Summer Celebration

The celebration will be held outside in the beautiful Beth El Backyard!

• A dairy lunch served free of charge 
• Education and Singing led by our Clergy and the Sofer
• Kibbitzing with old friends
• Bingo and other games

The Sofer will be in the sanctuary writing the new NSS Beth El Torah with spots are reserved for HAZAK members to write with him during our HAZAK Summer Celebration.

To RSVP for this event, please email or call Linda Clark, lsclark99@gmail.com, 847-910-4518, to let us know you will attend, and if you would like to reserve time with the Sofer.

Caring Community Outreach

As a result of the challenges of COVID, HAZAK expanded its outreach to include all of Beth El. Anyone in our congregation who may be in need of help with meals, grocery shopping, or medication pick-up, we are here to help. For more  information, please contact co-chairs, Jackie Melinger: jackiemelinger@gmail.com or Mary Ellen Bowers-Goldsmith: eyerishmar@comcast.net


Butterfly Kisses with Love from NSS Beth El

Butterflies are deep and powerful symbols.  They are a metaphor for change, hope and life.

The HAZAK Committee has commissioned a local artisan to create beautiful, vibrant, whimsical butterflies which are sure to put a smile on a loved one’s face. Each hand-crafted creation includes a tag with the following message:

Butterfly Kisses’ was born out of a desire to reach out to congregants in our NSS Beth El community who reside in senior living facilities, are isolated in their homes, or just need a bit of colorful comfort during this taxing time. We want to assure our members that Beth El is thinking of them and we miss seeing them in person.

So, how can YOU participate in this unique Beth El Campaign?

With a minimum $36 donation to HAZAK, you can gift a butterfly to a fellow congregant, a loved one, or yourself! Your donation includes an adorable, crocheted/sewn butterfly, a suction cup with hook for easy window display, and a HAZAK notecard identifying you as the donor. (Your gift may also be anonymous- just let us know).  In addition, we will deliver it to you, or the recipient free of charge (local delivery only please).

To order, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact either Mary Ellen Bowers eyerishmar@comcast.net or Jackie Melinger JackieMelinger@gmail.com

Senior Life

Our Senior Life HAZAK Program, focused on our members who are 55years of age  and older, remains an important part of our Beth El Community. The name, HAZAK means strong and it also is an acronym. The hetstands for Hokhmah (wisdom), the ziyan for Ziknah (maturity) and the kuph for Kadima (looking ahead).

Seniors at Beth El are a dynamic part of our community. We value their knowledge, respect their wisdom, appreciate their perspective, and welcome their on-going commitment to our community. They participate and enjoy all that Beth El provides, from attending classes, lectures, and social programs to volunteering on committees. They make a tremendous difference.

HAZAK complements congregational programs and provides forward-reaching programs and services to meet the interests and needs of our seniors to continue to learn, to be active and engaged, and have fun!

Afternoon @ the Movies

The Gray Cultural & Learning Center and the HAZAK Senior Life Committee partner together to host special screenings of new Jewish interest films as part of the “Afternoon @ the Movies” series.

The events are held 4-5 times a year and are open to the community, free of charge.  Of course, popcorn and movie snacks are served!

Watch for more information soon.


Transportation Program

We don’t want you to miss anything! Members of Beth El are ready, willing and able to provide transportation to any senior member who needs a ride to Shabbat or holiday services, to programs, or classes. Please call Ana Igornov: 847-432-8900 ext. 221.  She is our first point person to arrange a ride.

If you have any questions, please contact: Sarah Coven at penguinema@gmail.com, or Joyce Joseph, joycebjoseph@comcast.net or call her at 847-322-3673. 

Intergenerational Shabbat – An Opportunity to Connect!

We know the value of relationships that develop between the younger and older members of our Beth El community. Because there is so much to gained from these shared experiences, we always try to provide avenues for more intergenerational connections.

Here’s an opportunity for you to consider. If you are a younger or older member of the synagogue and would like to reach out and develop an intergenerational friendship, share a Shabbat meal, or would like a place to go for the holidays, please let us know and we will make the connection!