This Week at BJBE
January 6, 2020
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Pictured above: BJBE Staff are #JewishandProud. Amid rising antisemitism in the U.S. and abroad, AJC has designated Monday, January 6, as #JewishandProud Day. Learn more here
It's Almost Mishloach Manot time!
Watch your inbox this week for an email with your personalized link for ordering.

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!

Questions about Mishloach Manot? Contact Anne Robbin or Dani Glass in the BJBE office at 847-940-7575.
The Purim Fun is Just Beginning! Save the date for these festive events:

Purim Hamantashen 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
Mazel Tov Moments
We look forward to celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Lillian Brenner and Olivia Fisz at the morning service on Saturday, and the Bat Mitzvah of Gabrielle Cohan at the afternoon service. Mazel tov to them 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.
Upcoming Programs & Events
For All Ages
MLK Day Sign-Up Now Open
Monday, January 20, times vary
Join us for our annual MLK Day of Service! Make MLK day a day "ON" instead of a day "OFF." We are offering a variety of family friendly and adult programs so please SIGN UP EARLY for access to your first choice project! Click here to see the schedule for the day and sign up for projects.

MLK Day Collection Drives
Don't come to BJBE empty handed on MLK Day! We will be collecting items for the following non-profits:
  • Books for Bernie's Book Bank
  • Canned food for Moraine Food Pantry
  • New and unused art supplies for Gigi's Playhouse
Items may be left in the Tzedakah Niche any time after December 23. ( lease note the building closures above).

The JLC Beit Café
Sunday mornings when JLC Sunday is open, 9:15am-12:10pm
The Beit Cafe is back, selling bagels, snacks and beverages for you and your children to enjoy. As in the past, the Beit Café benefits BJBE teen trips to Kolin and Israel. All café items are $1-$2, and punch cards are available to purchase. Contact Lisa Howard with any questions. Sign up to volunteer here .
For Adults
The Symposium: Get Your PhD at BJBE
Tuesdays, January 7& 14, 10:00am
"How the Cafe Shaped Modern Jewish Life," with David Gottlieb

Mahj for Moms
Tuesdays, January 7, 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.

Are You Fit to Flourish in 2020?
Wednesday, January 8, 7:30pm
Join Sisterhood to learn how to strengthen, nourish, and thrive in 2020 with guest speaker Lina Midla.

Sunday, January 19, 10:00am
Join us for conversation with other BJBE MENsches about thoughful masculinity in today's complicated world. Bagels and lox will be served.

Torah on Tap
Wednesday, January 22, 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 (9th-12th graders)
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30pm
Did you know that BJBE has a free dinner for 9th-12th graders every month? Join us Wednesday for dinner from Portillo's!

Family Night at Max & Benny's
Thursday, January 16, 5:00pm
Make dinner time easy! Join us in the back room which will be reserved just for BJBE, any time between 5-7pm. Meet up with friends for crafts, games, and $5 kids meals! No RSVP necessary.

Shabbat Scavenger Hunt (3rd-5th graders)
Friday, January 17, 5:15pm
More info coming soon!

PJ Havdalah
Saturday, January 25, 4:00pm
Wear your snuggliest PJs to say goodbye to Shabbat and usher in a new week with sweetness and light. Our short multi-sensory service is ideal for families with children in 2nd grade and younger. EAch program includes songs, crafts, and a light snack.

BJBE Family Retreat | Two Weeks Left to Register
Please join Cantor Rayna Green, Missy Bell, and Anne Robbin for our BJBE Family Retreat at OSRUI (Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute), in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, January 31 - February 2, 2020. The retreat begins at 5:30pm Friday and concludes at 11:30am Sunday. We're so excited to spend a weekend together learning, playing, and praying. Our theme for the weekend is Super Shabbat, since it's Super Bowl Weekend - but don't worry, you'll be home in plenty of time for the big game!!

You can register and see retreat pricing on our online form:
Upcoming Services
Simply Shabbat Service
Friday, January 10, 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.
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Service Recording Available
The recording of the Adult B'nai Mitzvah service, celebrated on Saturday, November 23, 2019 is now available on our website. Click here to view this moving ceremony.
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.
Don't Forget...
BJBE is now 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!
Around the Community
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 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.
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