ENews May 2018

To enrich the lives and enhance connections of our Jewish community                                                  May 6, 2018

Shabbat Gathering Potluck — Please Join Us!
Friday, May 11, 6:30 pm
Tracy & Max’s House. Come meet our newest Board member!
Join FVJN friends for Shabbat blessings and dinner!
FVJN provides the pizza, you bring a side dish.
*Please note: Due to hosting family allergies, No nuts in food nor separate. No sesame seeds, sesame oil, sunflower seeds nor sunflower oil.
RSVP to rachely@fvjn.org (address will be provided upon RSVP).

Volunteer at NIFB with FVJN!
Saturday, June 2, 9 am – noon
Northern Illinois Food Bank: 273 Dearborn Ct. Geneva
Open to ages 8 and up.
Help your community and have a blast, too, volunteering with friends at NIFB!
Dress to get dirty (just in case), and wear close-toed shoes.
RSVPs required by May 24. Please include names (and children’s ages).
RSVP to: rachely@fvjn.org

Mark Your Calendar!
May
5/9 – Board Meeting
5/11 – Shabbat Gathering
5/20 FVJS: Field Trip & Last Day!
June
6/2 – Volunteer at the Food Bank!
6/6 – Lazarus House Dinner
6/12 – Book Group
6/13 – Board Meeting
6/19 – 6/24 – Swedish Days Booth!
Click HERE (http://www.fvjn.org/calendar-of-events/) for complete calendar!

The 2nd Annual FVJS Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser was a success!
All who attended had fun, including Geneva Mayor Ken Burns!
“Diners” listened to a presentation from FVJS students and voted on where to donate funds raised that morning. The recipients were:
* Temple Beth Shalom Hurricane Recovery Fund, San Juan, Puerto Rico
* Northern IL Food Bank

Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
Needed:
July: Main, 2 sides
August: Main, 2 sides, dessert
FVJN Provides Dinner the First Wednesday of Each Month.
More Volunteers Needed!
Please sign up for upcoming months, too!
Click http://www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up!
Questions? Please contact Lisa Foydel at lisafoydel@hotmail.com  

News & Notes!
•Swedish Days is just around the corner! Mike and Dave are already getting the balls rolling. Swedish Days will be June 19 – 24, this year, and we need everyone to volunteer. Emails will be forthcoming!

•Chat with us! We now have a Facebook group! Please visit “Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) Group” and join! You can post anything relevant to FVJN, and communicate directly with other FVJN friends!

•Thank you for reading our weekly eNewsletter! Let Rachel know you were here — rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) — and get entered into a raffle for a special prize!

•Are you interested in making FVJN what you’ve always wanted your local Jewish organization to be? There are so many ways to get involved: Join the Board, join and/or chair a committee, volunteer with events, and more! Contact Rachel rachely@fvjn.org with your interests and ideas, today!

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Amazon Smile: Shop and Help FVJN at the Same Time!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, and it doesn’t cost you a thing to donate!
On your first visit to ** AmazonSmile (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8418697) select “Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors” to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
Thank you!

Fox Valley Jewish School (FVJS)
Registration will soon begin for the 2018 – 2019 school year!
Classes offered from PreK (age 3) through 8th grade.
Registration forms and more information available at
** http://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/ (http://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/)

•Prairie Jewish Youth (PJY)
Check out exciting events BELOW for students in 5th – 12th grade!
RSVP Required for ALL EVENTS: http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html 

•Israeli Folk Ensemble Nava Tehila to Perform at Oak Park Temple
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Internationally renowned musical group to perform as part of Oak Park Temple’s artist-in-residence weekend.
Tickets for the Nava Tehila concert are open to the public and can be purchased through the Temple web site at** www.oakparktemple.com (http:// www.oakparktemple.com) or call the Oak Park Temple office at 708-386-3937.

eNews April 2018!

“To enrich the lives and enhance connections of our Jewish community”                                                    

FVJN Book Group!
Tues., April 10, 7 pm at FVJN
Discussing: In the Unlikely Event, By Judy Blume
All are welcome, no RSVP needed!

