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March 9: Purim Masquerade March 17: Purim Carnival March 20: Megilla Reading March 21: Megilla Reading

Ira Forman Community JUF Event March 10 at Temple Chai CBJ Sisterhood and Men’s Club Annual Passover Wine Tasting March 24 2-4 PM

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


FROM THE RABBI PURIM others, particularly for those in need – Purim is time to gather together and to the poor, orphaned, widowed, and rejoice as we celebrate our survival and strangers among us. When one recount the story of Haman’s demise. causes such people to rejoice, that And although that victory is credited to person is likened to the Divine, for as Esther and Mordecai, we cannot we know, God lifts the spirits of the discount the support that was lowly and raises the hearts of the undoubtedly given to them by the downtrodden.” We can certainly look at countless prayers of the Jewish people. this teaching from an internal, RABBI We must never diminish the importance MORRIS ZIMBALIST congregational perspective as well as of our community and the invaluable from a more expansive and communal roles that each and every one of us perspective. Beginning with the latter, we must plays in them. As Hillel taught (Pirkei Avot be involved and engaged with the greater 2:5): “Do not withdraw from the community; do community. There are so many people suffering not be sure of yourself until the day of your in the world and in need of our help that we must death. Do not judge your fellow human being be prepared to give of our time and resources. until you stand in his situation; do not say ‘It is Internally, we must also be prepared to give of impossible to understand this,’ for ultimately it our time and resources, but we must also look for will be understood. And do not say, ‘When I increased opportunities to proactively reach out to have leisure time, I will study,’ for you may those within our Congregation Beth Judea family never have leisure time.” Paraphrasing this and embrace each other unconditionally. We teaching, we all can learn that we must need to reach out more… Perhaps Purim is a motivate ourselves and engage with our time when we can emphasize some of the congregation and community, be humble, be fundamental values of inclusion: Embracing and understanding and accepting of personal respecting each and every member in our differences, be patient, and be proactive in our similarities and in our differences, with all of our desires to learn more. physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges and uniqueness, without gender barriers, so that we Among the fundamental commandments of can journey together along our sacred paths and Purim, we learn that we are commanded to bring each other closer to God, Torah and hear Megillat Esther, which is, more often than community. not, recited in a public forum. As we gather together, we not only gain strength from the I encourage all of us to continually ask ourselves familiar words of the megillah, but we also look and each other, “What can we do to best meet around to gain strength from those around us. the diverse needs of our members and more We see our friends, young and old, who broadly open our doors to everyone?” Perhaps comprise our community. We watch our we can start by reaching out to those who we children dress up in costumes, eat haven’t seen in a while and inviting them to come hamentachen, and parade around the with us to the Purim Masquerade or to hear the synagogue. We remember what it was like Megillah. Who knows, maybe that simple phone when we were young, and we take pride in call will be all a person needs to inspire knowing that we have upheld the traditions that motivation, participation, and engagement. Now we were taught. We engage with our is a wonderful time to broaden our friendships, congregation and community, and hopefully, expand our interests and ideas, and bring an we are somewhat humbled by the experience even greater sense of warmth and commitment to as we dream about the potential of our future. our congregation and within our greater community. Great things are happening at On Purim, we are also commanded to give Congregation Beth Judea, and with your mishloach manot – to share food with friends – continued help and support, we have the ability to and matanot l’evyonim – gifts to the poor. make them even better! Rambam teaches (Hilchot Megillah 2:17): “There is no greater joy than to increase joy for Chag Purim Sameach! 2 Rabbi Morris Zimbalist The Word – March 2019

NOTES FROM HAZZAN It’s that time of year again. That time of year when we dig through our things to begin the process of transformation — a transformation we make in our homes once a year as we celebrate the saving of our people. A transformation unlike any other. A transformation that requires time, thought, and preparation. A transformation that leads to a celebration with food, drink, song, stories, family, and community. A transformation which requires… finding the perfect costume. That’s right! Purim is just around the corner. This month we celebrate Purim with our annual Purim Masquerade followed closely by our Purim Carnival! All of this leads to our celebration of Purim itself and the reading of the Megillah. We are celebrating more than just the survival of the Jewish people. We are taking this time to acknowledge our resilience. Throughout history we have gained a strength from one another. On Purim we learn that, through the support of our community, we can challenge what we find wrong and perform feats and actions we never thought we could. In our Megillah, Esther becomes frightened to speak up to King Achashverosh about his decree against the Jewish people. She becomes afraid of the repercussions of entering the king’s presence without invitation. To do these things she asks her cousin Mordechai to gather the Jewish people of Shushan and ask them to fast for 3 days. Esther and the Jewish people fast

together and it is this support of her community which gives Esther the courage to take a leap of faith and go to Achashverosh. To this day we, as a Jewish community, still observe the Fast of Esther the day before Purim.


When we put on our costumes this Purim, we are taking a step in the shoes of these great characters who have shown us how to be strong together as a community. It is this strength as a community which gives us the fortitude to endure. We saw this in our own community when we came together for Solidarity Shabbat in support of Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. I have seen this online in support of those affected by natural disasters. Jewish communities from all over the country came together in support of those who lost Jewish summer camps in Californiathe places which gave so many Jews a home away from home to grow in their Judaism together- to wildfires. . This endurance of our community is exemplified in the song “We Will Rise” by Jewish Songwriter Charlie Kramer ( This year at CBJ, let us all celebrate each other this Purim. Let us celebrate the joy we can take in each other and the comfort we can feel knowing that this great Beth Judea family will be here in our times of need and in the face of any Haman... Booooo!!!!! Rash! Rash! Rash!

