Newsletter September 2019!

First Day of Sunday School Is Sunday, 9/15
Come to our Back-to-School Breakfast this Sunday and Register on Site!
Tuition $210 until 9/15!
Click HERE to Register Now, and Save!

Are you looking for a fun Jewish educational experience for your children? We’ve got just the thing, right here in downtown Geneva!

Fox Valley Jewish School
•Register NOW for the 2019 – 2020 FVJS Sunday school year!
Interested in a unique Jewish Sunday school experience for your children?
FVJN offers Sunday an educational, fun, social Sunday school program during the school year, right in the heart of downtown Geneva!

If interested in attending the 2019 – 2020 school year, please email RachelY@fvjn.org (mailto:RachelY@fvjn.org)  as soon as possible, and express your interest. Responses are appreciated ASAP in order to plan for next school year. Whether or not your children are current, former or new to us, we hope to hear from you soon!

Tuition structure for 2019 – 2020: Annual tuition for all students is $210 by September 15, and $250 after that date.
Learn more about FVJS HERE!
Thank you!

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International Day of Peace 2019
“Diverse Voices: Come Listen & Converse”
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 – 5:30 pm
At Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva (UUSG) 102 S. 2nd St., Geneva.
Free and open to all!

We hope you will join us in celebrating International Day of Peace with a diverse group of friends and neighbors from throughout your own community!
This is a local interfaith community event, coordinated and hosted by various faith groups in the Tri-Cities, including FVJN.
The afternoon will include a “Tri-City Environmental Action Panel, Children’s Peace Activities, and a Diverse Music for Peace Concert!
For more information, contact Rachel: rachely@fvjn.org.

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FVJN High Holidays Services 2019
Mark Your Calendars!
•Rosh Hashanah Service Led by Cindy Michelassi
Sunday, Sept. 29, 6:30 pm service at the UUSG

•Yom Kippur Service Led by Cindy Michelassi
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 pm service at the UUSG, Light meal at 5:30 pm.

*Readers needed for both services! Reply to email below and specify Hebrew or English.

Family friendly, open to all, and free!
$10 Donation requested to help pay for service leader.
Please all RSVP now for planning purposes to: rachely@fvjn.org
The UUSG (Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva) is located at 110 S. 2nd St. Geneva.
FVJN is providing building security for both services.
For more information: rachely@fvjn.org

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Calendar

September
9/11 – Board Meeting
9/15 – First Day FVJS!
9/21 – NIFB Morning
9/21 – Day of Peace Event!
9/29 – Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Click HERE  for more details and complete calendar!

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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of each month.

Needed for October 2: Main dish, 1 side dish, dessert
Needed for November 6: 1 side dish, dessert
Needed for December 4: Main dish, 1 side dish, dessert

We are in need of volunteers to sign up for this FVJN mitzvah project, each month of the year.
This is a great individual, family or group activity!
Visit www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up today!

Thank you to Mike Y., Nancy S., Tammie M., and Tobey B for providing the September mitzvah meal!

FVJN volunteers provide dinner the first Wednesday of each month to approximately 70 guests at Lazarus House, a shelter located in St. Charles, which serves men, women and children in need in the Tri-Cities. Please visit the above link to sign up for future dates!

This is a wonderful, easy mitzvah we do to help those in need right here in our community. More volunteers are always needed!

Questions? Contact FVJN coordinator Lisa Foydel: lisafoydel@gmail.com.

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Notes for You!
• Donations: We rely on your donations! Please consider FVJN when making donations in honor of or as a memorial to someone in your life. The FVJN Giving Tree is a great way to honor others and assist FVJN in our fundraising efforts: https://www.fvjn.org/giving-tree/.

• If you have an interest in being part of a Caring Committee, a Social Action Committee, an Adult Education & Social Committee or FVJS Committee, please contact Rachel (rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) )!

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Hebrew word/phrase of the week:
להתראות
“Lehitraot”
Meaning: See you later!

