Upcoming Shabbat @ Independence Grove

Chevre,

This coming Shabbat we’ll gather at Independence Grove for our morning tefilot.

Our learning will feature selections from an essay that appears in the new Reform mahzor (the high holiday prayer book that we’ll begin to use next year) by my friend and teacher Larry Hoffman titled “Why ‘Sin’ Matters, or What’s a Heaven For?”  Through reading, dialogue and “communalogue” we’ll begin to explore the grand themes of sin and repentance that lie at the heart of our holiday season, so that we can be more intentional in our celebration of the holidays and have a more meaningful experience.

Rich Herman and Stew Campbell will be our hosts.  Please rsvp using the “leave a comment” button at the bottom of this post.

Our schedule will be:
9:00    Coffee and… (to be provided)
9:30     Tefilot & learning
11:30     Kiddush

You will need to bring your own chair and while we will seek to find a shady spot, it is possible that we will have partial sun or more, so if you’re sensitive to sunlight bring an umbrella.
Independence Grove is along IL Route 137 (Buckley Road) on the northeast edge of Libertyville, about 3/4 of a mile east of Milwaukee Ave, or about 4 miles west of I-94, on the north side of Hwy 137.  Independence Grove is free to Lake County residents and charges a small fee per car ($10) for non-Lake County residents.
Finding Us:  Please refer to the downloadable map – we will be situated on the east side of the lake on a hillside (the RED CIRCLE) on the map: IndependenceGrove_Directions.  When you arrive and after you pass the entry booth, follow the roads to the right and park in Lot B (BLUE CIRCLE).  Walk past the large banquet and visitor center (passing it by to your left) and you should find us just past there in the grassy area under the trees.  We will have someone near the visitor center on the path to direct you.
In case of rain: I’ll post an announcement that morning (or earlier, if possible) and we’ll meet at the home of Rachel Levin and Rich Herman: 3613 Radcliffe Dr., Northbrook; 847-602-1549.
I hope you have a good week and look forward to seeing you there.
L’shalom,
Marc

Bishop Demetrios’ Remarks on Love & Social Justice

Chevre,

I apologize for the tardiness of this post.

I want to thank Gail and Jack Eisenberg, as well as Gail’s parents, for hosting us so beautifully in their home last Shabbat.  The intimate setting was perfect for our many special activities that morning.

Speaking of which: many thanks to Melinda and Ron Harris for preparing a new piece of music, From the Morning, for our service.  It was beautifully presented and added a special dimension to our reflection.  Likewise, we’re grateful to Mark Swimmer for sharing his spiritual journey, helping us to know better both him and ourselves.

Many who came were eager to learn from my friend, Bishop Demetrios, and they weren’t disappointed.  He challenged us both with the sophisticated level of his presentation and with his message itself, as he described how he roots his commitment to social action in the precept of loving our fellow rather than in a strict sense of justice.  If you’d like to read his remarks, you’ll find them here: Bishop Demetrios – Presentation on Social Justice August 2016.

I plan to post an announcement on Sunday for our next Shabbat morning gathering on the 27th.  Don’t forget we’ll meet at Independence Grove in Libertyville.

In the meantime, I wish you a peaceful and joyous Shabbat.

Shabbat shalom,
Marc

Reminder: Personal Testimonials

Chevre,

An important reminder: Melinda Harris wants to include our personal statements about the meaning and importance of B’Chavana in our new website, which is very close to going live.  Under the new “Join Us” tab there will be a spot for personal testimonials.

What has B’Chavana meant to you? How has it made a difference in your life?

Please write 2-3 sentences.  Be sure to include your full name and the date you joined. Melinda will use your testimonial in full or in part and will use only first names and last initials.

Send your comments directly to Melinda: melinda.pollack.harris@gmail.com. She would like to receive them by this Friday, Aug. 19.

