Jacob Margulies has been a member of Congregation Etz Chaim since 2002. He is married to Ellyn and they have three children who all became b’nai mitzvah here. Jacob is president of Continental Envelope, a family business located in nearby Geneva. He is involved with the JUF, having been chair of Israel Solidarity Day (ISD) - Western Suburbs as well as serving on the TOV Board.
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The Brotherhood’s annual end-of-the-school-year barbeque was fantastic. It coincided with the students’ part of the Honoring Anne Stein program. I saw many congregants that I had not seen in a while and I got to eat a slice of grilled salami.
I love Pesach. It lasts eight days, though I just learned that it can last only seven days in some parts of the Reform Movement. I suppose I should spend more time going to the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah and ask the Rabbi, maybe someone had asked that question.
Asher, my eldest son, and I began the month in Washington DC at AIPAC’s annual policy conference. AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is a lobbying organization whose mission is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the United States.
My middle child is spending this semester of high school, along with seventy of his closest friends attending the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel program. NFTY is the acronym for North American Federation of Temple Youth and EIE is the acronym for Eisendrath International Experience, you can visit their website. It is part of the Reform Movement of which we are all members.
Yes I am jumping on the bandwagon. No, this is not an original essay. However, it is important that this gets said again and again and again and again.
When two thugs murdered twelve people at Charlie Hebdo for speaking their minds it was a crime against all of us. The preamble to the United Nations’ Charter states that one of its goals is ”to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and “to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom”.
Our community means a lot to me. It is the place I love coming to, it is the place where the people I most want to be with are and it is the place that is my sanctuary. I come here to relax my soul and to free my mind from the pressures of everyday life. (I wish I could say the same about my body, but with the High Holiday Hustle and all the onegs, my body does not know which way to go).
The Days of Awe from Rosh Hashannah through Yom Kippur were indeed full of awe for me.
For one, I went to every adult service except for the one that is the most fun. The second day of Rosh Hashanah is “Ask the Rabbi” day, and I had many questions, among them are: How do you clean a tallit? and Why does the New Year start in the seventh month?
What a great start to another school year. I thoroughly enjoyed spending Sunday morning at Etz Chaim; I got to see many friends that I had not seen all summer and I got to meet some new ones. Committee Rush was a great place to start. All the committees do wonderful and necessary functions for this community. Without the committees we would not have a congregation or a building. I always enjoyed being on a committee because it allowed me to meet new friends and to see them monthly.