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ENews August 2019!

Are you looking for a fun Jewish educational experience for your children? We’ve got just the thing, right here in downtown Geneva!

Click HERE to Register Now!

Tuition information: Annual tuition for all students is $180 prior to August 31, $210 by September 1, and $250 after that date.

Fox Valley Jewish School
•Register NOW for the 2019 – 2020 FVJS Sunday school year!
Interested in a unique Jewish Sunday school experience for your children?
FVJN offers Sunday an educational, fun, social Sunday school program during the school year, right in the heart of downtown Geneva!

If interested in attending the 2019 – 2020 school year, please email RachelY@fvjn.org as soon as possible, and express your interest. Responses are appreciated ASAP in order to plan for next school year. Whether or not your children are current, former or new to us, we hope to hear from you soon!

Learn more about FVJS HERE!   

Book Group
Tuesday, 8/13 @ FVJN
All are welcome.

Book for August discussion: This Narrow Space, by Elisha Waldman
“A memoir both bittersweet and inspiring by an American pediatric oncologist who spent seven years in Jerusalem treating children—Israeli Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza—who had all been diagnosed with cancer.”

Hebrew word of the week:
בוקר טוב
Boker tov
Good morning!

Friday Flick
Film: “Dark Money”
Friday, August 23, 7 pm
At: UUSG, 102 S. 2nd St., Geneva
Free & Open to All
A real life political thriller, Dark Money exposes the impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, this Sundance award-winner uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections can be bought and sold.
This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series and with the League of Women Voters Central Kane County.  

Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of each month.

Needed for September: 1 side dish, dessert
Needed for October: Main dish, 1 side dish, dessert

We are in need of more volunteers to sign up for this FVJN mitzvah project. This is a great individual, family or group activity!
Visit www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up today!

Thank you to Tobey, Felice and Joanne for the August dinner! It’s a mitzvah!

FVJN volunteers provide dinner the first Wednesday of each month to approximately 70 guests at Lazarus House, a shelter located in St. Charles, which serves men, women and children in need in the Tri-Cities. Please visit the above link to sign up for future dates!

Questions? Contact FVJN coordinator Lisa Foydel: lisafoydel@gmail.com.

Coming Up:
August
8/7 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
8/13 – Book Group
8/14 – Board E-Meeting
8/17 – Volunteer at NIFB
8/23 – Friday Flicks

Click HERE for complete calendar!

Notes for You

• Calendar Update: We had scheduled Hot Dogs & Havdallah for Aug. 24, but have to reschedule due to a space availability issue. We will let you know the new date asap!

• Donations: We rely on your donations! Please consider FVJN when making donations in honor of or as a memorial to someone in your life. The FVJN Giving Tree is a great way to honor others and assist FVJN in our fundraising efforts: https://www.fvjn.org/giving-tree/.

• If you have an interest in being part of a Caring Committee, a Social Action Committee, an Adult Education & Social Committee or FVJS Committee, please contact Rachel (rachely@fvjn.org)!

Prairie Jewish Youth!
PJY events are for Jewish youth in grades 5th through 12th!
All are welcome! For information and to RSVP, click on the link below.
http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html

ENews for June 2019!

Adult Social Dinner
Saturday, June 22, 6:30 pm
at The Lodge on 64, in St. Charles
All adults are welcome to join us for a fun time!
Please RSVP by Tuesday the 18th to rachely@fvjn.org.

