Selichot Program & Rosh Hashana

Chevre,

Many, many thanks to Beth and Bruce Natkin for their customary  warm hosting of us for our Selichot program and prayer last night.  Their beautiful home provided a perfect setting for the different aspects of our evening, as we spread out throughout the many rooms for our chevruta (one-on-one) learning and enjoyed their backyard – complete with waterfall – for dessert, havdalah and our late-night Selichot service.

Our learning focused on several texts related to the theme of t’shuvah, as we explored its various meanings of turning, returning, recalibrating and realigning ourselves.  The in-depth exploration of these passages chosen from our mahzor – our High Holiday prayer book – and spirited discussion of their meaning and implications for the spiritual work of the holidays prepared us for the reflection that awaits us.  For those who would like to see those materials: selichot-texts-tshuva-2016.

We gather next for Rosh Hashana and then Yom Kippur.  There are still seats available so please reach out to friends who are in need of a home for the holidays: bchavana-high-holiday-services-2016.

It is looking likely that we will welcome our friend and Israel tour guide Liat Bussiba to our Rosh Hashana services as she travels through the U.S.  We’re looking forward to a warm reunion.

I am excited  and eager to share the upcoming holidays with you.  I am most excited about the participation of many of our members in the creation of the special spiritual experience that is the B’Chavana High Holiday celebration, from those who sing and play instruments to those who chant Torah and write Divrey Torah to the special video pieces unique to our services to the presentations of the Brandweins who, yes, will be back again.

Have a good week and take a moment each day to reflect.

Shavua tov,
Marc

Reminder: Selichot Spirituality on Saturday Night

Chevre,

Just a reminder of Saturday night’s Selichot gathering for learning and reflection.

Join us as we explore the meaning of t’shuvah/repentance;  mark the end of Shabbat and the upcoming holiday season with a beautiful and inspirational Havdalah & Selichot service; and enjoy desserts as only B’Chavana does.

Beth Glick Natkin and Bruce Natkin will host us: 878 Ridge Rd., Highland Park (parking is allowed on the street on the weekend and you can park as many cars in the driveway that will fit as long as you don’t block the sidewalk).  They have a beautiful backyard that we will use, weather permitting; dress accordingly.

Please respond so that Beth can plan our dessert repastSelichot Potluck Dessert.

7:00     Dessert
7:45      Learning about T’shuvah/Repentance
Break
Learning/Reviewing melodies for the Holiday services
9:30     Break
9:45     Havdalah & Selichot Services

I hope to share this inspiring occasion with you.  In the meantime, I hope you have a Shabbat shalom.

L’shalom,
Marc

Join Our High Holiday Community

Dear friends of B’Chavana,

If you have not yet found your High Holiday home, we in the B’Chavana community welcome you, your friends and family to share  what promises to be a moving and inspirational start to the new year.

Together we will celebrate and reflect through song, prayer and learning, and enjoy a beautiful new space in Northbrook with ample parking and handicapped accessibility.

Click this link – bchavana-high-holiday-services-2016 – for further information and a ticket order form.

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

We hope to greet you on October 2.

L’shalom,
Marc

Selichot Spirituality this Saturday Night

Chevre,

This coming Saturday night we continue preparing ourselves spiritually as we gather for learning and reflection.  Our annual Selichot gathering has long been a favorite as it combines an opportunity to learn more about t’shuvah – repentance – with a late night service that evokes the mood and meaning of the High Holidays.

This year will be no different.  We’ll build on our recent conversations about the spiritual potential of the holidays as we read select passages from the rabbis and others that explore the meanings and processes of repentance.  We’ll work in chevruta – paired study partners – focused on small quotations, and then will share our learning with one another, all with an eye towards preparing ourselves spiritually for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

Beth Glick Natkin and Bruce Natkin will host us: 878 Ridge Rd., Highland Park (parking is allowed on the street on the weekend and you can park as many cars in the driveway that will fit as long as you don’t block the sidewalk).  They have a beautiful backyard that we will use, weather permitting; dress accordingly.

Please respond so that Beth can plan our dessert repastSelichot Potluck Dessert.

7:00     Dessert
7:45      Learning about T’shuvah/Repentance
Break
Learning/Reviewing melodies for the Holiday services
9:30     Break
9:45     Havdalah & Selichot Services

In the meantime, have a good week.  I hope to share this inspiring occasion with you.

