Values-Driven Change

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Home/Summer 2014

by Karyn Kedar

"In this space, we elevate ordinary interactions into ones filled with holiness."
Image courtesy of Finegold Alexander Architects.


In 2003, B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE), then located in Glenview, Illinois, began a process that transformed us from a stagnating into a thriving community. The key to our success was articulating a vision of what we aspired BJBE to become:a values-based congregation driven by the mission to help individuals find meaning and purpose in their lives.

That vision helped us arrive at five core Jewish values—Torah/Transformational Learning, Avodah/Awakening the Spirit,Gemilut Chasadim/A Culture of Giving, Community, and Israel.

Communities of Practice: Where Commencement is Really a Beginning

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Communities of Practice: Where Commencement is Really a Beginning

Posted on JULY 10, 2014
 Written by Karee Bilsky and Jill Abbey-Clark

One of Our Own!

JUF: NEWS, Israel

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The Situation, By HANNAH SCHLACTERHannah Schlacter

We’re in the eye of the hurricane.

The Brazil-Germany World Cup game is playing in
the background. The licked-clean ice cream dishes lie in the sink. The little ones are slowly falling asleep together in the family room under the Lightning McQueen and Barbie comforter blankets. The long, thick hair has been braided. Teeth have been brushed. Facebook messages sent and status updated.

But no one will be sleeping tonight.

A Message from Rabbi Kedar 07.14

It’s very quiet in my apartment. The music is soothing, peaceful, calming, moving.  The blinding summer sun ignites the hills, in contrast to the gentle, inspiring breeze that is Jerusalem air.

Contrasts. Paradoxes. Confusion. Sickening. We so wanted the moral high ground.

Highland Park coffee shop offers live outdoor music

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Sunday morning customers, passersby enjoy sidewalk jam session at Ravinia Coffee StationRavinia Coffee Station

By Donald Liebenson, Special to the Tribune

3:14 p.m. CDT, July 6, 2014

The Ravinia Coffee Station has introduced a new Sunday morning perk to the neighborhood: live music.

Weather permitting, it's a scene out of the classic Creedence Clearwater song. Down on the corner and out on the sidewalk, owner Josh Weisbart and a recurring line-up of musicians play acoustic music to lift the spirits of customers and passersby. "It's wonderful to find live music just happening," said Laura Davis Sherman of Highland Park. "It's a really great pause in the week."


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