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Holocaust Garden Dedication May 2, 2000 Hearing Men’s Voices: Family Financial Discussions February 20, 2018

Megillah reading February 28, 2018

5304 RFD, Hilltop Rd. & Route 83, Long Grove, IL 60047 Phone: 847-634-0777


FROM THE RABBI REPAIR THE WORLD, TRANSFORM THE SYNAGOGUE I have discovered that one of the hidden assets of Beth Judea is the wide variety of activities that are focused on hesed (“loving-kindness”) and tikkun olam (“repairing the world”).

but because they have an itch they cannot scratch. They want to be part of a big, bold vision.

In other words, healthy, thriving synagogues are all about changing individuals and society. People are Our Hesed Committee’s “Helping Hand changed, equipped, and sent out to Plan” keeps in touch with the ill and the serve others. New and deeper homebound, provides them with rides to RABBI DAVID KLATZKER friendships are formed. Membership is doctor’s appointments, and helps them not about making sacrifices for the with shopping. The Inclusion synagogue, but about receiving sincere Committee e is planning a special appreciation for your individual qualities. Shabbat service (February 9) and will soon send out a survey on disability needs. The Moreover, the new synagogue is an evolving Men’s Club goes to a local nursing home once organism, not a hierarchical organization. Board a month. The Sisterhood gives financial members are not managers but spend effort assistance to people in need. And this is only a continually sharing authority, encouraging partial listing. experimentation, and focusing the synagogue on its core values. Why do I think that these efforts are so significant for us? Not only because we need to In the new model, synagogue leaders do not do mitzvot, but also because CBJ is starting to spend all of their time asking, "How are we going move toward a new model of what a to survive?" Instead, they ask, "Why are we synagogue should be. here?" and "What are we called to do?" For they know that if the congregation is talking about Declining synagogues tend to focus all their survival instead of purpose, its chances of efforts on the young people, spending almost survival will diminish dramatically. no time helping adults develop themselves as Jews and "menschen." The declining This is precisely what our hesed and tikkun olam synagogue is a well-¬oiled machine which efforts represent. If we increase these efforts, we requires a large amount of energy by the rabbi will be changing the culture of the synagogue and lay people to raise money and attract new from a membership culture to a culture of congregants. purpose and value. But today many people are looking for something different. They come to shul not Best of Life, because they feel that they should show up from time to time to get their money’s worth, Rabbi David Klatzker

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Save the Date

Congregation Beth Judea’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, April 29th, 2018 – 6:30 pm Donor and Sponsor reception begins at 6:00 pm For more information, to register or be a sponsor visit click here for invite

click here for sponsorship form

In This Issue Rabbi’s Reflections Calendar President’s Message CBJ 50th Anniversary Events Important Reminders & Dates CBJ Mission Statement Special Upcoming Events World Wide Wrap Ta’am Yisrael Send Off B’Nei Mitzvah Bios Men’s Club Man/Youth of the Year PURIM Ways & Means Support Beth Judea Israel Committee Special Events Religious Education Dinner & Conversation w/Rabbi Adult Education The Word - February 2018

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Youth Men’s Club Sisterhood Sisterhood Gift Shop CBJ Community News Save the Date Programs Available Interfaith Council BJE Early Childhood SHALVA Membership Alternative Minyan The Goodman’s Blog The Helping Hand Plan Hesed Birthdays & Anniversaries Yahrzeits Tributes Downloadable Calendar

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CALENDAR Special Events Feb. 4 Feb. 9 Feb. 11 Feb. 14 Feb. 16

World Wide Wrap Annual Inclusion Shabbat & Shirat Shabbat 50th Anniversary Special Event (Movie) Join the Beth Judea Board of Directors Ta’am Yisrael Sendoff/Hebrew Lit Grad.

Purim Events Feb. 16 Feb. 20 Feb. 25 Feb. 28 Feb. 28

Men’s Club

Sisterhood Feb. 3 Feb. 7 March 8

Shabbat Services led by Sisterhood and Torah Fund Campaign Judaic Arts Program Sisterhood Book Club

Programming Feb. 16 Feb. 24

Presidents Day Shabbat Dinner Bowling League

Israel Committee Mar. 4

AIPAC Convention

Adult Ed

Shalach Manot Orders Due HUGS Purim Event at BJBE Purim Carnival Fast of Esther Purim Palooza & Megilla Reading

Feb. 17 Feb. 20 Feb. 21

Men’s Club at Lieberman Hearing Men’s Voices Tap the Torah REGISTER FOR THE FJMC MAN/YOUTH OF THE YEAR DINNER

Religious School Feb. 24

Shabbat Services led by Gimel Class

Youth IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUTH View our calendar online at


Feb. 5

Lunch & Learn at Sunset Foods with Rabbi Lifshitz

Please check website

Feb. 6

Ba’al Tefillah Training: Leading Shabbat Shaharit in 6 weeks

Be Sure To Check Out “Beth Judea Community News”

Feb. 21

AJEC Program at Beth Judea SEE FLYER

ATTN: PARENTS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS Please send us your college students addresses. You can email them to

Please contact Lisa Neiman at or 847-634-0777 if you need any special accommodations, including transportation, to participate in our program. The Word - February 2018

and read the article published by the Washington Examiner written by congregant, Bruce Portnoy

Page 31 BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers February 2, 2018– 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of February will be recognized at our service on February 2nd. Our worship will begin at 7:30 pm. Children of every age are welcome!


President’s Message Join the Beth Judea Board of Directors!! IMPORTANT NOTICE SIDNEY MATHIAS CBJ PRESIDENT

Dear Congregants,

Have you ever considered being on Congregation Beth Judea's Board of Directors? It is that time of year when our Nominating Committee convenes to fill the seats of retiring Board Members, and we're looking for you!

Why did I become a Board Member? After I retired, I started looking at volunteer opportunities. I realized that my family and I received so much from being a member of Congregation Beth Judea, that it was time to give back. My favorite part of serving on the Board has been working on committees. In these smaller groups, I have made friends, I have gained transferable skills, I have learned more about Judaism and I have had my voice heard and valued. Why should you become a board member? It is my hope that Congregation Beth Judea means something special to you- a house of worship, a house of learning, and a home where you can share your joys and sorrows. As a board member, you would be giving back to this community that has so much to offer you. Involvement can also be a gift to yourself. It can provide an opportunity for personal growth and exploration. As Hillel said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” Our constitution allows all members in good standing to be eligible for service on the Board of Directors. The Board has the authority for guiding many aspects of our congregational life; some of those include oversight of our professional staff, budgeting, finance matters, and establishment of policies related to Synagogue operations - all while serving as goodwill ambassadors to our greater community. Board members are also required to serve as an active member of a standing committee, usher at services, and be an active participant in our synagogue's programs. Please, if you are interested, we ask that you simply answer the following questions to begin the process and assist the committee: 1.

How long have you been a member of CBJ?


On which committees have you previously or currently served, at Beth Judea or another synagogue?


Why do you have a desire to be of service as a member of the Board of Directors?


What areas of the synagogue are you most interested in? How would you envision participating in pursuing that interest?

Your response should be sent via email to me, Sid Mathias, at, by Wednesday, February 14, 2018. If you have any questions, I can be reached at (847) 254-3640 Sincerely, Sid Mathias, President Click here to download

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Summer of 1968

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 7:30 pm A 50th ANNIVERSARY EVENT! A 50th Anniversary Event!


Sunday, February 11, 2018 7:00 pm A teenage boy growing up in Israel gets a job working for a mysterious matchmaker and Holocaust survivor. We follow the boy as he learns the strategies of matchmaking and the mysteries of the human heart in humorous and moving ways. The film mixes comedy and drama as it tells a coming of age story.

Please join us as we continue our year long celebration of CBJ’s 50th anniversary at this special Shabbat Service. More details to follow.

