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This week at BJBE - December 15

Dear Friends, 

Please join us this Friday night as we celebrate the Festival of Lights in a Chanukah Matzah Ball Shabbat. The evening starts at 5:15pm for delicious matzah ball soup followed by a multi-generational Chanukah service at 6:00pm in the Sacred Hall. Bring your chanukiah (one per family) and five candles and join us as we light the candles and recite the prayer together.  

See below for detailed information on this and other programs

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

L'shalom,
Arlene  

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

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This week at BJBE - November 10

Dear Friends, 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS THIS WEEK

  • 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 

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

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This week at BJBE - November 3

Dear Friends,

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

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

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


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

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 www.fourtelling.eventbrite.com.

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.

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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.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

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.



SERVICES

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: 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 

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.



NOVEMBER TZEDAKAH

CJE SeniorLife : Jewish values for positive aging
www.cje.net

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. 



CARING COMMUNITY

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.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.



JUDAICA (GIFT) SHOP

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.

This week at BJBE - October 27

Dear Friends,

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Thursday, Life Transitions Series: Navigating the Ins and Outs of Medicare
Sunday, Adult Education: Holocaust Survivor Stories in Their Own Words
Sunday, Daddy/Daughter Dance - Still time to sign up!

See below for information on tickets for the Stanley Ackerman Memorial Concert and the BJBE sponsored film at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, both on Sunday, November 9. Tickets now available for the concert, Fourtelling: Journeys, Stories & Songs, on Saturday, December 6.

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

We look forward to celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Alexa and Madeline Blumberg at the morning service and the Bar Mitzvah of Lonnie Gerol at the afternoon service this Saturday. Mazel tov to Alexa, Madeline, Lonnie and their families.

Arlene

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


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Men's Club popular Evening Study Sessions continue as Cantor Ross Wolman leads "Wolman Siddur in Study and Song," Mondays, October 27, November 17, and December 1, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. 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.

Symposium - The Book of Ruth, Tuesdays, October 28 & November 4, 10:00 - 11:30am. Instructor: Rabbi Debra Newman-Kamin, Congregation Am Yisrael, Northfield.

Life Transitions Series :
Thursday, October 30th, 7:30pm, "Navigating the Ins and Outs of Medicare and Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D," presented by Esther Craven, CJE SeniorLife Health Care Counselor. BJBE Caring Community and CJE SeniorLife are pleased to present the Life Transitions Series focusing on useful information for those who are transitioning into "Act Two" of their lives.
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.

"We Shall Bear Witness:" Holocaust Survivor Stories, In Their Own Words, Sundays, November 2, 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 2 - Aaron Elster lived in the Sokolow (Poland) Ghetto with his two sisters, mother and father until the liquidation of the ghetto in September, 1942. He escaped the liquidation and hid in the surrounding forests and farms. Eventually, Aaron found refuge in the attic of a Polish family, where he hid for two years until the war's end. An Executive Board Member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Aaron is the author of I Still See Her Haunting Eyes.
* 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.

3rd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance, Sunday, November 2, 4:00 - 6:00pm sponsored by Men's Club. Dads and Grand-dads - invite your favorite young lady to share a special dance to live DJ music. $50/couple, food & drinks included. RSVP by Sunday, October 26 to Todd Cohan or Tim Flater. Click here for information.

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, Mendelssohn Octet, 4 Strings Attached, Mike Ackerman Jazz Ensemble, Silver Strings 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.

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 www.fourtelling.eventbrite.com.

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.

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 Daniella Lewis to RSVP and for registration information.

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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.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

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.



SERVICES

Shabbat Service, Friday at 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 Musical Minyan led by Susie Diamond. 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: 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 

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.

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


OCTOBER TZEDAKAH
Chicago Chesed Fund

Chesed provides immediate assistance to Jewish families impacted by a financial crisis. They battle hunger, prevent eviction and homelessness, and help the unemployed secure jobs. They also offer a wide array of free merchandise to needy families, provide holiday and Jewish lifecycle event assistance, and help send children to Jewish schools and camps. In keeping with the guidelines of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, of which they are a member partner, Chesed offers food assistance on a nondiscriminatory basis to local clients who show a demonstrable need.



