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April 18, 2017
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QuizzoQuizzo ...on Broadway! 
Saturday, April 29, 7:00 pm 
Team Trivia Night returns! Field questions on topics such as Entertainment, History, Sports, Geography, Music, General Knowledge and more (Broadway knowledge not necessary!). $36 per person, includes dinner & dessert; BYOB. Register solo, as a pair, or as a complete team. Click here for more information or to register by April 20.

Hebrew High School Open House 
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30-9:00 pm 
Click here for more information

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 recipient. 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.

Blessing of the Pets 
Sunday morning, May 21 
Mark your calendars for this furry-friends event. More information coming soon.

MkorOrM'kor Or "Source of Light" Tribute
Honoring Cantor Anita F. Hochman
Sunday, June 4, 5:00 pm
Advance Congregational RSVP by April 24 
Tribute Book Deadline: Monday, May 8 
Join us for a special evening honoring Cantor Hochman. Live performance by Grammy-winner Janis Ian. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, plated dinner, dessert & more. If you have not yet received your invitation in the mail, please contact the synagogue office. Click here to RSVP online.
You are invited to place your ad and congratulatory message in a commemorative Tribute Book to be distributed at the event.  
Event Sponsorships with unique VIP opportunities are also available. Click here for more information, participate in our Tribute Book or become a sponsor.      
Friday Evening Service Schedule
Click here for our Shabbat service schedule.

Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 pm
April 28 - Shabbat Chavurah; We celebrate April birthdays.
May 12 - Visual T'filah 
May 26 - We celebrate May birthdays. 
ConfirmTripErev Shabbat Services, 8:00 pm (Sanctuary; webcast) 
April 21 - M'kor Cares Shabbat; We honor our Caring Community volunteers. Potluck Dinner at 6:00 pm prior to the service ( click here for details).
May 5 
May 19 - M'kor T'filah; We celebrate Cantor Hochman.  
TorahStudyTorah Study, 9:00 am (Chapel) 
April 22 & 29
May 6, 13, 20 (No session May 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.

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.  
Sharing Our Blessings
April 22 
Led by Sarah Rosenson
Using the morning blessings in the prayerbook as our starting point, we will all share some of the things we are grateful for in our lives.

An Introduction to Jewish Meditation 
April 29
Led by Rabbi Hirsh
This will be an introduction to contemplative practice from a Jewish perspective. No prior meditation experience necessary.
Exploring Your Personal Judaism
May 6 & 13
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 spring and fall. Contact Ellen Krause to let us know topics that interest you and if there are any sessions you would consider leading.
BarnesNobleBarnes & Noble All-Day Book Fair (& Story Times)
Tuesday, May 9 
All-Day shopping at Barnes & Noble Marlton (200 W. Route 70) benefits M'kor Shalom! Mention this fundraiser and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to M'kor Shalom to purchase educational materials for our ECC & Religious School.
Plus! Join us for two very special Story Times with M'kor Shalom: 10:00-11:00 am and 4:15-5:15 pm

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movienightMovie Night: Power (aka Jew Süss)
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Join us for a showing of the 1934 British movie Power (aka Jew Süss), a historical biography about the trial and tribulations of Jewish court financier Joseph Suss Oppenheimer in late 17th century Germany. Click here for more information.

ElijahJesusElijah & Jesus: Paradigms & Parallels
Thursdays, May 4, 11 & 18
Led by Rabbi Hirsh
We will look at the stories of Elijah in the Bible and rabbinic writings and then read the Jesus stories from the New Testament. We will discuss ways in which shared as well as divergent teachings about Elijah and Jesus shape the ways Judaism and Christianity come to their teachings on the concept of "the Messiah." While these 3 sessions tie together, every session can also stand alone.

MkorCaresShabbatM' kor Cares Shabbat - Potluck Dinner & Service  
Friday, April 21 - Dinner at 6:00 pm, Service at 8:00 pm
Join with our Caring Community for an evening o
f fellowship and worship. Enjoy a potluck supper followed by our Erev Shabbat Service. M'kor Cares volunteers will be honored. Click here to RSVP & coordinate a dish to bring.

