Shabbat Reminder – RSVP – this Saturday, October 25th at the Heislers

Chevre:

As the leaves continue to Turn Turn Turn, we turn to our upcoming Shabbat celebration this Saturday morning, October 25th.    Our hosts are Karen and Larry Heisler.  Please note their new address is 1080 Whigam Road in Riverwoods.   If the weather holds out, we might hold our service outside on Karen and Larry’s deck overlooking the burning fall colors of Ryerson Woods.  If not, we’ll gather indoors and enjoy a warm and joyous morning together.

To RSVP and sign up to contribute to Kiddush luncheon,  please use Perfect Potluck link or contact Karen at karen.heisler@ubs.com

Schedule:
9:45 Gather
10:00 Tefilot
12:00 Kiddush luncheon

See you Saturday morning!

~ Karen Heisler (by way of Stew Campbell, B’Chavana Va’ad Communications)

Sukkoth Shabbat Recap

Chevre,

It was a chilly night this past Friday as we celebrated the harvest holiday of Sukkoth at the home of Robin and Stew Campbell, but while our noses and ears may have felt the cold, we were warm from the inside from a combination of the results of the first-ever B’Chavana Chili Cookoff and of course the warmth of friendship from our B’Chavana family.

We had another great Friday night turnout, with nearly 25 people in attendance, an huge abundance of foods, and enjoyed vegeterian chili concoctions made by Stew Campbell and Karen Heisler.  With the hearty “fall food” meal, the usual abundance of other foods and wines, and the warm spirits of our crew, it was truly an autumn celebration.

We all went into the chill of the evening for a bit to say the Sukkoth Blessings and “shake” the lulav and etrog, and then returned for our usual musically-driven Kaballat Shabbat Friday service – with a twist – Rabbi led us in a rendition of the Pete Seeger (and more familiar, recorded by Crosby Stills and Nash) song Turn Turn Turn - which is based on the book of Ecclesiastes.  This was a prelude into our discussion of this most challenging biblical text, with varying viewpoints and takes on the writing shared.

As the hosts of the evening, Robin and I have to say it was wonderful to see our home filled with such good friends, good feelings, and fun.  We thank everyone that joined us and provided such abundant foods and lent their spirituality to the evening!

Our next B’Chavana service gathering will be at the home of Karen and Larry Heisler in Riverwoods, on Saturday, October 25th, 9:45 AM.  Look for more details as the date gets closer.

Stay warm, friends!

B’Shalom,

Stew Campbell – B’Chavana Va’ad/Communications

REMINDER: Upcoming Shabbat this Friday Night – Sukkoth Shabbat

Happy Wednesday, B’Chavana friends!

A reminder:  This Friday night we will be having a Sukkoth Shabbat celebration at the home of Stew and Robin Campbell – 304 Chateau Drive, Buffalo Grove.  Robin and Stew will be hosting B’Chavana’s first ever “Chili Throwdown in the Sukkah” – bring your best vegetarian chili, and/or a side, salad, dessert of some other kind. (Note to Chili Chefs – if you have a crockpot, please bring your chili in it, as we are limited on stove space). To RSVP and sign up to contribute, please use the Perfect Potluck link for this event or contact Stew and Robin at 847-465-0747 or by email to Robin@cowspot.net.

Click HERE to RSVP and let us know what you’re bringing:  http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=XZHC8829&v=57708b7aaa#

Our discussion topic will be: “Ecclesiastes: Cynical or Sorrowful?” The rabbis imagined that the book of Ecclesiastes/Kohelet was written by Solomon during the latter years of his life.  Why did they do so?  Because they imagined a man reflecting back on his earlier years and drawing forth wisdom from his experiences – both positive and negative.  His conclusions will surprise you, coming as they do against a background of traditional Jewish thought against which they, perhaps, rebel.  Share in learning about – and from – this most unorthodox of Biblical texts.

