September Events & News!

Monthly eNewsletter                                                             September 2013

Break the Fast at FVJN!
Sat., Sept. 14, 6 – 8 pm

Please join us at FVJN (121 S. Third St., Geneva), for a Break the Fast Potluck!

This family-friendly gathering, signaling the ending of Yom Kippur, will include
shofar blowing!

RSVP to with the number of you joining us, and what you will bring.

What to bring:
If your last name begins with:
*A-F.  Beverages and/or fruit (traditional apples and honey welcome).
*G-L.  Bagels & cream cheese, and/or challah and honey.
*M-T.  Non-meat main or side dish, or salad.
*U-Z: Desserts
Pizza will be provided!

For planning purposes, PLEASE RSVP ASAP!

Sukkot Raising Party & Potluck!
Sat., Sept. 21, 4 – 7 pm
At the Steins’ house (directions available upon RSVP)

Come help set up and decorate the sukkah! Feel free to bring fun decorations: leaves, fruit, pictures, use your imagination! Items will also be on hand for kids to create decorations.

Potluck! Bring a main or side dish, and/or dessert or drink to share!

RSVP to and include
how many are coming and what you’re bringing.

2013 International Day of Peace

Celebration in Geneva!
Learn about how people from throughout the Fox River Valley can join forces to work for justice in our community!

On Friday night, September 20, and Saturday, September 21, representatives from IAF will provide an Introduction to Community Organizing.

This two-day program is open to all and free of charge. It begins Friday night,
6:30-9 pm, with dinner and an overview. On Saturday, the program runs from 9 am until 5 pm, and includes a light breakfast as well as lunch.  A voluntary donation of $15 is requested.

What: Day of Peace: IAF Regional 2-Day Training
Where: United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St., Geneva, IL
When: Fri., Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 9 pm, and Sat., Sept. 21 from 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: Free and open to all, but RSVPs requested: Adrienne McCauley:, 512-560-8838.

For more info, click

Happening this month:

9/8: FVJS
9/14: Break the Fast
9/21: Sukkot Party
9/21: Day of Peace
9/22: FVJS
9/27 & 28: Sydney Peterson Bat Mitzvah

For complete calendar, click

Meet our Board Members!
Ruth Silverman
I am Ruth Silverman but best know as Bubbe’ Ruth.  I live in Elgin in an over 55 active community. I have four children and seven grandchildren. I have always been very active in my children’s activities and president of many PTAs and all their extra curriculum activities. I am an avid tennis player and when I am not playing tennis or babysitting, I am busy heading up a group of women that make blankets for adults undergoing chemotherapy.  It is a privilege and honor to serve on the FVJN Board. I hope that I can help make a positive contribution to all the children
at FVJN.

Oct. 8: Book Group!
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)!

BBYO Event:
Attention 6th Thru 12th Graders!

Sunday, September 15
4:30 PM to 8 PM
On a Yacht at Chicago’s Navy Pier
$39 per person, includes dinner
Transportation will be provided.

RSVP required:

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 House.

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

*Volunteers are needed for 10/2, 11/6, and 12/4 (skipping September, due to Erev Rosh Hashanah). More volunteers needed in order for us to continue doing this!  PLEASE SIGN UP NOW!

Donate to FVJN

It’s easy to donate online!
Visit our website and click the Donate button!

Mail checks to:
PO Box 346
Geneva, IL 60134

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