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Yom HaShoah Community program May 1, 2019 at Beth Judea

Counting the Omer: days 11-41 Lag B’Omer- day 33 (May 23)

Israel “Memorial Day” May 8, 2019

Yom HaAtzmaut Israel Independence Day May 9, 2019

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


FROM THE RABBI From Passover to Shavu’ot: A Prayer for Personal and Communal Growth Loving God, we have fulfilled the commandments of Passover and emotionally and spiritually journeyed from slavery to freedom. But in many ways, our journey to freedom is just beginning and cannot be viewed as finite or as an event that is fixed in time. Our journey to freedom is a process that must begin with ourselves and then transcend our lives to the greater world. And just as we must be disciplined to improve our lives, we must be committed to making the world a better place, too. There is tremendous suffering in our world;

this process and change the course of history for others, too. History must be shaped and molded by our actions, not by our inactions or intentions.

As we journey from Passover to Shavuot and recall the teachings of the Sages and martyrs throughout time, we must find more strength and increased inspiration to break through all barriers RABBI and embrace the other – no matter MORRIS ZIMBALIST where the other might be. Over the past few months we have prayed for and stood side-by-side with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and with the Muslim community in New Zealand. Today, we pray for and stand together with the whether it manifests itself through natural Christian community in Sri Lanka as we reaffirm disasters, civil wars, gun violence, domestic our commitment to end senseless hatred and violence, disparities in resources, or sickness; violence. We pray that racism, anti-Semitism and or whether it is in our cities and country or in Islamophobia come to an end, and we are united cities and countries far away; or whether it is with our brothers and sisters of all faiths in the found within specific races, cultures or creeds; commitment that no one, and no community, there is too much suffering in our world and it should ever feel that they are alone. We stand affects us all. Yet there are days when we together! choose to look the other way, close our eyes, change the channel, and pretend the problems God of compassion, strength and forgiveness, in our world do not exist. Sometimes we try to help us to help those in need. You have convince ourselves that the problems in our empowered us to protect all of your people world aren’t our problems, too. And as a irrespective of color of skin, sexual orientation, result, we underestimate our personal ability to religion, political beliefs, profession or wealth. make the world a better, more tolerant and Give us the insight and wisdom to help others loving place. overcome the difficulties in their lives, to see past the darkness and to remove all obstacles that Over Passover, we were fearless in our may be before them, so that all people may live journey from slavery to freedom. So why, with with the same dignity and freedom that you have the taste of freedom on our lips and our spirits granted to us this day. And with each passing lifted well into the process, why not continue day, may we understand more and more our the journey? The Sage Hillel taught, “If not sacred responsibilities to love each other, to now, when?” What are we afraid of? On appreciate each other, to care about things Passover, with God’s help and a community greater than ourselves, and to sanctify this holy united in purpose, we witnessed a dramatic time together. Amen. shift in society that changed our course of history for the Jewish people. We can continue

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Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 8:00 PM Vice Presidents’ Reports Budget Approval Election of Officers and Board Please join us for Minyan at 7:30 PM In This Issue Rabbi’s Reflections ANNUAL MEETING Calendar CBJ Mission Statement Special Announcements Hesed Committee Training President’s Message /Annual Mtg. Yom HaShoah Focus on Families Yount Adult Program (Age 21-40) Upcoming Events B’Nei Mitzvah Bios Ways & Means New Advertising Opportunity Youth Religious Education Adult Education The Word – May 2019

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Yom HaShoah Community Service (at Beth Judea)

Social Action May 5

Clean Up Ela Marsh

Israel Committee SPECIAL EVENTS May 5 May 19 May 29

Help Beautify CBJ’s Garden End of School Bash CBJ ANNUAL MEETING

May 16

Israel Committee Speaker

Sisterhood May 19

Men’s Club

Special Shabbatot May 10 May 31

Young Adult Shabbat USY Shabbat & Summer Send Off

Sisterhood Elections

May 15

Tap the Torah

Religious School May 19

2nd Grade Graduation

Community Events Youth May 7

Yom Hazikaron Celebration (in Wilmette)

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUTH View our calendar online at

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

Click Here for Full List of Classes for May 2019

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Meetings Please check website PHOTOS IN THIS EDITION SISTERHOOD SEDER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers May 3, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month ofMay will be recognized at our service on May 3rd. Our worship will begin at 7:30 p.m. Children of every age are welcome!


Important Dates and Notices IMPORTANT DATES IN JEWISH HISTORY MAY 1, 2019 MAY 2, 2019 MAY 8, 2019 MAY 9, 2019 MAY 23, 2019



MAY EVENTS May 1 May 1 May 5 May 5 May 5 May 7 May 7 May 10 May 11 May 15 May 16 May 16 May 18 May 19 May 19 May 19 May 19 May 29 May 31

Light Yom Ha Shoah Candles in the evening Yom Ha Shoah Community Service at Beth Judea Help Beautify CBJ Garden Clean Up Ela Marsh Young Family Program Yom Hazikaron Celebration (in Wilmette) Tasting Tradition Class Begins Young Adult Shabbat Interfaith Stamp Out Hunger Tap the Torah Debunked: Yom Kippur Israel Committee Speaker Men’s Club at Lieberman 2nd Grade Graduation End of School Bash Sisterhood Elections MT Nesters Program CBJ Annual Meeting USY Shabbat & Summer Send-Off


JUNE EVENTS June 2 June 5 June 22 June 23 June 29

Israel 71st Anniversary Sisterhood Dinner Men’s Club at Lieberman Men’s Club Dinner & Poker Tournament Awards & Installation during Shabbat Service

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

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



Help Us Beautify Beth Judea’s Gardens Sunday, May 5th 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. On Sunday, May 5th from 10 am until noon we will be cleaning up the garden beds, weeding, pruning, and planting flowers in planters and garden beds. Please bring your gardening gloves and gardening tools if you have them. Donations of annual and perennial flowering plants (for both sun and shade) are welcome, as well as yard waste bags. If you are able to join us please contact Lisa Neiman at by May 3rd. If you are donating plants please let us know so we don't have duplicates. No gardening experience necessary and all are welcome!

MINYAN TIMES All morning minyanim will begin at 7:30 a.m. Our evening minyan will continue at 7:30 p.m. I hope you will support our daily minyanim as often as possible.

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HESED COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT We are pleased to announce that the Bikur Cholim and Helping Hands committees are being combined to create a new Hesed Committee for the benefit of our congregants. Our goal is to support congregants at times of need. The committee is comprised of six subcommittees, which are the following:

 Should you give permission to clergy or the office staff, members of our committee will telephone you during an illness and if you wish, visit you at home or in the hospital.  Members will be available to sit in your house to provide security and accept deliveries while your family and friends attend the funeral of a loved one; we will not be able to set up the kitchen.  When possible, we will assist you by driving you to doctor’s appointments, religious services or programs, or on errands.  We will call you at the end of the 30-day shloshim, or mourning period, to check in during your bereavement.  Committee members are available to lead shiva minyans or to attend shiva should you need help forming the minyan. Should you wish any assistance from the committee, please contact one of our co-chairs: Marilyn Green-Rebnord (847-8217740) or Evan Rumack (847-253-4130). We can also be reached through our clergy or synagogue office staff. If you are interested in becoming a member of the committee, we will have a training conducted by Rabbi Zimbalist. A date will be announced shortly. Please volunteer to help your fellow congregants. 7

President’s Message I hope everyone had a meaningful Passover holiday. Refuah shlema to Hazzan Gil Ezring for a complete and speedy recovery.


Please join me at the Congregation Beth Judea Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 8:00 pm in the Robbins Sanctuary. The annual meeting is an opportunity to meet your new leaders, learn about our overall financial condition, have your concerns addressed, and better understand our vision of the future. The nominating committee has presented the following slate of officers and directors to fill the vacant and/or expiring positions. The Board of Directors approved this slate at its March 21, 2019 meeting. Elections will take place during the annual meeting.

2019/2020 SLATE OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS Officers President Executive VP Education VP Facilities VP Finance VP Membership VP Planned Giving VP Programming VP Ritual VP Secretary Social Action/Israel Affairs VP Ways and Means VP Youth VP Immediate Past President

Dana Goldstein Herb Finn Natalie Solomon Staci Levy Dave Rebnord Arnie Goldberg Rebecca Schlichting Diane Ganden Arnie Bender Daniel Landau Cathy Feiger Brian Gurin Ken Redfern Sidney Mathias

Directors Two-year term from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021 Larry Bender

Phil Samuels

Carrie Shultz

Three-year term July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022 Dana Arndt Debbie K. Dubin

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Adam Barshefsky Rachel Jordan

Bruce Darin Michael Movitz


President’s Message The constitution states: Any member in good standing may also run independently for a position. You must submit a petition bearing the signatures of not less than ten General Members in good standing, to the President or Secretary, no later than May 14, 2019. At the Annual Meeting, we will also be approving the 2019/2020 synagogue budget and seeking approval of amendments to our CBJ Constitution. The Constitution Review Committee is recommending amendments and revisions to our CBJ Constitution. The entire Constitution as amended can be found here. A redline of proposed changes may be found here. In the redline, proposed additions are underlined and proposed deletions are struck-through. We will have an opportunity for full discussion and questions concerning the proposed changes during the Annual Meeting, but the proposed changes will be addressed in nine motions as follows: ▪ Motion 1 - Articles 18 and 20 ▪ Motion 2 - Section 3.2(a) ▪ Motion 3 - Section 3.2(c) ▪ Motion 4 - Section 3.2(d) ▪ Motion 5 - Sections 4.4 and 9.4 ▪ Motion 6 - Sections 6.6 and 7.5 ▪ Motion 7 - Sections 6.10 and 8.5 ▪ Motion 8 - Section 8.4 ▪ Motion 9 - Everything Else A summary of each motion and the associated proposed changes can be found here. Should you have any questions before the meeting, please feel free to contact Herb Finn, who chairs the Constitution Review Committee, at Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all on May 29th. Please - join us for the Annual Meeting. Your presence is important. Your Board has many responsibilities in respect to guiding the direction of Congregation Beth Judea. You have the privilege and responsibility of voting at the Annual Meeting. We want and need your input!! L'Shalom Sidney Mathias President

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Yom HaShoah

MEN’S CLUB Community Yom HaShoah Service Holocaust Remembrance Day

YOM HASHOAH CANDLES To the Beth Judea Community,


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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 7:00 pm Featured Speaker: Magda Brown Magda Brown is a Holocaust survivor and is on a mission to share her story with as many people as she can. Magda (Perlstein) Brown was born June 11, 1927, in Miskolc, Hungary. She grew up in a safe, loving home and enjoyed a normal childhood. At the time, Hungarian Jewry as a whole lived in comparative personal and physical safety. Then, on Magda’s 17th birthday — she and her family were crowded onto a railroad box car with 80 other people. Each transport held thousands of people, including children and the elderly. They traveled for three days without food, water or any idea where they were being sent. The final destination was the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. After arriving, Magda was separated from her mother, father, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. It was the last time she saw them — they were sent directly into the gas chambers

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

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Social Action

HELP US BEAUTIFY BETH JUDEA’S GARDENS Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M. Dear Congregants, On Sunday, May 5th from 10 am until noon we will be cleaning up the garden beds, weeding, pruning, and planting flowers in planters and garden beds. Please bring your gardening gloves and gardening tools if you have them. Donations of annual and perennial flowering plants (for both sun and shade) are welcome, as well as yard waste bags. If you are able to join us please contact Lisa Neiman at by May 3rd. If you are donating plants please let us know so we don't have duplicates. No gardening experience necessary and all are welcome!

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HELP CLEAN UP CUBA MARSH/ELA PRAIRIE PRESERVE!!! DATE: Sunday, May 5, 2019 TIME: 1:00 P.M - 3:00 P.M. WHERE: Cuba Marsh/Ela Prairie - 24205 W. Cuba Rd. Barrington, Il 60010. We will meet at the main parking lot for Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve. (see map attached to flyer). DETAILS: Weather permitting we will be likely feeding a burn pile therefore please wear long sleeve shirts, warm old clothes, sturdy shoes and leather or work gloves if you have them and water to drink. Sponsored by Beth Judea’s Social Action Committee RSVP: Lisa Neiman at or (847) 634-0777.

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B’nei Mitzvah Bios Zachary Aaron Shultz will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.


Thursday May 16, 2019 8:00 pm at Congregation Beth Judea (Hilltop & Route 83), Long Grove OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY

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

Zach is a 7th grader at Aptakisic Junior High, in Buffalo Grove. When not in school, you will most likely find him in the midst of many online battles with his friends from school, where he has spent countless hours over the years doing what he loves most, chatting with his friends and being sarcastic and silly. Zach's mitzvah project was to gather doggie toys, food, and supplies and donate them to local shelters in the Chicagoland local community and to volunteer time at each, understanding both the impact of the organization and his efforts. He has also purchased the Bima Basket contents with his own savings, to create Bima Baskets with school supplies he can donate to local food pantry banks, as well. Zach is an avid baseball player and tackle football player. His nickname is "ZSIII," and his coaches have long joked that they have never met another player with such lack of regard for his own personal safety. He approaches playing both sports with the same intensity and focus as he does his life — with his whole heart. Zach, his parents Carrie and Mike, and his brother Eli, are appreciative of the guidance of Rabbi Zimbalist and Hazzan Ezring and are particularly thankful to his tutor, Kim Abern, who has made the overall Bar Mitzvah preparation experience so meaningful, special, and fun for his entire family.

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B’nei Mitzvah Bios Brooke Anne Arndt will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Brooke is a seventh-grade student at Hawthorn Middle School South in Vernon Hills. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, dancing, gymnastics, and being on the school's Cheerleading team and Cheering with Ice. Brooke's mitzvah project, she will be collecting school supplies for students in Waukegan. Brooke would like to encourage friends, family, and congregants to contribute to those students who are less fortunate. Donations can be brought to the synagogue and dropped off in the donation box in the school office May 1st through May 23rd. Brooke is grateful for the friends she has made in middle school and Hebrew school. Brooke is thankful on this special day for her parents Dana and Jake and her brother Jacob and for all their love and support. Her proud grandparents Marlene and Jerry Gothelf will be sharing in the celebration as well as her many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will be coming from near and far to help celebrate. Brooke would like to thank Rabbi Zimbalist, Hazzan Ezring, Anna Besser, and all her Hebrew school teachers for all of their support, guidance, and encouragement. A special thank you to Kim Abern for her tutoring and mentoring, which prepared Brooke for this special day.

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

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Elizabeth Brooke Fine daughter of Melinda and Jeffrey Fine, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on June 1st, 2019. Sharing in her happiness are her brother, Jonathan, maternal grandmother Jean Berenson, paternal grandfather Cyron Fine, Aunt and Uncle Sharon and RJ Thibodeau from Texas, Aunt and Uncle Nancy and Steven Fine from North Carolina, Aunt and Uncle Robin and Avrom Litton from Chicago, cousins Isabelle, Eli, Lexi, Samantha, and Josh. Elizabeth is a 7th grader at London Middle School, where she is a member of the soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track & field teams. Outside of school she loves soccer, volleyball, shopping, and hanging with her friends. Elizabeth splits her summer between Camp Apachi in Lake Zurich and Camp Chi in Wisconsin. For Elizabeth’s mitzvah project, she ran a 10k charity run called “RunForrestRun”, with proceeds going to the Gary Sinise Foundation. Elizabeth raised over $4,000 dollars, which will go to help wounded veterans, active military, and first responders with making their home lives better. In addition, Elizabeth helped to pack and deliver Passover baskets with Maot Chitim. Elizabeth and her family would like to thank Rabbi Zimbalist, Hazzan Ezring, and her tutor Natalie Gurin for their help in preparing her for this special day. A big thank you goes to Anna Besser and all the wonderful Hebrew school teachers at Beth Judea, who have taught her so much about Jewish culture over the years. Her parents and family are very proud of her on reaching this major milestone in her life.



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

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

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Shiva Baskets


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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

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Gift Cards SUPPORT BETH JUDEA BY PURCHASING GIFT CARDS Purchasing gift cards is one of the easiest ways to support Beth Judea.


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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


Youth WHAT’S UP IN THE WORLD OF OUR YOUTH??? Pesach, Elections, Party This past month we celebrated the holiday of Pesach – a time when we reflect back and imagine ourselves as though we participated in the Exodus from Egypt. It is this visioning that takes us to what we do in the synagogue every day. Participation in as many aspects of synagogue life is what allows YOU to be part of the CBJ family. Find your way to be part of the journey. Just as we are told to imagine that we were part of the journey so many years ago, today we do not have to imagine but can actually be part of the journey. Our CBJ community offers so much to be involved in. At this past month’s Spring Kinnus, our very own Maddie Brim, wrapped up her time as CHUSY President. She did so by hosting the largest attended Kinnus in 4 years. Thanks to her leadership and the strong work of the rest of the CHUSY Executive Board, including four more incredible BJUSY members; Samantha Brody, Jordyn Neiman, Elana Redfern, and Lauren Appel, CHUSY and BJUSY are both in strong positions moving forward. This coming month we have a ton to get involved in. Take a look at the highlights below. ★

May 2nd, BJUSY is taking a special trip to the Holocaust Museum to see the new Holographic Story Theatre

May 5th we are partnering with Focus on Families and offering babysitting during the young family Cinco De Mayo Cooking program.