Join us for a fun movie with popcorn and drinks!! No charge RSVP to Lisa at


February 11, 2018

7:00 pm

Movie, popcorn and drinks


March 2, 2018

7:30 pm

Shabbat Dinner & Services


April 29, 2018

50th Anniversary Celebration



IMPORTANT DATES IN JEWISH HISTORY Feb. 25 – Purim Carnival Feb. 28 – Fast of Esther Feb. 28 – Purim Palooza & Megilla Reading


COMING IN FEBRUARY February 2018 February 1 Anecdotes for Inclusion Shabbat Due February 3 Services led by Sisterhood and Torah Fund Campaign February 4 World Wide Wrap February 5 Lunch & Learn begins February 6 Ba’al Tefillah Shaharit Amidah begins February 7 Sisterhood Judaic Arts Program February 9 Inclusion Shabbat & Shirat Shabbat February 11 50th Anniversary Movie Event February 16 Presidents Day Shabbat Dinner February 16 Ta’am Yisrael Send-off February 16 Hebrew Literacy Graduation February 16 Shalach Manot Orders Due February 17 Men’s Club at Lieberman February 20 HUGS at BJBE – Purim Event February 20 Hearing Men’s Voices February 21 AJEC Program at Beth Judea February 21 Tap the Torah February 24 Services led by Gimel Class February 24 Bowling League February 25 Purim Carnival with special Tot Hour February 28 Fast of Esther February 28 Purim Palooza & Megillah Reading

March 2018 March 1 March 2 March 2 March 3 March 4 March 4 March 7 March 8 March 8 March 9 March 9 March 11 March 11 March 15 March 16 March 16 March 17 March 20 March 24 March 25 March 25 March 30 March 30 March 31 March 31

Purim 50th Anniversary Dinner 50th Anniversary Shabbat Services Men’s Club Candle Packing Passover Wine Tasting AIPAC Policy Conference Rabbi Reads Quran begins Dinner & Conversation with Rabbi Sisterhood Book Club K-2 Shabbat Dinner Shirat Shabbat Service Regional Kadima Day FJMC Man & Youth of the Year Sisterhood Women’s Seder FJMC Retreat Tot Shabbat Services led by Bet Class Hearing Men’s Voices Men’s Club at Lieberman Congressman Roskam Speaker Men’s Club Beer & Burgers Fast of the Firstborn 1st Pesach Seder Pesach Services 2nd Pesach Seder

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. 7

Annual Inclusion Shabbat A Message from the Inclusion Committee of Congregation Beth Judea

Join Us for Our Annual Inclusion Shabbat and Shirat Shabbat February 9, 2018 – 7:30 pm Help us bring together “Voices from Our Community” and share a moment to include in a booklet to distribute to congregants at this Shabbat.

Guest Speaker - Jen Phillips Director of Recreation and Programming at Keshet.


Cantor Amy Zussman

along with choir members from Selah, a newly formed choir for individuals with special needs.

“What Does It Mean to Be an Inclusive Synagogue?” Please help us by submitting your short anecdote by February in the booklet.

Dear Congregation Beth Judea Membership, The Congregation Beth Judea Inclusion Committee is excited to announce our First Inclusion Shabbat on February 9th at 7:30pm. This service will include a speaker, Jen Phillips, Director of Recreation and Programming at Keshet and Cantor Amy Zussman along with choir members from Selah, a newly formed choir for individuals with special needs. We look forward to sharing this special event with the congregation. As we begin to plan Inclusion Shabbat, we wanted to bring together Voices from Our Community who have benefited from inclusion here firsthand. We ask the question, “What Does It Mean to Be an Inclusive Synagogue?” Looking back, we can think of moments that stand out in our minds as times when inclusion here at Beth Judea worked. Whether it be at a program, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a service, or a youth group activity, individuals with special needs have been and will continue to be included here in our synagogue.

We ask you to share a moment with us that we can share with the synagogue at our Shabbat. We would like to make a small booklet compiling the defining and memorable experiences that our congregants have had here at Beth Judea in regards to inclusion. We just concluded our Morning to Remember program where individuals shared their memories of our congregation. This is another opportunity to share what our synagogue is doing or has done to make a welcoming and including environment. We have asked you to share an experience that you would be willing for us to share. If you are willing to participate, please email your short anecdote by February 1st to Scott Rosen at who will be compiling the booklet. Please also let us know how you would like your passage signed such as first name only, congregant, or first name with first initial of your last name. You may also email me any questions you might have. Thank you in advance for your willingness to share your story. We all look forward to hearing about your experiences. Sincerely, Scott Rosen and the Inclusion Committee of Congregation Beth Judea

1st to be included

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Please contact Lisa Neiman at or 847-634-0777 if you need any special accommodations, including transportation, to participate in our program.


Sisterhood Shabbat

World Wide Wrap

Where every woman’s voice is heard

Join Us for Our Sisterhood Shabbat &Torah Fund Campaign Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:30 am You are invited to join us as Congregation Beth Judea celebrates

Sisterhood Shabbat on

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Edna Schrank, Women’s League Central Great Lakes Region President and former Region VicePresident of Torah Fund, will share information about the valuable support that Sisterhood Torah Fund provides to the Conservative seminaries that train our rabbis, cantors , and educators.

World Wide Wrap World Wide Wrap XVIII Sunday, February 4, 2018 “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

While we cannot accept donations on Shabbat, please mail your contribution by April 15, 2018.

Orin Rotman Tefillin Wrap Rap Video

Come join us & celebrate Shabbat! If you would like a part in the service please contact Phyllis Udany at

8:30 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Wrap and Daven Brunch

Kiddush lunch to follow For more information on our Torah Fund appeal click here

For further information on this program see our website

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Ta’am Yisrael Send Off To Our Beth Judea Ta’am Yisrael Attendees Ta'am Yisrael


Send Off

Please join us for a special Shabbat Service as we wish

May God watch over you and protect you as you embark on this journey home to Israel. May you be protected from all dangers and have a safe, peaceful and rewarding experience.

NESIAH TOVA (safe travels) to our Ta’am Yisrael Students: Talia Gluck, Lindsey Neiman, Grant Pacernick, Brooke Robbins, and Olivia Soble

Have a safe trip.

traveling to Israel as part of the Ta'am Yisrael program during Erev Shabbat Services on February 16, 2018 7:30 pm

Join us on Friday March 9th at 7:30 pm as we celebrate

The students will receive a special blessing and the Oneg Shabbat that evening will be in their honor.

SHIRAT SHABBAT Musical ShaBBaT Celebration!!!

We hope you and your family members can attend. Please RSVP to so that we will know how many people to expect. 10

B’nei Mitzvah Bios Ethan Michael Karp will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Haley Berg will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Ethan is a 7th grader at Twin Groves Middle School in Buffalo Grove.

Haley is a 7th grader at Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove.

He loves anything about technology and cars. He plays baritone horn with the band at his school. Ethan spends his summers at sports camp and Camp Chi. Ethan enjoys spending time with his friends and family. For his mitzvah project, he will donate his time and resources to the Beth Am Food Pantry. Joining Ethan on his special day are his parents, Deborah and Jeffrey, and his sister Lauren. He will also be celebrating with his grandparents, Estelle and David Karp and Carol and Laurence Gross, and his aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Ethan and his family would like to thank Rabbi Klatzker, Hazzan Weisberg, and his tutor Kim Abern for their help in preparing him for this special day. A big thank you goes to Anna Besser and all the wonderful Hebrew school teachers who have taught Ethan so much over the years.

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

Haley is focusing on helping others for her mitzvah project. She decided to help to serve meals at The Ark. The Ark is an organization that helps Jewish families in need. This organization is important to Haley because her great grandmother volunteered her time at The Ark weekly for over thirty years. Haley chose to also complete volunteer work at The Ark as a way to honor her great grandmother and feel connected to her on her Bat Mitzvah day. Haley will be sharing her special day with her parents, Alison and Michael, and her brothers Andrew and Mitchell. Her grandparents, Debbie and Steve Ehrlich and Roz and Bernie Berg; her aunts, uncles, and cousins will also be there along with other family and many friends to help celebrate this special day. Haley would like to thank all those who have helped her in her journey to become a Bat Mitzvah. Special thanks to her awesome Hebrew school teachers, Kim Abern, Hazzan Weisberg, and Rabbi Klatzker for preparing her for her special day.

from your Beth Judea Family.

If you have any memorabilia from our synagogue history such as pictures, flyers, or anything else from the past, please contact us.

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Man of the Year/ Youth of the Year 2018 Dinner Join us as we recognize Rob Lipka as the Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club, 2018 Man of the Year and Ari Weiss as Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club 2018 Youth of the Year

Sunday, March 11, 2018 Congregation Beth Shalom 3433 Walters Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062 4:30 pm – Silent Auction 5:30 pm – Dinner Awards Program: Immediately following dinner

At the annual FJMC Award Dinner

Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 4:30 pm Congregation Beth Shalom 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062 Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club Honoring

Rob Lipka and Ari Weiss

Don’t delay and register now for the 2018 FJMC Annual Men’s Club Man and Youth of the Year Award Dinner honoring this year’s recipients, Rob Lipka and Ari Weiss. Help show your support by placing an ad in the Tribute Book. Deadline to for reservations and ads is February 12, 2018.

DINNER RESERVATIONS & AD BOOK Please click here for details

Click Here to make your reservations or place your tribute ad.

Questions/Concerns: Contact Jerry Sakol at No communications over Shabbat, please!

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2018 BETH JUDEA’S MEN’S CLUB MAN & YOUTH OF THE YEAR ROB LIPKA 2018 Beth Judea Men’s Club Man of the Year

ARI WEISS 2018 Beth Judea Men’s Club Youth of the Year

Rob serves as the Treasurer for the Beth Judea Men’s Club. In this position Rob is responsible for managing the treasury of the club as well as designating charities that will receive donations from the tzedakah contributions. Rob will also be following in the footsteps of Beth Judea’s 2017 Man of the Year, Louis Rabin, as he will be the Ritual Chairman for the upcoming FJMC Midwest Regional Retreat at Starved Rock.

Ari Weiss is currently a senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. He’ll be headed off to college in August to study engineering. Ari has been extremely involved in the USY chapter at Congregation Beth Judea, BJUSY, serving on the Executive Board as Membership/Kadima Vice President and Junior Representative. This year, Ari served on the CHUSY Regional Executive Board as Membership/Kadima Vice President. He is also involved in USY internationally, having attended International Convention last year in Dallas and this year in Chicago, and participating in USY Israel Adventure during the summer of 2016.

