Services and events this week
SHABBATAPALOOZA!
Friday, January 29 to Sunday January 31  
Don't come for just one, come for MORE!

Friday, January 29, 7 pm
White Out Friday Night + Potluck Dinner
Our memorable Friday night singing and learning experience is back as we come together dressed in white for Shabbat to celebrate our tradition and our community. Stay for a delicious potluck Shabbat dinner! ( Let us know what you're bringing for Shabbat dinner in our Facebook group).

Saturday, January 30

10 am - 1 pm
Shabbat Morning Services: Video Service
A NEW Shabbat experience! Be inspired by beautiful Jewish images in a special service with songs and prayers on the big screen! This fun Shabbat experience will be followed by a Kiddush lunch.

RSVP to Rabbi Saks (ari.saks@gmail.com)

12:45 pm
Faithful Families Session
A monthly support group to help couples negotiate issues related to faith, tradition & family that stem from having different faith backgrounds & religious traditions. The session follows kiddush lunch at Beth Mordecai and is co-facilitated by Rabbi Saks (Beth Mordecai) & Reverend Anne-Marie Jeffery (St. Peter's)

Saturday, January 30, 6:30 pm
Havdallah and Group Bowling Night
Woodbridge Bowling, 346 Main Street, Woodbridge NJ 
A fun night out with your community as we bowl the night away. To be preceded (at Woodbridge Bowling) by the beautiful ritual of Havdallah to separate Shabbat from the rest of the week. RSVP TO Rabbi Saks if interested.

Sunday, January 31, 9:30-12 pm
Mordy's Brunch Hour -- Encourage BELONGING
($10 for members; $20 for non-members)
Come to the first of four brunch hours where we learn from great teachers on the four pillars of our community: Belonging, Tradition, Faith, and Shabbat. 

9:30 am
Tallis and Tefillin service 
Feel the power of the ancient tradition of "laying" (wearing) tefillin. Men and women are both encouraged to participate. 

10:30 am
Brunch & Presentation on Israeli Innovation in Techonology
Over a tasty brunch, we will explore the world of 
Israeli innovation in the field of technology, learning about 
what makes Israel such a technological powerhouse. Talk is based off of the bestseller "Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle"

Approximately 11:30 am
Israeli Dancing
Brunch will be followed by a communal experience of one of Israel's most original and innovative "technologies": Israeli dance. 

Benefactors for this and other "Mordy's Brunch Hour" programs available for as low as $100. Please email Rabbi Saks for more details.

Tuesday, February 2
Veterans Home Visit CANCELLED THIS WEEK



Upcoming events
Friday, February 5, 8 pm 
Friday Night Services: Led by member Sharon Bender
Join our community for spirited and lively participatory services led by member Sharon Bender

Saturday, February 6, 10 am
Saturday Morning Services: Torah Talk (led by members)
Torah Talk is an opportunity to delve into the rich teachings of the week's Torah reading. In lieu of a formal sermon, we will pause the service after the Torah reading for a lively 10-15 minute discussion on how we can apply the wisdom of the Torah to the needs of our everyday lives.

Please contact Marc Fertik (marc@fertik.net) if you are interested in sponsoring Kiddush.

Save the date!
Sunday, February 28, 10 am - 1 pm
Northern Jewish Middlesex Communal Day of Study: Our Favorite Jewish Things (No admission fee)
Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen
Find out some of the things that motivate our Jewish teachers here in Middlesex County to teach and promote Judaism while having an opportunity to "taste" some of our community's favorite Jewish things. 

Rabbi Saks will be teaching a lesson entitled: "More than Just Words on a Scroll: Perspectives and Teachings from a Life-Long Torah Reader." See flyer for a full description of the program.

This Day of Study is co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Mordecai, the JCC of Middlesex County, Congregation Neve Shalom, and Temple Emanu-El.

Sunday, March 14, 9:30 am - 12 pm
Mordy's Brunch Hour -- 
Engage TRADITION
($10 for members; $20 for non-members)
Featuring  Rabbi Gerald Zelizer, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom. 

A Rabbi's Work: Building Synagogue Life in Middlesex County - Past, Present, & Future 
Discover the history and uncover the possibilities of synagogue life in our area of Middlesex County. Rabbi Gerald Zelizer, Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen NJ and a leading Jewish communal figure in Middlesex County for over 45 years will share his thoughts on the nature of the rabbinate and Jewish communal life. 

PROGRAM 
9:30 -- Tallis and Tefillin Service 
10:30 -- Brunch begins 
11:00 -- Lecture Begins 
Mordy's Brunch hour is a series of lecture programs around the four pillars of Beth Mordecai: 
~ Encourage BELONGING 
~ Engage TRADITION 
~ Explore FAITH 
~ Experience SHABBAT