Monthly ENews October 2013

Dear Friends,

My name is Greg Cibura, and I am honored to be the new President of FVJN. I have been on the FVJN board for about 6 years, and have always had a sense of pride working with all the board members and community volunteers. For the rest of 2013, and into the new year, FVJN has some amazing projects in the works that I am proud to be a part of.

I would like to send a very special thank you to past FVJN President Nancy Sohn.

Tonight we are cooking for Lazarus House in St. Charles, as we do the first Wednesday of each month.  Please consider joining us in this rewarding volunteer experience.  Email Lisa Garcia at if you are interested or would like more information.

This Friday (the 4th) we have our monthly Shabbat Evening at FVJN on 3rd Street in Geneva, which takes place on the first Friday of each month. I hope to see you there.

Finally, I’d love to hear from you – if you have a suggestion or comment, please let me know. Feedback is always welcome.

In health,
Greg Cibura

Upcoming Events

Happening this month:

10/2: FVJN-to-Lazarus Mitzvah Dinner
10/4: Shabbat Evening Potluck at FVJN, 6:30 pm
10/6: FVJS
10/8: Book Club, 7 pm
10/19: Adult Social Dinner (TBD)
10/20 FVJS (Field Trip)
10/20: Board Meeting
10/22: Women’s Gathering
10/26: Volunteer at NIFB


FVJN-to-Lazarus House Dinners

FVJN- to-Lazarus House Mitzvah Dinners
First Wednesday of Each Month


Volunteers prepare either a main dish, a salad or two sides (including vegetables),
or a dessert. These meals currently feed 60 to 75 men, women and children at Lazarus

Please contact coordinator Lisa Garcia to sign up to volunteer: or call (630) 201-5344.

*Volunteers are needed for 11/6, 12/4 and on. More volunteers needed in order for
us to continue doing this!



Shabbat Evening Potluck

Friday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. at FVJN
RSVP to: with what you will bring:

If your last name begins with:
A – G: Side Dishes
H – N: Desserts
O – T: Beverages (apple and/or white grape juice, wine), and set-up/clean-up (please
arrive 15 min. early)
U – Z: Salads

*Please provide your own serving utensils. Paper products will be provided.
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what you will bring, so we can plan accordingly.

Please RSVP asap!


FVJN Book Group

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 pm at FVJN
Have you started reading, yet?
The book choice for October is Prague Winter, by Madeleine Albright.
This book group is open to all (and a lot of fun, too)!


FVJN Volunteers at NIFB! (Northern Illinois Food Bank)

Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Please RSVP to:
FVJN families and individuals: Come lend a hand
at NIFB!

If you wish to participate, please let Rachel know, ASAP. For this session, volunteers
can be as young as 8 years of age. If you’ve done this with us before, you know
how fun it is, and it’s a terrific way to help our greater community!


Adult Social Dinner

Date: Sat., Oct 19
Place & Time: TBD
What are your favorite restaurants in the Tri-Cities?
Email your suggestions to Greg:!


FVJN Women’s Gathering

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Location Alysa’s House

FVJN women: come together for friendship and conversation!
Snacks and beverages welcome.
Please RSVP to: Alysa Hwalisz:



Calling All Singers (no experience needed)!

Singers of all ages and vocal ranges are invited to participate in this year’s Aurora
Interfaith Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday, Nov. 24!

There will be a Teen/Adult Choir and a Children’s Choir.

Rehearsals have begun, so if interested, contact the person below, right away!

For more information, contact Nicole Mullins:
or call 305-972-0611.


Donate to FVJN

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Mail checks to:
PO Box 346
Geneva, IL 60134

*Please include note if you are donating in honor or in memory of someone.