IN THIS ISSUE
“From Slavery to Freedom, Wandering and Conquest” All year we are studying the content of the Torah in many ways: ongoing classes, shorter or even single-session units, brief discussions after morning or evening services and here, in my monthly article. In previous months I have described the content of the first three books of the Torah. We continue this month with a summary of the Torah’s fourth book, Numbers/Bemidbar. The book is well named. It concerns the exploits of the Israelites during the forty years they wandered from Egypt to Canaan. It begins with a census of the people in parshat Bemidbar, as the journey commences. Parshat Naso continues with the duties of some of the levitical clans, rules for purifying the camp and preparations for the use of the mishkan, the portable shrine that housed the ark. In the next parsha, Beha’alotkha, the final preparations for the use of the mishkan are spelled out, the journey begins, and the people begin to complain about life in the wilderness. In Shelakh Lekha, Moses sends out a group of spies, one from each tribe, to scout out the land of Canaan, but the scouts discourage the idea of conquering it, and God sentences the entire generation to wander until the adults all die in the wilderness. The Torah mentions a number of laws on various subjects, and then in parshat Korakh we witness a real rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron by their fellow Levite Korakh. After that rebellion is put down, God reaffirms the role of the Levites as members of the priesthood. Next, in parshat Hukkat, we read about the purification of those who come into contact with the dead, the Torah reports the death of Miriam, Moses and Aaron’s sister, and the Israelites confront Moses and Aaron for more water. Aaron’s role as kohein gadol, High Priest, is
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Rabbi’s Reflections ……………...……………..….1 World Wide Wrap / Sefer Torah Program ............2 Ta’am Yisrael Send Off! .................................... 3 Shabbat Dinner & Service (with spec. kids svc.) 3 B’nai Mitzvah Bios ................................................4 Purim Masquerade .............................................5 PURIM – Upcoming Events .............................. 5 A Special Opportunity ....................................... 6 Focus on Families ...............................................7 Religious School ................................................... 8 Youth ...................................................................10 Adult Education …………………….……….……...… 12 Healing Hearts: Nechama ................................. 15 Join Rabbi Pivo for Dinner and Conversation......... 16 Programming .......................................................16 Social Action .......................................................17 Israel Committee - AIPAC Policy Conference ...... 17 Hesed Committee ................................................17 Sisterhood ............................................................18 Sisterhood Gift Shop ............................................19 Men’s Club ...........................................................20 Man of the Year / Youth of the Year ..................... 21 Life in Israel – The Goodman’s Blog ....................23 SHALVA ........................................................... 24 Birthdays and Anniversaries ………………………….. 25 Yahrzeits……………………………………………….… 26 Tributes……………………………………………….…. 28
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers February 6, 2015 – 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of February will be recognized at our service on February 6th. Our worship will begin at 7:30 pm. Children of every age are welcome!
UPSTAIRS THOUGHTS RABBI’S REFLECTIONS “From Slavery to Freedom, Wandering and Conquest” transferred to his son Eleazar, and Aaron dies. In parshat Balak we learn about the attempt of King Balak to curse the Israelites through the prophet Bilaam, a rare instance of what we might call fable and even humor in the Torah. At the end of this parsha there is an episode of idolatry among the people, which is punished at the beginning of the next parsha, Pinkhas. That parsha includes a lengthy list of the clans and descendants of each of the tribes, the laws of inheritance, the succession of Moses by Joshua, as well as a calendar of public sacrifices. Parshat Mattot discusses vows and oaths, and the circumstances in which they are binding, the account of a war against the Midianites, and a description of some of the tribes settling east of the Jordan river. In the final parsha of the book, Mas’ei, the Torah speaks of the boundaries of the land, the cases of homicide and manslaughter, and additional laws about inheritance. While a great deal happens in the book, we should note that with few exceptions the events it describes occur near the beginning and end of the wilderness years, which is to say just as the Israelites are leaving Egypt and just as they approach the end of the forty years of wandering. Most of the 38 years in the middle are passed over with little comment. That is probably an indication that the importance of those years is the transition to a new generation. Those who came out of Egypt were timid and unready to assume the responsibilities of liberation, so the task of conquering Canaan and establishing God’s covenant in the land fell to their children. From a certain perspective, the end of the book of Bemidbar is the end of the story of the Israelites’ history, the journey that began with Abraham and Sarah. If we did not have Deuteronomy we might not have missed it in terms of what happened to the people. Next month we will see what the fifth, final, book of the Torah has to add to that story in terms of what that narrative meant as the Israelites stand at the edge of the Promised Land.
Rabbi Jeff Pivo
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World Wide Wrap and
Sefer Torah Program MEN’S CLUB World Wide Wrap XV Sunday, February 1, 2015 “We're in it for the Tie!” Get Ready to Wrap and Roll!! Celebrate the Mitzvah of Tefillin with us. There’ll be extra sets and personal trainers to help you through the process. Then, afterwards, join us for a fabulous Bagel Breakfast (and more) to discuss “Wrapping Yourself Up with God” led by Orin Rotman & Norm Kurtz.. Contact: Orin Rotman, World Wide Wrap Chairman email@example.com
Orin Rotman Tefillin Wrap Rap Video
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TA’AM YISRAEL SEND OFF
Ta'am Yisrael Send Off!
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 Join us in wishing our students a NESIAH TOVA (safe travels) to Israel as part of the Ta'am Yisrael program during Erev Shabbat Services on
February 6, 2015 7:30 pm Rabbi Pivo will share special words with our students as they prepare for their journey to the Holy Land.
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm – Tot & Kids Service Featuring Brad Egel 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner 7:30 pm – Shabbat Services – led by Norm Kurtz, Helen Peters & Orin Rotman Menu will be: Spinach lasagna, grilled & roasted vegetables, Macaroni & Cheese, buttered pasta with sauce, garlic bread and greek salad Cost: Adults: $12 Children (Ages 7-12): $10 Children (4 - 6): $5 Families: $38.00 Bring Your Own Bottle of White Kosher Wine RSVP by February 6, 2015
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B’NAI MITZVAH BIO Shaina Pearl Wenk will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Abigail Golde will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, February 21, 2015.
Shaina is a 7th grader at Twin Groves Middle School. Shaina is on the Twin Groves Colts Poms squad and began playing lacrosse this fall with the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association.
Abby is a seventh grade High Honor Roll student at Hawthorn Middle School South. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, singing in the school choir, running cross country and track on her school's team, ice skating, and art.
Shaina also loves to shop, cook, hang out with friends and watch TV. Shaina’s mitzvah projects focused on two of her favorite things – pets and B'nai B'rith Beber Camp in Mukwonago, WI. Shaina has spent many hours volunteering with Orphans of the Storm. She has spent time “showing animals” that are up for adoption, and collecting blankets to donate to the shelter. Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, Shaina held a bake sale to support the B’nai B’rith Beber Camp Scholarship Fund. She raised money to help ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience Jewish overnight camp, just like she has for the last 3 amazing summers. Joining in Shaina's special day are her extremely proud parents, Hillary & Brian, older sister, Brooke, Grammie Susan Stouber, and many more friends and family. This day is made even more special as Shaina chants from the same Parsha as her sister did, three years ago. Shaina would like to thank Hazzan Weisberg and Andrea Dickson for helping prepare her for this wonderful occasion. A special thanks to Rabbi Pivo for his help with Shaina’s D’var Torah.
6th and 7th Graders! Apply today for the 2015 Beth Judea Kadima Board INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LEADER IN BETH JUDEA KADIMA? WANT TO HAVE A SAY IN THE PROGRAMS THAT WE DO??? THEN KADIMA BOARD IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!!! FILL OUT THE APPLICATION (ALONG WITH THE REQUIRED WRITTEN ATTACHMENT) AND RETURN TO MARC SENDER BY February 1ST, 2015!!! THE FIRST MEETING FOR THE KADIMA BOARD WILL BE in February 2015 KADIMA BOARD APPLICATION
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Abby loves animals, especially playing with her dog Leila. She loves spending part of her summer at Jewish overnight camp in New York and can't wait to go back for her fourth summer. Joining Abby on this special day will be her parents Leslie and Michael and her sister Rebecca. Her proud grandparents Stuart and Bettie Schwartz, Grandmother Linda Golde and companion Tom Magnus, and Grandfather Alan Golde will also be sharing in the celebration as well as her many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Abby would like to thank Rabbi Pivo, Hazzan Weisberg, Anna Besser, and all of her Hebrew school teachers for all of their support, guidance, and encouragement. A special thank you to Andrea Dickson for her tutoring and mentoring which prepared Abby for this special day. Aaron Samuel Kudlowitz will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Aaron is a 7th grader at Daniel Wright Jr. High School and has a passion for sports. He loves to play football and has been playing basketball for three straight years with the Lincolnshire Sports Association. He also enjoys running and participated in the District 103 Run for the Fields 5K race last year. Aaron also enjoys playing baritone sax in the Daniel Wright 7th grade band, and watching the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, and any University of Florida sport. Aaron is happy to be celebrating his bar mitzvah with his parents, Matt and Effie Kudlowitz, his younger sister Anna, his younger brother Max, and his grandparents Shlomith Cohen, Barry and Sharon Kudlowitz. Aaron thanks his aunts, uncle, cousins, and other friends and family who have traveled to celebrate with him today. He also remembers all those who cannot be with him to celebrate today. Aaron would like to thank Anna Besser, Rabbi Pivo, Cantor Weisberg, and all his Hebrew school teachers, for all they have done to help him reach this day.
