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In this Issue:

• Upcoming JUF Events

• Local Synagogue and Community Events

• JUF's Joyfully Jewish Happenings

• JCC Chicago

• Teen and Young Adult Programming

• Volunteer Opportunities

• Programs Offered by Jewish Federation Affiliated Agencies

• JUF News Roundup


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Share all your Simchas in JUF News!
There’s always something to celebrate!   JUF News Simchas section includes:

  • Births
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
  • Engagements
  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries

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Know of a newcomer to Chicago's Jewish community or someone who is thinking of relocating here?

JUF's Shalom Chicago sends complimentary welcome packages.

Visit Shalom Chicago online or call 312-357-4826.


Upcoming JUF Events

North/Northwest Community Connections: Secrets of Remarkable Jewish Women

Join the Women's Board of the Women's Division of the Jewish United Fund as they learn about issues impacting the Jewish community, build stronger connections between Jewish women and hear about the important role JUF plays.

Guest speakers include: Rachel Durchslag, Executive Director of Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation; Linda Pressman, Author of Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie; Phyllis Tabachnick, Managing Director of JPMorgan Securities

  • When: Wednesday, November 16
  • Where: B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield
  • Time: 7 pm registration and coffee; 7:15 pm program promptly begins
  • $18 program fee, $20 at the door

For more information contact the Women's Division office at 312-444-2847 or by email.


Join JUF's Chanukah Coat Club Today!

A gift of $18 to JUF's Chanukah Coat Club will ensure a local child in need receives a warm, new coat to brave the harsh winter. This gift can be made in honor of someone special in your life, who will receive a personalized Chanukah card announcing your gift, along with a copy of a thank you from a child who received a coat. Learn more about the Coat Club here.

Visit the JUF Calendar for more upcoming events »

Local Synagogue and Community Events

Congregation Anshe Tikvah, Wheeling, Arlington Heights

  • The Laws of Captive Women, Tuesday, November 8, 8 - 9 pm
  • Lunch and Learn: West Bank Story, Monday, November 14, 12 - 1 pm
  • Bible Stories You Never Learned in Hebrew School, Tuesday, November 29 8 - 9 pm
  • Adult B'nai Mitzvah

More information can be found online or by contacting Cantor Jury at 847-917-7725.

BAY Shul, Buffalo Grove

  • Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level 1. Learn to read Hebrew in just 5 classes. Open to all ages. There is no charge for the class.

To register, call 847-947-4BAY.

Congregation Beth Am, Buffalo Grove

  • Adult Trope Classes, Wednesdays, from 7 - 7:45 pm
  • Adult Beginer Hebrew, Wednesdays, from 6:45 - 8 pm
  • Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in the Afterlife, Sunday, November 6, 9:30 - 11:25 am
  • Barnes & Nobel Bookfair, Sunday, November 6, 10 am - 8 pm
  • Shabbat Worship with special guest Dan Nichols, Friday, November 11
  • The God Connection, Sunday, November 13, 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Sisterhood Knitting, Monday, November 14
  • Got Shabbat!, Friday, November 19, 3:30 pm
  • Torah Study, weekly, Sunday mornings 9 - 9:45 am
  • The Book Discussion Group, meets monthly, contact Marjorie Shambery at 847-537-1333

For more information on Beth Am's adult education programs, visit the Web site or call 847-459-1677.

Beth Judea, Long Grove

  • Interpretive Shabbat Service, Saturday November 5
  • Mitvah Day, Sunday, November 6
  • Veteran's Day Shabbat, Friday, November 11, 7:30 pm
  • Ethical Eating, You Are What You Eat, weekly starting Tuesday, November 1, 8 pm
  • Sweet Taste of Torah, weekly, Wednesday at 8 pm
  • Words of My Mouth: Talmud Study, Sunday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 am
  • Z'Havah Women, for women in their 20s to 40s who want to connect to their peers as Conservative Jews. Help form this group at the initial meeting on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 pm.
  • Rosh Chodesh Group, meeting monthly beginning Thursday, November 10, 8 pm

For more information on adult education, click here. For other programs offered by Beth Judea, click here.

Beth Judea Focus on Families events are open to the community, free of charge and are designated for children ages infant through 2nd grade. Contact Anna Besser at 847-634-8300 to RSVP.

  • Gan Shalom: pre-kindergarten program focusing on Jewish holidays, heroes, and mitzvot for children age 5 and under, Sunday, November 13 from 10:30 am - 12 pm.
  • Challah Chaverim: storytime group with Rabbi Pivo, a shabbat song session with Cantor Weisberg and challah making, Thursday, November 10 6:30 pm and November 17, 2 - 2:45 pm.
  • Gan Shabbat: Shabbat Service spcially designed for children ages nine and under, every Shabbat morning from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

Congregation B'nai Shalom, Buffalo Grove

  • 6th Annual Fine Arts/Crafts and Judaica Festival, Sunday, November 6
  • TV's Oldies but Goodies Night, Wednesday, November 21
  • The Talmud Class, Tuesdays at 8 pm
  • Morning Minyan Breakfasts, Monday - Friday, 6:13 am

Beth Tikvah, Hoffman Estates

  • Save the Date for the Chuzpah Awards, Gourmet Dinner and Mystery Theater on Sunday, November 19

McHenry County Jewish Congregation, Crystal Lake

  • Paul Argiewicz, Holocaust survivor, historian and lecturer, November 9 at 7 pm
  • Used Book Sale, Sunday November 6 from 9 am - 12 pm
  • Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt, Saturday, November 12 at 5:30 pm
  • Ethical Dilemmas in the Torah, Sunday, November 12, 9 am
  • Chasidic teaching, second and fourth Wednesday of the month

Congregation Or Shalom, Vernon Hills

  • Quilting for Tzedakah, Tuesdays starting November 1, 9:30 am - 2 pm
  • Israel's Desert Trek, Torah Study, Tuesday, 7 - 9 pm
  • Backstage Bimah Tour with Rabbi Looper, Wednesdays, 7 - 8:15 pm
  • Simchat Shabbat Services, Friday, November 11, 6 pm
  • Social Action's Autumn Blood Drive, Sunday, November 13
  • Jewish Learning and Art Workshops, Wednesday, November 30

Temple Chai, Long Grove

  • Congressman Robert Dold, Sunday, November 13, 10 am Congressman Dold will speak about his recent JUF Mission to Israel.
  • Capture the Flag! Saturday, November 12, 7:30 pm

Temple Chai offers a variety of classes at The Chai Center for Enrichment and Renewal, please check the schedule for upcoming classes.

Temple Chai collects food donations throughout the week, feel free to donate at any time. Donations will be distributed to local food pantries.

Bridges of Understanding: Sunday School for Grown-Ups will do an in-depth focus on other world religions.

  • Mormonism: Sunday, November 6
  • Catholicism: Sunday, November 13
  • North Shore Unitarian Church: Sunday, November 20

Adult Jewish Education Co-op (AJEC) Is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide learning opportunities for the Jewish community, primarily within the Northwest Suburbs. AJEC programs feature professional speakers who address contemporary topics of interest and is sponsored by Congregation Or Shalom, Temple Chai abnd Congregation Beth Judea. For additional information, contact Linda Magad at 224-475-0390.

  • An Introduction to Genesis and the Study of Torah facilitated by noted Jewish educator Jane Shapiro on Tuesdays November 1-December 6 at Temple Chai in Long Grove, 12 - 1:30 pm.

Fall 2011 Series: Who's Got the Power?

  • The Sinai Desert Experience with speaker Yehudis Karbal on Wednesday, November 2 at Congregation Or Shalom in Vernon Hills, 10 - 11:30 am.
  • Empowering Women for Healthy Relationships with SHALVA speaker, Bobbi Gordon on Wednesday, November 9 at Congregation Or Shalom in Vernon Hills, 10 - 11:30 am.

The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council will hold the Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Community Service on Sunday, November 20 at 7 pm at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove. Canned food donations are collected at the door to benefit the northwest food pantries. More information on the Council can be found online.

JUF's Joyfully Jewish Happenings

JUF Book Buddies

Join JUF Book Buddies and other young families for creative holiday-themed art-projects, sing-a-longs and story readings at three locations in Naperville, Vernon Hills and Oak Park. Our next event is Sunday, November 13. The program is free to attend but pre-registration is requested. For more information visit the Web site, email or call 312-444-2844.

Preschool On My Mind

This is the time of year when many families who enrolled their first child in a Jewish preschool for the 2011-2012 school year are receiving $500, $750 or $1,000 to offset tuition cost because they applied and received a JUF Right Start Gift Voucher. This program is no based on need. Do your homework now. Visit a Jewish preschool in your neighborhood, meet with a director and see if it is a good fit for you and your child. Vist the JUF Right Start Web site to check eligability or contact the coordinator at 312-357-4513.

Learn more about JUF Joyfully Jewish programs »

JCC Chicago

2nd Fridays at the JCC

Celebrate the 2nd Friday with the whole family at Jacob Duman JCC and Bernard Weinger JCC with stories, songs, music, open gym and swim. Dinner included. Friday, November 11, 5:45 - 7:30 pm. $25 per family.

  • Register for the Jacob Duman JCC, Buffalo Grove 2nd Friday here.
  • Register for the Bernard Weinger, Northbrook JCC, 2nd Friday here.

Spend time away from the daily routine with other dads and kids. Build lasting friendships, participate in community and volunteer experience and holiday celebrations with a Jewish twist during the school year. For more information about special Me & My Dad programs, visit the Web site or contact Marnie Kalfen at 204-406-9205.

Enjoy snacks, crafts, havdalah . . . and yoga and drama games at the Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook on Saturday, November 12 from 3:30 - 5 pm. Click for more information and to register.

Join children's musician Mr. Billy on Saturday, November 19 at Congregation Beth Am from 3:30 - 5:00 pm for a got Shabbat? celebration. For more information and registration click here.

Hanukkah Happenings - Save the Date!

Celebrate Hanukkah with the JCC and JUF's Joyfully Jewish on Sunday, December 11 at Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills (lower level, outside The Gap and The Disney Store). Festivities include crafts, photos, dreidel games and children's entertainment. More information coming soon!

