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This week at BJBE - September 15

Dear Friends,

We enter into the High Holidays with a special S'lichot program this Saturday evening, featuring moving stories on How God Was in this Place: Personal Life-Saving Journeys followed by a S'lichot service.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Tonight, Monday, September 15, AIPAC event featuring Avi Issacharoff
  • Friday, Matzah Ball Shabbat, 5:15pm for matzah ball soup & challah; 6:00pm service
  • Saturday evening, S'lichot reception, study session & service

See sections below for information on these and other upcoming events.

We are processing our High Holy Day tickets in batches this year. The first group was mailed last week, with another going out this week. Adults receive a ticket insert that will be placed in a badge holder that you can pick up when you attend your first service. Children's tickets are labels designed for one-time use, so there is a label for every service that your children will attend.

BJBE looks forward to celebrating the B'nai Mitzvah of Jorrin Andre and Joshua Levin at the morning service this Saturday. Mazel tov to Jorrin, Joshua and their families!

Make certain to stop in your Judaica Shop to see the new honey dishes and shofars in time for Rosh Hashanah.


L'shanah tovah,

Arlene

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


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Tonight! Monday, September 15, AIPAC Event featuring guest speaker Avi Issacharoff, The Times of Israel's Middle East analyst. With the ongoing events playing out each day, it is more important than ever to be informed and get involved by attending an AIPAC event. To RSVP, contact Katie Rosenberg.

Symposium, The Book of Isaiah, Tuesday, September 16; 10:00 - 11:30am; Instructor Rabbi Michael Balinsky, Executive Director, Chicago Board of Rabbis

S'lichot at BJBE, Saturday, September 20; 7:00pm Reception
7:30pm Study Session: "God Was in this Place," Personal Life-Saving Journeys. In Judaism, the principle of saving life takes precedence over everything else. God-given knowledge, human skill & humanitarian generosity have enabled technologies, such as organ, stem-cell & bone marrow transplant, to save so many lives around the world & right here in our community. As we prepare to enter into the High Holidays, our panelists will reflect on their personal life-saving journeys: the struggles & challenges, the beautiful stories of human kindness & inspiring spiritual insights that have changed their lives. Featuring: Marti & Gary Greenberg, Sarah & Bob Hillman, Ron & Carole Alexander.
8:30pm Havdalah & S'lichot Service with our High Holy Day Choir

Sunday Morning Adult Learning returns with "May You Be Inscribed:" Preparing for the High Holy Days; Sunday, September 21; 9:45 - 10:45am. As you prepare to enter the High Holy Day season, Rabbi Kedar and Rabbi Stoller will guide us in exploring the themes of forgiveness, atonement and renewal, and help us ready our hearts and minds to come before God in t'shuvah.

BJBE Stars Networking meeting, Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30am

North Shore Jewish Community Candidate Forum; Monday, October 6, 7:00 - 9:00pm
The 2014 elections are just around the corner, so now is the time to learn what they mean for you. As we prepare to go to the polls on November 4, BJBE is partnering with 23 other synagogues, Jewish communal groups, and day schools to host a North Shore Jewish Community Candidate Forum at Congregation BJBE. Come meet and hear from the federal and state candidates in our area, including the candidates for Congress in the 9th and 10th congressional districts, as they address the hottest issues facing our country, our neighborhoods, and our Jewish community. For more information, please contact Scott Schreiber,

October 19, Caring Community Health Fair, 9:00 am until Noon;
Social Action Network Blood Drive, 8:00 am until 12:30 pm
Flu shots (bring your insurance card), screenings for diabetes, bone density, and blood pressure; balance assessments, information on nutrition & weight loss, resilience skills, medical marijuana, foot, eye and hearing health and lots more. For an appointment to donate blood email, blooddrivebjbe@gmail.com

Healthy Family Dynamics; Instructor: Dr. Audrey Gordon
Note the date changes: Thursdays: October 23 & 30, and November 6, 13 & 20; 7:30-9:00 pm; Fee: $36 for the series. Dr. Audrey Gordon, a practicing family therapist and a widely-respected teacher of Jewish topics in our area, will bring her expertise to bear in this exploration of how to create healthy family dynamics in our lives. In this in-depth, 8-session course, the class will examine biblical notions of the family, the making of the modern family, Jewish concepts of family, and modern psychological theories of family, and provide insight into navigating and strengthening our own family systems. To register contact Orlyin the temple office or by phone, 847-940-7575.

