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Flights of Fancy: JRC’s Gala 2022

Take Flight – Together!

Saturday, June 18th, 7 pm
619 West Howard Street, Evanston

Flights of Fancy will tempt you with creative food and drink, a dynamic DJ for dancing, and many opportunities to support JRC’s impactful work.

Come taste how good togetherness can be!

PALMHOUSE is a new 6500 sq. ft. event space with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and two large garage doors for fresh airflow. Weather permitting,
we’ll have outdoor eating space available.

Masks are optional.


Donate Items for the Auction

Each of us has something of significant value and interest to donate for our auction. Share something fun that you would like to win!
We’re seeking big ticket items or experiences . . . the use of a vacation home, event tickets (sporting or cultural), behind-the-scenes tours, and luxury culinary adventures are all popular items. The more unique and special the experience, the better!
We’re also seeking smaller, fun delights like gift cards to restaurants, salons, theaters, and stores; wine and whiskey; and artisan treats and crafts.   Reach out to your favorite local restaurants and businesses; they have incentive to donate – it’s good PR. 
Or you can buy gift cards (valued $25+++) from local restaurants and businesses that you would personally like to support during these trying times – and then donate these to the auction – a win-win all around!
Think of your expertise, a connection you have or a business you frequent, and go from there.

Buy-In Parties are LIVE! Are You In?

Raising funds is a necessity for all synagogues but Buy-In Parties are uniquely JRC, where community and connectedness sustain us as much as the funds we need to thrive.

What are Buy-In Parties? Click here to view our vast (and growing) catalog! Buy-In Parties are fun, unique events planned and hosted by fellow JRC members (and clergy!), all to benefit JRC while giving you more opportunities to connect and get to know one another.

Our catalog includes events at every price point, representing interests from pickle ball to hummus to chrocheting to hiking to…. you get the idea? Join us in supporting JRC in the most JRC-way possible, having fun together as a community. Spaces are limited and some events will fill up fast!

Want to donate a Buy-In Party? Contact Reese Gratch at

Become an Underwriter

As a precaution for everyone’s health and well-being, we’ve chosen to host this year’s Gala at an off-site location, which adds to our event expenses. To ensure that the event is financially sustainable, we are seeking special donors to share in underwriting our Gala’s costs. Underwriters will receive complimentary tickets to ‘Flights of Fancy,’ as well as recognition in the program and JRC Gala communications. 
If you can support our Gala – and our community – in this most important way, please contact Jerry Israelite at or Joel Gratch at
For a hard copy of the Merchant Letter and Donation Form mentioned above, please visit the JRC office.
Many thanks from your hard-working Gala Committee – we can’t wait to see you in June!