Hazzan Gil Ezring

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. The Word – March 2019


In This Issue Page Rabbi’s Reflections 2 Notes from Hazzan 3 CBJ Mission Statement 3 Calendar 5 Special Dates & Events 6 President’s Message 7 Special Events 9 PURIM EVENTS 11 PASSOVER EVENTS 13 Ta’am Yisrael Send-Off Shabbat 14 Yom HaShoah 15 B’nai Mitzvah Bios 16 Upcoming Events 17 Ways & Means 19 New Advertising Opportunity 19 Religious Education 20 Youth 21 Young Family & Focus on Families 23 The Word - March 2019

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

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PURIM March 7 March 8 March 9 March 10-13 March 11 March 17 March 17 March 20 March 20 March 21

Debunked: Purim Shalach Manot Orders Due Purim Masquerade Hamantashen Baking (at CBJ) HUGS Purim Event (at BJBE) Shushan Wonderland Purim Carnival Family Reading & Costume Parade Traditional Ma’ariv & Reading Shacharit & Megillah Reading

March 24 April 4

Annual Wine Tasting Event Sisterhood Seder

Sisterhood April 4 April 11

Sisterhood Seder Sisterhood Book Club

Men’s Club March 3

Special Shabbats March 1 March 1 March 15

Shabbat Across America Disability Awareness Shabbat Shabbat Service & Ta’am Send Off

FJMC Man/Youth of the Year Award Dinner Men’s Club at Lieberman Yom HaShoah Candle Packing Softball Celebration & Planning

Marc h 9 March 24 March 25

Religious School Programming March 10

Annual JUF Event

Israel Committee March 3 March 24

Movie Night AIPAC Conference

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

Click Here for Full List of Classes for March 2019

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March 2 & 16

Junior Congregation

Youth IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUTH View our calendar online at

Meetings Please check website PHOTOS IN THIS EDITION WORLD WIDE WRAP BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers March 1, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of January will be recognized at our service on March 1st. Our worship will begin at 7:30 p.m. Children of every age are welcome!


Important Dates and Notices REMINDER


Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 10h. Turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday evening, March 9th.

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

Watch your emails and our website for updates and changes to any of our programs or information

MARCH EVENTS March 1 March 1

March 3 March 3 March 3 March 5 March 7 March 8 March 8 March 9 March 9 March 10 March 10 March 11 March 15 March 17 March 17 March 20 March 20 March 21 March 22 March 24 March 24 March 24

Shabbat Across America Dinner Disability Awareness Shabbat & Selah Choir School/Youth Open House FJMC Man/Youth of the Year Award Dinner Israel Committee Movie Night AJEC Program Debunked: Purim (with Hazzan Ezring) Young Family Shabbat Shalach Manot Orders Due Men’s Club – Lieberman Purim Masquerade Hamantashen Baking (at CBJ) Annual JUF Event at Temple Chai HUGS Purim Event (at BJBE) Shabbat Service & Ta’am Send Off Young Family Shushan Wonderland Purim Carnival Purim Family Reading & Costume Parade Purim Traditional Ma’ariv & Megillah Reading Purim Shacharit & Megillah Reading Shabbat Service – Musical Men’s Club Yom HaShoah Candle Packing Annual Pesach Wine Tasting AIPAC Conference (in Washington DC)


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

Sisterhood Seder Men’s Club Shabbat Good Deeds Day Young Family Shabbat Men’s Club at Lieberman Shabbat Services led by Bet Class Kadima Program MT Nesters Pesach Seder 1 Pesach Services Pesach Seder 2 Pesach Services Sisterhood Program Pesach Services Pesach Shabbat Dinner Pesach Services & Yizkor Drinks & Drash Tasting Tradition


President’s Message It's March 1st, and spring is in the air. Well, at least thoughts of spring are in the air. Now we need the real thing. March will be an exciting month at Congregation Beth Judea. We have planned lots of events both here at CBJ, in Washington D.C., and around the area. The following are some of those events. SIDNEY MATHIAS CBJ PRESIDENT

We are all excited that the Purim Masquerade is back. It will be a wonderful time for our community to join together and celebrate. Congratulations to our honorees, Cheryl & Russ Barnett, Rachel & Neil Jordan, and Linda & Albert Stark. This year's Purim Masquerade will be held on Saturday evening, March 9th, between 8:00 and 11:00 pm. There is also a Special Donor Reception at 7:30pm. Please contact the CBJ office or email to RSVP, purchase an ad, or become a sponsor.

This Sunday, March 3rd at 4:30 pm, Beth Judea Men’s Club will honor Brandt Rosen as their Man of the Year and Adam Rosen as their Youth of the Year at a dinner at 4:30 pm at Anshe Emet in Chicago. Mazel Tov to Brandt and Adam for all they do! There is still time to support Brandt and Adam at the event, you can register at the door. The cost is $45. Contact Ron Friedman if you have any questions or need details at This Sunday evening, March 3rd at 6pm, our CBJ Israel committee is presenting "Movie Night at CBJ" featuring "Sallah Shabati" which is Israel's 1st Academy Award Nominee. We will serve pizza and drinks. I am told it is a hilarious movie that you won't want to miss. Please RSVP to the CBJ office or email On Tuesday, March 5th between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at CBJ, the Adult Jewish Education Co-op (AJEC) is presenting a program, "The Power of Attitude: The Jewish Approach to Reframing out Thoughts and Words for a Happier Life." Our guest speaker is Ali Begoun, who is a Jewish educator and life coach. She will discuss the journey we all must take from the life we have to the life we want. She will discuss powerful Jewish wisdom as well as practical tips and strategies for becoming a better person. Shalach Manot orders are due by March 8th. We have 4 options for you to consider. Please contact the CBJ office or email for further information. In order for us to offer these options and to have Hamantashen for the Purim events, we need volunteers to make Hamantashen. If you are interested in helping, please email Natalie Gurin at The baking and packing schedule is contained in the CBJ weekly email. On Sunday, March 10th at 7pm is our annual community JUF event. This year, it will be held at Temple Chai in Long Grove. The guest speaker is Ira Forman, who is a former U.S. diplomat, author, educator, and Jewish communal activist. He will be speaking about the complex nature of antiSemitism today and what we all can do to fight back. The event benefits the JUF Annual Campaign. There is a $5 per person couvert. Please RSVP on line at On Sunday, March 17th between 11am and 2pm, is our Purim Carnival at CBJ. There is a special tot hour between 11am and noon. Wear a costume and enjoy the carnival games as well as face painting and pictures. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Marc Sender for details at or contact him at 847-634-0777 x 114.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE (continued) On Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30pm is our Purim family reading and costume parade, and at 8pm is our traditional Ma'ariv and Megillah reading. We also read the Megillah at Shacharit on Thursday, March 21st at 7:30am. The Men's Club needs volunteers for our annual Yom HaShoah Candle packing and distribution, which will be held at CBJ on Sunday, March 24th at 10am. Please contact Ron Friedman at for details and to RSVP. On Sunday, March 24th between 2 and 4pm at CBJ is our 13th Annual Passover Wine Tasting event. It will feature Kosher for Passover wines from around the world. This event is jointly sponsored by the CBJ Sisterhood and Men's Club. There is a $5 per person charge. Please contact the CBJ office or email for details and to RSVP. There will be a free raffle for all those in attendance for a bottle of wine to take home. You must be present to win. If you like to play softball, please join the Men's Club on Monday, March 25th at 7:30pm at the Buffalo Creek Brewery 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove for their Informational meeting about the 2019 Softball Season and to Celebrate their 2018 Softball Championship. Please RSVP by March 22nd to Allen Harris at You can also confirm your participation on the team by contacting Allen by March 31st.