PURIM SPECIAL EVENTS
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1. Attend the Purim Masquerade on Saturday Evening March 7, 2015.
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2. Become an Event Sponsor: We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Please consider one of the many options as you determine your gift. 3. Purchase an ad for our Event Program: In Honor of Mitch & Ann Lerman Highlight your business to all of our expected Purim Masquerade attendees Send a personalized greeting to one of our congregants, clergy, or staff. 4. Donate Auction Items: Ask anyone and everyone for a gift Sports Tickets * Gift Certificates * Airline Tickets * Hotel/Condo Vacations * Birthday Parties * Theater Tickets * Other Products & Services Click here to visit the website or go to: www.BethJudea.org/PM2015 Get Flyer
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A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY Chavurah Questionnaire Over the years Congregation Beth Judea has had several successful chavurot. These chavurot have thrived here at Beth Judea for 10, 20, and even 30 years. To serve the socialization, fellowship, cultural, and religious needs of our families, an effort to create new chavurot has been started. Click here for Chavurah Questionnaire. It will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please respond by Feb 17th.
Click here for FAQ. There will be an organizational meeting on Feb 24th. - Evan Rumack
FOCUS ON FAMILY EVENTS
MITZVAH CLUB PROGRAM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AGES NINE AND YOUNGER Dozens of families with young children are coming together to teach the important lesson of helping others through mitzvot. As a group, families are volunteering six times this year for a variety of non-profits across Chicagoland. All activities are geared toward ages nine and younger.
Children will receive a “Mitzvah Club” card.
HELP STOCK THE FOOD PANTRY AT THE ARK CHICAGO FEBRUARY 16, 2015 – 3:00 pm The Mitzvah Club will be stocking the food pantry at the ARK Chicago - 6450 N. California Ave. - Chicago, IL 60645 The cost is free, but we ask our families to please bring kosher cans of food to be donated. Contact: Allyson Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org Please Watch Your Weekly Emails for Future Upcoming Events
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FOCUS ON FAMILY EVENTS
FOCUS ON FAMILIES March 1
10:00 am -- Shushan Wonderland 11:00 am -- Tot hour at the Purim Carnival
Join us for a light breakfast, followed by groger making and a special presentation of the Purim story perfect for preschoolers. At 11 am, check out the Tot Hour of Beth Judea’s amazing Purim Carnival. This program is open to children preK & under with an adult. Registration is required by Feb 26.
7:00 pm – Megillah Reading Dress in COSTUME and get ready to make some noise! As a Mitzvah project, please bring boxes of dry pasta/rice Or vitamins to be used as groggors and then donated to a food shelter.
6:30 pm – Challah Chaverim: MATZAH MAKING Join us for MATZAH MAKING, story time with Rabbi Pivo and a Shabbat song session with Hazzan Weisberg. Registration is required by March 12.
Every Shabbat Sat. Morning, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Gan Shabbat Gan Shabbat is a Shabbat service specially designed for children ages nine and under along with their families. After Gan Shabbat, participants are welcomed at the main service and the community Kiddush. For more information about family programming, please contact the synagogue office at 847-634-0777. Congregation Beth Judea, 5304 RFD, Long Grove, IL - 847-634-0777 To Register by Email go to email@example.com
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EDUCATION Tu B'Shvat and Ba’al Tashchit: How Much Do We Waste? Tu B’Shevat is one of four New Years on the Jewish calendar. In ancient times, it was necessary to know the age of a tree so that its fruit could be eaten at the proper age (in the 4th year of the tree’s life; Leviticus 19:23-25). Trees are a wonderful creation upon which we are all dependent. Tu B’Shevat marks the beginning of spring in Israel. When our ancestors left Israel, Tu B’Shevat represented an opportunity to reconnect with the land of Israel. The seven species, symbolic of Tu B’Shevat, represent foods that grow in Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, olives, figs, pomegranates, and (date) honey. In modern times, Tu B’Shevat has come to represent ecological issues. Ba’al Tashchit, a Jewish value, teaches us to not waste or destroy anything needlessly. Below are some statistics on American consumption patterns, emphasizing how much waste we produce, how much we throw away each year. • The average person in the US produces 4 pounds of garbage a day. • The average person in the US throws away about 20 pounds of nonfood waste each week (this includes paper, glass, plastic, and metals). • The average American uses and discards 690 pounds of paper a year. Average use worldwide is only 100 pounds of paper per person each year. • Only 25.6% of the 71.8 million tons of paper waste, 12% of the 12.5 million tons of glass waste, 31.7% of the 2.5 million tons of aluminum waste, and 1.1% of the 14.4 million tons of plastic waste our country produces is recovered. • It takes 95% less energy to produce an aluminum can from an existing one than it does to produce one from raw materials. • Recycling the paper from one Sunday edition of the New York Times would save 75,000 trees. • Recycling plastics save twice as much energy as burning them in an incinerator. (http://www.coejl.org/resources/baal-tashchit-how-much-do-we-waste/)
Does this information surprise you? Do you think your own family consumes or wastes more or less than average? An average amount? So how can we put Ba’al Tashchit into practice? Through recycling efforts, conservation of natural resources, exploring reusable energy and much more! If we were to buy only products that use minimal recyclable packaging, that would exemplify Ba’al Taschit.
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EDUCATION Upcoming School Events: World Wide Wrap Coming up on Sunday, February 1st, Dalet and Heh students and their families are invited to participate in Men’s Club World Wide Wrap at 8:30 am. Dalet students have been working on creating their own Tefillin and will show off their wrapping skills with the rest of Men’s Club this Sunday morning. Please join us for this event! Shabbat Dinner for K-2nd Grade Families Throughout the year, our Kindergarten through second graders learn about Shabbat – Erev Shabbat, Yom Shabbat and Motzi Shabbat. We cordially invite our Sunday school families (K-2nd grade) to celebrate Shabbat with us at Beth Judea on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 6:15 pm. Be on the lookout for the Shabbat Dinner registration. CALENDAR UPDATES: February: Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Saturday
2/1 2/6 2/14 2/15 2/16 2/21
Men’s Club World Wide Wrap K – 2nd grade Shabbat Dinner No Gimel Shabbat NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL No Beyachad classes Dalet leading Shabbat Services in Main Sanctuary
March: Sunday 3/1 Purim Carnival – regular dismissal time (12 pm) Saturday 3/7 Gimel leading Shabbat Services in Main Sanctuary Tuesday 3/10 Heh class picture Saturday 3/14 Bet leading Shabbat services in Main Sanctuary Sunday 3/22 Aleph class family program Saturday 3/28 No Gimel Shabbat Sunday 3/29 – Monday 4/6 NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL or Beyachad– Spring Break
ATTENTION HEBREW SCHOOL PARENTS: PURIM MASQUERADE SPECIAL NOTICE FROM YOUTH DEPT. After seeing all the mail and email about the Purim Masquerade, are you still on the fence about attending? Is finding babysitting a hassle? We have the answer! The Purim Masquerade planning committee is sponsoring a premier youth event for ages 5 to 13 (K-8th grade), run by our youth department, at Beth Judea during the party. This event will feature Game Truck, a mobile high tech gaming facility equipped with the latest gaming systems and age appropriate games. This chaperoned event will run from 7:30 to 11:30pm on March 7th and will also include crafts, movies, games, and a huge Ice Cream Social in the youth lounge. To register for the events you can either: RSVP Online: Purim Masquerade Registration
Youth Event Registration
Call Beth Judea at 847-634-0777 and tell them you want the Hebrew School Deal for the Purim Masquerade and tell them how many children (and the ages) will attend the youth event. This is a terrific opportunity to have some fun, partake in some first class food and music, and support Beth Judea! And now, there is no reason NOT to do it! Already have your tickets? Sign your kids up for the youth event online Youth Event Registration or call Beth Judea and sign your kids up for this program - at NO COST! The Purim Masquerade will be an event not to be missed. We hope to see you there!!
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PDF of Game Truck Flyer
WHAT’S UP IN THE WORLD OF OUR YOUTH??? Special sneak peeks for 2nd, 5th, and 8th graders of the following year’s youth program!!! CALLING ALL 2ND GRADERS!!! 2nd graders are now eligible to join Kadinkers!!! You can join Kadinkers for the second half of your second grade year for only $10!!! CALLING ALL 5TH GRADERS!!! 5th graders are now eligible to join Kadima!!! You can join Kadima for the second half of your 5th grade years for only $20 (if you were already a member of Kadinkers you are automatically now a member of Kadima and you do not need to pay any additional dues)!
