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FROM THE RABBI MEANINGFUL GREETINGS In Chasidic tradition, one’s relationship As we enter the High Holiday season, with God is depicted as God being the many of us greet each other and stronghold of our lives, and each one of receive the greeting from others of us is tied to God by a rope. Through “Shanah Tovah – A Happy New Year.” our errors and transgressions, we While we hope and pray that these inevitably cause our rope to splinter words bring us good health and much and break. Without change, our happiness in the year to come, they spiritual lives would be lost. But the also imply that we should all make RABBI Almighty does not forget us; rather, good, positive changes in our lives for MORRIS ZIMBALIST God examines all of our deeds, the year ahead. The root letters of the witnesses our regret and remorse for Hebrew word shanah, which we our shortcomings, and most translate as the noun “year,” are shin-. importantly, God forgives us. That Divine nun-heh – the same letters that are the root of forgiveness allows for tikkun – repair –of the rope the verb l’shanot, which means “to change.” with which we cleave to God. And although we By incorporating both meanings into our are forgiven, things are not the same. We have traditional High Holiday greeting, we really challenged ourselves to recognize our faults. We wish each other all the best for a year filled have made mistakes and learned from them. We with positive change – for ourselves, our have expressed remorse and regret and families, our community and the world. committed ourselves to becoming better people. The notion of change in our lives is often Through this personal tikkun of ourselves and our unsettling. We are creatures of habit and lives, God repairs our Divine rope by tying a knot quickly fall into routines and patterns of living between the two severed ends. This knot is a that we find comfortable. And even though we change from our original rope and results in the may know that we have the potential to live shortening of its overall length – a result that better lives and to become better people, we brings us closer to G-d, and a result that creates are afraid of journeying outside of our comfort the potential to bring us closer to each other, zones. We acquiesce to our lethargy and closer to our families, and closer to our ambivalence, and we convince ourselves that community. maintaining the status quo and keeping all things copasetic is our best option for happiness. Finding the strength to embrace May 5779 be a wonderful Shanah Tovah for us all the potential for positive change in our lives is – a year of goodness, positive change, health, a significant challenge that we all face on the happiness and peace. High Holidays. Recognizing our flaws and seeking ways to better ourselves and repair relationships is difficult. Yet committing ourselves to this process holds the promise of Shanah Tovah, Rabbi Morris Zimbalist yielding tremendous positive results.

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NOTES FROM HAZZAN Old Traditions, New Meanings As we prepare for the Yamim This concept of “people before God” Nora'im, the Days of Awe, we even returns in the Torah. There are study the many ethical and moral three instances of the word “V’ahavta lessons which the High Holy days (You will love)” in the Torah. The third teach us. Every year, I make it a being V’ahavta et Adonai Eloheicha point to remind myself of one very (You will love the Lord, your God). The important lesson. I share and first instance says V’ahavta l’reiacha emphasize this concept with kamocha (You will love your neighbor HAZZAN students, friends, and colleagues. GIL EZRING as yourself). This is commanding us to We speak of Yom Kippur as a sad love the people around us. The people and serious day of begging God for forgiveness. While God's forgiveness is who are like us. The second instance teaches important, I believe that the main focus of V’ahavta lageir kamocha (You will love the the Yamim Nora'im lies on the sidelines! stranger as yourself). We are now taught that we must love both our neighbors (those like us) The Talmud even teaches us that Yom and the stranger (those who are different from Kippur should be one of the two happiest us). This order keeps within it a hidden lesson. days of the year. Why? Because we have One that teaches us that before we can love no doubt that God is going to forgive our God, or in order to love God, we must first love transgressions. Asking God for other people. The way we treat others becomes forgiveness becomes the easy part of paramount to how we treat God. God is the these High Holy Days. So why are we so great forgiver. People are not so easily swayed. afraid on these days? Because we are So as we approach, observe, and pass our taught that before we can ask God Yamim Nora’im, let’s all remember how it’s forgiveness we have to ask someone else other people which make these days awesome. first. Someone who is much harder to It’s other people which give our time in this ask… other people. We are taught that the world true meaning. It’s other people who God weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah and has commanded us to love first and foremost. the days between Rosh Hashanah and Even before God’s self. It is through this love Yom Kippur is the time in which we make that we will all be sealed in the book of life this a true return to a righteous path by asking year. those we have wronged for forgiveness. This is harder because, unlike God, we Shanah Tovah uM’tukah and G’mar Chatimah are unsure of whether or not they will Tovah, grant this forgiveness. Hazzan Gil Ezring

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Visit CBJs FB Page COMING IN SEPTEMBER September 2 September 5 September 6 September 15 September 15 September 17 September 27 September 27 September 28 September 30 September 30

Buffalo Grove Stampede College Connections Deadline Sisterhood Book Club Junior Congregation Begins Men’s Club at Lieberman Beyahad begins (at Temple Chai) Hebrew Boot Camp with Lee Goldberg Ulpan II with Lee Goldberg Religious School Kallah USY & Kadima Sukkah Hop Talmud Study with Rabbi Zimbalist

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COMING IN OCTOBER October 6 October 8 October 9 October 12 October 16 October 17 October 18 October 18 October 18 October 19 October 20 October 20 October 20 October 21 October 21 October 24 October 27

Junior Congregation Lunch & Learn at Sunset Foods Hebrew Literacy I begins New Member Shabbat Dinner Rockin’ Our Tradition with Hazzan Tap the Torah with Orin Rotman Israeli Art Fair (Gala Opening & Recep.) Teen Yad Squad with Hazzan Ezring Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema Israeli Art Fair Israel Art Fair (Wine & Dessert Recep) Junior Congregation Men’s Club at Lieberman Israeli Art Fair Men’s Club Candle Packing Sisterhood Membership Dinner Havdalah at Or Shalom






Sept. 4

RSVPs Due for High Holiday Tot Community Service(s)


Sept. 2

Lulavim & Etrogim Orders Due


Sept. 10

Project Isaiah (Please take a bag to fill with food after services)


Sept. 16

Help Men's Club Build Sukkah


Sept. 18

Project Isaiah (Return bags filled with food for The Ark)


Sept. 19

Community Yizkor Service (Open to the Community)


Sept. 23

Men's Club Steak & Scotch in the Sukkah


Oct. 7

Help Men's Club Take Down Sukkah


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HIHHIGH HOLIDAY HOME SERVICE BLESSINGS Rosh Hashanah Evenings Yom Kippur Evening Sukkot Evenings

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Oct. 1 & 2

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Eves



Yom Kippur (See Your Ticket for Location)

Sept. 19

Community Yahrzeit Service at 12:45 pm (Buffalo Grove H.S.)

