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January 9, 2018
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MemberOfferJanuary Membership Special!
Tell your unaffiliated family and friends that they can join M'kor Shalom in January and pay only 50% dues for the remainder of the 2017-2018 year. All member benefits apply PLUS free Religious School "catch up " tutoring as needed! For information, contact Robin Kushner or Robin Schwartz or call the synagogue office at 856-424-4220. 
MLKShabbatMartin Luther King Weekend:
MLK Erev Shabbat Celebration 
Friday, January 12, 8:00 pm
If not now...when? The Unity Choir brings the community together for our annual MLK celebration. For those unable to attend in person, this service will also be webcast.    
Weekend of Service
For each of our projects, kindly RSVP to Kim Coffina.  
Food Drive (at M'kor Shalom)
Friday, January 12, 8:00 pm
We are collecting items for the JFCS Food Pantry: apple juice, oatmeal, canned tuna, soup and Wacky Macaroni & Cheese (kosher). Kindly drop these items in the bins located outside the Sanctuary.
Food Bank of South Jersey  
(1501 John Tipton Blvd., Pennsauken, NJ)
Monday, January 15, 8:30-10:30 am
Sort and package food. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.
PB&J Sandwich-making & more (at M'kor Shalom) 
Monday, January 15, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Help us make 800 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for The Cathedral Kitchen in Camden. We will also be making placemats and utensil packages. Family-friendly event; all ages welcome.
Serving Dinner at Cathedral Kitchen  
(1514 Federal Street, Camden, NJ 08105)
Monday, January 15, 3:30-5:30 pm
Set up and serve dinner to Camden residents at the largest emergency food provider in Camden. Space is very limited; must be age 16 and older. Kindly volunteer ASAP.
Sunday, January 21, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Snow Date: Sunday, February 4)
Planing a party? Come meet the area's finest party professionals to make your celebration memorable. Free and open to the community. Click here for more information.  
specialneedsShabbat Service for Special Needs Families 
Saturday, February 3, 11:00 am
The community is invited to share a Shabbat service followed by a light lunch. There will then be supervised activities and, concurrently, a discussion for parents/caregivers with clinical social worker and psychologist, Sonya Voynow. Click here for more information or to RSVP by January 28.  
bingo Candy Bar BINGO
Saturday, February 10, 5:30 pm
Bring the entire family to this fun-filled (and possibly nougat-filled!) event. Our cheerful candy-themed night will feature pizza, dessert, BINGO and lots of candy! Cost is just $18 per family plus one nut-free candy bar per child. Click here for more information or to RSVP by February 7.  
PogrebinPresentation with the Author: Abigail Pogrebin
Sunday, February 25, 4:00 pm
Detailed in her book My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, Abigail Pogrebin shares her experiences after living one year of devoted Jewish exploration. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Click here for more information or to RSVP
IsraelTrip Women's Israel Trip 2018 
Led by Rabbi Frenkel and Merle Steinberg 
Trip Dates: November 1-11, 2018
Submit your deposit to join us for the trip of a lifetime. For details, contact Merle Steinberg. Click here for detailed trip information.
Friday Evening Service Schedule
Click here for a pdf of our Shabbat service schedule.

Erev Shabbat Services, 8:00 pm (webcast) 
January 12 - MLK Celebration featuring Unity Choir
January 19  
February 2
February 16 - Our Choir joins us. 
Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 pm
January 26 - Shabbat Mishpacha (Family Shabbat); We celebrate January birthdays.  
February 9 - followed by M'korstock Unplugged (details coming soon)
February 23 
Tot Shabbat
Fridays, January 19 & February 16, 6:15 pm
Join us for
Family Dinner (5:30 pm) prior to our tot service. 
TorahStudyTorah Study (Chapel) 
January 13, 20 & 27  
February 3, 10 & 24 (No session February 17) 
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 (No session February 17) 
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.
Exploring Your Personal Judaism
January 13 and February 3 & 10
Led by Scott Kushner

Experiencing Jewish with Feeling
January 20 and February 24
Led by Carl Viniar

January 27 - Topic TBA

The Ritual Committee is currently planning Shabbat programming for the fall. Contact Gail Donner to let us know topics that interest you and if there are any sessions you would consider leading.
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PoetryPastoral Poetry: Selections from the Book of Psalms
Tuesdays, January 16, 23 & 30
Led by Rabbi Hirsh
The Psalms deal with some of the most fundamental questions of human life: faith & doubt, loneliness & isolation, anxiety &  uncertainty, and the search for meaning. We will look at selections from the Psalms as a way of expanding our own spiritual perspective on the human quest to wrestle meaning from the complexities of life. Attend any or all sessions; no rsvp necessary. Click here for more information.  
First Thursdays at M'kor Shalom: Jewish Culture, Literature & Cinema
Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent  
February 1, 7:00 pm  
Join us for this documentary about the leading rabbi in 1930's Berlin who emigrated to America. Rabbi Prinz became one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest confidantes and spoke just prior to MLK at the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Discussion led by Jaimee Freidman. Click here for more information or to RSVP.  
Rabbi Frenkel on Israeli Poetry
Wednesday, February 14, 12:00 noon 
JCRC & the Tri-County Board of Rabbis presents a community Lunch & Learn at M'kor Shalom as part of an ongoing series. Bring a dairy lunch. Click here for more information.  

Note: Class handouts and materials are often available in advance, along with recommended reading - look for the new "Adult Education Courses" shelf in the M'kor Shalom Library.   
To share programming ideas, contact Gail Donner and Art Treiman 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.

CoffeeClergyCoffee with the Clergy
Enjoy casual conversation, coffee and refreshments with our clergy. 
Sunday, January 28, 9:30-11:15 am
Parents of 3rd & 4th Grade Students
Sunday, February 4, 9:30-11:15 am
Parents of K, 1st & 2nd Grade Students
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.
TotShabbatTot Family Dinner & Shabbat
Fridays, January 19 & February 16
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 remaining dinners. Our Tot Service is always free & open to the community. Click here for more information, or to register for our monthly 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, February 7, 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 Canvas & Cocktails 
Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm  
Snack, sip & socialize as you paint your own masterpiece! No experience or artistic talent necessary - just the desire to enjoy a ladies' night out! We will provide all supplies, a local artist for instruction, generous refreshments and a signature cocktail. Feel free to BYOB. Open to the women of M'kor Shalom and their guests. $36 per person. Click here for more information or to RSVP by January 18. 

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.

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.

MLK Weekend of Service
Click here for more information on M'kor Shalom-sponsored service projects. 
Social Action Cooking
Thursday, February 1, 7:00 pm
Volunteers age 12 & up are needed to cook meals for New Visions Shelter in Camden. No experience needed. Limited space. Click for more information; RSVP to Jonathan Maurer. 
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
We are excited to announce that web access to our catalog of books and other items is now available to congregants at: Use this site (from any device - desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone) to see the treasures of the M'kor Shalom Library. When you find the book or DVD you would like, either print the details or send yourself an email with the information. Then just stop by the library and check out the item. Search our collection 24/7. No login required. Contact Irene Afek with any questions.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesdays, January 17 & February 21, 7:30 pm
All congregants are encouraged to attend.  

Office Closed  
Mondays, January 15 & February 19 

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