This Week at BJBE - October 2

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to be involved in an interfaith partnership with other area houses of worship to provide shelter for Lake County people in need through PADS. Our thanks to Ruth Miller for taking the lead on this important social action initiative. See below for volunteer information and a list of items needed to be donated.

This Week at BJBE - September 24

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Rosh Hashanah services. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we worked through some challenges relating to traffic and parking. For Yom Kippur services this week, we are addressing things in our control to alleviate some of the congestion. Please note the following items that will help us to have a safe and meaningful holiday.

This Week at BJBE - September 18

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to wish L'Shanah Tovah to so many of you personally on Rosh Hashanah. The feeling of community and celebration of the New Year within BJBE was powerful and full of joy. My sincerest thanks to the ushers and all the other volunteers for giving so generously of their time on Rosh Hashanah to provide a meaningful experience for our congregants and guests worshipping at BJBE.

This Sunday is our first day of school at Caruso Middle School, for junior kindergartners - 5th graders. New School Family Orientation begins at 9:30 a.m. Returning students are to be walked to their classrooms at 10:15 a.m. A parent brunch begins at 10:15 a.m. On this Family Day, school is over at 11:30 a.m. Our 6th and 7th graders meet at the Temple. Class is from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. A parent brunch will take place at the temple, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thank you to the Membership Committee for sponsoring these brunches!

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 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 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

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,



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