Caring Caps
Monday, April 24, 7:00 pm

Join us as we knit caps for patients undergoing chemotherapy; patterns provided. Newcomers welcome. Contact Jane Bloom for directions.

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.

Lunch & A Movie
Tuesday, April 18, 1:00 pm - TODAY!
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Passariello's in Voorhees followed by a 2:40 pm showing of "Going in Style" starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, at AMC Voorhees 16 (formerly Carmike Ritz 16). Join us for all or part of the afternoon; pay your own way. For more information, contact Rolane Sunshine

HHOpenHouseHebrew High School Open House
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30-9:00 pm
Unaffiliated teens (and their parents) are invited to visit our Hebrew High School. Join this vibrant Hebrew High leading to 10th grade Confirmation and 12th grade Graduation. Our Open House geared for teens ages 13 & 14. RSVP to Merle Steinberg.
Point of interest: This year, ALL of our Confirmands traveled to Israel on our Class trip! #onlyatmkor

Last Days of School
Hebrew High: May 9
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.

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

Barnes & Noble Story Time & All-Day Book Fair  
Tuesday, May 9 - 10:00 am & 4:15 pm  
Join special M'kor Shalom guests for Story Time at Barnes & Noble Marlton . Click here 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.

Registration is Now 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, May 3, 12:00 noon (Cherry Hill)
Join the men of M'kor Shalom for lunch and conversation, this month at Sakura Spring, Heritage Square ( 1871 Marlton Pike East). No RSVP necessary. Pay your own way.    

Treat Yourself to a Little Retail Therapy
Monday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Enjoy an Earl Salko Trunk Show with designer Arielle Salkowitz. A Mary Kay cosmetics representative will be on hand too. Bring yourself, your mom, daughters and friends (and BYOB!) for unique clothing and great styling tips. 15% of sales will be donated back to M'kor Shalom. Free admission; pay for what you purchase. Click here for more information.

Please Call Me Helen: A Story of Hope, Resilience and Rebirth
Thursday, May 4, 7:00 pm
Presentation by Renee Siegal
Despite the horrors Helen Reider endured as a Holocaust Survivor, she persevered, spurred forward by her father's last words to her: "Someone in this family must survive and tell the world what happened here." Honoring her father's last wishes, Mrs. Rieder was a regular Holocaust speaker, education young people until her passing in August 2015. Helen's daughter Renee Seigel is now continuing that tradition. Click here for more information.

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.

Social Justice Initiative Meeting
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm

If you are interested in issues such as intolerance & hate, immigration, women's rights, health care. If you w
ant to have a voice in local, state and federal levels of government, then join us for this specialized social action meeting.

GiftOfLifeCookGift of Life Family House Cooking 
Sunday, May 7, 4:00 pm 
Join us at Gift of Life Family House (401 Callowhill Street,
Philadelphia) to prepare a warm dinner for the residents of this home-away-from-home for transplant patients and their families. We can also use people to purchase or donate groceries. To volunteer, contact Gaby Fish.

HealthPanelSocial Justice Initiative - Healthcare Panel Discussion  
Monday, May 8, 7:00 pm 
Join us for a panel discussion on the new healthcare legislation/initiative

Social Action Cooking
Thursday, May 4, 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.  

UrbanGardenPlanting Day at the Neighborhood Center 
Sunday, May 21, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Families are invited to join us for this season's vegetable & herb planting at our 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

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.

The Jewish Family & Children's Service recent newsletter highlights services available to our community.

Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 pm
All congregants are welcome and 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:

Office Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to assist in the synagogue office on Sunday mornings. Lend your support. Contact Michelle Bross in the synagogue office.

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.

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.

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 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 .
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.

Library News:
New Books & DVDs Available!
Check out the brand new additions to 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. Please contact Carol Fisher with any questions.)

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