Please let us know if you are planning on attending the AIPAC Policy Conference. The Conference will be held March 24-26 in Washington D.C. I hope that you will join Rita and me for this most important pro-Israel conference. Please go to to register or contact Cathy Feiger, our Israel committee chairperson, or me for further information. Rabbi Zimbalist will be leading our delegation, and we are planning some CBJ group events. As you can see, Congregation Beth Judea is hosting numerous events throughout March. We hope you can attend as many of these events as possible. Chag Purim Sameach, Sid Mathias CBJ President

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Friday, March 1, 2019 7:30 pm Join Us for Our 2nd Annual Inclusion Shabbat and it is also

Shabbat Across America (RSVPs for dinner closed)

Join us for services … along with choir members from Selah, a choir for individuals with special needs will perform with Beth Judea’s own Shabbat choir members.


Man of the Year/ Youth of the Year 2019 Dinner Join us as we recognize Brandt Rosen as the Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club, 2019 Man of the Year and Adam Rosen as Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club 2019 Youth of the Year At the annual FJMC Award Dinner

Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 4:30 pm Anshe Emet Synagogue 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613 Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club Honoring

Brandt Rosen and Adam Rosen

DINNER RESERVATIONS Please click here for details

Questions/Concerns: Contact Ron Friedman at No communications over Shabbat, please!




Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Beth Judea, Congregation Or Shalom, Shir Hadash Synagogue and Temple Chai cordially invite you to attend our

Annual JUF Dessert Reception Benefiting the 2019 JUF Annual Campaign

Sunday, March 10, 2019 7:00 pm – Dessert Reception At Temple Chai 1670 RFD, Long Grove

Couvert: $5 per adult FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER

Ira Forman

RSVP online at

Click here for full details




Purim Events

Purim Events Purim is March 21, 2019 March 7

Debunked: Purim (with Hazzan Ezring)

March 8

Shalach Manot Orders Due

March 9

Purim Masquerade

March 10

Volunteers needed- Hamantashen Baking

March 11

Volunteers needed- Hamantashen Baking

March 11

HUGS Purim Event (at BJBE)

March 12

Volunteers needed- Hamantashen Baking

March 11

Volunteers - Pack Bags for Shalach Manot

March 17

Shushan Wonderland

March 17

Purim Carnival

March 20

Family Reading & Costume Parade

March 20

Traditional Ma’ariv & Megillah Reading

March 24

Shacharit & Megillah Reading

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13th Annual Passover Wine Tasting Event!

13th Annual Passover Wine Tasting Event! Sunday, March 24, 2019 2 – 4 pm at Congregation Beth Judea

DISCOUNTED PRICING Discounted pricing will only apply to wines purchased thru the Passover Wine Tasting so you MUST place your order through the synagogue to receive the discount!


Save the Date Sisterhood Broadway Seder!! April 4th – 6:00 p.m.

Featuring Kosher for Passover wines from around the world selected by Binny’s Beverage Depot and representatives of the Royal Wine Company. This is a great opportunity to sample new wines and place your Passover orders. Appetizers and desserts will be served. $5.00 per person If placing your order after the event, orders MUST be in by April 8th Sponsored jointly by the Sisterhood and Men’s Club Please contact the synagogue for more information or RSVP to

If you need a ride to the event, please let us know.

Click Here for Flyer

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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: Caitlyn Altenberg, Mara Feldman, Ethan Karp and Alex Wunsch

Have a safe trip.

traveling to Israel as part of the Ta'am Yisrael program during Erev Shabbat Services on


March 15, 2019 7:30 pm The students will receive a special blessing and the Oneg Shabbat that evening will be in their honor. We hope you and your family members can attend. Please RSVP to so that we will know how many people to expect.

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 Office at 312-253-8968.


Yom HaShoah MEN’S CLUB


To the Beth Judea Community: Each year our Men’s Club provides our families with yellow candles to light in memory of the victims of the Shoah (the Holocaust). The six million Jews who were murdered in the Shoah lost their lives for no other reason than their ! identity as Jews. It made no difference to the Nazis whether their victims were religious or secular, ritually observant, knowledgeable in Jewish texts and practices or completely estranged from them. In their mania to rid Europe of its Jews they cast a broad net. The memory, lessons, and magnitude of the Holocaust inconceivably continue to fade away and are even denied by some as having occurred. We commemorate this meaningful, historic occasion with the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Yellow Candle Program. This year, you will again notice the name of a child who perished in the Holocaust. Please remember that boy or girl when you light the Yellow Candle on May 1 and vow, "Never Again.“ The lighting of a memorial candle for the dead is a long held Jewish tradition. We ask that you light the candles on the evening of May 1 and join us on the next evening for the Community Yom HaShoah service at Congregation Beth Judea at 7:00 pm. This is a vital, important, and symbolic way to show our solidarity and resolve that we will never forget! If you would like to make a contribution to offset the cost of providing these candles, I strongly encourage it. One of the functions of a synagogue is to make it possible to remember our shared tragedies. By lighting the yellow candle, we remind ourselves that evil was not limited to the Shoah, and that we commit ourselves to preserving its memory as a caution against future evil.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 am The candles are packed and distributed by Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club members every year. Yom HaShoah falls on May 2 this year. The lighting of a memorial candle for the dead is a long held Jewish tradition. We ask that you light the candles on the evening of May 1 and join us the following evening for the Community Yom Hashoah service being held at Beth Judea at 7:00 pm. Click here for flyer

Community Yom HaShoah Service Holocaust Remembrance Day

Please join us at Beth Judea Wednesday, May 1, 2019 7:00 pm Everyone is Welcome

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


B’nei Mitzvah Bios Ariel Barshefsky will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Lindsay Jordyn Gluck will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Ariel is a 7th grader at Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove. When not in school, you will most likely find Ariel in the dance studio, where she has spent countless hours over the years doing what she loves most.