Oct. 1

Shemini Atzeret (See Your Ticket for Location)




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Start the High Holiday season with study, prayer and (of course) dessert at our Selichot Services with Rabbi Zimbalist, Hazzan Ezring and the Beth Judea Choir.

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AJEC presents Preparing Our Hearts and Souls for the New Year Tuesday, September 4, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

BUILD SUKKAH Presenter: Lena Kushnir September 24, 2017Ed.D. Join us as we approach the High Holidays with fresh energy, inner reflection, and the renewal of strength and hope. This event will be held in Northbrook. Download flyer for full details. FREE BUT TICKETS RQUIRED - RSVP BY SEPT. 4

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The Men’s Club Is Sponsoring Project Isaiah


SISTERHOOD PRESENTS: COLLEGE CONNECTION CBJ families are invited to keep your college students engaged with Congregation Beth Judea throughout the school year. When we reach out to your college student, we hope to let them know that while they are away studying, we want to help them feel connected and in touch with their Jewish roots. We hope all college students know they always have a place at CBJ.

Take a bag as you leave services on Rosh Hashanah and return it filled with food on Kol Nidre, September 18, 2018.

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STEAK & SCOTCH IN SUKKAH Beth Judea Men’s Club Steak, Scotch AND TRIVIA in the Sukkah Sunday, September 23, 2018

Click here for a list of some of the items your student will receive. If you would like your student to receive a College Connection from Sisterhood throughout the school year please contact Lisa Neiman. Information must be submitted by September 5, 2018 Click here for full details


Join the Men’s Club at the Buffalo Grove Stampede

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CALENDAR HIGH HOLIDAYS Click Here for Our Complete Guide

Sisterhood Sept. 5 Sept. 6 Oct.24

Programming Sept. 22

Men’s Club

Beth Judea Bowling League begins at Hawthorn Lanes – watch for details

Adult Education

Sept. 2 Sept. 16 Sept. 23

Our regular weekday and Shabbat classes continue to meet – see our Adult Education page for details Sept. 27 Sept. 27 Sept. 30 Oct. 8 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 17 Oct. 18

Hebrew Boot Camp Ulpan 2 Talmud Study (new session begins) Lunch & Learn at Sunset Hebrew Literacy I Begins Rockin’ Our Tradition Tap the Torah Teen Yad Squad Click Here for Full List of Classes for September and October 2018

SAVE THE DATES: October 18 – 21, 2018 Israeli Art Fair Special Event click here for details

Deadline for College Connection Sisterhood Book Club Sisterhood Membership Dinner/ & Special Event

Buffalo Grove Stampede Build the Sukkah Steak & Scotch in the Sukkah

Social Action Sept. 30

Bring Your Dog to Brentwood Nursing Home – watch for details

Religious School Sept. 16

Junior Congregation

Youth IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUTH View our calendar online at

Meetings Please check website

Be Sure To Check Out Our New Business Directory Section BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers

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September 7, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of September will be recognized at our service on September 7th. Our worship will begin at 7:30 p.m. Children of every age are welcome!


President’s Message


I am still filled with joy and continue to be spiritually uplifted from our recent "Shabbat Under the Stars" which was held at a new location this year, the JCC Elaine Frank Apache Day Camp. We had over 300 people for our BBQ dinner and then a wonderful shabbat service conducted by Rabbi Zimbalist and Hazzan Ezring, and our Beth Judea band. So many people attended, and our diversity - from young to "older," families to singles, long term members to prospective members - created a beautiful group. With the spiritual message of our Rabbi, the vibrant and creative music from our Hazzan and band, the beautiful evening, and, of course, our shared Erev Shabbat Meal, the setting was perfect to have this wonderful celebration. Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this evening happen!

I can't believe that summer will be ending soon, and our high holidays will be commencing shortly. We are so excited to welcome Rabbi Zimbalist and Cantor Ezring as they join Rabbi Lifshitz and Cantor Weisberg to lead us on our holy days. We look forward to sharing our new beginnings with joy and ruach! We will start the High Holiday season with study, prayer, and dessert at our Selichot services on September 1st at Congregation Beth Judea. A discussion starts at 9:00 p.m. followed by a desert reception at 10:00 p.m. and services at 10:30 p.m. If you are planning on joining us, please call the CBJ office at 847-634-0777 or email Our Tot High Holiday Services are on Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Monday, September 10th and on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19th. Both services are from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at Buffalo Grove High School. These services are free and open to the community, but reservations are REQUIRED by contacting the CBJ office by phone or email. The services are being led by Brad Egel and Erica Veronie. Our Community Yizkor service will be held on Yom Kippur Day, Wednesday, September 19th at 12:45 p.m. at Buffalo Grove High school in the cafeteria following the family service. Everyone is welcome. Congregation Beth Judea Men's Club is sponsoring several events during September. As part of our High Holiday spirit, we will have Project Isaiah, sponsored by Men’s Club, for our congregants. Please take a bag as you leave services on Rosh Hashanah and return it filled with food on Kol Nidre, September 18th. Please be cognizant of the "needed" items. All food is donated to the Ark. Volunteers are needed to help hand out and collect bags. Please call Fred Rabinowitz at 847-398-5488 or email Project Isaiah gives life to the Jewish traditions of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world.) Our Men's Club is again building the Sukkah at Congregation Beth Judea. Please come help them on Sunday, September 16th between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Then, please come and help take down the Sukkah on Sunday, October 7th between 10:00 a.m. and noon. RSVP to Ron Friedman at Also, "Steak, Scotch and TRIVIA" will be held on Sunday, September 23rd beginning at 4:30 p.m. at CBJ. The cost is $55 per person, and checks are payable to "CBJ Men's Club" Please check the weekly CBJ email for more details. (continued on next page)

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President’s Message


I want to give you a quick update regarding our efforts to help those impacted by the terrible fire in Prospect Heights. I am very pleased to share that our congregation has raised $1400 to help the fire victims. To date, 41 Target gift cards ($25 each) have been delivered to Reverend James Preston at Kingswood United Methodist church who is running point for the interfaith efforts. As the needs of these families continue, we hope to deliver additional gifts cards as donations come in. Please let me know if you have any questions, and we will continue to accept donations through the High Holiday season. On behalf of Rabbi Zimbalist, Hazzan Ezring and the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Judea, I want to thank you for your kindness and generosity. Shana Tova, Sid Mathias CBJ President

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.


