August 9, 2017
Jews and food...the connection is almost automatic. We have Jewish ethnic cuisine; "Jewish delis"; lists of kosher and non-kosher food; and of course, the great Jewish contribution to American culture, the bagel (click HERE to discover Barack Obama's favorite kind).
This week's Torah portion offers two interesting perspectives on food. Deuteronomy 8:3 teaches: "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." This verse teaches the distinction between the source of sustenance (bread) and of existence (God), and offers a helpful perspective that we often paraphrase as "we eat to live, we do not live to eat." At the same time, we know there are far too many people in our world for whom "bread alone" is a daily challenge, reminding us that among the words that "proceed from the mouth of God" is the mitzvah of sharing our resources with the needy. (Click www.mazon.org to learn about Mazon, a Jewish organization devoted to fighting hunger.)
Our Torah portion also contains the verse "When you have eaten your fill, give thanks to the Eternal your God..." (Dt. 8:10) For the ancient rabbis, this verse was the proof-text for the mitzvah of reciting birkat ha-mazon, the blessing after a meal. Jewish spiritual practice related to food is not only about what we do or do not eat; it is equally about the attitude we bring to the act of eating, both before and after a meal. One of the easiest ways to enhance personal Jewish practice is to recite a blessing (or pause for a moment of reflection) before eating, and to pause after a meal for a moment of gratitude. (Click HERE for some helpful information and links from the Reform movement on Judaism and food.)
This Friday night we will share a Visual T'filah Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary, followed by a "Chai Cantor" Shabbat Chinese dinner at 7:45 pm. (Dinner requires advance registration.) On Shabbat morning, Rabbi Frenkel will be leading Torah study at 10:00 am, and session two of Rabbi Frenkel's adult learning class will meet next Wednesday, August 16.
Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Richard Hirsh

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
Thelma "Temmy" Podheiser 
mother of James Podheiser
Friday, August 11
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Visual T'filah (Sanctuary)
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm. 
7:45 pm Summer Congregational Dinner (Social Hall)  
A Chinese feast for all. $10 per person; RSVP ASAP. Prospective members are free and should register with synagogue office.  

Saturday, August 12  
10:00 am Torah Study, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)

Monday, August 14
7:30 pm Joint Communications/Membership Committee Meeting (Boardroom)

Tuesday, August 15
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal (Chapel)
7:30 pm
House Committee Meeting (Bride's Room)  

Wednesday, August 16   
All Day! Dine to Donate: Pat's Select & Let's Yo! (Off-site, Marlton Crossing)
10:30 am
Israel News & Views - Complexity, Conversation, Empowerment, and the Intersection of Religion and Politics led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
1:00 pm Let's Yo! Ice Cream Social (Off-site, Marlton Crossing) 
7:30 pm Ritual Committee Meeting (Boardroom) 

Thursday, August 17
7:00 pm Summer Sushi Social with Women's Connection (Off-site, Sakura Spring)

Friday, August 18  
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chapel; webcast)
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm. 
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.
Membership Renewal & Religious School Registration Forms 
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If you need the forms or have any questions, please contact the synagogue office. Kindly return your completed forms and initial payment as soon as possible. As always, our Financial Secretary is available to discuss any financial concerns you may have. (Note: there will be no processing fee if you charge your entire 2017-2018 share in full).

Wednesdays, August 9, 16 & 23, 10:30 am
Led by Rabbi Frenkel 

In The Beginning Man Created God
Wednesdays, August 30, September 6 & 13 & October 4 & 11, 10:30 am

Led by Yossi Afek

Jewish Heritage Night at the Phillies
Thursday, September 14, 7:05 pm
(Citizens Bank Park)  
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Michelle Bross
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