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November 7, 2017
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RabbiKelman Guest Speaker: Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman
Friday, November 10, 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service,
Dinner & Disussion to follow 
Rabbi Weiman-Kelman from Kol HaNeshama in Israel joins us to discuss the challenges and struggles of the Progressive (Reform) Movement in Israel, and more. Our guest will continue to speak in-depth during and after dinner. $12 per member, $15 per guest. Click here for more information and to RSVP by November 8.  
MarketplaceM'kor Marketplace - 2017 Gift Gala & Holiday Bazaar
Tuesday, November 14, 2:30-9:30 pm 
This year, join us for a special weekday shopping extravaganza! Fabulous finds for everyone in time for the holiday season (The first night of Chanukah is December 12!). Clothing, scarves, jewelry, candles, handmade items, hostess gifts, and more. 
IsraelTripWomen's Israel Trip Informational Meeting
Sunday, November 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Trip Dates: November 1-11, 2018 
RSVP to Merle Steinberg for this meeting so we can prepare materials and have plenty of coffee brewing! The trip is on, provided at least 21 women give a deposit of $1000 on or before December 1. It is our anticipation that this trip is more likely to close out at 40 than not "fly" at all. Open to M'kor Shalom members and those traveling with them. This trip will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, based on deposits received.  
MelBrooksIt's Good To Be The King - A Tribute to Mel Brooks
Saturday, December 9, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm
The M'kor Shalom Theater Group presents two spectacular performances. $18 per Adult/Senior; $15 per Student (through college). Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 
Friday Evening Service Schedule
Click here for a pdf of our Shabbat service schedule.

Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 pm
November 10 - Guest Speaker: Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman (dinner following; click for more information
November 24 - We celebrate November birthdays.
December 8 - Our Choir joins us. 
December 22 - We celebrate December birthdays.
December 29 

Erev Shabbat Services, 8:00 pm (webcast) 
November 17 - with Visual T'filah  
December 1 - Our Chavurah Ensemble joins us. 
December 15 - Chanukah Shabbat Mishpacha with Visual T'filah; BYO Chanukiah & Candles (4th night)  
Tot Shabbat
Friday, December 15, 6:15 pm
Join us for
Family Dinner (5:30 pm) prior to our service. 
TorahStudyTorah Study (Chapel) 
November 11, 18 & 25, 9:00 am  
December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 9:00 am 
Come 15 minutes early for schmoozing and light refreshments before Torah Study begins on the hour. All are welcome to join the conversation; no RSVP or previous experience necessary.

shabbatprogramsSHABBAT PROGRAMS
SpiceUpSpice Up Your Judaism, Celebrate Shabbat! 
Saturdays, 10:30 am
This meaningful programming is designed to enrich your Shabbat experience. Every session stands on its own, and newcomers are always welcome. Come early for schmoozing and refreshments between 10:00-10:30am.
November 11 - Exploring Your Personal Judaism, led by Scott Kushner
November 18 - Jewish with Feeling, led by Carl Viniar
November 25 - No Session (Thanksgiving weekend)  
December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 - Topics TBA 

The Ritual Committee is currently planning Shabbat programming for the fall. Contact Bob Kernish to let us know topics that interest you and if there are any sessions you would consider leading.
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Reform Judaism: Tradition and Change
Wednesdays, November 8, 15 & 29, 10:30 am
Led by Rabbi Frenkel
We will explore the history of our Reform Movement along with its central tenets - God, Torah and Israel. Click here for more information.  
SundaySessionsSunday Sessions with Rabbi Hirsh
Everything you wanted to know about 90 minutes? No RSVP necessary.
December 3, 9:30 am 
For a little country Israel gets a lot of global attention, and recently, not all of that attention has been so kind. We will explore the baseline information about Israel that can help us to better understand when "differing opinions" veer off into "avoidance of facts," and more.
FirstThursFirst Thursdays at M'kor Shalom: Jewish Culture, Literature & Cinema
The Adult Education and Library Committees offer the opportunity for you to pursue and enrich your lifelong study of Jewish books, films and culture. Connect, engage and learn with fellow congregants. 
The Works of Philip Roth
December 7, 7:00 pm - "Goodbye Columbus" 
Focus on the American Jewish Experience as seen through the eyes of renowned author, Philip Roth. We will watch the film Goodbye Columbus (based on the short story The Conversion of the Jews). Open to the community; Kindly RSVP. Click here for more information.
To share programming ideas, contact Gail Donner with your suggestions. New committee members always welcome.
Our Caring Community volunteers are here to help congregants in need of support. Volunteers provide: Transportation, Meals on a short-term basis, Shopping, Telephone reassurance, Friendly visits, Shiva set-up assistance
If you or someone in your family is confined to home because of illness or injury, M'kor Shalom's Caring Community volunteers are here to help. Please contact Jane Bloom or the synagogue office, so our volunteers can respond to your needs.