BUILD SUKKAH September 16, 2018 click for flyer

Starring: Rabbi Morris Zimbalist with our own Rhonda Cohn as the Interviewer!

Wednesday, October 24th at Congregation Beth Judea click here for more info

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Used Pill Bottle Collection click for flyer

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Shiva Baskets


Sunshine Fund

CBJ Business Directory Advertising Opportunity

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

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

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

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 When we are young, learning JUNIOR CONGREGATION something new happens every 1st & 3rd Shabbat of the month single day, and we delight in the Beginning September 15th acquisition of new skills and Shabbat is an important part of our knowledge. Children recognize that school curriculum. We teach our learning doesn’t just happen in the students about the joys and beauty of confines of a classroom or by Shabbat. We train them to become Anna Besser teachers but rather, learning and proficient members of our community. It Education Director growing occur with each new is a Shabbat service run by kids, for kids ages 7 – 13 in the Beit Midrash. Children end experience. Our friends and parents can teach the morning in the Robbins sanctuary, where they us as well. help lead Ein Keloheinu, Aleinu, and Adon Olam on non-Bar/Bat Mitzvah mornings. Children are In Pirkei Avot 4:1, Ben Zoma states “Who is invited to join Shabbat Kiddush following services. wise? One who learns from everyone…I have acquired understanding from all my teachers.” CBJ Religious School receives a $14,000 As we enter 5779, and in the spirit of Ben Grant Zoma, let’s learn from one another. Our Peer Coaching and Technology Integration learning never ceases, and there is always Congregation Beth Judea’s Religious School is more to what we think we’ve already mastered. one of the recipients of the Best Practices in Jewish Education grants from the Community We are committed to Jewish learning that is Foundation for Jewish Education. CBJ was relevant, inspirational, and transformative. We awarded a $14,000 grant for this upcoming year. provide our students and their families with the As we continue to add new and innovative tools to participate meaningfully in the Jewish programs to respond to our ever-changing student community with pride in their Jewish heritage needs, we also need to invest in our teachers. and with the awareness that their actions will This year’s grant will be used to continue the work shape the future of the Jewish people. We we began last year using the Jewish Educator want to nurture your curiosity, present various Technology Initiative. Building on last year’s work, choices, and challenge your thinking this year. we will be utilizing a professional development Questioning and exploring are life-long skills model that builds relationships through the that will serve us well. A truly wise individual is practice of supporting and challenging during not one who has accumulated wisdom but chevruta text study. Working with their chevruta rather one who is constantly learning and partner, teachers will subsequently apply those studying from those around him/her. You will supporting and challenging skills to a new context be amazed at what you learn this year. of learning: learning how to integrate technology to support curricular goals and student learning. We are very excited about the work ahead for this year!

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September Event


No Religious School


(Labor Day Weekend)

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First Beyahad (HS) Class

No Religious School



6:30 – 8:30p.m.

(Temple Chai location)

(Kol Nidre)

Sukkot Family Program

11:00 a.m.

(K-2nd Grade)

Beyahad (HS) Class


6:30 – 8:30p.m.

(CBJ location)

4:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Classes in Session


(Yom Tov Activities)


(Aleph – Dalet)

6:15 – 8:00p.m. (Heh)

Gimel – Dalet Kallah @ JCYS Henry Horner (Ingleside, IL)

October Event 1


No Beyahad Classes (Simchat Torah)



Simchat Torah Celebrations 2

No Religious School (Simchat Torah) 14

Dalet Family Program

Parents join in at 10:00 a.m.


Gimel Family Program

Parents join in at 10:00 a.m.

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Youth WHAT’S UP IN THE WORLD OF OUR YOUTH??? We Are So Blessed!!! At first glance, one might have thought that this article was going to be about the upcoming High Holidays. While I am not going to lie that the High Holidays are top on my mind right now and we will have incredible teen services and discussions, we have been blessed in an entirely different way. You may or may not have seen the various news going out about CBJ youth recently. The good news has just kept pouring in. Check out the major things that have happened below: Blessing 1: CBJ Youth dues are now FREE for all CBJ members! We have been incredibly fortunate to receive a special donation from four member families that is covering the cost of youth dues for every single youth aged member of our Beth Judea family. The best part is that each of the families have guaranteed to continue this program for at least three years. This means is that you will no longer be asked to pay additional dues to become a member of any of our three incredible youth groups. When your child is in the middle of second grade and ready to be part of Kadinkers, they will automatically be a member of Kadinkers; when your child is in the middle of 5th grade and ready to be a member of Kadima, they will automatically be a member of Kadima, and when your child is in the middle of 8th grade and ready to be a part of our award winning USY program, your child will automatically be a member of USY. This is such exciting news and is part of why we are so blessed. So, what do we need from you when it comes to this. We need you to send your kids to all of the incredible programs we have. We are starting new things this year - like a fourth Wednesday of the month Kadima lounge night (in addition to the other Kadima programs), a Cubs vs. White Sox game, an International Culture exploration night,

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social action projects galore like Soup and Sandwiches in the Sukkah where we will make sandwiches for A Great Harvest Shelter. There are so many programs of different kinds; we urge you to please find a program to send your child to and have them try us out. For 8th-12th grade, we have an incredible opportunity to go to Second City for only $20 for a VIP private show on Sunday, September 16th. The point is all of this great programming needs your kids. Don’t see the type of program that you want? Let us know and we will create it. We want all youth at CBJ to have an opportunity to get involved. Blessing 2 and 3: CBJ Youth has received USCJ's first ever Chapter Innovation Grant. This grant is allowing us to hire a new staff member to specifically focus on growing and developing our Kadima and Kadinkers programs for grades 3-8 to help ensure the strength of our youth program for many years to come. Check out more information about the grant by clicking here As a result of the grant, check our our new expanded youth team!!! (see next 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 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 MEET OUR NEW AND RETURNING YOUTH STAFF Allison Goldstein – Youth Advisor Hi everyone. I'm so excited to start my second year as a BJUSY Youth Advisor. I was a member of BJUSY when I was in high school (in the stone age according to the kids). I proudly served as the Israel Affairs vice president my senior year of high school. I then went to spend four amazing years at the University of Iowa, where I studied political science with minors in Spanish and philosophy. When I wasn't in class, I was a proud member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, where I served as the vice president of social standards and responsibility. I spent a lot of time at Hillel, where I was the co-president my senior year. After I graduated, I came back home and completed a semester of paralegal school. I now have a full-time job as a paralegal in the city. When I'm not working, you'll probably find me watching sports or reading a book. I'm looking forward to spending another year as a BJUSY Youth Advisor because the program did so much for me and I am hopeful to give that back to the kids. I can't wait to begin the year. Eric Golberg – Kadima and Kadinkers Coordinator

Hi. My name is Eric Golberg, and I will be the new Kadima and Kadinkers coordinator for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. While in high school, I was very active in BJUSY, where I held the position of co-president during our 2010-2011 Chapter of the Year run. Since then, I have lived in Hartford, Connecticut, where I attended the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Elementary and Special Education. After graduating, I taught both third grade and special education in West Hartford, Connecticut. We will be offering many great new programs and events throughout the year, so be on the lookout for updates!! I am incredibly excited to get started and can't wait to meet all of you in the upcoming weeks!