CALLING ALL 8TH GRADERS!!! 8th graders are now eligible to join USY!!! 8th graders may join USY for the second half of their 8th grade year for only $40 (If you were already a member of Kadima you are now automatically a USYer and you do not need to pay any additional dues)!
VIDEO GAME TRUCK We have a special event for youth of all ages on the evening of our Purim Masquerade Ball!!! A night out for the kids and a night out for the parents… What could be better??? Kadinkers and Kadima: mark your calendars for an evening of fun as we bring an awesome VIDEO GAME TRUCK to Beth Judea during the ball. This program is free if your parents are attending the Masquerade Ball (if they do not attend, there will be a fee). CLICK HERE FOR FLYER
KADINKERS (2nd-4th grade) Our Kadinkers group kicked off the year in style with a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry followed by ice skating at Millennium park. Our kadinkers group is now including 2nd graders for the rest of the year. We are excited for some great programming in the year ahead. Be on the lookout for your February event flyer in your email KADIMA (5th-7th grade) Kadimaniks who are still looking to get involved can join Kadima board for this spring and fall. Kadima board is open to 6th and 7th graders who would like to help plan some of the programs and begin to grow as leaders in our youth program. This past month, the Kadimaniks joined together with the Kadinkers for a fun trip to the Museum of Science and Industry followed by ice skating at Millennium Park.
USY (BJUSY) (8th-12th grade) With our 8th graders now fully immersed in the USY experience, we are looking forward to an amazing second half of the year. We kicked things off with a “kidnap” of 19 of our 8th graders followed by an outing to Xtreme Trampoline
We want to wish all of our 8th graders attending the Ta’am Yisrael trip safe travels, and we can’t wait to hear all about your experiences when you return. For the rest of the members who will not be away on Ta’am we have two incredible trips available in February.
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YOUTH You should have already received information on our upcoming Midwinter convention and Weekend of Greatness which includes 2 to 4 fantastic days in the Wisconsin Dells!!! You can register for both trips or either one but do so quickly as space is filling fast! Remember you can always stay up to date with all things BJUSY throughout the entire year by visiting our new and improved website www.bethjudeausy.weebly.com, and you can sign up for membership by going to http://tinyurl.com/bethjudeayouth. B’Shalom, Marc Sender - Youth Director Congregation Beth Judea - 5304 RFD Long Grove, IL 60047 Office: (847)-634-0777 ext. 114 Cell: (847)-334-8639 Email: YouthDirector@bethjudea.orgmailto:YouthDirector@bethjudea.org Website: www.bethjudeausy.weebly.com Sign up for membership at http://tinyurl.com/bethjudeayouth 6th & 7th Graders – apply today Check us out on Facebook and Twitter! for the 2015 Beth Judea Kadima
Please consider making a donation to the Youth Fund or Rachel Hirshman Fund to help USYers go to regional programs and Israel
Board. See page 4 for details. TENTATIVE UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MIDWINTER CONVENTION AND WEEKEND OF GREATNESS 2015 BJUSY USY AND BEANS USY ARE ONCE AGAIN TEAMING UP FOR A PRESIDENT'S DAY WEEKEND OF GREATNESS TRIP BEANS USY AND BJUSY PRESIDENT'S DAY WEEKEND OF GREATNESS!!! DATE: SATURDAY 2/14/15 THROUGH 2/16/15 LINK TO SIGN UP ONLINE FOR THE TRIP ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR PRESIDENT'S DAY WEEKEND OF GREATNESS TRIP THIS YEAR Weekend of Greatness is the same weekend as the CHUSY Midwinter convention!!! You can sign up for both trips and stay for the entire 4 days in the Dells!!! You also have the option to still just attend Weekend of Greatness and ride the bus up on Saturday night!!! DO NOT LET COST DETER YOU!!! The Beth Judea youth committee is offering 2 separate $25 scholarships to all who request it. $25 for Weekend of Greatness and a separate $25 for Midwinter convention.
FEBRUARY February 2 February 3 February 4 Feb. 8-16 February 9 February 10 Feb. 13-16 February 22 February 23 February 24 February 28 February 28
BJUSY Basketball BJUSY Challah & Havdallah Regional Lounge Night Ta’am Yisreal: A Taste of Israel 8th Grade Israel Experience BJUSY Basketball BJUSY Board Meeting Midwinter/WOG BJUSY attends Men’s Club Youth of the Year Dinner BJUSY Basketball BJUSY Purim/Bake Hamantashen BJUSY Teen Minion Minyan BJUSY Purim Carnival Setup
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES FOR OUR YOUTH GROUPS View our calendar online at http://tinyurl.com/BJUSYCalendar
Midwinter (Fri-Sat) cost: $140 ($115 after scholarship) Weekend of Greatness (Sat-Mon) cost: $189 ($164 after scholarship) MORE: For more information or to become a member of USY please click below or contact Marc Sender 847-634-0777 x 114 YouthDirector@bethjudea.org
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Don't Delay Join Today: BJUSY Kadima and Kadinkers Online Membership Form To view a pdf copy of the flyer please click below PDF of PRESIDENT'S DAY WEEKEND OF GREATNESS Flyer
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ADULT EDUCATION WEEKLY CLASSES These classes are ongoing. Please join at any time. Hebrew is not required for any of these classes unless specifically noted.
ADULT EDUCATION AT CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA. Congregation Beth Judea offers a variety of meaningful Jewish learning opportunities through classes, lectures, and informal sessions on Jewish Law, Torah, prayer, and other topics of interest that will intrigue and inspire you. All classes (unless otherwise noted) are held at Congregation Beth Judea. You can view all our upcoming classes on our website; however, schedules are subject to change so please check our home page for updates.
“When I pray, I speak to God; When I study, God speaks to me.” - Rabbi Louis Finkelstein
Interpretive Minyan in the Library Service Leader: Norm Kurtz You are invited to join the Interpretive Minyan in the Library the first and third Shabbat of every month. Our growing minyan is focused on building community by enjoying a passionate, meaningful, and dynamic Shabbat morning experience. Our minyan is friendly and welcoming to all. Join us for prayer/discussion/learning and stay for Kiddush/lunch after services. We meet in the synagogue library on the second floor from 10:30 until 11:45. We look forward to welcoming you to our community. Shabbat shalom,
TALMUD STUDY Talmud & Jewish Life: Grappling with Life, Law, and Innovation Sunday mornings at 8 am Participate in a lively discussion of the Talmud and its relevance for us today. No prior knowledge is required and texts will be provided. We are working our way through the fascinating array of topics in the Tractate Ketubot (Marriage Contracts). Orin Rotman will facilitate this weekly Talmud study session. (Artscroll Schottenstein edition is used for this class) CAFFEINE FOR THE SOUL: Morning Torah Study RESUMES ON FEBRUARY 2 – MARCH 23, 2015 Tuesday mornings after minyan (8:10 – 8:30 am) Linger after morning minyan for a light breakfast and a bit of Torah, as we spend a few minutes together looking at the weekly parshah with Rabbi Pivo. HUMASH w/RASHI Judaism 201: `What’s Bugging Rashi?’ (Rabbi Pivo) Tuesday Evenings at 8:00 pm begins Nov. 4, 2014 -May For nearly a thousand years, Jews have understood the Torah through the eyes of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki, or Rashi. His commentary has been the indispensable source for beginners and expert students alike to understand Torah. Rashi’s brief, clear comments are the best starting point for an in-depth study of our most vital texts. The course is open to all but with advanced students in mind; we will use the Hebrew text as much as possible. TASTE OF TORAH: Sweet Taste of Torah: Kohelet & Song of Songs Wednesday evenings at 8 pm For thousands of years, Judaism has been interpreting and applying the Torah to everyday life. This class follows the Tanach cycle. Each week we will read through several chapters a week of the Nevim (Prophets) texts, then on to Ketuvim (Writings), then back to Torah again. Parsha Perspectives Thursday evenings after minyan (7:45—8:00 pm) Do you have 10 minutes to spare? It only takes 10 minutes to get started on a lifelong journey. Spend each Thursday after Minyan learning about the upcoming Parsha with Rabbi Pivo, and before you know it you'll have completed hours of Torah study. PARSHA OF THE WEEK Shabbat Torah/Haftarah Study Shabbat morning at 9 am Join a study/discussion of the week’s parsha. We will discuss questions raised by the participants.
EDUCATION SERIES To register for classes or to find out more information about the Adult Education programs, contact Anna Besser at (847) 634-0777 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Welcome to our Adult Education Series. To register for classes or to find out more information, please contact Anna Besser at email@example.com.
