Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
"I'm ready for a field trip to the Salsa Club," said Geno. "Me to," echoed Yelena, post lessons.
Next up for the Parents Club? A Karaoke Event with the Teen Club and a Child Internet Safety Lunch & Learn/Seminar with a representative of the FBI.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Learn to Dance Salsa and Uncover the Biblical Connections between Salsa and Judaism !
Please join the EHNT Parents Club, Rabbi Ginsburg and EHNT Hebrew School family Marcos and Nicole Gonzalez, founders of Step It Up, for…
· Salsa lessons for individuals, couples, all levels, ages 12 and up;
· Kosher Snacks;
· $10 Per Person;
· Bring a friend! All are welcome!
· Babysitting available in the classroom for $10 first child, $5 for additional siblings (there will be snacks for the kids, too!)
Saturday, May 1, 2010
8 pm – 10 pm
Havdalah at 8ish, followed by
Lessons and Dancing!
RSVP by April 23 to Deanna at dshoss (at) comcast.net
Saturday, February 27, 2010
More than 20 families and 60 adults and children came to the synagogue on Sunday, February 21 to learn how to make Challah in a fantastic and fun event presented by the Gan Yeladim at Ezra Habonim, the Niles Jewish Township Jewish Congregation (EHNTJC).
Amy Claver provided her favorite recipe last week, and above you can learn how to braid a six strand challah. Here's another approach, if the one above is tricky. In fact, if you search "How to braid challah" on YouTube, you'll end up with a variety of approaches and styles. (Thanks, Miriam, for sharing this idea!)
With the Megillah reading and Purim Shpiel tonight, and the Purim Carnival tomorrow, probably a good idea to talk about making Hamentaschen too!
Friday, February 19, 2010
I love this Talmudic quote* for its simplicity in summing up what every parent, teacher, rabbi, and anyone who teaches anyone else what all our toil is about. Above all else, we are influencers of the next generation. As a parent, you shape the little people in your home, and how you do this will determine what they do and how they act with others, especially their own children. We will give our children a lot of information over the years, but it is what we do, not what we say that will have the most influence on the kind of people they become.
Next Sunday, we are having a teachable moment at the synagogue. We will come together as a community, little families one by one, congregating together to celebrate and make challah, one of the central symbols of Shabbat, the most sacred time of the week in the Jewish tradition.
I look forward to seeing you at our challah making event on Sunday!
*The original quote is When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.
Amy Claver is a member of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation. Daughter, Sarah, age 4 attends the Gan, and son, William, age 6 is a Gan graduate and attends Hebrew School on Saturdays.
Ingredients (makes 2 loaves)
5-6 cups flour
¼ cup honey or 6 tbls sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
1 package dry yeast
½ cup pareve margarine, softened
1 cup hot tap water
4 eggs at room temperature, one egg separated
½ cup raisins (optional)
1 tsp cold water
Punch dough down and turn onto lightly floured board. Divide dough in half. Shape dough. Place both shaped challahs on greased cookie sheets. Beat remaining egg yolk with water and brush on loaves. If omitting raisins, sprinkle on 2 poppy or sesame seeds, if desired. Leave uncovered to rise until double, approximately 1 hour.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
February is a fabulous time for families and for all at Ezra Habonim, The Niles Township Jewish Congregration. Be sure to sign up for the
- Challah Baking (and Gan open house--please bring friends, neighbors, relatives, who might be looking for pre-school for the fall) on February 21, $8 per family.
- Spaghetti Dinner, Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel (writing by congregation member Ken Dermer and performed by the EHNT All Stars (e.g. the talented singers, dancers and comedians we sit next to every Sunday and never knew their hidden talents--including Elena Levin, just returned from her extended performance in Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas!), all on February 27, $12 adults, and $6 kids.
- World's Greatest Purim Carnival, Sunday, February 28, 10:30 to 12:30
Call the office, 857-675-4141 to reserve a spot and/or purchase tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner/Megillah/Shpiel or Carnival; call Betsy Rotberg in the Gan for the Challah Baking, at 847-675-4152.
So much fun, so little time! Don't miss out on the great family fun and learning still to come in February at Ezra Habonim, The Niles Jewish Township, Your Jewish Home for Learning, Living and Loving.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Camp Ramah is holding an aptly titled Summer in January program on Sunday, January 31 at Beth El in Highland Park. This event is for alums (we’ll be there) and anyone interested in learning more about Camp Ramah.
For preschoolers, Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation's (EHNTJC)preschool, Gan Yeladim has opened summer registration. Contact Betsy Rotberg at 847/675-4152 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the program or come by and see the school for yourself. The Gan will hold an open house in conjunction with the Knead a Reason to Challah family challah making event on Sunday, February 21.
January means time to fill out your summer registration forms. And while you’re at it, book Grandma and Grandpa for some grandparent-grandkids bonding time for a few days between the end of the school year and beginning of camp. Sweet dreams.
The Claver family is a member of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation. Daughter, Sarah, age 4 attends the Gan, and son, William, age 6 is a Gan graduate and attends Hebrew School on Saturdays.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Hanukkah Party Smashing Success
I never thought of "mom's night on the town" as laughing it up at the EHNT Hanukkah party (I would have pictured a day at the spa, maybe?), but pictures don't lie! It looks like moms Deanna (3rd grader Lucca), Miram (1st graders, twins Dalia and Oren, and Gan-er Stav) and Alanna (7th graders, twins Logan and Lauren, plus college student Elissa-smiling in the lower right-hand corner) were whooping it up and enjoying the magic and humor by Randy!
Thanks to the Men's Club for once again hosting a fantastic and successful Hanukkah party. Members, potential members, kids and grandkids enjoyed the great show, listened to Rabbi Ginsburg sing Hanukkah classics (next year we should join in!), played (sometimes competitive) dreydl, ate kosher hot dogs and latkes and had an all around joyous and bright day.
Secret Talents of the Stars (aka fellow Parents)
Another treat this season was seeing Tami Glassberg (5th grader Robert) play concert violin at the Science and Arts Academy intercultural holiday show in December (they sang in English, Hebrew, French and more!). Okay, it's not an EHNT event, but watching mother and son play violin perfectly in concert with one another was fantastic. And, kvelling is never out of place!
Happy New Year...Again!
Having already celebrated, fasted, contemplated life and vowed to be a better me back in September, I felt like I had a real jump start on the "new year." But milestones like these (a decade ago many if not most of us would not have qualified to join the Parents Club!) always offer a moment to appreciate family, friends, health and all the blessings of life.
We look forward with hope to 2010, knowing that we have the power to be the change we want to see in the world, with every action, every day.
So, Happy New Year...Again!