Board News!
We’re excited to announce the addition of three new members to our Board of Directors!
Lisa Foydel, Lee Shumow and Amanda Littauer have joined Jay Schwab and Peter Evans, and Susan Jensen has also joined as a special advisor to the Board.
Please join us in welcoming and thanking each of them for volunteering their time and energy to make Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors all it can be!
If you’re interested in learning more about our Board of Directors, please contact me at rachely@fvjn.org

FVJN Book Group
Tuesday, June 11, 7 pm, at FVJN
Book: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, by Edward Kritzler
All interested adults are welcome to drop in!
For more info: mikey@fvjn.org

Sunday School Registration Open!
Fox Valley Jewish School
•Teachers needed for the 2019-2020 school year! This is a paid position.
Volunteer parents also needed to serve on our school committee.
Please contact Rachel for more information. rachely@fvjn.org

•Register now for the 2019 – 2020 FVJS Sunday school year!
Interested in a unique Jewish Sunday school experience for your children?
FVJN offers Sunday an educational, fun, social Sunday school program during the school year, right in the heart of downtown Geneva!
If interested in attending the 2019 – 2020 school year, please email RachelY@fvjn.org (mailto:RachelY@fvjn.org)  as soon as possible, and express your interest. Responses are appreciated ASAP in order to plan for next school year. Whether or not your children are current, former or new to us, we hope to hear from you soon!
Learn more about FVJS here:
https://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/.
Thank you!

Safety Updates at FVJN
Thanks to a security grant from Jewish United Fund, we recently installed two outdoor security cameras at FVJN. We are in the midst of making additional security updates to our space, including solar panels to charge the outdoor camera batteries, and the installation of impact resistance security window film over the windows on each exterior door. These security upgrades were both suggested by the Geneva Police Department. The safety of everyone, whenever inside our space in Downtown Geneva, is of utmost importance to us.

Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of each month.
Needed for July: Dessert
Needed for August: Filled!
Needed for September: Main dish, 1 side dish, dessert
We are in need of volunteers to sign up for this FVJN mitzvah project,
each month of the year. This is a great individual, family or group activity!
Visit www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up today!
Thank you to Lisa, Gary, Gabe and Hannah Foydel-Kramer for making the entire June dinner for Lazarus guests!
FVJN volunteers provide dinner the first Wednesday of each month to approximately 70 guests at Lazarus House, a shelter located in St. Charles, which serves men, women and children in need in the Tri-Cities.
Please visit the above link to sign up for future dates!
Questions? Contact FVJN coordinator Lisa Foydel: lisafoydel@hotmail.com

Coming Up!
June
6/5 – Lazarus House Dinner
6/11 – Book Group
6/12 – Board eMeeting
6/22 – Adult Social Dinner
Visit http://www.fvjn.org/calendar-of-events/ for complete calendar!

Announcements!
• Donations: The Sohn-Simon family and the O’Hara family and friends have recently made donations to FVJN in memory of Archie Fogle, father of Barbara Anderson.
• If you have an interest in being part of a Caring Committee, a Social Action Committee, an Adult Education & Social Committee or FVJS Committee, please contact Rachel (rachely@fvjn.org!

Prairie Jewish Youth
PJY events are for Jewish youth in grades 5th through 12th!
All are welcome! For information and to RSVP, click on the link below.
http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html

ENews April 2019

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with Good Deeds Day at FVJN, on Sunday, April 7 (during FVJS)!
Volunteers will receive a free Good Deeds Day T-shirt with the new FVJN logo! Please email rachely@fvjn.org if you are able to help with any of the following:
* Set up crew (tables)
* Clean up crew
* Donate cases of water to sell
* Donate dozen donuts or sweets or apple sauce pouches (snacks) to sell.
* Help sell above items
* Help carry boxes and bags in for people donating books.
* Hand out brochures and help answer any questions about FVJN/FVJS.
* Donate packing boxes to deliver books to McCleery School.
Thank you!

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URGENT: SIDE DISH NEEDED FOR THIS WEDNESDAY’S MITZVAH DINNER!
Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner First Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, April 3: 1 side dish needed!
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND SIGN UP NOW!
We are in need of volunteers to sign up for this FVJN mitzvah project,
each month of the year. This is a great individual, family or group activity!
Visit www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up today!

FVJN volunteers provide dinner the first Monday of each month to the guests at Lazarus House, a shelter located in St. Charles, which serves men, women and children in need in the Tri-Cities. Please visit the above link to sign up for future dates!
Questions? Contact FVJN coordinator Lisa Foydel: lisafoydel@hotmail.com.

