REMINDER: Shabbat tomorrow, April 25th

REMINDER:  Upcoming Shabbat, Saturday, April 25th:

Our next Shabbat will be tomorrow, hosted by Pam and Gary Riskin, in the community room of the Independent Living building of Victory Centre in Vernon Hills – 97 W Phillip Road Vernon Hills IL

Our guest teacher this Shabbat will be Jack Altschuler, a friend of member Paul Sakol.  Jack’s topic is “Money, Politics and Democracy: You Aren’t Getting What You Want.”  He’ll focus on the influx of great amounts of money into the American political system and how that money distorts the political process.  Amongst other issues, he’ll comment on recent Supreme Court rulings.   Overall, he’ll provide his understanding of where we are, how we got there, and what we can do if we’re not happy with the way things are.  His presentation is non-partisan.

You can learn more on his program here:  MP&D – You Aren’t Getting What You Want Program Description

And you can learn more about Jack here:  Bio for Jack Altschuler-Politics

Details:

Place: Independent Living building of Victory Centre in Vernon Hills, 97 W Phillip Road, Vernon Hills IL 60061

Schedule:
9:45 AM:  Arrive & Schmooze
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Tifilot and Learning
12:30 PM – Potluck Luncheon

RSVP/Potluck Contribution:  Please RSVP to Pam Riskin by using the Perfect Potluck system:  http://www.PerfectPotluck.com/meals.php?t=WYYC8603.

We look forward to seeing you!

B’Shalom,
Stew Campbell – B’Chavana Leadership/Communications

Kol Ha-Kavod To Us: Our Successful Mitzvah Day

Chevre,

Sunday was a remarkable day – a first in many ways for our young, strong, vibrant and compassionate community.

What started almost a year ago with an hour of learning in Jerusalem with the “mitzvah master”, Danny Siegel, culminated in a day devoted to providing help – in ways large and small – to people who need it.  We rose to the challenge that Mark Rangell set before us last Rosh Hashana – to generate 10 tzedakah programs, and engage 100 people.  The number of projects exceeded the 10, and while the number of volunteers is not certain we were darn close to 100 if not beyond it.

Mark provided remarkable leadership, from setting the vision to inspiring volunteers to overseeing the details to the realization of the program.  He helped us to explore and discover great things of which we are capable.  We are fortunate for the blessing of such a leader.

There are, in truth, too many people to thank individually – and I would be fearful of omitting someone.  So, collectively, I want to acknowledge and thank those who served on the organizing team; those who created and executed the beautiful and loving service programs; all who gave of their time and energy and compassion to carry out the projects; and the various vendors who donated food and other goods to sustain us as we made our rounds.  I thank, especially, our partners in this venture: The Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center and its staff, Linda Rockwell and Rhonda Wehner.

Sunday evening, as we were wrapping up, I noted that this could prove to be a transformational moment.  I don’t think that will be so for those who received our gifts; sadly, their struggles and difficulties will most likely continue.  And I don’t know that it will be true for those of us who volunteered.  But I do believe that this event will transform our community.  When we designed our mission statement, we included the goal “to increase justice and compassion in the world”.  We have talked often, of late, as to how well we are succeeding in fulfilling that goal.  There was general agreement that we had not yet brought forward this dimension of our community with any vigor and passion.  Mitzvah Day changed that.  Where we will go from here in building on this impetus . . . is up to us.  It is yet to be seen.  But I feel energized and confident that this is just the first of many successes that we will achieve in service to others.

And coming full circle: Danny Siegel, who inspired it all, will be our guest teacher on Shabbat morning, June 6.  More information will be forthcoming.  For now, save the date so that, together, we can thank him, learn from him again, and again be inspired to reach higher in fulfilling our mission to bring more compassion to the world.

L’shalom,
Marc

Upcoming Shabbat this Saturday, 4/25; Mitzvah Day

Chevre:

Yesterday was our first annual Mitzvah Day – and what a day B’Chavana had. We will post a much more detailed update, but we set out to accomplish 10 projects with 100 people – a huge accomplishment for small organization like ours – and hit the ball out of the park – 14 projects, more than 100 people. We touched many lives outside of B’Chavana and it just shows the power of our organization. Many, MANY thanks to all of our volunteers, committee menbers and all who volunteered.

Upcoming Shabbat, Saturday, April 25th:

Our next Shabbat will be this Saturday, hosted by Pam and Gary Riskin, in the community room of the Independent Living building of Victory Centre in Vernon Hills – 97 W Phillip Road Vernon Hills IL

Our guest teacher this Shabbat will be Jack Altschuler, a friend of member Paul Sakol.  Jack’s topic is “Money, Politics and Democracy: You Aren’t Getting What You Want.”  He’ll focus on the influx of great amounts of money into the American political system and how that money distorts the political process.  Amongst other issues, he’ll comment on recent Supreme Court rulings.   Overall, he’ll provide his understanding of where we are, how we got there, and what we can do if we’re not happy with the way things are.  His presentation is non-partisan.

