This week at BJBE - October 5

Dear Friends,   

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of a special and sacred moment in the life of Congregation BJBE - the installation of Cantor Rayna Green this weekend.

The installation is at Friday's 7:30pm Shabbat service followed by a celebratory oneg. Cantor Green will be installed by Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, Professor of Cantorial Arts at Hebrew Union College. Cantor Schiller will also be joining us for a combined Kol Shabbat and Torah Study Saturday morning starting at 9:30am followed by a Rabbi's Table luncheon at 12:00pm. The entire congregation is invited. Hope you will join us for this joyous event.  

The Beit Cafe is open! BJBE is pleased to welcome back our friends from Glenkirk who will be running the Beit Cafe on Sunday mornings. Support this worthy organization by purchasing a cup of freshly brewed coffee and delicious snacks, often including home baked cakes. 

Hebrew School starts this week for both Tuesday and Thursday classes. Please be sure to adhere to the parking and traffic directions to ensure everyone's safety. Special notethere is no parking, drop off or pick up in the Deerfield Business Center parking lot. Thank you for committing to the safety of our children.  

Tot Shabbat returns this Saturday! Perfect for children under the age of 5 and their families.

Please see the full article for details on these and other upcoming events   
We look forward to celebrating the B'nai Mitzvah of Jacob Grossman and Maxwell Grossman at the morning service and the B'nai Mitzvah of Ryan Hertzberg and Justin Fine at the afternoon servicethis Saturday. Mazel tov to Jacob, Maxwell, Ryan, Justin and their families. 

Temple office holiday hours:
Simchat Torah, Monday, October 5 - office closed 
Columbus Day (Federal Holiday), Monday, October 12 - office closed

Chag Sameach,

Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118

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This week at BJBE - August 31

Dear Friends,   

Tuesday Symposium resumes this week with a year devoted to Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel).

Please join us Saturday night for S'lichot: an evening of worship, study and community beginning at 7:30pm. Cantor Green will lead a study session "Reconnecting to the Sacred Movement" followed by Havdalah/S'lichot Service in the Sanctuary. 

See below for details on these and other upcoming programs.  

We look forward to celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Liza Bluman and Katie Stein at the morning service this Saturday. Mazel tov to Liza, Katie and their families. 

As the school and programming year begins, I'd like to make all of our congregants aware of an important safety issue. Traffic flow around BJBE's building is one way. The entrance to BJBE's parking lot is from Pine and access to all areas of the parking lot is accessible by driving around the building. There is no entrance to our lot through the back (west side) of the building through the Deerfield Business Center. There is signage at the back entrance to our lot indicating that this is one way and no entry is permitted. With the children returning to school and so many people entering and exiting our building on a daily basis, please help us assure the safety of all who come to the temple. 

The BJBE office will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. 



Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118

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This Week at BJBE - August 3, 2015

Dear Friends,   


Rabbi Karyn and Ezra Kedar invite you to join in celebrating the Aufruf of their daughter Shiri and Omri Bar Friday night at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary. This will be a memorable musical Shabbat service with our fabulous Tefilah Band followed by a special celebratory oneg.  


Our last prospective member event of the season is next Friday, August 14 with a 7:30pm Shabbat service followed by Dessert Under the Stars. And to all new members, we hope you will join us to meet new friends and experience one of the beautiful worship experiences BJBE offers.   


Save the Date - August 24 - for the acclaimed documentary, Above and Beyond followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Kedar. 

See below for details on these and other upcoming programs. 


New Hebrew calendars are here! Thanks to Chicago Jewish Funerals for providing our congregants a beautiful 2 year calendar with the BJBE logo. Copies are available in the Village Center and office.  



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This week at BJBE - July 27

Dear Friends,   

BJBE offers an array of activities that help you stay connected to our community during the summer. Below are some opportunities happening this week. 

*Please support Sisterhood's Resale this weekend. Bargains and special treasures are sure to  abound. 

*Tap into your creativity while reducing stress at the Brushstrokes class starting this Tuesday

*Try out a new Wednesday evening minyan experience led by Jake Lewis in person or by Skype.