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FVJN Book Group
Tuesday, April 9, 7 pm @ FVJN
Book to be discussed: The Woman Who Smashed Codes, by Jason Fagon.
Participation is free and open to all, ages 16 through 100!

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FVJN’s Annual Donors & Volunteers Thank You Dinner!
Friday, April 12 at 6:00 pm at Natalie’s House.
Thank YOU, our wonderful volunteers and donors who helped FVJN during another outstanding 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 Monday, April 8 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 your RSVP is received.
Thank you!
FVJN Board of Directors

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Upcoming Events!
April
4/3 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
4/7 – FVJS: Good Deeds (Mitzvah) Day!
4/9 – Book Group (The Woman Who Smashed Codes)
4/10 – Board Meeting
4/12 – Donor Thank You Dinner
4/29 – FVJS

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Notes for you!
• The FVJN Board of Directors is searching for new new people who are interested in discussing, planning and contributing to the continual growth of Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors! You do not need past experience serving on a board, just an interest in being a vital part of your Jewish community group! Interested persons please contact Rachel at rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) .

• If you are between the ages of 18 – 32 and have always wanted to go to Israel, now’s your chance! Visit the Taglit Birthright Israel site for all the info: https://www.birthrightisrael.com/. Registration now open!

• Interested in getting more involved in making FVJN all it can be? Contact Rachel for more information: rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) .

ENews March 2019

Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, April 3: 1 side dish needed!
PLEASE CLICK HERE AND SIGN UP NOW!
Thank you so much to the following volunteers for providing the March Mitzvah Dinner to Lazarus House: Mike Yackley, Nancy Sohn, Felice Jones and Joanne Spitz!
We are in need of volunteers to sign up for this FVJN mitzvah project, each month of the year.
Consider signing up each month. This is a great family or group activity.
FVJN volunteers provide dinner the first Monday of each month to the guests at Lazarus House, a shelter located in St. Charles, which serves men, women and children in need in the Tri-Cities.
Questions? Contact FVJN coordinator Lisa Foydel: lisafoydel@hotmail.com (mailto:lisafoydel@hotmail.com) .
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The FVJN Board of Directors is searching for new new people who are interested in discussing, planning and contributing to the continual growth of Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors! You do not need past experience serving on a board, just an interest in being a vital part of your Jewish community group! Interested persons please contact Rachel at rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) .

COMING UP!
March
3/13 – Board Meeting
3/17 – FVJS *Purim Party! (During Sunday School)
3/22 – Friday Flick @ UUSG (See FVJN calendar for details!)
April
4/3 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
4/7 – FVJS
4/9 – Book Group (The Woman Who Smashed Codes)
4/10 – Board Meeting
4/12 – Donor Thank You Dinner
4/29 – FVJS
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NOTES FOR YOU
• If you are between the ages of 18 – 32 and have always wanted to go to Israel, now’s your chance! Visit the Taglit Birthright Israel site for all the info: https://www.birthrightisrael.com/. Registration now open!
• Interested in getting more involved in making FVJN all it can be? Contact Rachel for more information: rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) .

PRAIRIE JEWISH YOUTH
PJY events are for Jewish youth in grades 5th through 12th!
All are welcome! For information and to RSVP, click on the link below.
•May 5: Yom Ha’aatzmaut: Israeli Iron Chef: Show off your chef skills with some delicious Israeli dishes!
•May 19: End of Year Celebration: Final program of the school year party!
To RSVP for any/all of these events click HERE.

ELSEWHERE
Jewish Film Festival Weekend!
March 30 & 31, 2 – 4 pm
Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
Explore the rich offerings of Jewish film! Discussion will follow each film. Co-sponsored by Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin.
– March 30: The Band’s Visit (87 min)
– March 31: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (39 min)
– March 31: The Tiles That Bind (33 min)
Free and open to all.