CARING COMMUNITY

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, email Sue Splansky or call at 847-955-0453. We have lots of fun in addition to being a terrific mitzpah.

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

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 two great organizations at fundraising events in November:
Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago annual tribute event, An Afternoon of Note, Sunday, November 2, 2:30 PM at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Tickets and information for the event can be found at this link.
Stand With Us 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 these organizations with the bonus of hearing Shakshuka's music. Shakshuka: Rachel and Chuck Rosenberg, Steve and Levi Yastrow, Shimon Levi, Michael Heimlich.

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? Call Lynn Wax - 847-965-3801 or email - Lynnwax1@aol.com

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.



JUDAICA (GIFT) SHOP

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

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.

This week at BJBE - September 22

Dear Friends,

La Shanah Tovah

We look forward to greeting you at Rosh Hashanah services this week. A few quick tips to help your experience be a good one.....

  • Have your tickets with you. These are badge inserts for adults and labels for children. Children have received a label for each service they plan on attending.
  • When you arrive at your first service you will be given a badge holder. Please display your ticket in the badge holder at each service that you attend. Recycle your badge holder in a labeled bin when leaving your last service.
  • Only attend the service(s) for which you have tickets. If you need to change your services, please contact the office as soon as possible and we will exchange your tickets.
  • Parking information is listed below. Please read carefully.
  • Children's programming is available for the early Erev service and during the L'Dor Vador and Traditional services for children between the ages of 24 months and third grade. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
  • The prayer book, Gates of Repentance, will be used for the evening and Traditional services. Copies are available for purchase in the office. A limited number of large print books are available for check-out. Assistive listening devices are also available for check out.
  • L'Dor Vador books will be handed out prior to the service. Be sure to return the books at the end of the service.
  • Reserved seating (2 seats) can be arranged for individuals with special needs. Please contact the office to make arrangements if you have not already done so.
  • Bags from the Ark will be distributed on Rosh Hashanah at the end of the L'Dor Vador and Traditional services. Please return the filled bags to the pods in our parking lot on Yom Kippur.
  • Portals 2014/15 will be available for pick up after the L'Dor Vador and Traditional services.

The BJBE office will close at noon this Wednesday and will be closed Thursday.

Wishing you and your families a healthy and sweet New Year. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year.

Arlene

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


2014 High Holy Days Parking Information

Please read the following information carefully.

Police and security officers will be assisting us with traffic control. Please follow any instructions that they give. If dropping off passengers, please do so at the main entrance on the east side of the building.

Parking is available in the BJBE lots (1201 & 1141); many of the spaces will be reserved for congregants with special needs. Parking for all services will be available in the Chicagoland Jewish High School lot directly east of BJBE.

We have arranged for remote parking in the south section of the parking area behind Walgreens' offices at 1411 - 1417 Lake Cook Road. Shuttle buses will be available to drop off and pick up people parking in these lots. See below for hours of operation on Rosh Hashanah.* You can enter the remote parking area by turning south off of frontage road at the 1411 building. Signage and attendants will direct you to our designated parking area. Traffic will exit by the 1417 building and drivers will be directed to turn left on frontage road so they can use the stoplight at Birchwood to get onto Lake Cook Road. Buses will drop off at the front (east) entrance of BJBE and will load and depart from the back (west) entrance to the building. Attendants will be available to help people safely get on and off the buses. THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ON FRONTAGE ROAD. This will allow for safer and more efficient access to and from the lots for cars and buses. "No Parking" signs will be posted and enforced by Deerfield Police.

During weekday services, parking will NOT be available in the Deerfield Business Center during business hours. Please do not park in the Textura lot next door or other parking lots along Lake Cook Road except those designated for BJBE overflow parking. Your car could be towed. Do not trespass on Textura's property by walking from the remote lot at Walgreens to BJBE. In the spirit of the High Holy Days and for everyone's safety, we ask for your courtesy and cooperation.

Please exit the parking lot immediately after services are finished so those attending the next service can enter the parking areas.