May 7th we have our annual USY elections. Be sure to check out the email with all the candidate information

May 15th BJUSY is hosting the CHUSY Regional Lounge Night

May 19th we are partnering with the Hebrew School for an end of the year bash featuring a DJ, inflatable Gaga pit, dunk tank, BBQ, and more!

May 21st we continue with our third Tuesday’s at Starbucks.

We wrap up the year the week of the 27th with Installations and our Summer Sendoff Shabbat and BJUSY family Shabbat!

Be sure to check out all 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.


Religious Education

Anna Besser Education Director

Israel has been at the forefront of innovation for many years. Just recently we experienced the excitement of Israeli SpaceIL spacecraft, Beresheet, making it to the moon. While it wasn’t the dream ending we hoped for, Israel did make it to the moon. SpaceIL and Morris Kahn have announced the establishment of Beresheet 2, another attempt at a lunar landing. Morris Kahn’s message to the younger generation: “Even if you do not succeed, you get up again and try. ” While Kahn recruits a new group of donors, a newly appointed engineering team is already at work.

As Israel celebrates is 71st Birthday and continues to be at the forefront of innovation, let’s take a look at 11 Israeli innovations that have changed the world. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY SniffPhone – the device that can smell disease The SniffPhone is a diagnostic tool that can literally sniff out disease. Currently undergoing field trials, this project is an evolution of the ‘NaNose’ technology developed by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. NaNose is a breathalyzer that can detect the symptomatic odor caused by some cancerous tumors, Parkinson’s dementia, multiple sclerosis, and many more diseases to an 86% to 93% degree of accuracy. The SniffPhone aims to further simplify this diagnostic process by making the technology accessible via a plug-in that can be attached to smartphones. ReWalk – a battery-packed ‘exoskeleton’ ReWalk allows paraplegics to stand upright, walk, and even climb stairs. This exoskeleton-esque robot receives movement signals from a wristwatch and is powered by a backpack battery. PillCam – a swallowable medical camera Pillcam is a digestible, disposable camera that transmits data to a receiver outside the body. FDAapproved, the PillCam is now used across the globe to diagnose infection, intestinal disorders, and cancers in the digestive system. It’s also able to access areas of the digestive system that are typically out of range during a conventional procedure. The PillCam has revolutionized modern medicine by allowing patients to avoid visits to the hospital. The Flexible Stent – preventative medical tech Millions of people owe their lives to the flexible stent – a tube-shaped device used to open up arteries to treat coronary heart disease and blockages, preventing the need for open-heart surgery. Known in the medical world as the NIR stent or EluNIR™ it was developed by Medinol.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENTS Firewall – the original protection against malware The software that protects our data from dangerous cyber activity is one of the cornerstones of computer security. The biological parents of the firewall are widely accepted to be Gil Shwed, Marius Nacht, and Shlomo Kramer of Israel-based Check Point Software Technologies. The team developed the first ever fully viable commercial firewall in 1993, and since then, Check Point has expanded, opening subsidiaries overseas and partnering with major tech companies, including Nokia.

Religious Education ICQ – the first global instant messenger The so-called “original instant messenger” was none other than ICQ, a free-to-download app developed in 1996 by Israeli internet company Mirabilis. Though there were a few messenger services around in the 1990s, most were specialized, used for peer-to-peer communication in places like universities and businesses. Software developers Sefi Vigiser, Yair Goldfinger, Amnon Amir, and Arik Vardi teamed up with internet mogul Yossi Vardi (Arik’s father) to create a universal communication system. ICQ, a play on the English phrase “I seek you,” allowed Windows users to send each other messages in real time, and the convenient, centralized system quickly reached a widespread audience. Disk on Key – the world’s first USB drive An Israeli patent paved the way for one of the world’s most common everyday items – the portable USB memory drive. The technology itself is a marriage of two innovative prototypes: flash memory was developed by Toshiba in the 1980s, and just a decade before a coalition of industry leaders developed Universal Serial Bus – or USB – a standardized port used to connect devices. It wasn’t until 1999 that Israel-based company M-Systems filed a patent for the “USBbased PC flash disk”, opening the door for the development and production of the portable USB that we all know and love.

AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT Netafim – a desert-friendly irrigation system For decades, farmers in Israel struggled to grow crops in the country’s arid desert climate. In 1965, engineer Simcha Blass designed a pipe that would drip water on to crops, making it possible to grow them while using a limited amount of water - hence the birth of micro-irrigation. By 1967, Netafim – literally meaning ‘drops of water’ – had improved crop yields by 70% in the Arava desert in Israel, all while reducing water usage in the region by 5%. The technology has spread across the country, and across the globe. Watergen – drinking water produced from thin air It may sound far-fetched, but this start-up is producing clean drinking water out of thin air using nothing more than a portable generator. Watergen’s devices use patented GENius technology to extract humidity from the air – i.e. vaporized water that is present in the atmosphere everywhere from rainforests to desert climates like Israel’s. Watergen’s generators cool and liquidize the air vapor, producing up to four litres of water for every kilowatt-hour of electricity they use. The generators also include built-in filtration technology to account for air pollution and further treat the extracted water to ensure it is safe to consume. The life-saving device is already being used in disaster zones across the globe, including 2017’s Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. BioBee – harmless pest control BioBee is a multinational company that focuses on biological pest control. Perfecting its biotechnology since 1983 under the guidance of bug lover Akiva Falk, it aims to reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture, using the natural power of insects to make crops safer to eat and their habitat a more secure place to be. BioBee runs three projects simultaneously: breeding bumblebees for pollination in greenhouses, using ‘friendly insects’ like mites, wasps, and beetles to attack harmful pests, and reducing the number of harmful insects by genetically modifying their ability to reproduce.


