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This week at BJBE - December 9

Dear Friends,

Our BJBE community was fortunate to spend time this past weekend worshiping with and learning from our Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Gary Zola. From a stirring sermon that began with an illuminating historical look at our congregation to a new perspective on Abraham Lincoln as a man who possessed a "Jewish Soul," the weekend was filled with connection and learning. I'd like to extend a special thank you to the Scholar-in-Residence Committee, skillfully co-chaired by Karyn Benson and Gloria Kaiz, to Dina Zirlin and Gail Brodson for organizing a beautiful and delicious Rabbi's Table luncheon, and to the many volunteers who decorated, set-up, baked and greeted.

I am pleased to be joining the BJBE delegation in San Diego this week for my first URJ Biennial and look forward to exploring new ideas about Reform Judaism and synagogue life that will benefit BJBE. Rabbi Kedar, Cantor Frost and Cantor Wolman will be leading worship services and/or presenting workshop sessions. Please check the BJBE website, Facebook page and Twitter for updates on Biennial and ways you can join virtually.

Join us this Friday evening when we offer a special tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela at our Shabbat service with music by Soul Zimra.

Our Lost and Found (located in the office workroom) is once again overflowing. We will be donating all unclaimed items at the end of the year. Please stop by and take a look for those missing jackets, sweaters, boots, gloves, hats and more.

L'shalom,

Arlene

Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118
amayzel@bjbe.org

This week at BJBE - December 2

Dear Friends,

Please see the following message from Rabbi Kedar.......

This Tuesday I will be taking a ten hour road trip to Primrose Valley Farm in WI with Julie Rachman and Terri Argentar. It is a CSA farm owned and run by our members Jamie and David Baker. This farm is a special and magical place. There, on the farm, stood a great, old and exquisite Walnut Tree, that needed to be cut down. David has been drying it for sometime now and we, the road travelers, go on this pilgrimage of sorts to examine and discern the raw planks that will become the Ark in our new sanctuary. Follow our journey on Twitter @kkedar.

This weekend we welcome our Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Gary Zola, an expert in American Jewish History. Weekend topics include Profiles in American Jewish Courage; Great Voices, Civil Rightsand American Reform Judaism; and American Jewry's Relationship with Abraham Lincoln. The weekend kicks off with Mizmor L'Shabbat featuring our outstanding Tefilah Band on Friday night.

When disaster strikes BJBE has shown its commitment to help with trips to New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; Oklahoma City, OK; and now Washington, IL. The Center for Social Justice is organizing a relief trip on Sunday, December 15.

See below for detailed descriptions of these events and more

Congregation BJBE looks forward to celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Eliana Prober at the morning service and the Bat Mitzvah of Zoey Abramson at the Havdalah service this Saturday. Mazel tov to Eliana, Zoey and their families!

Chag Chanukah Sameach,

Arlene

Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118
amayzel@bjbe.org

This week at BJBE - November 25

Dear Friends,

Happy Thanksgivukkah! What a marvelous time we had with our friends from Third Baptist Church on Friday night. Rabbi Kedar and Reverend Ragland gave a stirring sermon on gratitude and the choirs from BJBE and Third Baptist rocked the Sacred Hall. In that spirit, I wish to express my gratitude to the entire BJBE community - clergy, staff, teachers, congregants and extended community - for the hard work and dedication that allows us to excel in carrying out our mission to help people find meaning and purpose.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Chanukah Shabbat Service, Friday, November 29 - Bring your chanukia (one per family) and 4 candles and gently used books to donate to Bernie's Book Bank. Also, please send Cantor Wolman pictures of your family lighting Chanukah candles.
  • Scholar-in-Residence Weekend, December 6-8
  • Men's Club Daddy-Daughter Dance, Sunday, December 15

See below for detailed descriptions of these events and more

Please see the Center for Social Justice section below for donation items needed for PADS.

The building will be closed Thursday, Friday until the Shabbat service at 7:30pm and Sunday. There are no Hebrew or Sunday School classes this week. Wishing you and your families a happy Thanksgiving and a bright and joyous Chanukah.

L'shalom,

Arlene

Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118
amayzel@bjbe.org

This week at BJBE - November 18

Dear Friends,

We are so excited to welcome our friends from Third Baptist Church this Friday evening and hope you can join us for this memorable evening of fellowship, dialogue, music and inspiration, perfect for the whole family.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Junior Choir singing at Northbrook Court, Sunday, November 24
  • Chanukah Shabbat Service, Friday, November 29 (bring your chanukiah)
  • Scholar-in-Residence Weekend, December 6-8
  • Men's Club Daddy/Daughter Dance, Sunday, December 15
  • Family Kallah, January 10-12

See below for detailed descriptions of these events and more

Congregation BJBE looks forward to celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Leah Gentner and Sydney Weiss at the morning service and the B'not Mitzvah of Lauren and Michelle Leonard at the Havdalah service this Saturday. Mazel tov to Leah, Sydney, Lauren, Michelle and their families!

L'shalom,

Arlene

Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118
amayzel@bjbe.org

This week at BJBE - November 11

Dear Friends,

Welcome home BJBE Women of the Wall delegation! Please join us at Friday evening's Shabbat service to hear a first hand account of this historic event from Rabbi Kedar, Cantor Frost and other representatives of the BJBE delegation. I'm encouraging every congregant to take a look at the Women of the Wall video clips and pictures on our website.


Registration is open for the 2nd Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance sponsored by Men's Club on Sunday, December 15. This is a special opportunity for daddies & daughters and grandfathers & granddaughters to create a lifelong memory.


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday: BJBE Stars Networking
  • Tuesday: Rabbi Shapiro leads Symposium
  • Wednesday: Sisterhood Program featuring author Cyndee Schaffer
  • Friday: Matzah Ball Shabbat
  • Sunday: Adult Learning - The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Story Behind the Story
  • Sunday: Young Family Event sponsored by the Center for Social Justice

See below for detailed descriptions of these events and more

Congregation BJBE looks forward to celebrating the B'nai Mitzvah of Halle Abramson and Jacob Reicin at the morning service and the B'nai Mitzvah of Joshua and Jacob Goodman at the Havdalah service this Saturday. Mazel tov to Halle, Jacob, Joshua, Jacob and their families!

L'shalom,

Arlene

Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118
amayzel@bjbe.org

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