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WORLD WIDE WRAP Sunday, February 1, 2015 8:30 am Minyan complimentary Breakfast following services
Join us for a meaningful and entertaining Sunday morning service when Congregation Beth Judea’s Men’s Club, along with men’s clubs throughout the world. We will be celebrating the mitzvah of wearing tefillin. Bring your tefillin, and we will help you learn how to use them. Following the service, join us for a complimentary breakfast for all WWW participants. Instructions will be available starting at 8:15 am for those who have not worn Tefillin before or need a refresher.
Lunch & Learn: ‘A La Carte’ (a bag of lunch, current events and Jewish ethics) Taught by Rabbi Pivo Bring your lunch and join Rabbi Pivo for a discussion of current events and Jewish ethics in the modern world. We’ll talk about a little bit of this and a little bit of that as we look at what’s happening in and around the Jewish world. Monday, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Dates: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 LOCATION: Sunset Foods 2nd Floor Conference Room (corner of Rt. 83 & Aptakisic) Bring Your Own Lunch
TAP the Torah: Israeli Elections: What’s at Stake for Me? Click Here for Flyer Taught by Orin Rotman Sponsored by Men’s Club A representative of AJC and of Mercaz will join in the discussion. COST: $5 donation Feb. 19, 2015 The Continental Restaurant (788 S Buffalo Grove Rd BG)
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Welcome to our Adult Education Series. To register for classes or to find out more information, please contact Anna Besser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Education February 2015 Judaism 101: 5 Books in 4 Weeks! Taught by Rabbi Pivo In this mini-course, offered three times this year, we will immerse ourselves in the Torah’s five books content and structure. The course fulfills requirements for our Adult B’nei Mitzvah, but is open to all. COST: Free for members; $5 for non-members Sunday mornings; 11:00 am WINTER SESSION: Feb.1, 8
Sweet Taste of Torah: Kohelet & Song of Songs Taught by Orin Rotman Wednesday evenings at 8 pm For thousands of years Judaism has been interpreting and applying the Torah to everyday life. This class follows the Tanach cycle. We are starting Kohelet and Song of Songs. Join us each week as we read through several chapters a week of the Nevim (Prophets) texts, then on to Ketuvim (Writings), then back to Torah again.
Hebrew 101 Taught by Lee Goldberg Monday evenings; 6:30 – 7:30 pm Dates: Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 9, 16, 23 COST: Members – FREE; Non-Members - $36 for series In this mini-course, we will focus on familiarity of the Hebrew letters and vowels, blending sounds and reading. The course is open to all, including our Adult B’nei Mitzvah students.
Hebrew Literacy II CO-SPONSORED by MEN’S CLUB Taught by Norm Kurtz & Eric Yegelwel Tuesday evenings; 8:00 – 9:00 pm Dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 COST: Members – FREE; Non-Members - $36 for series Don't miss this opportunity to learn core prayers! For those who have taken Hebrew Literacy I and want to continue learning, then this is for you! This 8-week class will focus on teaching the prayers from the Saturday morning service while incorporating parts of the Understanding Prayer curriculum at the same time.
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Healing Hearts 2015 Winter Program Wednesday, March 11, 2015 1:00 pm â€“ 2:30 pm Spontaneous Jewish Prayer: Amen and Hallelujah Join us as we look at the history of intuitive prayer in Judaism. How did we lose the art, and why do we often feel uncomfortable with unscripted prayer? Discover new ways to express our deepest yearnings and joys.
Presented by Rabbi Ari Moffic Rabbi Moffic is the Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago. Modern interpretations of culture and religion, and making Jewish living accessible, relevant, and meaningful are the areas that drive and inspire her. Program held at: Temple Chai 1670 Checker Road Long Grove, Illinois
The Adult Jewish Education Co-op (AJEC) is committed to providing relevant programs of vital interest to all. Programs will generate open and honest discussions, as well as focus on personal connections to the topics. Please Pre-Register to Linda Magad Click here for full flyer The Word February 2015
Northwest Suburban Jewish Grief Support
Nechama: Comfort for the Bereaved Among Us Nechama is a workshop for grievers and their loved ones who have experienced a loss during the past four months. Participants will learn about the grief process and coping mechanisms, understand their grieving styles, and how to gain and receive support from friends and loved ones. This workshop will also look at how Judaism lays the groundwork to provide comfort for the bereaved through the use of ritual and connection to other mourners.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Time: 6:30 â€“ 8:00 PM Place: Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Rd., Long Grove Fee: No Fee Contact: Rosalie Greenberger, LCSW, at JCFS Phone: 224-625-2819 Email: Rosaliegreenberger@jcfs.org Healing Hearts is a partnership of Temple Chai, Congregation Beth Judea, Congregation Beth Am, Chicago Jewish Funerals, Goldman Funeral Group, Piser Funeral Services, Shalom Memorial Funeral Home.
One-stop, toll-free access for help. Call 855-ASKJCFS (855- 275-5237), email email@example.com or visit jcfs.org. JHNC is administered by Jewish Child & Family Services in collaboration with CJE SeniorLife, the Chicago Board of Rabbis & Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation. JCFS is a partner in serving our community, supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.
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DINNER WITH RABBI
PROGRAMMING We are trying to get people with common interests together.
Join Rabbi Pivo For Dinner and Conversation Thursday February 19, 2015 6:00 pm â€“ 7:30 pm Topic: How to Make Holidays Meaningful and Fun for Children Cost for Dinner: $12/pp Reservations required by February 12th to firstname.lastname@example.org For additional dates and topics click here for flyer
If you like a game or activity that others may enjoy let us know.
Are you interested in: Bridge
Mah Jongg Klucke/Kalookie
Or are you interested in just joining people for: Breakfast
Sports or Sharing your interests and hobbies?
All suggestions are WELCOME!! We are interested in getting new ideas for Programming.
PROGRAMMING It is my goal to make sure that we have programs that are of interest to all the different congregants of the synagogue and to get people to help plan and volunteer to help with those programs. I invite you to join the Programming Committee. If you canâ€™t attend but would like to be involved call or email me.
Any ideas for new programs are welcome!! Fred Rabinowitz Vice President - Programming Rabino49@aol.com
If you have any ideas or have seen good programs at other synagogues, please share them with us. Please contact Fred Rabinowitz at email@example.com
Upon three things the world is based: Upon Torah, Upon Divine Service and Upon the Practice of Charity
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SOCIAL ACTION Especially now, please watch your weekly emails closely for special projects we will be participating in to help the food shelters, the homeless, and all those less fortunate with clothing and food drives.
ISRAEL COMMITTEE AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE March 1 – 3, 2014
February 1 - 3:30 pm (Sunday) Bingo at Friend Center – Click Here for Flyer February 8- New Time: 1:30 pm (Sunday) Bring Your Dogs to Visit the Elderly at Alden of Long Grove. Click Here for Flyer. Watch your emails for upcoming Mitzvah opportunities with Maot Chitim for Passover. The Social Action Committee meets on the last Monday of each month. Please join us.
AIPAC CONFERENCE If you are attending the AIPAC Conference this year and would like to join us for dinner on the Sunday night of the Policy Conference please contact Arnie Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on any of the above, please contact Scott Eisner at email@example.com .
An Important Announcement CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA HESED (CARING) COMMITTEE The Hesed committee would like to know if you have any difficulties/problems that you would like to discuss with a knowledgeable individual. We have a group of congregants who have been trained or are professionals who would be able to provide a brief consultation with you in order to refer you on for more in-depth assistance. We are also thinking about starting some support groups. We would like to know what you feel your needs are. Please email Ellene Lammers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rabbi Pivo.
2014 AIPAC Conference - Photo of Last Year Attendees
Join fellow members of Beth Judea in our Nation’s Capitol for three of the most important days affecting Israel’s future. For more information about Beth Judea’s delegation, or to register for the AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE contact AIPAC’s Chicago Area Director, Eli Wald at 312-253-8994 or email@example.com
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SISTERHOOD SOURCE Sisterhood Update - February 2015 In the movie, "Fiddler on the Roof", is a beautiful, song "Shabbat Prayer", in which Golda blesses their daughters with the line "May you be like Ruth and like Esther.” With Purim coming next month, it is appropriate to think about how we may be more like those two brave heroines of our ancient literature. Perhaps we could all be more of many things such as patient, understanding, independent, observant, active in synagogue, in effort to contribute to tikkun olam (repairing the world). In repairing the world, we repair ourselves too. One way Sisterhood was able to contribute to tikkun olam was by collecting 220 children's books to be distributed by Bernie's Book Bank to "at risk" youth in the Chicago area. We hope that Ruth and Esther would have been as proud and delighted with this effort as we were. In repairing the world, we repair ourselves too. Here are some upcoming events that bring us camaraderie, fun, and renewal: •
Sisterhood "Schmooze Night“
Book Club, 7:00 PM at Debbi Green’s. The book is The Family by David Laskin.
Men's Club and Sisterhood cosponsored Wine Tasting
We also hope that everyone will support the synagogue's Purim Masquerade ball honoring Mitch and Ann Lerman as King and Queen.
