board meeting, falling in the midst of the High Holidays, was very quick, and
we focused on committee reports. We
learned that our committees are planning extensive and varied programming for
this fall, and you will want to mark your calendars for these upcoming
On October 21st,
the Social Action Committee is sponsoring the “Empty Bowls” program from 1:00-3:00 PM, a fundraiser to support community organizations combating hunger. That evening, the Lifelong Learning Committee
(once again partnering with Beth Shalom and B’nai Israel in the “Three Synagogue” collaboration)
brings us Allan Gould, who will be speaking on Jewish Identity and Humor. This program will take place at B’nai Israel
in Aurora starting at 7:00 PM.
We will also
have several special opportunities to learn from our own Rabbis this fall. On October 29th, Rabbi Cosnowsky will give
the first of a series of classes, “The Faces of Judaism Illuminated", sponsored by the Lifelong Learning Committee.
Rabbi Cosnowsky will teach us about Reform Judaism, and subsequent
classes in the series will teach us about Conservative, Orthodox, and
Reconstructionist Judaism. On November
17th, Rabbi Bob will teach a class on “The Jewish Way of Mourning.”
this fall include a November 11th presentation on estate planning by our
congregant Larry Herman, co-sponsored by
Lifelong Learning and the Connections Team, and a presentation by author Mary Glickman on December 2nd sponsored by Spertus,
and featuring her book “One More River”.
In addition, the Social Action Committee will host the Social Action
Shabbat on November 9th, and will sponsor a group of volunteers to pack food at
Feed My Starving Children on November 18th.
These are just
a few of the events planned by our innovative and hardworking committees for
this autumn. Please plan to take
advantage of these opportunities to learn, to help, and to spend time with
members of our congregational family.