Thanks for a great Shabbat!

Chevre:

Another wonderful Shabbat this week, filled with learning, music, friendship and more. Thanks so much to Nancy and Steve Feinberg for hosting us and organizing the potluck luncheon.  It was a beautiful occasion as we’ve come to enjoy every time in their home.

We spent time exploring the concept of “Het” – sin, failure, mistakes, falling short, missing the mark and how this affects us.  We also explored some mahzor (high holiday prayerbook) texts, and wrote some of our own – with the hope of incorporating what we wrote into our own Yom Kippur service.

Save the date: Our next gathering will be for Friday night, Kabbalat Shabbat, on Friday, September 5th, 2014 at the home of Cathy and Mitch Litrofsky in Lake Forest.  Watch the blog and your email for details.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Marc

(posted by Stew Campbell)

Shabbat Reminder, Tomorrow, Saturday, August 23

Chevre:

A reminder to RSVP for this coming Shabbat, tomorrow, Saturday, August 23rd.

We’ll meet on Shabbat morning at the home of Nancy and Steve Feinberg: 1034 N. Glenview Court, Palatine.

Please contact Nancy to participate in the potluck by using this link:
http://www.PerfectPotluck.com Coordinator Last Name: Feinberg   Password: 0823
You also can contact Nancy: nancy@snfsales.com; (847) 922-6988.

9:45     Gather & schmooze
10:00    Tefilot
12:15     Kiddush & potluck luncheon

As we’ve done for Shabbat in the past – most notably, when together we wrote our Birchot Ha-Shachar (morning blessings) – we’ll soon take the opportunity to create our own version of an important part of the service for Yom Kippur: the Al Het (“for the sins…).

This Shabbat morning, I’ll lead an exercise wherein we compose  our own list of the failures and mistakes that we think are common to our community – and this material will then be incorporated into our Yom Kippur morning and afternoon services.  No expertise is necessary to participate in this innovate activity – only the experiences of life itself are needed.

B’shalom,

Marc

(posted by Stew Campbell)

Welcome New Members

Chevre,

I’m happy to let you know of our new members.

Stacy Olszewski has joined B’Chavana. Having been an active participant in our Mussar group, Stacy decided to make B’Chavana her home.   Anne and Jon Weisblatt have become part of our community as well.  Their first visit with us was at Chanukah time at the Rangells and the interest that they felt then has grown to a decision to join us.  We’re looking forward to the unique experiences and insights that they will bring to our learning and growth.

We are building our community – we’re over forty members and continuing to grow. The principles that guide our growth are simple: we believe that our communal practices will enrich the lives of people who join us; we know that our communal practices will be enriched by the experiences and insights that new people will bring. We learn both of those lessons every time that we gather.

We are making B’Chavana sustainable. Here are things that you can do to build the community:

  • Share your B’Chavana experiences with people you know.
  • Invite your friends with you to our Shabbat and holiday gatherings, our book discussions and our tikkun projects.
  • Host an informational coffee with Rabbi Belgrad and people that you know.
  • Connect your friends with Rabbi Belgrad for a personal, one-on-one conversation.

For those interested in our membership materials, click here:B’chavana membership payment form 2014-2015

Our goal is to ensure that B’Chavana flourishes as a community for many years to come. Let’s accomplish that together.

L’shalom, Marc

Israel Emergency Event

Chevre,

There is an event by which you can demonstrate your support for Israel and learn more about the situation.  Please read this for the information:

IEC EVENT POSTCARD

I hope that you can make it.

L’shalom,
Marc

Upcoming Shabbat: Creating for the High Holy Days

Chevre,

As we’ve done for Shabbat in the past – most notably, when together we wrote our Birchot Ha-Shachar (morning blessings) – we’ll soon take the opportunity to create our own version of an important part of the service for Yom Kippur: the Al Het (“for the sins…).

This Shabbat morning, I’ll lead an exercise wherein we compose  our own list of the failures and mistakes that we think are common to our community – and this material will then be incorporated into our Yom Kippur morning and afternoon services.  No expertise is necessary to participate in this innovate activity – only the experiences of life itself are needed.

We’ll meet on Shabbat morning at the home of Nancy and Steve Feinberg: 1034 N. Glenview Court, Palatine.

Please contact Nancy to participate in the potluck by using this link:
http://www.PerfectPotluck.com Coordinator Last Name: Feinberg   Password: 0823
You also can contact Nancy: nancy@snfsales.com; (847) 922-6988.

9:45     Gather & schmooze
10:00    Tefilot
12:15     Kiddush & potluck luncheon

Looking forward to seeing you there.

L’shalom,
Marc

B’Chavana and social media

Friends,

The information I posted about our new Twitter handle prompted a handful of questions so I thought I would add some clarity.

Website/Blog/Email Notifications:
Our website, http://www.bchavana.org, functions as a blog – as Marc or others post to it, the most recent post is “on top” and those posts get emailed out to our email subscribers immediately.  It is our understanding that the majority of you just read the email notifications and don’t visit the site.  We do encourage you to visit the site often!

Social Media
In addition to the Website/Blog, we have now two social media presences – our Facebook account and our Twitter handle.  Right now, anything posted to the Blog cross posts to our Facebook account and we intend to set that up on our Twitter account as well.  On both Facebook and Twitter, our intent is to make that a richer experience – Rabbi and others will be posting information, links and articles of interest to those places, On Facebook, we will additionally be doing things like creating photo albums from events, posting event schedules and more on our Facebook account.

Our Facebook page is:  https://www.facebook.com/BChavana

Our Twitter page is:  https://twitter.com/wearebchavana
and, as noted in my previous post, our Twitter handle is @wearebchavana.

If you are a twitter user and want to share content, please feel free to Tweet it to us at @Bchavana – all followers will then receive the content.

And, since many hands make light work, if you are interested in volunteering to be a social media contributor and administrator for B’Chavana, please reply to this post and I will contact you.

B’Shalom,

Stew Campbell

B’Chavana is on Twitter!

Friends, B’Chavana is now on Twitter. We will be using Twitter for a variety of purposes including sharing news and updates about B’Chavana, promoting B’Chavana events, sharing updates about Israel and other topics of interest, photos of events and more.

Follow us @WeAreBChavana – our page name is the same – We Are B’Chavana. Much fun to come!

B’shalom,

Stew Campbell
B’Chavana Va’ad/Publicity and Marketing