Where every woman’s voice is heard
COME JOIN YOUR SISTERHOOD FRIENDS FOR A COOKIE AND A CUP OF TEA OR A GLASS OF WINE
BRING YOUR SMILING FACES AND KNITTING OR A GOOD STORY TO SHARE AND WE’LL SPEND A FEW HOURS IN PLEASANT COMPANY REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED PLEASE RSVP BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 TO Mskitty.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us at our meetings and programs! We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, and as always, we welcome your ideas for activities.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Chag Purim Sameach! - Merle Rumack, Secretary
MAH JONGG –FEBRUARY– Flyer Series Continues in February Dates: Feb. 1, Feb. 8 Tuesday Saturday Monday
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Sisterhood “Schmooze Night” Nosh A Nite Sisterhood Book Club
SAVE THE DATE: March 22, 2015 Men’s Club & Sisterhood co-sponsored Wine Tasting Event
SISTERHOOD FUNDRAISERS Torah Pin Fund All Occasion Cards Entertainment Books
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L’Chaim Cookbook (click here for your free recipe)
SISTERHOOD All Are Invited Come Join Us for the Sisterhood Progressive Nosh A Night! February 21, 2015 Here’s how it works: People volunteer to host a course: hot appetizers, cold appetizers or dessert, all served buffet style. • •
Not everyone will be hosting. You will go to an assigned home for each of the appetizer courses and then we will all gather together at the home of Darlene and Barry Bikshorn for dessert. This event is open to the entire congregation: singles, couples.
Each person will make one dish: a cold appetizer, hot appetizer or dessert and bring it to the host home for that course. All food must be dairy or pareve.
Where every woman’s voice is heard SISTERHOOD BOOK CLUB Come Join Us As We Discuss
THE FAMILY by David Laskin
Each host will contact his/her guests to coordinate what each person brings and when to drop off the food (before or after Shabbat of course).
•Hot appetizer course: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm •Cold appetizer course: 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm •Dessert: 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
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Laskin honors the traditions, the lives and the choices of his ancestors (revolutionaries, entrepreneurs, scholars, farmers, tycoons and truck drivers), who were separated by the upheavals in western Russia. The Family is a deeply personal, dramatic and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.
•Cost: $5.00 per person for Sisterhood members and guest(s) $7.50 per person for non-Sisterhood members and their guest(s) Come and enjoy the evening!!
This nonfiction book traces the roots of the authors own family and captures the epic sweep of the 20th century.
Click here for flyer Book Discussion will be on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm At Debbi Green’s Home Please RSVP to email@example.com
This event is open to Sisterhood and CBJ Members
SISTERHOOD GIFTSHOP STOP IN AND SEE OUR NEW AND UNIQUE ITEMS We Have Great Gifts for Any Occassion Congregation Beth Judea Gift Shop (Where shopping is a mitzvah) The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Judea's Judaica Shop carries a wide variety of Judaica and gift items such as tallitot, kippot, Seder plates, Hanukkah menorahs, candlesticks, kiddush cups, tzedakah boxes, mezzuzah cases, books, toys, games, teacher gifts, and nonreligious gift items. The shop carries Gary Rosenthal, Nambe, and a large number of items imported directly from Israel. The shop also carries special seasonal items and gift baskets. In addition, you can special order about anything you may want. Stop by when the shop is open: Sundays from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Tuesdays when Religious School is in session and by appointment. Karen Nagel is the Gift Shop Manager. The Gift Shop has lots of new merchandise, including great High Holiday and other holiday gift items, as well as Bat/Bat Mitzvah and wedding gift items. Check out Sisterhood’s own L'CHAIM TOO! Cookbook, filled with special recipes for all your holiday needs or as a great gift for any occasion. MC, VISA. and Discover accepted
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Congregation Beth Judea Gift Shop (Where shopping is a mitzvah)
20% OFF ONE SINGLE ITEM OF $25 OR MORE Coupon must be present at time of purchase Exclusions include sale merchandise, special orders, scrolls, consignment items. Nambe Discount Limited to 10% / No Discount on Michael Aram One coupon per family. No other discounts or promotions apply -Expires February 28, 2015 COUPON
MEN’S CLUB The Men’s Club Retreat is moving forward! The Congregation Beth Judea’s Men’s Club Retreat is scheduled for February 7-8, 2015 at the Geneva Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Twenty-nine men have signed up. The size of this turnout is beyond our most optimistic expectations. Hopefully, this is a sign of the strength of our Men’s Club and an indication of our future success. The retreat will be a fun weekend of great programming, relaxation, food, and schmoozing. The Midwest Region Man of the Year/Youth of the Year dinner is scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette, IL from 5 PM to 8 PM. This year we honor Ron Friedman as our Man of the Year and Larry Bender as our Youth of the Year. It is not too late to make dinner reservations. If you are unable to attend the dinner, you can still honor both Ron and Larry by purchasing an advertisement in the ad book for the program. Please see the links at the end of this article for instructions for purchasing an ad and making dinner reservations. Our next Tap the Torah discussion, led by Orin Rotman, is scheduled for Thursday evening, February 19, 2015 at 8 PM at the Continental Restaurant in Buffalo Grove, IL. Join us for a lively Torah discussion on a timely and entertaining topic over a beer or any beverage of your choice. Eat, drink and be merry. On Monday evening, February 23, at 7 PM Men’s Club has planned another get together at the Beer Market in Vernon Hills. We will supply the pizza. Each attendee will cover their own drinks. More than thirty men attended our last get together at the Beer Market in September. We hope to have even more participants this year. Despite the cold and snowy weather, we will discuss the upcoming softball season for our championship team. We are considering fielding two teams in 2015. We are planning a Craft Beer and Burger Event at Congregation Beth Judea Sunday evening April 26, 2015. Please save the date. More information will follow. The Congregation Beth Judea Programming Committee has scheduled a Lay Led Shabbat on Friday, February 13, 2015. If you have not yet attended one of these special services, please consider attending this one. They are spiritually uplifting and filled with ruach. All Men’s Club members and their families are urged to show your support and attend this special Shabbat service. Men’s Club sponsored a PADS dinner on Christmas Day December 25, 2014 at the United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights. We also had six volunteers who served dinner to those less fortunate than we. Yasher Koach to Kitty and Bruce Hoffman, Jerry Sakol, Maynard and Carole Hirsh and Charles and Renee Lustig. A special thank you to Kitty Hoffman for making all the arrangements necessary to have made this possible. Yom Hashoah is April 15-16, 2015. Men’s Club is scheduled to pack Yellow Yom HaShoah Candles on Sunday March 15. Routes will be mapped out and distributed to our members who will deliver the candles to most of the members of Congregation Beth Judea. This process will be similar to how the Hanukah candles were successfully distributed. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The memory, lessons, and magnitude of the Holocaust inconceivably continue to fade away. We commemorate this meaningful, historic occasion with the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club Yellow Candle Program. This is a vital, important, and symbolic way to show our solidarity and resolve that we will never forget! Eric Yegelwel
FJMC Man/Youth of the Year Dates and Deadlines Monday Monday Sunday Sunday
February 2 February 2 February 15 February 22
Dinner Early Discount Ends ($36/pp) Ad Book Deadline Dinner Ticket Sales End ($45/pp) FJMC Man/Youth of the Year Dinner
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Man of the Year/ Youth of the Year 2015 Dinner Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club Honoring
Ron Friedman and Larry Bender Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 8 pm Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, Illinois Join us as we recognize Ron Friedman as the Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club, 2015 Man of the Year and Larry Bender as Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club 2015 Youth of the Year Dinner reservations and display ad placements saluting Ron Friedman and Larry Bender will only be processed online.