*Enjoy a walk in the woods this Saturday with your family and other congregants who enjoy the  exercise and being outdoors. 


See the full article for details on these and other upcoming programs.



Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118

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This week at BJBE - June 15

Dear Friends,  

We move to our summer worship schedule this Friday starting with a wine & cheese pre-oneg at 6:00pm, Shabbat service in the Chapel at 6:30pm, followed by an oneg in the courtyard (weather permitting). 

There are several prospective member events planned for this summer. If you know anyone looking to affiliate with a synagogue, please let them know about BJBE's upcoming gatherings, starting with an Open House at BJBE for families with young children on June 30. Information on this and other prospective member events are available in the section below and on our website. 

It has been my pleasure to work with Cantor Ross Wolman since I joined the BJBE staff 3 years ago. Ross and his beautiful family are leaving this week for Arizona, where he will be serving Temple Chai in Phoenix. To stay in touch, you can reach Cantor Wolman at  From the entire BJBE community, we wish Ross, Malka and their children much success and happiness in this next chapter of their lives. 




Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118

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This week at BJBE - June 1

Dear Friends,  

Rabbi Stoller has been in touch with the Jewish community in Houston to see how BJBE can support flood relief efforts. Houston is Rabbi Stoller's hometown, and one of the most affected areas, Meyerland, is where Rabbi  grew up. In order to help families who have been impacted by the flood, BJBE is collecting Target gift cards which members of the Houston clergy will personally distribute to families. BJBE volunteers will be collecting Target gift cards at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 3; at the Friday, June 5 Leadership Shabbat; and all week long in the Temple office. Please contact Susie Selbst or Sarah Duffin with questions.

Have a voice in your BJBE Community by attending our Annual Meeting on Wednesday. We will be showing the Blackhawks game so please be part of the quorum needed to vote on the constitutional amendments.  Celebrate the installations of our new president, Gary Schaffel, the 2015/16 Board of Trustees and Sisterhood Board at Friday night's Tefilah Band service.   

Please see the full article for information on these
and other upcoming programs.

We look forward to celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Arielle Lewis and Brianna Lewis at the morning service and the B'nai Mitzvah of Ethan Seiden and Isabelle West at our Havdalah Service this Saturday, and the Bat Mitzvah of Ellie Ginsburg on Sunday. Mazel tov to Arielle, Brianna, Ethan, Isabelle, Ellie and their families.  



Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118

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This week at BJBE - May 18

Dear Friends, 

Please join us Saturday evening for Tikkun Leil Shavuot starting at 7:00pm. This late night study experience is educational, inspirational and fun! The celebration of the festival of Shavuot continues with a service Sunday morning at 9:30am

We mark the end of our programming/fiscal year with the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 3and Leadership Shabbat on Friday, June 5. We need a quorum at the Annual Meeting to vote on proposed constitutional amendments that change the size and make up of our Board of Trustees. At Leadership Shabbat, please share in the celebration as we install a new president, Gary Schaffel, and the 2015/16 Board of Trustees and Sisterhood Board. We also will be honoring the many volunteers whose invaluable contributions of time and talent make BJBE the special place it is.

Please see the full article for information on
these and other upcoming programs.

We look forward to celebrating the B'nai Mitzvah of David Serlin and Matthew Serlin at the morning service this Saturday, and the Bar Mitzvah of Charlie Samson Sunday morning. Mazel tov to David, Matthew, Charlie and their families.  

The temple office will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.




Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118

This week at BJBE - November 10

Dear Friends, 


  • Tuesday - Life Transitions Series presented by Rabbi Karyn Kedar and Andrea Kaplan
  • Wednesday - Sisterhood Identity Theft program
  • Friday - Social Action Network Shabbat
  • Sunday- Holocaust Survivor Stories with speaker Magda Brown
  • Sunday - Social Action Network sex trafficking documentary 

Please see sections below for detailed information on these and other programs

We look forward to celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Julia Foster and Jillian Getter at the morning service and the B'nai Mitzvah of Alix Podbelsek and Zachary Willens at the afternoon service this Saturday.  Mazel tov to Julia, Jillian, Alix, Zachary and their families.


Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118

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This week at BJBE - November 3

Dear Friends,


This Sunday is a great day to sample the wide array of BJBE programming. Adult Education is offering the second in a series of Holocaust Survivor Stories; drop off a book at the Bernie's Book Bank collection; BJBE Sisterhood is launching its Mother/Daugher Book Club; the 2nd Annual Stanley Ackerman Memorial Concert is in the afternoon; and wrap up the day at the BJBE sponsored showing of Magic Men at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema at Northbrook Court.

Join with other BJBE members to show solidarity with Congregation Etz Chaim in wake of the attack on their synagogue last week. The rally will take place this Saturday, November 8 at 7:30pm at Etz Chaim, 1710 S Highland Ave, Lombard. To help coordinate BJBE's presence, please let us know you are coming by emailing Sandy Robbins. Click here for additional information.

Tickets are now available for Fourtelling: Journeys, Stories and Songs, a ground breaking concert on Saturday, December 6 featuring four leading ladies of contemporary Jewish music.

Please see sections below for detailed information on these and other programs

We look forward to celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Amy Weiner and Lisa Silverstein at the morning service and the B'not Mitzvah Avery Sherwood and Molly Offit at the afternoon service this Saturday. Mazel tov to Amy, Lisa, Avery, Molly and their families.


Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118


Symposium - The Book of Ruth, Tuesday, November 4, 10:00 - 11:30am. Instructor: Rabbi Debra Newman-Kamin, Congregation Am Yisrael, Northfield.

Northbrook Lunch and Learn scheduled for Wednesday is cancelled due to a funeral.

"We Shall Bear Witness:" Holocaust Survivor Stories, In Their Own Words, Sundays, November 9 & 16, 9:45 - 10:45am. As Jews worldwide commemorate the tragic anniversary of Krystallnacht this November, we will have the honor to hear first-hand three stories of tragedy, survival and renewal.
* November 9 - Gertrude Pollitt narrowly escaped the Nazi regime in Austria and, after the war, relocated to Germany to help children whose lives had been shattered. Currently a practicing social worker and psychotherapist in Deerfield, Dr. Pollitt is the author of Children of Separation and Loss.
* November 16 - Magda Brown was taken from her home in Hungary to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on her 17th birthday, where she was separated from her mother and father. In 1945, she was miraculously able to escape during a death march to Buchenwald, and was found and liberated by two American Armed Forces.
Join us on Sunday, Nov. 23, 11:30 am for a guided tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum with docent (and BJBE's Immediate Past President) Terri Argentar. As part of the tour, we will see the special exhibition on"Race: Are We So Different?" The fee for the tour is $10/person. To reserve your spot, RSVP to Terri Argentar.

BJBE Sisterhood presents Mother/Daughter Book Club for girls 8-12 years old and any special lady in their life. Please join us as we discuss fantastic books with Jewish themes. No cost for Sisterhood members and $5 for non-members. Bring a nut-free lunch. RSVP to Marci Cohen. To review the book selection, contact Marci.
November 9, 12:30 - 1:30pm, My Chocolate Year by Charlotte Herman
December 14, 12:30 - 1:30pm, Looking for Me by Betsy Rosenthal

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, Sunday, November 9. BJBE is co-sponsoring with the Illinois Holocaust Museum closing night of the fest with the movie, Magic Men. The movie will be shown at the AMC Northbrook Court Theater at 8 PM. The movie is being presented by the director, Guy Nattiv, followed by a Q and A. Tickets available through BJBE for $18/each at the office or by mail. Dine at The Claim Company before the movie. They are giving BJBE 15% of the sales from our congregants who dine at the restaurant the night of the movie. A flyer will be provided to show to your server so BJBE can get the credit. We suggest making a reservation at the restaurant. If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs Renee Bloom (847-945-5033), Donna Entin (847-433-6696), or Terri Schneider (847-509-8843)

