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FROM THE RABBI Interfaith Vigil Remarks following the Terrorist Attacks in New Zealand Rabbi Morris Zimbalist March 17, 2019 The following remarks were delivered by Rabbi Zimbalist at the Interfaith Peace and Unity Vigil following the terrorist attacks in New Zealand. The vigil was organized by the Turkish American Society and the Islamic Society of the Midwest. Approximately 25 CBJ members were in attendance and the event itself brought together 400 supporters, united in hope and prayer, for peace and tolerance.

The hate-filled and horrific events that took place just days ago in the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the unimaginable and cowardly terrorist acts that took the lives of 50 innocent souls, left countless worshippers injured and ravaged the lives of too many to count within the Muslim community and greater world RABBI MORRIS ZIMBALIST must be condemned, and I condemn them. Ignorance, extremism and senseless hatred know no boundaries and do not discriminate based on faith, color or creed. And make no mistake, ignorance, Good afternoon. My name is Morris Zimbalist extremism and senseless hatred were among the and I am the rabbi of Congregation Beth Judea catalysts for the massacres in the mosques last in Long Grove. Ferhat – Thank you for week, and they are the destructive forces that fuel extending this honor to me and allowing me to racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Our address all who are here today. Your kindness sacred task is to work proactively together to is expressed through your words and deeds. bring them to an end, right now, in our local and Your friendship is truly treasured not only by national communities and around the world. The me, but also by countless members of my challenge is great and together – we must meet congregation. And Ferhat – please know that the challenge. your efforts to increase interfaith dialogue and interfaith support in our community are To me, ignorance, extremism and senseless appreciated, necessary and inspirational. I hatred stem from fear – fear of the other, or pray that your efforts serve as a model of hope perhaps even fear of each other. That fear – for faith-based communities throughout the perhaps even paralyzing fear – limits our ability to world. see ourselves in each other and blinds us to the sacred values that we share. That fear – that To all who are gathered together today – irrational fear – does not allow us to embrace Thank you for being here. Your presence is each other and learn from each other. That fear – comforting, greatly appreciated and hope-filled. fueled by foolish assumptions and stereotypes – I pray that today and every day we remember causes us to close our doors to each other, these important words which represent why we remain insular and avoid communal dialogue. are here today: We must stand together. We The results keep us apart and can be devastating must support each other. And we must be and deadly. And sadly, that’s exactly why we are united on the shared values of love, peace, here today. So today, with hope and trust and tolerance and understanding – the faith, we must come together and end this, united cornerstones that I believe are among the in sacred purpose. Together – united in sacred fundamental teachings within Judaism, purpose – we must embrace our similarities, Christianity and Islam.

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FROM THE RABBI Interfaith Vigil Remarks following the Terrorist Attacks in New Zealand (continued)

celebrate our differences and stand side-byside against ignorance, extremism and senseless hatred. Together – united in sacred purpose – we must make every effort to end Islamophobia and all manifestations of religiously - biased hate. Together – united in sacred purpose – we can and we must stand in solidarity to make our world a better place. I have preached these words before and I take great pride in sharing them again. When I look out and see everyone here, I see a beautiful subset of the multi-cultured, multi-colored and multi-ethnic country that we live in. I see Muslims. I see Christians. I see Jews. I see humanity at its best. I see all of us together and I see unity. As I look out and see you, and as you look around and see each other, I respectfully ask that you hear these words clearly and understand the depth of what they mean and represent: There is no room for hate in any house of worship – whether it is a mosque, synagogue or church – there is no room for hate. Hate cannot fill our homes. Hate cannot fill our schools. And the words that we speak to each other, whether we look the same or extremely different, whether we are strangers or best of friends, whether our

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beliefs follow the sacred teachings of Moses, Muhammad, Jesus or any other sacred prophet, our words to each other must be spoken with respect, kindness, tolerance, understanding and compassion. That is how we are going to make a difference. That is our responsibility to each other. And that is the purpose behind our creation. The Prime Minister of New Zealand described the attacks in the mosques as one of her country’s “darkest days.” At this sacred hour and in this holy space, we must unite together and become a beacon of light and hope for the greater Muslim community. At this time of unthinkable loss, I, like you, stand proudly with my Muslim brothers and sisters and friends and neighbors. May the goodness of our interfaith gathering today give you strength and courage to meet the challenges ahead and please remember – you are not alone. We are here. We are with you. And I pray that we are blessed to always stand together, united together and supporting each other so that there are fewer dark days in our world and a greater sense of light, love, tolerance and peace shining upon all people. Thank you.

Rabbi Morris Zimbalist



May your Pesach overflow with happiness. May you always be blessed with health, peace, prosperity and togetherness. With sincere wishes to our Beth Judea family for a happy and blessed Passover filled with love.

Lisa Neiman Executive Director

Anna Besser Education Director

From the entire staff, clergy and leadership of Congregation Beth Judea Sidney Mathias CBJ President

Rabbi Morris Zimbalist

Hazzan Gil Ezring

Rabbi Emeritus Howard Lifshitz

Marc Sender Youth Director

Hazzan Emeritus Roger Weisberg

In This Issue Page Rabbi’s Reflections 2 Notes from Hazzan 5 Calendar 6 CBJ Mission Statement 7 Purim Photos 8 Passover Events 12 President’s Message 13 Special Events 14 Yom HaShoah 15 Upcoming Events 16 ANNUAL MEETING 16 Social Action/Israel Committee 17 Ways & Means 19 New Advertising Opportunity 19 Religious Education 20 Young Family & Focus on Families 22

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Adult Education Sisterhood Sisterhood Book Club Sisterhood Gift Shop Men’s Club Men’s Club Photos Community News Interfaith Council BJE Early Childhood SHALVA Membership Alternative Minyan The Goodman’s Blog The Helping Hand Plan Hesed NEW: Business Directory Birthdays & Anniversaries Yahrzeits Tributes

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NOTES FROM HAZZAN This Haggadah uses imagery and his As one of the four New Years on the understanding of the seder and Jewish calendar, Pesach is a time for freedom to show the conflict that many reflection and renewal. Every year we share between faith and the atrocities read the story of how the ancient committed during the Holocaust. This Israelites renewed themselves as a free commentary on the meaning of people. We reflect and renew ourselves freedom is a much-needed lesson in by reading the Haggadah at our S’darim. today’s world. Our Haggadot also have a way of HAZZAN reflecting and renewing. Every year more GIL EZRING The other new addition to my Haggadot are released which not just Haggadah collection is much brighter in show where we are as a people, but also tone than “Escape Velocity”. In a world where the individual authors of the where comic book heroes are Haggadot are in life and how they got becoming more and more popular, the there. About five years ago I began collecting “Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel” has Haggadot. Looking through these Haggadot it is arrived. Written and illustrated by Jordan B. possible to see how Judaism has evolved over Gorfinkel (former manager of the Batman the centuries. Many Haggadot I have found are comic series at DC comics) and Erez Zadok (a printed from scans of Medieval European popular Israeli cartoonist), this Haggadah manuscripts. The text itself may be the same as melds a modern translation of the traditional the traditional Haggadot we have today, but the Haggadah text into graphic novel form. It artwork shows a very European-centric view depicts beautiful illustrations based on the (not to mention a lack of knowledge on ancient actions performed within the seder, the stories Egyptian society). Instead of pyramids, they in the Haggadah, as well as the prayers and depict medieval castles. Instead of people songs (if you check out this Haggadah, the wearing Egyptian garb, we see people in illustrated Chad Gadya is very unique). This medieval European clothing. Fast forward to the Haggadah shows a fresh new way of viewing Haggadot being released today. We now see a this traditional book that has something for slew of fresh, new interpretations of the everyone. Haggadah and how they reflect our time and our society. I am looking forward to sharing my first Pesach here at CBJ this month. This year I have added two new Haggadot to my collection. The first is written by Stanley Aaron Lebovic and is titled “Escape Velocity”. This author uses his upbringing to write what he has called a Post-Apocalyptic Passover Haggadah. The commentaries and insights he shares are a direct reflection of the lessons he learned from his father, an Auschwitz survivor.

