What's New at BJBE - August 10, 2009

Dear Congregants,

As we move into mid-August, High Holy Day forms are filling the office and Religious School Registrations are being sorted and filed. Please take a moment and return these important papers to the office so that you can enjoy the rest of the summer without these important items clogging your “to do” list.

Our SUMMER SHABBAT SERVICE SCHEDULE continues this Friday, August 14, with Services beginning at 6:30 PM at BJBE. There will be a light Oneg following Services.

Please note the SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE this week, August 15, will run from 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM instead of the regular 9:00-10:00 AM slot. This is to accommodate the Women of Reform Judaism Holocaust presentation beginning at BJBE that morning. As always, this service is the right prescription for all your Shabbat needs: joyous prayer and challenging Torah learning in a community of friends. So come ready to pray, come ready to learn – and come casual! It’s the perfect way to start your summer Shabbat mornings! This week’s service will be led by Tracy Friend.

RESALE! RESALE! RESALE! Help us make the last RESALE at 901 Milwaukee a memorable and successful one! We need clothes (on hangers), shoes, house wares, books, toys and other gently used items that you no longer need for resale! Drop off dates are Tuesday, August 18, from 3:00-7:00 PM and Wednesday, August 19 from 2:00-8:00 PM. The RESALE will run Thursday August 20 from 9:00 AM-8:00 PM and Friday August 21 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. To volunteer or for additional information, please contact Diane Sachs at 847-559-9850 or email her at tripmom22@aol.com.

JEWISH HEALING AND SPIRITUALITY: Music to Soothe your Jewish Soul. Join the Jewish Healing Network and Jewish Care Services for an afternoon of music featuring BJBE member and music therapist, Rhonda Wehner on Sunday, August 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This program, takes place at JSFS, 5150 Golf Road in Skokie. For information and registration contact Carol Berry, 847-568-5100 or JHNC@jcfs.org or http://www.jcfs.org/

Maot Chitim (www.maotchitim.org) the organization that delivers 5000 holiday food packages to needy Chicago area Jewish families around Passover and Rosh Hashanah needs our help. Volunteers are urgently needed to help pack non-perishable items in boxes on August 30for one hour between 10:45 and 3:45 PM. Please contact BJBE member Mark Brodson at brodson@schwalb.com for more information or to sign up.

TOURS OF 1201: Have you been driving the spur or looking inside the green fence surrounding our new home and felt compelled to go inside? Well, here is your chance! We will be offering tours of our new home at 1201 Lake Cook Road on a first come, first served basis on Tuesday, September 1. Tours will begin at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 PM and will last about 45 minutes. Please RSVP to Kim Weiner at ks813@mac.com.

ATTENTION NEWER MEMBERS: Please make note that High Holy Day Prayerbooks (Machsorim) are not generally available during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services. Books are available for purchase in the BJBE Office for $25 each.

BJBE has started a chapter of Grandparents for Social Action www.grandparentsforsocialaction.org. We're the GrandDeeds chapter and we’re having an organizing meeting for active grandparents (...and grandfriends) on Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 PM at Max and Benny's 461 Waukegan Road in Northbrook. We'll talk about starting a movement to share our values of doing good deeds, speaking out for a good cause and even using our piggy-banks to help others in need. Contact Sue Diamond for more information and to RSVP sdiamond3208@gmail.com , 847-945-2850. 

ADULT EDUCATION: Are you interested in studying for an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah at BJBE? This year-long course would require a commitment to weekly, two-hour evening classes for 12 months at the temple, culminating in a beautiful group B'nai Mitzvah ceremony. If you might consider taking this course, please email your name to Robbie Schreiber at robbie1008@aol.com.

Congregational New Year's Card: For only $10, your family's name will be imprinted on the Congregational New Year's Card conveying your personal wishes to all your Temple friends. All proceeds for this card will be used for BJBE's youth, including educational projects and camp scholarships. Please mail your check made out to "BJBE Sisterhood" to Jennifer Cramer, 2312 Carrington Way, Glenview, IL 60026.

OLAM KATAN (A Small World), BJBE’s weekday preschool, invites you to join us as we move to our new temple home. We have openings for this fall for parent tot, 2s, 3s and 4s. We have a special year planned and would love to welcome your family to our program. For more information call our directors, Debbie Becker or Sandy Hill at 224-567-3875.

The 2009-2010 year for BJBE Sisterhood is just beginning and you are going to want to be part of this exciting year! Save the date and please join us for the Sisterhood Membership Dinner on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 at BJBE. We will be entertained by an amazing speaker: Marilyn Price, nationally known educator, puppeteer, storyteller and artist. Admission: Annual Membership Dues--$41 ($59 with optional Chai; $77 with Double Chai) For more info contact Gloria Marron @ glor1225@hotmail.com or (847) 272-6082 NOTE: As part of Sisterhood’s Social Action Project please bring new toothbrushes/toothpaste to donate to a local mental health facility.

If you are interested in receiving news from IRAC, Israel Religious Action Center, for the Pluralist Newsletter discussing the latest issues being addressed regarding pluralism, religious freedom and tolerance in Israel, go to "IRAC.org" and sign up.

CHAVURAH UPDATE: Want to feel more connected within the BJBE community? Joining a Chavurah is a fantastic way to meet fellow congregants in smaller and more personal group settings. We are currently creating a variety of new groups - please contact Julie Letwat, Chavurah Program Chair for more information at jletwat@comcast.net.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT to have your memories included in the “Remembering 901” DVD. We are looking for materials in the form of photos, audio recordings, videos, or writings to be included in a compilation that will be presented in DVD format. You might want to share memories of a life cycle event, your participation in a particular activity, watching as your child sang in the junior choir, or remembering when a rabbi’s words or a cantor’s voice touched your soul. If you have anything or any questions, please contact Sandee Holleb at ilearsi@comcast.net or (847) 590-5504.

It’s time for you to send in your school registration forms. You will find these forms on the BJBE website: http://www.bjbe.org. All you need to do is to scroll down to the bottom of the home page and then click on the School Registration forms. If you would prefer, call the office and we will mail you hard copies of the forms.

AUGUST TZEDAKAH: Abayudaya of Uganda. The Abayudaya Jewish community is a growing community of 1000 living among their Moslem and Christian neighbors. Founded in the early 1900s, they have become self supporting through subsistence farming and a coffee cooperative. Donations help support their education and health care systems. Learn more at http://www.kulanu.org/abayudaya . Please give generously.

Information about programs from the Jewish Employment Network are available at www.bjbe.org/pages/kehilat-shalom.html. Jewish Child and Family Services has a series of terrific programs as well listed at www.jcfs.org

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: This week at 1201, I suggest you keep your eye on the two-story walls on the south-east corner. This is the exterior of our Sanctuary and it’s about to be clad in a spectacular coat of slate shingles! Take a look next time you drive by on the spur (look north as you go through the toll plaza). For CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS, log onto the BJBE Website at http://www.bjbe.org/story/capital-campaign-photos and follow the listed log in instructions. Once you get to the ‘Client Access’ page on our contractor’s (Krusinski’s) web site, click the “View Report” buttons to see the photos uploaded on the indicated dates. New pictures are posted weekly.

Run, don’t walk to your Judaica Shop and be sure to get in on the fabulous sale. Most items are 50% off of original price. In addition, new items are discounted 20%. Talit are discounted 30%. For further information, please call Audrey, 847-788-9084 or Julie, 847-299-3528.

If you have any questions about these or any other Temple programs, please feel free to contact the Temple office at (847) 729-7575. 

L’Shalom
Marc