"Grated" - A Latke Throwdown for Club 3-4
Sunday, December 3, 11:15-1:15 pm
Think TV's "Chopped" meets "Guys Grocery Games" meets Chanukah! Click here for more information & to RSVP by November 19. 
For more information on our hot topics, please click below:
Hebrew in Harmony
We are using this brand new, just out of the box Hebrew curriculum this year. Be sure to submit a completed Parent Permission Form. You can also refer to the Behrman House Online Learning Guide for login and program use information.
Team up with Jewish Federation to give the gift of a lifetime! Send your child/grandchild on a trip to Israel. Click here for more information, to enroll your child, or make your yearly deposit. 
There are always great things happening at our Religious School. Tell your unaffiliated friends! Contact Merle Steinberg for more information.
LovePeaceLove, Peace & Latke Grease
Sunday, November 19, 10:00 am
Make a keepsake Chanukah plate with Color Me Mine and enjoy breakfast with friends, plus do a mitzvah by baking cookies & making cards for troops overseas. Click here for more information and to RSVP
TotShabbatTot Family Dinner & Shabbat
Friday, December 15 - Dinner 5:30 pm, Service 6:15 pm
Join us for a pizza & salad dinner for just $10 per family. Annual registration just $36 for all six remaining dinners. Our Tot Service is always free & open to the community. Click here for more information, or to register for our December dinner or annual special.
Our Tot Programming Committee & PTO are always hosting fabulous events! For information or to join our committee, contact Stephanie Riviello
MensLunchAchim (The Men's Group) Lunch
Wednesday, December 6, 12:00 noon (off-site)
Join our standing reservation at Short HIlls Deli for lunch and conversation. No RSVP necessary. Pay your own way. 

Women's Connection Challah Bake
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 pm  
You "knead" to join us for this evening of inspiration and unity! Prepare for Shabbat by making and braiding your own challahs to bake at home. $18 per person. Space is limited; first-come, first-served. Click here for more information or to RSVP by December 1. 

We are busy planning more exciting women's programming for the upcoming year! Contact Lisa Weiser and Beth Savitch to help plan and to share your ideas.

College Connection at Starbucks
Friday, December 22, 1:30 pm (Off-site)
Contact David Snyder for information on this student winter break gathering. 
Help Wanted!
Our M'kor Shalom College Connection students are always in search of internship and employment opportunities during their school breaks and over the summer. If you have any opportunities (paid or unpaid) to share with our students, please e-mail the details to David Snyder.

Voting Reminder: Election Day!
Tuesday, November 7 - Polls open 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Social Action Committee reminds you that this is a big election year. All elected offices at the state level are up, including Governor and Lieutenant Governor, all 80 seats in the New Jersey General Assembly, and all 40 seats in the State Senate. In addition, numerous county, municipal, school board and freeholder offices have an election so please remember to vote.   
TurkeyDriveTurkey Drive
Monday, November 13 through Monday, November 20
Donate your frozen turkey to our collection (in the School lobby) for The Neighborhood Center in Camden and JFCS.
Drop off during regular office hours, during Saturday & Sunday Religious School drop-off and during the all-day M'kor Marketplace shopping event. Click for more information.  
YellowRibbonOperation Yellow Ribbon
Sunday, November 19, 11:30 am
Join us in baking cookies, making cards and braiding parachute cord bracelets for our troops overseas. Open to families of all ages. To participate or for more information, contact Kim Coffina. 
ForumIntoleranceSocial Justice Initiative Forum on Intolerance:  
Outrage Fatigue 101: Strategies for Dealing with Intolerance in 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 pm
Our guest panel will help arm us with advocacy skills for fighting intolerance, and coping skills for staying calm and centered in the midst of this negative energy. We welcome Rabbi Frenkel, Dr. Dan Gottlieb (Host, WHYY's "Voices in the Family"), Andrew Hanauer (Director, One America Movement), and Afia Yunus (Immigration Attorney, Yunus Law). Click here for more information and to RSVP by November 15.  
IHOCIHOC Hospitality Project
Sunday, December 17 through Friday, December 29
Join us in preparing/hosting a meal, participating with transportation.activities or being an overnight host while M'kor Shalom houses up to 12 homeless men in our Social Hall, providing food and shelter, fellowship and support. Donations also welcome. Click here for more information or to download a volunteer sign-up form. 
Please help make our house your home! 
Get involved with our House Committee. We welcome anyone with ideas and/or skills to help us with many projects to keep our House beautiful and functioning smoothly. Contact Michelle Bross or Paul Fishbein
Check It Out 
Check out our extensive collection of Judaic fiction and nonfiction, DVDs, audio books on CDs and children's books - all of which can be borrowed at no cost! Many t hanks to the generosity of those who have donated to the Library Fund this past year. (Overdue books will incur late fees .) 