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If you would like to peruse my collection of Haggadot, please e-mail me at to schedule a time. Hazzan Gil Ezring



PASSOVER April 4 April 8 April 19 April 20 April 26 April 27

Sisterhood Seder Wine Orders Due Erev Pesach/1st Seder 2nd Seder Pesach Shabbat Dinner Pesach Services & Yizkor

Special Event April 7 April 14

May 1

Yom HaShoan Community Service (at Beth Judea)

Sisterhood April 4 April 11 April 24

Sisterhood Seder Sisterhood Book Club Program: Jewish Genetics

Good Deeds Day Historian Speaker: Barry Bradford

Special Shabbats April 6 April 12 April 13 May 31

Men’s Club Shabbat Young Family Shabbat Shabbat Services led by Bet Class USY Shabbat & Summer Send Off

Programming May 5

Clean Up Ela Marsh

Israel Committee May 16

Israel Committee Speaker

Adult Education Our regular weekday and Shabbat classes continue to meet – see our Adult Education page for details April/May

Click Here for Full List of Classes for April & May 2019

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Men’s Club April 6 May 15

Men’s Club Shabbat Tap the Torah

Religious School May 19

2nd Grade Graduation

Youth IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUTH View our calendar online at

Meetings Please check website PHOTOS IN THIS EDITION PURIM MASQUERADE HAMENTASHEN HELPERS YOM HASHOAH CANDLE VOLUNTEERS MAN/YOUTH OF THE YEAR DINNER CONGRATULATIONS – DR. IRA SENDER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers April 5, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of April will be recognized at our service on April 5th. Our worship will begin at 7:30 p.m. Children of every age are welcome!



APRIL 19, 2019 APRIL 19, 2019 APRIL 20, 2019 APRIL 27, 2019



MAY 1, 2019 MAY 2, 2019 MAY 9, 2019 MAY 23, 2019

APRIL EVENTS April 1 April 1 April 4 April 6 April 7 April 12 April 13 April 13 April 14 April 14 April 15 April 19 April 20 April 20 April 21 April 24 April 26 April 26 April 27 April 28 April 29 April 30

Poker Planning Meeting Campus Crash Course Sisterhood Seder Men’s Club Shabbat Good Deeds Day Young Family Shabbat Men’s Club at Lieberman Shabbat Services led by Bet Class Kadima Program MT Nesters Lunch & Learn – New Session Pesach Seder 1 Pesach Services Pesach Seder 2 Pesach Services Sisterhood Program Pesach Services Pesach Shabbat Dinner Pesach Services & Yizkor Campus Crash Course Drinks & Drash Tasting Tradition


MAY EVENTS May 1 May 1 May 3 May 5 May 5 May 15 May 16 May 16 May 18 May 19 May 19 May 30 May 31

Light Yom Ha Shoah Candles in the evening Yom Ha Shoah Community Service at Beth Judea Tres de Mayo Dinner Clean Up Ela Marsh Young Family Program Tap the Torah Debunked: Yom Kippur Israel Committee Speaker Men’s Club at Lieberman 2nd Grade Graduation Sisterhood Elections CBJ Annual Meeting USY Shabbat & Summer Send-Off

We are an inclusive community, please contact Lisa Neiman if you have any special needs.

Congregation Beth Judea Mission Statement Congregation Beth Judea is a welcoming egalitarian synagogue whose mission is to create a warm and inviting home that serves the lifelong spiritual, educational and fellowship needs of our members. Consistent with the principals of the Conservative movement, we embrace Torah and our responsibility to serve and support the greater Jewish community, the community at large, the United States of American and the State of Israel. Watch your emails and our website for updates and changes to any of our programs or information


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Purim 2019 Thank you to our wonderful Hamantashen bakers and Schlach Manot assemblers this year. A HUGE THANK YOU TO NATALIE GURIN FOR ORGANIZING: Debbie Bender Anna Besser Sarah Besser Darlene Bikshorn Renee Blustein Tammy Brody Rhoda Fischman Linda Fisher Audrey Friedland Jean Friedman Rachael Gluck Andrea Heiger Debbie Karp Lauren Karp Ron Kovich Effie Kudlowitz Ann Lerman Debbie Limer Steve Limer Dylan Marder

Julie Marder Ryan Marder Elisa Nusinow Melissa Nusinow Helen Peters Ann Lesley Rosen Gillian Rosen Liana Rosen Marlene Sachs Rebecca Schlichting Jessica Schwartz Maisy Schwartz Marcy Soble Olivia Soble Zachary Solway Phyllis Udany Marilyn Victor Sandy Victor Richard Ward Wendy Weinger 10

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Passover Events

Passover Events Passover

is from Friday Evening, April 19, 2019 through Saturday, April 27, 2019

April 8

Passover Wine Orders Due Order Form

April 14

Maot Chitim Learn More

April 15

RSVPs deadline for Passover Shabbat Dinner Learn More

April 19

Chametz MUST be Sold by this date

Appoint Rabbi Zimbalist as your agent to sell your Chametz

April 19

Shabbat Service will be at 5:30 p.m.

Passover Shabbat Dinner

Pesach Shabbat Dinner Friday, April 26, 2019 Dinner - 6:00 pm Shabbat Services - 7:30 pm The menu includes: Lemon Chicken, Apple Matzo Kugel, Salad and Vegetables We will have delicious sweets at the oneg following services The cost is: $28.00/Adult, $15.00 for children (6-12) and $6.00 for children 5 and under Please bring your own Kosher for Pesach Wine

RSVPs REQUIRED BY APRIL 15th Click here for flyer

April 19

1st Seder in the Evening

April 20

Passover Service 9:30 am

April 20

2nd Seder in the Evening

April 21

Passover Service 9:30 am

April 26

Passover Service 9:30 am

April 26

Passover Shabbat Dinner Learn More

April 27

Passover Service with Yizkor and Plaque Dedication - 9:30 am

Maot Chitim

Sisterhood and Men's Club invite you to help make a difference this Passover with Maot Chitim Date: Sunday, April 14 Deliver Boxes 9-11am Packing Perishables at 6 am

Maot Chitim is an organization that will be preparing packages to assist Jewish families in the Greater Chicagoland area so they can celebrate Passover. This Tzedakah helps strengthen the community and gives to those in need during the holidays. Click Here for More Details

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President’s Message Along with Rabbi Zimbalist and twenty-three fellow congregants, Rita and I returned home from the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference inspired in many ways. We are inspired to further strengthen our connection with AIPAC and our connection to Israel. We are inspired to bring back the urgency for all of us to be educated and motivated to be activists, now more than ever, as we all are surrounded by growing anti-Semitism and rocket attacks. We were inspired to hear from Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Conservatives, Progressives, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bedouins, SIDNEY MATHIAS CBJ PRESIDENT and human rights activists. We were inspired to see all the latest innovations from Israeli companies. We held face to face meetings and dialogues with our legislators and told them what was important to us and to the U.S.-Israel relationship. But most of all, we were touched by our common goals, common beliefs, and united strength. We were thoughtful to look at action - not rhetoric, not personalities, not parties. Please consider talking to us and others and watching some of the speeches available online at Also, please consider joining us at next year's AIPAC Policy Conference on March 1-3, 2020 in Washington D.C. It will be a very exciting conference ahead of the 2020 national elections. Please join Congregation Beth Judea and Tikkun Olam Volunteers (TOV) on Sunday, April 7th for "Good Deeds Day" at the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center from 10am until 11:30am. There will be projects for young children, teens and adults to help many first responders. Our theme this year is First Responders/Disaster Relief. Some of the projects scheduled for this most important event are preparing cookies and cards for our local police and fire stations. They will also be collecting hats, gloves, and scarves to be donated to "Journeys The Road Home." CBJ will be collecting plastic grocery bags that will be weaved into fabric and turned into sleeping mats for the homeless. You can help with collecting as many plastic grocery bags as you can. A collection box will be set up at the synagogue. We need as many plastic bags as you can bring to CBJ. We also need your help at the event. "Good Deeds Day" is an international day of 'doing good' founded in Israel in 2007. Participants from over 75 countries throughout the world perform good deeds, proving that any single person can make a difference in their community. Please register on the JUF website at Thank you to Diane Ganden and Ronna Liebach who are Beth Judea's representatives for the Northwest Collaborative/Northwest Suburban Jewish Connector Group.

