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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.
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Posted on JULY 10, 2014 Written by Karee Bilsky and Jill Abbey-Clark
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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.
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.
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Sunday morning customers, passersby enjoy sidewalk jam session at Ravinia 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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