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2nd Annual FVJS Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Sunday, April 22, 9:30 am
Open to all! Cost: $5 – $20
Community service is an important part of the curriculum at FVJS.  Please join the students for breakfast and a discussion of where to donate the funds raised.
Students will begin serving breakfast at 9:30 downstairs at FVJN.  The menu is pancakes, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.  The cost is $5/person with a maximum of $20/family.  After breakfast, the students will present two options for where to donate the money raised.  Everyone in attendance will be asked to vote on which nonprofit organization should receive the donation.
FVJS’s art teacher, Jeremy Foy, will be presenting sculptures made by students in art class, this year.
Everyone is invited to attend so please come support the efforts of our students.  No reservations are necessary. For additional information email info@fvjn.org.

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April
4/10 – Book Group
4/11 – Board Meeting
4/22 – FVJS & Pancake Breakfast!
4/27 – Friday Flick
4/29 – Annual Donors & Volunteers Thank You Dinner
Click HERE (http://www.fvjn.org/calendar-of-events/) for complete calendar!

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FVJN’s Annual Donors & Volunteers Thank You Dinner!
Sunday, April 29 at 5 pm at Natalie’s House.
Thank YOU, our wonderful volunteers and donors who helped FVJN during another successful year!
In appreciation for your generous donations of time and financial support to FVJN over the past year, we invite you to a special Thank You Dinner!
The Board of Directors does the cooking and you get to schmooze and enjoy a wonderful evening!
Volunteers and donors, plus one, are our guests. Everyone else is invited to come share a great meal, and say thanks for $5 per person.
Please RSVP by WEDNESDAY 4/18 to: rachely@fvjn.org 
Indicate volunteer/donor or other in your email response, and how many people are coming (adults only, please.)
Natalie’s address will be sent via email after RSVP is received.
Thank you!
FVJN Board of Directors

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Important Announcements:

•Please join us in extending our deepest condolences to Jay, Alexa, Gabriel and Audrey Schwab on the recent passing of Jay’s father, Richard Schwab. May his memory be for a blessing.

•We now have a Facebook group! Please visit “Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) Group” and join! You can post anything relevant to FVJN, and communicate directly with other FVJN friends!

•Thank you for reading our weekly eNewsletter! Let Rachel know you were here — rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) — and get entered into a raffle for a special prize!

•Are you interested in making FVJN what you’ve always wanted your local Jewish organization to be? There are so many ways to get involved: Join the Board, join and/or chair a committee, volunteer with events, and more! Contact Rachel rachely@fvjn.org with your interests and ideas, today!

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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
Next Date: Wednesday, May 2. Drop off by 6 pm at Lazarus House in St. Charles
Still Needed:
May: Main dish
July: Main, 2 sides, dessert
August: Main, 2 sides, dessert
FVJN Provides Dinner the First Wednesday of Each Month.
More Volunteers Needed!
Please sign up for upcoming months, too!
Click http://www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up!
Questions? Please contact Lisa Foydel at lisafoydel@hotmail.com

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Host a Shabbat Potluck Gathering!
Would you like to spend Shabbat having dinner with old and new friends from FVJN? We invite you to host a gathering at your home — all you need to provide is the space!
FVJN will promote and collect RSVPs and spring for a pizza you order for delivery at your house, and everyone who comes will bring a dish to share.
Shabbat Gatherings are held the second Friday of each month.
If you would like to host (or need more info), please reply to Rachel: rachely@fvjn.org
This is a great way to participate in our Jewish community, and make new friends, too!

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Fox Valley Jewish School (FVJS)
Registration now open for the 2018 – 2019 school year!
Classes offered from PreK (age 3) through 8th grade.
Registration forms and more information available at http://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/ 

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Amazon Smile: Shop and Help FVJN at the Same Time!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, and it doesn’t cost you a thing to donate!
On your first visit to ** AmazonSmile (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8418697select “Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors” to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
Thank you!

ENews March 2018!

Shabbat Gathering Potluck
March 9, 6:30 pm
Barb’s House

Join FVJN friends for Shabbat blessings and dinner!
FVJN provides the pizza, you bring a side dish.
RSVP to rachely@fvjn.org (address will be provided upon RSVP).

Host a Shabbat Potluck Gathering!
Would you like to spend Shabbat having dinner with old and new friends from FVJN? We invite you to host a gathering at your home — all you need to provide is the space!
FVJN will promote and collect RSVPs and spring for a pizza you order for delivery at your house, and everyone who comes will bring a dish to share.
Shabbat Gatherings are held the second Friday of each month.
If you would like to host (or need more info), please reply to Rachel: rachely@fvjn.org.
This is a great way to participate in our Jewish community, and make new friends, too!

EVENTS
March
3/7 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
3/9 – Shabbat Gathering Potluck
3/11 – FVJS
3/14 – Board Meeting
3/18 – FVJS & Ice Cream Seder
3/23 – Friday Flick!
3/30 – Passover Begins (No FVJN Event)

ANNOUNCEMENTS
•We now have a Facebook group! Please visit “Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) Group” and join! You can post anything relevant to FVJN, and communicate directly with other FVJN friends!

•Thank you for reading our weekly eNewsletter! Let Rachel know you were here — rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) — and get entered into a raffle for a special prize!  Amanda Littauer is February’s winner!

•Scroll down to see photos from our Family Bowling event!

•Are you interested in making FVJN what you’ve always wanted your local Jewish organization to be? There are so many ways to get involved: Join the Board, join and/or chair a committee, volunteer with events, and more! Contact Rachel rachely@fvjn.org with your interests and ideas, today!

Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
Next Date: Wednesday, March 7. Drop off by 6 pm at Lazarus House in St. Charles
Still Needed:
April: Main Dish
May: Main and 1 side dish
June: 2 Side dishes
FVJN Provides Dinner the First Wednesday of Each Month.
More Volunteers Needed!
Please sign up for upcoming months, too!
Click http://www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up!
Questions? Please contact Lisa Foydel at lisafoydel@hotmail.com.

Our Mural is in the Movies!
The 10th Annual Geneva Film Festival
March 8 – 10 at Penrose Brewing and Playhouse 38,
both located on Stevens St. in Geneva
Visit  http:// http://genevafilmfestival.org/geneva/ for info and tickets

A wonderful selection of films from all over the world, from independent filmmakers, will be shown at this year’s Geneva Film Festival.  Film formats include short and feature-length films, in categories such as documentaries, narrative, student films, animated films, and music videos.

As a bonus, the Geneva Foundation for the Arts, which provided a generous grant for our mural project, will be showing a short (two minute) film between movies, about the Foundation’s work in Geneva. Included is our mural and interviews with some of our FVJN friends!

Friday Flick with Our UUSG Friends!
March 23, 7 pm
UUSG 102 S. 2nd St., Geneva

“Culture of Fear” This month we offer 2 short documentaries on fear in our society today: A Virus Called Fear and Culture of Fear

For a complete description, click on the date on the FVJN calendar: ** http://www.fvjn.org/calendar-of-events/

Friday Flicks are free and open to everyone. Please plan on joining us in the Common Room as continue our series of films on topics of Social Justice.

Amazon Smile: Shop and Help FVJN at the Same Time!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, and it doesn’t cost you a thing to donate!

On your first visit to ** AmazonSmile (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8418697) select “Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors” to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Thank you!

Fox Valley Jewish School (FVJS)
Registration will soon begin for the 2018 – 2019 school year!
Classes offered from PreK (age 3) through 8th grade.
Registration forms and more information available at http://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/ 

ELSEWHERE

•Prairie Jewish Youth (PJY)
Check out exciting events BELOW for students in 5th – 12th grade!
RSVP Required for ALL EVENTS: http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html 

•Scholar-in-Residence
Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard invites you to their annual Sophie and Jack Edwards Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
March 16 – 18 “Power, Puralism, and Peoplehood – From Talmud to Today”
Program information can be found  here
https://congetzchaim.org/sites/default/files/uploaded_documents/sir_rabbi_sabath_flyer_revised.pdf
For Questions or to  RSVP, please contact ** cec.lifelonglearning@congetzchaim.org or call 630-627-3912.
Congregation Etz Chaim is located at 1710 S. Highland, Lombard, IL  60148.

