February 2015 ENews!

Upcoming Events!


2/4 – Lazarus Mitzvah Dinner

2/6 – Shabbat Evening Potluck

2/8 – FVJS

2/10 – Book Group

2/22 – FVJS

2/22 – Special Meeting!

2/22 – Board Meeting


Coming Up!

2/6 – Shabbat Evening Potluck, 6:30 pm at FVJN

Please bring a side or dessert to share.

RSVPs Requested! rachely@fvjn.org

FVJN does order and provide pizza for this potluck. If you want pizza, please RSVP

by 2/5/15! (This was canceled due to lack of response.)

2/10 – FVJN Book Group, 7 pm at FVJN

The Privilege of Aging: Portraits of Twelve Jewish Women,

by Patricia Gottlieb Shapiro

Free and open to all adults! No RSVP needed.

2/22 – Special Meeting!

FVJN Mural Project Meeting Sunday, Feb. 22, 9:45 a.m.,

at FVJN. All are welcome!

To commemorate FVJN’s 10th anniversary, we are creating a tile mosaic mural to hang on the outside of the FVJN building.  The mural will be designed by professional artist Danielle Dobies and assembled by members of the FVJN community.

The FVJN community will decide what the mural will look like.  The artist is meeting with everyone interested in participating on Sunday morning, February 22 from 9:45 – 11:30 at the FVJN building located at 121 S. Third St., Geneva.  She will explain how we will make the mural and lead a discussion of ideas for what it should look like.  She will take our ideas and draw several options for us.  We will pick the one we like best, or perhaps combine elements of different designs into the perfect image. Daniele will also explain the next steps we need to do, such as collecting tiles and other materials needed to make the mural.

The estimated cost of this project is $2,000-$3,000.  We have a preliminary commitment for a grant that will cover half of the cost.  We are seeking the rest of the funds from other grants, local businesses and individuals.  The size of the mural will be adjusted to match the funds raised so FVJN will not be obligated to spend more money than we have available.  Funds will not come for FVJN’s general operating budget.  If you would like to donate, watch for details at fvjn.org and in future emails.

Come to the mural design meeting at FVJN on February 22 at 9:45 am.  This mural will be something the Fox Valley Jewish community can be proud of for a long time to come.  Your input is important.  We’ll supply the bagels and coffee.  It will be a fun morning.  If your kids are in class at FVJS during that time, it will be easy to join the discussion.  The older children will be participating as well.  This a project that we all can be a part of! To find out more or let us know you are coming (we want to make sure there are enough bagels!) email Rachel@fvjn.org.  RSVPs appreciated but not required.

Check out Danielle at work:


It’s Not Too Late to sent in your annual donation!

If you haven’t yet donated for our End-of-the-Year Fundraising Campaign, please consider doing so Now! We have yet to reach our goal, and rely on your support to continue doing all we do!

FVJN is a 501c3 organization, and donations to us are tax deductible!

FVJN, PO Box 346, Geneva, IL 60134

Or click below to easily donate online:



Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinners!

Volunteers Needed the First Wednesday of Each Month!

Volunteers Needed for April, May & June!

Each month, we prepare dinner for 60 to 75 men, women and children at Lazarus House.

Volunteers are needed to help, NOW!

Click to sign up: http://www.fvjn.org/lazarus-house/

Or Please contact Rachel Yackley ASAP to volunteer: