Upcoming Shabbat: New News (& Reminder)

Chevre,

Everything for this coming Shabbat morning remains the same except for this: Randi, Anita and I will continue teaching in our year of “Learning for Jewish Living”.  But we need your help.

If you plan to attend, identify which two of these Jewish skills you would be interested in learning about: singing Shabbat evening kiddush; wearing a tallit; wearing tefilin; making havdalah; or singing birkat hamazon (blessing after a meal).  We will offer three of them and you will be able to “sign up” for one.

Leslie and Kevin Harrison will host: 716 N. Greenwood Dr., Palatine. Leslie’s contact info: (847) 207-2266; leslie2266@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTE: We’ll return to our usual Shabbat morning format. Make sure to use this link right away to indicate your participation in the potluck luncheon: Leslie’s Potluck Luncheon.
9:45     Gather & schmooze
10:00    Tefilot & learning
12:15     Kiddush & potluck luncheon

I  look forward to sharing Shabbat with you.

L’shalom,
Marc

Great Upcoming Programming

Chevre,

Please note the following upcoming wonderful B’Chavana programs from now through the spring:

January 29th, Sunday afternoon, A TASTE OF CHALLAH. Bread making becomes the way that Shabbat bonds two worlds, the spiritual and physical in which we live. Now we will learn to make our braided dough in the kitchen of Jane Grossman. We welcome seasoned bakers, novices in the kitchen, and everyone in between.

February 9th, Thursday evening, “Tu B’Shevat, the new year of trees”. We will be exploring “the seed within” through Jewish text, partnered study, and mindfulness exercise. We will be collaborating with OROT, a center for new Jewish learning and practice, and will use this as a window into meaningful and intentional living.

February 17th – 19th, KALLAH, from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Our 4th annual Kallah will convene on the beautiful shores of Lac La Belle at OSRUI. Our learning theme will explore the mitzvah to “love thy neighbor as yourself”.

March 2nd, Thursday evening, Shabbat – Finding Rest Within”. We will be cultivating a personal Shabbat practice through candle lighting, prayer, and song. We will once again collaborate with OROT.

March 11th, Saturday night, PURIM. A Jewish festival in which we read the book of Esther and celebrate a night of dress up, laughter, and drinking. Don’t forget the Hamantaschen!

April 2nd, Sunday, Community Passover Seder, the first ever for B’Chavana.

May 13th, Saturday evening, CHAGIGA. We will celebrate our growth and accomplishments in our 6th annual festival since the beginning of B’Chavana. We will have a Havdalah ceremony with song and dessert included.

May 30th, Wednesday night, SHAVUOT, the story of revelation and fulfillment of the covenant. We will have story telling in the style of a MOTH podcast in order to celebrate the diversity and commonality of the human experience.  The MOTH’s stories are true first person narratives told live with or without notes about the topic of weaving memory.

Many thanks to Rachel Levin for planning many of these programs.

L’shalom,
Marc

Link to Invisibilia’s “Flip the Script”

Sorry, friends, I forgot to include the link the other day to the podcast that we listened to on Friday night.

Here it is: Invisibilia: Flip the Script.

L’shalom,
Marc

Holiday Mitzvah Opportunity

Dear Members of B’Chavana,

The social workers in my school district, Wheeling School District 21,  help families every year during the holiday season.  This year,  London Middle School needs help with their Holiday Giving Tree.

Families submit requests for items needed for their children at the holidays.  {These gifts are necessities, like clothing – not toys, etc.}  Right now there are ten students on the list with no sponsors. It would be greatly appreciated if you could help us fill these requests.

If you can help, please e-mail me at maureen.shayman@ccsd21.org as soon as possible.  I will send you the age and items requested for a particular student.  Gifts should be around $40 to $50.  I need to collect the gifts by Sunday night, Dec. 11. Please feel free to call me with any questions – 847-323-5173.

Maureen Shayman

B’Chavana Looks Forward: Share Your Thoughts & Feelings

Chevre:

B’Chavana is now in its 6th year and we are trying something new.

The Va’ad (leadership team) is choosing to pause, reflect, and learn what our membership is thinking and feeling about B’Chavana – what the community provides to each of us and what we can give back.

We also want to understand what suggestions you have for B’Chavana as we move forward.

Be on the lookout for a note from me, on behalf of the Va’ad, inviting you to take a survey. It will only take a few minutes to complete but the few minutes you take are important to us.

Our collective responses will help guide us as to how to improve and expand  upon our B’Chavana success.

Once we’ve digested the survey responses, we plan to set up our first annual town-hall meeting to drill further into the responses you have provided.

Thank you,

Renee Hochberg, Membership

Upcoming Shabbat

Chevre,

What a lovely and stimulating time we enjoyed Friday night.  Our davvening reached its usual intensity and our learning equally so, as we explored dimensions of the mitzvah to love our neighbor as our self.  For both those who were there and want to hear  more, or those who weren’t but are curious, here is a link to the audio that we listened to, called “Flip the Script” from the NPR podcast “Invisibilia”.  The clip we listened to is approximately the first five minutes; the remainder of the show is about an hour.

Thanks as always to Karen and Larry for hosting us so warmly and beautifully.  Even Sadie welcomed us enthusiastically (I say that as if she’s capable of doing otherwise).

We’ll gather this coming Shabbat morning for tefilot and learning.  I’m putting together the learning right now and will let you know as soon as I can.

In the meantime, Leslie and Kevin Harrison will host: 716 N. Greenwood Dr., Palatine. Leslie’s contact info: (847) 207-2266; leslie2266@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTE: We’ll return to our usual Shabbat morning format.  Please use this link right away to indicate your participation in the potluck luncheon: Leslie’s Potluck Luncheon.
9:45     Gather & schmooze
10:00    Tefilot & learning
12:15     Kiddush & potluck luncheon

I hope you have a good week and look forward to sharing this coming Shabbat with you.

L’shalom,
Marc

Love Thy Neighbor: Shabbat Reminder

Chevre,

A quick reminder that tomorrow night we will explore the mitzvah to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Karen and Larry Heisler will host: 1080 Whigam Rd., Riverwoods.  Karen’s contact info is: (847) 814-1095; karen.heisler@ubs.com.  Please sign up today for our potluck dinner:  Heisler potluck dinner.

6:00     Wine & cheese
6:45      Kabbalat Shabbat
7:30     Shabbat blessings; dinner; Birkat Hamazon
8:30     “Love Your Neighbor” – What might it mean for us today?

I look forward to sharing Shabbat with you tomorrow night.

L’shalom,
Marc