Monday, December 7, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
We'll meet to enjoy a meal together, perhaps a toast (it's BYOB) and good conversation, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (No specific end time, although the restaurant does close at 9 pm).
The restaurant is casual and not too pricey, and they're fine with separate checks, to make it easy for us. It is not officially kosher (sorry--I believed the Yellow Pages!) although they keep milk and meat separate. Rabbi Ginsburg has 'blessed' us as long as we keep our selections parve/vegetarian, which should be easy given the great variety and selection offered on the menu.
So, it's me and Carla, our spouses (Geno and David respectively), and Charlie and Miriam (Stav, Dalia and Oren's parents) who have RSVP's so far. Won't you join us too? Please let me know, at 773/775-3967.
p.s. If you know anyone in our group who may not have gotton the email, please share! This is great for Hebrew School Parents, or perhaps Gan or other families who are considering joining EHNT.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Halloween 2009: Tips from a Rabbi About How To Celebrate
by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
On October 31, children across America will don their capes and masks and go door-to-door collecting candy and treats to celebrate Halloween. But for many traditional Jewish families and even for some Christian ones, Halloween is a time of unease and discomfort. Parents may question whether or not to let their children participate in a ritual which they see as Gentile, having roots in Christian and/or Pagan culture. These tips will help families navigate this issue in ways that respect both their own religious sensibilities and their kids' desire to have fun. I know, because they work for me and my family. (read the full post at the source, here)
Friday, October 2, 2009
by EHNTJC Parents Club Member Amy Claver
I hear a movie is in the works of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love: Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia with Julia Roberts as the main character. I haven’t read the book but –eating praying, loving—what’s not to like? Throw in reading and learning Hebrew and there are my new year’s resolutions.
I love the new year and its promise of new beginnings. Rosh Hashanah began on September 18 and Yom Kippur was Monday, ten days later. What better time than at the beginning of the year to take stock, reflect on your own shortcomings, forgive yourself, forgive others, and move on? I am inspired (once again) by Rabbi Ginsburg to eat Jewishly, to pray Jewishly, and to love Jewishly.
A few weeks ago I bought a pork tenderloin. I have never bought a pork tenderloin before but it was on sale, we were having guests, and it was something I could cook in my slow cooker and would be ready in the evening. When the day came, I cooked the pork tenderloin for the guests and also ran to the store and bought chicken for our dinner.
I couldn’t serve the treif/pork tenderloin and ended up throwing it away. When Rabbi Ginsburg on Rosh Hashanah asked us to consider making more of an effort to make Jewish choices when we eat, I felt like he was talking directly to me. No more pork tenderloin.
I am looking forward to reading The Israel Test by George Gilder about the remarkable achievements of Jews and Israel. I am also looking forward to learning more Hebrew. I just completed a Hebrew reading course, and a dear friend of mine recently gave me the Rosetta Stone language course for Hebrew. At my eye exam a few weeks ago, I read all of the charts backwards.
As we begin the new year 5770, I hope you too are experiencing the joy of a new beginning. As we recite on Rosh Hashanah, Help us, O God, to look forward with faith, And to learn from whatever the future may bring.
L’chaim and Shanah Tovah!
Amy and Bruce Claver have been members of EHNTJC since 2007. Their daughter, Sarah age 4 attends the Gan, and their son, William, age 6 graduated from the Gan last year. As a Roman Catholic, Amy’s education in Judaism began with meeting Bruce more than 10 years ago. According to Amy, her commitment to raising her family Jewish has been both an exciting journey and a work in progress.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This is a busy time of year, with the big ones (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) followed by several that are loads of fun with the kids: The Sukkot Walk on October 7 (it's not too far, and ends with Pizza at the Lubovitch's house--please RSVP so they know), plus Simchat Torah on October 10. I have to tell you, as someone who was raised Reform, I did not know the joys of Simchat Torah as a child, and it's great! Candy and parading with torahs, beer, pizza--do come! (and for 'newbies'--adults can bring individually wrapped candy to give to the children each time they pass you, and kids will want a bag to collect candy).
Okay, but before the candy and beer and pizza, we must repent...here's the details:
Kol Nidre begins at 7:00PM on September 27
Yom Kippur Services begin at 9:00AM on Sept. 28 and the Hebrew school aged service with Michael Rosenberg is at 10 am in the chapel (great service.) Yours truly (that would be me) is doing Hagbah at the Monday service--I've done it once before but on a regular Saturday, but now have nightmares of making 300 people fast for 40 days if I drop it. Excuse me while I go do push-ups to train!
Congregational Sukkot Dinner is October 2 at 6:30PM - Services at 8:00PM - flyer is attached
Sukkot Yontiff Services - October 3 and 4 at 9:30AM
Sukkot Walk - October 7 starting at the synagogue at 4PM
Simchat Torah October 10, Dinner (Pizza & Beer) 6:00PM & Service at 7:00PM - Hakafot/Dancing with the Torah
Special Program Sunday, October 18 - The Jews of Iraq -Dr. Reading Dallal - $10.00 includes breakfast at 10:30AM - program at 10:45PM
Save the date for October 25th as well for Sandy Finkel's concert...details to follow.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
With our help, the AD BOOK will bring in over $25,000 to support our synagogue and its ongoing activities. The book will be distributed on October 25 at the Dr. Sandy Finkel concert, The Life and Songs of American Jewish Singers.
p.s. Call the office at 847-675-4141 right away if you want to try to squeeze in an ad for your business or a business you frequent. 1/4 page is $40 (I took one of these out for my marketing company), 1/2 page $75 and full page $100.
Thanks to Judy Frank for her hard work as Ad Book Chairman.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Classroom Clean-up on Sunday morning! Howard Romanek made sure we were all energized with coffee, doughnuts and bagels and all helped to wash and organize toys to get ready for the new school year. From l to r: Michael Frost, Betsy Rotberg, Amy Claver, Stav, Howard Romanek, Miriam Davidson, Lucca, Bruce Claver.And just when we thought we were having all the fun, we found ENTHUSY (EHNTJC's Youth Group) next store cleaning the Libary for the new year. Teacher Michael Rosenberg (2nd from l), plus ENTHUSY President Anna Marsala and mom/ENTHUSY Advisor Nancy Marsala (standing, r) were joined by other members for a morning of service to the synagogue.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Please join us from 9:30 to 12:30 tomorrow morning at the synagogue for bagels and fun to help spruce up the classrooms before Hebrew School starts on 9/9.
Also, if we are done early, there's a great Torah Yoga class at 11 in the social hall, combining the spirituality of this week's Torah reading with the breathing and spirituality of Yoga.
Hope to see you there!