Marking 120 years of CKI
From Staff Reports February 1, 2013 8:56PM
Michael R. Schmidt~For Sun-Times Media Ron Burstein(sp,cq) a member of Congregational Kneseth Israel synagague is interviewed by children enrolled in the Torah school Sunday morning in Elgin. Once a month the Torah School gets children involved in a program called "Judaism Rocks". This month they focused on the 120th anniversary of the synagague, Elgin's oldest. Children played games ate traditional food and interviewed some of the elder members of the synagague.
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:39AM
Last fall, Congregation Kneseth Israel hosted the 2012 Elgin Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Some 200 people, most of them Christian, attended a service that began with the blowing of a Jewish shofar (ram’s horn) and a Muslim imam shouting the Islamic call to worship.
Nationally famous comedian Robert Klein will appear at Elgin Community College’s Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $39 and $35, available from the ECC box office at 847-622-0300 or www.tickets.elgin.edu. CKI also will co-host a dinner at 5:30 p.m. that day, prepared by ECC’s culinary students in the Spartan Terrace Lounge, for an additional $35. Reservations for the dinner should be made by Monday.
On Sunday, Feb. 10, the congregation invites everyone in the community to a catered brunch with entertainment by four members of Chicago’s Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Reservations should be made for the brunch by Tuesday by sending $20 for each adult and $12 for each child under 10 to CKI Brunch, 330 Division St., Elgin, IL 60120, or visiting the synagogue office there.
An elaborate multi-panel exhibit called “The Jewish Experience in Elgin,” created by the Elgin Area Historical Society staff and paid for by the Seigle Family Foundation, was set up inside the synagogue two weeks ago. It will remain up through May. Visitors are invited to come in and look at it.
On April 28, participants in the historical society’s “Worship Walk” tour of downtown houses of worship can look at the synagogue and the “Jewish Experience” display.
CKI children have been interviewing older members to get their memories of the synagogue’s history.
Members will sponsor the week of April 15-19 at the Food for Greater Elgin Food Pantry and will work on a Habitat for Humanity project in June or July.
The yearlong celebration will end with marching, perhaps with a float, in the Elgin Fourth of July Parade.