Fox Valley Jewish School: Starts Sept. 10!

Welcome to Fox Valley Jewish School 2017-18 School Year

We are excited to share the plans in place for the 2017-18 school year! FVJS welcomes all children in grades
preschool (age 3 years) through 8, regardless of past religious education or family religious practices.
Registrations are now being accepted at valley-jewish-school/ .

Calendar, Schedule and Tuition

School starts on Sunday, September 10 and will meet two Sundays each month through May. A complete calendar can be found at: school/. Class hours are 9:30-11:30. Children in grades pre-school through 2 will meet downstairs. Grades 3 and up will meet upstairs. There will be several special days throughout the year, including holiday parties, field trips and special guests. Watch for information by email prior to each special day.

The first day of class will once again start with a welcome back breakfast at 9:30, outside if the weather is good and inside if not. All parents are encouraged to attend with their children. There is no charge for anyone attending. Registering students online prior to the first day is much appreciated so we can plan accurately, but we will have registration forms available and new registrations are welcome at breakfast or any time during the year.

Tuition remains the same as it has been for the past two years at $210 for the first child and $180 for each additional child from the same family. Scholarships are available in cases of financial need. Tuition covers all costs including supplies and field trips.

Community Service Project

Each year the students at FVJS work with a different nonprofit group to learn about how they serve the community and help out. This year the students will work with Kane County Forest Preserve. The fall field trip is scheduled for October 15 and will involve learning about seed harvesting and how it helps preserve our natural environment followed by harvesting the seeds themselves. A second trip in the spring is in the planning stages and may involve tree planting or seed distribution. Working with the Forest Preserve will connect well with FVJS curriculum on caring for the earth.
Watch for details by email on the fall trip.

Personalized Hebrew and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Calendar and Schedule

FVJS encourages all families wishing to have a bar or bat mitzvah for their child to contact the school committee by emailing to discuss your plans. In order to tailor the experience to each child and family, we will assist you in arranging for as much or little Hebrew instruction as you are interested in.
Because of the great differences in Hebrew knowledge and expectations, we will no longer offer group Hebrew classes.

Core Teachers

We are excited to welcome Tracy Schoenberg and Evan Bennett as our core teachers for this year.
Tracy will be teaching preschool-2nd grade and is a music therapist by training. She looks forward to incorporating music and movement into the program.
Evan has an outstanding network of experts in the Illinois Jewish community and a strong knowledge of Chicago Jewish history which he can incorporate into classes for grades 3 and up.

Art and Music

We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Foy will be back to lead the art program for grades 3 and up. Younger grades will have art as part of their regular class sessions.
We are happy to report that Rachel Yackley will return for several special music sessions this year.

Register Now!

Register your children online at
Please register now so we can better plan for the upcoming year. The website is also the place to check the school calendar for the coming year. If you would like more information or know of a family that may be interested in FVJS, please email .

Need a menorah? 
New and gently used menorahs will be for sale at FVJN, during the FVJS breakfast, on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Priced at $5 and $10, cash or check only. All sales final.

FVJN High Holidays Services: Mark Your Calendars!
Rosh Hashanah Service Led by Cindy Michelassi
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 pm at the UUSG
Yom Kippur Service Led by Cindy Michelassi
Friday, Sept. 29, 6:30 pm at the UUSG
Family Friendly! Free and open to all!
*Readers needed for both services!
$10 Donation Requested.
RSVP Requested:

FVJS 2017.18 Info

ENews July 2017

Our FVJN Healthy Food Booth at Swedish Days was a Hit!

Thanks to our many volunteers, listed below, as well as to a week of some of the best weather we’ve had in years, our booth raised more than we have since 2012!

Very special Thank You to the following businesses for their donations:
Meijer in St. Charles
Target in St. Charles
Trader Joe’s in Batavia
The Little Traveler in Geneva
Thank you all!
Coming Up:
7/5 – Lazarus House Dinner
7/12 – FVJN Board Meeting
7/22 – FVJN @ NIFB
7/30 – Playgroup

8/2 – Lazarus House Dinner
8/8 – Book Group
8/9 – Board Meeting
8/11 – Shabbat Family Service @ Peck
8/27 – Playgroup
See details below! Helpful links included.

2017 FVJN Swedish Days Booth Volunteers
We couldn’t have done it without you!
Mike Yackley, FVJN Swedish Days Booth Chair
Dave Larson, FVJN Swedish Days Booth Chair
Jill Larson           Alysa Hwalisz
Keith Larson           Helen Grosman
Lilian Tazer           Ruth Silverman
Joanne Spitz           Evan Bennett
Felice Jones           Zoe Steele
Mark Shumow           Jay Schwab
Lee Shumow           Alexa Schwab
Natalie Stratton           Dan Simon
Rachel & Matthew Stratton           Susan Jensen
Amanda Littauer           Jeanette Grosman
Laura Steele           Chris Pacanowski
Julian Miller           Colin Delarme

Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of Each Month
Coming Up: 7/5 & 8/2
More Volunteers Needed!
Click to sign up!

