"Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week." [Alice Walker]
Our Torah portion this week, Ki Tissa, sets out the commandment regarding how and why we are to observe Shabbat. Keeping this commandment is seen as so important, that the punishment listed for failing to observe it is that a person should be put to death. Immediately following this section of Torah, we move into the story of the Israelites constructing and worshiping the Golden Calf, as they search for a visible and comforting sign of God's protection and power in their midst. We begin to see clearly how long the journey will be for a people enslaved for hundreds of years to understand the blessings and the responsibilities of true freedom and of their covenantal relationship with God. Ironically, in many respects, it is something many of us continue to struggle with in our own lives as well. We'll discuss this in more depth Friday night.
It's another very full Shabbat this week!
Friday night, we begin with Tot Shabbat - dinner starts at 5:30 pm, followed by our Tot Shabbat service at 6:15 pm. Our Erev Shabbat service begins at 8:00 pm, as Cantor Hochman and I are joined on the bimah by our M'kor Shalom adult Choir.
Shabbat morning, I will lead our Torah Study session beginning at 9:00 am. At 10:15 am, congregant Carl Viniar will lead our Spice Up Your Judaism program, "The Ten Commitments." And, at 10:30 am, Cantor Hochman and I will lead our Shabbat morning service in the Sanctuary, as we celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Zachary Schreiber.
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.
The Bar Mitzvah of
son of Lawrence & Clara Schreiber
The Birth of
Zachary Leeds Fau
son of Jeremy & Andrea Fau
grandson of Deborah Kahn
granddaughter of Michael Rosenbaum
Jordana Rose Tesoriero
daughter of Bradley & Remy Tesoriero
THE WEEK AHEAD
Thursday, March 16
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal (Chapel)
Rescheduled from March 14.
Friday, March 17
Achim Softball Registration Deadline
5:30 pm Tot Family Dinner (Social Hall)
6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary; webcast)
Our Choir joins us.
Saturday, March 18
Torah Study, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
Spice Up Your Judaism, Celebrate Shabbat!
The Ten Commitments, led by Carl Viniar
Monday, March 20
Tuesday, March 21
Shabbat Morning Service (Sanctuary)
Bar Mitzvah of Zachary Schreiber
Sunday, March 19
10:30 am M'kor Or Planning Committee Meeting (Boardroom)
Choir Rehearsal (Chapel)
Wednesday, March 22
Exploring the Link Between Jewish Ancestry & Women's Cancer
Learn about cancer & genetic screening. $5 per person. Click here to
Thursday, March 23
Adult Education: The Story of Esther
, led by Rabbi Hirsh (Chapel)
Friday, March 24
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm.
Live music from Sarah & the Arrows, Dinner (BYOB) and Dessert. You must
by March 17; No walk-ins allowed.
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.
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Raffle Drawing: Wednesday, May 17
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Tot Shake & Bake
Sunday, March 26, 10:30 am
Jukebox Sunday Night
Sunday, April 2, 5:45 pm
Chrain Gang - Horseradish Preparation
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, April 3, 4 & 5, 6:30 pm
Passover Shuk - Horseradish, Wine & Gift Shop Sale
Tuesday, April 4, 7:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (ECC lobby) & 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, April 7, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (ECC)
Sunday, April 9, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Reminder: First Seder is Monday, April 10
Thursday, April 6, 5:15 pm
Spring Break Magic Show
Friday, April 14, 10:30 am
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Congregation M'kor Shalom
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