Marc Sender – Youth Director I am incredibly excited to be returning for my 12th year at Congregation Beth Judea and my 9th year as Youth Director. I have now been a member at Congregation Beth Judea for over 30 years, and I love it just as much today as I ever have before. I, myself, am a product of our Hebrew school, having graduated back in 1996. I have been heavily involved in Congregation Beth Judea all of my life - going to Kadinkers and Kadima events myself as a kid and then serving on the BJUSY Executive Board throughout high school. I have also been teaching in the Beth Judea Hebrew school for the last eleven years. I have a teaching degree from Northeastern Illinois University, where I graduated summa cum laude. You will also often see my entire family around Congregation Beth Judea as we feel like it is our second home. My wife, Shira, taught in the Hebrew school for a number of years and now runs the Junior Congregation program. My oldest daughter Lauri, who just turned 7, is in the second-grade class in the Hebrew school, and my son Teddy, who is 4, and youngest daughter Naomi, who is 2, are regulars at the synagogue both on Shabbat and throughout the week. I am so excited for this year to begin and can't wait to see all the amazing things we are able to accomplish with our new and returning staff back in place!

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Youth CHUSY Region Kick Off Program for 8th to 12th grade:

IC Orlando Promo Video and sign up link-

Don’t miss an incredible start to the year!!! CHUSY region has arranged for an exclusive private showing for USY only at the world famous Second City in Chicago, IL. The fun begins on September 16th. The best part is the transportation and show are being generously supported by donations resulting in the cost being only $20 per USYer (includes a ticket to Second City and transportation from the suburbs). Sign up by going to!

Register by September 14 to get $50 off registration with a $400 deposit*

Shout Outs: BJUSY sends a shout out to the four amazing families who have sponsored membership in our CBJ youth programs! BJUSY sends a shout out to USCJ for providing us with the first ever Chapter Innovation Grant!!

Want to send a shoutout to someone??? Send Marc an email at

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

Adult Education Series Ongoing Classes WEEKLY CLASSES:


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

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



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

Weekly Parsha Study Facilitated by Orin Rotman

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

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

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

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

Sweet Taste of Torah: Chronicles Taught by Orin Rotman

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

Alternative Shabbat Service Facilitated by Norm Kurtz

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

Shabbat morning at 10:30 a.m. every Shabbat morning

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

Adult Education Series September/October 2018

Lunch & Learn: Names in the Bible –A Behind the Scenes Look Taught by Rabbi Zimbalist

In this series, we will explore the lives of Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, and Miriam. We have met them through our sacred texts and learned of their accomplishments as leaders; however, who were these great prophets as people? Were they as faithful as they appear in our history? Were they fearful, selfish, and/or heroic? Could it be possible that these extraordinary people were very similar to ordinary folks like you and me? Mondays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 19, 2018

LOCATION: Sunset Foods 2nd Floor Conference Room (corner of Rt. 83 & Aptakisic) COST: Members – FREE; Non-Members - $18 for series OR $5 per session Lunch can be purchased at Sunset (No outside food, please)

Rockin’ Our Tradition Taught by Hazzan Ezring

Tuesday evenings, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dates: Oct. 16 – Dec. 18, 2018 **No class Thanksgiving week** Rock out with our traditional prayers and texts! There’s so much new music for our liturgy, and we’re going to groove to it! Join Hazzan Ezring as we explore new melodies in current musical styles for our prayers! We’ll blow the roof off the shul as we Rock 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 September/October 2018

A New Take on the Classic Trope Taught by Hazzan Ezring

Want to learn how to read Torah or Haftarah? Just feeling rusty? Work with Hazzan Ezring and learn or refresh your leyning skills! Schedule by appointment.

Teen Yad Squad Taught by Hazzan Ezring

Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dates: Oct. 18 – Dec. 13, 2018 You’ve learned how to read Torah, now let’s learn trope for Megillat Esther, High Holidays, and more. Open to all Post B’nai Mitzvah students who want to challenge themselves to read more than just Torah.

Tap the Torah: Moses on Trial: Part 1 Taught by Orin Rotman Sponsored by Men’s Club

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. Location: The Continental Restaurant – 788 S. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL

Join us for a drink, lively discussion, enormous amount of knowledge, and great company.

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Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema: Celebrating 70 Years of Israeli Filmmaking Oct. 18 – 28, 2018 The annual Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (CFIC) showcases a love and appreciation of Israeli culture. Screenings take place at various venues in the Chicago metropolitan area. Shown are Israel’s most current, internationally award-winning feature films, documentaries, shorts, and TV shows, with guest appearances by Israeli filmmakers, film scholars, film critics, and other film experts. Find the features, documentaries, shorts and more on the dates you want to see them under Films by going to

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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 2018 - 2019

HEBREW CLASSES Hebrew Literacy I Taught by Jerry Sakol & Eric Yegelwel Sponsored by Men’s Club

Tuesday evenings: 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dates: Oct. 9, 2018 – Jan. 8, 2019 Want a proven successful opportunity to learn how to read Hebrew in a friendly environment? Then join this class. Hebrew Literacy I is designed to teach those with no previous (or forgotten) knowledge of Hebrew how to read. The 12-week course focuses on learning to read the words used in the Friday Night service. Graduation & Homecoming – Friday Night Service on Jan. 11, 2019 COST: $30 fee for course materials

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Hebrew Boot Camp

Ulpan 2

Taught by Lee Goldberg

Taught by Lee Goldberg

Textbook Fee: $20 Thursday evenings: 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Beginning Sept. 27, 2018

Textbook Fee: $20 Thursday evenings: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Beginning Sept. 27, 2018

You’ve learned to recognize the shapes and sounds of the Aleph-Bet and become comfortable sounding out some of the key recurring words and phrases. 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. We will then move into Hebrew grammar and learn to converse: how 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 basic Hebrew is required.