Please join Rita and me on April 26th at 6pm for our annual Pesach Shabbat Dinner followed by Shabbat services. The cost is $28 per adult, $15 per child ages 6-12, and $6 per child 5 and younger. We are serving lemon chicken, apple matzo kugel, salad, and vegetables as well as sweets at the Oneg following services. Please bring your own Kosher for Pesach wine. Contact Lisa Neiman for further information or to RSVP at or (847) 634-0777. Also, our CBJ Social Action Committee is starting a new endeavor, and they are asking for your help. You can help improve the quality of health care in hospitals and health clinics in developing countries by saving and donating basic medical supplies such as pill bottles. There is a basket in the CBJ office marked, "Pill Bottles." Please drop off your empty pill bottles. Before dropping them off, please remove all labels, leaving no glue or residue. Please wash them in very hot water and dish soap and rinse and dry them thoroughly. Finally, please replace the lids on clean and dried bottles before putting them in the basket. They must have their plastic lids. We thank you in advance for helping those in developing countries with their medications. Chag Pesach Sameach, Sid Mathias CBJ President

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Good Deeds Day

Join Congregation Beth Judea, and the Northwest Suburban Connectors at Good Deeds Day! Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center from 10:00 am – 11:30 am April 7 There will be projects for young children, teens and adults to help many first responders. Beth Judea will be collecting plastic grocery bags that will be woven into fabric and turned into sleeping mats for the homeless. Please help us with collecting as many bags as you can. A collection box will be set up at the synagogue.

(NOTE: We need TONS of plastic bags AND your help that day).

“Knock Your Socks Off”

It’s Our 3rd Annual

“Knock Your Socks Off” Sock Drive The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council is collecting new men’s, women’s, and children’s new socks for distribution to our homeless neighbors in the Northwest Suburbs. Please help us fill the box! Collection will take place in March and April Collection boxes will be at CBJ on the main floor and school downstairs

Thank you for your generosity!

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Yom HaShoah

MEN’S CLUB Community Yom HaShoah Service Holocaust Remembrance Day

YOM HASHOAH CANDLES To the Beth Judea Community,


Please join us at Congregation Beth Judea Hilltop & Route 83- Long Grove

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 7:00 pm Everyone is Welcome

Sponsored by Congregation Beth Judea, Congregation Beth Am, Temple Chai and AJEC

More details coming soon

Men’s Club –Volunteers Needed We still need volunteers to help us deliver our Yom HaShoah Candles. If you can help us with a route please contact Ron Friedman.

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Each year our Men’s Club provides our families with yellow candles to light in memory of the victims of the Shoah (the Holocaust). During the Holocaust, the Nazis and their collaborators murdered over 1.5 million Jewish children under the age of 16. Unfortunately, lost in this statistic is the tragedy of each and every child that was murdered. This year, Congregation Beth Judea’s Men’s Club again hopes to underscore the horror of the Shoah by providing each Synagogue family with the name of a young victim who may have no surviving relatives to light a candle in their memory. The name, age, and place of death for that child is attached to the candle you received. The lighting of a memorial candle for the dead is a long-held Jewish tradition. During the week of shiva, and on the eve of a yahrzeit, wekindle a light as a symbol of the continuing presence of the dead in our lives. During the Shoah, the symbol the Nazis used to identify Jews for persecutionand eventual death was the yellow star, a patch sewn onto a Jew’s outer garments. The candle we light in memory of the victims of the Shoah is yellow for that reason. We use a bit of the symbol of their suffering to sanctify their deaths. Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) Day falls on 27 Nisan (May 2) this year. Please attend morning minyan on that day to say Kaddish for a child of the Shoah. Please do not forget to light the enclosed yellow candle on the evening of May 1 and attend the Community Yom HaShoah Services being held at Beth Judea at 7:00 pm on May 1. Alternately, please attend Shabbat services on April 27 which is the last day of Pesach when we will also reciteYizkor. . If you would like to make a contribution to offset the cost of providing these candles, it would be greatly appreciated. One of the functions of a synagogue is to make it possible to remember our shared tragedies. By lighting the yellow candle, we remind ourselves that unspeakable evil was not limited to the Shoah, and that we commit ourselves to preserving its memory as a caution against future evil. Ron Friedman Men’s Club President

Eric Yegelwel VP Midwest Region FJMC


Historian Barry Bradford

Jewish Genetics Sisterhood

Congregation Beth Judea’s MT Nesters Invite the entire congregation to join them on Sunday, April 14, 2019 3:00 p.m. at Beth Judea for a special Presentation by Historian Barry Bradford

Please RSVP by Friday, April 12th to Bonnie Glickman at (847) 797-1424 Click here for flyer

Annual Meeting

“Where every woman’s voice is heard”

Beth Judea Sisterhood presents: WHAT’S JEWISH ABOUT GENETICS? Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the Community Have you ever wondered what’s in your genes? Families with Jewish ancestry can be at increased risk for certain genetic conditions. Learn about what you can do to understand your risk and keep your family healthy. From BRCA to Tay-Sachs and beyond, this is an opportunity to hear the details from Becca Bakal, health educator at the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics. The Sarnoff Center is an educational resource on recessive genetic disorders and hereditary cancers more common in people of Jewish heritage.

SAVE THE DATE Congregation Beth Judea

Annual Meeting Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM Please join us for Minyan at 7:30 pm

There is no cost for the event, but please RSVP to

Social Action

Israel Committee



DATE: Sunday, May 5, 2019 TIME: 1:00 P.M - 3:00 P.M. WHERE: Cuba Marsh/Ela Prairie - 24205 W. Cuba Rd. Barrington, Il 60010. We will meet at the main parking lot for Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve. (see map attached to flyer). DETAILS: Weather permitting we will be likely feeding a burn pile therefore please wear long sleeve shirts, warm old clothes, sturdy shoes and leather or work gloves if you have them and water to drink.

Sponsored by Beth Judea’s Social Action Committee RSVP: Lisa Neiman at or (847) 634-0777 by March 29, 2018. Get Flyer

“FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE” by ALINA GREENHILL Thursday May 16, 2019 8:00 pm at Congregation Beth Judea (Hilltop & Route 83), Long Grove OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY

……”Through photos, video interviews, and narration, I am honored to share my parents’ WWII survival story, our experiences in a displaced persons camp, and our eventual immigration to the “Promised Land”…Chicago. Many of you know me through our over 40 year affiliation with Beth Judea, and on May 16th, I look forward to telling you the beginning of that story.” Alina……

Please rsvp to Lisa Neiman at by May 12, 2019

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PILL BOTTLE COLLECTION Used Pill Bottle Collection click for flyer

A Hearty Mazel Tov to all our April B’nei Mitzvah Families

from your Beth Judea Family.

Click here for details. Enroll now! New campers entering grades K, 1 and 2 in Fall 2019 can also get an additional savings of $1,000 off an eight-week session and $500 off a 4-week session! Plus all first time campers will receive an awesome Ramah Day Camp sleeping bag! Located in Wheeling, IL, the day camp encompasses all to which Ramah is committed: fun and learning in an environment where Hebrew and Jewish values are integrated into the daily camp activities of swimming, sports and making friends. For children who will be in kindergarten through 6th grade next fall. For more information, contact or 312-606-9316 and check out the website at Ramah Day Camp...where fun and friendship build Jewish lives.

Congregation Beth Judea Mission Statement Congregation Beth Judea is a welcoming egalitarian synagogue whose mission is to create a warm and inviting home that serves the lifelong spiritual, educational and fellowship needs of our members. Consistent with the principals of the Conservative movement, we embrace Torah and our responsibility to serve and support the greater Jewish community, the community at large, the United States of American and the State of Israel.

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Shiva Baskets


Sunshine Fund

CBJ Business Directory Advertising Opportunity

The primary purpose of the shiva tradition, or "sitting shiva," is to create an environment of comfort and community for mourners; it helps guide friends and family members through the loss of a loved one. Throughout the weeklong shiva period, mourners come together in one family’s home to offer their condolences and support. From a practical standpoint, the shiva process and practices associated with Jewish mourning add comfort to the life of a mourner following a death. In the period after suffering a loss, a mourner may be comforted by the structure and routines prescribed by traditional Jewish mourning laws. Historically, the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Judea has sent shiva baskets to the immediate family of Board members; parents, spouses, siblings and G-d forbid, children. We would like to extend this gesture to the entire congregation.

