Standing At Sinai

Chevre,

Thanks to Cathy and Mitch Litrofsky and Larry Heisler we stood again at Sinai during our Shavuot celebration.

Following a typically tasty dinner Mitch and Larry led our learning.  After seeing Moses (Mel Brooks) drop commandments 11-15, they asked us to work in small groups to determine what we thought they should be.  Interestingly, there was considerable overlap.  Likewise, many of the items we thought of could also be found in our rabbinic tradition.  My personal favorites were “I am the Lord thy goddess” and “Thou shalt eat chocolate”.  As you can see, we gilded our learning with our B’Chavana sense of humor.

Our tefilot were festive; we shared new melodies and sang Hallel.  Our Torah service led us (almost literally) to Sinai as Randi chanted from the living room loft while we watched on from below.  The evening ended with dessert and a spectacular bonfire.

Remember: our next Shabbat gathering will be on Saturday morning, June 6, as we welcome Danny Siegel to be our guest teacher.  More details will follow soon.

Shavua tov,
Marc

Reminder: Shavuot Celebration Saturday Night

Chevre,

Just a reminder that Saturday night we’ll gather for Shavuot.  Mitch Litrofsky and Larry Heisler will lead a program titled “Shavuot: A Learning Conversation”. We’ll also celebrate with a festive service.  The evening will conclude, weather permitting, with dessert and a campfire.

Cathy and Mitch Litrofsky will host our potluck dinner; weather permitting, we’ll be out-of-doors for some of the evening (so dress accordingly):
http://www.PerfectPotluck.com/meals.php?t=EFUP3924

 

1250 Breckenridge Ct, Lake Forest
(224) 880-5651 (h);  847 274-9202  (c)
cmlitrofsky@aol.com

Schedule:
6:00           Dinner
7:00            Shavuot Learning
8:15             Shavuot Tefilot/Hallel/Torah Reading/Havdalah
9:30            Dessert & campfire

L’shalom,
Marc

Shavuot: A Learning Conversation

Chevre,

The holiday of Shavuot recalls and celebrates the gift of Torah that, as the story goes, our ancestors received at Mt. Sinai.  Study of Torah – meaning the arguments and conversations that surround the text – is at the heart of our Jewish enterprise.

This coming Saturday night – May 23 – we’ll gather for that celebration. Through a program designed by Mitch Litrofsky and Larry Heisler we’ll explore some of the meanings of revelation in our lives.   Titled “Shavuot: A Learning Conversation”,  Mitch describes it this way:

“The Ten Commandments were given to us at Mt. Sinai 3215 years ago.  We’ve spent the last 3214 years attempting to receive them.  We’re going to give it another try tonight.”

We’ll also celebrate with a festive service that will include Randi’s chanting of Aseret Ha-Dibrot (10 Commandments), Hallel and Havdalah.  The evening will conclude, weather permitting, with dessert and a campfire.

Cathy and Mitch Litrofsky will host our potluck dinner at their beautiful home; weather permitting, we’ll be out-of-doors:  http://www.PerfectPotluck.com/meals.php?t=EFUP3924
1250 Breckenridge Ct, Lake Forest
(224) 880-5651 (h);  847 274-9202  (c)
cmlitrofsky@aol.com

Schedule:
6:00           Dinner
7:00            Shavuot Learning
8:15             Shavuot Tefilot/Hallel/Torah Reading/Havdalah
9:30            Dessert & campfire

I look forward to sharing this night of celebration with you.

L’shalom,
Marc

Danny Siegel: Our Mitzvah Inspiration Comes to Teach

What Can:
Bruce Springsteen, Steven Spielberg, David Copperfield,
Ben & Jerry, the late Paul Newman and Liz Taylor
Teach Us About Mitzvot That We Don’t Know?

How To Be a Mitzvah Hero

 

Author, Poet, Mitzvah Activist
Danny Siegel

 Chevre,

I’m thrilled to let you know that Danny Siegel will visit and teach on Shabbat morning, June 6.  Danny provided the inspiration that led directly to our very successful Mitzvah Day and his teaching has challenged us to reach higher in fulfilling the part of our mission that focuses on the good we do for others. Those of us on the Israel trip last June enjoyed meeting and learning from him over breakfast in Jerusalem (Siegel Jerusalem photo).  It is fortuitous that his visit will mark a one-year anniversary since that time.

Danny has been teaching and doing tzedakah work for decades and, to my mind, is the world’s foremost expert on “micro” ways of making a difference for the better in our world.  His perspicacity in a) identifying mitzvah opportunities; b) identifying and supporting mitzvah heroes – people carrying out those opportunities; and c) enabling us to identify the mitzvah opportunities in our lives – is unparalleled.

He’ll address those themes and teach us from texts in the Jewish tradition as he shares insights into the mitzvah work of the people listed above.

Schedule:
9:45          Gather & schmooze:
                    * please plan to arrive before 10 so that we can start on                           time and maximize our learning time with Danny
10:00       Tefilot; Learning with Danny
12:15         Kiddush & Potluck luncheon

We’ll post the pertinent details during the week before his visit.

This promises to be a very special morning for B’Chavana.  I hope you’ll be there to be a part of it.

L’shalom,
Marc

 

Shabbat Reminder

Chevre, just a quick reminder:

This coming Shabbat Anita and Randi will lead and teach at our Shabbat gathering.

Nancy and Steve Feinberg will host: 1034 N. Glenview Court, Palatine.  To sign up for the potluck luncheon:  http://www.PerfectPotluck.com; Coordinator Last Name: Feinberg   Password: 5310

For questions, please call Nancy: (847) 922-6988.

Schedule
9:45    Schmooze
10:00 Tefilot & learning
12:15    Kiddush & potluck luncheon

Shavua tov – have a good week,
Marc

Upcoming Shabbat

Chevre,

We had a thoughtful and engaging Shabbat as Jane and Stephen Grossman hosted us for the first time in their beautiful home.  The intimate setting was perfect for our service, our meal and our guest teacher.  Hannah Greene shared a thoughtful reflection on her growth and learning gleaned from her travels abroad – to Israel, Budapest and elsewhere.  Her message resonated with many around the room and prompted calls for another B’Chavana trip.  Stay tuned . . .

This coming Shabbat Anita and Randi will lead and teach as Susan and I will be in Miami for Jonathon’s graduation.  There is no topic yet for the learning but it will be stimulating, I’m sure, both in content and in format.

Nancy and Steve Feinberg will host: 1034 N. Glenview Court, Palatine.  To sign up for the potluck luncheon:  http://www.PerfectPotluck.com; Coordinator Last Name: Feinberg   Password: 5310

For questions, please call Nancy: (847) 922-6988.

Schedule
9:45    Schmooze
10:00 Tefilot & learning
12:15    Kiddush & potluck luncheon

Shavua tov – have a good week,
Marc

2 Reminders for Sunday: Israel Celebration; Immigration Issues

Chevre, a quick reminder about important events this Sunday; I encourage you to attend them:

Immigration Reform: A Conversation with Sen. Richard Durbin and Archbishop Blase J. Cupich”.  The program will take place at Temple Jeremiah, Northfield, 4:00 pm, and will be moderated by my friend Rabbi Paul Cohen.  For more information: Durbin.Cupich.

As I posted earlier, Sunday is also the day for our Jewish community annual celebration of Israel, taking place at Ravinia.  I encourage you to attend this program as well.  For more information: 2015 ISD Flyer.

And if you haven’t yet signed up for tonight: http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=OFDU3611

Shabbat shalom,
Marc