Shavuot is Coming!

Shavuot (the Festival of Weeks) falls 49 days after Passover and completes our counting of the Omer – commemorating the completion of the harvesting of wheat in the Land of Israel.  It also recalls our receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. It is traditional that people stay up all night to study Torah.  In Jerusalem, thousands of people will then walk to the Western Wall in the morning to finish with a community minyan.  We read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot and study the Ten Commandments.  We also decorate our homes with greenery and it is traditional to eat dairy food on this holiday.

Come and celebrate a
Shavuot Progressive Dinner
Eat – Learn – Pray
with B’Chavana
on Saturday night June 11th at 5:00 PM

We will meet at house #1 (location to come shortly) for appetizers and a unique, interactive activity – did we say fun? – on the Book of Ruth.

Then we will travel a short distance to house #2 for our entrees and to expand our knowledge of the Ten Commandments.

Finally, we will journey to house #3 for yummy desserts and a fabulous brief Shavuot service with Havdalah.

We will use our Perfectpotluck.com to sign up for all the delicious food.  (We’ll post the link on the Sunday prior to the program.)  Dairy is traditional which we always do anyway, but note that blintzes and cheesecake are 2 very traditional dishes for Shavuot.

More information will follow shortly.  In the meantime, brush up on your knowledge of The Book of Ruth.  Also, we are looking for the most creative, outlandish reason why we eat dairy on Shavuot.  Do some research and see what you can find out!!

For more information, contact me, Sue Levin: suelevin@rocketmail.com; 702-250-9230.

I hope to see you there,
Sue

Kallah 2016 – a recap

Our Kallah for 2016 was an enormous success – 20 B’Chavana’rs decended on Oconomowoc, WI and the Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (aka “OSRUI”) camp for a weekend of fun, worship and most important, Community.

Our theme, Community was perfect for this gathering as we examined everything as it relates to B’Chavana and the concept of community.

Please enjoy this recap of the weekend.  We hope you join us next year – February 2017.

Kallah 2016 recap

Enjoy!

Who Wrote The Bible?

Chevre,

“Who Wrote the Bible” is a question that interests many.  Did God write it?  Did Moses?  Or did it come from a variety of human sources?

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago (May 4) we will take up that question this summer on Tuesday nights.

 

We’ll do that by reading a scholarly but accessible book titled Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman, a biblical scholar and the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia.

Individually, participants will read two chapters each week.  When we get together I’ll review his teachings and answer questions.  It won’t be necessary to attend every class to gain something.

In June we’ll meet on Tuesday the 14th, 21st and 28th in the home of a member (tba) from 7:15-8:30 pm.

If you’re interested, let Susan Auvinen know so that she can keep you posted on times and places:   susanauvinen@icloud.com; (847) 650-5903.  There is no charge for members. We’re happy to welcome others at a cost of $25/session.

You’ll need to order your own copy of the book or find it at your library.  It’s available on Amazon for approximately $12, paper or hardcover: Amazon: Who Wrote the Bible?

I hope you’ll join us for what will prove to be a fascinating mystery/detective story.

L’shalom,
Marc

Shabbat Dinner Tomorrow Night

Chevre,

Just reminding you of our Shabbat dinner tomorrow night at the home of Jane and Steve Grossman in Deerfield.  Our program will be our first-ever “Ask the Rabbi”.  Bring your questions, large and small, and I’ll respond to them all.  And remember my teaching motto: ‘There’s no such thing as a stupid question.'”

6:00 PM   Arrive, schmooze, wine and cheese
6:40 PM   Kabbalat Shabbat
7:30 PM    Dinner
8:30 PM   Ask The Rabbi
Post … Dessert, more schmooze

Please RSVP via Perfect Potluck:  http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=YNKT9563.

Jane and Steve Grossman live at 207 East St Andrews Ln, Deerfield, IL 60015   [view map]. To contact Jane: jane.gro@me.com; (847) 754-6424.

L’shalom,
Marc

New Learning: Who Wrote the Bible?

Chevre,

It’s hard to believe but our Tuesday night Torah learning group is just about to finish its study of the first book of the Torah, Genesis/Bereshit – after only 15 months!

From time to time we have spoken of the contention of modern scholarship that the Bible was not written by God, as some traditionalists claim but, rather, by human beings.  And not only that, but that it was written over a period of hundreds of years by different sources, each of which had a different worldview, theology, and more.

So we’ve decided to take a short break from the Torah itself in order to learn about that process that brought the Torah into being.

We’ll do that by reading a scholarly but accessible book titled Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman, a biblical scholar and the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia.

We’ll read a chapter or two each week and then will convene to explore and explain what Friedman has written.  It won’t be necessary to attend every class to gain something. Beginning within the next few weeks we’ll meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:30 pm.

If you’re interested in participating, let Susan Auvinen know so that she can keep you posted on times and places:   susanauvinen@icloud.com; (847) 650-5903.  There is no charge for members.  We’re happy to welcome others at a cost of $25/session.

You’ll need to order your own copy of the book or find it at your library.  It’s available on Amazon for approximately $12, paper or hardcover: Amazon: Who Wrote the Bible?

I hope you’ll join us for what will prove to be a fascinating mystery/detective story.

L’shalom,
Marc

Ask the Rabbi – This Friday, May 6

Chevre,

Our next B’Chavana Shabbat gathering will be Friday, May 6 at the home of Jane and Steve Grossman in Deerfield.

During a recent meeting of the Torah learning group, we got off topic – imagine that! – for what turned out to be the entire session.  We discussed different periods of Jewish history, the relationship between early Judaism and Christianity and other interesting topics.  When Leslie mentioned it at the Leadership Va’ad meeting, people around the table asked if we could do that on a Friday night.  So here it comes: the first-ever “Ask the Rabbi”.  Bring your questions, large and small, and I’ll respond to them all.  And remember my teaching motto: ‘There’s no such thing as a stupid question.'”

Our usual Friday night schedule applies:

6:00 PM   Arrive, schmooze, wine and cheese
6:40 PM   Kabbalat Shabbat
7:30 PM    Dinner
8:30 PM   Ask The Rabbi
Post … Dessert, more schmooze

Please RSVP via Perfect Potluck:  http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=YNKT9563.

Jane and Steve Grossman are at 207 East St Andrews Ln, Deerfield, IL 60015   [view map]. To contact Jane: jane.gro@me.com; (847) 754-6424.

L’shalom,
Marc

Louis Jay Grossman, z’l

Chevre,

I am saddened to let you know of the death last week of Louis Grossman, 61, brother-in-law of Randi and Glenn Simon (as well as being Glenn’s partner in PaNosh Kosher Catering) after a long and courageous struggle with illness and disability.  Louis is survived by his wife, Marlene, and his children Seth and Brooke, Michael and Charry, and Leah and Shrad, as well as their children and other close members of his family.

The funeral was on Thursday.  I apologize that I could not post this sooner but I was out of the country.  The family has completed receiving condolences, but I’m sure that Randi and Glenn might appreciate a phone call.

Our love and condolences go to Randi and Glenn and their children as well as to Marlene and her children and grandchildren during this time of mourning.  We hope that they know of our support and that their memories of Louis bring a measure of comfort to them. If you wish, the family has asked that contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, 55 E. Monroe St., #3420, Chicago, IL 60603, www.diabetes.org (312) 346-1805.

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