In addition to his responsibilities as Treasurer, Rob is also quite active in the synagogue. He regularly attends Sunday and Thursday morning minyan and participates in Shabbat morning services where he is Hagbah and leads the Musaf Service when asked. Because of this Rob has been given the nicknames “Raizor” and “Mr. Musaf”. Rob occasionally reads torah and was given the honor of reading torah at the 2017 FJMC International Convention in Washington, D.C. Rob has been a member of Beth Judea for 18 years. He loves to travel and is an avid wine collector, primarily California reds. He has been to Napa and Sonoma Valley’s and has toured many of the wineries there. Rob is also a big sports fan and is very loyal to his Chicago teams including the Cubs, Bears, and Bulls. Needless to say, tears came to his eyes when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if he could have shared that moment with his late father. Rob would like to thank his family for all of their support. He knows that they are very proud of this honor he is receiving. He would also like to thank the members of the Beth Judea Men’s Club for this auspicious honor. He is greatly appreciative and humble to be chosen to represent his chapter.

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Along with USY, Ari has also been a very active member of Beth Judea’s religious school. He began Sunday School in kindergarten and continued his formal Hebrew education through Hey. He has continued to contribute to Beth Judea by volunteering as a madrich alongside his mom in the religious school for the past five years, since 8th grade. Ari’s experiences with the younger students inspired his decision to run for Membership/Kadima Vice President in the chapter and then the region. He has enjoyed serving as a mentor and leader to many of the Kadimaniks and Kadinkers he has known since kindergarten. Outside of USY, Ari is a member of Stevenson’s National Honors Society and was involved with SHS TV. SHS TV involves students from all high school grade levels in broadcasting live on the internet activities at Stevenson, including athletic events and theatre performances. Ari is proud and honored to be receiving Beth Judea’s Youth of the Year Award. He thanks Marc Sender, CBJ’s Youth Director, for his encouragement and for acting as a mentor to him, his amazing BJUSY and CHUSY family, and his parents, Debbie and Mitch, and big brother, Max, for their support and patience. Ari is especially grateful to Papa Bill up in heaven, and his Grandma Elaine for showing him the importance of being part of our Jewish community.



Join in the joy of Purim by giving Shalach Manot/Purim Treats to your friends and family! Included: 4 Hamantashen, Water, Raisins, Granola Bar, Candy! We have many ways for you to celebrate! 4 DIFFERENT OPTIONS! All orders are due by February 16, 2018 We Wish you a Chag Purim Sameach & Thank You in advance for your participation! Click Here for Order Form Check your email or contact the office for member list.

February 28, 2018

Megillah Reading more information to follow


Shiva Baskets

Gift Cards

Sunshine Fund


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.

Donations may be sent the shul attention Lisa Neiman.

Purchasing gift cards is one of the easiest ways to support Beth Judea. The Congregation earns a rebate from the vendors when you utilize the gift cards, so there is no cost to you. Gift cards can be utilized the same as cash, there are no restrictions. If you are shopping for groceries or clothes, going to a movie or traveling, you can help support our Congregation. Order forms for Gift Cards are available in the office or in the Lobby on Sunday morning. They can be purchased with cash, check, or credit cards (a 2.5% convenience fee will be added when paying with a credit card). Click Here to Download Form

Save the Date

Thanking you in advance for you generous donations. Respectfully, Lisa Neiman


May 25 – May 27 Beth Judea’s 2nd Annual Retreat at Camp Chi Details to follow

Did you know that when you shop on Amazon you can support Congregation Beth Judea at the same time? It's very simple, Amazon smile will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible amazon purchases to Congregation Beth Judea. Here is the link: Click here to Shop The Word - February 2018


ISRAEL COMMITTEE EVENTS Dear Friends: I am delighted to invite you to join our Congregation Beth Judea delegation at the AIPAC Policy Conference – March 4-6. The AIPAC Policy Conference serves as the finest example of bipartisan support for Israel, bringing together liberals and conservatives, Jews (of all denominations) and non-Jews, young and old, regardless of gender, race or cultural background, all in pursuit of a common goal. By joining our CBJ delegation, you will have an opportunity to choose to lead on a variety of important issues effecting Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship, i.e. advocate to our legislators that they strictly oversee Iran’s malign activities in the region, protect Israel at the UN, and continue to provide the military assistance critical to Israel’s security. And you’ll be able to enjoy the company of our CBJ friends as we get together to learn from internationally-recognized thought leaders on the Middle East.


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 a member of our Israel Committee or AIPAC’s Chicago Area Director, Eili Wald at 312-253-8994 or

For those who sign up to the conference, there is also an opportunity to register for the AIPAC Shabbaton, and hear from Hartman institute scholars and other thought leaders in a restful and memorable pre-conference Shabbaton experience. For more information, please reach out to me, any of the AIPAC leaders in our community such as Arnie Goldberg or Cathy Feiger, or our local AIPAC staff at I hope you can make it! Sincerely, Rabbi David Klatzker

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Religious Education Purim Foods around the World

Anna Besser Education Director

Food has been intrinsic to Jewish ritual, life, and culture from the outset. What is the very first act that the Israelites in Egypt were commanded to do? To have a communal meal. And with that, the beginning of the Jewish people is through a meal. Throughout the year, there are various rituals and holiday celebrations that are accompanied by a seudah, celebratory meal. Purim is no exception. Many customs relating to eating special foods have developed around Purim, the most famous of which is eating hamantaschen, also known as Oznei Haman (Haman’s ears). But there are foods to consider eating on Purim. Here’s a few to consider trying this year.

The theme of disguise is prevalent in the story of Purim. So it’s no surprise that we would eat “hidden” foods, such as kreplach and ravioli (where the filling is covered up with dough) on Purim.

A special Purim challah, known as keylitsh [kulich] in Russian, is sometimes made. This challah is oversized and extensively braided. The braids on the challah are intended to remind us of the rope used to hang Haman.

A special Moroccan Purim bread, known as Boyoja Ungola di Purim, is made with hard boiled eggs to represent Haman’s eyes.

Among Sephardic Jews, it’s a custom to wrap pastry dough around a decorated hard-boiled egg to create the shape of a Purim character or an animal. After baking, these artistic creations (Folares) are displayed with pride and eaten with delight.

Pasta has long been considered a traditional Purim dish. Consider enjoying some Caveos di Aman (Haman’s Hair), a traditional Bulgarian Purim meal consisting of pasta, eggs, lemons, olives, and spices.

Bean dishes are also eaten. They include salted beans boiled in their jackets and chickpeas boiled and seasoned with salt and pepper: This is meant to remind us that Esther would not eat anything at the court of King Ahashuerus that was not kosher, so she mainly ate peas and beans.

Palmiers, a French Jewish dessert, is meant to evoke the misshapen ears of Haman.

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Religious Education

Adult Education

February 2018 Event 4



World Wide Wrap

8:30 am

(Dalet & Heh to participate)

Aleph – Bet Family Program

Parents join in at 10:30 am

No Religious School


(President’s Day weekend)

No Beyahad Classes


(President’s Day)

Gimel Shabbat 24

Gimel leading Robbins Sanctuary service


Purim Carnival

Event 9



Thursday March 8, 2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

9:30 am Regular dismissal (12 pm)

March 2018 K-2nd

Join Rabbi Klatzker for Dinner and Conversation


Grade Family Shabbat Dinner

6:15 pm

K-1st Grade Gidwitz Visit


Dalet Kosher Meal

Parents join in at 11:00 am

Heh Class Picture

6:30 pm

Topic: “Me Too: A Jewish Perspective on Sexual Harassment” RSVP required by March 1st to Cost: $12/pp (dinner & dessert)

Bet Shabbat 17

Bet leading Robbins Sanctuary service

9:30 am

No Religious School / No Beyahad Classes Spring Break/Passover: Sunday, March 25 – Saturday, April 7


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 February 2018

Lunch & Learn: Questions You Never Had a Chance to Ask Taught by Rabbi Emeritus Lifshitz What questions have you asked that haven’t been answered. Join Rabbi Lifshitz to examine those questions in detail. Monday, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Dates: Feb. 5 – March 12, 2018 LOCATION: Sunset Foods 2nd Floor Conference Room (corner of Rt. 83 & Aptakisic)

COST: Members – FREE; Non-Members - $18 for series OR $5 per session Bring Your Own Lunch

Ba’al Tefillah Training: Leading Shabbat Shaharit in 6 Weeks Facilitated by Hazzan Weisberg Tuesday evenings, 6:15 – 7:15 pm Dates: Feb. 6 – March 13, 2018 The Shabbat Amidah has some elements which are shared with all other versions of the Amidah, but some parts of its liturgy are unique. We will go through each of the seven Shabbat Amidah blessings as chanted in the Shabbat Shaharit service. Whether or not you reach the level where you can lead the Shaharit service for Shabbat by mid-March, you will be more attuned to one of the core elements of every service, the Amidah.