FVJN invites you to help provide monthly dinners for guests of Lazarus House in Geneva. Questions? Please contact Lisa Foydel at

Come Volunteer at NIFB with FVJN!
Saturday, July 22, 9 am – noon
NIFB: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva
Come help us help NIFB help our community members in need!
Adults and children, ages 8 and older, are welcome. Close-toed shoes are required.
Sign-up is a MUST! Please RSVP before July 17.

Please contact Alysa to sign up and if you have any questions:*If we don’t get enough responses, this event will be canceled.

Sunday, July 30, 10 – 11:30 am at FVJN
For children age 3 and under. Parents must stay with children.
Come play with us and make new friends! Everyone’s welcome!
Please RSVP to Rachel:

Book Group
Tuesday, August 8, 7 pm @ FVJN
Book: The Natural, by Bernard Malamud
All are welcome! Questions? Contact (
No RSVP required.

Shabbat Family Service!
Friday, Aug. 11, 6:15 pm
at Peck Farm Orientation Barn, 4038 Kaneville Rd, Geneva
Please join us for a fun Shabbat family service!
Challah and juice/wine will be provided. Feel free to bring an oneg treat to share.
RSVP Required in order to hold this event!
Please RSVP before August 7th to Rachel:

Registration Open! Fox Valley Jewish School (FVJS)
Register now for the 2017 – 2018 school year!
Classes offered from PreK (age 3) through 8th grade.
Registration forms and more information available at
FVJS is held at FVJN, twice a month, Sept. – May.
We look forward to helping your children learn and grow in a fun, Jewish environment!

Donations to FVJN

•Greg Cibura purchased a bronze leaf for our Giving Tree,
in Honor of Mark Blumenthal and Family.

•Mike Simon, Nancy Sohn and family made an FVJN donation
in memory of Jill Larson’s father, Richard Holtzman.

Hakarat Ha’tov.

Support FVJN!
Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors does not charge membership dues, and most of our events are open to all with no fee. Your generosity and support is what keeps us going and growing!
Please visit
or send your donation to:
FVJN • PO Box 346 • Geneva, IL 60134.

Out in the Community
• Prairie Jewish Youth •
Check out exciting events for students in 5th – 12th grade!
RSVP Required for ALL EVENTS:
Coming up: Shabbat Chicago – July 22,  PJY Mini Golf – Aug. 20

•Join PJ Library and JUF’s TOV Volunteer network
as we make a difference in our community this summer.
Sunday, July 16, 10 – 11:3- am @ Pushing the Envelope Farm in Geneva.
Hands on environmental activities. $10 per family.
Sign up at:

June 2017: FVJN Booth @ Swedish Days!

Working the booth!

Come Volunteer, Have Fun & Meet New Friends!

Visit to check for openings in the FVJN booth schedule, pick which times you can volunteer, then email Mike at and include the following information: Your name, email address, phone number, and shift(s) day and time you are available. 

Shifts still needing to be filled are:

Wed., 6/21: 2 – 6 pm (2 people needed) *Acute need!

Thurs. 6/22: 2 – 6 pm (1 person needed) *Acute need!

Friday, 6/23: 6 – 10 pm (1 person needed)

Sat. 6/24: 2 – 6 pm (1 people needed)

                6 – 10 pm (1 people needed)

Sun. 6/25: 10 am – 1 pm (1 person needed)

                    1 – 4 pm (3 people needed)

                    4 – 7 pm (1 person needed)

Our food booth at Swedish Days is one of our biggest annual fundraisers, and we rely on everyone to volunteer, to make this a fun, successful event!

This year’s Swedish Days is June 20 – 25 (booth setup June 19). 

Come have fun selling veggie burgers, kosher hot dogs, healthy frozen treats and pickle pops, and enable FVJN to continue to do all we do! No experience needed, and No One Works Alone!

The FVJN food booth will again be located on the northeast corner of Third and Campbell. Children are welcome to work with their parents, but there must be a minimum of two adults per shift.

This is the largest annual fundraising event for FVJN, and your help is needed to make this a success!

Please email Mike and sign up NOW! Don’t miss out on the fun!

FVJN ENews! May 2, 2017

Shalom, Everyone!

Spring is already underway, and summer is just around the corner, which means Swedish Days is coming up, soon! Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming information and announcements. Each year, FVJN has a healthy foods booth in Downtown Geneva, during the annual Swedish Days event. This is one of our biggest fundraisers, and it’s also the most fun! We need everyone to get involved and volunteer. More info to come.

