Join me for “Good Deeds Day” on April 15th

On Sunday April 15th I’m leading a volunteer project at the Bernard Horwich JCC (in West Rogers Park) in a community project for seniors. I’m asking for 20 friends and family to join Eli and me, as we help this amazing organization.

This project is just one of 30+ being held in the Chicago area, as part of International Good Deeds Day ( Good Deeds Day (GDD) has a simple premise—every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. Last year, GDD encompassed more than 20,000 projects, in 93 countries, and involved 2.5 million people. I think that is so cool! Recently, I’ve become involved with TOV—a unit of the Jewish United Fund ( – that is sponsoring and coordinating all the GDD projects in the Chicago area.

Will you please join Eli and me on April 15th? Spouses, significant others, children 10+, as well your friends are all welcome to join us. Please register via the link below.

Let's Clean Up West Rogers Park! An exciting beautification contest…

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The Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park “Curb Enthusiasm” beautification contest has arrived! This program is in partnership with JCC Chicago.

The contest is open to all single family residences, businesses, multiple family residences, condo balconies, synagogues or schools. This is a friendly competition where participants can put their gardening and decorating skills to good use!

The period for judging will be May 18-19 and will focus solely on front and side yards, UNLESS you only have a backyard.

Judging will be based on the following:

  • General appearance of buildings, fencing and edging
  • Overall landscaping
  1. Lawns
  2. Shrubs, evergreens and trees
  3. Color accents
  4. Creativity

Participants must be present at the Bernard Horwich JCC, 3003 W. Touhy on Sunday May 21st at 3pm to win.

First Place: $500 Value
Second Place: $300 Value
Third Place: $100 Value

In addition to beautifying your own backyard—help us spruce up Bernard Horwich’s yard! On Sunday, May 21st please join us at 3:00 p.m. for a community investment project! We will “dig in” and get dirty as we clean up and make Horwich beautiful.  We will also have take-home projects to add to your family’s on-going efforts to beautify West Roger’s Park!  Everyone is welcome to participate, even if you don’t enter the contest.  This is a free event, but advanced registration is encouraged.

Help us spread the word and encourage your family and neighbors to join in by registering at Instructions for submissions will be provided upon registration.
A flyer is attached and we look forward to your participation!

Chanukah is right around the corner and fun is in store in West Rogers Park!

As everyone gets ready for the upcoming fun week of Chanukah, I wanted to send a quick update on an upcoming program. For the second year in a row, JCCWRP is partnering with the JCC Chicago, EZRA and the ATT on a CHANUKAH BASH at the Bernard Horwich JCC.

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There will be a magician, crafts, games, music and a sufanyot bar! Register at


Partnering with the JCC has led to more community opportunities and hundreds of families have participated in the shabbat dinners, Sukkot childrens events, safety fair and other initiatives. 

JCC Chicago dinner with Norm Smagley

Join us Friday night for Shabbat dinner at the Bernard Horwich JCC (June 20th)!

You are invited to the following event:



Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, June 20, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

Bernard Horwich JCC
3003 W Touhy Ave
Chicago, IL 60645

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The Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park and JCC Chicago
invites you to
a Shabbat Dinner for Young Professionals in West Rogers Park
June 20, 2014 at 7:30pm
at Bernard Horwich JCC
3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Questions: Shalom Klein,

JCCWRP is an organization of neighborhood residents and Jewish community leaders who care deeply about the past, the present, and the future of West Rogers Park.

Howard Rieger, President
Shalom Klein, Executive Director