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May 15, 2017
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Raffle Annual Congregational Meeting
& Free Membership Raffle Drawing
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 pm  
Review and vote on the annual operating budget for 2017-2018. Vote on officers and members of the Board of Trustees. Honor this year's annual Service Award recipients. All congregants are encouraged to attend.
Win One-Year FREE Basic Membership! $36 per raffle ticket. Drawing will be held during our Annual Meeting. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

PetsBlessing of the Pets 
Sunday, May 21, 11:30 am 
Blessing for all pets - furry, winged & scaly. Prayers for healing and for loss, plus a pet-friendly Oneg. Well-socialized, restrained/contained pets only. Open to the community. Click here for more information or to RSVP.

Sunday, May 21, 12:00 noon 
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Sunday, May 21, 4:30 pm 
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MegaSale Spring MEGA Gift Card Sale 
Order Deadline: Monday, May 22 - No Exceptions! 
Pick-up Begins: Wednesday, June 7 
Click here for more information.
SOLD OUT! M'kor Or "Source of Light" Tribute Honoring Cantor Anita F. Hochman 
Sunday, June 4, 5:00 pm  
We apologize. The M'kor Or event is filled to capacity. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, kindly contact the synagogue office at 856-424-4220. You may still honor Cantor Hochman with a contribution or by attending our M'kor T'filah Shabbat service on May 19. 
Friday Evening Service Schedule
Click here for our Shabbat service schedule.

Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 pm
May 26 - We celebrate May birthdays.
June 23 - We celebrate June birthdays; followed by M'korstock Unplugged (details to come). 
ConfirmTripErev Shabbat Services, 8:00 pm (Sanctuary; webcast) 
May 19 - M'kor T'filah; We celebrate Cantor Hochman; our Choir joins us.
June 2  
June 16 
TorahStudyTorah Study, 9:00 am (Chapel) 
May 20 (No session May 27)
June 3, 10, 17 & 24 
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.

Shavuot & Confirmation Service
Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 am
Yizkor will be recited. Service will be followed by brunch for Confirmands and their families.

InstallationInstallation Shabbat/Shabbat of Thanks
Friday, June 9, 8:00 pm (webcast)
We celebrate the Installation of our Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. We honor our Legacy Circle members.

SpiceUpSpice Up Your Judaism, Celebrate Shabbat! 
Saturdays, 10:15 am (No session May 27) 
This meaningful programming is designed to enrich your Shabbat experience. Every session stands on its own, and newcomers are always welcome.  
Shalom Bayit Workshop
May 20
Led by Edmond Weiss & Howard Greenberg 
The essential Jewish concept of Shalom Bayit instructs us that, for the sake of peace in our homes and community, we must from time to time bend the truth and even bend the law. This workshop will explore real life problems where a bit of thoughtful speech can create peace.

Exploring Your Personal Judaism
June 3 & 10
Led by Scott Kushner
An ongoing conversation that gets people really thinking about their own beliefs on topics such as good and evil, destiny vs. free will, ritual and tradition, the meaning of the word "God" and more of Judaism's Big Questions.

The Ritual Committee is currently planning Shabbat programming for the fall. Contact Ellen Krause to let us know topics that interest you and if there are any sessions you would consider leading.
MEGASaleSpring MEGA Gift Card Sale 
Order Deadline: Monday, May 22 - No Exceptions! 
Pick-up Begins: Wednesday, June 7 
Perfect for graduations, Father's Day, teacher's gifts, personal use and so much more. Your order raises funds for M'kor Shalom at no extra cost to you. Click here to   download the Order Form, or pick one up from the rack outside the synagogue office.
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Interesting programs are being planned for 2017-2018. Contact the Gail Donner with your programming ideas and suggestions. 
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.

Last Days of School 
Religious School: Tuesday, May 16 & Wednesday, May 17 and Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21

12th Grade Graduation
Monday, May 15, 7:00 pm

Shavuot & Confirmation Service
Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 am

There are always great things happening at our Religious School. Tell your unaffiliated friends! Contact Merle Steinberg for more information.

PicassoPicasso & Pisghetti  
Sunday, May 21, 4:30 pm 
A family night designed to showcase works of art that each classroom has created with ECC art teacher Diane Malin. The night will also include a delicious dinner & fundraising. Click here for more information or to register

Friday, June 2 - Dinner 5:30 pm, Service 6:15 pm  
Enjoy dinner for just $10 per family. Our Tot service is always free and open to the community. You can attend the service even if you do not attend the dinner. Click here to register

Registration is Open!
Click for more information on our 2017 Summer Program.
Click for more information on our 2017-2018 School Year, including Full-Day Kindergarten!
Please contact the ECC Office for additional information.  
AchimLunchAchim (The Men's Group) Lunch
Wednesday, June 7, 12:00 noon (TBA)
Join the men of M'kor Shalom for lunch and conversation. No RSVP necessary. Pay your own way. June's location TBA.

Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 pm
Join us for an opportunity to share ideas, get involved, make connections and plan for next year. We'd love to hear your visions for women's programming. Kindly RSVP.

Summer Break - 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.

UrbanGardenPlanting Day at the Urban Garden  
Sunday, May 21, 12:00 noon  
Families are invited to join us for this season's vegetable & herb planting at The Neighborhood Center's Urban Garden in Camden. In addition to planting, we will have a spring craft for the kids. Bring your entire family! Note: If enough people register in advance, transportation to/from the synagogue will be provided. Contact Kim Coffina to RSVP
Social Justice Initiative Meeting 
Monday, May 22, 7:30 pm

Social Action Cooking

Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm
Help prepare food for New Visions Community Services of Camden. All welcome (children 12 and older may participate, but must be accompanied by an adult). You must RSVP. Contact Steve German to sign up. 

FoodJFCS Food Pantry 
Collection: Ongoing
M'kor Shalom is now collecting food items for the JFCS Food Pantry. Place donations in the bins by the main office. For details, please contact
Kim Coffina.

Call for House Committee Members 
If you are interested in joining our House Committee which oversees building maintenance and policy regarding use of the facility, please contact 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. Contact Carol Fisher with questions.) 

M'kor Shalom Library Volunteers
Volunteers (high school age and above) are wanted to help with book and DVD check-outs and returns. Click here for more information or to volunteer.
The Jewish Family & Children's Service recent newsletter highlights services available to our community.

Annual Congregational Meeting
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 pm
All congregants are encouraged to attend.   
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
Remember to check our Job Bank for listings. If you know of an opening where you work, please download the form, fill it out and return it to the synagogue office so that the position can be posted online.

M'kor Shalom Help Wanted:

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! #mkorshalom #mkormoments. Share see 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.

Gift 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