|The opening verses of the Book of Numbers (which we begin this Shabbat) read: "On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, saying: take a census of the whole Israelite community by the clans of its ancestral houses, listing the names head by head. You and Aaron shall record them by their groups."
A powerful reminder that, from the time of Moses and the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, Judaism has taught that, when it comes to creating community, not only does everyone count, but everyone must show up to be counted, to be a part of what is happening, to share their gifts with others around them.
A perfect Torah portion for a week in which we celebrate OUR Family of Families!
Tonight, (Wednesday, 7:00 pm), please join us for our Annual Meeting. We'll hear the "State of the Shul," we'll honor this year's Service Award Recipient Celestine Berg and those "retiring" from leadership positions, and we'll celebrate all of the wonderful moments that made up this past year!
Friday evening, our last Tot Shabbat of the school year begins at 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary (dinner at 5:30 pm), which will be followed by our Erev Shabbat service at 8:00 pm in the chapel.
Shabbat morning, Torah Study will be led by Estherose Heyman beginning at 9:00 am, followed by Spice Up Your Judaism at 10:30 am led by Scott Kushner.
Saturday evening is Erev Shavuot, the festival on which we celebrate the giving and receiving of Torah. Please join me, along with Rabbi Hirsh and Cantor Jenkins-Adelberg in the Chapel for an evening of study, prayer, and song. At 7:00 pm, there will be a study session led by the rabbis -- "If People, Rather than God, Wrote the Torah...What Makes the Torah Holy?" At 8:00 pm,we will begin our Erev Shavuot service, which will include Yizkor. And then, following our service, we will enjoy a dairy oneg (as dairy foods are traditionally eaten on Shavuot).
Sunday morning, our Shavuot morning service begins in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am, and will also include Yizkor prayers. Our service will be led primarily by our 10th grade class as we celebrate their Confirmation and their commitment to their continued Jewish education. It is an incredible class of teens, and I hope you will join us as we mark this special moment in their lives as a congregational community.
Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel
If you wish to have a Mi Shebeirach said during our Shabbat services, please let us know by noon each Friday so we can give the names to the rabbis.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Last Wednesday of Religious School
Annual Congregational Meeting
Mega 50/50 Raffle
Review and vote on the annual operating budget.
Vote on officers and members of the Board of Trustees.
Honor this year's annual Service Award recipient, Celestine Berg. Win up to $12,000 with our Mega 50/50 Raffle! Click here to purchase raffle tickets.
9:30 am ECC Seminar with Dr. Selznick (Chapel)
Advice and Q&A with child behavioral psychologist, professor and author
, Dr. Richard Selznick.5:30 pm Tot Family Dinner (Oneg Room)
No charge; kindly
6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary; webcast)
Saturday, May 19
9:00 am Torah Study, led by Estherose Heyman (Chapel)
10:30 am Spice Up Your Judaism, led by Scott Kushner (Chapel)
7:00 pm Erev Shavuot Study Session & Service (Chapel)
Yizkor will be recited.
Sunday, May 20
10:00 am Shavuot & Confirmation Service (Sanctuary)
Yizkor will be recited.
Tuesday, May 22
6:30 pm Music Committee Meeting (Oneg Room)
Wednesday, May 23
7:30 pm Committee Chair Meeting (Oneg Room)
Friday, May 25
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)
We celebrate May birthdays.
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.
M'kor Or "Source of Light" Evening of Honors
Sunday, June 3, 5:00 pm
RSVP by Friday, May 18
Celebrate four of M'kor Shalom's shining lights with cocktail hour, dinner & dessert, award presentations and a live performance by Nefesh Mountain.
opportunities remain and include event tickets and VIP perks. Be sure to
RSVP your attendance and requests by May 18
Installation Shabbat/Shabbat of Thanks
Friday, June 1, 8:00 pm
Ritual Object Burial
Sunday, June 3, 10:00 am
Now through June 2, congregants are welcome to bring any damaged prayer books/ritual objects to the synagogue office, to be included in our ritual object burial at Crescent Memorial Park in Pennsauken.
First Thursdays: Exodus 1947
Thursday, June 7, 7:00 pm
Friday, June 8
, immediately following our 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat service
Book Discussion & Brown Bag Lunch: The Weight of Ink
Monday, June 11, 12:00 noon
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Congregation M'kor Shalom
850 Evesham Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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