Lindsay is a 7th grader at Twin Groves Middle School in Buffalo Grove. She enjoys playing travel softball, currently playing for the Mundelein Stampede. Lindsay’s favorite positions are pitcher and first base. She also participated on the Twin Groves girls’ volleyball team this year. Lindsay enjoys spending time with family and friends. Once softball is over in July, Lindsay can be found at Camp Chi in Wisconsin. Lindsay is looking forward to continuing to support others through her visits to Feed My Starving Children.

Ariel’s mitzvah project approach was to learn about multiple social service agencies serving our local community and to volunteer her time at each, understanding both the impact of the organization and her efforts. Among these experiences has been delivering Thanksgiving meals through the Ark, spending time visiting with the elderly at Gidwitz Place in Skokie, and serving meals at JUF’s Uptown Café downtown. Ariel, her parents Laura and Adam, and her brother Asher, are appreciative of the guidance of Rabbi Zimbalist and Hazzan Ezring and are particularly thankful to her tutor, Kim Abern, who has made the overall bat mitzvah preparation experience so meaningful, special, and fun for her entire family.

Joining Lindsay on this special day are her parents Amy and Ross Gluck, her brother Joey, grandparents Paul and Karen Saharack and Sandi and Shelly Gluck. Lindsay will also be joined by aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends from near and far. Lindsay and her family would like to thank her Hebrew School teachers, Rabbi Zimbalist, Hazzan Ezring, and Kim Abern for helping to prepare her for this special day.

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

from your Beth Judea Family.

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Good Deeds Day

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

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

“Knock Your Socks Off”

It’s Our 3rd Annual

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

Thank you for your generosity!

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


Shiva Baskets


Sunshine Fund

CBJ Business Directory Advertising Opportunity

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

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

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

Gift Cards SUPPORT BETH JUDEA BY PURCHASING GIFT CARDS 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.

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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


Religious Education THE TIME IS RIGHT Purim is about turning the expected on its head. It’s about revealing the potential for goodness that sometimes seems hidden. The holiday celebrates a moment in history where a potential for great injustice was reversed because of the courage of Queen Esther.

Anna Besser Education Director

We can find inspiration in the Book of Esther. At a critical moment in the Purim story, when King Achashverosh is poised to carry out Haman’s plan to wipe out the Jews, Mordechai emboldens Queen Esther to approach the King, by offering her these inspiring words: [Esther 4:14]

“…and who knows, perhaps it was for a time like this that you came to be part of the royal household?” Mordechai’s encouragement gives Esther courage, and she seizes this moment—ultimately upending the terrible decree against the Jewish people. Each of us is imbued with the power both to encourage others to act and to act with courage ourselves. And it’s this kind of bold and righteous action that can literally change history. On Purim, may we be moved by Mordechai’s words and ask ourselves how we can heal the world at “such a time as this”—a time when people are suffering from injustice. Follow in Esther’s footsteps, garner your courage, and take action: • Support the work of organizations empowering women and girls – Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Women International (JWI), and Hadassah are just a few examples. •

Share with others what you have the courage to do and who you can inspire to join you.

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School Open House



Heh Class Picture

6:30 pm



1st Grade Gidwitz Visit



Dalet Kosher Meal

Parents join in at 10:30 am


Purim Carnival

Regular dismissal (12 pm)



No Religious School / No Beyahad Classes Spring Break: Sunday, March 24 – Sunday, March 31

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Beyahad Classes Resume

6:30 – 8:30 pm

(Temple Chai location)

No Religious School (Spring Break)

Sunday & Religious School Classes Resume Bet Shabbat

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bet leading Robbins Sanctuary service

9:30 am

Aleph – Bet Family Program

Parents join in at 10:00 am

No Religious School (Passover)


Aleph Siyum

11:00 am


Last Beyahad Classes

6:30 – 8:30 pm


Youth WHAT’S UP IN THE WORLD OF OUR YOUTH??? Purim, Kinnus, Kadima We have so much planned for this upcoming month in our youth department, take a look. ★

We are partnering with the religious school for an amazing open house featuring a Dave Herzog’s Marionette Show on March 3rd.

On that same day, Sunday, March 3rd, we will honor our own Adam Rosen as the CBJ Men’s Club Youth of the Year.

We have an incredible opportunity for our 5th through 7th graders to attend CHUSY Kadima Day at Dave and Busters on Sunday, March 10th.

Kinnus registration is ongoing for our 8th through 12th graders at the brand-new Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, where five of our own BJUSY members will officially end their tenure as CHUSY Regional Executive Board members.

Finally, for all youth, and even friends and families, we have the always rockin’ Purim Carnival on March 17th followed by rousing Megillah reading on March 20th.

Make sure to check out all of these great events by exploring the links around this page. 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


Youth Events

Kinnus Information: Who?: All 8th - 12th Graders! What?: Food, lodging, water park, and a weekend of amazingly fun activities!

Kadima Day will be at Dave & Busters from 2:30pm - 5:00pm on Sunday, March 10th. Every Kadimanik will receive a 60 Game Chips and unlimited play on all non prizeredemption games! Who: All Jewish 5th-7th graders!

When?: April 5th - 7th, BONUS Senior Night on April 4th

What: CHUSY's Kadima Day 2019 at Dave & Busters!