For display ad and dinner registrations: http://www.midwestregionfjmc.org/event-registration Questions/Concerns: Contact Eric Yegelwel at 847 808-0047 before 8 pm.or email firstname.lastname@example.org No communications over Shabbat, please! DINNER RESERVATIONS Price is $36/person if purchased by Feb. 2, 2015. After Feb. 2, purchase price is $45/person
RON FRIEDMAN Ron Friedman is Congregation Beth Judea’s 2015 Men’s Club Man of the Year. He is has been married for forty-five years to his beautiful, wonderful, and understanding wife Jean. Ron is the proud father of four daughters and one granddaughter. He is happily retired after a long commercial banking career. Ron now spends his free time reading, working out, summer gardening, and completing “honey do” chores. Before moving to Buffalo Grove from Skokie in 1987, he served 8.5 years on District 68 School Board, including one term as Board President. Ron and Jean joined Congregation Beth Judea 26 years ago.. Ron currently serves on the synagogue Finance Committee. Recently he has become more active in the Men’s Club. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Men’s Club and is instrumental in coordinating Congregation Beth Judea’s Men’s Club participation in assisting the residents at the Lieberman Center on Shabbat. Ron has found his experience with Men’s Club to be immensely enriching due to the “menschlichkeit” generated by a truly wonderful group of men. He would like to give a special shout out to those in the group (who modestly prefer anonymity) whose leadership and traits of charity, spirituality, and morality have been inspirations for him to emulate. Ron is both honored and humbled to have been chosen for this award and hopes he can live up to the high standards set by his predecessors. LARRY BENDER Larry Bender is Congregation Beth Judea’s Men’s Club 2015 Youth of the Year. Larry is currently a senior at Chicagoland Jewish High School. He has been very active in Beth Judea’s award winning USY chapter serving as co-editor of the Chapter newsletter and Vice President of Communications. More recently, Larry has assumed regional leadership roles as co-chair of the Fall USY Convention and Regional Vice President of Communications. He has also participated in USY on Wheels Mission Mitzvah and the USY Pilgrimage to Israel. In addition to USY activities, Larry has been a strong supporter and advocate for Israel. He is active in StandWithUs having worked with them as a teen intern. He has attended both the 2013 AIPAC High School Summit held in Washington, D.C. in 2013 and the AIPAC Policy Conference also held in Washington, D.C. in 2014. Sports are Larry’s other passion. He has played for both the baseball and the bowling teams for Chicagoland Jewish High School for the past three years. He has also worked as a baseball umpire for several years. He was selected to receive the Best Umpire Award in 2009. Currently, Larry is the youngest member to have ever served on the Congregation Beth Judea Board of Directors. He is a member of the Education, Ritual, Membership and Israel committees. After graduation, Larry plans to spend a year is Israel attending NATIV which will provide him a unique opportunity to continue his journey to becoming an adult Conservative Jewish leader of tomorrow.
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MEN’S CLUB World Wide Wrap XV Sunday, February 1, 2015 “We're in it for the Tie!” Tzedakkah Fund A signature program of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs is scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015. The World Wide Wrap focuses on a Jewish ritual that spans the ages and generations. We bind up, engage and learn about the unique Jewish ritual of putting on tefillin. The program begins at 8:30 PM and is led by Norm Kurtz and Orin Rotman. We invite you to join us for breakfast and the Sefer Torah program following the Wrap.
The Men's Club has made donations from the minyan tzedakah box to: Maot Chitim The ARK American Friends of Magen David Adom We thank all those who have contributed to the tzedakkah fund administered by Men's Club.
Upcoming Events Sunday Saturday Thursday Shabbat Monday
February 1 February 7-8 February 19 February 21 February 23
World Wide Wrap Men’s Club Retreat Tap the Torah The Lieberman Men’s Club Beer Market
March 21 March 22
Pack Yom HaShoah Candles The Lieberman Men’s Club/Sisterhood Wine Tasting
April 18 April 26
The Lieberman Craft Beer & Burger
TAP the Torah: Israeli Elections: What’s at Stake for Me? Taught by Orin Rotman Sponsored by Men’s Club
HELP THE ELDERLY ATTEND SERVICES Once a month, the Beth Judea Men’s Club volunteers at the Lieberman Geriatric Center and helps the elderly get to and from services. We need volunteers for February 21.
Men’s Club strives to offer something for everyone. As such, we’re always open to new and creative programming ideas that help Jewish men lead rich and filling Jewish Lives. MEN’S CLUB MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
The Beth Judea Men’s Club is having an informal get together at the Beer Market Monday, February 23, 2015 7:00 pm
A representative of AJC and of Mercaz will join in the discussion. COST: $5 donation Feb. 19, 2015 The Continental Restaurant (
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LIFE IN ISRAEL – THE GOODMAN’S BLOG Howie and Suzanne Goodman were valued members at Beth Judea until they decided to make aliyah in 2009. The Goodmans have agreed to provide us with a blog on their experiences as new olim in Israel. Though we continue to miss the Goodmans, we can all look forward to reading about their adventures in Israel through the blog. In this issue, they give us an update on the Israeli election process and tell us about the Druze in Israel.
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SHALVA “Its okay, the children aren’t affected” But what if you knew they were?
Shalva clients will often say that they can withstand their husband’s abuse as long as he never directs his anger toward their children. What many women don’t understand is that children are the silent victims of abuse and that they often repeat the behaviors they have seen. According to a recent study, over 90% of children are aware of domestic abuse in their home. These children are affected emotionally, cognitively, and physically. They are at great risk and often experience low self-esteem, shame, fear and guilt. Many distrust adults, fail to thrive or suffer from depression and anxiety. What can we do? The issue of domestic abuse is not just a women’s issue; it affects the entire family as well as our Jewish community. SHALVA offers free counseling to Jewish women who are or were in an intimate partner relationship. If you or someone you know needs our help, call 773-583-4673.
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WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW . . . . YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE If you are celebrating a life cycle event such as a birth, engagement, or wedding, we would like to know about it so that this milestone can be included in The Word. If you are ill or know someone who is sick, we would like to know about it so that a prayer for recovery can be said, so that the clergy can call or visit, and so that the Hesed (Caring) committee can be notified and be of assistance. If there is a death in your family, we would like to know about it so that we can offer our support, can share this information with our congregation, and so that we can add your loved one to our Yahrzeit records.
We firmly believe that reaching out to others benefits not only the recipient, but the person providing help as well. This is, without a doubt, a win-win situation for all involved. If you are interested in making a difference, please contact one of the Hesed (Caring) committee members below:
Rabbi Pivo Ellene Lammers Wendy Wunsch Evan Rumack
Please call the synagogue office with this information. Do not assume that someone else will have notified the synagogue staff.
Hesed (Caring) Committee Congregation Beth Judea Hesed (Caring) Committee Please complete the following form to notify the committee of a person who is ill, hospitalized or in a rehabilitation facility,
Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Location ______________________________________________________________________________
Contact person/phone number: ____________________________________________________________ Your name: ___________________________________________________________________________
â–Ą Please contact this person â–Ą Please ask the clergy to contact this person Please return this card to the office before or after Shabbat. You may also fax the information to (847) 634-8055, call the Rabbi or contact our committee chairs,
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Evan Rumack (847) 253-4130 email@example.com
Beth Judea Office (847) 634-0777 firstname.lastname@example.org
BIRTHDAYS We wish a very Happy Birthday to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: February 1
Daniel Kurtz Elisa Nusinow
Fern Dembo Todd Lichtenstein Tammy Lorber Kenneth Redfern Michael Savitt
Rabbi Howard Lifshitz Helen Peters Beth Pollard Hyman Riebman
Elonna Finkle Lisa Goldberg Effie Kudlowitz Brenda Levin Debbie Rosenman Charlotte Seltzer
Marlene Greenberg Kenneth Margules Gary Mills February 18
Ellen Lerner Liz Schachter
Arlene Ament Ana Goldman Gregory Kalisky Audrey Taxer
Scott Finkle Charles Lustig Sherry Weinberger
Robert Antman Arlene Moses
Carrie Shultz Wendy Weinger
Patricia Feldman Miriam Krieberg
Ellene Lammers Jerrold Lazar
Jason Allen Judith Levitan Sheri Lippman Elizabeth Rosin
Matthew Ellington Georgianne Oman Lynda Sachs Andrea Warren
Barbara Buhai Gary Friedlander
Natalie Gurin Kendra Rosen Jackie Strauss
Wendy Frost Glenn Goldstein Jeffrey Wener
Bradley Arnold Slava Lemberg
February 11 February 13
Stuart Kersky Dean Klassman Marci Sussman
ANNIVERSARIES We wish a very Happy Anniversary to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: February 2
Jerome and Marlene Gothelf Allen and Karey Rosenston
Herman and Faye Hefler
Allan and Mary Wernick
Craig and Dena Newman Jeffrey and Rhonda Wener
Arthur and Carol Schechter
We encourage you to also contact one another to share in their celebration. NOTE: If your name is missing from the list please contact the synagogue so we can update your information in our files.
