May 17, 2017
To make the Torah live anew, it is not enough to hand it on cognitively - as mere history and law. It must speak to us affectively, emotionally. Judaism is a religion of words, and yet whenever the language of Judaism aspires to the spiritual it breaks into song, as if the words themselves sought escape from the gravitational pull of finite meanings. There is something about music that intimates a reality beyond our grasp. Words are the language of the mind. Music is the language of the soul. Music is the map of the Jewish spirit, and each spiritual experience has its own distinctive melodic tonality. The Torah is God's libretto, and we, the Jewish people, are His choir, the performers of His choral symphony. And though, when Jews speak they often argue, when they sing, they sing in harmony, as the Israelites did at the Red Sea, because music is the language of the soul. The Torah is God's song, and we collectively are its singers."
[Rabbi Jonathan Sacks]

This Shabbat (Friday, 8:00 pm), we celebrate Cantor Hochman, our M'kor Shalom Choir, and the richness of our synagogue's tradition of music, song, and spirit. It promises to be a very special Shabbat, as we join together, many generations strong, to lift our voices together and to listen to what has become the music of our Jewish lives. The blessings abound this Friday evening, as we also celebrate the Auf Ruf blessings of two wonderful couples about to be married. Together we share in this night as a Family of Families, singing in harmony, and, with happiness and tears, allowing the music of M'kor Shalom to touch our souls again.
Shabbat morning, Torah Study will be led by Mike Sweeney beginning at 9:00 am. Spice Up Your Judaism will follow at 10:15 am, led by Edmond Weiss and Howard Greenberg on the topic of "Shalom Bayit" (creating peace in our homes and community). This Saturday is also our final Jr. Congregation service of the year (8:45 am) as we celebrate with our 5th and 6th graders in prayer and song!
And, Sunday morning (11:30 am), bring your (well-behaved) fuzzy, furry, scaly, or winged members of the family for a very special Blessing of the Pets. Cantor Hochman and I look forward to sharing blessings with them, and there will also be special prayers for pets who are not in good health as well as those who have passed on. This event is weather-permitting, as it will take place outside.

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 Wedding Blessing of
Eric Goodman & Lauren Levy 
daughter of Michael & Phyllis Levy

Rebekah Aunkst & Daniel Kukainis 
son of Maris & Tamara Kukainis

The Marriage of 
Eric Goodman & Lauren Levy 
daughter of Michael & Phyllis Levy 
M_kor Or Honoring Cantor Hochman
The M'kor Or "Spotlight" Shines On...
Cantor's Greatest Honor

Cantor Hochman told us, "Training children of parents I once trained for Bar and Bat Mitzvah is my greatest honor. Most people in their work life don't have this kind of fulfillment. It is truly L'dor vador...from generation to generation. One example is the Molotsky family - I have trained 11 members of their family for B'nai Mitzvah. And then there is Andrea and Jeremy Fau, both members of M'kor Shalom when they were children. I even named Andrea, trained them both for their B'nai Mitzvah, married them, and now I participated in the naming of their new-born son, Zachary. These moments are among the very best aspects of being with our M'kor Shalom family all these years."


Wednesday, May 17 - TONIGHT! 
7:00 pm Annual Congregation Meeting (Social Hall)
All congregants are encouraged to attend.
Free Membership Raffle Drawing.

Thursday, May 18
10:30 am Reading the Book of Ruth: Mapquest for the Messiah, led by Rabbi Hirsh (Chapel)

Friday, May 19
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service - M'kor T'filah Shabbat (Sanctuary; webcast)
We celebrate Cantor Hochman. Our Choir joins us.  
Saturday, May 20
Last Saturday of Religious School
9:00 am
Torah Study, led by Mike Sweeney (Chapel)
10:15 am Spice Up Your Judaism, Celebrate Shabbat! (Social Hall)
Shalom Bayit Workshop, led by Edmond Weiss and Howard Greenberg      

Sunday, May 21  
Last Sunday of Religious School
10:00 am
Music Committee Meeting (Boardroom)
11:30 am Blessing of the Pets (Outside; weather-permitting)
12:00 noon Planting Day at the Urban Garden (Neighborhood Center, Camden)
4:30 pm Picasso & Pisghetti (Oneg Room) 
Monday, May 22
Spring MEGA Gift Card Sale Orders Due
7:30 pm
Education & Youth Committee Meeting (Room 18)  
7:30 pm
Social Justice Initiative Meeting (Boardroom)

Tuesday, May 23
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal (Chapel)

Friday May 26 
6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chapel)
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm.
We celebrate May birthdays.
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.
Erev Shavuot Study Session & Service
Tuesday, May 30, 7:00 pm

Shavuot & Confirmation Service
Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 am

Tot Family Dinner & Shabbat
Friday, June 2, 5:30 pm

M'kor Or "Source of Light" Tribute Honoring Cantor Hochman
Sunday, June 4, 5:00 pm
SOLD OUT! We apologize. The M'kor Or event is filled to capacity. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, kindly contact the synagogue office at 856-424-4220.

Installation Shabbat / Shabbat of Thanks
Friday, June 9, 8:00 pm

Women's Connection: A Meeting of The Minds
Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 pm 
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Michelle Bross
Executive Director
Congregation M'kor Shalom
850 Evesham Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
(856) 424-4220
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