L’shalom,
Marc

Julie Miller, z’l

Chevre,

I am deeply saddened to let you know of the death of our member Julie (Julius) Miller.  Julie brought a warm and loving presence to our gatherings every time he was present.  He finally succumbed after struggling courageously through a long-time illness.

Our loving condolences are with his wife, Merle, and his three children and their families: our members Robin and Stew Campbell, Joel, Brian and Alex; Jon Miller, his wife Erica and their children Joey & Shawna; Shari Marcus, her husband Micah and their daughter Jayla.

The funeral service will take place this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 12:00 pm at Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 1558 Wilmot Rd, Deerfield. The interment will immediately follow at Shalom Cemetery in Palatine.

Shiva will be held at Robin and Stew’s home, 304 Chateau Dr., Buffalo Grove, as follows:
Tuesday until 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
The minyan will begin each evening at 7:30 pm.

Gail Wright is organizing a dinner for the extended Miller family.  To be involved, or for more information, please contact Gail at gailwrig@gmail.com or 847-612-7387.

Those who would like to honor Julie’s memory may do so with a contribution to these organizations that meant much to Julie during his life:
B’Chavana, PO Box 7608, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-7608
The Cancer Wellness Center, 215 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL 60062

Our love and condolences go to Merle and Robin and Stew and their entire family at this time of deep loss.  We hope that their memories of Julie will bring a measure of comfort to them.

Ha-Makom yinachem etchem b’toch sh’ar avaley Tzion v’Yerushalayim – may God console them along with all who mourn among our people.

L’shalom,
Marc

 

High Holy Days 2016: Information & Tickets

Below is information on our High Holidays Services for 2016, to be held starting with Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, October 2, and Monday, October 3, and continuing with Yom Kippur, Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  This year’s services will all be at Northbrook United Methodist Church.

The information on this page is available as a PDF: BChavana High Holiday Services 2016

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Hochberg at rfhochberg@gmail.com  or (312) 402-8339.

Shabbat Reminder: Bishop Demetrios

Chevre,

Reminding you that this coming Shabbat morning brings Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago and a long-time friend of mine to share his religious faith with us: Bishop Demetrios – Biography.

I’ve asked him to explain his Orthodox Christian faith and to speak to the way in which it serves as a foundation for his commitment to social justice.

Gail and Jack Eisenberg will host: 2758 Wilshire Lane, Northbrook. Please let Gail know of your plan to attend: (847) 331-3978; gailsbrownies@gmail.com.

REMEMBER: we will not have a potluck luncheon, so there’s no need to sign up for that. It’s still important to contact Gail so that she can set up accordingly.

9:00 Coffee and…
9:30 Tefilot & Bishop Demetrios
11:30 Kiddush

I hope to see you there.

L’shalom,
Marc

This Shabbat: Bishop Demetrios

Chevre,

This coming Shabbat morning brings a special guest to B’Chavana. Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago (the equivalent of the Catholic archdiocese) and a long-time friend of mine will share his religious faith with us.

We first met at an interreligious retreat, which illustrates his concern for building bridges within the Christian community and beyond. As an advocate and activist for social justice, the Bishop has been involved in work in the area of AIDS. Likewise, he worked with the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty and is pastor towards several people on death row.

Bishop Demetrios has been a leader in these and other areas too numerous to list here. For more detailed information please visit his official bio on the Metropolis’ website: Bishop Demetrios – Biography.

I’ve asked him to explain his Orthodox Christian faith and to speak to the way in which it serves as a foundation for his commitment to social justice.

Gail and Jack Eisenberg will host: 2758 Wilshire Lane, Northbrook. Please let Gail know of your plan to attend: (847) 331-3978; gailsbrownies@gmail.com.

REMEMBER: we will not have a potluck luncheon, so there’s no need to sign up for that. It’s still important to contact Gail so that she can set up accordingly.

9:00 Coffee and…
9:30 Tefilot & Bishop Demetrios
11:30 Kiddush

I hope to see you there.

L’shalom,
Marc