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February Yahrzeits YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AND ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS February 6
David Appel Morris Damsky Pearl Fleiss Stuart Julis Jacob Rizman * Rose Secler * Jack Leonard Weitzman
Alfred Braun * Mitch Davis * Selma Greengard Rachel Levin David Rosenfeld * Morris Spiegel *
Diane Brown * Jamie Sara Fabian Lena Grossman Arthur Marc Elizabeth Rosenthal * Betty Wasserman
Gregorio Copelovitz Sarah Finkelstein Anna Herstein Adelyn Nixon Sam Rothnagel Clara Weisberg
Jack Babbitt * Ceil Feldstein Sol Ganelin * Sylvia Katz * Albert Levin Jackie Max * David Polakow * Jerome Schneider * Sidney Simons Artur Westerman *
Irwin Dritz Arthur Fierer Edith Gordon Gary Korn Howard Lorber * Jules Mellow Hymen Polonsky Rose Sher Bernard Stouber
Muriel Epstein * Moe Forman * Shirley Harris Norman Leibold * Sidney Lorber * Solomon Mordoh * Minnette Rothstein George Sherman * Bernard Weisberg
Bertha Feldman * Richard Ganden * Dorothy Hyman Sam Lemsky Natalie Lubesnick Ann Nemser * Mary Alice Ryan Seymour Shub * Inge Weiss
Dorothy Becker * Becky Cohn Harold Dobrikin * Lillian Freedman Norma Gordon Samantha Keeshin * Joseph Levin Michael Minnen Bernard Resnik Steven Schmeisser * Beatrice Silver * Bertha Watchman
Morris Braverman * Alice Copeland * Aaron Elisco Corrine Gill Sidney Hirsch Rita Kravits Earl Levit Victor Nahum * Dorothy Rose * David Schwartz Rywka Slomowicz Howard Weinert
Mac Brown * Sonia Copelovitz Agnes Ellegant Elizabeth Libby Goldenberg Lene Kagan * Teddy Kray * Monte Levitt * Jacob Petrynek * Max Rosenblatt Hyman Schwartz * Jerome Sohn Florence Zablen *
David Cohen Shirley Davis * Norton Ferber * Benjamin Golyer * Lou Kalisky Harry Krulewich Judith Mazur David Popilsky * Philip Rothstein Joseph Shefsky * Marshall Sylvan Leslie Zucker *
Maurice Arker * Faina Brudnoy Henry Eisenhammer David Feldheim * Jacob Gordon * Joseph Hockfield * David Marder Sandra Portnoy Phillip Rothenberg Faye Schwartz Rosalind Singer Joyce Victor
Dan Bauer * Clara Charlat * Rose Elisco Frances Friedlander Foster Gould Manny Indes * Abe Orloff Ruby Rashbaum Marcella Rumack * Carl Shapiro * Anne Soll * Jerome Waitz *
Benjamin Berkovitz * Rose Coll Emanuel Fagman Paul Geiger Anna Haberman * Jack Krivitzky * Lev Podkovik June Reback Barbara Sachs * Diane Shapiro * William Steres * Ellin Wener *
Rose Brandt James Corenman Charles Falk * Sherry Gerber * Bernard Hefler Ruth Lifshitz * Barbara Pomerantz Edith Rockwell Vivian Schneider * Max Morris Sheft Frances Stern
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March Yahrzeits YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AND ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS March 6
Albert Appel Frieda Brin * Russell Davis * Lillian Goldstein * Charles Haberman * Meyer Kovich * Leonard Levitan * Ronald Marcus Toby Pollack * Harvey Stein * Richard Welch
Helen Berg * Riva Chiet * Hannah Fierer Meyer Goldware * Emmanuel Kaplan Hymen Krieberg Nancy Lipp Helen Mills Bernard Rafal Ada Weiner *
Robert Block * Marvin Cohn Bruce Gerber Leo Greenberg * Seymour Keeshin * Dan Kwasman Sofia Magill Bessie Mordoh * Barbara Seider Lucille Weisberg *
Helene Borkan * Lester Copeland * Harold Glassman Harold Gross * Wanda Komisarz Ann Levin * Carl Mandel Sylvia Perl * Ben Silverman * Peter Weisberg
Louis Bardos * William Cohn Lillian Gold * Harry Kray Cecilla Lerner * Rena Lichtenstein * Dora Nechamkin * Norman Rubin * Allan Silver Calvin Stark Jill Waitz Harry Zelson
Shelly Braverman * Doris Friedland Jacob Hammer Bernard Kurtz * Ben Levin * Abraham Lippman Jack Nimzin * Milton Ruttenberg Derek Warren Smolensky Martin Stein * Morris Walcer * Mindy Zolno
Gerald Brownfield Charles Allen Fryer Vera Hefler Steven Landau * Esther Levin * Joel Mosak * Cynthia O. Rafal * Irving Sachs * Molly Sobol * Ruth Tolsky Jeffrey Weisberg *
Samuel Cohen * Sondra Gartenberg * Tessie Kaufman Lee Lazar * Leonard Levy * Minnie Muffson Morris Rotman Allan Sachs Michael Spivak * Esther Waddell Lawrence Zablen *
Ma Celia Abelson * Beatrice Dennis Joseph Indes * Irving Ludwig Louis Polakow * Doris Warman David Zoller *
Rose Altman * Ellyn Drazin Elliot Kallish Morris Nathan * Carl Rosenthal * Beatrice Weisz
Lena Appel June Handler Alex Lerman Don Neal Max Schwartz * Caesar Wollheim
Celia Cohen Esther Hirsch Frieda Lieberman * Leo Nochimson Leo Sheiner Abraham I. Wortell *
Gilbert Agrest Jack Cohen Marlene Green Robert E. Hazan * Abe Levin * Jack T. Rotman Julius Strauss Esther Wolf *
Peter Brenner * Carl Elvove * Joseph Greenberg * Jerry Kaplan * Edith Levine * Carol Sheiner Bertha Weinberg * Ronald Wolff
Henry Burdeen * Lenore Gluskin * Paul Grobman * Rhea Klein Jack Neimark Gloria Silver Sam Weinberg *
Hillary Chusid Joyce Goldberg Sylvia Harris Rochelle Lerner Harold Poll Joseph Steiner Mary Wisz
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TRIBUTES FOR AN EXPLANATION OF THESE FUNDS, PLEASE REFER TO PAGES 51, 52 & 53 OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY Prayers have been said for the recovery of: Irving Adelstein Marilyn Balan Richard Goldwasser Alina Greenhill Ross Marcus Pola Rizman Lois Sabol Isabelle Victor Robert Victor Condolences upon the death of: Sandee Grossman Mother of Ed Grossman Lorraine Margolis Sister-in-Law of Stewart & Lois Margolis
Betsy Mosak Aunt of Leslie Neimark Cousin of Marlene Sachs Cousin of Esther Mosak Cousin of Diane Ganden Cousin of Bryan Mosak Cousin of Alyssa Duvel Cousin of Jeff Sachs
RABBI LIFSHITZ LEGACY FUND In Memory of: Sylvia Polakow, mother of Phyllis Udany. Rona Wolf
RABBI LIFSHITZ DISCRETIONARY FUND In Appreciation of: Rabbi Lifshitz for the meaningful ceremony for Philip & Rebecca. Cindy Andreoli In Honor of: Howard Levy’s 80th birthday. Phyllis Udany In Memory of: Sylvia Polakow, mother of Phyllis Udany. Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Emerson RABBI PIVO’S DISCRETIONARY FUND
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In Memory of: Warren Elisco, and with deep gratitude to Rabbi Pivo for his support during this difficult time. The Elisco Family Warren Elisco, with our deepest condolences to the entire Elisco Family. Sharon & Samuel Schwartz Sylvia Polakow, mother of Phyllis Udany. Melanie Medina Laghae Moulton
Upon the Yahrzeit of: Benjamin Plaut, in loving memory of our father. Susan & Marvin Adleman CANTOR WEISBERG’S DISCRETIONARY FUND
In Appreciation of: Rabbi Pivo for officiating at our wedding ceremony. Aryn & Jonathan Geiger
In Appreciation of: Cantor Weisberg for the meaningful ceremony for Philip & Rebecca. Cindy Andreoli
Congratulations to: Marlene & Louis Grossman on the birth of their granddaughter Ruby Hope Grossman.
Rabbi Pivo for all his help this year. Renee & Stewart Segal
Cantor Weisberg for officiating at our wedding ceremony. Aryn & Jonathan Geiger
Linda & Ira Lippman on the birth of their granddaughter Hannah Rose Turk.
Rabbi Pivo for his presence at the bris of our grandson, Ryan Drew Marder. Audrey & Michael Friedland
Cantor Weisberg for all his help this year. Renee & Stewart Segal
In Honor of: Justin’s Bar Mitzvah, with gratitude to Rabbi Pivo from the Levey Family. Alisa & Ross Levey
Cantor and Audrey Weisberg for their presence at the bris of our grandson, Ryan Drew Marder. Audrey & Michael Friedland
Zachary Pivo on his bar mitzvah. Mazel Tov to Zachary, his parents Rabbi Jeff and Lisa Pivo and to his entire family. Susan & Marvin Adleman Erica & Gary Krugel Laura & Stan Zoller
In Honor of: Justin’s Bar Mitzvah, with gratitude to Hazzan Weisberg from the Levey Family. Alisa & Ross Levey
Diana Ratskoff Mother of Alan Ratskoff
Sarajane & Chuck Orloff on the engagement of their son Andrew to Lisa Mendelsohn. Suzy & Rick Reingold on the birth of their granddaughter Hannah Rose Reingold. Rhonda & Bob Schwartz on the birth of their granddaughter Natasha Mariko Schwartz. Gayle & Michael Ludwig on the engagement of their daughter Leah to Adam Levy. Jan & Mike Schrimmer on the engagement of their daughter Debi to Benji Rubin. Sherry & Dan Weinberger on the birth of their granddaughter Nava Miriam Shrager.