Religious Education NAVIGATION AND ROAD SAFETY Mobileye – life-saving AI “Sensing the Future” is the mantra at Mobileye, an Israeli security company. The car technology was developed in 1999 by Amon Shashua who developed algorithms that would allow a tiny camera placed in cars to alert drivers of potential hazards, such as pedestrians or steering out of the lane. Today, more than 25 global automakers use Mobileye technology to make driving safer, and over 15 million vehicles worldwide are equipped with its technology. The number of lives it has saved is countless. Waze – a navigation device with a twist When Ehud Shabati first tried using a GPS, he was simultaneously delighted and disappointed. He made it from A to B, but his journey was hindered by traffic and roadworks. He looked into other GPS systems and realized they fell short in the same way: they couldn’t provide traffic information in real time. So, Shabati took matters into his own hands. The engineer mapped out his native Israel, first on his own and later with co-founders Uri Levine and Amir Shinar, aiming to make a community-based navigation device that provided road reports on the go. Soon, the engineers had built a community of thousands of drivers on Waze, using crowdsourcing to collect incident reports such as accidents and roadworks.

CBJ SCHOOL YEAR CBJ School Year It’s hard to believe how fast this school year has gone. As we bring a close to our school year, we need to thank our teachers who make every effort to reach each of our students on an individual level. Thank you to Yochi Eilian, June Fox, Sari Gluck, Eric Golberg, Stacy Groner, Ari Gorth, Natalie Gurin, Hannah Kahn, Lisa Ribot, Tammy Scheibe, Marc Sender, Shira Sender, Michele Sussman, Erica Veronie, Peggy Weiner and Debbie Weiss for the amazing work you do. They plan superb experiences so that our students can learn, appreciate and thrive in their Judaism. Our students are very well prepared to face the world as knowledgeable Jews. It is a pleasure to observe them in their studies and their informal gatherings.

May 2019 Event


Religious School Dalet BM Meeting 3 Religious School 7 (Aleph-Dalet Israel Prog) Heh Religious School: 13 (K-2 Israel Prog.)

9:00 am 11:00 am

Religious School Heh End of Year Program

4:15 pm 6:15 pm




4:15 pm 6:15 pm 9:00 am

Religious School: 2nd Grade Graduation LAST DAY

For the good year and the good ending of the year, the teachers join me in saying:

(SOF TOV HAKOL TOV) Thank you and see you next year. Have a safe and restful summer. Anna Besser


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


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

Tasty Traditions

Taught by Rabbi Zimbalist

Tuesday evenings 8:00 – 9:00 pm Dates: May 7 – May 21, 2019

Jewish tradition celebrates food from celebrations, to ritual mourning and throughout the holidays. In this series, we will explore food, cook together and literally “taste” our tradition .

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

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

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

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

Debunked: Yom Kippur Taught by Hazzan Ezring

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

Hebrew Boot Camp

Ulpan 2

Taught by Lee Goldberg

Taught by Lee Goldberg

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

Thursday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 pm Ongoing

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

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


Sisterhood It may be May, but sisterhood is still aglow with the fabulous Broadway Sisterhood Seder from last month. Sandy Englander and one of the best committees EVER put together an amazing evening. Who didn’t LOVE Sarah Goldenberg’s dramatic entrance as Pharoah while singing a parody of King George’s big number from Hamilton? The Broadway theme kept us all smiling and singing throughout the entire seder. If you missed this one, then you missed a Tony-award level event! Thank you to all involved!

We are very proud of our sisterhood for completing another year volunteering at the PADS shelter. The good work these ladies do does not go unnoticed. This is one of the best social action activities we do as an ongoing function. Hopefully, someday it will not be necessary anymore, but until then, we are on the job! Thank you so much to all the sisterhood women who volunteer at PADS. On Sunday, May 19th will be our Sisterhood elections and social program. Please come and join us at Beth Judea for this event. More information will follow. And a HUGE thank you to Heidi Sakol and her nominating committee for putting together the 2019-2020 slate of officers and directors. And thank you to all who have stepped up when called. You are what makes our sisterhood strong.

Sisterhood “Where every woman’s voice is heard”

Congregation Beth Judea Sisterhood Elections and Social Program

Sunday May 19, 2019 Held at Congregation Beth Judea

Enjoy spring!

more information to follow Rhonda Cohn & Sarah Goldenberg Co-Sisterhood Presidents Contact Information: Rhonda Cohn: Sarah Goldenberg:

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2019 Sisterhood’s Hollywood Seder


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 Both Jean and I hope that everyone had a very meaningful and fulfilling Pesach observance. Pesach has always been and remains one of my very favorite holidays. In spite of all the preparatory work involved and the traditional overeating that takes place, I look forward each year to having our seder tables filled with dear friends who help make the observance more significant. Perhaps our celebration next year will take place in Jerusalem! Before getting into coming Men’s Club events, I would be remiss if a Yasher Koach wasn’t extended to all who made the Men’s Club Shabbat such a success. A very special shout out on a job well done to Jerry Sakol who was responsible for organizing the service. To all the Torah, Haftorah, and Maftir readers, to Orin Rotman on his usual ruach filled Hallel, to Rob Lipka for his leading of Musaf, to the many others who had readings or prayers, to the Sisterhood for both their contribution to the Kiddush and their able assistance in the kitchen to prepare the delicious Kiddush - a very warm and heartfelt Thank you! Coincidental with the May 1 publication date of this month’s WORD, the Community Yom HaShoah observance is being held at Beth Judea at 7 PM and features Magda Brown, a Holocaust survivor as a guest speaker. That same night is when the Yom HaShoah candles that were delivered to you courtesy of the Men’s Club should be lit. And that’s a perfect segue to allow me to thank all the wonderful volunteers who delivered those candles. That list includes Al Gimpel, Sandy Ramras, Jerry Sakol, Marty Rockwell, Harold Cohen, Marty Krawitz, Louis Rabin, Susan Adleman, Allen Harris, Daniel Landau, Sandy Victor, Norm Kurtz, Barry Bikshorn, Zak Pesin, Eric Yegelwel, Evan Rumack, and Rob Lipka. Thank you all again for a job well done!