Shavua tov,
Marc

NEED MORE FOOD PROVIDERS: Volunteer Opportunity – PADs Summer Supper

Hi Everyone:

We have had a good response so far, but many of the food donation slots are not yet filled and we need to fill them.

The original post, including the Perfect Potluck link to volunteer to bring food is below.  Please consider helping!

Robin Campbell


Chevre:

Who wants to get their Tikkun Olam on?  Short on Mitzvot?  Here’s a great way to help:

PADs, an organization that provides assistance, shelter, meals and advocacy for Cook and Lake County’s homeless and at risk residents is holding a dinner event for their clients on Monday, September 19th – B’Chavana has volunteered along with another organization to provide people and food for this event.

The details:

Monday, September 19th
Kingswood United Methodist Church, 401 West Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove
Timing:  Starting at 5:45 PM to about 9:00 PM

We need a combination of both five people volunteers to serve and clean up, about a 3 hour time commitment, and food and beverage items.

Please sign up with this Perfect Potluck link – please note, B’Chavana has committed to fill every slot on this sheet – there will be one more organization doing the same:

http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=YHOM0534&v=57708b7aaa

Here’s details of the evening as provided by the PADs leadership staff:


All hot food needs to be brought in hot and ready to eat, at 6:00pm. Food that does not get served hot may be dropped off at the church and left on the counter or in the refrigerator as necessary any time during the day.

Dinner Staff Volunteers are needed from 5:45pm until 9:00pm. Onsite training will be held the first 10 minutes of the shift.

Here is the list that we ask each faith community to provide for their assigned Summer Supper evening:

5 Dinner Staff Volunteers – Please arrive by 5:45pm. There will be a Dinner Coordinator who will instruct you on setting the tables, serving and cleaning up the kitchen and bathroom areas. All hair should be pulled back and disposable gloves worn when working with the food (will be provided on site). All Dinner Staff volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

5 Main Dishes – provide enough food to feed 15-20 people; suggestions include lasagna, meatloaf, chicken, fish, pork chops, spaghetti and meatballs, brisket. All food should be delivered hot, cut in serving size pieces, in disposable containers.

4 Vegetable Dishes – provide any type of vegetable dish to feed 15-20 people. Food should be brought in hot, in disposable containers, ready to eat.

4 Salads – provide any type of salad to feed 15-20 people; suggestions include: green salad, fruit salad, cole slaw, taco salad. Food should be brought in disposable containers, ready to eat.

3 Desserts – provide your favorite dessert to feed 15-20 people; suggestions include: cookies, brownies, cake, pie. Cakes or pies can be cut by our volunteers.

PLUS:

2 Gallons of Juice, Lemonade or Iced Tea
1 Gallon of 1% Milk
1 Case of Bottled Water
25 Pieces of Fresh Fruit


All of these items are on the Perfect Potluck link, including the staff volunteer slots.

If you have questions, please call Robin Campbell at 847-833-6348.

Robin and Stew and their family have volunteered for PADs for several years, and are happy to report is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities you can find.  We hope you can volunteer to provide your time or provide food or beverages.

Besides … Yom Kippur is coming …🙂

 

Shabbat Thanks; Looking Forward to Selichot

Chevre,

We enjoyed a wonderful morning of singing, laughter and learning.  While it was gray and raining outside, inside was filled with the warmth of our Shabbat celebration.  Jane Rosenblum shared her spiritual journey and our learning explored the benefits of communal prayer, particularly with an eye towards the High Holidays.  Once again, Melinda Remaly’s home provided an intimate setting for our gathering.

Please remember: our next gathering will be on Saturday evening, Sept. 24, at the Natkins’.  We’ll begin after dinner and our evening will include havdalah, learning that supports the spiritual opportunities of the High Holidays, our beautiful annual late night Selichot service and, of course, dessert. I’ll post more details next Sunday.

In the meantime, have a good week.

Shavua tov,
Marc

Shabbat Reminder

Chevre,

A quick reminder:

This week’s learning is based on an essay “The Bayit and the K’neset” by Rabbi Dalia Marx, PhD, in which she explores the tension/balance between a private, personal spirituality and the communal spirituality of praying together with others.

Melinda Remaly will host: 505 Mors Ave., Wheeling.  There is no potluck luncheon, but please let her know that you’ll attend: phdmomof2@gmail.com; 847-638-1928.

9:00     Coffee and…
9:30     Tefilot and learning
11:30     Kiddush

I hope to see you tomorrow.

Shabbat shalom,
Marc