February 7, 2018
What an exciting week it has been in and around Philadelphia! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our Super Bowl Shabbat last week - while the victory was certainly due to the Eagles' talent, I think our rendition of the fight song definitely helped propel the birds to the next level!
And while there may not be mention of Eagles in the Torah portion this week, there's still plenty to talk about. Moses is on Mt. Sinai, receiving hundreds of commandments from God. And this week's portion deals primarily with the rules and laws that govern relationships between people, and the mitzvot that help deepen our relationship with God. 20th Century theologian and writer, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, once said that "a mitzvah is a prayer in the form of a deed." And, as he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Heschel famously remarked, "It felt as if my feet were praying."

What are the actions we take each day that add meaning and holiness to our lives? What is it that we do that brings us closer to others (and to God)? What activities do we participate in that make our lives and the lives of others a little better? How do we pray with our deeds?  
Friday evening, our Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 6:30 pm, and, immediately following services, we have our M'korstock Unplugged event. Enjoy dinner and live acoustic music in a coffee house setting. Award-winning singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia will perform an eclectic mix of original songs and inventive covers. RSVPs are needed for dinner.
Shabbat morning, I will lead Torah Study beginning at 9:00 am, followed by Spice Up Your Judaism at 10:30 am led by Scott Kushner. And our Shabbat morning service begins in the Sanctuary at 10:30 am, as we celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Cassidy Barasch.
Saturday evening, I (along with several members of our M'kor Shalom family) will be teaching at "The Forum" - an interactive and engaging night of Jewish learning at the JCC, beginning at 7:30 pm. The evening will feature a variety of hands on classes, lectures and group discussions led by clergy and members of the South Jersey community. To look through the program brochure or to sign up for classes, please check out the link: https://katzjcc.org/forum/
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 Bat Mitzvah of
Cassidy Barasch 
daughter of Paul Furtaw & Patricia Barasch

The Naming of
Madison Avery Weiss 
granddaughter of Ed & Caryn Weiss

Norma Wohl sister of Rhoda Abrams
aunt of Ilyse Janove

Ruth Shore 
mother of Linda Newman

Gisela Spielberg
mother of Joshua Spielberg

Friday, February 9 
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)    
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm.    
7:45 pm M'korstock Unplugged (Social Hall)
Dinner and live music featuring Avi Wisnia. $10 per person for dinner. Registration required; contact the synagogue office for availability. We apologize that walk-ins cannot be accommodated for dinner.

Saturday, February 10      
9:00 am Torah Study, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
10:30 am Spice Up Your Judaism , led by Scott Kushner (Social Hall)
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service (Sanctuary)
Bat Mitzvah of Cassidy Barasch 
5:30 pm Candy Bar Bingo (Social Hall) 
Sunday, February 11     
10:00 am Adult Education Committee Meeting (Boardroom)
11:00 am
Life & Legacy Information Session (Bride's Room)
11:30 am
Scholar-in-Residence Committee Meeting (Room 7)
1:00 pm
Blankets of Hope (Social Hall)  
Monday, February 12
7:00 pm Education & Youth Committee Meeting (Chapel)
7:30 pm Membership Committee Meeting (Bride's Room)

Tuesday, February 13     
10:30 am Holy Living: The Teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
12:30 pm Daytimers Lunch & A Movie (Off-site)
7:30 pm House Committee Meeting (Bride's Room) 
Wednesday, February 14  
12:00 noon JCRC Lunch & Learn: Israeli Poetry led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel) 

Friday, February 16   
5:30 pm Tot Family Dinner (Oneg Room)
6:15 pm
Tot Shabbat (Sanctuary)
8:00 pm
Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary; webcast)
Our Choir joins us. 
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.

...And The Walls Came Tumbling Down, led by Yossi Afek
Six Wednesdays, February 21 & 28 and March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10:30 am

Sunday, February 25, 11:15 am
Sunday, February 25, 4:00 pm  
Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 pm

First Thursdays - Film: They Won't Forget
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm

Shabbat Mishpacha (Family Shabbat)
Friday, March 9, 6:30 pm

Sunday Sessions with Rabbi Hirsh: Spiritual Preparation for Pesach
Sunday, March 11, 9:30 am 
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Michelle Bross
Executive Director
Congregation M'kor Shalom
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