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.

Saturday, August 20, 7:45pm – 9:30pm

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.

GenevaFarm@gmail.com or call 630.578.3313

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.

Swedish Days Thank You

The FVJN Swedish Days Booth 2016 was a hit!
We sold out of everything: Pickle Pops, Dr. Pragger’s vegan, gluten free burgers, black bean burgers, Hebrew National hotdogs, and healthy frozen treats!

A huge THANK YOU to all who volunteered, and a special thank you to Mike Yackley and Dave Larson, who lead the charge from organizing to set-up and take-down, to shopping, repairing, working the booth every day and more, and to Dan Simon, who designed all the booth signage and also worked several shifts. Special shout out to Lillian Tanzer who volunteered in the booth 4 days in a row!

FVJN would like to thank the following local businesses for their donations:
Trader Joe’s, Batavia: $50.38
Target, St. Charles: $100 plus 72 black bean burgers
Meijer, St. Charles: $300
The Little Traveler, Geneva: All chopped tomatoes & onions, donated sign laminating

The Mural is Complete

The mural is complete!

The mural is complete!

Volunteers and Donors Join Forces for New Downtown Mural

When deciding how to commemorate their tenth anniversary, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors chose to do something lasting for the community they call home.

“We have enjoyed being a part of downtown Geneva and have been welcomed by the surrounding community,” said FVJN president Greg Cibura, “when a mural was suggested, we thought it was a great way to do something everyone could enjoy.”

The result is the large, six panel mural now located just off Geneva’s Third Street in the alley across from the courthouse. The mural was dedicated on June 6 in a celebration attended officials from the City and community organizations, FVJN families and friends, and Geneva residents and business owners. The mural was designed by artist Danielle Dobies and based on drawings by children from FVJN’s Sunday School and ideas from FVJN members. FVJN families and friends volunteered countless hours to assemble the mosaic tiles under the artist’s direction. Area businesses and individuals donated some of the materials. Funding to cover other costs was obtained through a grant from the Geneva Foundation for the Arts as well as donations from other FVJN supporters. The mural took over a year to complete.

Once the panels had been completed inside, the mural was professionally installed on the side of the building at 121 S. Third Street. Volunteers then painstakingly grouted all of the tile, first applying the grout and then cleaning off the excess. The process took many hours, but also gave the public an opportunity to witness some of the work and learn the story behind the project.

FVJN draws its families largely from the Tri-Cities area and the group wanted the mural to reflect the values that they share with the surrounding community. The panels include symbols of peace, diversity, education, family and ancestry, the sharing of celebrations, and appreciation of the natural and manmade beauty and resources of the area.