ENews January 2017


Hello FVJN Friends!

We’re starting off 2017 with some changes we want to tell you about.
Rachel Yackley, our former Executive Director, is back with us! If you have any questions, suggestions, wish to volunteer or get involved, please feel free to contact her at rachely@fvjn.org.

We’ve also had some changes to our Board of Directors. Below is the current list. If you haven’t yet, hopefully you will meet them, soon!
Eric Zimmerman
Alysa Hwalisz
Natalie Stratton
Barb Anderson
Ruth Silverman
Silvia Schnicker

Our FVJS School Committee continues to do an outstanding job, each school year. Currently serving on this committee are: Mim Evans, Barb Anderson, Julie Coller and Melissa Wilke.

There’s always room for more! If you are interested in serving on our Board or volunteering with our religious school, please let us know: info@fvjn.org.


Book Group: 2017 Picks!

Feb. 21: Out of the Shoebox, by Yaron Reshef
Apr. 11: History on Trial, by Deborah E Lipstadt
June 13: The Girl from Venice, by Martin Cruz Smith
Aug. 8: The Natural, by Bernard Malamud
Oct. 10: French Encounters, by Katherine Lato (of FVJN!)
Dec. 19: The Mathematician’s Shiva, by Stuart Rojstaczer

FVJN Book Group Meets Tuesday evenings
at 7 pm. All are welcome! Questions?
Contact Mikey@fvjn.org.



Support Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors!

Now is the time to make your annual donation to support all we do. FVJN does not charge dues, and participation in most of our events is free. We rely solely on your generous support.
Please visit https://www.fvjn.org/donate/ or send your donation to:
FVJN • PO Box 346 • Geneva, IL 60134.

Thank you for your support!




Prairie Jewish Youth

Want your kids to meet other Jewish kids in the area? Check out these exciting events for students in 5th – 12th grade!

Havdalah Overnight Lock-in at CKI
Jan. 21, 7 pm to Jan. 22, 9 am
Havdalah, Music, Story Teller, Movies & GaGa!
$5 per person
RSVP: http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html
PJY High School Club
PJY JSC Ice Skating/Hot Chocolate & Jewish Jokes!
Jan. 29, 3 – 5 pm
Downtown Elgin City Skate
$4 skate rental
RSVP: http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html
More PJY!
Tu B’shevat Seder Feb. 11
Scavenger Hunt Feb. 26
Get all info here: http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/

Shabbat Evening Potluck!
Friday, Jan. 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
at FVJN
Please bring a dish to share.
Please RSVP to: rachely@fvjn.org
Everyone’s welcome!

Please Come!

Breakfast with FVJS

Sunday, 1/22 9:45 – 10:30 am

$3 per person

This is a fundraiser benefiting Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora, the focus of this year’s FVJS Community Service.

Please RSVP to:
mimevans83@gmail.com with the number of people coming.


Be a Part of the Community!

FVJN invites you to help host monthly dinners at Lazarus House in Geneva. If interested, please contact Lisa Foydel at lisafoydel@hotmail.com.

FVJN Calendar1/4/17 – Lazarus House Dinner

1/8/17 – FVJS

1/11/17 – Board Meeting

1/13/17 – Shabbat Gathering

1/22/17 – FVJS

You’re Invited: Special Breakfast!

Please join us on Sunday, Jan. 22, for a special breakfast and show our Sunday school students that all of FVJN values 00935c33-83b4-4392-a256-66d581e84859community service!

Community Service is an important part of the curriculum at Fox Valley Jewish School.  Each year all the students learn about and support a selected nonprofit organization.  This year they are working with Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora.  This zoo provides homes for wild animals that cannot survive in the wild due to injury or some other difficulty.  It also educates the public on the wildlife in the area and how we can create an environment that works for people and wildlife.  

The students visited the zoo in October and made treat containers for the animals in art class.  Their next project is a pancake breakfast fundraiser and you are invited! Please show the students that all of FVJN values community service by coming to this event.  Breakfast will be served from 9:45-10:30 a.m. downstairs at FVJN.  The cost is $3 per person.  Please respond to mimevans83@gmail.com with the number of people who will attend so we know how much food to prepare.  Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on 1/22. 

The FVJS School Committee
Mim Evans
Barb Anderson
Julie Coller
Melissa Wilke

Happy Chanukah!

Wishing all our FVJN family, friends and neighbors a very Happy Chanukah, filled with light, laughter and love!

High Holiday Services 2016

high-holidaysPlease join us for FVJN’s family-friendly High Holiday Services. Readers needed – if you would like to read (english or hebrew) please let us know when you RSVP. We hope to see you there.

A $10 donation is requested.

Rosh Hashanah Service
Led by Cindy Michelassi
Sunday, Oct. 2, 6:30pm
Persinger Recreation Center
3507 Kaneville Rd, Geneva
(NW corner of Kaneville and Peck)
Readers needed! (English or Hebrew)
Yom Kippur Service
Led by Cindy Michelassi
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:30pm
Persinger Recreation Center
3507 Kaneville Rd, Geneva
(NW corner of Kaneville and Peck)
Readers needed! (English or Hebrew)

Havdalah on the Farm!

havdalah4Join Pushing the Envelope Farm for Havdalah, the ancient Jewish ritual of Holy Separation, followed by a special Moon-Celebration. Jews are often referred to as the People of the Book, but we could just as easily be called the People of the Moon. Come learn why.

Date:
Saturday, August 20, 7:45pm – 9:30pm

Location:
1700 Averill Rd, Geneva, IL 60134, USA
Park in the Continental Envelope Parking lot, adjacent to the Farm. and follow the lights through the farm to the bonfire. Please bring your flashlights.
Handicapped parking available on-site.

RSVP:
GenevaFarm@gmail.com or call 630.578.3313

Activities:
Community Bonfire
Musical Havdalah Service
Encounters with the Moon: Guided Meditation & the Blessing of the Moon
Fire Spinning!

We encourage you to bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Northern Illinois Food Bank & The Ark.

Pushing the Envelope Farm is suggesting a $5 or more donation to help support education and community programs.