ENews February 2020

FVJN Book Group!
February 18th (3rd Tuesday). The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
Book Group meets every other month, usually the second Tuesday, 7 pm at FVJN.
Every interested reader is welcome!

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We still need your support!
https://www.fvjn.org/donate/
Dear Friends, Family and Supporters of Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors,
If you haven’t yet sent in your annual donation to support FVJN, please do so now! We only hold one major fundraising campaign a year, and we do not charge membership dues throughout the year, so we very much need everyone to support FVJN at this time. We appreciate all your support, and look forward to continue to provide services, events and more to our local Jewish community!

Donations can be mailed to: FVJN, P.O. Box 346, Geneva, IL  60134, or submitted on-line at: https://www.fvjn.org/donate/.

Thank you for your support!
*FVJN is a 501c3 organization

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Have You Taken Our Survey?
Would you like more religious services/gatherings, more Jewish education, more Jewish entertainment? Your opinion matters! Please take a moment to click on the link below and respond to our brief survey (only 10 questions!). Your input is needed and greatly appreciated as we continue to develop better ways to meet the needs of our Jewish community.

Click HERE for the survey. After completing, please email rachely@fvjn.org with “I did the survey” in the subject line.
Thank you!

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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner from FVJN
First Wednesday of each month.
Needed for February 5: Full! Thank you!
Needed for March 4: 1 Side dish
Big thank you to Tammie, Nancy S., Felice & Mim for providing this month’s dinner!
More volunteers needed!
This is a great individual, family or group activity!
Visit www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up today and help your local neighbors!
Questions? Contact FVJN coordinator Lisa Foydel: lisafoydel@gmail.com.

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Jewish Sunday School in the Heart of Geneva!
Fox Valley Jewish School
•Registration is still open for the 2019 – 2020 FVJS Sunday school year!
Get all the details HERE !

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CALENDAR
February
2/5 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
2/9 – FVJS
2/18 — Book Group!
2/23 – FVJS
2/27 – Board Meeting
2/28 – Friday Flick @ UUSG! (See calendar for details)
March
*Save the Date! 3/24 – Community-Wide FVJN Meeting
Click HERE for more details and complete calendar!

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Notes for You!
• Lost & Found: A brown Pyrex bread baking dish was left at the UUSG during the High Holidays. If this is yours, please contact rachely@fvjn.org.

• 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!

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Prairie Jewish Youth Group!
PJY events are for Jewish youth in grades 5th through 12th!
Coming up in February: PJY Goes to Dave & Busters! Date TBD.
All are welcome! For information and to RSVP, click on the link below.
http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html

ENews January 2020!

If you haven’t yet done so, Please Send In Your Annual Donation, Today! https://www.fvjn.org/donate/

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

It’s our one and only annual End-of-Year Fundraiser! Please consider donating today to help us continue to build a more cohesive and inclusive Jewish community in the Fox Valley!

We come to you this one time each year with our annual fundraising request.  FVJN does not charge membership dues and most of our events are free to the public. Instead, we rely primarily on donations that allow us to offer many activities to Jewish individuals and Jewish/interfaith families in our community. Donating is easy by sending in your tax-deductible donations right away either online or by mail. With your support, we can maintain and build upon the positive Jewish presence we have forged in our community!

If you haven’t yet responded to our annual fundraising campaign, please consider doing so! Donations can be mailed to: FVJN, P.O. Box 346, Geneva, IL  60134, or submitted on-line at: fvjn.org/donate.

Thank you for your support!
*FVJN is a 501c3 organization

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FVJN Book Group!
Meets every other month, usually the second Tuesday, 7 pm at FVJN.
Every interested reader is welcome!
Below is the list of books and dates for 2020:

February 18th (3rd Tuesday). The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
April 21st (3rd Tuesday). Life In a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, by Jack Mayer
June 9th. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon
August 11th. We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter
October 13th. Sons and Soldiers, by Bruce Henderson
December 8th. The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, By Ken Krimstein

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Have You Taken Our Survey?

Would you like more religious services/gatherings, more Jewish education, more Jewish entertainment? Your opinion matters! Please take a moment to click on the link below and respond to our brief survey (only 10 questions!). Your input is needed and greatly appreciated as we continue to develop better ways to meet the needs of our Jewish community.

Everyone who responds by January 15, 2020 will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card to Deanne’s Market & Deli in Geneva!

Click HERE (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YNTXKT7) for the survey. After completing, please email rachely@fvjn.org with “I did the survey” in the subject line.

Thank you!

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We Need YOU to Help With This Mitzvah!!

Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of each month.
Needed for February 5: 1 side dish, dessert
Needed for March 4: 1 side dish, dessert
More volunteers needed!

This is a great individual, family or group activity!
Visit www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up today and help your local neighbors!

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

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Jewish Sunday School in the Heart of Geneva!