Second Annual Stanley Ackerman Memorial Concert, Sunday, November 9, 3:00pm. This joyous concert features Classical, Jazz, Brass, and Vocal Performances by Illinois Brass Band, 4 Strings Attached, Mike Ackerman Jazz Ensemble, Strolling Strings, and Cantors Jennifer Frost, Ross Wolman and David Berger. Stanley Ackerman z'l was a gifted musician, teacher and member of BJBE. His former colleagues, students and the next generation of musicians are proud to honor his memory with this performance. The concert will be followed by a wine, cheese, and dessert reception with musical accompaniment by guitarist Reese Jensen. Advance tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per student. Children under age 12 are no charge. Tickets at the door will be $12 per adult, $7 per student. Full information is in the mid-month flyer or contact Carol Berger or by phone at 847 205-9793 or Charlene Ackerman or by phone at 847 295-8066.

Life Transitions Series:
Tuesday, November 11th, 7:30pm, "Putting the Life in Lifestyle: Preparing the Soul and Body for the Challenges Ahead", presented by Rabbi Karyn Kedar and Andrea Kaplan RN, CJE SeniorLife.
Thursday, December 11th, 7:30pm. "Where's My Next Move, and Can I Afford It," presented by Jim Ostach. C.F.A. Raymond James Financial Services and Barbara Sarasin, Geriatric Manager, CJE SeniorLife. Programs open to the community. Reservations requested one week prior to each program: RSVP to Carol Berger. We invite you to attend these sessions for older adults in our community.

Symposium - The Book of Ezekiel, Tuesdays, November 11, 18 & 25,10:00 - 11:30am. Instructor: Rabbi Jeffrey Weill, Ezra Habonim Niles Township Congregation, Skokie.

Wednesday, November 12, 7:30pm join Sisterhood for an informative discussion on Identity Theft - about the ways criminals are stealing your personal information and learn some tips on how to stop the madness! This free program is presented in partnership with the Duman Entrepreneurship Center, Jewish Vocational Center CASH (Credit, Asset Building, and Savings Help) Program. Guests are welcome! Plus start the evening off in community with an optional light supper (no charge) and short music minyan. Dinner at 6:00, Music Minyan at 6:45. RSVP requested not required to Molly Hershenhouse. Maybes and last minute "yesses" welcome!

Social Action Network Shabbat - Friday, November 14, 7:30 PM
Please join us for an evening of extraordinary inspiration with BJBE Clergy and Special Guests. Click here for additional information. Plus an Interactive "Fair Trade" Oneg Shabbat.

Sex Trafficking in our own backyard. The Social Action Network presents, "DEMAND" A documentary by Shared Hope International. Discussion to follow led by Kathe Morris Hoffer, CAASE. Sunday, November 16, 4- 5:30pm. BJBE Sacred Hall - Refreshments will be served. Suggested $5 donation at the door. Click here for additional information.

Men's Club popular Evening Study Sessions continue as Cantor Ross Wolman leads "Wolman Siddur in Study and Song," Mondays, November 17 and December 1, 7:30 to 9:00pm. Join us as we study the history of our liturgy and analyze how musical interpretations reflect the nuances of our sacred text. What's Prayer got to do with it; jTunes; Turn it up!!; Livin' on a prayer. Click here for information and registration. $5/session for Men's Club members (and women), $10/session for non-members. Click here for Men's Club application. Includes fruit, dessert & beverages. Questions? Contact Fred Beslow or by phone (847) 272-7359.