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Now, to coming events in May that admittedly has a very light schedule. • On May 18, CBJ’s Men’s Club will again be assisting residents at the Lieberman Center in Skokie attend Shabbat Services. If you’re interested in participating in this unique and fulfilling mitzvah, please contact Sandy Ramras at • On May 15, Orin Rotman will again present Tap the Torah (download flyer) at Continental Restaurant. This session’s topic is “Does this Make Sense, Some Talmud Mysteries.” Looking ahead in the schedule a little, our Men’s Club has resurrected the ever-popular Poker Tournament that will be held on June 23. Planning for this event has already started, but it’s not too late to lend a hand; so if you’re interested please contact Fred Rabinowitz at (download flyer). And finally, a reminder that registration is open for the FJMC Convention being held in Toronto from July 3-7. (click here for more information and to register). The Midwest Region of FJMC, of which we are a part, is aiming to have one of the biggest delegations at this year’s convocation so please make sure you don’t forget to register for this great event. If you have any questions about what goes on at one of these events, be sure to ask me or any number of current Men’s Club officers who will be happy to fill you in. These conventions are really transformative and anyone who attends will treasure the experience for many years.

Ron Friedman, BJMC President


Men’s Club MARCH MEN’S CLUB SPOTLIGHT MEMBER: GARY MALKIN This month’s Men’s Club spotlight is focused on Gary Malkin. Gary and his wife Lisa have been married 27 years, have one daughter in her college junior year and the other daughter is a high school junior. The Malkins have lived in Buffalo Grove 27 years and been members of CBJ for 26 years. Gary is an IT professional whose focus has been the insurance industry for 20 years, and he currently manages Project Managers at Allstate Insurance. Gary is a past Men’s Club President and after serving in that role, he served on CBJ’s Board of Directors for three years.

Ron Friedman Men’s Club President

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: American Friends of Magen David Adom We thank all those who have contributed to the tzedakah fund administered by Men's Club.


Schedule & Flyers:

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May 15

Tap the Torah

May 18

Men’s Club at Lieberman

June 23

Poker Tournament & Dinner

July 3-7

FJMC Convention (in Toronto)


Community Events

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INTERFAITH COUNCIL News from the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council by Joanne Dicker, President I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with blessings of family and friends. Thank you to all who participated in Knock your socks off! Our homeless population is in desperate need of socks and was thankful for all that our congregations collected. Stamp out Hunger is coming soon! On May 11, 2019, the Interfaith Council’s food pantries will be the recipients of the Post Office’s program to collect non-perishable food items. You can help 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. (See attached flier) Our other scheduled programs are: 1.

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.


Mission trip to East St. Louis: July 17-21, 2019: We will be joining other volunteers to rehabilitate buildings for use in a program to support former prison inmates transitioning back into society. 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 is 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. Joanne Dicker, President 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 Marilyn Green-Rebnord 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.

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MAY BIRTHDAYS We wish a very Happy Birthday to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: Lisa Kaufman Craig Minnick Barbara Silver Rebecca Zeidman

May 15

Barbara Levenstein Sandra Zussman

May 16

Nancy Manewith

May 2

Debra Dubin Herbert Finn Aleksey Neiman

May 18

Marla Feld Heather Melnick Kimberly Shapiro Sharon Weiner

May 3

Scott Fishman Heidi Kramer Susan Sheft

May 19

Scott Eisner Orin Rotman

May 20

Kim Neiman Leslie Peck Steven Turofsky

May 21

Deborah Kovich Robert Ragland Tammy Scheibe

May 22

Aaron Hershinow Erica Krugel Anita Nemoy Michael Schrage

May 1

May 4

Michael Kaplan Andrew Marcus

May 5

Matthew Kudlowitz Nicole Overbey Sandy Stelzer Rona Wolf

May 6

Renee Klass Lillian Landau Sherri Lieberman Michael Movitz Judd Sackheim

May 23 May 7

Debbie Chorpash Ross Gluck Marc Posner Scott Reinglass Howard Sussman Harriet Zablen

Jay Levin Alan Ratskoff Cheryl Sturt

May 26

Gerald Brin Michael Brown Fred Goldman Jerry Patt

Joanne Dicker Joseph Kesner Roenan Patt

May 27

Gayle Brim

May 28

Jimena Goldstine

May 29

Stacy Groner William London Renee Segal Amanda Shulman

May 30

Trudy Balogh Aaron Becker Phyllis Faber Jodi Levit

May 31

Chuck Orloff Jon Soble Nancy Watts

May 8

May 9

Neil Greenhill Philip Wein

May 10

Steven Greenberg Yigal Greener Mark Zolno

May 11

Charles Braverman Robin Fingerhut Manny Ribot Howard Spiegel

May 12

Joel Yashinsky

May 13

Jennifer Ban

May 14

Adam Barshefsky Susan Eisenberg Richard Krieberg Deborah Mills

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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.