M'kor Shalom Library Volunteers
Volunteers (high school age and above) are wanted to help with book and DVD check-outs and returns. Contact Irene Afek for more information or to volunteer.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesdays, November 15 & December 20, 7:30 pm
All congregants are encouraged to attend.  

Office Closed 
Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24 - Thanksgiving  
Monday, December 25   

WiFi at M'kor Shalom
We improved wireless internet access, with multiple hotspots around the building. Click "mkorguest" and you're connected! 

M'kor Shalom Job Bank
If you know of an opening, please download the form, and return the completed form to the synagogue office so that the position can be posted online.

M'kor Shalom Help Wanted:

WantedWANTED: External Communications Coordinator 
The M'kor Shalom Communications Committee is looking for a volunteer to coordinate external publicity. This includes publicizing synagogue events in The Jewish Voice and several other local newspapers on a weekly or every other week basis. No special writing skills are required - just the ability to copy and condense events from the online synagogue calendar and E!minders. Occasionally someone may send you a photo from an event which they would like to have published in a newspaper. All current media contacts will be provided.

Time commitment is several hours every two weeks, but the benefit to M'kor Shalom is priceless.
The current volunteer is willing to work with you to help you get started. This is an easy and great way to be of service to M'kor Shalom. An added bonus is that you will always be on the "inside track" of knowing what is going on at M'kor Shalom! We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. Please contact Sara Honovich.   
Webcasting Team Volunteers: Help the effort to webcast our services to those who are homebound or cannot come to services in person. No experience needed. Contact Bruce Weinger.

Photo Call! Send us your photos reflecting life at M'kor Shalom, including worship, study, good deeds, social events and more. Selected photos will be featured on the congregation's website, Facebook page and lobby displays. Email photos to
M'kor Shalom Happenings On The Web
Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow @MkorShalom on Twitter. Tag us on Instagram! #hineiniatmkorshalom #mkorshalom #mkormoments. Share your M'kor Shalom moments & photos!

Gift Shop - Always New Items!
Stop in for all your gift-giving needs - Shabbat, holidays, engagements, weddings, new baby, B'nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, graduation and birthdays. Personalized wedding Ketubahs may be ordered. We also carry a large selection of beautiful tallitot.

GiftCardsGift Cards Available In The Synagogue Office

ShopRite, Acme, Short Hills Deli, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Panera Bread and Starbucks gift cards are always available in the synagogue office during regular office hours. CVS gift cards may be used for prescriptions as well as other items.  Please note: We no longer offer online ordering of gift cards.

Recycle Your Empty Ink Jet and Laser Printer Cartridges! Old cell phones, too!
We have collection bins in both the main office and the school office. Drop off during regular office hours. These materials will be recycled and the congregation will receive a cash rebate. A win-win opportunity!

You can sign up online for any of the events listed above by clicking the registration link. If there is a fee, please pay using your Visa, MasterCard or PayPal account. If you pay by check, you will not be officially registered until your payment is received.

Thank you for using our online registration system, which will save you time and make it easier to sign up for events at M'kor Shalom. We hope you enjoy this new feature, and we also want to hear your feedback. You can send your feedback to