Dear BJBE Members,
Summer has arrived at BJBE so why not sing it in this Shabbat as Rabbi Kedar is joined on the Bimah by our new Cantor Ross Wolman as well as Cantor David Berger. This will be Cantor Wolman's first Service at BJBE! Services will begin at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a special Oneg. Cantor Wolman's first "solo" Shabbat will be in two weeks on July 22 and a special welcome Oneg will be held that evening as well.
This past weekend, eight members of BJBE accompanied Rabbi Stoller to Joplin, Missouri to spend Shabbat with the members of the Jewish community there, and to lend helping hearts and hands in the aftermath of the tornado that devastated Joplin last month. In Rabbi Stoller's words, "What we saw there almost defies words. The May 22 tornado cut a devastating path of destruction through the heart of Joplin, instantly reducing to rubble everything in its way, including businesses, churches, hospitals, and countless homes. We heard incredible, moving stories of both devastation and survival. We aided both the synagogue and a local church in distributing needed supplies to tornado victims. And we worked side-by-side with a Joplin temple family, sifting through the rubble of their destroyed home for missing possessions and family heirlooms. In the process, we began to build a beautiful relationship with Joplin's small United Hebrew Congregation, which Rabbi Stoller served as student rabbi for 3 years during rabbinic school—a relationship that we are committed to furthering in the months and years to come.
BJBE Members Attend the AIPAC Conference Spring 2011
Sandy Robbins, our wonderful and esteemed Director of Education, has asked me to renind our Religious School parents that the time has come to send in your forms for the coming school year.
By the power vested in me as the keeper of this email, I hereby declare the start of summer! I further declare that effective immediately and continuing through mid-August, all Friday evening Shabbat Services shall begin at 6:30 PM.
In celebration of this time, I decree that Shabbat Services this Friday, June 17 shall be held at Wood Oaks Park in Northbrook and that all members are encouraged to invite their friends and neighbors to join in a celebratory dinner prior to Services.
This week is the Jewish Festival of Shavuot celebrating the giving of the Ten Commandments to the Children of Israel at the base of Mount Sinai. Reform Jewish have long coupled this festival with the Confirmation Ceremony celebrating a new peak in Jewish Education. We invite you to celebrate the Festival and Confirmation with us on Tuesday evening, June 7 at 6:30 PM.
There are two customs widely associated with Shavuot. The first is to study Torah until late into the evening. This Tikkun Leil Shavuot will run from 9:00 PM until 12:15 AM on Tuesday evening. Everyone is welcome to join us and learn from our teachers that evening: Rabbi Kedar, Rabbi Shapiro, Rabbi Stoller, Jordan Taitel, Phyllis Steiner and Marcus Newman. The second custom? The ritual eating of cheesecake and all things dairy!
Scholar-In-Residence Weekend, December 6-8
Men's Club Daddy-Daughter Dance, December 15Mid-Month