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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.



YOUTH PROGRAMS

2015 Kolin/Israel Teen Trip meeting for parents and students who will be in 9th - 12th grade in 2015, Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 in Sacred Hall BCD. Please contact Kelly Goldberg with questions.

JYG Treasure Hunt to End Hunger for 6th-8th graders on Sunday, September 28, 1:30-3:30 PM. Somewhere, hidden in a corner at BJBE is a treasure; an ancient prize, which will help feed the needy (don't worry, no spoiled food). Join us as we hunt for food to help those in need, while learning about what we can do everyday to help! The cost is one donation of a canned food item.

KYG Apple Pie Bake Off for 3rd-5th graders on Sunday, September 28, 1:30-3:00 PM. The New Year will just be getting started, and we are looking to give others a chance for a sweet beginning. Join us as we bake some delicious pies full of apples, honey, and more to give to our friends at the Deerfield P.A.D.S Shelter. The cost is $5 and we'll bake a pie just for us to celebrate kicking off 5775 with a mitzvah.

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



SERVICES

Matzah Ball Shabbat, Friday, September 19, 5:15pm for delicious matzah ball soup followed by a multi-generational service at 6:00pm featuring Kol Simcha, our junior choir.

S'lichot reception, study session & service, Saturday, September 20, starting at 7:00pm.

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

Wednesday, 6:45 - 7:15pm, Musical Minyan with 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 saying 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.

Our live video streaming of our services continues for most Friday evening Shabbat services in the Sanctuaryl. This service extends the walls of our congregation and allows access to our sacred community for those unable to attend in person. Our streaming is accomplished through fixed cameras at the rear of the Sanctuary and is only active during services. Sound is picked up by the microphones used by the clergy. 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:http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bjbelive. Questions? Click here to contact Arlene Mayzel.

MORNINGS AT BJBE

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.

BJBE Stars Morning Networking, Wednesday at 7:30am

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.


SOCIAL ACTION NETWORK

Maot Chitim's RH Delivery: Help feed needy Jews Kosher food to celebrate the holiday in a dignified manner. Warehouse location: 3411 Woodhead Drive, Northbrook.
Egg Banding: Saturday evening--Motzi Shabbos-September 20th at 8:00pm. All family members are welcome. 
Delivery Day: Sunday, September 21st, 9:00am - ~10:30am. Open to all volunteers to deliver packages to recipients in their own vehicle.
Volunteers are also needed in the warehouse on 9/21 at 6:00 am to assist in packaging perishable items. This task is only open to volunteers 12 or older. Any questions and to RSVP, please contact Brian Aronson


SEPTEMBER TZEDAKAH
Glenkirk

Glenkirk provides quality, lifetime supports and services that empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully in all areas of community life. Glenkirk offers a variety of residential, day and employment programs, as well as respite, medical, behavioral and home-based services. They are also our partner in running the Beit Cafe.


CARING COMMUNITY

Please join your fellow BJBE members and give the gift of caring and love to members of our congregation who have lost a loved one this past year. Receiving a "Bag of Hope" is not only a meaningful reminder of the loved one lost, but also a gift from the heart of the BJBE community who recognizes what you have faced. We will be packing and delivering the Bags of Hope on Sunday, September 28 at 10:30 am at BJBE. We need volunteers to help pack and deliver them to about 6-8 suburbs. The delivery should take each driver less than an hour. Please join us for this mitzvah. RSVP by 9/19 to Brenda Gelfond or 847-602-6926.

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 Mondays, September 22, October 27 and November 24 from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Call Orly in the temple office at 847-940-7575, x122 to schedule your appointment.