Please join us December 5-6 for an intimate weekend with Julie Silver, Peri Smilow, Beth Schafer, and Michelle Citrin! You've been singing their music - now get to know them and the stories behind their songs. We hope you will join us for the following:
Friday, December 5, 7:30pm - Shabbat Service featuring Beth Schafer and our multi-generational singers (see below to participate).
Saturday, December 6, 9:30am - Kol Shabbat service featuring Peri Smilow and Julie Silver followed by Torah Study and a beautiful Rabbi's Table luncheon.
Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm -- The weekend will culminate with an exciting and lively concert featuring all four of our wonderful Artists in Residence. Join us for a historic moment when four leading ladies of contemporary Jewish music come together for one special night to share their internationally acclaimed music and the stories of their personal Jewish journeys. To purchase tickets for the Saturday evening concert, please visit

Calling all singers! There will be two opportunities to sing with our Artists in Residence. No prior experience necessary! Friday, December 5 -- Shabbat service featuring Beth Schafer and all multi-generational singers. Rehearsals dates: Monday, November 10, Tuesday, November 18, and Tuesday, December 2 from 7-8pm.
Saturday, December 6 -- Saturday evening's concert featuring our 4 Artists in Residence and a women's only singing opportunity. Rehearsal dates:Monday, November 10, Tuesday, November 18, and Tuesday, December 2 from 8-9pm. Contact Daniella Lewis if you would like to sing for one or both of these opportunities.

Are you ready for some football? Please join the BJBE Men's Club for the Bears vs Saints on Monday Night Football, December 15, Kickoff Dinner at 6:30 PM at BJBE. $20/adult and $10/child, which includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, beverages and a fun time. Please RSVP prior to 12/8/14 so we can plan accordingly to Dan Perlin or Todd Cohan. Click here for event and registration information.

Family Kallah 2015, January 30 - February 2. Please join Rabbi Kedar, Cantor Frost and Kelly Goldberg for a weekend of learning and connection at this year's Family Kallah. We'll head to OSRUI to explore Lights, Camera, Action: Gazing Into Our Souls. Please contact Jennifer Krasnik to RSVP and for registration information.


Torah Study: The Book of Exodus
Instructors Rabbi Karyn Kedar and Rabbi Brian Stoller Saturdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Talmud Study: Tractate Berakhot (Blessings) Wednesdays, 7:45 - 9:00am; Instructor Rabbi Brian Stoller

Visit the Adult Education Archives on our website to view select programs.

For more information about the Center for Adult Learning, contact Karyn Benson.



KYG, JYG & SYG. On Sunday, November 16, from 2-4 pm at Temple, we are hosting an all youth-groups Mitzvah Day. Projects will include Project Linus, baking for PADS, an SYG-led anti-bullying program and MORE. Cost is $9 to cover materials. Contact Eddie and Lauren with questions and to RSVP.

Attention 9th-12th graders! On January 23-26, we will travel to Washington D.C. to help make our world a better place. Get excited for the Bernard and Audre Rapoport L'Taken Social Justice Seminar! In partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), you will have the opportunity to impact our political process as you share your views on social justice topics with decision-makers on Capitol Hill. For more information, check out the youth tab on our website. Contact Cantor Frost or her assistant Daniella Lewis with questions.

For questions or information about youth programs, please contact Kelly Goldberg.


Mizmor L'Shabbat - Friday, November 7, 7:30pm

Tot Shabbat - Saturday, November 8, 9:30am

Social Action Network Shabbat Service, Friday, November 14, 7:30pm

Kol Shabbat, Saturday at 9:30am followed by Torah Study at 11:00am

Wednesday Morning Minyan; Our weekday morning Minyan meets in the BJBE Chapel from 6:45 - 7:15am. The weekday prayer melodies are available here.

Join us Wednesday at 6:45pm for the Musical Minyan led by Soul Zimra, featuring BJBE's own Andy Dennen, Marcus Newman and Gary Schaffel. This is a deeply spiritual way to transition into the evening, so stop by on your way home from work or on your way to a temple meeting to experience beautiful music, pray together in community and be present for fellow congregants who need to say Kaddish for a loved one. All Wednesday evening minyans are held in the Chapel from 6:45 - 7:15pm . The Musical Minyans led by Soul Zimra are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The new Musical Minyans with videos and short films are held the second and fifth Wednesdays. Andy Dennen leads the Musical Minyan on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Services in both the Sacred Hall and Sanctuary are now streamed.. To view our live or recorded streams, please click here. You may have to watch an initial commercial before the stream begins, but this is a free and open program accessible to anyone. To access: Click here to contact Arlene Mayzel.


