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December 5, 2017
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 MEGASaleHoliday Gift Card MEGA Sale
Pick-up Begins: Friday, December 8
Miss the order deadline? Don't worry... Gift cards for Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, ShopRite, Acme, Short Hills Deli, Panera Bread and Starbucks are always available in the synagogue office. Stop by during regular business hours.  
MelBrooksIt's Good To Be The King - A Tribute to Mel Brooks
Saturday, December 9, 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm
The M'kor Shalom Theater Group presents two spectacular performances, for "mature" audiences. $18 per Adult/Senior; $15 per Student (through college). Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 
IsraelTripWomen's Israel Trip 2018 
Deposits Due: December 14
Trip Dates: November 1-11, 2018
We are getting ready for a trip of a lifetime. For trip information, contact Merle Steinberg. We can send this electronically, or you can stop by and pick up your full "goodie bag." A deposit of $1000 is due on or before December 14. At that time, we will know if we have the minimum (or maximum) to run the trip. Click here for detailed trip information. 
IHOC Hospitality Program
December 17 through December 29
HHDAppealHigh Holy Day Appeal & End of Year Contributions 
Don't forget to make your contribution by December 31. 
As 2017 nears its end, help us make M'kor Shalom the best that it can be - for today, and the future - by including M'kor Shalom in your year-end tax planning and charitable giving. And if your tax plan does not include an immediate charitable contribution, consider making a Legacy gift. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the main office at 856-424-4220 or Thank you for your consideration and generous support. Click here to make your High Holy Day Appeal contribution online. 
Sunday, January 21, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Snow Date: Sunday, February 4)
Meet the area's finest party professionals to plan your next simcha celebration. Free admission. Open to the community. Click here for more information. 
Friday Evening Service Schedule
Click here for a pdf of our Shabbat service schedule.

Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 pm
December 8 - Our Choir joins us. 
December 22 - We celebrate December birthdays.
December 29  
January 26 - Shabbat Mishpacha; We celebrate January birthdays. 

Erev Shabbat Services, 8:00 pm (webcast) 
December 15 - Chanukah Shabbat Mishpacha with Visual T'filah; BYO Chanukiah & Candles (4th night)   
January 5
January 12 - MLK Celebration featuring Unity Choir
January 19 
Tot Shabbat
Fridays, December 15 & January 19, 6:15 pm
Join us for
Family Dinner (5:30 pm) prior to our service. 
TorahStudyTorah Study (Chapel) 
December 9 & 16, 9:00 am (No session December 23 or 30)
January 6, 13 20 & 27 
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 December 23 or 30) 
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
December 9 and January 6 & 13
Led by Scott Kushner

Experiencing Jewish with Feeling
December 16 & January 20
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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Led by Rabbi Hirsh 
What does Jewish tradition teach about prayer? We will work toward clarifying for ourselves the place that prayer holds, or might hold, in our spiritual practice. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. No RSVP necessary. 
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.
They Won't Forget
January 4, 7:00 pm
Enjoy a lively discussion following the presentation of the movie They Won't Forget, a 1937 black-and-white courtroom drama set in a southern town, starring Claude Rains as an ethically-challenged prosecutor. Popcorn included. Click here for more information or to RSVP.  

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.

ShpielAuditionsPurim Shpiel Auditions
Tuesday, December 12, 5:45 pm
Sunday, December 17, 10:30 am
Performance: Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 pm  
Auditions are open to all 6th-12th graders attending Religious School at M'kor Shalom. All participants will get into the show; everyone will be featured on stage. You do not need to bring music or a song to the first audition/rehearsal.  
Coffee with the Clergy
Sunday, January 28, 9:30-11:15 am
Parents of 3rd & 4th Grade Students are invited to enjoy casual conversation, coffee and refreshments with our clergy. 
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.
TotShabbatTot Family Dinner & Shabbat
Fridays, December 15 & January 19
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 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
Wednesdays, December 6 & January 3, 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  
Details coming soon for this paint and sip event.

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.

HoltonToyDriveHolton's Heroes Toy Drive
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
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, December 20 & January 17, 7:30 pm
All congregants are encouraged to attend.  

Office Closed  
Mondays, December 25 and January 1 & 15 

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