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

May 1

Jennifer & Michael Brown Jodi & Steven Levit

May 2

Jackie & Fred Strauss

May 6

Leslie & Steven Peck

May 9

Bonnie & Aaron Becker Deborah & Scott Fishman Hillary & Michael Savitt

May 12

Lillia & Jonn Osadzinski

May 16

Lorne & Julie Cohen

May 20

Lisa & Manny Ribot

May 22

Betsy & Randy Haberman Michelle & David Reinstein

May 23

Tara & Bradley Arnold Janice & Craig Minnick Barbra & Barry Stark

May 24

Kimberly & Joseph Kesner

May 25

Karen & Mark Charman Nicole & David Colen Judy & Steven Greenberg Jennifer & Christopher Ryan Karen & Philip Nagel

May 26

Anna & Michael Besser Kristy & Joel Yashinsky Roberta & Andrew Zarchy

May 27

Bonnie & Steve Fischoff

May 28

Joni & Michael Altman Peggy & Michael Kaplan Sandra & Andrew Levitt Jennifer Sheridan & Jeff Pearl Jennifer & Brandt Rosen Audrey & Roger Weisberg

May 29

Eve & Steven Appelbaum Devida & Charles Braverman Brittany & Alan Rosenbloom Eileen & Alan Spiegel

May 30

Kim & Andrew Bauman Sharon & Allen Harris

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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William Barston* Mary Berman* Marcella Edelberg* Janice Fox Sharon Renee Horowitz David Kaufman Irving Markowitz* Arnold Moskowitz Thelma Schwartz* Samuel Weiner

Hylda Ida Bauer* Oscar R. Berman* Bernice Elman Larry Fox* Betty Isaacson Estee Lauder Rose Meskin* Anna Offstein* Bob Spitz Kathryn Weisbard

Jerrold Belonsky Shirley Dicker Aaron Fox* Ruth Groner* Goldie Jacobs* Mike Margolis Esther Meyer Philip Pinckus* Ruth Steres* Phillip Zeidman

May 10

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

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

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

May 17

Harry Bauer Marc Chappe Jake Cohen Martha Forman Goldie Graff* Lisa Jacobs Max Kriegler Merrill Litwin Walter Mendelsohn Ricki Reznick* Tamara Shub Beatrice Wollheim

Anna Brody* Norman Chorpash Merrill Cohen Jenny Gardberg* Harold Hennes Nancy Joy Karlin Richard Krivitzky* Benjamin Margules Sol Pinsker Marsha Rosen* Raymond Weinberger Rami Yarkoni

Harry J. Caplan* Baruch Cohen Malva Dobrikin* Janice Gottlieb* Ione Ilvenne Harry Kintz* Carol Joy Lazar* Harry Markowitz Clara Ramras Gertrude Savetsky Sam Wolf*

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

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

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

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

May 31

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

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

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

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

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Joseph Albun* Martin Berenson* Muriel Brown* Philip Goldberg Henry Graff* Eva Hershinow Johnson* Brenda Levitt* Irma Reicher* Belle Rubenstein* Earl H. Segal Sam Shapiro Al Wolf*

Rose Babbitt Riley Grace Bernstein Howard Coady* Edward Gordon Abe Greenberg Peretz Katz* Leonard Powell* Sam Remer* Joseph Sabol Ethel Serbin* Sarah Simons*

Ralph Barnett Arthur Bloom Charles Drobny* Morris Goroff* Meyer Herman* Bonnie Kaufman* Joseph Raab Betty Robbin Shel Schuster Arthur Seres Sol Weiss

June 14

Shelley F. Bregman* Sol Chubin Max Greenhill Andrea Israel* Irving Katz* Jerry Lipson* June Mattson Harvey Peck* Nelson Rafal Donald Siegel* Edward Stolman Harvey Weisberg*

Walter Brin* Charles Davis* Robert Halperin* Harry Johnson Alex Kaufman* Francine Malkin* Sheldon Mills Esther Petrynek* Racquel Kelly Resnick* Sabrina Siegel* Henry Strauss

Maurice Chorney* William Goldstein Fannie Herman* Milton Kane Tilly Kohl Ernest Mathias* Ruth Moline* Julius Polansky Donald Sherman* Regina Siegellak Roman Stupel

June 21

Jacob Abelson* Israel “Izzy” Goldwasser* William Kamerling* Rosalyn Levin* Denise Posner* Jane Rosenberg Burton Taub Bernard Yegelwel*

Robyn Anders* Rachel Hirshman* Edna Krassek* Morris Linderman* Lorraine Ramras Eric Schweitzer Scott Taxer Dolly Zucker

Bea Bauer* Janice Jacobson* Pauline Krivitzky* Alan Medansky David Rosenbaum* Raymond Simons* William Travis*

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

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Marvin Adleman Hyman Brody* Bessie Deicher Saul Fagan Randy B. Goldberg Evelyn Hortick Pearl E. Kahalnik* Betty Lazar* Jacob Magill Max Rosen* Marc Schwartz Lewis Spivak* Lynn Zacherl*

Abe Bangelsdorf* Betty Chorpash Judith Drobner Jerome Feldman Osna Goldstein Gertrude Horwitz* Harry Kamen* Steven Levy Sid Pollans Charlotte Ruttenberg Mollie Siegel* Solomon Springer*

Adrienne Bauman Bernice Cohen* Estelle Eisenberg Aileen Gold* David Gordon* Kay Jaffe* Arnold Klass* Victor Lichtenstein* Morris Rich Bertha Sabol Janis Siegellak Nathan Stoller*

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

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Condolences Upon the Death of: Lorraine Berkowitz Mother of Steven Berkowitz Rita Royeck Sister of Martin Rockwell Aunt of Debbie Posner



IN HONOR OF: Denise & Orin Rotman upon the birth of their grandson, Max Parker Rotman Gayle & Richard Pervos