Tap the Torah: "This Land is Your Land/ This Land is My Land?” Exploring Shomrei Ha’artez Issues Facilitated by Orin Rotman Sponsored by Men’s Club

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 7:45 – 9:15 pm RSVP by February 19

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

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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 February 2018

“Me Too: A Jewish Perspective on Sexual Harassment” Facilitated by Rabbi Klatzker Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Cost: $12 pp (dinner & dessert) RSVP by March 1st to

A Rabbi Reads the Qu’ran Taught by Rabbi Klatzker What is the Qu’ran and how does it relate to Jews and Judaism? The Torah and the Quran are fascinating and multivalent. There are areas of overlap as well as contradictions between the two texts. Together we will explore the Qu’ran’s relationship to Judaism. Recommended text: M.A.S. Abdul Haleem, trans., The Qu’ran.

Hebrew Classes Congratulations to our Hebrew Literacy 1 Graduate: Pam Kahn The date for the graduation ceremony that will be held during Shabbat Services will be Friday, February 16, 2018.

Ulpan 2 Taught by Lee Goldberg In this course we will continue from where we left off last year. 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. Thursday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 pm Beginning Sept. 14, 2017 through May 2018

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


Israel Matters

Taught by Hazzan Weisberg Join Hazzan Weisberg in gaining a better understanding of the newest challenges and opportunities arising for Israel as well as its neighbors. What Jewish values and religious principles can be seen when Israel’s leaders are dealing with the Palestinians, with the growing number of Islamic extremist groups, with the Arab world, with the greater international community?

Tuesday mornings after minyan (8:30 –9:15 am)

Diving Into Talmud: Grappling with Life, Law and Innovation Taught by Orin Rotman

The Talmud is a profoundly rich compilation of wisdom that has continued relevance to our contemporary search for meaning. It addresses eternal questions of ethics, human nature and our relationship to the Divine. Participate in a lively discussion of the Talmud and its relevance for us today. No prior knowledge required and texts will be provided. (Artscroll Schottenstein edition is used for the class) Sunday mornings at 8:00 am

Sweet Taste of Torah: Psalms Taught by Orin Rotman

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. Wednesday evenings at 8 pm


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

Weekly Parsha Study

Alternative Shabbat Service

Facilitated by Orin Rotman

Facilitated by Norm Kurtz

Weekly study to discuss the parsha of the week. We will discuss questions raised by the participants.

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 9:00 am every Shabbat morning

Shabbat morning at 10:30 am every Shabbat morning

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AJEC presents Raising a Mensch in an Age of Entitlement What we want most for our children and grandchildren is for them to be kind, decent human beings. Today’s society offers many influences that actively work against this goal, allowing children to grow up in a world of instant gratification and constant distraction. Adult children often find themselves too busy to volunteer their time or to donate to others. In this session we will discuss some of our current challenges and explore concrete strategies we can bring to the children in our lives to help shape their character.

Presented by Lena Kushnir, Ed.D. Lena Kushnir, Ed.D. has been in Jewish education for over 20 years. She began her career as a teacher at Sager Solomon Schechter Day School, later became the Director of Education, and spent six years as the school Principal. She is currently working as an independent consultant and leadership coach, working with day schools and religious schools throughout Chicagoland, as well as nationally. She is passionate about helping to shape our future generations into competent, compassionate and Jewishly connected individuals.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 am-12:00 pm Program held at Congregation Beth Judea Hilltop Road and 83, Long Grove Cash or Check $15 per person Walk Ins Welcome- No preregistration required For more information, please contact AJEC @ 847-363-0000 AJEC (Adult Jewish Education Co-op) is committed to providing relevant programs of vital interest to all. Programs will generate open and honest discussion, as well as focus on personal connections to the topics.

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Youth WHAT’S UP IN THE WORLD OF OUR YOUTH??? International!!! At the very end of December over 600 teens descended upon Chicago from all over the world. To first spend Shabbat with around 80 teens locally hosted at our own chapter and then to move on to spend the next 5 days at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago with the hundreds from everywhere was an incredibly powerful experience. To better understand the experience from a teens perspective please read the article below from our very own Communications Vice-President, Abbey Finn! Please make sure to mark the date for this year’s Purim Carnival, February 25th on your calendar!!! We encourage all teens in 8th grade and up to come help at the carnival and sign up to volunteer!!! This year, BJUSY is going BLUE, and we are going to go see an incredible Blue Man Group show the night before and then lockin to set up the carnival. Those in 7th grade who would like to help instead of play may volunteer after Hebrew school ends at 12 noon. Remember you can always stay up to date with all things BJUSY throughout the entire year by visiting our new and improved website as well as our calendar You can sign up for membership by going to 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: | Sign up for membership at Check us out on Facebook and Twitter! Please consider making a donation to the Youth Fund or Rachel Hirshman Fund to help USYers go to regional programs and Israel

Links to the Youth flyers: BJUSY Flyer | Pray and Play Flyer | Kadima Flyer | Kadinkers Flyer

CBJ Youth Membership!!! CBJ Youth Membership Registration 20172018

Ongoing House Wish List: Below is a list of top need items that we would still love for the Youth House. There is also a link to a live document that can give an ongoing list of needs. Feel free to continue to shop our registries at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond for specific needs. As always, gift cards to places like Target purchased from the synagogue are a great way to help us out twice!!! Youth House Wish List Items needed for the youth house: Purple Bathroom Set Area Rugs

Shout Outs: BJUSY sends a shout-out to Sisterhood for the beautiful havdallah set they gifted us! BJUSY sends a shout-out to Men’s Club and Sisterhood for helping sponsor Pre-convention BJUSY sends a shout-out to all the families who hosted teens for preconvention as well as all those who took on chaperone responsibilities for the International Convention. Want to send a shoutout to someone??? Send Marc an email at

Youth Reflection on International Convention by Abbey Finn Last month, I attended USY’s (United Synagogue Youth) International Convention in Chicago. It was easily one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I’ve been involved in USY since elementary school but becoming active internationally was unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before. The theme of the convention was D’ror Yikra, the road to freedom.

We had many educational sessions and speakers who taught this concept of freedom, but one speech stood out to me. Rabbi Michael Siegel from Anshe Emet Synagogue and Pastor Chris Harris from Bright Star Church spoke on the importance of connections between the Jewish and African American communities. They stressed the term “better together.” I’m heavily involved in interfaith work, so seeing this clear example of bridging separate identities to initiate freedom was amazing. At the end of the speech, Pastor Chris Harris sang the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah. Seeing an African American Pastor sing Hatikvah in front of hundreds of Jewish teens is something I will not soon forget. On Christmas day, we got to go out into the Chicago community and volunteer on several service projects. I am currently in a JUF program called VOICES, which is a philanthropy team composed of Jewish teens that works to grant money to various nonprofits. Several teams volunteered at organizations that VOICES has granted money, and it was really cool to see the direct impact the money made.

I personally worked at the Pacific Garden Mission, which is a charity organization that helps homeless people and people living in poverty in the area. The majority of these people are Christian, and we served them a nice meal for Christmas. It made me grateful for everything I have, and it felt really nice to take advantage of my non-observance of the holiday to help people who do to have a meaningful day. In addition to all of this, I made many new friends from all over the country. I got to take them around Chicago, and although many of them aren’t used to the cold, it was so much fun. One of my friends helped me wrap tefillin for the first time during Shacharit on the last day. It was a really meaningful experience that aided me in feeling more connected to Judaism. USY has made an extreme impact on my life, and IC enriched that connection even further. I made amazing friends, celebrated Beth Judea’s winning International Chapter of the Year, volunteered, explored my faith, and had one of the best weeks of my life. Through all of this, I discovered what my road to freedom, D’ror Yikra, means to me.

Link to IC video by Maddie Brim: 0009331124800/videos/1969 659303355088/

Men’s Club The next Men’s Club Board meeting

Ladies and Gentlemen of Beth Judea,


Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my family. In my family, there are some I never see, hardly ever see, never want to see, love to see, can’t wait to see, wish I could see more often, see a lot, see once in a while, keep trying to see but never manage to see, and those who have passed away and will never see again.

2-4-2018 WWW — The World-Wide Wrap. Men and women, young and old, clergy and lay people, experienced and novices all come together on this day to wrap themselves with Tefillin. This is a chance to connect with our fellow Jews across the globe. This is an annual event, and this is your year to come and join us.

There are those family members I don’t even know, ones who think they know me but don’t, ones who know me too well and love me anyway, ones I haven’t met yet, ones I like, love, and have strong disagreements with, sometimes all at the same time. I suspect that almost every type of relationship that there is to have, I have with one or more family members. Taking that all into account, at the end of the day, I feel truly blessed to be a part of my family. I live a wonderfully full complicated but complete life due to my family.