You can learn more on his program here:  MP&D – You Aren’t Getting What You Want Program Description

And you can learn more about Jack here:  Bio for Jack Altschuler-Politics

Details:

Place: Independent Living building of Victory Centre in Vernon Hills, 97 W Phillip Road, Vernon Hills IL 60061

Schedule:
9:45 AM:  Arrive & Schmooze
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Tifilot and Learning
12:30 PM – Potluck Luncheon

RSVP/Potluck Contribution:  Please RSVP to Pam Riskin by using the Perfect Potluck system:  http://www.PerfectPotluck.com/meals.php?t=WYYC8603.

We look forward to seeing you!

B’Shalom,
Stew Campbell – B’Chavana Leadership/Communications

Calendar: Holidays Next Year

Chevre,

Here are the holiday dates for the coming year 5776 including anticipated celebrations in B’Chavana:

Rosh Hashana: Sunday night, Sept.13; Monday, Sept. 14
Yom Kippur:  Tuesday night, Sept. 22; Wednesday, Sept. 23
B’Chavana will celebrate according to our usual schedule ~

Sukkot: Sunday night, Sept. 27 through Sunday Oct.4 (Monday, Oct. 5, for those who observe 8 days)
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Sunday night, Oct. 4 – Monday, Oct. 5 (the following day for those who observe 8 days)
      ~ B’Chavana will celebrate Sukkot during our Friday night dinner on Oct. 2 ~

Chanuka: Sunday night, Dec. 6 through Monday, Dec. 14
B’Chavana’s annual Chanuka party will be on Saturday night, Dec. 12 ~

Purim: Wednesday night, March 23 through Thursday, March 24
B’Chavana will celebrate on Wednesday night the 23rd ~

Pesah: Friday night, April 22 through Saturday, April 30
There is no B’Chavana community observance of Pesah ~

Shavuot: Saturday night, June 11

As always, our celebrations will be an engaging and inspiring blend of old and new, emotional and intellectual, serious and humorous.  I hope we’ll celebrate together.

L’shalom,
Marc

Summer Schedule

Chevre,

Summertime always features its own distinct calendar as we try to navigate July 4th and a variety of other things.  This summer, in addition to the usual things we’ve got a couple of special programs of our own that we want to make you aware of so that you can put them in your calendar to save the date.  Please note each and every date listed here since many depart from our usual schedule of tefilot (services).

May 23 – Saturday night – Shavuot Celebration @ Litrofsky’s
May 30 – We have postponed our Special Music Night

June 6 – Shabbat morning: Special Guest Teacher Danny Siegel
June 12 – Friday night – Kabbalat Shabbat Tefilot and Dinner
June 28 – Sunday morning – B’Chavana’s (somewhat)  Annual Chagiga / Celebration of our community

July 10 – Friday night – Kabbalat Shabbat Tefilot and Dinner
July 25 – Shabbat morning

August 7 – Friday night – Kabbalat Shabbat Tefilot and Dinner
August 15 – Shabbat morning
August 29 – Shabbat morning

September 5 – Saturday night – Selichot & Preparation for the High Holidays

I hope to share all of these programs and sacred times with you.

L’shalom,
Marc

Israel Solidarity Day

Chevre,

Each year, the Jewish United Fund (JUF / Federation) sponsors an Israel Solidarity Day.  This year, given the anti-Semitic events in Europe and elsewhere it is especially important that we demonstrate our support and commitment to Israel and to world-wide Jewry.

This year’s celebration will take place on Sunday, May 3 at Ravinia.  That beautiful setting will host several presentations of Jewish / Israeli music.  There will also be a 3-mile walk.

There is no admission charge.  Donations to Israel’s Children Zone will be accepted.  The program provides critical services to Israel’s most vulnerable children.  Parking at Ravinia will be free.

At this time, we are not specifically organizing a B’Chavana event, but it would be nice for us to link up there as we see one another.

For more information click this link: 2015 ISD Flyer.  If you would like to participate or volunteer: http://www.juf.org/isd or 312-444-2905.

I hope to see you there.

L’shalom,
Marc

Regards from Liat in Israel

Chevre,

I just received this note from our tour guide, Liat, in Israel:

“…I thought how good our trip was! I miss the group and you very much and I often think about the places we visited and the things we did. How are you? How is everyone? Did your community grew? Any changes? Send everyone my regrads and big hugs!! Chag Sameach.”

I responded that we have room in our homes and hearts if she ever makes it to Chicago.

Shabbat shalom,
Marc