April 11, 2018
"The history of the Jewish spirit is written in its songs."
This weekend will be one of celebration and song as we welcome our 2018 Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Kenneth Kanter, expert on the Jewish influence on American popular music from the 1840s through Tin Pan Alley to today's Broadway. Think of artists such as Leonard Bernstein and Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins. Think of songs such as "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" and even "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" - songs that have served as musical companions to American history.
On a personal note, I am beyond excited to welcome Rabbi Ken Kanter to M'kor Shalom. In addition to being a popular lecturer and author of various books, journals, and articles, Rabbi Kanter also serves as Associate Dean and Director of Rabbinic Studies at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, and was a teacher and mentor to me during my time in seminary. He has been a guest-speaker at synagogues around the country, and I'm so happy that it has worked out to bring him here for a weekend of learning and song! A huge thank you to our Scholar-in-Residence Committee, chaired by Jack Weinberg and Carl Viniar, for organizing what promises to be an incredible Shabbat, all made possible through the generous support of the Helen & Leon Weinberg Scholar-in-Residence Endowment Fund and a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation.
The schedule of events is listed below. Rabbi Ken Kanter will also be speaking briefly at our Friday evening service to give us all a taste of what's to come for the weekend!
Friday, April 13
6:30 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat Service
7:45 pm - Tin Pan Alley Sing-Along led by Rabbi Kanter with Light Dinner ($36 per person; RSVP required)

Saturday, April 14
9:00 am - Torah Study, led by Rabbi Kanter (Open to all; Kindly RSVP)
10:30 am - Music from Trope to Debbie Friedman, led by Rabbi Kanter (Open to all; Kindly RSVP)
6:30 pm - Private Donor Reception with Rabbi Kanter
7:45 pm - Broadway Cabaret: Performances by local young professionals; Discussion led by Rabbi Kanter; Elaborate Desserts ($36 per person; RSVP required)

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
Eat, Learn, Sing!
Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Kenneth Kanter
Friday, April 13
& Saturday April 14

Did you know? 
What famous Sheldon Harnick/Jerry Block musical faced closing after previews in Detroit and nearly didn't make it to Broadway? Answer: "Fiddler on the Roof." 

Join us Friday & Saturday for our Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Ken Kanter, an expert on the Jewish influence on American popular music from the 1840s through today's Broadway. The Jewish contribution to this genre is strong and Rabbi Kanter, popular lecturer and author, will explore it with us. Come eat, learn, and sing!

Weekend highlights include a Friday Sing-Along & Dinner, and a Saturday night Broadway Cabaret, Discussion & Dessert. Click here for more information or to register asap.
Friday, April 13
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Kanter (Sanctuary)
7:45 pm Scholar-in-Residence Sing-Along & Dinner (Social Hall)

Saturday, April 14
9:00 am Torah Study, with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Kanter (Social Hall)
10:30 am Scholar-in-Residence: Music from Trope to Debbie Friedman (Social Hall)
6:30 pm Scholar-in-Residence Private Donor Reception (Oneg Room)
7:45 pm Scholar-in-Residence: Broadway Cabaret: Discussion & Performances, Elaborate Desserts (Social Hall)
Registration required for our Scholar-in-Residence events; Kindly RSVP ASAP to the synagogue office.

Monday, April 16
7:30 pm Membership Committee Meeting (Boardroom)

Wednesday, April 18         
10:30 am Paradigms of Parting led by Rabbi Hirsh (Chapel)
7:30 pm Board of Trustees Meeting (Oneg Room)

Friday, April 20
5:30 pm Tot Family Dinner (Oneg Room)
6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service - Shabbat Chavurah (Sanctuary; webcast)
Our Chavurah Ensemble joins us. 
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.

Gift of Life Donor Dash
Sunday, April 15

Spring MEGA Gift Card Sale
Order deadline: Friday, April 20 - No exceptions!

Women's Connection Challah Bake
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm

M'korstock Unplugged: Hotsy Totsy
Friday, April 27, immediately following our 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service

First Thursdays: Love Songs for Israel
Thursday, May 3, 7:00 pm

Membership Appreciation Dinner & Shabbat Service

Friday, May 4, 6:30 pm

Mega 50/50 Raffle - Win up to $12,000!
Drawing: Wednesday, May 16
(during Annual Congregational Meeting)

M'kor Or "Source of Light" Evening of Honors
Sunday, June 3, 5:00 pm

Celebrate four of M'kor Shalom's shining lights. Performance by Nefesh Mountain. Sponsorships & Tribute Book opportunities now available. Look for your invitations in this week's mail!  
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Michelle Bross
Executive Director
Congregation M'kor Shalom
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