Advertise your business in our new Business Directory section of The Word! $120 for a year (one-year term) Submit a high resolution graphic of your business card to Lisa Neiman at Subscription payment must be received to activate term. Leslie Abella

Donations may be sent the shul attention Lisa Neiman. Thanking you in advance for you generous donations. Respectfully, Lisa Neiman

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Religious Education To Do and To Think About: Preparing Yourself for Passover Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago’s Online Resource Center (2016)

Anna Besser Education Director

There is so much to do to get ready for Passover. If your family is hosting or attending a Seder, there is food to prepare or gifts to purchase. Perhaps you rid your house of chametz (items including leavening), clean extra carefully, or buy special food to consume during the weeklong festival. Below, you'll find a calendar of suggested questions and activities to think about and do from the 1st of Nisan until the 15th, Seder night. Hopefully these suggestions will add to your spiritual and intellectual preparation for the holiday. Sometimes, the "to do" comes before the "to think about"; sometimes it's the other way around; we don't mind the inconsistency, it mirrors what most of our lives look like.

1st of Nisan To Do: To Think About: It's a new month; why not try a new ritual? Choose a Jewish How does adding ritual change something that is home ritual you haven't done before (or haven't done usually a very normal, perhaps boring, part of your consistently) and commit to doing it for the two weeks everyday life? leading up to Passover. 2nd of Nisan To Do: To Think About: Prepare to be the storyteller at your family's Seder. You can What is an important story in the life of your draw a comic to share, prepare props, or think about who family? With whom can you share it? might take roles in a dramatic re-enactment. 3rd of Nisan To Think About: To Do: During the Seder, we recite Ha Lachma Anya, "the bread of Do something for someone in transition; perhaps a affliction" our ancestors ate when they were slaves in Egypt, refugee or someone who is homeless, moving, or and invite anyone who is hungry to come and eat. What can starting a new job or a new family. You might: pack you do to bring people who might be outsiders into your boxes, gather gently used items, or bring someone community? a meal. 4th of Nisan To Do: To Think About: Learn the four questions in Hebrew and another language, Come up with four new questions to ask at the especially if there will be guests at the Seder whose first Seder. What are some things about Passover or the language isn't English. Exodus story you've always wondered about? 5th of Nisan To Think About: To Do: Passover recalls the journey from slavery to freedom. In the Passover Seder, slavery is represented by What are you a slave to? (Is there something that you feel charoset, meant to mimic the mortar used in building takes up a great deal of your time or energy, though you the pyramids. Try a different charoset recipe. Click may not feel it adds to your happiness or productivity?) here for recipe ideas. 6th of Nisan To Think About: To Do: Shifrah and Puah were midwives who, instead of following Do something to support the cause you believe in: Pharoah's order to kill all of the male children born among write a letter, make a donation, call your elected the Israelites, saved Moses' life. In honor of their civil official, educate someone else about why the cause is disobedience, think about a cause that's important to you. worthy of attention. What would you stand up for? 7th of Nisan To Think About: To Do: As the Passover narrative is beginning, Moses encounters Take a walk in nature. Notice the signs of spring. the burning bush. Some say that the bush had been How is the season changing? What is different today burning for years and years until someone, Moses in this than it was yesterday? case, noticed it. What do you overlook that might be worth a few moments of your attention? What is changing right in front of you?

Religious Education 8th of Nisan To Think About: To Do: After successfully crossing the Sea of Reeds, the Children Learn a new tune to a classic Passover song. If you play of Israel sing a joyful song, Shirat Hayam (Song of the Sea) an instrument, learn to play a song you might already part of the Mi Chamocha prayer. We learn from the know. Torah that the women brought musical instruments, namely timbrels. If they were escaping Egypt in haste, why do you think they packed musical instruments? 9th of Nisan To Do: To Think About: Make Matzah. Remember, the entire process, from the During the Seder meal, we recline and eat in a leisurely time the water hits the flour, until the matzah is baked, is way, which helps us to be mindful of our freedom. When only 18 minutes. You can find instructions here. are you relaxed during meals and when do you feel rushed? What are the relative benefits of eating in each manner? 10th of Nisan To Think About: To Do: Which of the four children (wise, wicked, simple, does Take pictures of yourself dressed as, or posing like, each not even know to ask) do you think you are most like? of the four children. Share them with your guests at the Does this change, given the setting and circumstances? Seder. 11th of Nisan To Think About: To Do: In retelling the story of Passover, we often repeat that Introduce yourself to someone you don't know in your the Children of Israel were "strangers in a strange land." school or synagogue community. Think about a time in your life when you felt like a stranger. 12th of Nisan To Think About: To Do: We read in the Torah that God sent plagues to afflict the Create or gather representations of the ten plagues. (You Egyptians to show his power and importance. In what might use stuffed animals for cattle disease, and bubble ways are you powerful and important? wrap for boils. Get creative!) th 13 of Nisan To Do: To Think About: Clean out your backpack, desk drawer, or any place While physically cleaning their houses to rid them of where you likely put things and forget about them for chametz, many people engage in a spiritual cleansing, weeks/ months at a time. taking an accounting of all they have done well and might do better in the months since their last accounting on Yom Kippur. 14th of Nisan To Do: To Think About: Search for Chametz. It is traditional to search at What negative phrase do you have playing in your head? nighttime on the day before the Seder. More complete With what might you replace it? directions can be found here. 15th of Nisan To Think About: To Do: Chag Pesach Sameach –Have a Happy Passover. Enjoy your Seder!


Religious Education

Focus on Families

April 2019

CBJ Young Family Focus on Families

Event 1







Beyahad Classes Resume

6:30 – 8:30 pm

(Temple Chai location)

No Religious School (Spring Break)

Sunday & Religious School Classes Resume GOOD DEEDS DAY Bet Shabbat

Winter-Spring 2019 Tentative Calendar

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bet leading Robbins Sanctuary service

9:30 am

Aleph – Bet Family Program

Parents join in at 10:00 am

No Religious School

Friday, April 12th 5:45 – 6:15pm CBJ Young Family Shabbat Sunday, May 5th 3 – 5pm CBJ Focus on Family Cinco De Mayo Scavenger Hunt



Aleph Siyum

11:00 am


Last Beyahad Classes

6:30 – 8:30 pm

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ADULT EDUCATION Welcome to our Adult Education Series. To register for classes or to find out more information, please contact Anna Besser at

Adult Education Series Ongoing Classes WEEKLY CLASSES:


These classes are ongoing. Please join at any time. Hebrew is not required for any of these classes, unless specifically noted.

Talmud Study: Tractate Sukkah Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.



These Saturday morning classes are ongoing. Please join at any time.

Weekly Parsha Study Facilitated by Orin Rotman

Shabbat morning at 9:00 a.m. every Shabbat morning

Taught by Rabbi Zimbalist This year, we will delve into Tractate Sukkah. We will study the scope of the obligation to live in a Sukkah, the difference between a temporary and fixed structure, the commandments surrounding the lulav and etrog, and so much more! Join us for a lively discussion with Rabbi Zimbalist on Sunday mornings.

Weekly study to discuss the parsha of the week. We will discuss questions raised by the participants. Shabbat morning at 9:00 a.m. every Shabbat morning

Sweet Taste of Torah: Chronicles Taught by Orin Rotman

Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. 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.