In this course we will continue from where we left off last year. We'll continue learning Hebrew grammar while learning to order food in a restaurant, shop, and tell the doctor what hurts and have fun doing it, with songs, word games, and imagery. The ability to read Hebrew is required.

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Sisterhood Hag sameach everybody! While September is a busy month for all of us, Sisterhood takes a step back in order to breathe and to give us all a chance to celebrate our many holidays with friends and family. We’ll start the month with Selichot services on the first Satuday night of the month, September 1st. Of course, there’s Rosh Hashana from Sunday evening through Tuesday, September 9-11. And let’s not forget Yom Kippur from Tuesday evening through Wednesday, September 11-12. But wait! There’s more! Start planning your sukkahs because Sukkot starts on Sunday, September 23rd and ends with Simchat Torah on Tuesday, October 2nd. It’s a busy and wonderful time of year! Just a little reminder that we do not conduct any Sisterhood business on Shabbat or the first two and last two days of our Jewish Holidays. Other than that – enjoy!!

We would like to take this time to thank our amazing Rummage Sale chairs, Helene KatzRatzkoff and Sandy Goldenberg, and their entire hard-working committee for a job well done. This year was the first time the sale was held on two days, Sunday and Monday. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who volunteered your time and effort to making this our most memorable rummage sale EVER!! Ladies, we CANNOT do this without you. You are all AWESOME! On behalf of the Cohn and Goldenberg families, we wish you and all your loved ones a happy, peaceful, prosperous, and healthy New Year. May we only know joy and happiness in the coming year. Rhonda Cohn & Sarah Goldenberg Co-Sisterhood Presidents Contact Information: Rhonda Cohn: Sarah Goldenberg:

Where every woman’s voice is heard


Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen Leeba Groski’s love of music lands her a job at a new record company in Chicago where she crosses paths with Chuck Berry, Etta James, etc. but it is a black guitarist that steals her heart. Their relationship is unwelcome in segregated Chicago & especially in her Orthodox Jewish home. Yet in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, they discover that in times of struggle, music can bring people together.

Book Discussion will be on Thursday, September 6, 2018 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION: Sunset Foods Community Room – 2nd Floor Please RSVP to This event is open to Sisterhood and CBJ Women

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

Sundays – 9 am to 12:30 pm

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

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

20% OFF ONE SINGLE ITEM OF $25 OR MORE Coupon must be present at time of purchase Exclusions include sale merchandise, special orders, scrolls. One coupon per family. No other discounts or promotions apply -Expires December 31, 2018 COUPON

Men’s Club The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler; kids are back in school – summer’s just about over, and I wonder where it went. And coincidental with the publication of this month’s WORD, Selichot is observed the evening of September 1, thereby ushering in the new Jewish year 5779 a few days later. Throughout the synagogue, preparations are underway for the High Holy days that will certainly be memorable as the rookie clergy team takes center stage to be ably assisted by the veteran Rabbi and Hazzan Emeritus (or is it Emeritim?) The Men’s Club also has a busy month in September. On Sunday, Sep. 16, we will be undertaking the mitzvah of reconstructing the sukkah. All able-bodied adults are cordially invited to join in this spirit (and wall) raising event. Following two days later on Sep. 18, Kol Nidre evening, the Men’s Club sponsors Project Isaiah. The purpose of this worthy project is to collect food for those unfortunate people who are in need. Bags will be handed out at the end of Rosh Hashanah services which can then be filled and brought to Yom Kippur services where they’ll be collected by volunteers. Your generous contributions will be very much appreciated. Then, on Sunday, Sep. 23, the Men’s Club hosts one of the year’s most popular and entertaining events – Steak & Scotch in the Sukkah. This year’s event will also feature other adult beverages like bourbon, whisky, and beer to appeal to those who aren’t Scotch aficionados. In addition, throughout the evening’s program, a Trivia contest will be held - the winner of which will be handsomely rewarded with prizes. Check the flyer elsewhere in the WORD for more info. Whew, all that and the Days of Awe, too. On that note I would like to personally reach out to anyone whom I offended, slighted, or otherwise hurt in any way and ask for your forgiveness.

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And in the spirit of the Yom Tov, both Jean and I want to wish everyone L’Shana Tova Tikateyvu v’Tehateymu: may you and yours be inscribed in the Book of Life for the year ahead, a year of health, happiness, and peace. Before ending though, and as promised last month, I’d like to highlight one of the Men’s Club officers. And who better to start with than the outgoing President, Jerry Sakol. Jerry and his wife Heidi have been CBJ members for 24 years and are the proud parents of two and even prouder grandparents of two. He’s a retired licensed electrician who has lent his professional talents to CBJ in many ways - such as wiring both the solar Ner Tamid in the Beit Midrash and the light in the Memorial Garden. In shul, his contributions are numerous: he regularly leads mincha/maariv minyan services; he’s one of several who are qualified to lead a shiva service; he is a choir member; and a Shirat Shabbat Band member, where his wonderful voice can be heard; and he is one of the co-leaders of the Hebrew Literacy I class. Outside of CBJ, Jerry generously volunteers his time in several ways. He regularly helps out at Horsefeathers Therapeutic, where people with special needs of all ages are provided a supportive treatment program using horses. Jerry leads a Friday prayer service at Arden Courts in Northbrook every other week for the residents at this memory care assisted living facility. For many years he has also been one of the stalwarts who provide assistance to residents at The Lieberman Center in Skokie, so they can attend Shabbat Services. Obviously, Jerry Sakol is quite a guy, and we’re proud and lucky to have him as a valued member of the Men’s Club and CBJ. Ron Friedman Men’s Club President



Tzedakah Fund The Men's Club has made donations from the minyan tzedakah box: Maot Chitim The Ark

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 Ramas.

We thank all those who have contributed to the tzedakah fund administered by Men's Club.