SPEEDY RECOVERY WISHES: Hazzan Ezring, hoping for a speedy recovery. Helen & Gerald Brin Sue & Aaron Hershinow Joan & Lew Smith Rhonda & Jeff Wener

Rabbi Zimbalist , best wishes for a healthy and happy birthday. Renee & Michael Klass and Family Rita & Sid Mathias RABBI LIFSHITZ DISCRETIONARY FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: David Kaufman Howard Kaufman Sol Pinsker, beloved father and grandfather. Miriam Spickard

Congratulations upon Birth: Rhonda & Ed Newman upon the birth of their granddaughter, Evelyn Rose Taggart Sarajane & Chuck Orloff upon the birth of their granddaughter, Charlotte Mae Orloff Gayle & Rick Pervos upon the birth of their grandson, Jordan Harrison Bregman Susan & Fred Rabinowitz upon the birth of their granddaughter, Tatum Liv Rabinowitz Denise & Orin Rotman upon the birth of their grandson, Max Parker Rotman

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CANTOR WEISBERG DISCRETIONARY FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Carl Freedman, beloved father and grandfather. Lynn & Art Freedman Irving Markowitz Hadrian & Randy Markowitz Sylvia Rosen, beloved mother and grandmother. Lynn & Art Freedman Anne Soll Roberta & Bill Uhler

GENERAL FUND IN APPRECIATION OF: Congregation Beth Judea congregants for the Schlach Manot bag. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in making Purim meaningful. Rona Wolf IN MEMORY OF: Richard Drazner, beloved husband and father of Melissa Drazner & Family. Gail Gerber & Eric Yegelwel Rita Royeck, beloved sister of Martin & Sandra Rockwell and beloved aunt of Debbie & Marc Posner. Rita & Sid Mathias UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Lenore Gluskin, beloved mother and grandmother. Jeffrey & Ellen Gluskin and Family Diane Goldstein, beloved mother and grandmother. Dana, Ken, Allison & Sari Goldstein Jerry Kaplan, beloved father and grandfather. Dana, Ken, Allison & Sari Goldstein Gary Korn Ruby Korn

TRIBUTES PRAYER BOOK FUND IN MEMORY OF: Elaine Waitz, beloved mother of David & Susie Waitz. Ann & Mitch Lerman UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Howard Epstein, beloved father and grandfather. Ann & Mitch Lerman and Family Alex Lerman, beloved father and grandfather. Ann & Mitch Lerman and Family


MEN’S CLUB FUND IN HONOR OF: Denise & Orin Rotman upon the birth of their grandson, Max Parker Rotman The Charman Family Marcie, Alan & Ross Marcus UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Burton Fischman Rhoda Fischman

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Jenny Gardberg, beloved mother. Rita & Glen Gardberg Rochelle Lerner, beloved mother and grandmother. Jeffrey & Ellen Gluskin and Family

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IN APPRECIATION OF: Congregation Beth Judea’s Sisterhood for a beautiful seder. Kim & Skip Mann Jean Friedman for her wonderful hospitality during our dinner with the clergy. Beth Judea’s Men’s Club

Mildred Levinson Alfred Levinson KIDDUSH FUND Milton Levinson Alfred Levinson and Family and Leiter Family INCLUSION FUND

IN MEMORY OF: Rita Royeck, beloved sister of Martin & Sandra Rockwell and beloved aunt of Debbie & Marc Posner. Jean & Ron Friedman


IN MEMORY OF: Richard Drazner, beloved husband and father of Melissa Drazner & Family. Renee & Michael Klass and Family


IN HONOR OF: Elliott Drazin becoming a Bar Mitzvah, all of his wonderful family members reading Torah, and his beautiful chanting of quite a lengthy Haftarah. Bobbie & Floyd Babbitt

SPEEDY RECOVERY WISHES TO: Hazzan Ezring Janet & Myron Reicher


IN MEMORY OF: Richard Drazner, beloved husband and father of Melissa Drazner & Family. Marsha & Chuck Bernstein Francine & David Ephraim Beth & Mitch Polonsky Susan Rizman & Family Adam Simon


TRIBUTES JERRY BERENSON MEMORIAL FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Fannie Kaner, beloved mother and grandmother. Carol & Sheldon Kaner and Family

JUDY WALCER MEMORIAL FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Barbara Greenberg Morley, beloved sister and aunt. Marlene & Arthur Greenberg

ETHAN LEVITAN MEMORAL FUND IN MEMORY OF: Ethan Levitan, remembering him on his birthday. Marla & Ken Levitan and Family Kenneth Fried

BEN SAYPOL MEMORIAL FUND IN HONOR OF: Sarajane & Chuck Orloff upon the birth of their granddaughter, Charlotte Mae Orloff. Marlene & Stacy Sachs IN MEMORY OF: Richard Drazner, beloved husband and father of Melissa Drazner & Family. Marlene & Stacy Sachs UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Barbara Sachs, beloved mother and grandmother. Marlene & Stacy Sachs Irving Sachs, beloved father and grandfather. Marlene & Stacy Sachs

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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. Weekday Morning Minyan: Sunday .................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday ........................................ 7:30 a.m.

May 3 .......................................................... 7:35 p.m. May 10 ….................................................... 7:43 p.m. May 17 ….................................................... 7:50 p.m. May 24 ….................................................... 7:57 p.m. May 31 ….................................................... 8:03 p.m.

Weekday Evening Minyan: Monday through Thursday .................................... 7:30 p.m.

The Blessing For Lighting The Candles On Shabbat is Bo-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Melech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-tav Vi-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Shabbat.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has hallowed us through His Commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of the holy Sabbath.

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The Word - May 2019  

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The Word - May 2019  

Congregation Beth Judea