Where?: Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL When: Sunday, March 10th from 2:30 - 5:00 Bus transportation will be provided from Chicago, Northbrook, and Long Grove. Regular Pricing (through 3/13/19): $365, $460 with Senior Night. Please speak to your chapter directors for more subsidy information! Regpacks Online Application: CHUSY uses an online registration system through Regpacks. If you have a login and password from signing up for a past event, please use the same account. You can register at:

Where: Dave & Busters, 424 Hawthorne Center, Vernon Hills, IL 60061 Why: For an afternoon of gaming, meeting friends, good snacks and drinks, and more! How: There will be a bus from Anshe Emet leaving at 1:30pm. The bus will stop at the Bernard Wenger JCC in Northbrook, IL at approximately 2:00pm, and continue on to Dave & Busters. Parents are free to drop off Kadimaniks directly at Dave & Busters. After the event, the bus will arrive back Northbrook at approximately 5:30pm, and at Anshe Emet at approximately 6:00 pm Cost: $25 if you register beforehand, $30 at the door.


CBJ Young Family Focus on Families CBJ Young Family Focus on Families Winter-Spring 2019 Tentative Calendar

Sunday, March 17th

10am – 12pm

CBJ Focus on Family Shushan Wonderland and Purim Carnival

Friday, April 12th Sunday, May 5th

5:45 – 6:15pm 3 – 5pm

CBJ Young Family Shabbat CBJ Focus on Family Cinco De Mayo Scavenger Hunt

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

Adult Education Series Ongoing Classes WEEKLY CLASSES:


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

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



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

Weekly Parsha Study Facilitated by Orin Rotman

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

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

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

Sweet Taste of Torah: Chronicles Taught by Orin Rotman

Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. For thousands of years Judaism has been interpreting and applying the Torah to everyday life. This class follows the Tanach cycle. Each week we will read through several chapters a week of the Nevim (Prophets) texts, then on to Ketuvim (Writings), then back to Torah again.

Alternative Shabbat Service Facilitated by Norm Kurtz

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

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

Adult Education Series March 2019 Debunked: Purim Taught by Hazzan Ezring

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm Ever wonder what’s really going on with our holidays? Not sure why we do what we do? Ever think there’s something someone’s not telling you about our tradition? Well…get ready to have your mind blown! Join Hazzan Ezring as we discover the truth behind our customs, our stories, and our traditions.

Lunch & Learn: ISRAEL: The Land, the Narratives, & Our Community Identity Taught by Rabbi Zimbalist

In this series, we will explore the origins of Israel spanning from our biblical history, to the founding of the State, and the county’s modern-day evolution. How do we best identify with Israel, and what are the differences between the Land of Israel and the State of Israel? Do we view Israel to be in a perpetual state of crisis, a world leader in technology and innovation, and/or a model of democracy for a region in turmoil? And how do current events impact the global and our personal views of Israel? Mondays, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Dates: Now through March 18, 2019 LOCATION: Sunset Foods 2nd Floor Conference Room (corner of Rt. 83 & Aptakisic) COST: Members – FREE; Non-Members - $36 for series OR $5 per session

Drinks & Drash rescheduled… Monday, April 29, 2019 7:00 – 9:00 pm Facilitated by Rabbi Zimbalist Half Day Brewing Co. 200 Village Green S., Lincolnshire, IL COST: $5; Pay for your own drinks

Hebrew Boot Camp

Ulpan 2

Taught by Lee Goldberg

Taught by Lee Goldberg

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

Thursday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 pm Ongoing

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

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


Sisterhood If March is here can spring be far away? We sure hope not! Enough of this cold weather already! But if you need to be warmed up a little bit, how about joining us on Sunday, March 24th for our Pesach Wine Tasting, which we do in conjunction with the Men’s Club. Pam Herstein always puts together a fun event, and it’s a must-not-miss. Plus, when you purchase your wine at this event, you write your check to Beth Judea!! Probably not a tax savings, but it just feels good to be so supportive.

A huge thank you goes to Fran Eisner and her committee for creating High Tea with the Hazzan. What a spread!! The ladies outdid themselves creating delicious goodies, decorations, and more. We’d be hard pressed to think when the social hall looked more beautiful. Thank you also to Hazzan Ezring for educating us about his early life, education, and time at JTS, as well as entertaining us with a variety of musical numbers. What a wonderful afternoon!

Looking ahead to April, Sandy Englander and her committee are planning a Women’s Seder with a Broadway theme. This sounds very unique, as are all of the seder ideas Sandy has brought to us in the past. As of this writing, the actual date is a bit up in the air, but please check the announcements for the final date. And make sure to invite your mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, nieces and/or granddaughters to this event. As many of our programs are, this one is, indeed, multigenerational!

And another thank you to Marilyn Victor and Hannah Whitney, our Sisterhood Judaic Arts Chairs, for putting together a VERY unique program about the art of Jewish Mindfulness. We discussed the Ki Tissa parashah featuring the Golden Calf from a different perspective. What an interesting topic!

Last month was a very busy month for Sisterhood. Michele Sussman arranged for a Golda Meir impersonator to make a presentation. Well, WOW!! What a turnout! We had men AND women in attendance to hear all about Golda’s story. We all learned so many things that evening about Golda, which for many of us, just whetted our appetites to go out and learn more on our own. That’s what happens after such a great program when you learn something new. Thank you, Michele!