Visit the JCC Chicago site »

Teen and Young Adult Programming

YLD North Suburban Shabbat Dinner

YLD Board members would like to invite you for a Shabbat Dinner on Friday, November 11. Dinner will start at 7:30 pm at a private residence in Deerfield. The cost of dinner is $36, which includes a Kosher meal and wine. Limited spots are available. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email with location and details.

YLD's Big Event Featuring an Evening of Stand-Up with Jimmy Fallon

Join YLD for an unforgettable night of comedy on December 10, 2011 at 8 pm at the Sheraton Chicago. Advance registration is required, buy your ticket today!

Education and Screening Program for Young Jewish Adults

Registration will open next month for the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders screening programs for young Jewish adults. Join the Center in March or May for a subsidized screening program, $180 per person,which includes an expanded nineteen panel test, educational program and dinner. These tests usually cost $3,000! Pre-registration is required. For more information visit the Web site or email Taryn.

Israeli Movie Night

Join the young adult community for a viewing of This Is Sodom, by Eretz Nehederet, a satirical Israeli TV show at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. Vieiwing Saturday, November 5, 9 pm at The Claim Company and AMC Northbrook. Email or call 312-357-4812 for more information.

20somethings Volunteer at CJE Gidwitz Place and Friend Center

Join the 20somethings and hang with the residents of CJE's Gidwitz Place and Friend Center in Deerfield on Sunday, December 4. Get to know the residents during Coffee Talk from 10:30 - 11am and help run Bingo and other games from 11 am - noon. For more information contact Elizabeth at 312-357-4812.


Israel Experience Scholarships for Students and Young Adults

High school, college students and young adults planning to travel to Israel in the summer or fall of 2012 may be eligible to apply for a financial need or merit scholarship! The spring deadline is March 1, 2012. For more eligibility requirements and applications visit the Web site.

SKIP Funds Almost 26 and haven't used your SKIP funds? Don't Panic! There are many wonderful programs for young adults ranging from 10 days to a full year, regardless or Birthright participation. More information available online.

Gift of Israel Is an Israel Experience in your child's future? Give the Gift of Israel! Help make an Israel Experience more affordable by enrolling your child in the Gift of Israel program today. More information, including enrollment packet, available online.

Make Your Donation to Israel Experience Programs Double Your donation matters more than ever! A local family foundation teamed up with the Jewish Federation to match all new or increased gifts dollar for dollar up to $100,000, dramatically increasing the Federation's finacial need-based Israel Experience Scholarships. All gifts must be received by April 1, 2012 and be designated for Israel Experience scholarships. Call 312-444-2904 or email for more information.

Go Further Abroad in Israel

Are you hoping to immerse yourself in an exciting new culture? Or are you looking for top-flight academics? Do you want to experience non-stop beach life? Or are you looking to find yourself at the edge of the desert? Take your study abroad experience further by exploring programs in diverse and thriving Israeli cities like Beer-Sheva, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or the Galilee region. Visit the the Web site for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

JUF's Updated B'nai Mitzvah Guide

TOV has a wonderful new resource! If your B'nai Mitzvah students are looking for service project opportunities, please share the new B'nai Mitzvah Guide with them. Email for more information.

The JUF TOV Volunteer Network presents Fall Mitzvah Mania, a calendar of one-time volunteer projects running through Thanksgiving. There are projects for volunteers of all ages, so be sure to sign up today!

TOV MTV - Monthly Teen Volunteering

Teens spend a couple hours a month making a difference in the lives of others in the Chicago community. They can participate once, twice or every month; there's an opportunity waiting!

  • When: November 20, 2011
  • Where: The Chesed Fund Warehouse, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

There's no charge for TOV MTV opportunities, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information visit the Web site or contact TOV MTV by email or at 312-444-2867.

Young Judaea Alternative Winter Break

Young Judaea is celebrating its 5th year of Alternative Winter Break (AWB) this December and would like to invite any 9th-12th grader to join the program. AWB offers Jewish teens a unique opportunity for travel and experience while performing highly needed community service based on the Jewish values of tzedek and tikun olam. Alternative Winter Break will conduct programs in New Orleans and with the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Learn more about the program and register here.

Programs Offered by Jewish Federation Affiliated Agencies

Jewish Vocational Service is a dynamic agency delivering a comprehensive selection of non-sectarian employment services. Offered this month are the following workshops:

  • Starting a Small Business in Illinois
  • Hire Your First Employee
  • Networking and the Elevator Speech
  • Non-Profit Industry: A Career Option for Corporate Professionals
  • Building Your Personal Brand and Telling Your Story
  • Career Support Group

For more information, visit the Web site or contact Kathy Zook at 312-673-3462 or Carol McDermott at 312-673-3400.

CJE SeniorLife, a comprehensive network or housing, healthcare, community services, education and applied research since 1972 has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families throughout metropolitan Chicago. Programs this month include:

More information, including registration information available online.

It is the mission of the Jewish Child and Family Services to provide help, healing and caring services infused with Jewish values to strengthen lives in the commuity. November events include:

More information available on the JCFS Web site.

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