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

Save the Date - BJMC Retreat

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INTERFAITH COUNCIL News from the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council By Joanne Dicker and Helene Fox, Beth Judea representatives to the Council

L’Shanah Tovah! Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. Our next big interfaith event is our annual Thanksgiving Celebration. This year, it will be held at St. Mary Parish on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. It is a wonderful time to gather together with your neighbors in prayer, song, and celebration. Various members of the clergy will be participating, including Rabbi Zimbalist and Cantor Ezring. We have two interfaith choirs: one for adults and one for kids. A bell choir will welcome everyone. There will be an interfaith orchestra and the praise band. After the program, meet your neighbors while snacking upon treats and refreshments donated from many of our local businesses and exceptional bakers in our own congregations. If you are interested in being part of the interfaith adult or children’s choir, please contact the cantor. If you play an instrument and wish to participate, contact Cantor Simon at Temple Chai or Mary Pietro at St. Mary for more information. If you are a baker, your treats are always welcome and should be dropped off at St. Mary’s that Sunday afternoon. Please remember those who are less fortunate. If possible, bring a donation of non-perishable foods to the celebration for those in need. We will distribute the food through our four local food pantries. (Please see flyer on this page).

Interfaith Council Upcoming Events NOVEMBER 18, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration Service St. Mary Parish – 10 N. Buffalo Grove Rd – Buffalo Grove, IL

An interfaith service sharing our common beliefs, praising G-d through song and prayer, and gathering together as a community.

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Please join us for the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council’s Thanksgiving Celebration Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. St. Mary Parish 10 North Buffalo Grove Road Buffalo Grove, IL

FEATURING: Interfaith Choir Interfaith Children’s Choir Interfaith Orchestra Praise Band and Bell Choir Please bring non-perishable Food Donations, which will be distributed to area food pantries Sponsored by the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council For more information, call: 224-699-0386

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Donations may be made directly to: Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council 1282 Green Knolls Drive Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 For more information on any of our programs please contact: or by telephone at: 224699-0386 or visit our website at: or your council representatives: Joanne Dicker: Helene Fox:


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

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

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The Helping Hand Plan

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

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

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


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

Marla Brandt Ken Goldstein Martin Rockwell

September 2

Fred Duboe Karey Rosenston Karri Spiegel

September 3

Sam Chiprin Bonnie Glickman

September 4

Scott Bauer Adam Lerner Kristy Yashinsky

September 5

David Colen Lynn Freedman Michael Gluck Marla Horwitz Susan Shoffet

September 6

Richard Kavitt Arthur Schechter

September 7

Mark Fingerhut

September 8

Pamela Brown Linda Fisher Sandra Levitt

September 9

Scott Berlant

September 10 Marshall Brownfield Jared Goldstine Kim Mann Edward Nusinow Scott Rosen Hillary Savitt

September 16 Rana Dragon Marvin Feinberg Jay Greenhill Susan Katz Lauren Miller Lawrence Schneider September 18 Neal Feld Myron Reicher September 19 Myra Borkan Lisa Malkin Stanford Zoller September 20 Rick Herstein Drora Patt Sharee Patt September 21 Myron Glickman Sandy Goldenberg Linda Rothnagel September 22 Harold Cutler Cynthia Lazar September 23 Diane Ganden Marcy Kostis Steven Leon September 24 Carol Kaner Scott Shulman September 25 Bonnie Fischoff Brian Gurin Barbara Kavitt Leonard Levine Staci Turofsky

September 11 Lisa Neiman

September 26 Susan Kronowitz Alan Sabol

September 12 Rachael Gluck Mara Polyakov

September 27 Paul Axel Dana Polonsky

September 13 Randy Haberman

September 28 Alex Raab Ilene Schneider Harris Weiner

September 14 Kathleen Kanter

September 15 Dan Geiger Keith Mann Janet Reicher Alan Spiegel

September 29 Judith Samuels September 30 Arnold Goldberg

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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SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES We wish a very Happy Anniversary to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: September 1

Linda & Robert Handler Paula & Daniel Silberman Sandra & Corey Zussman

September 7

Cathy & Mitchell Feiger Debra & Marc Posner Stacey & Neal Resnik

September 2

Francine & Scott Eisner Rachel & Neil Jordan Roberta & Steven Leon

September 8

Jeanie & Michael Rosenfeld

September 9

Amy Balson & Ronald Cushing

Patricia & Samuel Feldman Cheryl & Scott Landau Ellen & Adam Lerner

September 14 Nancy & Mark Zorfas

September 3

September 4

Mara & Dmitry Polyakov

September 5

Melissa & Jason Allen Michelle & Ira Finn Audrey & Michael Friedland Sheri & Marc Lewison Nancy & Leonard Manewith Elana & Matt Schuman Bonnie & Ira Sender

September 6

September 16 Kitty & Bruce Hoffman Susan & Mark Sheft Wendy Weinger & Richard Ward September 18 Liz & Gary Schachter September 21 Susan & David Heald September 28 Lisa & Steven Kaufman

September 30 Jacki Unger & Steven Berkowitz

Merle & Gregory Kalisky Elisa & Edward Nusinow Lynda & Gene Sachs Amy & Jeff Taub

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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Bessie Brenner* Betty Falcon* Morris Gorin* Lillian Loeb* Alan Nisenbaum* Nathan Sandler* Daniel Schuster Ida Stein

William Burg* Carl Gershonfeld Michael Litt Morris Mills Jack Rosemarin Leslie Schiff* Sam Seligman Albert Sumner*

Rose Edelstein Beverly Goldstein Rose Litwin Nathaniel Moffett Elsie Saharack Edward Schmarak Theodor Sender* Jack Weinger

September 14

Faye Angell* William Dunn Millie Fenchel Etta Greenberg* Ruth Levy* Ida Rich Jessie Rubinstein* Jules Spitz Sol Weinberg* Adolf Wolff

Dorothy Behn David S. Eisenberg Leonard Fisher* Robert Hillman Max Pander Lillian Rosenston Irving Schuster Sally Sylvan Gerszon Weiskopf* Abraham Wolinsky*

Bernard Cutler* Bertram Eisner* Fred Green Louis Lerner* Lillian Raab Lance Rubin Lenore Shapiro Arlene Watters Richard Wolf* Nathan Zeiger

September 21

Frances S. Barnett* Marianne Brenner* Louis Elgenson Sandra Fooden Morris Ginsberg Arnold Hecht* Sarah Levsky* Pearl Margolis Sam Rabin Maurie Schneider Harriette Silverman*

Arnold Block* David Brodsky* Dorothy Feldheim* Faye Frank Leon Goldberg* Hyman Hundert* Harvey Maller Ruth Mason Bernard Resnick* Celia Schreibman*

Louis Bloom Jeffrey Caplan* Suzanne Fine Norman Friedman David Goldbogen* Sol Kessler* Debrah Margolis Anita Raab Morris Roden Morris Shapiro*

September 28

Isaac Appel Irving Brown Charles Feldman Yale Gerol* Solly Gordon* Max Mann Hyman Molotsky Richard Nathan* Eva Pander Meriel Schneider Carolyn Wolff

