|"Let them build for Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them." These are the words the Torah uses to describe God's charge to Moses to build the Mishkan - the traveling worship site of the forty years of desert wanderings, described in this week's Torah readings.
From the days of that first Jewish sacred space to our own time, the importance of having a place to gather as a community has been essential. Yet as the Torah suggests, from the very beginning, there is a sweet and intriguing imprecision about whether it is the space itself that holds holiness, or whether it is what transpires when people gather in that space that invites the Presence of God. Put differently, is sacred space the proverbial "end in itself," or "a means to an end"?
Rather than having to choose one or the other, we might imagine that there are different kinds of holiness. An empty sacred space holds the residual resonance of the many sacred events that transpired there, the holiness of memory. A community gathered in song, study, service and prayer can generate the holiness of connections, a sense that something sacred dwells among us. (Click HERE for additional insights.)
This Friday evening at 5:30 pm, join together for a family Shabbat dinner, followed at 6:30 pm by our Kabbalat Shabbat - Shabbat Mishpacha family service, featuring the debut of our new Junior Choir. Saturday morning, I will be leading Torah study at 9:00 am, and at 10:30 am Scott Kushner will lead Spice Up Your Judaism, focusing on "Exploring Your Personal Judaism." At our afternoon service at 5:45 pm, Natalie Finkelstein will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah.
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.
The Bat Mitzvah of
daughter of David & Sally Finkelstein
Rabbi Noach Valley
father of Leah Valley Keats
THE WEEK AHEAD
Saturday, March 10
Torah Study, led by Rabbi Hirsh (Chapel)
Spice Up Your Judaism
, led by Scott Kushner (Boardroom)
Shabbat Afternoon Service (Sanctuary)
Bat Mitzvah of Natalie Finkelstein
Sunday, March 11
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Sunday Sessions with Rabbi Hirsh
Monday, March 12
Music Committee Meeting (Boardroom)
Adult Education Committee Meeting (Library)
Education & Youth Committee Meeting (Chapel)
Membership Committee Meeting (Bride's Room)
Scholar-in-Residence Committee meeting (Boardroom)
Tuesday, March 13
Communications Committee Meeting (Boardroom)
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
Wednesdays, March 14, 21 & 28, 10:30 am
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30-9:00 pm
Monday, March 19, 6:30-9:00 pm
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-9:00 pm
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 pm
Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, March 19, 2:30-7:30 pm
A Hero In Heaven
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm
Achim Softball Registration Deadline
Friday, March 23
March For Our Lives (in Washington D.C.)
Saturday, March 24
Kids and families will voice the demand that their lives and safety become a priority. Kindly RSVP asap if you are interested in participating and sharing bus transportation.
Passover Shuk: Horseradish, Wine & Gift Shop Sale
Sunday, March 25, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, March 27, 6:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday, March 28, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Passover - First Seder: Friday, March 30
Our Shabbat service will NOT be held. Need a place to go for a Passover seder? Have an extra seat at your table? Contact the synagogue office at 856-424-4220 to be matched with fellow congregants.
Spring Break Puppet Show
Wednesday, April 4, 10:15 am
Alex & the Kaleidoscope
Sunday, April 8, 2:00 pm
Scholar-in-Residence Weekend: Eat, Learn, Sing! with Rabbi Kenneth Kanter
Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14
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Congregation M'kor Shalom
850 Evesham Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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