Fox Valley Jewish School
•Registration is still open for the 2019 – 2020 FVJS Sunday school year!
Get all the details HERE (https://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/) 

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Coming Up!
January
1/19 – FVJS *Date Change!
1/23 – Board Meeting
1/26 – FVJS
February
2/5 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
2/9 – FVJS
2/18 — Book Group!
2/23 – FVJS
2/27 – Board Meeting

Click HERE (http://www.fvjn.org/calendar-of-events/) for more details and complete calendar!

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Notes for You!

• Lost & Found: A brown Pyrex bread baking dish was left at the UUSG during the High Holidays. If this is yours, please contact rachely@fvjn.org.

• 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.

ENews December 2018!

It’s a Chanukah Party!
RSVP TODAY to RachelY@fvjn.org.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 4 – 6 pm
At Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Rd, Geneva

Grab your menorahs, bundle up the kids and come to the annual FVJN Chanukah Party! Celebrate the Festival of Lights and the bravery of the Maccabees with holiday food, dreidel games and Israeli dancing, and have fun with friends old and new.

A dairy/vegetarian potluck meal is part of our annual FVJN Chanukah Party. Please see the list below, and bring a dish to share.

Email Rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:Rachely@fvjn.org) with how many of you are coming and what food you’ll be bringing. Please be sure to put “FVJN Chanukah Party” as the subject of your email response.

Food suggestions:
Latkes, sour cream and applesauce
Cut up veggies and/or fruit
Bagels & cream cheese
Hummus and pita
Sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts!)
Desserts
*FVJN will provide beverages and paper products (if you would like to donate any of these things, let us know!)

All are welcome, but please RSVP for planning purposes. This event is interfaith-friendly and there is no cost to attend, though donations are welcome. Chanukah begins the night of Sunday, Dec. 22.

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Book Group
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7 pm
FVJN Book Group meets every other month, and is open to all!
Click HERE to visit our calendar and check out which books are coming up!

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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of each month.
Needed for February 5, 2020: Main dish, 2 side dishes, dessert
*We are not providing the January 1 dinner, but please visit our website and sign up for 2020 dates, now!

Thank you to Mim E., Nancy S., Felice J. and Joanne S. for providing December’s dinner!

Volunteers needed!
This is a great individual, family or group activity!
Visit www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up today and help your local neighbors!

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.

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Fox Valley Jewish School
Jewish Sunday School in the Heart of Geneva!
•Registration is still open for the 2019 – 2020 FVJS Sunday school year!
Get all the details HERE.

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Coming Up!
December
12/4 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
12/8 – FVJS
12/10 – Book Group!
12/11 – Board Meeting
12/14 – FVJN Chanukah Party!
12/15 – FVJS
12/21 – Volunteer @ NIFB w/UUSG
Click HERE for more details and complete calendar!

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Volunteer Days at NIFB!
Dates: Sat., Dec. 21, from 9 am – noon
Registration required! To sign up, please visit:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4cafa628a31-food
Come partner with UUSG friends and help out our local neighbors in need!
Volunteers aged between 8 and 16 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
Because this is a warehouse environment closed toed shoes are required.
Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) is located at: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva.

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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.

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ENews November 2019!

Adult Social Dinner
Saturday, Nov 9, 6:30 pm
The Lodge on 64, 41W379 IL-64, St. Charles
Reservations Required! RSVP to rachely@fvjn.org
Come enjoy an evening with FVJN friends, old and new, and finish off with s’mores by the fire! Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP by Wednesday, 11/6
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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of each month.
Needed for December 4: Main dish
Needed for February 5: Main dish, 2 side dishes, dessert
*We are not providing the January 1 dinner, but please visit our website and sign up for 2020 dates!
Thank you to Nancy S., Mike Y., Lisa F.. and Tobey B. for providing the November Mitzvah meal!
Volunteers needed to sign up for this monthly FVJN mitzvah project.
This is a great individual, family or group activity!
Visit www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up today and help your local neighbors!
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.
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Jewish Sunday School in the Heart of Geneva!
Fox Valley Jewish School
•Registration is still open for the 2019 – 2020 FVJS Sunday school year!
Get all the details HERE!
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November
11/6 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
11/9 – Adult Social Dinner
11/12 – Volunteer @ NIFB w/UUSG
11/13 – Board Meeting
11/17 – FVJS
December
12/4 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Diner
12/8 – FVJS
12/10 – Book Group!
12/11 – Board Meeting
12/14 – FVJN Chanukah Party!
12/15 – FVJS
12/21 – Volunteer @ NIFB w/UUSG
Click HERE for more details and complete calendar!
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FVJN Book Group meets every other month, and is open to all!
Click HERE to visit our calendar and check out which books are coming up!
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It’s a (pre) Chanukah Party!
Saturday, Dec. 14, 4 – 6 pm
At Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Rd, Geneva
Come celebrate your inner Maccabee with food, games, candle lighting and fun with friends old and new!
Please sign up now to help with set up and/or cleanup, food, games.
Email rachely@fvjn.org with what you will do to help make this the best Chanukah Party, ever!
Keep checking your eNews for more details!
Chanukah begins the night of Sunday, Dec. 22.
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Volunteer Days at NIFB!
Dates: Tues., Nov. 12 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Sat., Dec. 21, from 9 am – noon
Registration required! To sign up, please click HERE!
Come partner with UUSG friends and help out our local neighbors in need!
Volunteers aged between 8 and 16 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
Because this is a warehouse environment closed toed shoes are required.
Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) is located at: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva.
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Notes to 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) )!