•The 5th Annual Chicago Jewish Film Festival
Happening throughout March
Coming up March 17 & 18: Congregation Etz Chaim will be showing several films at Cinemark at Seven Bridges, 6500 IL-53, Woodridge
For all the details, visit ** https://jccfilmfest.jccchicago.org/

ENews February 2018!

Shabbat Potluck Gathering!
Friday, Feb. 9, 6:30 pm
at Amanda & Laura’s House (RSVP for address)
Bring a dish to share; FVJN provides pizza!
RSVP to: rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org)

Would you like to spend Shabbat having dinner with old and new friends from FVJN? We invite you to host a gathering at your home — all you need to provide is the space!

FVJN will promote and collect RSVPs and spring for a pizza you order for delivery at your house, and everyone who comes will bring a dish to share.

Shabbat Gatherings are held the second Friday of each month.
If you would like to host (or need more info), please reply to Rachel: rachely@fvjn.org.
This is a great way to participate in our Jewish community, and make new friends, too!

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FVJN Book Group
Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 7 pm at FVJN
Book: Casting Lots,  By Susan Silverman

The FVJN Book Group meets at FVJN at 7:00 pm every other month.
All are welcome!

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Volunteer at NIFB with FVJN!
Saturday, Feb. 24, 9 am – noon
Northern Illinois Food Bank: 273 Dearborn Ct. Geneva
Open to ages 8 and up.

Help your community and have a blast, too, volunteering with friends at NIFB!
Dress to get dirty (just in case), and wear close-toed shoes.
RSVPs required by Feb. 17. Please include names (and children’s ages).
RSVP to: rachely@fvjn.org

Hope to see you, there!

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Family Bowling Event! RSVP ASAP!
Saturday, March 3, 12:30 – 2:30
St. Charles Bowl: 2520 W. Main St., St. Charles

Come enjoy a fun afternoon with bowling and pizza, with FVJN friends!
All ages welcome!
Only $5 per person! FVJN will pay the rest of the fees!
Mail check to FVJN, PO Box 346, Geneva, IL
Advance RSVP to rachely@fvjn.org

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Coming Up!

February
2/7 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
2/9 – Shabbat Evening Potluck Gathering at Members’ House!
2/11 – FVJS
2/13 – Book Group
2/21 – Board Meeting (note date change)
2/24 – NIFB Volunteer Morning
2/25 – FVJS

March
3/3 – Family Bowling Event!

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Announcements!

• Please join us in extending a big Mazel Tov to Sharon Glass (formerly of Geneva), who recently married Michael Schwartz! Sharon is a retired family therapist and Michael is a cardiologist with DuPage Medical. They live in Naperville.

•If you’ve gotten this far, thank you for reading our weekly eNewsletter! Let Rachel know you were here — rachely@fvjn.org  — and get entered into a raffle for a special prize! January’s winner: Nancy Sohn!

•Are you interested in making FVJN what you’ve always wanted your local Jewish organization to be? There are so many ways to get involved: Join the Board, Join and/or chair a committee, volunteer with events, and more! Contact Rachel rachely@fvjn.org with your interests and ideas, today!

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FVJN Annual Fundraising Campaign
If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late!
Please Donate to Our Annual Fundraising Campaign, now!
https://www.fvjn.org/donate/
Our future depends on you!

Donating is easy by sending in your tax-deductible donations right away, online (https://www.fvjn.org/donate/) (https://www.fvjn.org/donate/) or through the mail. Click on the link above or mail your tax-deductible donation today to FVJN, P.O. Box 346, Geneva, IL  60134.