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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Recent members "Chavurah Program": Are you a recent BJBE member looking to meet others like yourself? A "Chavurah" group can help. Each group is designed to help you make new BJBE friendships in a smaller, more personal setting. New groups will be forming this Fall for: families with young children; single women; recent "empty-nester" couples; new grandparents, interfaith, and others. For more information, please contact Robbie Schreiber or by phone at 847-562-8580. Looking forward to meeting you!

BJBE Goes To College.... For our college students, BJBE Sisterhood has made college Boxes a tradition! If congregants have a student headed off to campus this fall, please let us know and Sisterhood will send them holiday greetings. Your students will receive a Chanukah card/gelt and a card/gift package for Purim. Students and graduate students (under age 25) of BJBE congregants are eligible to receive these gifts at no charge. The Chanukah and Purim greetings are also avalilable for $18 for your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends-- with a note indicating your name as the sender. If interested, please send the student's name, college address and your contact information to: Shelley Wax by October 1st. Questions: contact Shelley Wax at 847-509-0115 or Cheryl Kahn at 847-509-1712.

Sisterhood helps the ARK! Jewel stamps are back! Please save the stamps you earn when buying groceries at 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 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, email Event Coordinator Gayle Jan or contact her by phone at 847.940.7575.


JUDAICA (GIFT) SHOP

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

Make certain to visit your Judaica Shop to see the new honey dishes and shofars in time for Rosh Hashanah.
Current Hours: Tuesday afternoons 2:30-4:30, Friday evenings before & after services and by appointment, 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.

This week at BJBE - August 11

Dear Friends,

You should have received two important pieces of mail in the last week: an invitation to our Sanctuary Dedication weekend and High Holy Days ticket information. There is a beautiful connection between dedication and the holidays. September 5-7 is Ora V'Simcha: Celebrating the Sacred, the weekend we dedicate our Sanctuary. The High Holy Days come shortly thereafter and we will be offering our Traditional services in the newly dedicated Sanctuary.

Upcoming Events

  • Shabbat service followed by Dessert Under the Stars, Friday, August 15
  • Israeli Artisan Event, Sunday, August 24. Help us support Israeli merchants by shopping this event with your family and friends.
  • Ora V'Simcha: Celebrating the Sacred; Sanctuary Dedication Weekend, September 5 -7

See sections below for information on these and other upcoming events.

L'shalom,

Arlene

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



UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Tonight! Join the BJBE Stars Professional Networking Group at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Center for nighttime networking!. We'll be showing our support for Israel with pita, hummus, Israeli beer and donations to JUF. Make new contacts and reconnect with old friends -- free to all BJBE members!

Join us for Friday night Shabbat Service followed by a Dessert Under the Stars, Friday, August 15 at 6:30pm. This is an ideal service to bring your family and friends looking to affiliate with a synagogue.

Save the Beach! On August 24th at 9 am, join the BJBE Social Action Network for a Young Family program to help clean up Fort Sheridan Beach in Highland Park. We will be working in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes' Adopt-a-Beach event. The event is appropriate for all ages (young children will need supervision) and is a great way to get your family to start thinking about Tikkun Olam in preparation for the High Holidays. What better way to celebrate the birthday of the world than to help repair it? Look for more information in August. In the meantime, contact Susie Selbst or Melanie Berkowitz with questions.

Israeli Artisan Event, Sunday, August 24, 10:00am - 3:00pm; These are difficult times in Israel and we have all been looking for a way to help. Ori Gabrieli, the owner of a shop in Jerusalem that sells Judaica, will be at BJBE representing 11 Israeli artists. Click here for additional information.

Sanctuary Dedication Weekend - September 5 -7
Ora V'Simcha: Celebrating the Sacred

Friday, September 5; Shabbat Service and Dedication of our Sanctuary; a choice of 2 services to attend - 6:00pm and 8:00pm - each followed by festive oneg

Saturday, September 6; 9:30am Learning the Symbols of our Sanctuary
taught by Rabbi Karyn Kedar; Kol Shabbat service and luncheon (Rabbi's Table) to follow. RSVP to Gayle Jan.