Alternative Shabbat Service Facilitated by Norm Kurtz

Shabbat morning at 10:30 a.m. every Shabbat morning Norm Kurtz facilitates this Shabbat morning service that focuses on building community by enjoying a passionate, meaningful, and dynamic Shabbat morning experience. Join this innovative, creative, and different minyan each Shabbat morning at 10:30 am in Room 1. Shabbat morning at 10:30 a.m. every Shabbat morning

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ADULT EDUCATION Welcome to our Adult Education Series. To register for classes or to find out more information, please contact Anna Besser at

Adult Education Series April & May 2019 Lunch & Learn: Are We Really Stuck in the Middle? Taught by Rabbi Zimbalist

In this series, we will explore Conservative Judaism from a theological perspective and how modern day society impacts the evolution of our religious identity. What role should technology play in religious services? How do we ensure that the traditions of the past maintain relevance in a society that appears to be moving away from organized/institutional religion? Mondays, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Dates: April 15 – May 20, 2019 LOCATION: Sunset Foods 2nd Floor Conference Room (corner of Rt. 83 & Aptakisic) COST: Members – FREE; Non-Members - $36 for series OR $5 per session

Breaking News: The Best Part of Waking Up I s Not the Coffee in Your Cup Drinks & Drash Monday, April 29, 2019 7:00 – 9:00 pm Half Day Brewing Co. 200 Village Green S., Lincolnshire, IL ***ask for private dining room*** COST: $5; Pay for your own drinks

Join us for drinks and conversation Facilitated by Rabbi Zimbalist

The best part of waking up is being blessed with another day of life and the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world. Designed as a free-flowing discussion, we will look at current events in the news through the lens of Pirkei Avot: The Ethics of the Fathers. Who is making a difference and how are they doing it?

Tasty Traditions

Taught by Rabbi Zimbalist

Tuesday evenings 8:00 – 9:00 pm Dates: May 7 – May 21, 2019 Jewish tradition celebrates food from celebrations, to ritual mourning and throughout the holidays. In this series, we will explore food, cook together and literally “taste” our tradition

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ADULT EDUCATION Welcome to our Adult Education Series. To register for classes or to find out more information, please contact Anna Besser at

Adult Education Series April & May 2019 Tap the Torah: Does This Make Sense? Some Talmud Mysteries Facilitated by Orin Rotman Sponsored by Men’s Club

Join us for a drink, lively discussion, enormous amount of knowledge and great company! LOCATION: The Continental Restaurant 788 S. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:45 – 9:15 pm

Debunked: Yom Kippur Taught by Hazzan Ezring

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm Ever wonder what’s really going on with our holidays? Not sure why we do what we do? Ever think there’s something someone’s not telling you about our tradition? Well…get ready to have your mind blown! Join Hazzan Ezring as we discover the truth behind our customs, our stories, and our traditions.

Hebrew Boot Camp

Ulpan 2

Taught by Lee Goldberg

Taught by Lee Goldberg

Textbook Fee: $20 Thursday evenings 8:00 – 9:00 pm Ongoing

Thursday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 pm Ongoing

This class will take your knowledge to the next level. We will work on developing reading fluency and understanding of Hebrew word and sentence structures.

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We'll continue learning Hebrew grammar while learning to order food in a restaurant, shop, and tell the doctor what hurts and have fun doing it, with songs, word games, and imagery. The ability to read Hebrew is required.


Sisterhood It’s spring! It’s spring! And you know what THAT means! Pesach! Want to get in the mood for it? Well, we hope you joined us for our annual Passover Wine Tasting. Thank you to Pam Herstein and the Men’s Club for putting together such a fantastic event. Remember when Passover wine meant Manischewitz and nothing else? This is SO much better! Coming up on April 4th at 6:00 will be our Women’s Seder with a Broadway theme! Sandy Englander and her committee have arranged a delightful evening sure to be enjoyed by all who come. Why don’t you come and bring a friend!! If you’re a reader, join us for our next Book Club on Thursday, April 11th from 7-8:30 pm at the Vernon Township Public Library. We will be discussing The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. Please RSVP to Brenda Levin at if you’re interested in attending. There is no charge for this event, so what have you got to lose? Later in April, on the 24th at 8:00, pm, we will be having a program on Jewish genetics. Here’s a little sample of what you can expect: Have you ever wondered what’s in your genes? Families with Jewish ancestry can be at increased risk for certain genetic conditions. Learn about what you can do to understand your risk and keep your family healthy. From BRCA to Tay-Sachs and beyond, this is an opportunity to hear the details from Becca Bakal, health educator at the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics. The Sarnoff Center is an educational resource on recessive genetic disorders and hereditary cancers more common in people of Jewish heritage. This program will be open to the public and will contain very pertinent information.

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Please remember that if you ever need a ride to an event, let us know and we will be very happy to accommodate you. Sisterhood is a very welcoming organization, and we want YOU to join us! Rhonda Cohn & Sarah Goldenberg Co-Sisterhood Presidents Contact Information: Rhonda Cohn: Sarah Goldenberg:

Congregation Beth Judea Sisterhood Educational Event

Open to the Community Free of Charge An important presentation on JEWISH GENETICS Speaker: Becca Bakal, health educator at the Norton & Elaine Sarnofff Center for Jewish Genetics flyer



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Sisterhood Gift Shop The Sisterhood of Beth Judea proudly shares about our renowned Judaica Shop! Our Judaica Shop carries a wide variety of items and gifts with continually updated inventory. Stop by and take a look at many of the following types of items: *Tallitot *Kippot *Women’s Head Coverings *Seder Plates *Hanukkah Menorahs *Shabbat Candlesticks *Kiddush Cups *Tzedakah Boxes *Wedding Gifts * Shofars *Bar & Bat Mitzvah Gifts *Mezuzah Cases and Kosher Scrolls *Yahrzeit Candles *Jewish Children’s Books *Wall Home Blessings *Hostess Gifts *Wedding Glasses *Decorative items……..and so much more! Come and browse our amazing collections of beautiful Judaic Jewelry – for both Men and Women! We have countless Hamsas, Chais, Stars and Hoshens. You will love our special designer pieces. Also our non-Judaic jewelry can make a special gift as well.! You will find many price points to meet all budgets. Our extensive collection of tallitot, for both men and women, is a specialty we are known for in the Chicagoland area! We always have approximately 100 of the tallitot in stock…most of them made in Israel! If the choices are overwhelming – or you wish to simply allow a family member or friend choose on their own – a Gift Certificate may be the wise choice for you – any denomination – anytime. We make it easy for you too – as we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover! So stop by and visit us to see for yourself why all of the talk! Our hours when Hebrew School is in session are: Tuesdays – 4 pm to 8 pm

Sundays – 9 am to 12:30 pm

We also will gladly make appointments to meet with you at your convenience – simply contact: Karen Nagel; 847-722-6621; Ann Lerman; 847-373-8640; Have the Judaica Shop be a go-to spot for all your Judaic needs – please come visit us soon!

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. One coupon per family. No other discounts or promotions apply -Expires December 31, 2019 COUPON

Men’s Club DAYENU! A word that foretells the upcoming Pesach observance later this month and also very aptly describes what I imagine is almost everyone’s feelings about this year’s horrible winter season. Dayenu! Feh, enough already! Let’s hope that spring is just around the corner and that by the time we all gather together with family and friends to celebrate Pesach, the flowers have started to bloom, the grass has shed its dingy appearance, and the trees show evidence of leafy re-emergence. Another harbinger of springtime is the annual Men’s Club Shabbat that this year takes place on April 6. This special service is led entirely by many of our capable, talented, and spiritual Men’s Club Members. I would strongly encourage everyone to join us for what always proves to be a very inspirational service. If you missed the Passover Wine Tasting event last month, you can still take advantage of the special pricing offered by Binny’s Beverage Depot. Every year at this time, Binny’s and the Royal Wine Corp. (an industry leading importer of kosher wines from around the world) collaborate to offer our congregants a specially curated list of Passover wines that can be purchased at special discounted prices. All that needs to be done is to fill out the order form on the enclosed flyer before April 8, and your wine selection will be delivered to the synagogue so it can be picked up in time for your Pesach seders. Passover Wine Tasting Order form

While there’s not much else happening this month, a few future Men’s Club events merit mentioning. On May 15, Orin Rotman will again lead a lively and thought provoking “Tap the Torah” discussion on “Does this Make Sense? Some Talmud Mysteries.” Then, on June 23, the Men’s Club is thrilled to be bringing back a very special event – Poker Tournament. The details for this popular event are still being worked on by Fred Rabinowitz, who is leading this effort, and his able assistants. Fred welcomes everyone who’s interested in helping to contact him at This will surely be an afternoon/evening affair to be long remembered. Lastly, even though it’s still several months away, it’s not too early to sign up for the biennial FJMC Men’s Club International Convention being held in Toronto from July 3-7. The attached link provides more details on the convention and also has a portal to use for registration. Speaking from personal experience, these conventions are truly inspirational and educational. To participate in services with over 250 men is an experience that cannot be easily described - it will undoubtedly move you in unexpected ways as it did me! Ron Friedman, BJMC President

Please join us on April 6 at 9;30 a.m. as the Men’s Club leads the Shabbat Services.