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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
Next Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7. Drop off by 6 pm at Lazarus House in St. Charles

Still Needed:
April: Main Dish
May: Main, side
June: 2 sides

FVJN Provides Dinner the First Wednesday of Each Month.
More Volunteers Needed!
Please sign up for upcoming months, too!
Click http://www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up!

Questions? Please contact Lisa Foydel at lisafoydel@hotmail.com  

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Amazon Smile: Shop and Help FVJN at the Same Time!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile ** smile.amazon.com (http://smile.amazon.com), select “Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors” to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

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Fox Valley Jewish School (FVJS)

Register now for the remaining 2017 – 2018 school year!
Classes offered from PreK (age 3) through 8th grade.
Registration forms and more information available at

** http://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/

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Elsewhere:

2018 Jewish Film Festival
Congregation Kneseth Israel is hosting its first Jewish Film Festival!
Two films left to be featured:
Fanny’s journey on Feb 11
Dough on Feb. 24
Free and open to all.
CKI is located at 330 Division St., Elgin
for info:** www.ckielgin.org, 847-741-5656

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Prairie Jewish Youth (PJY)
Check out exciting events BELOW for students in 5th – 12th grade!
RSVP Required for ALL EVENTS:
** http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html**

•Challah Making!
Sunday, February 25, 2018
3 pm to 4:30 pm
At the May Residence.
Open to 7th – 12th graders.

End of Year Fundraiser: A Time to Give

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters of Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors,

Please consider donating today to help FVJN continue to build a more cohesive Jewish community in the Tri-Cities with its wide-variety of community offerings!

We come to you this one time each year with our annual end-of-the-year fundraiser request.  FVJN does not charge membership dues, and generally does not charge for events and gatherings.  Instead, FVJN relies primarily on donations that allow us to offer our many activities to our broad community. Donating is easy by sending in your tax-deductible donations right away, online or through the mail.

Your support helps to maintain a positive Jewish presence in your community and will enable FVJN to provide even more wonderful services to you and your family in the coming year.

FVJN has completed another year as the vibrant and dynamic Jewish organization that welcomes all who are interested in being part of our ongoing building of our local Jewish community.  Each year we have more people participating in an ever-increasing number of programs.  Each year, FVJN hosts a number of activities, events and gatherings:

• Social services (mitzvot) activities, including volunteering at Northern Illinois Food Bank and providing meals to Lazarus House, and our school’s annual Mitzvah Project

• Interfaith- and family-friendly Shabbat and Havdalah gatherings and services, holiday observances and celebrations, including our wonderful Yom Kippur & Rosh Hashanah services led by professional Jewish Song Leader and Rabbinical Assistant Cindy Michelassi

• Fox Valley Jewish School, FVJN’s religious Sunday school

• Adult education programs including film nights & Book Club

• Bar and Bat Mitzvah services and celebrations

• Social activities including Adult Social Dinners

• Community events: Swedish Days

Our terrific Board of Directors is busy planning several new events for 2018!

Please help FVJN meet its costs for our hard working staff, maintaining our space on Third Street, renting other spaces when needed, and with supplies and administration in providing our wide-range of services.

FVJN makes a significant difference in the Jewish presence in our area.  Newspapers and social media frequently announce FVJN events, and people interested in Jewish activities in our area are consistently referred to FVJN through other resources.

Help us continue to gather together and welcome all who want to be part of our Jewish community.  We welcome you without regard to synagogue affiliation or membership, your brand of Judaism, your religious background, your marital status or sexual orientation, or your age.

Your donations are essential for FVJN to continue its work!  Thank you for sending your tax-deductible donation today to FVJN, P.O. Box 346, Geneva, IL  60134, or submitting it on-line at fvjn.org/donate.  Please donate today to help FVJN continue to grow and offer a wide-variety of community activities for our Jewish and interfaith neighbors!

Best wishes to you each for a wonderful holiday season.
Warmly, on behalf of the FVJN Board of Directors,

Rachel Yackley,  FVJN Executive Director

*FVJN is a 501c3 organization, and thus your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by your individual circumstances.