Sunday, September 7; 9:30am - 12:00pm; Discovering the Beauty of our Sanctuary; All School Family Program at BJBE

Sunday, September 7; 5:30pm; Gala Celebration; Cocktail reception followed by dinner and dancing.


Charming Charlies welcomes BJBE to "Shop Till We Drop!" Sunday, September 14, 4:00-8:00 PM, 613 Central. Highland Park. All kinds of accessories will be available to make your old clothes look new again. Upscale your look for the holidays and school. Experts from Charlies will be on hand to help you coordinate. Contact Leslie Outten or Gloria Marron.

Monday evening, September 15, AIPAC Event featuring guest speaker Avi Issacharoff, The Times of Israel's Middle East analyst. With the ongoing events playing out each day, it is more important than ever to be informed and get involved by attending an AIPAC event. For information contact Howard Schneider.

Happy Challah-Days! On September 21 and 23 you will be able to pick up your challah and honey to enjoy during the High Holidays. Your challah and honey will be packed in an attractive bag, perfect for giving to friends and family or just enjoying yourself! The price is $10.00 ($6.50 for an additional challah). Sisterhood will deliver to the Sunday & Hebrew Schools or you can pick up at temple on Sunday, 9/21 (9:30-11:30) or Tuesday, 9/23 (5-7). Write to Jeanie Pearlman. Click here for information and order form.

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Torah Study, Saturday, 11:00am - 12:00pm led by Dale Busch

Talmud Study: Tractate Berakhot (Blessings) Wednesdays, 7:50-8:50am

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

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



SERVICES

Shabbat Service, Friday, August 15 at 6:30 followed by Dessert Under the Stars

Shabbat mornings feature our Kol Shabbat service at 9:30am followed by Torah Study at 11:00am led by Dale Busch.

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 on Wednesday at 6:45pm for the newest Musical Minyan. You'll enjoy music and prayers from our own Soul Zimra and other top Jewish music artists. Plus every Musical Minyan we have a showing of a short film that's uplifting and thought-provoking. After minyan stick around for a delicious summer treat and guided discussion about happiness and finding your joy. Experience 30 minutes of deep spiritual connection, the company of good friends, and meaningful conversation.
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/short films are held the second and fifth Wednesdays. Andy Dennen leads the Musical Minyan on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Our live video streaming of our services continues for most Friday evening Shabbat services in the Sacred Hall. This service extends the walls of our congregation and allows access to our sacred community for those unable to attend in person. Our streaming is accomplished through a fixed camera at the rear of the Sacred Hall and is only active during services. Sound is picked up by the microphones used by the clergy. 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: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bjbelive. Questions? Click here to contact Arlene Mayzel.



MORNINGS AT BJBE

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. 



SOCIAL ACTION NETWORK

JUF Israel Emergency Relief

The prolonged conflict with Hamas has created intense humanitarian needs in Israel. Here is how JUF's Israel Emergency Campaign is helping address them:

  • Respite for 40,000 Children
  • Trauma Support for 12,000 Israelis
  • Urgent Aid for 20,000 of Israel's Most Vulnerable
  • Flexible Assistance for 10 Hardest-Hit Communities


You are invited to a screening of the documentary, "Stand With Me" on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30pm at the Northbrook Court Theaters. This movie will shake your values as a human being while educating you on fair trade purchasing. All the money from ticket sales and auction will be donated to Free the Slaves, an incredible organization dedicated to liberating slaves around the world. Click hereto register. Tickets cannot be purchased at the event.



CARING COMMUNITY

BJBE Caring Community - "Our Extended Family" Annual Meeting, Wednesday, August 27, 6:00pm. Dinner & reports on all calendar events.
We welcome all volunteers to our first annual Caring Community meeting. If you know of someone who might be interested in joining the Caring Community, please invite them to this meeting (just make sure they RSVP). We will be serving a light dinner so be sure to RSVP to Margot Andersen. At this meeting, we will be discussing and presenting all new programs and events for the upcoming year. We have an exciting and full year of educational offerings. In addition this year, Rabbi Stoller will be teaching about the meaning of a Caring Community at a couple of our meetings. The Caring Community helps so many of our members in need and supports members during times of joy. Please come and learn about all the ways we are engaging with members as their "Extended Family". On behalf of all of our 1120 member families, thank you for all of the meaningful ways you help them show that we care!
Your Co Chairs,
Margot Andersen, Lynn Wax, and Debby Dubow