2-20-2018 Hearing Men’s Voices. A safe and thought-provoking event where a man can speak his heart and mind among trusted brothers without judgment or censorship. What is said here stays here. The topic is Family Financial Conversations.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m referring to my family at Congregation Beth Judea. I’ve heard and read several times, that in times of great distress, people will either go home or to their place of worship (their other home). Many people I know do have second homes, some for climate, and getaways, or for investments. My second home is CBJ. I’ve made a huge investment, but have even greater returns. We will persevere in spite of and because or diversities. Hey CBJ! I love you. At the end of this month we will be reading the Megillah. I am hoping to see a great many of my CBJ family members there. No family member lets another family member celebrate Purim alone. That’s all I have for now, good health, safe travels, and I’ll see you in Shul. Please check the next column for events coming up in February and the coming months. Jerry Sakol Men’s Club President

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2-21-2018 Tap the Torah. 7:00 pm @ Continental Restaurant. We will discuss deep meanings in the Torah and quaff ale. Perhaps one may imbibe in a plate of victuals. 3-4-2018 Candle Packing for Yom HaShoah. We are going to hand deliver a memorial candle to every member family in the area to commemorate the grievous loss of our brethren in Europe at this tragic time in history. We need a crew of dedicated folks to help prepare the candles for delivery. 3-4-2018 Wine Tasting @ 3:00 pm. A Sisterhood/ Men’s Club event where we sample wines that cater to a more sophisticated palate. No disrespect to the Mogen David and Manishevitz lovers, but after all these years of suffering, can’t we have something different? I mean we were slaves, but now we’re not! 3-11-2018 The annual Man of the Year, and Youth of the Year dinner. We are honoring Rob Lipka and Ari Weiss for their selfless contributions. We can show our appreciation and support by attending this festive event, and purchasing some space in the Ad Book. Click on this site to guide you thru the process. continued on next page


Men’s Club March 16th: Is our next Midwest Region Men’s Club Retreat, which has proven that it gets better every time by having increasing attendees. Guys, you are really missing out if you haven’t experienced one of these events. More info to follow. So, save the date! April 11th: Is Yom HaSoah. Our day to remember all our fallen martyrs who died too early at the hands of monsters.

Tzedakah Fund The Men's Club has made donations from the minyan tzedakah box: American Friends of the Magen David Odom Hillel International Jewish National Fund We thank all those who have contributed to the tzedakah fund administered by Men's Club.

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.

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 us.


THE FJMC Midwest Region Presents Its 2018 Regional Retreat

Living with Joy & Spirit: A Men’s weekend of Ruach, Discovery & Fun

March 16 - 18, 2018 Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center • Same price as 2016 retreat! • Opportunities to socialize and make new friends • Swim in the Lodge’s indoor pool • Learn how to be your best at any age! • Lively discussions, traditional and alternative services • Delicious meals • Hike through scenic Starved Rock State Park • Inspiring speakers • Program ideas to recharge you and your own club • Meet Club leaders from around Midwest Region and FJMC • Lots of Fun & Ruach! This Unique, Not-To-Be Missed Event starts at 3:30 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018 and ends following Lunch on Sunday. All Events and accommodations are at the Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Oglesby (LaSalle County), IL. ALL RESERVATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN THURSDAY,

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 Space Is Very Limited!! When Rooms Are Filled, We Will Start A Waiting List. Do Not Wait!! Download Flyer

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Beth Judea Men’s Club

Hearing Men’s Voices: a conversation amongst men

HMV is a program that allows men to discuss various topics in a safe, non-judgmental environment. All sessions are lay-led — not by professionals. Please join us for the following programs.

Location: The Continental Restaurant

DATE TBD 7:45 pm to 9:15 pm

TOPIC “This land is Your land/ this land is My land?”

Exploring Shomrei Haaretz issues Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:00 pm


Family Financial Conversations: Talking about finances with your family

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 8:00 pm

Lively Discussions

Good Beer Soft Drinks And Snacks

Great Company

Maintaining a Relationship with Married Children and their In-laws. All sessions held at Congregation Beth Judea

Location: TBD

RSVPs appreciated but not necessary. RSVP to Evan Rumack at

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12th Annual Passover Wine Tasting Event! Sponsored jointly by the Sisterhood and Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Judea This is a great opportunity to sample new wines and place your Passover orders. Featuring Kosher for Passover wines from around the world.

Watch your emails and our website for upcoming details.

Date: March 4 Sisterhood Book Club Sisterhood Book Club Selections for March & May Here are some upcoming books to read on the upcoming cold days: March 8 Book Discussion: All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan download flyer May 8 Book Discussion: We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter download flyer

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Sisterhood Happy February everybody! While it may be cold outside, Sisterhood will warm your soul with our annual and very meaningful Sisterhood Shabbat service on Saturday morning, February 3rd at 9:30 am, which this year is being paired with our Torah Fund Campaign. The service will be entirely led by Sisterhood members and is being coordinated by Phyllis Udany. We are very excited that our guest speaker will be Edna Schrank, the current Women’s League Central Great Lakes Region President and former Region Torah Fund VP. She will be sharing information about the good that your donations to Torah Fund do for all the Conservative seminaries, which is where our rabbis, cantors and educators are trained. And after the service, please stay and join us for a beautiful Kiddush lunch. As we’re sure you’re aware, Purim is almost upon us, which is then (seemingly quickly) followed by Pesach. At our seders, many of us have added the relatively new tradition of the Miriam’s Cup to celebrate how Moses’ sister Miriam was able to create a well of fresh water wherever she was in the desert on the journey from Egypt. If you haven’t already started this tradition, perhaps you would like to join us at on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:45 pm for a unique Judaic Arts Program to create your own Miriam’s Cup. We will be designing and etching your choice of either a Miriam’s Cup or an Elijah’s Cup. The cost is $15.00 for Sisterhood members and $18.00 for non-members. Reservations are required. Be sure to watch this space for information on upcoming March Sisterhood events for the Wine Tasting on Sunday the 4th (in conjunction with the Men’s Club) and the Sisterhood Seder on the 15th. Stay warm! Rhonda Cohn and Heidi Sakol Sisterhood Co-Presidents



Where every woman’s voice is heard

Where every woman’s voice is heard



Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:45 pm

Be a part of our Torah Fund appeal!

Design and etch a wine glass Miriam’s or Elijah’s Cup

Chai ______________________________ $18 Double Chai ______________ $36 Triple Chai ________________ $54 Mitzvah ______________________ $72 Koach _________________________ $90

Benefactor _________________________ $180 Guardian _____________________________$300 Assoc Patron____________________ $600 Patron ______________________________ $1200 Other ________________________________

Donors at the Benefactor level and above receive the beautiful pin shown as a thank you gift from Women’s League

Congregation Beth Judea Route 83 & Hilltop, Long Grove

Cost: $15 Sisterhood members/$18 non-members

Please make checks out to TORAH FUND and send to Beth Judea, 5304 RFD, Long Grove, IL 60047, Attn: Torah Fund

Name: ________________________ Email: _________________________ Reservations required by January 29 Click here to RSVP or questions. You can also call the synagogue office at 847-634-0777 Make checks payable to: Beth Judea Sisterhood Mail to: Beth Judea Sisterhood 5304 RFD; Long Grove, IL 60047 Download 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, 2018 COUPON

BETH JUDEA COMMUNITY NEWS The Washington Examiner published the following op-ed piece by our CBJ member, Bruce Portnoy. Lawmakers must seek ways to address acts of anti-Semitism on campus With growing anti-Semitism on campus, the only unacceptable option is inaction. by Bruce Portnoy | Jan 23, 2018 Having experienced anti-Semitism, I was motivated to seek an understanding as to why anti-Jewish extremism is gaining a current foothold on college campuses across the United States. Two years ago, I recognized a virus-like, anti-Israel malady targeting pro-Israel Jewish students and faculty members, as well as speakers brought on campus to educate all about Jewish values and concerns. In the beginning, the confrontations appeared relatively civil. However, as coverage by press and television crews expanded, the rhetoric seemed to intensify. Yet, the occasionally hostile exchanges that followed appeared to be largely ignored by campus authorities. Characterized as Israel policy reactions, angry protestors could be heard spouting recognizable anti-Semitic characterizations, some laced with threats. In addition, the demonstrators loudly silenced any perceived challenges to their anti-Israel philosophy, which stifled rare opportunities for rational discussion. Ironically, only the perpetrator's free speech and assembly rights seemed to matter. As time went on, without meaningful recourse, some of the young demonstrators appeared to act as if the First Amendment gave them the entitlement to intimidate fellow students. With no agreed-upon legal definition of anti-Semitism from which to draw potential protection, Jewish students on campus became vulnerable to the whims of the protestors. At the same time, they were denied justice traditionally offered to other targeted students under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, simply because it only prohibited discrimination based on race, color, and national origin, not recognizing organized acts of religious discrimination. Determining a need for federal intervention, on Dec. 1, 2016, the Senate, led by Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., passed on its first floor vote, and by unanimous consent, legislative initiative S.10, also known as The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act. The intent of the act was to codify a definition of antiSemitism that would permit the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights enforcement division to investigate those suspected of organized anti-Semitic activity on campuses across the U.S. and to hold accountable the academic institutions tolerating such activities. This ultimately would have helped all students enjoy a more safe learning environment. On the same day, the House of Representatives' Bipartisan Task Force for Combating anti-Semitism, led by co-chairs Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., introduced companion legislation to the adopted Senate bill. Yet, the bill, which had so much promise, was never brought to a floor vote and instead was moved to the House Judiciary Committee under the direction of Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. Subsequently, it was transferred to the House Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee, where it was left to languish until the end of the 114th congressional term. It was then voided for lack of follow-through, effectively denying its protection to targeted Jews on campuses across the U.S. There were expressed concerns that the legislative language necessary to accomplish the desired goals might encounter First Amendment issues and codifying anti-Semitism might have its own downside risks. Neither of which was sufficient to summarily dismiss the intent behind the anti-Semitism bill. Short of reintroducing the anti-Semitism bill, alternate means to address the hostile, if not potentially dangerous, situation on many campuses, must be sought. Perhaps, it might be advantageous to encourage individual states to take on the necessary corrective measures, similar to those used to disarm the "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction" movement that targeted Israel's legitimacy and viability. Or, perhaps, Congress might investigate amending the Title VI list of discrimination's to include organized religion-based persecution. With growing anti-Semitism on campus, the only unacceptable option is inaction. Bruce Portnoy is a retired optometrist and author of the Geo-political, thriller novel, "First, the 'Saturday People', and then the..." as well as a former op-ed contributor to the Miami Herald. He has volunteered with youth offenders at a detention facility and taught high school students.