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Gayle & Michael Ludwig on the engagement of their daughter Leah to Adam Levy. Randy & Hadrian Markowitz and Family
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TRIBUTES CANTOR WEISBERGâ€™S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Memory of: Abraham Gamer, beloved father of Rabbi Gamer. With our deepest condolences to the entire Gamer Family. Suzanne & Howie Goodman Florence Gaines, with our deepest condolences to the entire Elisco Family. Sharon & Samuel Schwartz Warren Elisco, and with deep gratitude to Cantor Weisberg for his support during this difficult time. The Elisco Family Upon the Yahrzeit of: Dorothy Aronoff, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Jan Schrimmer Harry Fleiss, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Susan Stouber Hillary, Brian, Brooke and Shaina Wenk Pearl Fleiss, beloved mother and grandmother. Susan Stouber Hillary, Brian, Brooke and Shaina Wenk Bernard Stouber, beloved husband and father. Susan Stouber Hillary, Brian, Brooke and Shaina Wenk
Elizabeth Rosenthal, beloved mother. Florence & Paul Rosenthal
Rose Secler Gloria, Harold, Ross and Rachel Secler Helen Schwartz Rhonda & Bob Schwartz Louis Schwartz and Rebecca Schwartz, beloved parents Florence & Paul Rosenthal
SHABBAT DAILY PRAYER BOOK FUND In Honor of: Sari Gluck, Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah. Shira & Marc Sender and Family
In Honor of: Howard Levyâ€™s 80th Birthday. Kitty & Bruce Hoffman and Family Marylyn & Howard Minkoff Carol & Harold Rosen
Rachel Gurin, Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah. Shira & Marc Sender and Family
Eli Gurin, Mazel Tov on your Bar Mitzvah. Shira & Marc Sender and Family
Zachary Pivo, Mazel Tov on your Bar Mitzvah. Shira & Marc Sender and Family
In Memory of: Sylvia Polakow, whose continuing presence blesses her family and our congregation. Bobbie & Floyd Babbitt Sylvia Polakow Sherry & Marty Krawitz
Upon the Yahrzeit of: Esther Klein, in memory of our beloved mother. Francine & Scott Eisner
Jake Klein, in memory of our beloved mother. Francine & Scott Eisner CONGREGATIONAL SUPPORT FUND In Memory of: Sandee Grossman, mother of Ed Grossman. Barb & Lee Silver
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Idyth & Jay Zimbler With gratitude in celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Sue & Aaron Hershinow Zachary Pivo on his bar mitzvah. Mazel Tov to Zachary, his parents Rabbi Jeff and Lisa Pivo. Kitty & Bruce Hoffman and Family
In Memory of: Sylvia Polakow, with our deepest condolences to her children Phyllis Udany and Joel Polakow, and to their families. Carla & Elliott Bankendorf Norma & Howard Berlin Kimberly & Robert Blink Karen Grabow and Keith Halperin Kitty & Bruce Hoffman and Family Jill & Harold LeVine Carol & Harold Rosen Andrea & Steven Waitz Gail Gerber & Eric Yegelwel
Morrie Mangurten, father of Howard Mangurten. Geri & Robert Friedman
Upon the Yahrzeit of: Becky Cohn, our loving mother, always remembered. Hennie Elisco Philip Meltzer Carla & Elliott Bankendorf Elizabeth Rosenthal Susan & Robert Rosenthal
TRIBUTES CAMP RAMAH FUND In Honor of: Rachel & Eli Gurin’s B’nai Mitzvah. Mazel Tov to the Gurin Family. Bobbie & Floyd Babbitt Toby & Michael Halpern Upon the Yahrzeit of: Gerald Bernstein, in loving memory. Barbara Bernstein
EDUCATION FUND In Honor of: Justin’s Bar Mitzvah. Thank you to Anna and all of the teachers at CBJ. Alisa & Ross Levey The birth of Lily Madison Silver. Tammy & Richard Klein
In Memory of: Sylvia Polakow, mother of Phyllis Udany and Joel Polakow. With our deepest condolences to the entire Udany and Polakow families. Laura & Stan Zoller Vicky Kaplan Upon the Yahrzeit of: Anna Berkovitz, beloved mother and grandmother. Meyer Halperin
USY/KADIMA SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of: Linda & Ira Lippman on the birth of their granddaughter, Hannah Rose Turk. Sherry & Dan Weinberger In Memory of: Betsy Mosak, with our deepest condolences to Esther Mosak and the entire family. The Balogh Family Leonard Gordon, father of Jayme Ernsteen. The Balogh Family Abraham Gamer, father of Rabbi Gamer. The Balogh Family Sylvia Polakow, with our sincere condolences to the Udany and Polakow families. The Balogh Family Judy & Glenn Goldstein
TORAH RESTORATION FUND
In Honor of: Zachary Pivo on his bar mitzvah. Mazel Tov to Zachary, his parents Rabbi Jeff and Lisa Pivo. Marcie, Alan and Ross Marcus
KIDDUSH FUND In Honor of: Bruce Darin on his retirement and service to Beth Judea. Francine & Scott Eisner Ann & Mitch Lerman being named Queen and King of the Purim Masquerade. Jean & Ron Friedman Howard Levy’s 80th birthday. Helene Fox Ron & Jean Friedman Sharon & Harris Weiner
Howard Levy’s 80th birthday and his reading Torah. Myron & Janet Reicher
Upon the Yahrzeit of: Sandy Caplan, in loving memory. Ron Caplan
SISTERHOOD FUND In Appreciation of: Lisa Neiman for helping with our wedding ceremony. Aryn & Jonathan Geiger In Memory of: Sylvia Polakow, mother of Phyllis Udany. Rachel Schwartz
MEN’S CLUB FUND LINDA & ALBERT STARK FUND FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN FUND In Honor of: Rachel & Eli Gurin’s B’nai Mitzvah. Susan & Marvin Adleman
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In Memory of: Sylvia Polakow, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. With our deepest condolences to Phyllis Udany and family. Linda & Albert Stark
In Honor of: Ron Friedman being named Men’s Club 2015 Man of the Year. Rona Wolf Upon the Yahrzeit of: Irwin Lipka Robert Lipka
TRIBUTES JERRY BERENSON MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of: Howard Levy’s 80th Birthday. Jeff, Melinda, Jonathan and Elizabeth Fine
MICHAEL PEARL MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of: Scott’s engagement. Mazel Tov to Harry & Leslie Roth. Ann & Mitch Lerman
Upon the Yahrzeit of: Jerry Berenson Jean Berenson
STEVE GOLD MEMORIAL FUND
In Honor of: Howard Levy – Mazel Tov on your 80th bar mitzvah. Welcome to middle age. Leah & Sam Chiprin
JACK RIZMAN MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of: Howard Levy’s 80th Birthday. Chavurah Aleph Kim, Eric, Jake and Ben Ephraim Sandra & Martin Rockwell In Memory of: Sylvia Polakow, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, with our deepest condolences to Phyllis Udany and family. Susan Rizman & Howard Levy
ETHAN LEVITAN MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of: Ethan Levitan, in loving memory of our nephew and cousin. Isabele, Hartley, Kara, Carley and Aviva Nisenbaum
Upon the Yahrzeit of: Ethan Levitan, in loving memory of my beloved grandson, Ethan Levitan Esther Levitan
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Upon the Yahrzeit of: Jack Rizman, in loving memory of our wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Susie Rizman and Family
JUDY WALCER MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of: Howard Levy’s 80th birthday. Chuck Walcer
CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA 5304 RFD Long Grove, IL 60047 (847) 634-0777 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.BethJudea.org Rabbi Jeff Pivo Rabbi Emeritus Howard Lifshitz Cantor Roger J. Weisberg President Debbie Kreisman Dubin Executive Director Lisa Neiman Educational Director Anna Besser Youth Director Marc Sender Editor Evan Rumack
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Candle Lighting Times
Conducted by Rabbi Jeff Pivo and Cantor Roger J. Weisberg
Candle Lighting time is calculated for 18 minutes before sunset and is adjusted for Daylight Savings Time.
Shabbat Evening Services ........................................ 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Morning Services ....................................... 9:30 a.m. Gan Shabbat â€“ Shabbat Mornings ............................ 10:30 a.m.
Weekday Morning Minyan: Sunday .................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Monday ................................................................ 6:15 a.m. Tuesday through Friday ........................................ 7:30 a.m.
February 6 ........................................................ 4:55 p.m. February 13 ......................................................... 5:04 p.m. February 20 ........................................................ 5:13 p.m. February 27 ........................................................ 5:22 p.m.
Weekday Evening Minyan: Monday through Thursday .................................... 7:30 p.m.
The Blessing For Lighting The Candles On Shabbat is Bo-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Melech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-tav Vi-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Shabbat.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has hallowed us through His Commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of the holy Sabbath.
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