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.

ENews November 2017!

November
11/8 – Board Meeting
11/10 – Shabbat Gathering
11/12 – FVJS
11/19 – Playgroup (early b/c of Thanksgiving)
11/24 – Friday Flick @ UUSG

December
12/3 – FVJS
12/6 – Lazarus Dinner
12/13 – Board Meeting
12/17 – FVJS
12/19 – Book Group: The Mathematician’s Shiva

Shop for the Holidays and Benefit FVJN!
** Yankee Candle Fundraising Sale **
Order online only! Your order will ship directly to you!
Invite family and friends to purchase items, too.

Our group will receive 40% profit from each item you purchase. Please share our group information with friends and family.

How to shop:
Go to: https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/
Enter group number: 990072571
(no seller ID needed)

Enjoy, and thank you for your support!

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Shabbat Evening Gathering
Friday, Nov. 10, 6:30 – 8:30
Natalie & John’s House
Please join us for Shabbat blessings and dinner together at Natalie & John’s house.
Please bring a side dish to share.
Address will be provided when you RSVP.
RSVP to: rachely@fvjn.org  

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FVJN Playgroup!
Sunday, Nov. 19, 10 – 11:30 am
Gather at FVJN, 121 S. Third St., Geneva
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: rachely@fvjn.org 

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Friday Flicks: The Pilgrims
Nov. 24, 7 pm
UUSG – 110 S. 2nd St., Geneva

Free and open to all

The Pilgrims explore the true story of a small group of English separatists. 102 men, women and children, led by a band of radical Protestant extremists, pursued their dreams on the shores of the New World.

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Fox Valley Jewish School
FVJS Parent Monitors Needed

Parents are needed to take turns monitoring students’ arrival and departure each day of school. Please contact Rachel (rachely@fvjn.org) to sign up, or use the sign up sheet at FVJN.

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

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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
FVJN Provides Dinner the First Wednesday of Each Month.More Volunteers Needed!
Click http://www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up!

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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinners
FVJN invites you to help provide monthly dinners for guests of Lazarus House, the shelter in St. Charles which serves the Tri-Cities.

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

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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 https://www.fvjn.org/donate/  or send your donation to:
FVJN • PO Box 346 • Geneva, IL 60134.

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Happening Elsewhere!

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

•PJY Mitzvah Day!
At Pushing the Envelope Farm
Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 – 4:30 pm
5th – 12th graders

•Shiluv : Compositions for Cello and Piano by First-Generation Israeli Composers
Sunday, November 19th, 1pm
Cellist Emily Camras and pianist Cindy Trowbridge will present a recital of works for cello and piano by first-generation Israeli composers.

The concert will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. Fifth Avenue, Naperville, IL. Admission is free. A dairy reception will follow the performance.

ENews October 2017

 

 

Hot Dogs & Havdalah, plus Sukkot!
When: Sat., Oct. 7, 3:00 – Sunset
Where: Wheeler Park, Geneva (Rt. 31, 4 blks north of Rt.38)
RSVP: rachely@fvjn.org

** In case of rain storms this event will be rescheduled. Updates will be emailed, or contact Rachel.

Join us for our popular annual Hot Dogs & Havdalah event, along with this year’s addition of a bit of Sukkot fun!
The event will start at 3 pm in the park, with outdoor family games (bring your favorites). We’ll cook burgers, regular & veggie, and hot dogs on the grill, and enjoy a fun meal together. A musical Havdalah service will finish the day.
We will also be celebrating Sukkot in the park! Help decorate a big cardboard box sukkah, shake the lulav and etrog, and sing Sukkot songs!

* FVJN will provide: HD, burgers, veg burgers, buns, condiments, chips, beverages, cookies. You MUST RSVP so we know how much food to provide.
* YOU:  bring side dishes, such as salad, fruit or pasta.
*YOU: bring any outdoor games, like bags, frisbee, softball, bubbles, etc. AND, for decorating the sukkah, please bring any items for decorating: crayons, markers, paper, scissors, tape, ribbon, old wrapping paper, whatever else you think of!
PLEASE RSVP for planning purposes to: rachely@fvjn.org.
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Help Victims of Natural Disasters
FVJN will continue to collct donations at the upcoming Hot Dogs & Havdalah event, to benefit  all who suffer because of recent hurricanes and earthquakes. Our donation will go to the Jewish United Fund, which passes along 100% of donated funds to those in need, and also sends volunteers to affected areas.
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Book Group
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 pm at FVJN

Discussing: French Encounters,  by Katherine Lato (An FVJN participant!)
All adults welcome!
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Come Volunteer at NIFB with FVJN!
Saturday, Oct. 21, 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 by Oct. 16.
Please contact Rachel to sign up and if you have any questions: rachely@fvjn.org
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Friday Flicks