Schedule:  6:00PM – Wine & Cheese & Schmooze
6:45 PM:  Kaballat Shabbat
7:30 PM – Dinner (it’s a chili throwdown!  Bring your best chili!)
8:30 PM –  Discussion/Learning

See you Friday night!

B’Shalom,

Stew Campbell, B’Chavana Va’ad/Communications

Yom Kippur Memories and Shabbat Update – Friday for Sukkoth

Chevre:

While it was cold outside for Yom Kippur, our services were filled with the usual cozy warmth that B’Chavana brings.  There was something extra special about walking in from the very crisp and cool fall air, scented with falling leaves and burning wood, and into the warm glow of our B’Chavana family gathering for Yom Kippur.

Rabbi Marc led us on a deep spiritual journey in those 24 hours – reflections on who we are, who we are accountable to, the work we must do during the day of repentance and understanding of the way forward.  As usual, we had wonderful contributions – our Torah readers Robin Campbell and Glenn and Randi Simon, Sarah Levin’s beautiful prayerful poetry, Karen Jacobs’ eloquent story of New Year’s Resolutions, John Remaly’s viewpoint of “Whom we stand before”, Hillary Levine’s exploration of “The Gifts I’ve Received”, Donna and Michael Brandwein’s dramatic/humorous moments of teaching, the aliyot and honors by all called to the Bimah, and so much more.

Our night and day were powered by music, as B’Chavana always is – Randi Simon, led us with power and spirtuality as our cantorial soloist, the guitar stylings of Bob Levine added texture and depth, a warm and soulful duet by Hillary Levine and her daughter Eloise along with Hilary’s vocal additions throughout the service added soul, Shira Simon’s violin virtuosity (and incredible voice!) added beauty, Bernie Warman’s ever-present piano drove the music and of course the voices of all who came to reflect and to worship made it all complete.

Larry Heisler delivered a moving High Holidays appeal, and we are happy to report you responded VERY generously.  Larry got the beginner’s luck he was wishing for! The B’Chavana family thanks you – your continued financial support helps us to continue to grow, continue our efforts at education, transformation and social change.  If you did not turn in your pledge card at the conclusion of the Yom Kippur morning service, please take one of these actions:
a) Mail your card to B’Chavana, P.O. Box 7608, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-7608;
b) email your pledge (just please include your name, address, phone number and pledge amount in the body of your email, no need to use the card) to sendtobchavana@bchavana.org.

And life, and B’Chavana continues on, just like the seasons do.

Next Shabbat Service:
B’Chavana carries on the warmth of fall this Friday evening with a Sukkoth Shabbat celebration at the home of Stew and Robin Campbell – 304 Chateau Drive, Buffalo Grove.  Robin and Stew will be hosting B’Chavana’s first ever “Chili Throwdown in the Sukkah” – bring your best vegetarian chili, and/or a side, salad, dessert of some other kind. (Note to Chili Chefs – if you have a crockpot, please bring your chili in it, as we are limited on stove space). To RSVP and sign up to contribute, please use the Perfect Potluck link for this event or contact Stew and Robin at 847-465-0747 or by email to Robin@cowspot.net.

Our discussion topic will be: “Ecclesiastes: Cynical or Sorrowful?” The rabbis imagined that the book of Ecclesiastes/Kohelet was written by Solomon during the latter years of his life.  Why did they do so?  Because they imagined a man reflecting back on his earlier years and drawing forth wisdom from his experiences – both positive and negative.  His conclusions will surprise you, coming as they do against a background of traditional Jewish thought against which they, perhaps, rebel.  Share in learning about – and from – this most unorthodox of Biblical texts.

Schedule:  6:00PM – Wine & Cheese & Schmooze
6:45 PM:  Kaballat Shabbat
7:30 PM – Dinner (it’s a chili throwdown!  Bring your best chili!)
8:30 PM –  Discussion/Learning

See you Friday night!