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Save the Date


TIME: 1:00 P.M - 3:00 P.M. WHERE: Cuba Marsh/Ela Prairie - 24205 W. Cuba Rd. Barrington, Il 60010. We will meet in a gravel lot on the east side of Ela Road about 0.2 miles south of Cuba Road. There is a green steel gate that will be open. DETAILS: Weather permitting we will be likely feeding a burn pile therefore please wear warm old clothes, sturdy shoes and leather gloves if you have them. Sponsored by Beth Judea’s Social Action Committee RSVP: Lisa Neiman at or (847) 634-0777 by March 29, 2018.

Scholarship Programs

Through the generosity of the Kovler family, two scholarships will be awarded ($10,000 each year of study toward a four year undergraduate program) to Jewish high school seniors beginning college in the fall of 2018. Students must have financial need and minimum of a B average academically. Math and business majors are preferred.

HOW TO APPLY: Call 312.673.3444 to speak with the Scholarship Administrator to verify your eligibility and request a scholarship application that will be emailed to you.

For additional information contact: JVS Chicago Attn: Kovler Scholarship Administrator Email: 312.673.3444 JVS Chicago is administered through an alliance agreement by Jewish Child & Family Services, a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. We embrace diversity. Our commitment to inclusivity is woven throughout our services, programs and welcoming workplace.

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RAMAH DAY CAMP & STAFF RECRUITMENT: Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and Ramah Day Camp in Wheeling, IL are looking for caring and fun-loving staff members for 2018! We are looking for cabin/group counselors and activity (art, swimming, dance, outdoor, sports, etc.) counselors. Applicants must be current high school seniors or older. Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply to be on art or swimming staff at Ramah Day Camp. For questions about Ramah Day Camp, contact Lori at; for questions about Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, contact Adina at Staff applications can be found online at and Thank you for your continued support!

Ann Lesley Rosen, Communications Coordinator Camp Ramah in Wisconsin / Ramah Day Camp Direct: (312) 690-8304 Winter: (312) 606-9316 / Fax: (312) 606-7136 Summer (715) 479-4400 / Fax: (715) 479-9258 Website: / Registration is open for Summer 2018! Click here to register for an experience that lasts a lifetime!

Interfaith Council News from the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council By Joanne Dicker and Helene Fox, Beth Judea representatives to the Council As I write this column, it’s quite cold but sunny. It’s a good time to reflect. The holidays are over, but many of our neighbors are still in need. Please remember those less fortunate. Donations of canned goods are accepted throughout the year at our food pantries located at Congregation Beth Am (1370 Abbott Court, Buffalo Grove), Kingswood Methodist Church (401 W. Dundee, Buffalo Grove), and St. Mary Parish (10 North Buffalo Grove Road.) We look forward to the spring and summer with the following upcoming programs: 1.

Stamp out Hunger: sponsored by the US Postal mail carriers on May 12, 2018. You place non-perishable food in your mailbox and the mail carriers will collect it. The Interfaith Council will then pick up the food and distribute it to our pantries which serve our community.


5th annual I-walk against Hunger on Sunday, June 24, 2018: A family walk from St. Mary Parish to Hope Lutheran Church and back. Refreshments are served at Hope Lutheran. All donations collected go to assist our food pantries. We need walkers, sponsors, and volunteers. If interested, please contact us below.


5th annual service trip to Detroit on August 1-5, 2018. Volunteers will work with Cass Community Social Services to repair, maintain, and build facilities to benefit the hungry, homeless, and unemployed. For more information and to register, please contact: http://


Interfaith Trip to Israel: details forthcoming. Summer 2018.

We are discussing ideas for further educational programming. Our last panels covered questions on Christianity and Judaism. If you have any suggested topics, please contact us. 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


BJE Early Childhood Centers

MT Nesters The MT Nesters are in the middle of our 22nd 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 2017-2018

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 2017-2018 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

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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 or call Rabbi Klatzker at 847-634-0777 or e-mail Rabbi Klatzker 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: Rabbi Klatzker Ellene Lammers Wendy Wunsch Evan Rumack

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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.


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

Elisa Nusinow

February 2

Todd Lichtenstein Kenneth Redfern Michael Savitt

February 3

Marlene Greenberg Kenneth Margules Gary Mills

February 4

Ellen Lerner Liz Schachter

February 5

Arlene Ament Ana Goldman Gregory Kalisky Audrey Taxer

February 6

Craig Jaffe Arlene Moses

February 7

Carrie Shultz Wendy Weinger

February 9

Alan Palmer

February 10

Jason Allen Judith Levitan

February 11

Gary Friedlander

February 13

Natalie Gurin

February 15

Howard Lifshitz Helen Peters Beth Pollard Hyman Riebman

February 16

Effie Kudlowitz Brenda Levin Marc Lewison Charlotte Seltzer

February 18

Barbara Julis

February 19

Scott Finkle Sherry Weinberger

February 20

Sarah Goldenberg

February 21

Lance Pacernick

February 22

Michael Bregman

February 23

Patricia Feldman Miriam Krieberg

February 24

Scott Landau

February 25

Bruce Hoffman Ellen Lammers Jerrold Lazar

February 26

Georgianne Oman Brittany Rosenbloom Lynda Sachs Andrea Warren

February 27

Wendy Frost Glenn Goldstein Jori Greenhill Jeffrey Wener

February 28

Bradley Arnold

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES We wish a very Happy Anniversary to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: February 2

Marlene & Jerome Gothelf Karey & Allen Rosenston

February 21

Dena & Craig Newman Rhonda & Jeffrey Wener

February 16

Mary & Allan Wernick

February 25

Amy Green & Nevo Band

February 19

Laura & Jason Kahn

February 26

Carol & Arthur 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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David Appel Sidney Bulmash Mitch Davis* John Harrington Hyman Karafin Sam Rothnagel Pearl Smiler Janice Weiner*

Alfred Braun* Elmore A Cohen Jamie Sara Fabian Anna Herstein David Rosenfeld* Lauren Salzenstein Gordon Morris Spiegel * Clara Weisberg

Diane Brown* Gregorio Copelovitz Sarah Feinstone Stuart Julis Elizabeth Rosenthal* Rose Secler* Betty Wasserman

February 9

Jack Babbitt* Muriel Epstein * Moe Forman* Edith Gordon Sylvia Katz* Sam Lemsky Howard Lorber* Solomon Mordoh* Hymen Polonsky Mary Alice Ryan George Sherman* Bernard Weisberg

Florence Deckowitz Bertha Feldman* Richard Ganden* John Joseph Harrington Gary Korn Albert Levin Sidney Lorber* Ann Nemser* Pola Rizman* Jerome Schneider* Seymour Shub* Arthur Westerman*

Irwin Dritz Ceil Feldstein Sol Ganelin* Dorothy Hyman Norman Leibold* Sandra Levinson Jackie Max* David Polakow* Minnette Rothstein Rose Sher Sidney Simons*

February 16

Manny Adler Mac Brown* Helen Cohn Shirley Davis* Aaron Elisco Norton Ferber * Michael Gerstein Norma Gordon* Lou Kalisky Rita Kravitz Joseph Levin Victor Nahum* David Popilsky * Bernard Resnik Alexander Sanders Joseph Shefsky* Bertha Watchman Leslie Zucker*

Dorothy Becker* Barbara Cohen* Alice Copeland* Arthur Deicher Agnes Ellegant Lillian Freedman Corrine Gill Faye Hefler* Samantha Keeshin* Teddy Kray* Earl Levit Judif Pesin Sandra Portnoy* Dorothy Rose* Steven Schmeisser* Beatrice Silver * Howard Weinert

Morris Braverman* Becky Cohn Sonia Copelovitz Harold Dobrikin* Sherie Esrig* Yudes Frumina Benjamin Golyer* Lena Kagan* Gert Korengold Gary Lerman* Monte Levitt* Jacob Petrynek* Gerald Rappin Philip Rothstein Hyman Schwartz* Marshall Sylvan Florence Zablen*

