Happy Tu B’Shevat

happy TUB

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, marks the “New Year” for the trees. Which begins Sunday night January 24th at Sundown and end on Monday January 25th at Sundown.

We celebrate by eating fruit, specifically the kinds that the Torah mentions that the Land of Israel is known for: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.

Here are some yummy recipes to help celebrate the holiday

Almond Smoothie:

1 1/2 C. cold unsweetened soy milk or milk

1 T. almond butter

2 drops vanilla extract

5 dates

2 T. raisins

1 T. carob powder

5 ice cubes

Blend almond butter and milk to make a nice thick creamy shake. Add dates, raisins, vanilla, carob powder, and ice.

Nut Filled Pears

4 pears

3 T. nuts, chopped

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 C. orange juice

Core the pears. Mix nuts and cinnamon. Fill each pear cavity with nuts and cinnamon. Place pears in a baking pan and pour orange juice over the pears. Bake at 350*F for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Pomegranate Sorbet

3.5 cups pomegranate juice

1 cup sugar

Dissolve 3 cups of sugar in the juice and pour into a container lined with parchment paper.

Put container in the freezer.

When the mixture is frozen solid, take it out, break it into pieces and process in a blender or food processor with the remaining half cup of pomegranate juice until smooth.

Return it to the pan and freeze until firm. Let defrost slightly before serving.

Optional: Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds.

1st & 2nd Grade Art Work on Display

Exciting Artwork created by our very own up and coming future “Rembrandts” These magnificent creations were completed by our 1st and 2nd grade students, and can been seen at FVJN! Look how beautiful our Art Cabinet Doors are! Doesn’t that Butterfly make everyone wish for Spring!! Beautiful work !!!fvjn 1 artwork 1fvjn 1 artwork 2fvjn 1 artwork 3

Book Group 2016 News The Picks Are In


book club

The Book Group meets at FVJN at 7 pm, on the second Tuesday of every other month starting in February:

Tuesday, February 9th – A Bride For One Night: Talmud Tales by Ruth Calderon

Tuesday, April 12th – A Remarkable Kindness: A Novel by Diana Bletter

Tuesday, June 14th – Walking a Perfect Square by Reed Farrel Coleman

Tuesday, August 9th – The Mapmaker’s Daughter by Laura Corona

Tuesday, October TBA – The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Tuesday, December 13th – The Assistant by Bernard Malamud

It looks like another great year of reading!

Shabbat Evening Potluck Friday March 11 2016

Join us for a  Shabbat Evening Potluck!
Join us for blessings and a potluck supper, this Friday, March 11@ 6:30pm! Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. RSVPs are requested for planning purposes. Please email gail@fvjn.org
FVJN is located at 121 S. 3rd St. in Geneva, IL
Candle Lighting tonight is before 5:40P.M.
FVJN Wishes all A Shabbat Shalom

A table set for Shabbat with challah bread, candlesticks and wine. Black background, complete view.

PJY Mitzvah Day!

pjy-mitzvah-dayOpen to all Jewish 5th graders through high school.

Come and help sort food donations for Thanksgiving and/or clean toys for families in need (or whatever help is needed).

Sunday, November 8 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

At the Community Crisis Center in Elgin Please RSVP for directions.

No charge, but suggested donation: A new toothbrush!


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