If you have experienced a loss within the past 12 months, please join us on September 11, 7:30pm at BJBE when our congregation will be sponsoring a special evening in partnership with the Jewish Healing Network. Our guest speaker, Elizabeth Siegel Cohen, Grief Specialist, will be offering a class called Nechama (meaning comfort) which will provide education and support about grief and the mourning process within a Jewish context. We invite you to share in this unique opportunity to join with others in our Jewish community dealing with loss. To register for this class, please contact Elizabeth Siegel Cohen at (847)745-5404. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Krivitzky.

Please join your fellow BJBE members and give the gift of caring and love to members of our congregation who have lost a loved one this past year. Receiving a "Bag of Hope" is not only a meaningful reminder of the loved one lost, but also a gift from the heart of the BJBE community who recognizes what you have faced. We will be packing and delivering the Bags of Hope on Sunday, September 28 at 10:30 am at BJBE. We need volunteers to help pack and deliver them to about 6-8 suburbs. The delivery should take each driver less than an hour. Please join us for this mitzvah. RSVP by 9/19 to Brenda Gelfond or 847-602-6926.


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 Mondays, August 11, September 22, October 27 and November 24 from 5:00 - 7:00pm.Call Orly in the temple office at 847-940-7575, x122 to schedule your appointment.

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.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Men's Club meeting, Thursday, August 14 at 7:30pm

BJBE Goes To College....For our college students, BJBE Sisterhood has made college Boxes a tradition! If congregants have a student headed off to campus this fall, please let us know and Sisterhood will send them holiday greetings. Your students will receive a Chanukah card/gelt and a card/gift package for Purim. Students and graduate students (under age 25) of BJBE congregants are eligible to receive these gifts at no charge. The Chanukah and Purim greetings are also avalilable for $18 for your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends-- with a note indicating your name as the sender. If interested, please send the student's name, college address and your contact information to: Shelley Wax by October 1st. Questions: contact Shelley Wax at 847-509-0115 or Cheryl Kahn at 847-509-1712.

Recent members "Chavurah Program": Are you a recent BJBE member looking to meet others like yourself? A "Chavurah" group can help. Each group is designed to help you make new BJBE friendships in a smaller, more personal setting. New groups will be forming this fall for: families with young children; single women; recent "empty-nester" couples; new grandparents, and others. For more information, please contact Robbie Schreiber at 847-562-8580 or robbie.schreiber08@gmail.com. Looking forward to meeting you!

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.



JUDAICA (GIFT) SHOP

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

Summer Hours:

Tuesday afternoons 2:30-4:30, Friday evenings before & after services and by appointment, 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.

This week at BJBE - April 15

Dear Friends,


UPCOMING EVENTS!
Friday, April 19, Israel's 65th Birthday Celebration at Family Shabbat!
Coffee with Congressman Schneider, April 21
Come hear about "The Plan" at the Congregation Informational Meeting, April 22
Shavuot Ice Cream Social/Dinner and Tikkun Leil Shavuot Late Night Learning Session, May 14

See below for detailed information on these events.

Congregation BJBE looks forward to celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of Nate Schwartz at the morning service this Saturday. Mazel tov to Nate and his family.

A major construction project begins today on Lake Cook Road, just east of BJBE from Deer Lake to Ellendale. This includes the busy intersection of Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads. The Cook County Highway Department has committed to keeping at least one lane in each direction and left turn lanes available at all signalized intersections for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of October. For more information about the construction, please visit www.lakecookroad.com for up-to-date construction status and project information.

L'shalom,

Arlene

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


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Men's Club presents its Dinner Study Sessions with some new topics for the spring: Current Issues in Israel and Israeli Politics with Ezra Kedar, Thursday, April 18. A Historian Looks at Anti-Jewishness, Its History and Its Causes with Bill Haase , Monday, April 29. Sessions with dinner will start at 7:30 PM. All this for only $8/session ($5 additional at the door). Everyone Welcome! Click on the above links for more information.