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

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February 23

Hanna Adler Benjamin Berkovitz* Clara Charlat* Rose Elisco Jean Fisher Sam Garber* Jacob Gordon* Joseph Hockfield* Kevin Lerner David Marder June Reback Marcella Rumack* Carl Shapiro* Anne Soll* Joyce Victor Beverly Weiner*

Maurice Arker * Rose Brandt James Corenman Charles Falk* Frances Friedlander Paul Geiger Anna Haberman* Manny Indes* Ruth Lifshitz* Judy Masur Edith Rockwell Barbara Sachs* Max Morris Sheft William Steres * Robert Victor* Edith Weisman

Dan Bauer* Faina Brudnoy Marvin Eisenberg David Feldheim* Elke Garber* Sherry Gerber* Bernard Hefler Jack Krivitzky* Howard Malkin* Abraham Orloff Phillip Rothenberg* Vivian Schneider* Rosalind Singer Isabelle Victor* Jerome Waitz* Ellin Wener*

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

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Albert Appel Robert Block* Riva Chiet* Russell Davis* Lillian Goldstein* Harold Gross* Seymour Keeshin* Meyer Kovich* Ann Levin* Charlotte Ludwig* Ronald Marcus Sylvia Perl* Barbara Seider Jennifer Allison Waller Peter Weisberg

Justin Ban Helene Borkan* Marvin Cohn Bruce Gerber* Meyer Goldware* Charles Haberman* Larry Kolko Hymen Krieberg Leonard Levitan* Sofia Magill Helen Mills Toby Pollack* Ben Silverman* Ada Weiner* Richard Welch

Helen Berg* Frieda Brin* Lester Copeland* Harold Glassman Leo Greenberg* Emmanuel Kaplan Wanda Komisarz Dan Kwasman Nancy Lipp Carl Mandel Bessie Mordoh* Bernard Rafal Harvey Stein* Lucille Weisberg*

March 9

Louis Bardos* Samuel Cohen* Charles Allen Fryer Jacob Hammer Ethel Korengold Steven Landau* Ben Levin* Rena Lichtenstein* Dora Nechamkin* Cynthia O. Rafal* Milton Ruttenberg* Molly Sobol* Martin Stein* Esther Waddell Jeffrey Weisberg* Judith Zelson

Shelly Braverman* William Cohn Sondra Gartenberg* Vera Hefler Harry Kray Lee Lazar* Esther Levin* Joel Mosak* Jack Nimzin* Morris Rotman Irving Sachs* Michael Spivak* Rudolf Stein Jill Waitz Sonia Wisotsky Mindy Zolno

Gerald Brownfield Doris Friedland Lillian Gold* Tessie Kaufman Bernard Kurtz* Cecilla Lerner* Leonard Levy* Minnie Muffson Ruth Peck Norman Rubin* Nancy Schwerdlin Calvin Stark Ruth Tolsky Morris Walcer* Lawrence Zablen*

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

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Ma Celia Abelson* Celia Cohen Joseph Indes* Alex Lerman* Morris Nathan* Mildred “Mickie” Orechkin Max Schwartz* Doris Warman Lenora Tammy Zeff

Rose Altman* Ellyn Drazin Irene Karel Frieda Lieberman* Don Neal Louis Polakow Richard Albert Share Caesar Wollheim David Zoller*

Lena Appel June Handler Albert Karno Irving Ludwig Leo Nochimson* Carl Rosenthal*

March 23

Gilbert Agrest Henry Burdeen* Carl Elvove* Marlene Green Sylvia Harris Jerry Kaplan* Abe Levin* Fannie Paula Plaut Schiller Eli Seltzer Sam Weinberg*

Muriel Bregman Hillary Chusid Perry Fisher Joseph Greenberg* Robert E. Hazan* Rhea Klein Edith Levine* Ruth Reingold Gloria Silver Esther Wolf*

Peter Brenner* Jack Cohen Lenore Gluskin* Paul Grobman* Mildred Herscher Rochelle Lerner Jack Neimark Jack T. Rotman Bertha Weinberg* Ronald Wolff

March 30

Barbara Bernstein Martha Chibnik Devora Elbaum* Diane Goldstein David Gutstein* Seymour Lazar* David Lipscher* Karl Perl* Sam Sanes* Philip Shultz* Abraham Weissman

Joel Bikshorn Minnie Cohen Howard Epstein* Sala Gotfryd Alex Hortick Shirley Lemsky Michael Nusinow Sonia Rosenfeld* Barbara Savitt Beverly Sokol*

Fred Bornstein* Roslyn Drizner Michael Fagan Louis Grossman David Keifsky Mildred Levinson Joyce Papageorge* Morris Saharack Mildred Sherman* Micky Verbin*

Abraham I. Wortell*

* 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: Lori Jean Geraty Evelyn Harris Mildred Honigberg Randy Katz Barbara Marcus Lewis Smith Eudice Rosenblatt Lou Rosenfeldt Audrey Rothenberg

Condolences Upon the Deaths of: Shirley Dubin Mother of Benjamin Dubin

Janice Goldin

Congratulations upon Births: Erica & Gary Krugel upon the birth of their twin grandsons, Harriet & Jordan Krugel and Eudice Rosenblatt upon the birth of their twin great grandsons. Jen & Chris Ryan upon the birth of their daughter and Bonnie Lane upon the birth of her granddaughter, Ellie Faye Ryan

Congratulations upon Engagement: Joan & Carey Rosemarin upon the engagement of their daughter, Meryl Rosemarin to Richard Shneur RABBI LIFSHITZ DISCRETIONARY FUND

June Lieberman Wife of Irving Lieberman Mother of Morrie Lieberman

Dorinne Palmer Congregant and Wife of Alan Palmer

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UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Adele Chubin, beloved grandma and great grandma. Scott, Alex, Jake & Brett Bauer

CANTOR WEISBERG DISCRETIONARY FUND IN APPRECIATION OF: Cantor Weisberg for blessing the new building for Arlyn School. Judith & Glenn Goldstein IN HONOR OF: Rita & Sid Mathias upon the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Yonason Mathias. Susie & Dave Waitz UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Dorothy Aronoff, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Jan Schrimmer and Family Irv Kaufman, beloved father and grandfather. Betty & Steve Kolko and Family Darrell Pollack, beloved son in law. Renee & Mike Malter Newton Truger, beloved father and papa. Aileen & Steve Simons



IN MEMORY OF: Shirley Dubin, beloved mother and grandmother of Benjamin & Debra Dubin and Family. Sisterhood Mahj Group

IN HONOR OF: Jennifer & Brandt Rosen upon the birth of their daughter, Sia Ilana Rosen. Gail Gerber & Eric Yegelwel

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Becky Cohn, remembered always. Hennie Elisco

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Irwin Lipka, beloved father. Robert Lipka


TRIBUTES GENERAL FUND IN APPRECIATION OF: Congregation Beth Judea and Rabbi Klatzker for their generosity, kindness and hospitality. Adult Jewish Education Co-op IN HONOR OF: Erica & Gary Krugel upon the birth of their twin grandsons. Rita & Sid Mathias Joan & Norm Kurtz upon the birth of their granddaughter, Jocelyn Maya Kurtz. Ellen & Jeff Gluskin Bonnie Lane upon the birth of her granddaughter, Ellie Faye Ryan. Ellen & Jeff Gluskin Rita & Sid Mathias upon the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Yonason Mathias. Susan & Rich Eggener Dana & Ken Goldstein Renee & Michael Klass and Family

Jennifer & Brandt Rosen upon the birth of their daughter, Sia Ilana Rosen. The Cantor Search Committee IN MEMORY OF: Lenore Darin, beloved mother and grandmother of Bruce & Suzi Darin and Family. Susan Adleman Marcia Lipka

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IN MEMORY OF: Dorinne Palmer, beloved wife of Alan Palmer. Ellen & Jeff Gluskin

IN MEMORY OF: Lenore Darin, beloved mother and grandmother of Bruce & Suzi Darin and Family. Trudy & Bob Balogh

Bonnie Smecker & Family’s beloved mother. Bonnie & Mickey Glickman

Janice Goldin Neil, Mollie & Daniel Holman

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Aron Fridland Zelda Fridland Solomon Fridland

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Anna Berkovitz, beloved mother and grandmother. Meyer Halperin and Family

Stuart Julis

Roselin Berman, beloved mother and grandmother. Carol Kaner & Family

Barbara & Jeffrey Julis Ruth Kurtz Joan & Norm Kurtz Elizabeth Rosenthal Susan & Robert Rosenthal

TORAH RESTORATION FUND IN HONOR OF: Jennifer & Brandt Rosen upon the birth of their daughter, Sia Ilana Rosen. Debbie & Arnie Bender Sharon & Harris Weiner upon the marriage of their daughter, Rebecca Weiner to Justin Malina. Debbie & Arnie Bender UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Pearl Smiler Craig Cohn