Wednesday Morning Minyan: Our weekday morning Minyan meets in the BJBE Chapel from 6:45 - 7:15am. Contact Rabbi Stoller for an audio CD of the weekday prayer melodies.

Thursday T'ai Chi Ch'uan: We offer a weekly Thursday morning T'ai Chi class led by Dr. Drew Serlin at 7:30am. There is no charge for these classes.


Our Religious School machoniks are leading this year's Bernie's Book Bank collection. Please donate used or new books for children 6th grade and younger between Sunday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 23rd. Receptacles are located in the Village Center. There will also be containers for books available at both entrances of Caruso School on Sundays. Please note that workbooks, textbooks or other reference books are not needed. With questions, please contact Kelly Goldberg or Dawn Watrous. Click here for more information about BBB and click here to watch video.

Help Continue Our Work in New Orleans! Join Rabbi Stoller, Kelly Goldberg, and fellow BJBE congregants in our seventh annual social action mission to New Orleans, March 12-15, 2015. We will continue to strengthen interfaith relationships with Christian and Jewish groups in the Crescent City, form new friendships within our BJBE community, and help rebuild communities in need. Together, we will also explore and enjoy the unique city of New Orleans. Please join us for an informational meetingabout the trip on Monday, November 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at BJBE. For more information, please contact Lara Kirts or Mike Goldberg.

The Social Action Network is planning another trip to Washington, Illinois on Tuesday, November 11 to help clean up the tornado destruction. For more information, please contact Dana Shapiro Spaeth

PADS needs:winter coats; hats and gloves (children's, women's, men's); underwear, bras and socks (children's, women's, men's); kitchen staples - decaf coffee, tea bags, dry lemonade mix, microwave popcorn,hand sanitizer, plastic gloves for serving. Please drop off donations in the PADS bin in the Tzedakah nook. Looking for groups to prepare dinner for 50 on 11/23, 1/25, 2/22 and 3/22. Questions? Contact Ruth Miller or by phone at 224-235-4042.


CJE SeniorLife : Jewish values for positive aging

Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through a comprehensive network that includes housing, health care, community services, health and wellness education, life enrichment programs and applied research. 


The Caring Community and CJE Senior Life are pleased to offer individual appointments at no charge with Senior Health Insurance Counselor, Esther Craven. Esther has over 25 years of experience at CJE. As a benefits specialist, she offers assistance and advocacy in areas of Medicare, health insurance and resources for retirement. Individual appointments with Esther Craven are available at BJBE on Monday, November 24 from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Call Larisa in the temple office at 847-940-7575, x117 to schedule your appointment.

Calling All Soup Makers....It's that time of year again when we need choppers, mixers and tasters. We will be making Chicken Matzo Ball and Vegetarian Vegetable soup for our Temple's community on Monday, November 10 in the kitchen beginning at 9:30am. Any questions, emailSue Splansky or call at 847-955-0453. We have lots of fun in addition to being a terrific mitzvah.

BJBE's Caring Community is a team of volunteers who can act as your extended family when your family needs additional support. Caring Community provides the following services: home delivered meals in times of need, transportation to/from temple or a medical appointment, phone support for people who are ill or lonely, senior education and caregiver support, chicken or vegetable soups (always available in the kitchen!) and a virtual food pantry. To access these services confidentially, please call Gloria Kaiz at 847-945-3741.

BJBE is certified as a Safer Synagogue by Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education & Solutions (JCARES). Our leadership has been trained in understanding the impact of abuse across the lifespan and improving access to support for congregants experiencing abusive situations. For more information, please contact the clergy at 847-940-7575.


Wednesday, November 5, 7:30pm, Sisterhood book discussion on The Light Between Oceans.

Monday, November 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Come and join Sisterhood for a fun afternoon of Mah Jongg or Canasta. To play Mah Jongg please email Terry Sachsel. To play Canasta please email Sharon Silver .

