October 11, 2017
"I think of Moses at the end of his life, this man who had climbed mountains to bring the word of God to mankind, climbing one last mountain for a glimpse of the land he would never set foot in. On that last day, was he remembering the triumphs, the Exodus, the sea divided, the establishing of the Covenant? Or was he remembering the complaints of an ungrateful nation, the loneliness that marked him as God's special agent? I would like to think that he remembered it all, and decided that the good days outnumbered the bad days, in significance if not in quantity. Perhaps he contemplated the fact that it is a quirk of human nature to feel pain more deeply that we feel joy, to take the good for granted and be outraged by the bad. I would like to think that Moses came to the end of his life with the understanding that a person will never achieve much in his life unless he aims high, and to aim high is virtually to assure oneself of a measure of failure."  [Rabbi Harold Kushner]
This week we read the final verses in Deuteronomy, as Moses dies on top of Mt. Nebo before reaching the Promised Land. And then we immediately roll our Torah scroll back to the very first verses of Genesis as the world is created anew once more. We witness endings and beginnings all in a matter of moments. And as we open the scroll to start our yearly reading cycle again, we realize that we bring another year's life experience with us to the text, to the stories, this time around.
Come join us in a night of celebration on Erev Simchat Torah, Wednesday (tonight) at 7:00 pm. During the service we will celebrate the Consecration of our first graders and will join in our congregational hakafah, as we parade our Torah scrolls around the sanctuary - a night of truly "rejoicing with Torah!" After the service, we will move the dancing into the Social Hall, led by our M'kor Shalom Klezmer band "IZZY," and we will unroll two of our scrolls and take a "tour" through the scroll. It's a night of celebration for all ages!
Thursday, our Simchat Torah morning service begins at 10:00 am and includes Yizkor. A light lunch will be served afterwards.
Friday night, Cantor Hochman and I will be leading our Kabbalat Shabbat service in the chapel, beginning at 6:30 pm.
And, Shabbat morning, Sarah Rosenson will lead Torah Study beginning at 9:00 am, followed by Spice Up Your Judaism at 10:30 am, led by Scott Kushner.
So much going on all week as we end Sukkot, celebrate Simchat Torah, and then move into Shabbat!
Chag Sameach,
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.
In This Message
The Naming of
Maya Natelson
granddaughter of Larry Natelson &  Estherose Heyman
Arthur Blitz
brother of Audrianne Levene 

Friday, October 13
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chapel)
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm. 
Saturday, October 14       
9:00 am Torah Study, led by Sarah Rosenson (Chapel)  
10:30 am Spice Up Your Judaism, led by Scott Kushner (Chapel)
Sunday, October 15
8:30 am Tutoring Club SAT Fundraiser (Off-site)
9:30 am New Member Brunch (Oneg Room)
Monday, October 16
7:15 pm College Connection Committee Meeting (Boardroom)
7:30 pm Budget/Finance Committee Meeting (Bride's Room)
Tuesday, October 17
10:30 am Jewish Responses to the Problem of Evil, led by Rabbi Hirsh (Chapel)
7:30 pm IHOC Committee Meeting (Boardroom)  
Friday, October 20   
5:30 pm Tot Family Dinner (Oneg Room)
6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service with Visual T'filah (Sanctuary; webcast)
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.

Tuesdays, October 17, 24 & 31, 10:30 am
The "problem" has often been framed this way: God is all-good; God is all-powerful; but there is evil in the world: so which of these three statements... is not correct? Rabbi Hirsh will lead the discussion on differing Jewish responses to this perpetual spiritual puzzle. If you can't make all three sessions, please feel comfortable attending those that you can.

Friday, October 20 - Dinner 5:30 pm; Service 6:15 pm

Saturday, October 21, 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 22, 9:30 am
New adult learning opportunity! "Sunday Sessions" are single, self-contained adult learning units that are open to everyone! Our October session topic: Everything you wanted to know about Jewish Ideas of God...in 90 minutes?

Family Fun Harvest Day
Sunday, October 22, 1:00 pm
Six13 Live at M'kor Shalom Six13 Live at M_kor Shalom_
Saturday, October 28, 8:00 pm
See this groundbreaking a cappella vocal group perform live on the M'kor Shalom stage! General Admission & VIP Packages available, including options for reserved seating and meet & greet. Tickets on sale NOW!
Bury the Hatchet with NextGen
Sunday, October 29, 2:30 pm

Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 pm
It is said that we all have a divine purpose. Have you found your purpose? We will reflect on this important topic. Open to all women of M'kor Shalom.

First Thursdays at M'kor Shalom: Jewish Culture, Literature & Cinema
Thursdays, November 2 & December 7, 7:00 pm
Join us for two evening sessions that focus on the American Jewish Experience as seen through the eyes of author Philip Roth. We will examine his short story "The Conversion of the Jews" on November 2 and watch the film Goodbye Columbus (based on the short story) on December 7. Presented by the Adult Education & Library Committees.

Friday, November 3
Dinner 6:15 pm, Service 8:00 pm
Congregational Dinner prior to a special Erev Shabbat Service with guest officiants, Cantor Ilene Keys and Cantor Shira Ginsburg. Click for more information & to RSVP for dinner. 
Sunday, November 5, 9:30 am  
Adult Education Program: Reform Judaism, with Rabbi Frenkel
Wednesdays, November 8, 15 & 29, 10:30 am 
Friday, November 10, 6:30 pm (dinner to follow; information available soon) 

Tuesday, November 14, 2:30-9:30 pm
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Michelle Bross
Executive Director
Congregation M'kor Shalom
850 Evesham Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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