Symon Bows* Carol Caplan M. Eileen Fojtik Philip Gluskin* Ida Kamen Esther Mendelsohn Rochelle Mosoff Philip Nemser* Howard Riebman Frances Spiegel* Anna Wortell*

Dorothy Brown Harold Falcon* Arlene Ganden Rose Goldberg* Yetta Levy* William Meyers* Shalom Nahum* Millard Oscherwitz* Solomon Schiller Ida Sulak

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

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Sidney Ament Jack Brill* Alice Chiprin* Marcella Entman Doris Gerchikov Lewis Heiber Eugenia Green Holmes Diane Kovich* Richard Paley Susan Rosenbloom Sylvan Smith

Albert Atlas Reba Broodno* Barney Cole* Gene Garlin Theodore Gottlieb* Michael Hoffman Norman Isaacson Sidney London Sidney Ratskoff Arman Schaffer Babette Strauss

Seymour Berkovitz Donna Bryant* Debby Cortes Thelma Geiger Allen Guttenberg Marilyn Holman* Dora Kahn* Burton Mora Philip Rich Lillian Seres Fay Turovitz*

October 12

Bernice Abrams* Harvey Bregman Ethel Ellis* Betty Glassman Esther Halperin* Lester Jacobs* Haskell Kasanov Annette Lerman* Harry Meyerowitz* Edward Rosenbaum* Jackie Shuman

Marilyn Balan George Brenghause* Melvin Fishman Shirley Goldberg Gerald Hauser* Ruth Shirley Weiner Jacobs Meyer Kavitt Florence Levitt Miya Nagel David Salavitch* Merle Shuman

Herman Barrier* Bernhard Dessauer* Mikhail Frumina Alice Gordon Jerome Horwitz* Elliot Kalina* Elizabeth Klein* Morris Levsky Rose Price Sophie Sherman Armand Zucker

October 19

Alex Berk* Brenda Chait* Stephen Dunn Mary Goldberg* Minnie Mae Hammer Jane Markowitz* Ruth Miller Lawrence Portnoy* Rose Rubin Helen Schmarak Harry Stein* Dorothy SwetinEichner Stuart Wolf*

Sol Boten Clara Chappe Samuel Feldstein Leonard Gordon Marcus Julis Roland Medansky Kay Nixon* Harold Rosenbloom* Beverly Rudolph Leonard Shapiro* Molly Stein* Reva White Freda Wolinsky*

Barnett Brody* Jean Davis* Steve Gold* Gloria Greenbert Erwin Karlin Joan Miller* Burton Perlman Herman Rothenberg* Jack Schiffman* Estelle Shelley Harry Stern* Lester Witkov*

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

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Gladys Bayer Arthur Dunn Ida Fischer* Larry Kowalsky* Bernard Miner Gertie Nidetz* Brian Robbins Frank Singer* Ben Stelzer Milton Zeff

Max Bender Joseph Ernsteen Jack Karchmar* Bernard Lerner* Ilamae Miner Nelli Polyakov Eva Rosenberg Frances Spiegel Robert Zakaman

Bernard Cohen Kathryn Ferrari* Edith Kowalsky* Israel Magarici David Neubauer* Joel Dean Ritter* David Robert Rumack* Goldie Stein* Marjorie Zarchy

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

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TRIBUTES FOR AN EXPLANATION OF THESE FUNDS, PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE PRAYERS HAVE BEEN SAID FOR THE RECOVERY OF: Barbara Esserman Debbie Fishman Alan Friedlander Ann Pervosky Charlotte Seltzer Mitch Weiss Mary Kate Zwidinger CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF: Esther Mosak Our Congregant Mother of Diane Ganden Mother of Bryan Mosak Jerry Soble Father of Jon Soble CONGRATULATIONS UPON BIRTHS: Ann & Mitch Lerman upon the birth of their grandson, Brody Austin Berman Marla & Bruce Horwitz and Tina Gross Isaacson & Larry Isaacson upon the birth of their granddaughter, Diana Rose Horwitz Susan & Keith Mann upon the birth of their granddaughter, Shayna Rose McDaniel CONGRATULATIONS ON ENGAGEMENTS: Hadrian & Randy Markowitz upon the engagement of their daughter, Allison Markowitz and Shaun Albert

Aileen & Steve Simons upon the engagement of their son, Joshua Simons and Niki Levy

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RABBI ZIMBALIST DISCRETIONARY FUND IN HONOR OF: Our son, Aaron Rumack upon his marriage to his bride, Shandalla. Merle & Evan Rumack SPEEDY RECOVERY WISHES TO: Barbara Esserman, prayers for my sister. Renee & Wes Brown IN MEMORY OF: Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Susan Adleman Gail Gerber & Eric Yegelwel UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Janet Z. Klass, in memory of our beloved mother. Debbie & Joel Brodsky Ruth Greenhill-Spatt Neil Greenhill

RABBI LIFSHITZ LEGACY FUND IN MEMORY OF: Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Leah & Sam Chiprin UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Gerald Balbirer, in loving memory of our Poppy. Scott, Alex, Jake & Brett Bauer Ruth Moses Rona Wolf HAZZAN EZRING DISCRETIONARY FUND IN HONOR OF: Karen Nagel in gratitude for her kindness and wisdom. Susan Adleman and Jason & Elana Feinsmith

Martin Reicher, in fond memory of my father. Myron Reicher

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Janet Z. Klass, in memory of our beloved mother. Debbie & Joel Brodsky


Samuel Tepper, beloved father. Renee & Wes Brown

IN MEMORY OF: Jerry Lipson, beloved father of Rebecca & Mischa Schlichting. CBJ Sisterhood Esther M. Mosak and in honor of her wonderful and caring family. May her memory be for a blessing. Bobbie & Floyd Babbitt


TRIBUTES CANTOR WEISBERG DISCRETIONARY FUND IN MEMORY OF: Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Renee & Mike Malter Joan & Lew Smith UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Millie Fenchel Renee & Mike Malter Leo Malter Renee & Mike Malter Cantor Murray Nixon Rhonda & Bob Schwartz

SOCIAL ACTION FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Audrey Epton, beloved mother. The Pulver Family

FOCUS ON FAMILIES FUND IN HONOR OF: Rabbi Morris and Allison Zimbalist and family, wishing a mazel tov and best wishes as they join their new congregation. Karyn & Les Gross Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Cathy & Marc Horwitz

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IN HONOR OF: Steven & Wendy Frost upon the engagement of their daughter, Sloane Frost and Andreas Johnson. Rita & Sid Mathias