Shakshuka is excited to be providing the musical entertainment for the Stand With Us fundraising event in support of Israel advocacy on college campuses in the Midwest and across the country. Sunday, November 9, 5:00, Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue W, Highland Park. Tickets and information for this event can be found at this link. We hope to see those of you interested in supporting this organization with the bonus of hearing Shakshuka's music. Shakshuka: Rachel and Chuck Rosenberg, Steve and Levi Yastrow, Shimon Levi, Michael Heimlich.

Sisterhood is participating in the JCFS (Jewish Child and Family Services) Hanukkah Toy Drive. You may donate new unwrapped toys or make a donation to BJBE Sisterhood and we will purchase Target Gift cards for clients who like to make selections for themselves or as gifts for others. Box in the tzedakkah nook for the toys. Checks (made out to Sisterhood) may be sent to temple. Please mark JCFS Toy Drive on the envelope. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 21. Thank you for helping some special children have a very Happy Hanukkah. For information call Sharon at 847-291-9123.

Count Your Blessings (and pass them forward). Sisterhood would like to encourage you to take a minute to reflect on your life and all you have to be thankful for by making a contribution to Sisterhood to support our Temple and our members through the mitzvahs that we do. Click on this linkand print the form to mark off your special blessings. Mail the "Count Your Blessings" sheet with your donation check payable to BJBE Sisterhood to: Lynn Bernstein, 5251 Galitz, #212, Skokie, IL, 60077.

We need your help. WZO (World Zionist Organization) is about to hold elections for delegates to the WZC (World Zionist Congress) from Jan. 15 to April 30, 2015. If you care about a progressive Israel that supports all streams of Judaism, about rights for women, about allowing all Rabbis to do weddings, funerals, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, it is important to vote in this election. In the bags you receive when you leave Temple after Rosh Hashana services, you will find a pledge card. It is not a pledge for money, only a pledge to vote. Please fill it out, add a stamp on the back side and mail it back . It is important that the Reform Movement get the largest percentage of delegates to the Congress so that our influence carries the most weight in decision making. Your vote will help us reach that goal. Questions? Contact Lynn Wax or by phone at 847-965-3801.

Sisterhood helps the ARK! Jewel stamps are back! Please save the stamps you earn when buying groceries at the Jewel, and drop them in the box at BJBE in the Tzedakah nook. Please place the stamps in an envelope. Do not attach them to the cards distributed by the Jewel. The ARK will redeem your stamps for FREE Cuisinart cookware to be distributed to community members in need. Together we can help the ARK reach their goal of distributing 500 pieces of FREE cookware! Stamps must be dropped off by December 15th. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the many Chicagoland Jews who receive much needed assistance from the ARK. Thank you for your support! Dolly DeCaro, Social Action Chair.

Book BJBE for your upcoming celebration!! Your spiritual home is also a premier venue with beautiful reception space in the Village Center, Sacred Hall and Courtyard. With completion of the Sanctuary, we have new opportunities available for you to celebrate your special events at BJBE. For information and reservations, contact Event Coordinator Gayle Jan or by phone at 847.940.7575.


Gift giving problems solved at your Judaica Shop. Free gift wrapping always.

Your Judaica Shop now has dozens of new kipot including Blackhawks, Bulls, & Bears; new Chanukah menorahs; and beautiful Shabbat and Chanukah candles from Safed.

Preserve the memory of your wedding day with the shards of broken glass encased in a lovely and unique mezzuzza, kiddush cup, menorah or candlesticks. Your Judaica Shop can easily and reasonably take care of this for you. Contact Lynne Kleiman at 847-215-1357.

New Fall Hours: Sunday 9:00 - 11:30am; Tuesday 4:00-6:30pm; Thursday 4:00-6:30pm; Friday, 6:45-7:30pm and after services. For information,Lynne Kleiman 847-215-1357

Looking for a fun and easy way to meet other BJBE members? How about helping out in the Judaica Shop? Don't worry -- we will train you. For information, please call Arlene Wineberg- 224-676-1112.