This week at BJBE - April 14

Dear Friends,

Wishing the BJBE community a happy and peaceful Passover.

  • Passover morning service, Tuesday, April 15 at 9:30am
  • Congregational Seder, Tuesday, April 15
  • Passover morning service with Yizkor, Monday, April 21 at 9:30am

Please see sections below for information on these and other upcoming activities

In observance of Passover, the temple office is closing today at 1:00pm and will be closed tomorrow. The office will also be closed next Monday, April 21.

BJBE was proud to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Klinghoffer and the Bat Mitzvah of Erica Lindquist this past Saturday. We look forward to celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of Carson Sklare at the morning service and the B'nai Mitzvah of Ashley Pekin and Brandon Zeidler at the Havdalah servicethis Saturday. Mazel tov to Matthew, Erica, Carson, Ashley, Brandon and their families.

Chag sameach,


Arlene Mayzel
Executive Director
847-940-7575, ext. 118

A Message from Rabbi Kedar 04.11

Dear friends,

When we tell the story of freedom, we tell a story that leads us through the wilderness to Sinai. And Sinai obligates us. We became free so many centuries ago: free to love our neighbor as ourselves, free to pursue peace, to pursue justice, free to celebrate our holy times, free to learn, to struggle with our faith, to heal a fractured world. We became free and struggled to maintain that freedom through the centuries so that we could be wildly human – forgiving, loving, compassionate, obligated to something grander and bigger than ourselves. Glorious is the freedom that ties us down to a past, a people, a heritage. Wondrous is a freedom that tethers us to the continuity of the generations, to holiness, to a sense of awe. We don’t really long for a life where anything goes, where wild abandonment leads us away from obligation, from belonging to community, to history, to a collective destiny.

I am honored to announce the publication of my new book Omer: A Counting with an introduction by Rabbi Brian Stoller. There will also be copies in the Temple office and the Sisterhood gift shop. For years you have received daily messages from me during the counting of the Omer. I feel in some ways like we wrote this together. When you get a chance, please 'like' my new Rabbi Karyn Kedar author page or subscribe to my blog on to receive this year’s Omer messages. Some will be from the new book and some messages will be from other sources.

Have a healthy and blessed holiday.

Rabbi Karyn Kedar

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