B’Shalom,

Stew Campbell, B’Chavana Va’ad/Communications

Jewish Community Candidate Forum – Monday, Oct. 6

Chevre, please read this announcement from our friend Rabbi Brian Stoller at BJBE:

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for Yom Kippur to begin tomorrow evening, I want to tell you about an important community event that is happening just two days later. We are partnering with 23 other synagogues, Jewish communal groups, and day schools to host a North Shore Jewish Community Candidate Forum at BJBE on Monday, October 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (For more information: CandidateForum2014Flyer)

Come meet and hear from the federal and state candidates in our area, including the candidates for Congress in the 9th and 10th congressional districts, as they address the hottest issues facing our country, our neighborhoods, and our Jewish community. I will be moderating the forum – so, at least for that night, I will do my best to be stiff-necked in enforcing the rules!

I have attached a poster listing all the candidates who are attending the forum, and indicating the details for the evening. I hope you will be able to join us for this important and informative community event, and I look forward to seeing you there!

May you be sealed for a sweet and healthy new year,

Rabbi Stoller

Chevre,

I am looking forward to spending the next twenty-four hours with you in contemplation, celebration, evaluation and meditation.  We approach this holiday as we do everything in our community’s life: with intention.  So take a few moments this afternoon to prepare, to decide what you’d like to focus on, to identify the journey you’d like to take during this period we call Yom Kippur.  Each of us is on a journey unique to us alone – yet we bind our journeys together in something we call community as we give each the support and challenge to grow and refine ourselves.

Let me share my heartfelt wishes for a day filled with light and enlightenment, an easy fast and a good new  year.

 

A sunny and beautiful Rosh Hashanah, REMINDER FOR Yom Kippur

Chevre:

What a wonderful gift of a warm weekend and beautiful weather that started on Erev Rosh Hashanah and has continued onwards for the past several days.  It’s been very conducive to reflective thoughts while enjoying walks outdoors, cycling through the forest preserves, gardening and more.  I hope you find at least one opportunity to continue the reflection begun during Rosh Hashana so as to carry it forward to Yom Kippur.

And speaking of wonderful gifts, we were blessed with a full and active house of B’Chavana warmth for Rosh Hashanah.  We were welcomed graciously by the Church of Latter Day Saints with their beautiful building, were blessed with perfect weather, and every contributor – from those that came to the bimah to share their thoughts and talents, to the voices actively singing “In This House” to those that chose to sit quietly and daven – added to the joy of the day.

Rabbi Marc’s sermon “What If G-d Were One of Us?” helped us all reflect on the concept that all, even those we disagree with, are made in the image of G-d.  To re-read Rabbi’s reflections, click: What if God Were One of Us – RH 5775

Mark Rangell and Rachel Levin shared our vision for our first-ever B’Chavana Mitzvah Day, in which we heard of the challenge – 100 people participating in 10 projects on a day filled with bringing Mitzvot to the community, coming April 19, 2015  (stay tuned for much more communication on this topic!).

Sarah Levin’s prayerful poetry, Donna, Michael and Ben Brandwein’s dramatically humorous enactment of the Haftarah, Robin & Stew Campbell’s shofar calls, Karen Gleicher and Glenn Simon’s beautiful Torah chanting, and of course the wonderful music provided by our “band” including guitar and vocals contributed by Bob and Hillary Levine, the piano and vocals contributed by Bernie Warman and led by Randi Simon’s incredible voice – all were parts of what truly were awe-inspiring services on Rosh Hashanah.

And at the end of the services – a relaxing walk to Lake Arlington in the sunshine to cast off our troubles in the form of bread to what had to be a record-sized flock of ducks and seagulls – it all made for a beautiful day.

Our High Holy Days services resume this evening at Trinity United Church of Christ in Deerfield (CLICK HERE FOR MAP TO THE LOCATION) with Kol Nidre.  It is not too late to join us – tickets will be available at the door.  We look forward to seeing you there.

L’shalom,

Stew Campbell, B’Chavana Va’ad/Communications