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Men’s Club MARCH MEN’S CLUB SPOTLIGHT MEMBER: FRED RABINOWITZ This month’s Men’s Club spotlight member is Fred Rabinowitz. Fred and Susan, his wife of 44 years, have three children and have been blessed with 5 grandchildren. Fred has been an attorney for 43 years and specializes in personal injury. Fred and Sue have been CBJ members for over 30 years. During that time, Fred served 10 years on the CBJ Board of Directors that included terms as Vice President Membership and Vice President Programming. Fred’s involvement with our Men’s Club is even more extensive. He was one of the men who helped resurrect and breathe new life into the club in the early 1990’s and whose efforts and dedication formed the foundation and nucleus of what our club has become today. Over the intervening years Fred served two terms as President and one term as Co-President. In addition, he has been Vice President of both Membership and Programming and was actively involved in our club’s participation in PADS events. He also developed the annual CBJ Block Party featuring the always competitive and exciting Softball Challenge pitting the Men’s Club and USY in a spirited contest. While just about all of the Men’s Club members who’ve been featured previously in this space have also been chosen as our club’s Man of the Year, Fred has the unique distinction of having been chosen twice for that prestigious award. Fred is a club stalwart who can always be counted on to volunteer his time to bring events to fruition. His personal mantra is “what can I do to help?” Although work and the Men’s Club occupy much of his time, Fred always places family first and tries to never miss an opportunity to be with his expanding family. His hobbies include attending action movies and reading science fiction and action books whenever possible.

Fred is truly one of the good guys who quietly, yet very effectively, makes sure our club is successful and that it continues to be a valuable adjunct to the synagogue.

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. If you are interested in helping please contact Sandy Ramras.

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.

Tzedakah Fund The Men's Club has made donations from the minyan tzedakah box: AIPAC We thank all those who have contributed to the tzedakah fund administered by Men's Club.


Schedule & Flyers: April 1

Poker Tournament Planning Committee – all are welcome

April 6

Men’s Club Shabbat

May 15

Tap the Torah

June 25

Poker Tournament & Dinner

Ron Friedman Men’s Club President

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Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle Volunteers Susan Adelman Barry Bikshorn Joel Fisher Ron Friedman Al Gimpel Maynard Hirsch Jeff Julis Marty Karlin Martin Krawitz Norm Kurtz Aubrey Landau Daniel Landau Rob Lipka Alan Marcus Zak Pesin Sandy Ramras Marty Rockwell Joe Rosenfeld Evan Rumack Al Stark Phyllis Udany Sandy Victor Eric Yegelwel

Thank you for remembering. Light candles the evening of May 1.


2019 Men’s Club Man and Youth of the Year Dinner

Congratulations Brandt Rosen and Adam Rosen



Congratulations to Dr. Ira Sender on receiving the Distinguished Service Award from Elmhurst Hospital.


INTERFAITH COUNCIL News from the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council by Joanne Dicker, President April is a busy time for all of our member congregations which are celebrating either Passover (April 19th evening through April 27th) or Good Friday (April 19) and Easter (April 21.) May each of our holidays be blessed with peaceful reflection shared with family and friends. Thank you to all who are participating in Knock your socks off! Our homeless population is in desperate need of socks. We are collecting new socks for distribution to our neighbors in need. Please fill the boxes set out in your places of worship with new socks for men, women, and children. (See attached flier) Our other scheduled programs are: 1.


Stamp out Hunger: May 11, 2019: IFC’s food pantries will be the recipients of the Post Office’s program to collect non-perishable food items. You can help out by placing canned goods in your mailbox. Your postal carriers will take your donations back to the Post office for collection by the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council. We can always use volunteers to help distribute the food to our pantries located at Beth Am, Kingswood Methodist Church, St. Alphonsus, and St. Mary Parish. i-walk for hunger: Sunday, June 23, 2019: Our annual family walk to raise awareness of hunger in our community. All funds collected are donated to our food pantries. We walk from St. Mary Parish to Hope Lutheran Church and back. Hope Lutheran hosts refreshment and entertainment for the walkers. We welcome you and other community organizations to join us.


BGRA food collection: June: This baseball league collects non-perishable food items for our food pantries.


Mission trip to Des Moines, Iowa. We will be joining other volunteers working with Habitat for Humanity in a project called “Rock the Block.” The trip is tentatively scheduled for July 15-20th. (Four work days and two travel days) If you are interested, please contact me, Nancy Slonim (, or your representative for more information.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration: Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Our annual family oriented celebration filled with song and prayer.

We are also looking for volunteers to bring food or work the dinner shift at Kingswood’s PADS on Tuesdays. The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council serves this community. If you have any programming suggestions, please forward them to your IFC representatives. For more information on any of our programs, please contact us by e-mail or telephone:, 224-699-0386 or visit our website at: or your council representatives: Joanne Dicker: Helene Fox: Donations may be made directly to: Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council 1282 Green Knolls Drive Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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BJE Early Childhood Centers

MT Nesters The MT Nesters are starting our 25th year. But our dues are still the same -- $20/year (no senior discounts). However, membership in the MT Nesters for your first year is free if you are currently a member of Beth Judea. We are continuing to hold our monthly program/meetings on Sundays, usually in the afternoon, and sometimes outside of the synagogue. For additional information contact Carol Schechter at 847-537-3566 or Sam Chiprin at 847-459-0316.

Did You Know... Do you know of information that would be of interest to our congregants? If so, please let us know.

Registration for 2018-2019

Cell Phone Drop-Off Box In Synagogue Office! Help domestic abuse victims by donating your old cell phones.

Registration at the Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Center at Beth Judea is well under way. Registration for our 2018-2019 school year has begun. Schedule a visit to one of our classes: New Steps (parent/caregiver and toddler), More Steps (2 year olds), Kadima (3 year olds) and Pre-K, and learn about our amazing curriculum. Call us at 847634-0363 to begin your child’s preschool journey. Come and see what we’re all about!

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Each phone raises money for domestic abuse crisiscounseling services in the 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.


New Membership Programs Beth Judea Announces Exciting New Membership Programs:

Alternative Shabbat Service Alternative Shabbat Service Service Leader: Norm Kurtz

1. Referral Program Gift of Membership 3. STEPS to Membership

Every Shabbat Morning 10:30 am until 11:45 am.


We're very excited to announce new membership programs for our community! We're making it easy and rewarding for you to help spread the word about our synagogue community to your family, friends, and Jewish families that might have moved into the neighborhood! Click Here for Full Details

Planned Giving Is Beth Judea a Part of Your Estate?

Help ensure the future of Congregation Beth Judea. From Generation to Generation “Making a Difference in the Lives that Follow”

You are invited to join the Alternative Shabbat Service which meets every Shabbat morning. Our growing interpretive minyan (prayer group) is focused on building community by enjoying a passionate, meaningful, and dynamic Shabbat morning experience. We are innovative, creative, and different from the traditional service. We are friendly and welcoming to all. Being nonjudgmental and accessible, we are interested in creating a meaningful spiritual community where joyful prayer and spirited Torah discussion is experienced, accompanied by camaraderie and friendship. Join us for prayer/discussion/ learning and stay after services for Kiddush/lunch with the entire Congregation. We meet in the former youth lounge on the lower level of the Synagogue (which is accessible to the physically challenged) from 10:30 am until 11:45 am. Bring a friend with you. We look forward to welcoming you to our community. Shabbat Shalom,

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.

To learn more about the Goodman’s life in Israel click here to share their experience.

Norm Kurtz Service Leader For further information:


Upon three things the world is based: Upon Torah, Upon Divine Service and Upon the Practice of Charity

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The Helping Hand Plan

The Helping Hand Plan A Project of Congregation Beth Judea Hesed Committee • •

Do you need some help? Do you need a ride to a doctor’s appointment? Do you need a ride to services at Beth Judea?

