This Week at BJBE
January 27, 2020
Featured News
A Prayer to Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day & The
75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
Bearing Witness

Every day that we are gifted
another moment of life,
we are offered an invitation
to awaken the spirit to
the grandeur and reality of love.

We are summoned
to bear witness to the beauty
and miracle of everyday living.

To bear witness
is the crucial step
toward becoming fully human.
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar
Amen: Seeking Presence with Prayer, Poetry, and Mindfulness Practice
Save the Date! Congregation BJBE Presents: Sermon In Song
An Anthem Anthology: Music that Elevates the Soul
Friday, February 7, 7:30pm

BJBE has a strong tradition of the spoken word elevated by music. Join us for some of our most memorable High Holy Day sermon anthems to bring the power of the High Holy Days to a special Shabbat of song. 

Our Cantors will be joined by members of our adult choir, T’filah Band, and musicians, all under the direction of Stephen Edwards.
Mazel Tov Moments
We look forward to celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of Ari Schulman at the morning service and the Bat Mitzvah of Talia Belinky at the evening service on Saturday. Mazel tov to Ari, Talia, and their families.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of these simchas, please visit If you would like to sponsor a Friday or Saturday Shabbat Oneg in celebration of a simcha of a family member or friend, please click here . Please contact the BJBE office with questions.
Purim at BJBE
Mishloach Manot Ordering Extended until this Friday !!
We are now accepting orders for Misloach Manot. If you have not yet received an email with your personalized link, please check your SPAM folder.

Mishloach Manot, also called Purim baskets, are gifts of food and drink that are sent to family and friends on Purim. The mitzvah of Mishloach Manot comes from the Book of Esther and is a symbolic representation of the Purim feast while bringing together our community. 

Sending a basket is a fantastic opportunity to let your friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and more know how much you appreciate them while supporting BJBE! Each family gifted a basket will receive a single Mishloach Manot with a card listing all of the families who contributed. Baskets will be delivered by volunteers to each family the week of March 1!

Do you want to get involved? Volunteer to pack baskets on Saturday, February 29 or help deliver baskets during the week of March 1. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families! Q uestions about Mishloach Manot? Contact Anne Robbin or Dani Glass in the BJBE office at 847-940-7575.
Be a part of BJBE's Musical Purim Shpiel!
Calling all teens and adults who are interested in having small or large roles, or being a part of the shpiel ensemble. BJBE's Purim Shpiel will be performed on Sunday, March 8 at 9:30am in the main sanctuary. Depending on your role, you will be expected to attend 7 or fewer rehearsals on Sundays from 12:00-2:00pm leading up to performance day. Please let Cantor Green know if you are interested in participating.
Purim Hamantaschen Making with a Special Invite to our Hugs Community
Monday, March 2, 6:00pm

Low Sensory Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 8, 9:00am

Purim Shpiel & Carnival
Sunday, March 8, 9:30am

Pour 'Em Purim
Monday, March 9, 7:00pm
Upcoming Programs & Events
For All Ages
Matzah Ball Shabbat with Guest Pam Schuller
Friday, February 21, 5:15pm Matzah Ball Oneg, 6:00pm, Family Service
Join us for a special Matzah Ball Shabbat commemorating Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month featuring comedian Pam Schuller.

The JLC Beit Café
Sunday mornings when JLC Sunday is open, 9:15am-12:10pm
Did you know that on Sunday mornings during JLC, you and your children can purchase a snack for $1.00 or a bagel and cream cheese for $2.00 at the Beit Cafe? All proceeds benefit BJBE youth trips to Kolin and Israel. Punch cards are available to purchase as well. 

We cannot keep the cafe open without adult volunteers, and currently it will closed some upcoming Sundays. Please sign up to help out here . Email Lisa Howard with any questions.  
For Adults
The Symposium: Get Your PhD at BJBE
Tuesday, January 28, 10:00am
"What was Ancient Israel?" with Rachel Havrelock

Tuesdays, February 4 and 11, 10:00am
"Stories of the Supernatural: The Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons Who Shaped the Course of Jewish History" with David Shyovitz

Order Your Mah Jongg Cards
Orders Due February 1, 2020!

News, Nosh, (k)Nowledge
Sunday, February 2, 10:00am

BJBE Sisterhood Adult Night Out: Bingo Anyone?
Saturday, February 8, 6:30pm
$25 will buy you dinner, dessert, one drink and one card.

Mahj for Moms
Tuesdays, February 11, March 17, April 21, and May 26, 7:00pm
Join us for a fun evening of Mah Jongg and friends. This evening is geared towards moms of children in the JLC & Chava Center. Guests welcome! No prior experience necessary.

Sisterhood Ladies Afternoon Fun: Brunch and Theatre
Wednesday, February 26, 11:15am Brunch, 1:00pm Show
Spend a lovely afternoon brunching and enjoying The Fantasticks at the Citadel.

Torah on Tap
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00pm
Join our clergy for a lively discussion and a drink--a little bit of learning, a lot of laughs & l'chaims!

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
Class forming now--dates and times to be determined
This year-long course meets weekly and is open to all adults whether or not you celebrated becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah when you were 13! Registration is limited. Contact Phyllis Steiner if you are interested in joining the next class.
For Children, Teens, & Families
SYG Lounge Night
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30pm

Family Night at Max & Benny's
Wednesday, February 12, 5:00pm
Make dinner time easy! Join us in the back room, which is reserved just for BJBE, anytime between 5-7pm. Meet up with friends for crafts, games, and $5 kids meals! No RSVP necessary.
Upcoming Services
Shabbat Service with Soul Zimra
Friday, January 31, 7:30pm

Kol Shabbat followed by Torah Study
Saturdays, 9:30am

Morning Minyan followed by Talmud Study
Wednesdays, 7:00am
Please remember to bring your keycard as the building is still locked at the time of this service.
Social Action/Social Justice Network
January Tzedakah Recipient - American Friends of Magen David Adom
Magen David Adom is Israel's national ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical first-responders for the state's 8.8 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the Israeli government to serve int his role, but its not a government agency, so it relies on donations for funding. Through your gift you are saving lives.
BJBE Featured in Chicago Tribune for MLK Day of Service
Over 200 people participated in BJBE's 7th Annual MLK Day of Service. Click here to read the article from the Deerfield Review.
Don't Forget...
BJBE is a recognized charity on Facebook. If you are considering directing (via Facebook) gifts to a non-profit in honor of birthdays, anniversarys, or other simchot, we hope you will consider BJBE. If you have questions, please contact Anne Robbin. Also, don't forget to "like" our Facebook page!
Help BJBE while you shop! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support BJBE every time you shop, at no cost to you! Once you've selected Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim , every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.
Around the Community
JNF Community Tu BiShevat Celebration
Sunday, February 9, 11:30am @ Rochelle Zell Jewish High School
Kol Simchah, our Junior Choir will be performing.
Moriah Congregation Judaic Art & Jewelry Fair
February 20-23, 2020
Bar & Bat Mitzvah students and their parents can receive free entry, but please RSVP
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago announces the Everett Kovler Scholars Program. Two scholarships of $10,000 each year of study toward a four year program. Students must have financial need and a minimum of a B average academically. Click here for more information.
JCFS Chicago is awarding scholarships to Jewish college and post-graduate students with finanial need for study in a variety of fields of study. Click here for more info.
JCFS and JVS Chicago are awarding one $15,000 scholarship to a Jewish female college and post-graduate students with finanical need who are pursuing study in the field of math education. Click here for more info.