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This week at BJBE - August 18

Dear Friends,

Support the Israeli artisans showing at BJBE on Sunday from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Bring your family and friends to shop a variety of handcrafted tallit, jewelry, art and Judaica items. Our support aids the Israeli merchants who have been impacted by the downturn in Israeli tourism this summer. We are pleased to be co-sponsoring this event with 9 other synagogues & organizations. Click here for more information.

Dedication weekend is almost here! Please mark your calendar for our Sanctuary dedication on Friday, September 5. We will have two identical Dedication Shabbat Services at 6:00pm & 8:00pm with a festive celebratory oneg following each.

What better way to say goodbye to summer and usher in the New Year than with a Gala Celebration to commemorate the completion of our Sanctuary! Join the community for a festive night of drinks, dinner, dessert, and dancing on September 7 at 5:30 PM. The Not For Profit Band will be providing the sound track to this joyous evening. Take out your finest cocktail attire and join us for a celebration not to be forgotten. This is the only Gala of the 2014/15 year. Click here to register.


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

Tuesday, August 19; Botanic Garden Music on the Esplanade, 6:00PM sponsored by Post Carpool Club; music by The Nia Quartet, a hot jazz quartet from Chicago featuring some of Chicago's finest musicians. Led by Scott Anderson, this award winning jazz quartet has performed at the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, and other venues. Admission is free with a membership parking sticker. If you do not have one, let us know and we will try to connect you with someone else attending who is a member. Bring your own dinner and beverage. We will provide dessert. Some chairs are available. You may want to bring your own. For information contact Carol Berger or by phone at 847.205.9793.

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 Julie Webb

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 22 at 7:30

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

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 Musical Minyan led by Soul Zimra, featuring BJBE's own Andy Dennen, Marcus Newman and Gary Schaffel. 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

Project Nourish will meet this Sunday, August 24 at 9:00am in the kitchen. Please join our friendly group of volunteers as we make sandwiches and assemble lunches for needy people in the city and Lake County. For more information, please contact Merrilee Waldron.

Reducing Gun Violence-Moving Forward: Sunday August 24th, 1:30-3:00PM at St. Mary's, 306 S. Prospect, Park Ridge, in joint cooperation with the Social Advocacy Team at BJBE. The meeting includes a great video with information about gun manufacturers and their positions on gun violence taken at a gun show in Germany this past March. The police chief from Park Ridge, Chief Kaminski, will present a local view on this issue. All are welcome. Please email Ted Busch with any questions.


AUGUST TZEDAKAH
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" onThursday, 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 here to register. Tickets cannot be purchased at the event.



CARING COMMUNITY

BJBE Caring Community - "Our Extended Family" Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 27, 6:00 pm Dinner and Program Updates.
We welcome all current volunteers and anyone who might be interested in learning more about how the Caring Community acts as BJBE's Extended Family, serving and engaging with members during times of need and in times of joy. We have an exciting and rich year of educational and program offerings. There are many ways to join our volunteer group----for one activity a year or more as your time permits. We provide all sorts of acts of loving kindness! Please RSVP for Dinner to Margot Andersen, Co Chair.

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, 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

Please stop by to view our beautiful courtyard perennial garden made possible through the newly organized BJBE Garden Club. This garden includes many plants from the gardens of our congregants. The Garden Club is looking for a few dedicated gardeners who are interested in doing some digging, planting and maintaining. Please contact Hedda Schless.

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, 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.

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 - 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.