The Symposium, Tuesday, April 16; 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Book discussion: "The Wicked Son" by David Mamet. Instructor: Rabbi Brian Stoller

The BJBE Caregiver support group will meet in the BJBE Chapel on Thursday, April 18th at 7:30PM. The support group is presented in partnership with CJE Senior Life, and is led by licensed social worker Joan Ente. Together we learn and support each other as we care for adult loved ones and friends both near and far, at home or in a facility. For further information contact Carol Berger 847-205-9793; ponderer4552@sbcglobal.net

Coffee with Congressman Schneider - On Sunday, April 21 at 9:45am, BJBE is hosting "Coffee with a Congressman Brad Schneider". This is a follow up to BJBE's successful hosting of the 2012 North Shore Jewish Community Candidate Forum that preceded Congressman Schneider's election. Through the Candidate Forum and BJBE's increased presence at AIPAC, the BJBE community is staying abreast of the political issues that affect the 10th Congressional District and the US/Israel relationship. At Coffee with a Congressman, Congressman Schneider will speak for 20-30 minutes about his first 100 days in office, how he's promoted his agenda and what he's learned about resolving the issues that face voters in the 10th Congressional District. A short question-answer period will follow. This program will be conducted in lieu of Adult Ed on April 21 and will be held in Sacred Hall A.

Congregation Informational Meeting; Monday, April 22, 7:30 PM; Learn how we can build now as we introduce "The Plan." Share your ideas. Questions? president@bjbe.org.

The Symposium, Tuesdays, April 23, May 21 and 28; 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Book discussion: "God Was In This Place and I, I Did Not Know" by Lawrence Kushner. Instructor: Rabbi Mark Shapiro

God After Auschwitz
Sunday, April 28; 9:45 - 10:45 AM; Instructor Rabbi Brian Stoller
Where was God during the Holocaust? If God is loving and good, how could God have let it happen? The unparalleled evil of the Holocaust forever changed the way Jews think and believe about God. This is the last in the series, led by our rabbis and a special guest speaker who was a Hidden Child in France during the Holocaust, in which we grapple with questions of what we can believe and how we can have faith in God after Auschwitz.

The Symposium, Tuesdays, April 30 and May 7; 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Book discussion: "No Other Gods" by Kenneth Seeskin. Instructor: Rabbi Marc Belgrad

Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 AM; BJBE Sisterhood presents its 3rd annual Youngsters and Funsters 80 Plus. Join us for lunch and a young-at-heart program! RSVP by April 15 to Elaine Kupfer, 847-564-1656,kup12@comcast.net. BJBE Sisterhood presents My How Things Have Changed in the Kitchen!,

Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 PM. A short 15 minutes film "Gefilte Fish" about an endangered species--homemade gefilte fish, will be followed by a lively discussion led by Sharon Sabin and her mother, Ruth Dauber. For information contact Ether Kikoler at maiznblu@comcast.net.

Shavuot Ice Cream Social & Pizza Dinner; Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Everyone's invited! It's FREE. Fun Shavuot activities for the whole family. Bring a gently used book to donate to Bernie's Book Bank. RSVP by May 1 to Daniella Dubrow at ddubrow@bjbe.org.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Late-Night Learning Session; Tuesday, May 14 7:30 - 11:45 PM. New sessions every 1/2 hour plus a dessert break.

Tee it up for the 4th Annual Men's Club Golf Outing. All Golfers Welcome! Friday, June 28, 12:00pm, Traditions at Chevy Chase. For registration information, click here.

Torah Study: The Book of Exodus
Instructors: Rabbi Karyn Kedar & Rabbi Brian Stoller
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Talmud Study: Tractate Berakhot (Blessings)
Instructor: Rabbi Brian Stoller
Wednesdays, 7:50-8:50 a.m.

For more information about the Center for Adult Learning, contact Michael Kahn at kahncm@gmail.com or Ruth B. Miller at rmiller702@aol.com.



