This Week at BJBE 
January 22,  2019
Due to the inclement weather, there will be no JLC Tuesday,  January 22, and no Minyan or Talmud Study on January 23. 

The BJBE building will be closed at 5:30pm and will reopen at 9:00am on Wednesday, January 23.
A Note From Sally Sachar

Dear Congregants,

We want to extend our gratitude to everyone who participated in yesterday's MLK Jr. Day of Service, with a specific thank you to Melanie Berkowitz and Rachel Tzinberg for their enduring and dedicated leadership, and to all of the members of our community who participated with their time and/or their donations.

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have 
a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. 
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." 
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Later this week, please be on the lookout for an email announcing the re-launch at BJBE of Mishloach Manot (Purim Baskets). You will have the opportunity to order baskets at $10/per basket to be delivered to local members of our congregation (you can also order baskets for non-members, for pick up in our offices). We are very excited to be bringing this tradition back to BJBE.

Also, we've launched a new project where we feature on marvelous greeting cards the artwork of our ECC and JLC Students. See the picture here of our inaugural set of six cards. Please contact Erica to order a set of these for $15/set; you can pay with cash or check or we can add the price to your BJBE bill. All proceeds go to support the programs and services of BJBE. These are beautiful, designed by our children, and considerably less expensive than cards you may buy in a retail store. We hope you will stop by and buy a set, or two, or three (they also make great gifts)!

Have a wonderful week!

Sally Sachar
Executive Director

We look forward to celebrating the 100th birthday of Betty Primer at Kol Shabbat this Saturday.  Yom huledat same'ah, Betty!

We look forward to celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Madeline Lieberman at the morning service this Saturday.  Mazel tov to Madeline and her family!

If you would like to make a donation in honor of one of these simchas, please visit or call the BJBE office at 847.940.7575.  
125th Anniversary Quiz

Test your knowledge about our congregation with our fun quiz series questions . Answer at the end of this email. 

During winter retreats at the Olin Sang camp, Rabbi Shapiro would lead BJBE's Senior Youth Group across frozen Lac LaBelle to visit which place?

A. The monastery

B. The town of Oconomowoc

C. A joint Christmas/Chanukah celebration at the local church

D. Mapleway Inn


Symposium: Religion in the 21st Century
We are welcoming clergy and leaders from other faith traditions and other Jewish denominations to learn about their history, their inspirational texts, the major tenets of their theology, and what teachings their tradition can bring to bear on the most important questions and challenges of religious life in 21st Century America.  For a full listing of topics and instructors (and our archive of past sessions), click  here .
Tuesday, January 29, 10:00am
Instructor: Asayo Horibe, President, Buddhist Council of the Midwest
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Bahá'í Faith
Tuesday, February 5, 10:00am
Instructor: Shayda Safapour,  Bahá'í representative on the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago

Torah on Tap at Warehouse
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00pm
A little bit of learning; a lot of laughter & l'chaims!  Appetizers provided, cash bar.  21+, please!
Adult Ed Program: Enough as They Are: Helping Teens Move Beyond the Impossible Standards of Success
Wednesday, January 30, 7:30pm
Presented in partnership with Deerfield Parent Network, join us as we hear from Rachel Simmons, internationally recognized author and educator as she shares her book and teaches parents the tools to help teens know that they are enough as they are.

Dare to be Square & Line Dancing, Too
Saturday, February 2, 6:00-9:30pm
BJBE Sisterhood presents Square/Line Dancing Night. Dinner, professional caller, lots of fun.  All are welcome.  $25/person. Mail checks, payable to Sisterhood, to: Andi Swidler, 15 The Court of Stonecreek, Northbrook, IL, 60062 by January 20. Contact  Andi Swidler with questions.

News, Nosh, and k(N)owledge: Hot Topics of the Middle East
Sunday, February 3, 9:45am
Facilitated by Lital Casper Rosenberg of AIPAC Midwest, we will take an in-depth study of the hot issues and current headlines happening now in the Middle East.  This program is also recommended as preparation for those attending the AIPAC Conference in Washington, D.C.

Sisterhood Program: Women of the Wall
Wednesday, February 6, 7:30pm
Join us for an interesting presentation by Doris Schyman, who will share a brief history of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a timeline of Women of the Wall's struggle for egalitarian prayer, and her experiences praying on Rosh Chodesh with Women of the Wall.

Mishkan Shalom
Fridays, 9:00-10:00am
Please join us each week for Torah study through a mindfulness and contemporary lens with Margot Andersen, JMMT. This year we will use our session to help us prepare to welcome in Shabbat weekly, learn to rest, relax and de-stress.

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

Talmud Study
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00am 

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


Family Havdalah
Saturday, January 26, 4:00-5:30pm
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.

SYG Shul-In
Friday, February 1, 7:30pm-Saturday, February 2, 9:00am
Sleepover with the Senior Youth Group (SYG)--food, games, social action, ice cream sundae bar, and more.  Contact Raya Seidman with questions.

KYG Pre-Superbowl Competition
Sunday, February 3, 2:00pm

BJBE's Sunday morning Beit Café is now open.  If you have questions or want to volunteer, contact Lisa.

Shabbat Services featuring Soul Zimra
Friday, January 25, 7:30pm
Kol Shabbat Service, followed by Torah Study
Saturdays, 9:30am

Morning Minyan, followed by Talmud Study
Wednesdays, 7:00am


January Tzedakah - 
Chai Lifeline is an international non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the non-medical needs of seriously ill children, their families and communities. Their mission is to enhance lives through programs and services that offer friendship, good times, great memories, and social and emotional support.

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 BJBE 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.  

Greeting Cards Available For Purchase
The lovely greeting cards pictured at the top of this email, designed by Avery DiCocco, Sloane DiCocco, Harper DiCocco, and Emma Rosenberg-Rappin, are now available for purchase for $15/set in the BJBE office. Each set contains six cards with envelopes. All funds raised go to B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim to support its programs and services.

Support BJBE through AmazonSmile
Click here and follow the instructions. It will ask you to login and designate Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim as your charity. This is "free money" for BJBE, so we hope you will participate. If you have any questions, contact Larisa.

Stop by the gift shop! Don't forget, we carry wedding gifts, mezuzot, Kiddush cups, candle holders, candles from Israel, yahrzeit lights and much more! If you need a Tallit for you or your B'nai Mitzvah child, we have a large selection from Israel. We also stock yads and kipot (for one or many).

The shop is open 1/2 hour before and after services on Friday evenings, Sundays when JLC is in session, and weekdays by appointment. Please contact Sue or 
Marilyn for more information or to make an appointment.


Not sure how to ensure your student with learning differences will be successful after high school?   Please join JJB Educational Consulting at BJBE on  February 28 at 7:00 pm  to discuss transition planning for students with learning differences. We will address such topics as academic supports at college, necessary documentation, and how to ensure your student is happy and academically successful. Parents, students, and professionals are welcome.

Shalva Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, February 5, 7:00pm
Skokie Public Library
Come learn about intimate partner violence and volunteer opportunities by attending our orientation program.  SHALVA supports Jewish women experiencing and healing from domestic abuse through counseling, supportive services and community education. To register to attend and learn more, email

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is now accepting applications for scholarships for college and graduate students
Educational scholarship funds are now available for Jewish college and graduate students for the 2019 - 2020 academic year  for full-time students with financial need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions. Click here for more information.

Find the  This Week at BJBE  submission form and more guidelines here .

125th Anniversary Quiz Answers

Answer: A. The monastery

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Contact Information

 Sally J. Sachar, Executive Director

(847) 940-7575