”Immigration Battle”

Friday, Oct. 27, 7 pm

At UUSG, 110 S. 2nd St., Geneva
In “Immigration Battle” we follow Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) as he works to try to create a bill that would be acceptable to both Republicans and Democrats.
Friday flicks are documentaries with social justice themes. They are sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva. These films are free and open to the public.
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Playgroup!
Sunday, Oct. 29, 10 – 11:30 am
Gather at Wheeler Park (or FVJN, in case of rain)
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: rachely@fvjn.org
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FVJS Parent Monitors Needed
Parents are needed to take turns monitoring students’ arrival and departure each day of school. Please contact Rachel (rachely@fvjn.org) to sign up, or use the sign up sheet at FVJN.

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 HERE.
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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of Each Month
Coming Up: 10/4
More Volunteers Needed!
Click http://www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up!
FVJN invites you to help provide monthly dinners for guests of Lazarus House in Geneva. Questions? Please contact Lisa Foydel at lisafoydel@hotmail.com.
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Jewish Film!
at Charlestowne Theater, St. Charles

Wednesday, October 4, 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm. One Day Only!
Join us at the Charlestowne 18 Theatre for the First Wednesday Film Club presentation of The Women’s Balcony shown on Wednesday, October 4 at 1:00 & 7:00 PM. General Admission.  Film discussion led by Dave Gathman.
The Women’s Balcony: An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gendered rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

*This is not an FVJN event, but something of interest to our community which we are happy to promote and support.
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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 https://www.fvjn.org/donate/
or send your donation to:
FVJN • PO Box 346 • Geneva, IL 60134.
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Elsewhere:
• Prairie Jewish Youth •
Check out exciting events for students in 5th – 12th grade!
 RSVP Required for ALL EVENTS:
http://prairiejewishyouth.weebly.com/upcoming-programs.html
•Build a Candy Sukkah!
Sunday, Oct. 8. 3 – 4:30 pm
•PJY Make Music Club
6 sessions starting Oct. 2 5
at Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin

Author Speaking:
Fox Valley Hadassah is sponsoring 
Maggie Anton, Author of “Rashi’s Daughters”
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva
Hear about her newest book:
”Fifty Shades of Talmud”
Register at: http://gpld.org/geneva/events

ENews September 2017

FVJN High Holidays Services: Mark Your Calendars!
Rosh Hashanah Service Led by Cindy Michelassi
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 pm service at the UUSG
Yom Kippur Service Led by Cindy Michelassi
Friday, Sept. 29, 5:30 pm light meal; 6:30 pm service at the UUSG
Family friendly, open to all, and free!

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

$10 Donation Requested
Please RSVP now for planning: rachely@fvjn.org

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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
http://www.fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school/
FVJS is held at FVJN, twice a month, Sept. – May.

The first day of school is Sunday, Sept. 10, and kicks off with a bagel breakfast!
The FVJN Marketplace will also be open with new and gently used menorahs for sale (cash & check only)!
We look forward to helping your children learn and grow in a fun, Jewish environment!

FVJS has two new Teachers!
Tracy Schoenberg will be teaching preschool-2nd grade and Evan Bennett will be teaching grades 3 and up.
Jeremy Foy will be back teaching art for grades 3 and up; younger grades have art in regular classes. Rachel Yackley will return for special music sessions during the year.

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Upcoming Events!

September
9/6 – Lazarus House Dinner
9/10 – FVJS
9/13 – Board Meeting
9/16 – Adult Social Dinner
9/17 – Playgroup
9/20 – Rosh Hashanah Service
9/29 – Yom Kippur Service

Save the Date!
Sat., Oct. 7: Hot Dogs & Havdalah! And Sukkot!
3:00 – Sunset, Wheeler Park, Geneva. More info to come!

See details below, or at fvjn.org 

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Adult Social Dinner!
Saturday, Sept. 16, 6:30 pm
Location The Lodge on 64, in St. Charles
RSVP to Alysa: ahwalisz@comcast.net 

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Playgroup!
Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 – 11:30 am
Gather at Wheeler Park (or FVJN, in case of rain)
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: rachely@fvjn.org

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Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinner
First Wednesday of Each Month
Coming Up: 9/6, 10/4
More Volunteers Needed!
Click http://www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/ to sign up!

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


 

Recent Donations:

Nancy Sohn, Mike, Dan & Ben Simon Family donation in honor of the birth of Mim and Chuck Evans’ twin grandchildren.

Adele Stein donation to FVJN.

Toda raba!

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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 https://www.fvjn.org/donate/ or send your donation to:
FVJN • PO Box 346 • Geneva, IL 60134.

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


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: rachely@fvjn.org

FVJS 2017.18 Info