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Thank you also to Brenda Levin who runs our book club. The ladies who attend have the opportunity to discuss the current book as well as pick the next one. If you would like to be a participant, please join us. All are welcomeeven if you haven’t read the book. Make sure to check future announcements for the next date and book. It’s always an interesting time. We look forward to seeing you at our programs. Please join us. You’ll be happy you did! Rhonda Cohn & Sarah Goldenberg Co-Sisterhood Presidents

Contact Information: Rhonda Cohn: Sarah Goldenberg:



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

Sundays – 9 am to 12:30 pm

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

Congregation Beth Judea Gift Shop (Where shopping is a mitzvah)

20% OFF ONE SINGLE ITEM OF $25 OR MORE Coupon must be present at time of purchase Exclusions include sale merchandise, special orders, scrolls. One coupon per family. No other discounts or promotions apply -Expires December 31, 2019 COUPON

Men’s Club The World Wide Wrap was a spectacular celebration and wonderful way to start February that proved to be the premier event of the day easily eclipsing the professional sports game later in the day. There was a strong turnout of over one hundred participants and worshippers with everyone finding a way to share in the ruach and spirituality of the day. Our Rabbi was so impressed that he was moved to write the following to our Men’s Club: “Wow! Thank you all for a wonderful and meaningful World Wide Wrap service. It was truly inspiring to see (the Men’s Club) in action and participate with our students and members. There was a great vibe in the room, and I loved seeing so many people embracing the Mitzvah of tefillin. Yashar Koach and Kol HaKovad.” The Hazzan was equally impressed which was no easy achievement since he’s seen a lot of these events in his lifetime. It turns out that the very first Wrap occurred in 1996 at Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, which happens to be where Murray Ezring, Hazzan’s father, is the rabbi. Back then it was called the Hundred Man Wrap which Hazzan stated was the actual head count that day. Orin Rotman and Norm Kurtz, who were joined in the leadership role this year by Daniel Landau, are to be thanked for successfully putting together another chapter in our long history of outstanding events. A special shout out is deserved for the able “behind the scene” kitchen crew that labored diligently to provide an outstanding repast of delicious morsels. That group was headed by Jerry Sakol, who was assisted by Alan Marcus, Steve Limer, Jerry Gothelf, and Karen Edidin. As always, Lisa Neiman was seemingly everywhere at the same time lending her able assistance as needed. The starting event this month is the Man of the Year – Youth of the Year dinner event on March 3 at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. The honorees this year are Brandt Rosen and Adam Rosen, both of whom are highlighted elsewhere in the WORD. All are invited and encouraged to attend to help honor and recognize these two individuals for their contributions to Men’s Club, USY and the entire Beth Judea congregation. (download flyer)

We take a short break then until March 24 when there is a double-header of events. The early event is the annual Yom HaShoah candle packing that takes place at 10am in the synagogue. This is the time when the Men’s Club puts together the bags that will include a yellow candle to be lit in the evening of Yom HaShoah Observance day, which this year falls on May 2. The lighting of a memorial candle for the dead is a long held Jewish tradition. The memory, lessons, and magnitude of the Holocaust inconceivably continue to fade way and are even denied by some as having occurred. We commemorate this meaningful, historic occasion with the Federation of Men’s Club Yellow Candle Program. Volunteers are needed to help put together the Yellow Candle bags and then to deliver these packages to our congregants’ homes. (download flyer) The later event on March 24 will be the 13th annual Passover Wine Tasting from 2 – 4 pm in the synagogue that is being co-sponsored by the Men’s Club and Sisterhood. This is a great opportunity to sample new wines and place your Passover orders for which discount pricing is being provided through the generosity of Royal Wine and Binny’s Beverage Depot. In addition to being able to sample a specially selected array of fine wines, appetizers and desserts will be served. All participants will also receive a free raffle ticket for a bottle of wine to take home that day. All of that for only $5 admission. (download flyer) The following evening at 7:30 pm on March 25, there will be a gathering at the Buffalo Creek Brewery to recognize the accomplishments of our championship softball team and also provide information about the softball program to any interested parties. This is the rescheduling of the event from January 29 that was cancelled due to the weather. In addition to an interesting selection of craft brews developed by this local brewery, there will also be food provided free of charge by the Men’s Club. It should be a wonderful event that all sports lovers should make a point of attending. (download flyer) Ron Friedman, BJMC President

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Men’s Club MARCH MEN’S CLUB SPOTLIGHT MEMBER: DAVID GRANOFF This month’s Men’s Club spotlight is shining on David Granoff. David has resided in the Beth Judea area for 16 years, during 14 of which he was a synagogue member. Both of David’s two children also live in the Chicago area. David’s 30year career has been primarily involved with hospitality and retail where he currently holds the position of Manager at the Penny Mustard Furnishings store in Lincolnshire. David served two years on the CBJ Board of Directors and has been, and continues to be, an active and vital member of the Men’s Club. In addition to his current, and long held, position as Co-VP of Communications and Membership, David has also served as our Club President. He was instrumental in the Lox Box program for many years and is always vitally involved in the Steak & Scotch program. David is the key to the success of distributing the Hanukkah and Yom HaShoah candles since he manages the mapping data base that is used to develop the delivery routes needed to accomplish the task. When not involved with family, David’s other passion is community theater. He has appeared in many different roles and multiple presentations, his most recent role being that of Father (Jack) in Brighton Beach Memoirs. If you are a theater goer you may spot him the next time you take in a play.

HELP THE ELDERLY ATTEND SERVICES Once a month, the Beth Judea Men’s Club volunteers at the Lieberman Geriatric Center and helps the elderly get to and from services. If you are interested in helping please contact Sandy Ramras.

Men’s Club strives to offer something for everyone. As such, we’re always open to new and creative programming ideas that help Jewish men lead rich and filling Jewish Lives.

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


Men’s Club – Volunteers Needed

Ron Friedman Men’s Club President

Schedule & Flyers:

March 3

FJMC Man/Youth of the Year Award Dinner March 9 Men’s Club at Lieberman March 24 Volunteers Needed–Yom HaShoah Candle Packing & Distributing March 24 Annual Passover Wine Tasting March 25 Buffalo Creek Brewery Event The Word – March 2019

Yom HaShoah Candle Packing and Distributing Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 a.m. Click Here for More Details 30

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INTERFAITH COUNCIL News from the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council by Joanne Dicker, President

I want to thank our prior officers for their wonderful service this past year to the Interfaith Council and the community: • • • •

Jay Jayapalan, President, (Kingswood Methodist) Lynn Moriarty, Vice President, (St. Alphonsis) Nancy Slonim, Secretary (Temple Chai) Helene Fox, Treasurer (Beth Judea)

And welcome our new officers:

• • • •

Joanne Dicker, President, (Beth Judea) Rich Rosen, Vice President, (Temple Chai) Nancy Slonim, Secretary, (Temple Chai) Kristin Levit, Treasurer. (Shir Hadash)

In addition to our past officers who remain on the council, our other council members are: Sue Geimer and Dolores Palikij (St. Mary Parish), Sharon Gorski, (Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd), Rochelle Greenwald and Diane Popper (Beth Am), David Schulman (B’nai Shalom), and Amy Pabst (Hope Lutheran.) Our first program of the year is Knock your socks off! During the months of March and April we will be collecting new socks for distribution to our neighbors in need. Please fill the boxes set out in your places of worship with new socks for men, women, and children. Our homeless population is in desperate need of socks. Please give generously. (See attached flier) Our other scheduled programs are: 1.