*Remote parking bus service will be available on Erev Rosh Hashanah (Wednesday) from 6:00pm - 11:00pm and from 7:45am - 3:45pm on Rosh Hashanah (Thursday).



UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Symposium, Tuesday, October 30, 10:00am, The Book of Job, Instructor: Professor Jason Kalman, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion via live internet connection

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

Post Carpool Club and SYG Program, Sunday October 19, 4:30 PM; Super Heroes: Why They Are Modern Mythology. Are you a Comic Book or Super Hero Fan? Don't miss this program presented by the BJBE Post Carpool Club and Senior Youth Group. Learn more about your favorite superheroes, and discover their connections to legendary myths through the hero's journey and why they connect to our culture today. Presented by Michael McCann, MS, and Corporate Director for Friendship Senior Options and faculty member for College of DuPage. Our afternoon begins with a welcome reception at 4:30pm, followed by Super Hero Program at 5:15, dinner and an SYG bake sale. This program will benefit the Teen Mission to Kolin Israel Fund for Senior Youth Group (SYG) members traveling this summer. Cost is $20 per member adult, $10 per teen. Full information is in the mid month flyer, or contact Carol Berger; 847 205-9793.

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.

Thursday, October 30th, "Navigating the Ins and Outs of Medicare and Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D," presented by Esther Craven, CJE SeniorLife Health Care Counselor. BJBE Caring Community and CJE SeniorLife are pleased to present the Life Transitions Series focusing on useful information for those who are transitioning into "Act Two" of their lives. We invite you to attend these sessions for older adults in our community.

Save The Date: November 9, 2014 .....Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. 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 will be available through BJBE for $18/each at the office or by mail. 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)

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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.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

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. Contact Eddie Simon with questions and to RSVP.

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. Contact Lauren Sandoval with questions and to RSVP.

Candidate Teen Forum, Monday, October 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at CJHS (Chicagoland Jewish High School), David Prystowsky, Assistant Vice President of JUF, will lead a discussion with high school students from BJBE and 23 other synagogues, Jewish communal groups, and day schools about political advocacy, Jewish communal approaches to political activism, and developing a mindset of American Jewish civic engagement. Free pizza will be provided. RSVP to Kelly Goldberg.

Volunteer at the North Shore Jewish Community Candidate Forum,6-8:30, Monday, October 6 at BJBE. Volunteer to help us with the North Shore Jewish Community Candidate Forum starting at 7:00pm, where we will hear directly from those running for national and local office. This will be a terrific opportunity to connect with some of the candidates and their assistants. RSVP to Kelly Goldberg,

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

SERVICES

Rosh Hashanah Services

Evening Services (Sacred Hall)
Wednesday, September 24 at 6:00pm or 8:30pm

L'Dor Vador Services (Sacred Hall)
Thursday, September 25 at 9:00am or 12:00pm

Traditional Services (Sanctuary)
Thursday, September 25 at 9:00am or 12:00pm

Tinok (pre-reader) Service
Thursday, September 25 at 2:30pm

Tashlich
Thursday, September 25 at 4:00pm
Wood Oaks Park, Northbrook

Shabbat Service, Friday, September 26, 7:30pm

Kol Shabbat, Saturday, September 27, 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.

All Wednesday evening minyans are held in the Chapel from 6:45 - 7:15pmThe 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 the Sacred Hall are streamed. We are working diligently to make streaming of services in the Sanctuary available. 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. (No class this Thursday)



SOCIAL ACTION NETWORK 

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


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

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, 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

Gala Pictures! Chime took some fabulous pictures at the Sanctuary Dedication Gala. To view them, visit her website at www.beholdenphotography.com, click clients at the bottom and enter code: gala. Because this is part of the fundraiser (building a school one picture at a time!) please order yours or order for someone you like very much. Thanks and enjoy!

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? Call Lynn Wax - 847-965-3801 or email - Lynnwax1@aol.com

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

The Judaica Shop has 2 kinds of Hebrew Flash Cards for kids: regular alphabet flashcards and playcards, which have Hebrew words for common items and can be used to play games. Hurry: on sale for 25% off for 3 weeks only.


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.