CAMP RAMAH FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Mike Jaffe, in loving memory of my brother on his first yahrzeit. Be at peace, big brother. With love. Jean Friedman Shirley Kriegler Susan Reingold SOCIAL ACTION FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Charles Frank Bobbi Ginsberg Harvey Schmall Eve & Steven Appelbaum


TRIBUTES KIDDUSH FUND IN HONOR OF: Past Presidents of Beth Judea. Below is a list of the sponsors for the Past Presidents’ Shabbat. Debbie & Arnie Bender Lee & Arnie Goldberg Judy & Glenn Goldstein Dana & Ken Goldstein Stella & Yigal Greener Sherry & Marty Krawitz Ann & Mitch Lerman Rita & Sid Mathias Susan Rizman Marlene & Stacy Sachs Heidi & Jerry Sakol Bonnie & Ira Sender Karri & Howard Spiegel Rhonda & Jeff Wener Gail Gerber & Eric Yegelwel Howard Levy being a Past President of Beth Judea. Susan Rizman Rhonda Wener being a Past President of Beth Judea. Jeff Wener, Lauren, Matthew, Jacob, Madelyn, Scott & Kim UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Sandy Caplan, my beloved former wife. Ron Caplan

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IN HONOR OF: Rhonda & Dave Cohn upon the birth of their grandson, Benjamin Michael Fine-Cohn. Ann & Mitch Lerman

IN MEMORY OF: Lenore Darin, beloved mother of Bruce and Suzi Darin. Ann & Mitch Lerman

Audrey & Mike Friedland upon the birth of their grandson, Jackson Miles Friedland. Ann & Mitch Lerman Karen & Phil Nagel upon the birth of their granddaughter, Scarlet Mia Sobin. Ann & Mitch Lerman Bonnie Sender upon her birthday. Andrew & Noah Bernstein Marsha & Chuck Bernstein Beth Judea USY upon winning the International Chapter of the Year Award. Debbie & Arnie Bender Marc Sender and the CBJ Youth Department upon being named International Chapter of the Year. Andrew & Noah Bernstein Sharon & Harris Weiner upon the marriage of their daughter, Rebecca Weiner to Justin Malina. Ann & Mitch Lerman

Gloria Dolores Paul, beloved mother of Marla & Ted Goldberg. Ann & Mitch Lerman Joseph Ernsteen, beloved father of Gary and Jayme Ernsteen. Ann & Mitch Lerman Jack Weinger, beloved father of Wendy Weinger and Rich Ward. Ann & Mitch Lerman UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Our beloved parents and relatives. Judith & Glenn Goldstein Muriel Epstein Ann & Mitch Lerman

Annette Lerman Ann & Mitch Lerman

LINDA & ALBERT STARK FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Ann Nemser, loving mother and nanny. Linda & Albert Stark and Family




IN MEMORY OF: Janice Goldin Ann & Mitch Lerman

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Sarah Berenson Singer, in loving memory of our loving grandmother. Mitch Berenson and Family

ETHAN LEVITAN MEMORIAL FUND IN MEMORY OF: Lenore Darin, beloved mother of Bruce & Suzi Darin. Judy & Bill Levitan UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Ethan Levitan, with love upon the yahrzeit of our beloved son and brother. Bill, Judy, Hayley & Ashley Levitan


IN MEMORY OF: Lenore Darin, beloved mother of Bruce & Suzi Darin. Debbie & Arnie Bender Shirley Dubin, beloved mother of Ben & Debra Dubin. Debbie & Arnie Bender Ben Saypol

JACK RIZMAN MEMORIAL FUND IN MEMORY OF: Lenore Darin, beloved mother and grandmother of Bruce & Suzi Darin and Family. Susie Rizman UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Dr. Jack J. Rizman, beloved brother, brother-in-law, uncle and great uncle. May his memory be a blessing. Morry & Marti Rizman and Family Jack Rizman, remembering our wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Susan Rizman and Family

Ann & Mitch Lerman

Ethan Nisenbaum Levitan, in memory of our beloved nephew and cousin. Isabele Nisenbaum and Family

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FEBRUARY 2018 Sunday




Thursday 01 7:30 am 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm



8:00 am Talmud Study 6:15 am Minyan 8:30 am World Wide Wrap 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn 9:00 am Minyan @Sunset w/ Rabbi Lifshitz 6:30 pm Beyahad (TC) 7:30 pm Minyan



7:30 am Minyan 7:30 am 8:30 am Israel Matters 7:00 pm 4:15 pm Religious Sch 7:30 pm 6:15 pm Heh 8:00 pm 6:15 pm Ba’al Teflilah 8:00 pm Shaharit Amidah 8:00 pm 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Ritual Mtg. .

Friday 02

Minyan 7:30 am Ulpan 2 7:30 pm Soc. Act. Mtg Minyan MC Mtg. Board Mtg.




8:00 am 8:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am

6:15 am Minyan 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn @Sunset w/ Rabbi Lifshitz 6:30 pm Beyahad (TC) 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Membership & Program Mtg.

7:30 am 8:15 am 4:15 pm 6:15 pm 6:15 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm

Madrichim Mtg Talmud Study Minyan Religious School Alpha-Bet Family Prog 7:00 pm 50th Anniv. & Israel Committee Movie .

7:30 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm

Minyan 8:00 am Weekly Parsha Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svc led by Sisterhd & Torah Fund Candle Ltg. Campaign 4:50 pm 9:30 am Baby Naming 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Jr-Congrega 10:30 am Interpret Svc 10

Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 8:00 am Weekly Parsha USY Region Pro 6:30 pm Confirmation 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svc Minyan Meeting Disability 9:30 am Bar Mitzvah Taste of Torah 6:30 pm Ulpan 2 Awareness 10:30 am Gan Shabbat Facilities Mtg. 7:30 pm Minyan Shabbat & 10:30 am Jr-Congrega Sisterhood 8:00 pm Youth Mtg. Shirat 10:30 am Interpret Svc Judaic Art s Prog Shabbat

14 Minyan Israel Matters Religious Sch Heh Ba’al Tefillah Minyan Ed Com Mtg. Sisterh’d Mtg



Candle Ltg. 4:59 pm

. 11


15 Minyan Minyan Taste of Torah Soc. Action Mtg.

7:30 am 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 pm

Minyan Ulpan 2 Minyan Exec Mtg.



7:30 am Minyan 6:00 pm Presidents Day Shabbat Dinner 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc & Ta’am Yisrael Send-off & Hebrew Lit Grad.

8:00 am Weekly Parsha 9:15 am MC Lieberman 9:30 am Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Bar Mitzvah 9:30 am Baby Naming 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Jr-Congrega 10:30 am Interpret Svc

Candle Ltg. 5:08 pm 18



8:00 am Talmud Study 9:00 am Minyan

6:15 am Minyan 9:00 am Youth Snowtubing Prog. 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn @Sunset w/ Rabbi Lifshitz 7:30 pm Minyan

7:30 am 8:15 am 4:15 pm 6:15 pm 6:15 pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 pm

Minyan Israel Matters Religious Sch Heh Ba’al Tefillah USY Minyan MC-Hearing Men’s Voices





7:30 am Minyan 10:00 am AJEC Prog. at CBJ 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Taste of Torah 8:00 pm Finance Mtg. .

7:30 am Minyan. 6:30 pm Ulpan 2 7:30 pm Minyan

7:30 am Minyan 8:00 am Weekly Parsha 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs led by Gimel 10:30 am Gan Shabbat Candle Ltg. 10:30 am Jr-Congrega 5:17pm 10:30 am Interpret Svc 8:00 pm BowlingLeage

. 25



8:00 am Talmud Study 9:00 am Minyan 9:00 am Religious Sch. 11:00 am Purim Carnival (Tot Hour at 11)

6:15 am Minyan 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn @Sunset w/ Rabbi Lifshitz 6:30 pm Beyahad (TC) 7:30 pm Minyan

7:30 am 8:30 am 4:15 pm 6:15 pm 6:15 pm 7:30 pm

28 FAST OF ESTHER Minyan 7:30 am Minyan Israel Matters TBD Purim Palooza & Religious Sch Megillah Reading Heh Ba’al Tefilah Minyan


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CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA 5304 RFD Long Grove, IL 60047 (847) 634-0777 E-Mail: Website: Rabbi David Klatzker Rabbi Emeritus Howard Lifshitz Cantor 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.

Worship Schedule Conducted by Rabbi David Klatzker and Cantor Roger J. Weisberg Shabbat Evening Services .........................................7:30.p.m. Shabbat Morning Services ........................................ 9:30 a.m. Gan Shabbat – Shabbat Mornings .............................10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation ..................................................10:30 a.m. Alternative Shabbat Service (Interpretive Minyan).. 10:30 a.m.

Candle Lighting Times Candle Lighting time is calculated for 18 minutes before sunset and is adjusted for Daylight Savings Time. February 2 ................................................... 4:50 pm February 9 ................................................... 4:59 pm February 16 .................................................. 5:08 pm February 23 .................................................. 5:17 pm

Weekday Morning Minyan: Sunday .................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Monday ................................................................ 6:15 a.m. Tuesday through Friday ........................................ 7:30 a.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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Congregation Beth Judea

The Word - February 2018  

Congregation Beth Judea