Stamp out Hunger: May 11, 2019: IFC’s food pantries will be the recipients of the Post Office’s program to collect non-perishable food items. You can help out by placing canned goods in your mailbox. Your postal carriers will take your donations back to the Post office for collection by the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council. We can always use volunteers to help distribute the food to our pantries located at Beth Am, Kingswood Methodist Church, St. Alphonsus, and St. Mary Parish.


i-walk for hunger: Sunday, June 23, 2019: Our annual family walk to raise awareness of hunger in our community. All funds collected are donated to our food pantries. We walk from St. Mary Parish to Hope Lutheran Church and back. Hope Lutheran hosts refreshment and entertainment for the walkers. We welcome you and other community organizations to join us.

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INTERFAITH COUNCIL News from the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council by Joanne Dicker, President


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


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


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

We are also looking for volunteers to bring food or work the dinner shift at Kingswood’s PADS on Tuesdays. The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council serves this community. If you have any programming suggestions, please forward them to your IFC representatives.

For more information on any of our programs, please contact us by e-mail or telephone:, 224-699-0386 or visit our website at: or your council representatives: Joanne Dicker: Helene Fox: Donations may be made directly to: Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council 1282 Green Knolls Drive Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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BJE Early Childhood Centers

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

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

Registration for 2018-2019

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

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

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Each phone raises money for domestic abuse crisiscounseling services in the Jewish community! SHALVA offers free counseling to Jewish women who are or were in an intimate partner relationship. If you or someone you know needs our help, call 773-583-4673.


New Membership Programs Beth Judea Announces Exciting New Membership Programs:

Alternative Shabbat Service Alternative Shabbat Service Service Leader: Norm Kurtz

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

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


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

Planned Giving Is Beth Judea a Part of Your Estate?

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

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

LIFE IN ISRAEL THE GOODMAN’S BLOG Howie and Suzanne Goodman were valued members at Beth Judea until they decided to make aliyah in 2009. The Goodmans have agreed to provide us with a blog on their experiences as new olim in Israel. Though we continue to miss the Goodmans, we can all look forward to reading about their adventures in Israel through the blog.

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

Norm Kurtz Service Leader For further information:


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

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The Helping Hand Plan

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

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

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

You Make A Difference We firmly believe that reaching out to others benefits not only the recipient, but the person providing help as well. This is, without a doubt, a win-win situation for all involved.

If you are interested in making a difference, please contact one of the Hesed (Caring) committee members below: Ellene Lammers Wendy Wunsch Evan Rumack Larry Wolheim

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Hesed Committee

An Important Announcement CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA HESED (CARING) COMMITTEE The Hesed committee would like to know if you have any difficulties/problems that you would like to discuss with a knowledgeable individual. We have a group of congregants who have been trained or are professionals who would be able to provide a brief consultation with you in order to refer you on for more in-depth assistance. We are also thinking about starting some support groups. We would like to know what you feel your needs are. Please email Ellene Lammers at or call the Rabbi. FOR A LIST OF EMERGENCY HOTLINE NUMBERS, AGENCIES AND RESOURCES click here

We Would Like To Know WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW . . . . If you are celebrating a life cycle event such as a birth, engagement, or wedding, we would like to know about it so that this milestone can be included in The Word. If you are ill or know someone who is sick, we would like to know about it so that a prayer for recovery can be said, so that the clergy can call or visit, and so that the Hesed (Caring) committee can be notified and be of assistance. If there is a death in your family, we would like to know about it so that we can offer our support, can share this information with our congregation, and so that we can add your loved one to our Yahrzeit records.

Please call the synagogue office with this information. Do not assume that someone else will have notified the synagogue staff. 36

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

March 2

March 3

Howard Eisenberg Robert Friedman Jill Goldrich Linda Handler Beth Polonsky Marcy Soble

March 18

Alan Green

March 19

Robert Fisher Chuck Kamen Lois Mills Fred Strauss

Jeff Carter Debra Crystal Lawrence Feldman Ellen Kaplan Ronna Leibach Vadim Riber Sandra Rockwell

March 20

Richard Adelman Helene Fliegel Carl Tominberg

March 21

Dana Clorfene Jill Weinberger

March 22

Allen Rosenston Martin Rothenberg

March 23

Jason Polakow

March 24

Lori Bacalar Irina Zeltser

March 25

Ann Lerman Morrisa Schwartz Paul Zucker

March 27

Pam Herstein Rhonda Newman Jennifer Ryan Mike Weiner

March 28

Steven Dicker Judy Greenberg Martin Krawitz Wendy Wunsch

March 29

Lorne Cohen William Levitan Marc Sender

March 30

Diane Gordon Jeff Taub

March 31

David Brull Francine Eisner Stan Lieberman Harold Secler

Laurence Appel Danna Friedlander Wesley Morris Owen Pulver

March 5

Vicky Kaplan

March 6

Eve Appelbaum Roberta Kamen Sarajane Orloff Deborah Tolsky

March 7

Shelley Stolman

March 8

Sari London

March 9

Barbara Hyman

March 10

Robert Balogh Jan Charman Marcus Melnick Janice Minnick Cindi Sigal

March 11

Kimberly Kesner Stephen Limer

March 12

Richard Pervos

March 14

Rickey Ament Betty Kolko

March 15

Allen Gimpel

March 16

Beth Redfern

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

March 1

Sharon & Michael Weil

March 2

Andrea & David Alhadeff Judy & Louis Rabin

March 11

Edith & Kenneth Margules

March 16

Dana & Ken Goldstein

March 17

Darlene & Barry Bikshorn

March 18

Linda & Bruce Portnoy

March 19

Renee & Stewart Segal

March 20

Marcy & Jon Soble

March 23

Phyllis & Robert Dritz Susan & David Schuster

March 24

Dana & Randy Polonsky

March 25

Jenita Fischoff & Alex Raab Sharon & Philip Wein

March 26

Sarajane & Chuck Orloff

March 27

Debra & Mark Dubin

March 29

Linda & William Kramer Brenda & Jay Levin

March 30

Judith & Robert Atlas

March 31

Sherry & Daniel Weinberger

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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Louis Bardos* Charles Allen Fryer Ethel Korengold Lee Lazar* Joel Mosak* Charlotte Hannah Plaut Charlotte Siegel* Jeffrey Weisberg*

Samuel Cohen* Sondra Gartenberg* Harry Kray* Cecilla Lerner* Minnie Muffson Cynthia O. Rafal* Esther Waddell Judith Zelson

Miriam Ferber* Lillian Gold* Bernard Kurtz* Leonard Levy* Dora Nechamkin* Nancy Schwerdlin Morris Walcer*

March 8

Mac Brown* Michael Gerstein Earl Levit Howard Weinert

Sonia Copelovitz Faye Hefler* Sandra Portnoy*

Aaron Elisco Sidney Hirsch Beatrice Silver*

March 15

Maurice Arker* Faina Brudnoy Bernard Hefler Abraham Orloff Beverly Weiner*

Benjamin Berkovitz* Charles Falk* Jack Krivitzky* Rosalind Singer

Rose Brandt Jacob Gordon* Howard Malkin* Joyce Victor

March 22

Helen Berg* Emmanuel Kaplan Bernard Rafal

Frieda Brin* Nancy Lipp Jennifer Allison Waller

Bruce Gerber* Toby Pollack* Ada Weiner*

March 29

Shelly Braverman* Rena Lichtenstein* Norman Rubin* Calvin Stark Lawrence Zablen*

William Cohn Jack Nimzin* Irving Sachs* Martin Stein*

Vera Hefler Ruth Peck Molly Sobol* Rudolf Stein

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

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

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

April 12

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

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

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

April 19

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

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

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

* Denotes the deceased has a yahrzeit plaque.

The Word – March 2019

If you are interested in purchasing a plaque please contact the synagogue office.



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

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

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

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

The Word – March 2019



Condolences Upon the Death of: Jack Adelman Father of Stacey Resnik

RABBI ZIMBALIST DISCRETIONARY FUND IN MEMORY OF: Dick Gutof, with our deepest condolences. Bonnie & Myron Glickman UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Anna Berkovitz, beloved mother and grandmother. Halperin Family Bernard Kurtz Joan & Norm Kurtz

CANTOR WEISBERG DISCRETIONARY FUND IN MEMORY OF: Jules Cohen, our sincerest condolences. Renee & Mike Malter UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Lillian Freedman, beloved mother. Lynn & Arthur Freedman Carl Rosenthal Earl Rosenthal, in loving memory of our beloved grandparents. Linda & Chuck Field

Max Gimpel Father of Al Gimpel Helene Plager Mother of Mari Moskowitz

Elaine Waitz Mother of David Waitz

Congratulations upon Engagement: Marla & Ken Brandt upon the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Brandt to Corey Lasky

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RABBI LIFSHITZ DISCRETIONARY FUND IN HONOR OF: Cathy Feiger upon her special birthday. Gail & Andrew Brown UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Tessie Kaufman Pam & Howard Kaufman

PRAYER BOOK FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Muriel Epstein, our beloved “Sweetpea”. Ann & Mitch Lerman and Family Sherry Gerber Gail Gerber, Eric, Robin & Elyse Yegelwel Gary Lerman Ann & Mitch Lerman and Family



SPEEDY RECOVERY WISHES: Ken Goldstein Rita & Sid Mathias

IN MEMORY OF: Elaine Waitz, beloved mother of David & Susie Waitz. Gayle & Rick Pervos

IN HONOR OF: Cathy Feiger upon her special birthday. Rona Wolf

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Sonia Copelovitz Consuelo Frost

IN MEMORY OF: Elaine Waitz, beloved mother of David & Susie Waitz and family. Rita & Sid Mathias


UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Robert Block Marla & Bruce Horwitz

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Carl Unger Jacki Unger

Richard “Bud” Welch, our beloved and deeply missed uncle. The Brandt Family


Sidney Simons, in memory of our beloved father and papa. Aileen & Steve Simons

IN HONOR OF: Allen Harris upon his promotion. Jean & Ron Friedman

JUDY WALCER MEMORIAL FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Milton Ruttenberg. beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. Marlene & Arthur Greenberg Morris Walcer Chuck Walcer

BEN SAYPOL MEMORIAL FUND IN HONOR OF: Gail Gerber & Eric Yegelwel upon the engagement of their daughter, Robin Yegelwel to Aaron Benjamin Simon Amsberry. Ann & Mitch Lerman and Family UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Norma Gordon, beloved mother and grandmother. Cheryl, Stuart, Ariel & Jonathan Kersky

INCLUSION FUND YOUTH FUND IN APPRECIATION OF: Brad Finkel & Amy Gluck for their leadership at the Inclusion Committee’s visioning meeting. Renee Klass and the Inclusion Committee

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Sandra Levinson, in loving memory. The Levinson & Leiter Families

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Charlotte Hannah Plaut, in memory of my beloved mother. Susan Adleman

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

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

Candle Lighting Times

Worship Schedule

Candle Lighting time is calculated for 18 minutes

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

March 1 ....................................................... 5:24 p.m. March 8 …................................................... 5:32 p.m. March 15 ……............................................. 6:41 p.m.

March 22 ...................................................... 6:49 p.m Weekday Morning Minyan: March 29 ...................................................... 6:56 p.m. 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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