ENews October 22, 2019!

It’s a FUNdraiser!
Monday, Nov. 4
California Pizza Kitchen at Geneva Commons
Treat yourself, your family and friends on Monday, Nov. 6, and help raise funds for FVJN, at the same time! Dine in or carry out the totally tasty pizzas, salads and other offerings from California Pizza Kitchen!

Just mention the Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors fundraiser when ordering, and 20% of your purchase will go to FVJN to help us do all we do for you and our community!

Please share this with your family and friends!
Be sure to go to: California Pizza Kitchen at Geneva Commons, 1202 Commons Dr, Geneva, IL

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Adult Social Dinner
Saturday, Nov 9, 6:30 pm
The Lodge on 64, 41W379 IL-64, St. Charles
Reservations Required! RSVP to rachely@fvjn.org

Come enjoy an evening with FVJN friends, old and new, and finish off with s’mores by the fire! Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP by Tuesday, 11/5

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Volunteers Needed!
Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of each month.
Needed for November 6: All filled!
Needed for December 4: Main dish
The 2020 dates are up! Please help us plan ahead and sign up now!

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

Thank you to Nancy S., Mike Y., Lisa F.. and Tobey B. for providing the November 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!
Questions? Contact FVJN coordinator Lisa Foydel: lisafoydel@gmail.com

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Our deepest condolences on the passing of Brian Maxfield’s beloved mother and Roberta Maxfield’s mother-in-law, Phyllis Maxfield, who passed away on Monday, Oct. 14 at 96 years old. Services were Oct. 19 in Morrison, IL

May the memories of their mother, mother-in-law and grandmother bring their family much comfort.

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It’s Never Too Late To Register For Sunday School!
Fox Valley Jewish School
•Registration is still open 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. Tuition for all students is $250.

Learn more about FVJS here: https://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/.

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Calendar
October
10/25 – Friday Flick w/UUSG
10/26 – Volunteer at NIFB
November
11/3 – FVJS
11/4 – FUNdraiser at California Pizza Kitchen!
11/6 – Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
11/9 – Adult Social Dinner
11/12 – NIFB w/UUSG
11/13 – Board Meeting
11/17 – FVJS

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Friday Flick!
Oct. 25, 7 pm
At UUSG: 102 S. 2nd St., Geneva
Free & open to all!

Follow their paths as four women mount grassroots campaigns against powerful incumbents in “Knock Down the House.” The movie traces the experiences of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin. Each was motivated to run by profound personal experiences. Winner of the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Knock Down the House joins these women on the campaign trail as they mobilize their bases, engage voters, and build a movement during a time of historic volatility in American politics. Only one of the four – AOC – was successful. We will examine their stories to look for messages about how to run a winning campaign.

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Volunteer Days at NIFB!
Dates: Sat., Oct. 26, 9 am – noon
Tues., Nov. 12 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Sat., Dec. 21, from 9 am – noon
Registration required! To sign up, please visit:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4cafa628a31-food
Come partner with UUSG friends and help out our local neighbors in need!
Volunteers aged between 8 and 16 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
Because this is a warehouse environment closed toed shoes are required.
Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) is located at: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva.

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Notes for You!

•Is this your dish? Someone left a rectangular brown Pyrex dish at the UUSG, when we were there for the light supper before our Kol Nidre service. If this was you (it had banana bread and chocolate iced mini cakes in it) please contact rachely@fvjn.org (mailto:rachely@fvjn.org) to get it back!

• 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/.

• Recent Donations: Thank you to all who attended our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, and who donated to FVJN. Thanks to your generosity, we can continue to hire Cindy Michelassi to lead us through the High Holidays, each year!

• 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

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For Interfaith Families
Rabbi Reni Dickman’s recommendations from her Sept. 9 program:

Books:

1. Radical Inclusion: Engaging Interfaith Families for a Thriving Jewish Future, by Ed Case. The changing landscape of the Jewish community and best practices for communities seeking to engage and support interfaith families.

2. One Couple Two Faiths, by Marion Usher. The book includes descriptions of many couples who have participated in Usher’s workshops and the myriad topics these couples discussed with her.

3. A Passion for a People, by Avraham Infeld. Infeld is an internationally known Jewish educator who describes the different elements of Jewish identity, especially those elements that might not be considered particularly “religious.” This book has been helpful for Jewish partners to explain to their spouses why being Jewish is so important to them even if they are not particularly “religious.”

Helpful websites:

Interfaithfamily.com – there you can find articles on every topic facing interfaith families

bimbam.com – short, entertaining videos on a broad range of topics like holidays, lifecycle events and Torah portions.

myjewishlearning.com – fairly short articles on a huge range of Jewish topics.

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Hebrew word/phrase of the week:

ערב טוב

Erev tov: “Good evening!”

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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

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