President's Corner

Check in here to get the latest word on our major accomplishments, upcoming events, and your opportunities to participate and contribute from our Men's Club President Dan Sher.

Onward To Spring!

As promised last month, we survived Men’s Club March Madness.  This year marked the 25th anniversary of expanding our lox box program by donating to The ARK and CJE Seniorlife and to celebrate that milestone we were able to deliver over 650 lox boxes as donations feeding over 4,000 people.  It was a great event and we love the service that it provides our community.

In continuing to provide for our community, everyone has received a box from Men’s Club with a yellow candle in it.  We provide a yellow memorial candle to the entire congregation to light on the evening of Wednesday, April 11 to remember the victims of the holocaust.  Donations made back to Men’s Club from the Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle program benefit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Opportunity Fund, which provides scholarships to schools that cannot afford to send their students to the museum.  To date, we have been able to provide over $10,000 to the Opportunity Fund.

We are excited to present our Yom Hashoah speaker this year on Sunday, April 15th starting with breakfast at 9:30 followed by our speaker, Fern Schumer Chapman from 10-11 a.m.  The daughter of a survivor, Fern Schumer Chapman is a journalist and author best known for her autobiographical book Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust - A Mother-Daughter Journey to Reclaim the Past.  Her latest book coming out this June, Three Stars in the Night Sky, was just made A Junior Library Guild selection.  After speaking to us, she will also be speaking to the students later that morning.

Finally, as we recall our seders, the very last words of the traditional Seder are “next year in Jerusalem.”  It is not too late to be in Israel this year!  You can sign up for our Men’s Club trip to Israel.  Rabbi Melman and I got some great ideas at AIPAC last month for additional places to see and visit.  For more information, you can go to our Men's Club Israel Trip page or ask me or Rabbi Melman anything.

L’shalom,

Dan

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