WHAT IS THE HELPING HAND PLAN? Beth Judea has a group of volunteers who are ready, willing, and able to lend a hand. Just call or e-mail if you need some assistance. WHO DO I CONTACT TO REQUEST SOME HELP? Please call Larry Wollheim at 847-6349399 or e-mail Larry at to request help. It’s a Mitzvah to help someone. Please allow us to help you.

You Make A Difference 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: Ellene Lammers Wendy Wunsch Evan Rumack Larry Wolheim

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Hesed Committee

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 or call the Rabbi. FOR A LIST OF EMERGENCY HOTLINE NUMBERS, AGENCIES AND RESOURCES click here

We Would Like To Know WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW . . . . 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.

Please call the synagogue office with this information. Do not assume that someone else will have notified the synagogue staff. 37

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APRIL BIRTHDAYS We wish a very Happy Birthday to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: April 1

Alana Cooper Stewart Mann Tammy Pollack Susan Rizman Amy Taub

April 15

Geri Friedman Kitty Hoffman

April 16

Davita Bloom Cary Chaitman Hillary Wenk Nancy Zorfas

April 2

Charki Dunn Gregg Pollack April 17

April 3

Anne Pacernick Gayle Pervos Robin Tehrani Roger Weisberg

Stefanie Ebner Laura Kahn Jill Lieberman

April 18

Michelle Finn Steven Glassner Brian Katz

Jen Goldstein Pamela Kahn Matt Schuman

April 19

Ellyn Pollard Michelle Reinstein

Arthur Nemoy Jeanie Rosenfeld

April 20

Barry Stark

April 6

Melissa Levin

April 21

Wesley Brown Fred Rabinowitz

April 7

David Cohn Rebecca Sanders

April 22

Ellen Chappe Gayle Kwasman

Andrew Levitt Michael Ludwig Lois Margolis

April 24

Jessica Block Stanley Rosenbloom Natalie Solomon

Amy Green Cheryl Landau

April 25

Mark Charman Joel Robbins

Laura Zoller Susan Zolno

April 26

Howard Gordon Jason Heiger Denise Rotman Morris Zimbalist

April 27

Lisa Ribot

April 28

Mary Brickman

April 29

Lee Arbus Marla Goldberg Marilyn Green-Rebnord Rhonda Wollheim

April 30

Lee Brown Carisa Jacobs

April 4

April 5

April 8

April 9 April 10 April 11

Michael Miner

April 12

Roxana Kabalkin Susanne Pinzur Marny Schwartz Barbra Stark

April 13

April 14

Beth Chaitman Lindsey Dexl Jeffrey Fine Sheldon Kaner Susan Mann David Reinstein Louis Barnett Cheryl Brownfield

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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APRIL ANNIVERSARIES We wish a very Happy Anniversary to the following members of our Beth Judea Family:

April 1

Jennifer & Christopher Ryan

April 2

Hillary & Brian Wenk

April 4

Lori & Herbert Finn Karri & Howard Spiegel

April 5

Bobbie & Floyd Babbitt Kandy & Joseph Ginsburg

April 8

Susan & Mark Zolno

April 13

Maureen & David Stolman

April 25

Barbara & Michael Levenstein

April 26

Jean & Laurence Appel Lisa & Gary Malkin

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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Ma Celia Abelson* Ellyn Drazin Esther Hirsch Elliot Kallish Alex Lerman* Morris Nathan* Mildred “Mickie” Orechkin Max Schwartz* Doris Warman Lenora Tammy Zeff

Rose Altman* Jerald Groner Joseph Indes* Irene Karel Frieda Lieberman* Don Neal Louis Polakow Richard Albert Share Caesar Wollheim David Zoller*

Lena Appel June Handler Barry Jeross Albert Karno Irving Ludwig Leo Nochimson* Carl Rosenthal* Howard Silberman Abraham I. Wortell*

April 12

Gilbert Agrest Henry Burdeen* Carl Elvove* Lenore Gluskin* Harold Greenbert Robert E. Hazan* Rhea Klein Edith Levine* Ruth Reingold Gloria Silver Bertha Weinberg* Ronald Wolff

Muriel Bregman Hillary Chusid Perry Fisher Marlene Green Paul Grobman* Mildred Honigberg Rochelle Lerner Jack Neimark Jack T. Rotman David Smith Sam Weinberg*

Peter Brenner* Jack Cohen Lori Geraty Joseph Greenberg* Sylvia Harris Jerry Kaplan* Abe Levin* Fannie Paula Plaut Schiller Eli Seltzer Julius Strauss Esther Wolf*

April 19

Barbara Bernstein Martha Chibnik Devora Elbaum* Burton Fischman Louis Grossman David Keifsky Mildred Levinson Joyce Papageorge* Morris Saharack Edith Schneider Anita Smith Abraham Weissman

Joel Bikshorn Minnie Cohen Howard Epstein* Diane Goldstein* David Gutstein* Seymour Lazar* David Lipscher* Karl Perl* Sam Sanes* Mildred Sherman* Beverly Sokol*

Fred Bornstein* Roslyn Drizner Michael Fagan Sala Gotfryd Alex Hortick Shirley Lemsky Michael Nusinow Sonia Rosenfeld* Barbara Savitt Philip Shultz* Micky Verbin*

* Denotes the deceased has a yahrzeit plaque. If you are interested in purchasing a plaque please contact the synagogue office.

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Charles Ban Elaine Brownfield Martha Greenberg* Rose Kamerling* Michael Kwasman Barbara Greenberg Morley Fred Rhodes* Deborah Semel Betty Ward*

Maurice Bender* Ellen Coltman Bonnie Hilder* Osher Karlinsky* Jack Lindenbaum* Jacob Muffson Paula Ribot Joe Star

Louis Berman* Max Forman Louis Hill Harry Kohl Shirley Markowitz Shelle Sakol Radin* Ida Schneider Walter Thalheimer

* Denotes the deceased has a yahrzeit plaque. If you are interested in purchasing a plaque please contact the synagogue office.

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William Barston* Mary Berman* Marcella Edelberg* Janice Fox Sharon Renee Horowitz David Kaufman Rose Meskin* Anna Offstein* Bob Spitz Kathryn Weisbard

Hylda Ida Bauer* Oscar R. Berman* Bernice Elman Larry Fox* Betty Isaacson Mike Margolis Esther Meyer Philip Pinckus* Ruth Steres* Phillip Zeidman

Jerrold Belonsky Shirley Dicker Aaron Fox* Ruth Groner* Goldie Jacobs* Irving Markowitz* Arnold Moskowitz Thelma Schwartz* Samuel Weiner

May 10

Abraham Alhadeff Dorothy Brooks* Sarabelle Fishman Howard Jaffe* Rosalie Koehler-Moore Max Levine* Leo Malter Martha Rosenbaum* Emanuel Seider Anita Spiegel Ada Weiss

Rose Ban Bill Carol* Carl Freedman* Fannie Kaner* Robyn Kreger Milton Levinson Elaine Moffett Morris Rovin* Joseph Shikafsky* Bernard Turovitz*

Rose Becker* Neil Fenchel Allen Gothelf Stuart Kaufman Samuel Lettvin Edith Levsky* Sylvia Rosen Ida Schiffman* Paul Spangler Gladys Wallach*

May 17

Harry Bauer Marc Chappe Jake Cohen Martha Forman Goldie Graff* Ione Ilvenne Harry Kintz* Carol Joy Lazar* Harry Markowitz Clara Ramras Gertrude Savetsky Sam Wolf*

Anna Brody* Norman Chorpash Merrill Cohen Jenny Gardberg* Rami Greener Lisa Jacobs Max Kriegler Merrill Litwin Walter Mendelsohn Ricki Reznick* Tamara Shub Beatrice Wollheim

Harry J. Caplan* Baruch Cohen Malva Dobrikin* Janice Gottlieb* Harold Hennes Nancy Joy Karlin Richard Krivitzky* Benjamin Margules Sol Pinsker Marsha Rosen* Raymond Weinberger

* Denotes the deceased has a yahrzeit plaque. If you are interested in purchasing a plaque please contact the synagogue office.

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Phyllis Appel Spencer Block* Marshall Coady* Marvin Cutler Martha Gindin Lillian Horwitz* Leonard Lavin Manuel Litwin Benjamin Ludwig* Goldie Nathan* Louis Pieter* Ida Rice Mark Sachs* Claire Weinberger

Sidney Aronoff Iris Bloom Alice Cohen* Frances Bobbie Fischer* Izzabela Gluskina Lynne Isaacson* Edward Leibowitz Lois London Sylvia Ludwig Frank Neubauer Edith Platt* Edward Robbin Gertrude Spangler

Anna Barnett Alice H. Braun* Morris P. Cohen* Helen Fryer Rosalyn Grossman* Arthur Karns* Joseph Levin* Irving Lozowski Theodore Munn* Sharon Nusinow Shirley Prosansky* Burton Rosenbaum* Molly Springer*

May 31

Rebecca Berger* Geraldine Burdeen* Emanuel Feinstone Phyllis Geltner* Elsie Halperin* Harriet Cohen Korengold Fay Lewis* Bertha Pander Nita Ritov Bertha Schnabel Lillian Signer Sam Torres Herbert Wolf

Jerry Blustein* Sarah Cohen* Frances Fisher Jeff Goulston Jerome Hirshman* Benjamin LeVine David Magill Herman Ramras Bryan Rozansky Gail Schwab Harry Stone* Max Wasserman Mary Yatkowsky*

Eli Brickman* Bernhard Edelstein* Virginia Friedman Irvin Greiman* Esther Klein* Esther Levitan* Vivian Oscherwitz* Bernard Rich William Schero Sam Shiner* Frances Taler Stuart Weiner*

* Denotes the deceased has a yahrzeit plaque. If you are interested in purchasing a plaque please contact the synagogue office.

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TRIBUTES FOR AN EXPLANATION OF THESE FUNDS, PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE PRAYERS HAVE BEEN SAID FOR THE RECOVERY OF: Ronald Bloom Jerrie Fox Stella Greener Rabbi David Klatzker Bonnie Lane Lauren Levinstein Suzie Levitt Don Loomstein Janet Shutter

Congratulations upon Birth: Rhonda & Ed Newman upon the birth of their grandson, Lucas Max Newman

Congratulations upon Engagement: Andrea & Jason Heiger upon the engagement of their son, Joshua Ethan Heiger to Ariana Rose Adelman


IN APPRECIATION OF: Rabbi Zimbalist for the beautiful baby naming ceremony for our daughter and granddaughter, Chloe Evelyn Stolman. Renee & Michael Klass Maureen & David Stolman Shelley & Kenny Stolman Rabbi Zimbalist for officiating at the funeral for our beloved mother, Elaine Waitz. David & Susie Waitz and Family Hal & Donna Waitz IN MEMORY OF: Howard Jacklin, beloved father of Craig & Carol Jacklin. Joan & Lewis Smith UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Mac Brown, beloved father. Renee & Wes Brown

INCLUSION FUND SPEEDY RECOVERY TO: Carol Schechter Susan Adleman IN HONOR OF: Amy & Ross Gluck and Family upon Lindsay Gluck’s Bat Mitzvah. Renee & Michael Klass and Family Rachel & Neil Jordan upon being honored for the “Royal Court”. Marcie, Alan & Ross Marcus UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Fanny Paula Plaut Schiller Susan Adleman

William Cohn Suzie & Craig Cohn Hannah Hockfield Joe Hockfield Andrea & Ed Hockfield

HAZZAN EZRING DISCRETIONARY FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Ben Berkovitz, beloved father and grandfather. The Halperin Family William Cohn Suzie & Craig Cohn CANTOR WEISBERG DISCRETIONARY FUND IN MEMORY OF: Marty Belfer Renee & Mike Malter UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Carl Rosenthal, beloved father and grandfather. Florence Rosenthal GENERAL FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Rose Brandt, beloved grandmother. The Brandt Family Perry Fisher, beloved father and grandfather. Herb Fisher and Family Lori Geraty

Albert Karno, beloved grandfather. Gayle & Rick Pervos Dorothy Rose Andrea & Ed Hockfield

Merle Linderman Irv Ludwig Gayle & Michael Ludwig Carl Rosenthal Susan & Robert Rosenthal Beverly Weiner, beloved and deeply missed mom. The Brandt Family

TRIBUTES CAMP RAMAH FUND IN HONOR OF: Cathy Feiger’s birthday. Sheri & Steve Kase

MEN’S CLUB FUND IN HONOR OF: Brandt Rosen upon being named Man of the Year. Marcie, Alan & Ross Marcus


IN HONOR OF: Sandy Rockwell, with our very best wishes on your special birthday. Jean & Ron Friedman

BEN SAYPOL MEMORIAL FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Bruce Gerber Gail Gerber, Eric, Robin & Elyse Yegelwel Jacob Gordon, beloved father and grandfather. Stuart, Cheryl, Ariel & Jonathan Kersky

JUDY WALCER MEMORIAL FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Deborah Semel, beloved mother and grandmother. Louise & Lou Barnett

The Word – April 2019


CHESED FUND IN HONOR OF: Ariel Barshefsky upon becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Nita & Alvin Barshefsky


SOCIAL ACTION FUND IN HONOR OF: Laura & Adam Barshefsky and Family, Mazel Tov on Ariel becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Susie & Bob Pinzur Amy & Ross Gluck, Mazel Tov on Lindsay becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Susie & Bob Pinzur

Dr. Ira Sender upon receiving the Medical Staff Distinguished Service Award from Elmhurst Hospital. Denise & Burt Bragin FOCUS ON FAMILIES FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Gilbert Agrest, beloved father and papa. Janice & Craig Minnick

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Calvin Stark, beloved brother and uncle. Albert & Linda Stark and Family SISTERHOOD FUND IN HONOR OF: Purim Kim & Skip Mann YOUTH FUND

IN HONOR OF: My granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Peters upon her 5th birthday. Helen Peters Dr. Ira Sender upon receiving the Medical Staff Distinguished Service Award from Elmhurst Hospital. Marsha & Chuck Bernstein Jean & Ron Friedman



UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Pola Rizman, beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother. May her memory be a blessing. Marti & Morry Rizman

IN MEMORY OF: Elaine Waitz, beloved mother of David and Susie Waitz. Sue-Ellen & Fred Duboe


CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA 5304 RFD Long Grove, IL 60047 (847) 634-0777 E-Mail: Website: Rabbi Morris Zimbalist Hazzan Gil Ezring Rabbi Emeritus Howard Lifshitz Hazzan Emeritus Roger J. Weisberg President Sidney Mathias Executive Director Lisa Neiman Educational Director Anna Besser Youth Director Marc Sender Editor Evan Rumack

From The Editors In order for your article to be published in the next issue, we must have it at the synagogue by the 10th of the month! There will be no exceptions. This includes information on disk as well. We need your article as it is important to let the congregation know what your group is doing. Announcements should take the form of articles in The Word rather than separate flyers. The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Rabbi, Board of Directors or the editors.

Candle Lighting Times

Worship Schedule

Candle Lighting time is calculated for 18 minutes

Conducted by before sunset and is adjusted for Daylight Savings Time. Rabbi Morris Zimbalist and Hazzan Gil Ezring Shabbat Evening Services ......................................... .7:30.p.m. Shabbat Morning Services ........................................ 9:30 a.m. Gan Shabbat – Shabbat Mornings .............................10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation (1st & 3rd Shabbat monthly .... 10:30 a.m. Alternative Shabbat Service (Interpretive Minyan).. 10:30 a.m. Weekday Morning Minyan: Sunday .................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Monday ................................................................ 6:15 a.m. Tuesday through Friday ........................................ 7:30 a.m.

April 5 .......................................................... 7:04 p.m. April 12 ….................................................... 7:12 p.m. April 19 ……....Pesach................................. 7:20 p.m. April 20 .............Pesach................................. 8:29 p.m April 25 .............Pesach................................. 7:27 p.m. April 26 .............Pesach................................. 7:28 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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The Word - April 2019  

Congregation Beth Judea

The Word - April 2019  

Congregation Beth Judea