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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Stew Campbell, B’Chavana Va’ad/Communications