YOUTH PROGRAMS

SYG is going Paintballing! Saturday, April 27th, 3-5:30PM. High school students, join us at Paintball Explosion in East Dundee. Cost is $30 ($35 for NFTY friends not from BJBE). RSVP to Emily at eschwartz@bjbe.org.

And join the SYG for Lounge Night on Thursday 4/25, 7-9PM to make armor in preparation for the great event!

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See PORTALS to meaning and purpose, 2012/13 for additional programming information.


SERVICES

Matzah Ball Shabbat! Friday, April 19, starting at 5:15pm with delicious matzah ball soup followed by a Family Service at 6:00pm. Join us as we celebrate Israel's 65th Birthday.

Shabbat Mornings at BJBE feature our Kol Shabbat Service every week from 9:30-10:45 AM. This service is followed by our Torah Study at 11:00 AM.

Wednesday Morning Minyan: Our weekday morning Minyan meets every Wednesday in the BJBE Chapel from 6:45 AM to 7:15 AM. Click here to contact Rabbi Stoller for an audio CD of the weekday prayer melodies. Join us Wednesday evening at 6:45 PM for the Music Minyan led by 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 - 7:15 PM. The Music Minyans led by Andy Dennen, Marcus Newman and Gary Schaffel are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The Music & Study Minyans led by Julie Webb and Tracy Friend are held the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Our live video streaming of our services continues for most Friday evening Shabbat services in the Sacred Hall. This service extends the walls of our congregation and allows access to our sacred community for those unable to attend in person. Our streaming is accomplished through a fixed camera at the rear of the Sacred Hall and is only active during services. Sound is picked up by the microphones used by the clergy. 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. Questions? Click here to contact Arlene Mayzel.


MORNINGS AT BJBE

BJBE Stars Networking, Wednesday. April 17, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

Wednesday Morning Minyan: Our weekday morning Minyan meets every Wednesday in the BJBE Chapel from 6:45 AM to 7:15 AM. Click here to contact Rabbi Stoller for an audio CD of the weekday prayer melodies.

Thursday T'ai Chi Ch'uan: We are now offering a weekly Thursday morning T'ai Chi class led by Dr. Drew Serlin at 7:30 AM. These classes are now offered at no charge!Enhance the energy of your mind, body, and spirit and gain sensitivity, focus, and balance for your life. We hope you can join us for this amazing experience.


SOCIAL ACTION AND TZEDAKAH

For a discussion about the events surrounding access to the Kotel, please join a special conference call for Reform Movement leadership with Anat Hoffman, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and Chairwoman of Women of the Wall, and Gilad Kariv, Director of the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 11:00AM CDT - 12:00 PM CDT. Phone number for U.S.: +1 (201) 590-2255; Conference Room: 3518108#

BJBE Joins Team ARZA as we Bike the Drive for Israel, Sunday, May 26. For information contact Doris Schyman at dschyman@gmail.com.

Help continue our work in New Orleans! Even if you cannot attend our fifth annual social action mission to New Orleans, May 23-26, 2013, you can be part of this special outreach from our BJBE community to New Orleans. We are collecting items for the organizations we visit while we're in New Orleans and WE NEED YOUR HELP.

We will be collecting:

  • Gift Cards - Barnes and Noble, Home Depot*, Sports Authority, Walmart
  • Children's Clothes- (Infant- 15 yrs)
  • Toys (including Games, Costumes, & Dolls & batteries for toys)
  • Books
  • Bikes/Scooters/helmets/pumps
  • Sports Equipment (balls, gloves)
  • Tools (Battery Powered Drills, Stud finder, Wheelbarrow, Pruning Shears)
  • Musical Instruments

All donations are appreciated but we would like to donate only items in good condition please. To donate, bring your items to BJBE on Wednesday, May 1st, 6-8 pm OR Sunday, May 5th, 11-2 pm. For more information, please contact Michelle Shade (michkshade@aol.com) or Elissa Goldsmith (thegoldsmiths@comcast.net)

Join the efforts of BJBE's Green Team as we reduce waste and take turns washing dishes at our paperless onegs!
Sign up for a date to help: April 19, May 17
Time: 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. or 8:45 - 10:15 p.m.
Contact Susan Swidler (susanaswidler@aol.com) to reserve your date.
Change the way you live, one step at a time.