Friday, May 12, will be our last Shabbat Evening Potluck until next fall. We hope to see you all, there! Please RSVP so that we know how much pizza to provide!

Are there activities, events, gatherings you would like to see offered at Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors? Please share your ideas with us. We’re always looking for new ways to foster our growing Jewish community. Please send your ideas sand suggestions to or

Rachel Yackley
Executive Director, FVJN

Shabbat Evening Potluck!
Please RSVP!
Friday, May 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at FVJN
Free pizza, provided by FVJN!
Please bring a dish to share.
We kindly request that you RSVP so we know how many pizzas to order.
RSVP to: 

Mitzvah Dinner for Lazarus
First Wednesday of Each Month
Volunteers Needed!
Click HERE ( to sign up!
FVJN invites you to help provide monthly dinners for guests of Lazarus House in Geneva. If interested, please contact Lisa Foydel at l ( ( .

FVJN Author!
FVJN member and local author, Katherine Lato, has set up a free offer for the Kindle version of her novel, French Encounters, on May 3rd and 4th. This book will be discussed Oct. 10 in the FVJN Book Group! To download the book, click HERE.


FVJN Calendar
5/3 – Lazarus House Dinner
5/7 – FVJS
5/10 – Board Meeting
5/12 – Shabbat Evening Potluck
5/21 – FVJS (Last Day)
6/7 – Lazarus House Dinner
6/13 – Book Group
6/14 – Board Meeting
6/19 – Swedish Days Booth Set-Up
6/20 to 6/25 – Swedish Days!

FVJN Enews! April 4, 2017

Social Dinner, NIFB Volunteer Day, More!

Wishing you all a Happy Passover!                                                           Reminder: there will be no Shabbat Gathering at                                      FVJN this month, due to the holiday.                                  

Chag Pesach Sameach!


Children Invited to Ice Cream Passover Seder at FVJN!

All children ages 3 through 12 are invited to join Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors’ Sunday School students for an Ice Cream Seder to celebrate Passover.

In FVJN’s children’s seder, all the symbolic foods will be represented by different ice cream toppings. Each child will receive a bowl of ice cream and the toppings

will be added as the story of Passover is told. A non-dairy ice cream substitute will be available upon request.

The Ice Cream Seder will be held on Sunday, April 9 at Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Children will also make a craft and watch A Rugrats Passover.

Parents are encouraged to stay to observe.

There is no charge for this event but reservations are required in order to ensure that enough seats are available.

Reserve space for your child by going to on or before April 6, and include if your child needs nondairy ice cream or has any other food allergies that might be triggered by toppings.

Additional information is available by emailing .


Book Group  

Tuesday, April 18, 7 pm @ FVJN

*Note: One week later than usual, due to Pesach.

Book: History on Trial, by Deborah E. Lipstadt

All are welcome! Questions? Contact



Volunteer at NIFB!                                                                                                                                                    

Join us for a fun-filled morning, four times a year, when we volunteer at Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva.

Our next date will be April 22, 9 am – noon.

To sign up please email Alysa: ( .


FVJN Adult Social Dinner!                                                                                                                                

Join us at The Lodge on 64!

All are welcome. Join us for an FVJN Adult Social Dinner on Saturday, April 29, at 6:00pm.

Please RSVP by April 24 to ( . Include phone number in case of changes.

The Lodge on 64 is located at 41W379 Route 64 in St. Charles, IL 60175.


Congratulations to Silvia!                                                                                                                                          

As of Tuesday, April 4, FVJN Board member Silvia Schnicker is officially a US Citizen!

Join us in wishing her a big “Mazel Tov,” on this exciting culmination of all her hard work.


Mitzvah Dinner for Lazarus                                                                                                                              

First Wednesday of Each Month

Volunteers Needed!

FVJN invites you to help provide monthly dinners for guests of Lazarus House in Geneva. If interested, please contact Lisa Foydel at


FVJN Playgroup!

Sunday, April 30, 10 am at FVJN

Geared for littles ages 3 and under, but all children are welcome.

There are lots of assorted toys at FVJN. Feel free to bring a snack, and we’ll play and hang out and visit! This is not a drop-off. Please RSVP!

If planning on coming or have questions, contact Rachel: See you there!


Friday Flick @ UUSG

“Before the Flood,” presented by National Geographic, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a UN Messenger of Peace.

“This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet,” said DiCaprio

Friday, April 28, 7 p,m.

The UU is located at 110 S. Second St., Geneva. Free!

All are welcome, and this is a free event. Please reply to Rachel: ( , if you plan to come.

For more info: