Kids Learn about Oil in Jewish Religious Celebrations

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Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for submissions will be noon Monday, Nov. 22.

The Olive Press: The pressing of olive oil for Jewish religious purposes is an ancient process. Children from first to 10th grade are invited to attend and participate in a demonstration by Rabbi Schneur Scheiman of Camp Gan Israel at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in the Social Hall at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 330 Division St., Elgin. The children will be taught to make wicks for oil lamps. At the conclusion of the program, the oil will be used to light a menorah in expectation of the beginning of Hanukkah 10 days later (Wednesday, Dec. 1). To register, call the synagogue, (847) 741-5656. Nonmembers are welcome.

Bingo, raffle: A free bingo and a turkey raffle will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 20, at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 14N205 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove. Lots of prizes and turkeys. Raffle tickets at the door cost $1 or six for $5. Rosati's pizza, pulled pork sandwiches and baked goods available. Bring five items for the food pantry and receive an extra bingo card. Sunday service is at 10 a.m. For details, call (847) 685-4320.

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: Elgin's Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 37W040 Highland Ave. An annual offering of the Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders, this communitywide service uses inclusive language and imagery to encompass a host of faith traditions through scriptural and inspirational readings, interfaith community choir, children's message and prayers. Messages during the service will include presentations by Major Ken Nicolai, administrator of the Tri-County Golden Diners Nutrition Program of the Salvation Army, on Meals for Haiti, and by Administer Justice. Portions of the service are bilingual. Offerings from the evening benefits several local social service agencies, with financial offerings going to PADS of Elgin and nonperishable food items to area food pantries. Food contributions will be placed at the altar during the Thanksgiving service. The theme for the service centers around Micah 6:8 and relates to shared life in community: "Act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God." A community gathering time will follow the service and refreshments will be served. For information, call Epworth United Methodist Church at (847) 931-5400 or visit

Grief workshop: On Monday, Nov. 22, a grief workshop to help those in grief prepare for the holiday season will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at Cornerstone Church, 41W170 Russell Road (corner of Russell and Muirhead), Elgin. …