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This Week at BJBE - September 10

Dear Friends,

Saturday night, Congregation BJBE celebrated S'lichot, a celebration in preparation for the Days of Awe. A panel of congregants shared meaningful stories about their Judaism and fourteen members participated in the ritual of changing the Torah covers to white. The choir lifted their beautiful voices together and Cantor Frost blew the shofar. The High Holy Days season has officially started!

These are my first High Holy Days at BJBE and I am asking you for a little extra patience........it is my goal that every congregant and guest has a meaningful opportunity to worship; that they be surrounded by a loving and respectful community; that a little humor and a smile goes a long way when the lines are long, there is a mix-up with tickets, the parking is distant and the seats are very close. It is through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, a dedicated staff and exceptional clergy that we are able to worship together in the special way that is uniquely BJBE. This will be my first opportunity to meet many of you and I look forward to greeting you and your families. Please let me know how I can be of service.

Congregation BJBE looks forward to celebrating the B'nai Mitzvah of Summer Kawalek, Jake Lewis, Josselyn Fano and Tess Ludwig on Saturday, September 15. Mazel tov to Summer, Jake, Josselyn, Tess and their families.

Wishing you and your families a happy, healthy and sweet New Year.


L'shanah Tovah,

Arlene

Arlene Mayzel
Operations Director

This Week at BJBE - September 4

Dear Friends,

Religious School Opening Day is Sunday, September 9 at BJBE from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM. Join us for a fun and informative All School Family Program.

Coming Soon: The Beit Cafe, powered by Glenkirk!

The Beit Cafe is a collaborative effort between BJBE and Glenkirk. Since 1954, Glenkirk has been dedicated to providing the highest quality programs and services to individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the North and Northwest Chicago Metropolitan suburban areas. Meant to foster fellowship and giving between our two communities, Beit Cafe will offer a variety of tasty snacks, beverages and sweets on Sundays from 9 AM to 1 PM. Beit Cafe will offer training and paid-work opportunities for individuals served by Glenkirk.

Still time to join Rabbi Kedar and Ezra in Israel this spring. The trip is scheduled for 4/25-5/6. Contact Chime Costello for more information at ccostello@bjbe.org.

Congregation BJBE looks forward to celebrating the B'nai Mitzvah of Sarah Gordon and Brett Sklare Saturday, September 8. Mazel tov to Sarah, Brett and their families.

L'shanah Tovah,

Arlene

This Week at BJBE - August 27

Dear Friends,

We have extended the deadline on listing loved ones in our Memorial Book, which will be distributed during our Yom Kippur Yizkor Service. This year's Memorial Book includes a new look and special features of inspiration and remembrance. Names can be included for $36 for the first name and $25 for each additional name. You also have the option to include the names of those you wish to memorialize In Perpetuity. The cost for this is $360 per name. Contact Karen Swidler in the BJBE office at kswidler@bjbe.org or by phone at 847-940-7575, ext. 122.

The word "Chavurah" comes from the Hebrew word "chaver", meaning friend. A chavurah is a group of BJBE members who gather regularly throughout the year by socializing, learning and celebrating Jewish life together. Participating in a Chavurah is one way to meet other temple members and create a community-within-a-community in a smaller, more personal setting. For more information, please contact Robbie Schreiber at 847-562-8580 or robbie1008@aol.com .

Emily and Zach Garti and Sarah Jones celebrated their B'nai Mitzvah on Saturday, August 25. Mazel Tov to Emily, Zach, Sarah and their families. On Saturday, September 1, Robby Winter becomes a Bar Mitzvah. Mazel Tov to Robby and his family.

The building will be closed Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.

L'Shalom,

Arlene

This Week at BJBE - August 20

Dear Friends,

We hope you are enjoying the last remaining days of summer. The High Holy Days are right around the corner. We have returned to our regular Friday night Shabbat Service schedule with services beginning at 7:30 PM. On Saturday, we celebrated the first B'nai Mitzvah of 2012/13. A hearty mazel tov to Lucas Grobart, Ethan Rosenstein, Samantha Rosenberg and their families. Mizmor L'Shabbat, featuring our superb T'filah band, resumes on Friday, September 7 at 7:30 PM. Matzo Ball Shabbat returns in October.

I want to offer my sincerest thanks to the BJBE community for making me feel so welcome in my new role. It has been a pleasure to meet and work with so many of you. I look forward to the opportunity to meet many more congregants in the coming months. Please stop by my office and say hello if you are in the synagogue.

Make sure you send in your ticket reservation forms for High Holy Day Services!

Blood Drive - note that Alison Bloom's phone number was incorrect in the mid-month flyer. Her number is 847-831-0593.

L'Shalom,

Arlene

This Week at BJBE - August 13

Dear Friends,

Please make sure you send in your ticket reservation forms for High Holy Day Services.

Challah Days! Plan ahead for your Holiday Dinner or New Year's gifts for friends and family, AND support BJBE Sisterhood! Beautiful round 1-½ pound Challahs from Once Upon a Bagel will be available in PLAIN or RAISIN. Your gift pack order for $10 includes a 12 ounce jar of honey. Additional Challahs are available for $6.50 each. Pick up at BJBE on the first day of Religious School, Sunday, September 9th, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, OR at BJBE Tuesday, September 11th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Orders must be placed by August 31st. Please mail to Carol Berger or drop off your order and check payable to BJBE Sisterhood in the Judaica Gift Shop on Friday nights. Questions? Contact Carol Berger at ponderer4552@sbcglobal.net.

The building will be closed this Sunday, August 19, 2012.

 

L'Shalom,

Arlene

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