This Week at BJBE
March 19 , 2018
A Note from Sally Sachar, Executive Director

Happy Monday,  Congregants --

With Passover right around the corner, be sure to take note of BJBE's robust plans for the coming weeks. We will be hosting or participating in several Seders, including the Women's Seder this evening, the HUGS Chocolate Seder on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm (at Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook), and the Congregational Second Seder on March 31 at 5:30 pm. There is also a Passover Service on Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 am, as well as a Service and Yizkor on April 6 at 9:30am. We hope you will join us for any or all of these observances. Please note, since so many in our community will be hosting or attending a first night Seder, we will not hold a Shabbat service at BJBE on March 30.

Also, if you haven't gotten your tickets yet for  Czech, Please - a delightful concert featuring  4 Cantors and a Rabbi, including our own Cantor Jennifer Frost - make sure to reserve your spot for April 15, from 4:30 to 6pm. What better way to celebrate getting your 2017 taxes submitted, AND support the Kolin trip at the same time.

And while you are booking your April calendar, don't forget to buy tickets for the 2018 Annual Gala - Don't Stop BJBE-lievin - featuring an 80's theme, with loads of fun foods and plans. This is a wonderful way to support BJBE while having a night out on the town.

Finally, if you haven't stopped by to meet me please do pay me a visit. My door is always open and I love getting to know our amazing BJBE community.


We look forward to celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Taylor Jacobs  at the afternoon service this Saturday. Mazel Tov to Taylor and her family.

We will be including birth announcements and other celebratory milestones in our weekly email. If you have a  Mazel Tov Moment to share with us, please call the BJBE office.
Happy Passover from BJBE! 

BJBE Sisterhood Women's Seder
Monday, March 19, 5:30-8:00pm 
Mark your calendar and reserve your space at this annual multi-generational celebration! Participants are asked to please bring a new or gently used children's book for Bernie's Book Bank, one of Chicago's largest literacy programs.

HUGS Chocolate Seder 
March 25, 2:00-3:30pm
BJBE is proud to participate in this year's HUGS Chocolate Seder, hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook.

First Seder
Friday, March 30
Please note: Since so many in our community will be hosting or attending a first night Seder, we will not hold a Shabbat service at BJBE that evening. If you are observing a yartzeit that would have been read that evening, please contact Dani if you would like it to be read on a different date.

Passover Service & Kol Shabbat
Saturday, March 31, 9:30pm

Congregational Second Seder
Saturday, March 31, 5:30pm
Join us as we experience the spiritual freedom of Pesach surrounded by family and our multi-generational community.  We will sing, pray, and enjoy the wonderful tradition of our heritage.This is a family affair, welcome to all in the community. 
Learn more & register >>

Passover Festival Service & Yizkor
Friday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.

Czech, Please!
A Concert for Kolin & Israel

April 15, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Join Cantor Jennifer Frost, 
along with Cantors Rosalie Boxt, 
Ellen Dreskin, Tracey Scher, and  Rabbi Leora Kaye 
for an afternoon of story & song.


April 28, 2018, 7:00 pm 

Don't miss BJBE's biggest night! Fundraising, Food, Drinks, Dancing, Games, & More!

Tickets are now on sale! Register here >>


Tuesday Symposium: History of the Jewish People, 10:00-11:30am  
March 20 - Yiddish Influence of on Jewish American Comedy,  led by Grace Overbeke, PhD candidate in Theater and Drama at Northwestern University

Family Night at Max & Benny's
Tuesday, March 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Make dinner time easy! Join us in the back room, which will be reserved just for us! Feel free to bring a friend for crafts, games, and $5 kids meals! Mention you're with us and Max & Benny's will donate 15% back to BJBE!

Please join us for a special weekend with Jerusalem's power couple, Rabbi Naamah Kelman & Elan Ezrachi, PhD.
Friday, March 23 - Dr. Ezrachi will be delivering the sermon entitled Israel's Trump Card: Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel 
Saturday, March 24 - Rabbi Kelman will be joining Kol Shabbat and leading Torah Study as we learn about preparing our hearts, minds, and souls for the Passover Seder. 

Sisterhood White Elephant Event
Monday, April 16, 6:30-9:00pm
Please join Sisterhood for dinner and an evening of fun at Lou Malnati's Buffalo Grove.

Shabbat Torah Study: Deuteronomy, Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm

Talmud Study,
Wednesdays, 7:45-9:00am 

Canasta/Mahjong, Mondays, 12:00pm, hosted by Sisterhood.  All are welcome to join in the fun! To participate, RSVP to  Sharon Krivitzky.

Mishkan Shalom, Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am. J oin us each week for Mindfulness and Torah study based on weekly text, poetry and other contemplative readings. We 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. Contact Margot Andersen with any questions.

Congregation BJBE Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities  Needs Assessment Survey
The BJBE Inclusion Committee is asking our members to fill out a survey in our effort to become a more inclusive community for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Please click here to take this survey. Thank you in advance!

Support the Teen Mission to Kolin & Israel
For more information on the trip and ways to donate, visit

The art collection displayed in the Village Center is for sale to benefit the 2018 teen trip to Kolin and Israel.  If you would like to purchase any of these lithographs, serigraphs or etchings, please contact  Sue Schloss  or at 224-558-5700 or  Susi Goldstein  or at 312-371-1224.  Catalog is also available online .

Upcoming Youth Group Events

SYG Lounge Night
Wednesday, April 4, 6:30-8:30pm
Free dinner included!

SYG Comedy Sportz
Saturday, April 14, 6:00-10:00pm

KYG Mystery Event!
Sunday, April 15, 2:00-4:00pm

JYG Shul In and Matzah Ball Shabbat 
April 20-21, 6:00pm Friday - 9:00am Saturday

SYG/JYG Cooking for PADS
Sunday, April 22, 2:00-5:00pm

For questions or information about youth programs, please contact SYG Advisor Alyssha Glass or JYG/KYG Advisor Marissa Steinhofer.


Shabbat Service,  Friday, March 23, 7:30pm

Please note: On March 30, since so many in our community will be hosting or attending a first night Seder, we will not hold a Shabbat service at BJBE that evening.

Shabbat mornings feature our  Kol Shabbat Service at 9:30am  followed by  Torah Study at 11:00am  

Wednesday Morning Minyan: Begin your day in a beautiful and powerful way from 6:45 - 7:30am in the intimate space of the Chapel. Experience a prayer service grounded in communal song, thought-provoking liturgy, and deep silence, followed by bagels and coffee.  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 
Questions? Email  Anne Robbin.

March Tzedakah -  Keshet
From its local programming at over seventy sites in the Chicago area to its international consultations, Keshet strives to meet its most important mission: To do whatever necessary to allow individuals with disabilities to achieve their potential.


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, and a virtual food pantry.   Learn more >>

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.  

Never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Join the new, user-friendly Adult B'nai Mitzvah class that is beginning to form. The class meets weekly for approximately a year, culminating with a group B'nai Mitzvah experience. For more information, call the BJBE office at 847.940.7575 or Phyllis Steiner at 847.729.7366.

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.

Book BJBE for your upcoming celebration!!  Your spiritual home is also a premier venue with beautiful reception space in the Village Center, Sacred Hall,Courtyard, and Jewish Learning Center. For information and reservations, contact Erica Stone  or by phone at 847-940-7575.   

Looking for a meaningful wedding present?  Want to enhance your own wedding? The Judaica Shop has a selection of colored smash glasses whose shards can be put into a mezuzah, picture frame, menorah, or sculpture. Many in stock or we can order for you. 

Contact Information

 Sally J. Sachar, Executive Director

(847) 940-7575