get access information.

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is back on November 1 with a brand-new selection of culturally-diverse, Jewish-inspired films that will entertain, educate and inspire audiences of all ages. The festival will take place virtually and moviegoers will enjoy wide ranging cinematic works including documentaries, short and feature length films, that will include stories of love, loss, learning and survival.

We will be sending you weekly schedule every Friday.
CUJF is a member of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and together, our Federations work to make an impact on Jewish life not only in our local communities, but all over the world.
Each year the renowned JFNA General Assembly brings together thousands of Jewish leaders and community members. The GA has been an in-person conference until this year.

This year’s GA 2020 was virtual, yet still brought together Jews from across backgrounds, political viewpoints and even continents–to enlighten, engage and inspire. The GA celebrated Jewish Federation accomplishments over these past tough months, examine our current challenges and work to ensure a strong, flourishing Jewish community. 
You can see the recordings of the sessions here.
The 2020 GA is comprised of two main plenaries: 
Plenary one, FederationTogether, took place on October 25, 2020 It tells the story of how Federations worked together to address the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic. In this plenary, they feature a video that takes a look back and comments on our most powerful moments.
Plenary two, JewishTogether, took place on October 26, 2020. It will showcases the depth and breadth of Jewish communal life and share stories of how we responded, reimagined and shined together.
Join thousands of experts, community and business leaders, students and concerned community members by taking part in Never Is Now, the Anti-Defamation League's summit on antisemitism and hate. Delivered virtually through November 19, Never Is Now is the best way to learn about and discuss contemporary drivers of antisemitism and hate and learn how to add your voice to the conversation in combating bias of all kinds.  

You can find full schedule here.
Adult Education with Rabbi Alan
Monday at 10:00 am
Thursday at 12:00 pm

Rabbi Alan will be offering an adult education class twice weekly, on Mondays at 10 AM and on Thursdays at noon. The overall topic will be the same for each of these sessions, but it is possible that some different material will arise depending on the flow of the discussion. You are encouraged to attend one or both sessions, as your schedule permits.  

Recognizing that some do not have any availability to attend on weekdays, sessions will also be recorded for later viewing. The links to the recordings will be posted in the following week's email blast. All recorded Adult Education sessions can be found by clicking here for access to our Adult Education archive.
For this week (week of 11/9), our topic will be, "Funny, You Don't Look Jewish: Drawing the Lines on Jewish Humor." For the week of 11/16, we will continue with this topic.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, Rabbi Alan will be unavailable to teach on Thursday, 11/12. We plan to resume our regular schedule next week, with classes on Monday 11/16 and Thursday 11/19.
Save the Date

Interfaith Thanksgiving Program

Sunday, November 22
The Interfaith Alliance of Champaign County (IFACC) will host its Fourth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Program on Sunday, November 22 from noon to 5:30 PM. The community is invited to attend in person at the Champaign
Public Library's Robeson Pavillion Room, or to drive through the WCIA lot on Randolph St. in order to share expressions of gratitude, receive a battery-operated light to show community solidarity, and donate supplies to support the CU@Home Emergency Shelters. The program will conclude at 5 PM at the library and on Zoom as we light our lights and join in words of reflection and prayer. 
COV-Course: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Pandemic

Health Inequities

November 18

Introduction: Gene Robinson (Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology)

Speakers: Ruby Mendenhall (Sociology and African American Studies), Christy Lleras (Human Development & Family Studies)

Ask Costco to carry kosher foods

Do you purchase kosher foods? Are there products that you're not able to get in C-U but would like to purchase locally? Now that the new Costco is open in Champaign, we have an opportunity to let them know what products would be helpful to carry in stock.

All you have to do is complete the form below. Make sure you select our local warehouse/store. You have an opportunity in 1000 words or less to let them know what you'd like to see in the store. It helps to give them ideas of actual products (ex. Empire chicken breasts, Tillamook kosher cheddar, etc.). This will be sent to their regional supply manager. The more feedback they get, the easier it will be for them to start getting these products sent in to the store.
Free Chair Yoga Class

Chair Yoga and Mindfulness with Robin
In stressful times your body, mind and spirit deserve a chance to feel restored. Robin Goettel invites you to free weekly yoga and mindfulness sessions, sponsored this month by The Urbana Free Library.
Take 15-20 minutes at your own convenient time to calm and re-center with gentle stretching and meditation. Wear comfortable clothing and plan to be seated in a chair (preferably firm) that has no arms. This relaxing practice requires no special equipment and can be adapted to your own abilities.
These events can be viewed on the Library's Facebook page and will continue to be viewable after each session.

Click here to watch the first session.
Robin is a certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga instructor and has practiced and studied a variety of styles of yoga for 40 years. She also participated in the UI Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course. She has a passion for promoting health and wellness and teaches chair yoga throughout the CU area.
Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation seeks to represent a variety of views and opinions on subjects of interest to the extremely diverse and well-educated community of which it is a part. The events announced and the views presented do not necessarily represent the opinion of CUJF, its officers, board, or members of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish community.

Your support helps us continue our mission to serve the Jewish Community! Please send donations and land mail to CUJF's mailing address: Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, 503 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820.

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. . . and remember - together we do extraordinary things!