Collections, Collections, Collections!!
Please drop off items in the BJBE Tzedakah Nook
NEW LIST! Collecting the following items for guests of PADS Deerfield:
Pillow cases, queen size flat sheets, men and women's underwear, diapers and wipes.
Currently not collecting food items, toys, books, games or DVDs for PADS

Also collecting:
Box Tops for Education
Toiletries - given to Niles Township Food Pantry
Hearing aids - given to The Ark to be used for parts in fixing clients' hearing aids
Eyeglasses - given to Lions Clubs International to be reused
Cell phones - given to women's shelters to be programmed for emergency use
Diapers - given to shelters and food pantries
Batteries - to be recycled
Ink cartridges - to be recycled

We are no longer collecting shoes!

Need a ride to or from Temple? Need a ride to or from a medical appointment? The Caring Community has a Transportation Assistance Program to help. Please contact Dolly DeCaro, 847-296-5902, dolnu18@wideopenwest.com for more information and/or if you are in need of a ride. If a ride is needed for Shabbat Services, please contact Dolly no later than Thursday if possible so that arrangements can be made.


April Tzedakah

SHALVA
www.shalvaonline.org

SHALVA's mission is to address domestic abuse in Jewish homes and relationships through counseling and education.

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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sisterhood Book Clubs:
Afternoon Club; April 16 @ 1:00pm; The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
Evenng Club; April 17 @ 7:30pm; The Sand Castle Girls

BJBE Stars Networking, Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30am. For information contact Ira Singer, ira@mosaicconstruction.net.

Nourish both body and soul at BJBE! Primrose Valley Farm is BJBE's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partner. Sign up for 1 of 4 certified organic CSA produce box sizes: standard weekly, small weekly, every-other-week or half season. A portion of your subscription proceeds supports BJBE's fundraising efforts. To sign up: www.primrosevalleyfarm.com.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with events in Washington, DC and throughout the country, including Chicago. You are invited to participate and join the many Chicagoans who plan to be in DC on April 28-29. Please visit the Museum's 20th Anniversary website at: ushmm.org/neveragain to view amazing footage of these events as they are occurring in cities across the nation. You may contact the Midwest Regional Office at: 847-433-8099 to receive more information about the programs or to register. Plan to join the Museum in a local celebration of this special anniversary on June 9th for an all day, free and open to the public event in Chicago. The program will include a wonderful tribute to local survivors, veterans and liberators.

The 2013 Israel Solidarity Day will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, with registration opening at 11:00 a.m. This year, as we celebrate Israel's 65th anniversary, we will come together for one big, festive event filled with Israeli spirit! The 2013 Israel Solidarity Day is being chaired by Rabbi Carl Wolkin and Miriam Lichstein. Event highlights will include the Walk with Israel (a three-mile walkathon to raise funds to provide Israeli children with the supplies they need to enrich learning and literacy), fabulous all-day entertainment in Ravinia's Pavilion featuring the King David Drummers, The Maccabeats, and our headliner, Matisyahu, food for purchase and festivities for all ages. A teen J-Serve project will also take place on site from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Register online to participate, volunteer and/or donate at www.juf.org/ISD.

The BJBE Caring Community has prepared a list of resources for caregivers. This can be very helpful when you or your loved one has need of extra care. There is a copy of this in the office for your convenience - ask Arlene. You can also find it on the temple's website.

JUDAICA (GIFT) SHOP

Need a gift? Make certain to visit your new Judaica Shop to do all your gift shopping. See the large selection of Israeli-made items sure to delight anyone. There are especially lovely talit made in Israel, certain to please any young person for use at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Open after Friday night services, on Sunday mornings during religious school and/or by special appointment. For more information, please call Audrey at 847-788-9084 or Julie at 847-299-3528 or Barbara at 847-559-0076.

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