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Abraham Bankendorf Carla & Elliott Bankendorf

Kitty & Bruce Hoffman upon the birth of their granddaughter, Zoey Bea Modisette. Rita & Sid Mathias Susan & Keith Mann upon the birth of their granddaughter, Shayna Rose McDaniel. Rita & Sid Mathias IN MEMORY OF: Robyn Anders, beloved daughter of Lee Brown, and beloved sister and aunt of Lisa & Jason Neiman and Family. Eve & Steven Appelbaum and Family Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Jean & Ron Friedman Michelle & Gerald Gordon Patti & Steve Helfand Patty & Scott Jameson Virginia Jameson Debbie & Ron Kovich Jodi & Steve Levit and Family Rochelle Mann Rita & Sid Mathias Carol & Art Schechter Susan Stouber Hillary & Brian Wenk and Family Rhonda & Jeff Wener

Roz Coleman, beloved grandmother and great grandmother. The Brandt Family Clara Pieter, beloved mother and grandmother. Rhonda & Jeff Wener and Lauren & Matt Levinstein Seymour Rosen, beloved father. Lynn & Art Freedman Alice Rothenberg Judy & Robert Fisher EDUCATION FUND IN HONOR OF: Diane & Howard Ganden upon the upcoming wedding of Matthew and Maddie. Trudy & Bob Balogh IN MEMORY OF: Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Trudy & Bob Balogh Gayle & Rick Pervos UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Charlotte Sheim, beloved sister and aunt who is missed. The Halperin Family

Abraham Silberberg Bobbie & Floyd Babbitt


TRIBUTES KIDDUSH FUND UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Nellie Berger, in loving memory of my beloved sister. Janet Reicher Sarah Fisher Judy & Robert Fisher

LINDA & ALBERT STARK FUND IN MEMORY OF: Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Linda & Albert Stark

YOUTH FUND IN HONOR OF: Allison Goldstein Kitty & Bruce Hoffman IN MEMORY OF: Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Kitty & Bruce Hoffman



IN HONOR OF: Cheryl & Russ Barnett upon their 50th birthdays. Goldbergs, Seldins, Levys and Katzs

IN MEMORY OF: Frieda Schwartz, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother of Sue-Ellen & Fred Duboe and Family. The Levitan Family

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Leo Semel, beloved father and grandfather. Louise & Lou Barnett

BEN SAYPOL MEMORIAL FUND IN MEMORY OF: Frieda Schwartz, beloved mother of Sue-Ellen and Fred Duboe. Suzi & Bruce Darin Andrea & Ed Hockfield Esther Mosak, beloved mother and grandmother of Diane & Howard Ganden and Family and Barbara & Bryan Mosak and Family. Mitch Hecht UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Gloria Hecht, always in my heart. Mitch Hecht

UPON THE YAHRZEIT OF: Benjamin Osgrove, beloved nephew and cousin. Rhonda & Jeff Wener and Lauren & Matthew Levinstein

The Word – September 2018


SEPTEMBER 2018 Sunday






Saturday 01


8:00 am Weekly Parsha 9:30 am Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Bar Mitzvah 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpret Svc 9:00 pm Selichot 02




7:15 am Buffalo Grove Stampede 9:00 am Minyan

9:00 am Minyan

7:30 am Minyan 10:00 am AJEC Prog. 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Choir Reh. 8:00 pm Ritual Mtg

7:30 am 9:30 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm


11 ROSH HASHANAH 12 DAY 2 7:30 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm

No Talmud Study



8:00 am Talmud Study 9:00 am Minyan




8:00 am Talmud Study 9:00 am Religious School 9:00 am Minyan 10:00 am Build Sukkah 7:00 pm Choir

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

Minyan Beyahad (TC) Minyan Membership/ Program Mtg. 8:00 pm Ways & Means Meeting

7:30 am Minyan





9:30 am 4:15 pm 5:45 pm 6:15 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

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


8:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 4:30 pm


Talmud Study 9:30 am Sukkot Services Minyan 6:30 pm Beyahad (Yom Religious School Tov Act) MC Steak & 7:30 pm Minyan Scotch in Sukkah 7:30 pm Erev Sukkot Svcs.


Sukkot Svcs. Religious Sch Sch. Tefillah Heh USY Minyan


Minyan jBaby Minyan Facilities Mtg Taste of Torah .



7:30 am Minyan 7:00 pm Sisterhood Book Club 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Exec Mtg.

7:30 am Minyan 8:00 am Weekly Parsha 7:30 pm Shabbat Serv 9:30 am Shabbat Svc 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpret Svc Candle Ltg. 6:56 pm



Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Social ActionMtg. 8:00 pm Taste of Torah 8:00 pm

YOM KIPPUR No Taste of Torah

Minyan Minyan Finance Meeting Taste of Torah

Minyan Minyan MC Mtg. Youth Mtg



7:30 am Minyan 8:00 am Weekly Parsha 4:00 pm CHUSY LTI 9:15 am MC-Lieberman 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svc 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Jr. Congregatn Candle Ltg. 10:30 am Interpret Svc 6:44 pm



7:30 am Minyan. 7:30 pm Minyan

7:30 am Minyan 8:00 am Weekly Parsha 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpret Svc Candle Ltg. 8:00 pm Bowling League 6:32 pm



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

Minyan. 7:30 am Minyan Ulpan II 5:00 pm School Minyan Kallah Hebrew 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc Boot Camp 8:00 pm Board Mtg Candle Ltg. 6:20 pm


29 8:00 am Weekly Parsha 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpret Svc


8:00 am Talmud Study (with Rabbi) 9:00 am Minyan 9:00 am Religious School 12:00 pm USY & Kadima Sukkah Hop 7:30 pm Erev Shemni Atzeret Svcs.

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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

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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 September 7 .................................................... 7:50 p.m.

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.

September 9 ......Erev Rosh Hashanah.............6:53 p.m.

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

September 21 ................................................... 6:32 p.m.

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

September 28 ................................................... 6:20 p.m.

September 10 ...... Rosh Hashanah................. 6:59 p.m.

September 14 ...................................................6:44 p.m. September 10 ...... Yom Kippur ....................... 6:37 p.m.

September 23 .....Erev Sukkot .......................... 6:28 p.m. September 24 ...... Sukkot .............................. 7:35 p.m.

September 30 ......Shemini Atzeret.................... 6:16 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.

The Word - September 2018  

Congregation Beth Judea

The Word - September 2018  

Congregation Beth Judea