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February 6, 2018
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unpluggedM'korstock Unplugged
Friday, February 9, immediately following our 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat service
Enjoy dinner and live acoustic music in a coffee house setting. Award-winning singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia will perform an eclectic mix of original songs and inventive covers. $10 per person for dinner; walk-ins cannot be accommodated for dinner. Contact the synagogue office for reservations/ticket availability.   
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.  
LifeLegacyLife & Legacy Information Session
Sunday, February 11, 11:00 am
Come learn how you can help secure a strong Jewish community here at M'kor Shalom for generations to come. Click here for more information or contact Life & Legacy chair Robert Elias.

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. Join us as she discusses her personal, insightful, funny and compulsively readable new book. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Open to all. Click here for more information or to RSVP.
HeroInHeavenA Hero in Heaven
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm (film begins promptly at 7:15 pm)
M'kor Shalom's Education & Youth Committee and the JCRC will host a viewing and conversation on the documentary movie Michael Levin - A Hero in Heaven. The film tells the story of Michael's devotion to his family, his people and the land of Israel. J oin us as we honor Michael's legacy and also welcome his mother, Harriet, and sister, Elisa, for a special Q&A session following the film. Free & open to all. Click here for more information or to RSVP by March 13. Donate to the Lone Soldier Center by visiting  

SIRSave the Date: Eat, Learn, Sing!
Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Kenneth Kanter
Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15
Enjoy a fun weekend with Rabbi Kenneth Kanter, an expert on the Jewish influence on American popular music from the 1840s through Tin Pan Alley to today's Broadway. Details on this weekend are coming soon!

Women's Israel Trip 2018  
Trip Dates: November 1-11, 2018 
Submit your deposit to join Rabbi Frenkel & Merle Steinberg for the trip of a lifetime. Contact Merle Steinberg, or click here for detailed trip information
Purim Character Brunch
Sunday, February 25, 11:15 am
Say "aloha" to Moana and Olaf at this year's big Purim happening - a twist on the traditional Purim carnival. $20 per family includes brunch and all activities. Click here for more information or to register.

Purim Dis-Service & Shpiel
Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Our clergy lead a playful service just prior to the Religious School students' performance of a "Totally Rad '80s" Shpiel. Come in costume and bring a box of pasta to shake (Boo, Haman!) and then donate to local food pantries.

Friday Evening Service Schedule
Click here for a pdf of our Shabbat service schedule.

Erev Shabbat Services, 8:00 pm (webcast) 
February 16 - Our Choir joins us.
March 2 & 16 
Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 pm
February 9 - followed by M'korstock Unplugged 
February 23
March 9 - Shabbat Mishpacha (Family Shabbat); Our new Youth Choir joins us. 
March 23 - We celebrate March birthdays. 
(No service March 30 - Passover; First Seder) 
Tot Shabbat
Fridays, February 16 & March 16, 6:15 pm
Join us for
Family Dinner (5:30 pm) prior to our tot service. 
TorahStudyTorah Study (Chapel) 
February 10 & 24 (No session February 17)
March 3, 10, 17 & 24 (No session March 31)  
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 or March 31) 
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
February 10 and March 3 & 10
Led by Scott Kushner

The Ten Commitments
February 24 and March 24
Led by Carl Viniar

Torah Study/Spice Up Combined Session
March 17 (9:00 am start time)
Led by Edmond Weiss

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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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

WallsTumble...And the Walls Came Tumbling Down 
Six Wednesdays, 10:30 am 
February 21 & 28 and March 7, 14, 21 & 28  
Led by Yossi Afek
For nearly 1500 years, since the destruction of the 2 nd Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE), Judaism built around itself an impregnable spiritual wall in the form of Halacha. Then the Jewish community in Spain was destroyed and the walls came tumbling down. Challenges to traditional Judaism came from every quarter. Can the roots of these challenges really be traced to the earthquake of the Sephardic catastrophe? Let's debate! You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. No RSVP necessary. Click here for more information
FirstThursFirst Thursdays - Film: "They Won't Forget" 
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm 
Join us for a presentation of the 1937 black-and-white courtroom drama They Won't Forget, a fictionalized version of a notorious episode in American history which had a traumatic effect on the American Jewish community. Discussion led by congregant Larry Robinson. Free & open to all. Click here for more information or to RSVP.
Note: This is the rescheduled January session that had been cancelled due to inclement weather.

SundaySessionsSunday Sessions with Rabbi Hirsh 
Sunday, March 11, 9:15 am 
Our focus will be on Spiritual Preparation for Pesach. No RSVP necessary for this self-contained adult learning unit. 

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.

CandySalePassover Candy Sale  
Check your child's backpack for de
tails about this two-week sale starting at the end of February. Passover begins March 30 . Purchases can be made online, so be sure to reach out to friends and relatives outside our area. All proceeds from the sale will go to children's programming at our synagogue.   

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, 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.
Purim Character Brunch
Sunday, February 25, 11:15 am
Enjoy brunch & Purim games with Moana & Olaf! Click here for more information or to register

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, February 7 & March 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.  

Challah Bake  
Another fun evening of challah-making and friend-making is coming soon. Watch for details; space will be limited.

We are busy planning more exciting women's programs for this - and next! - 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.

Social Action Cooking
Thursday, February March 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 Meetings
Wednesdays, February 21 & March 21, 7:30 pm
All congregants are encouraged to attend.  

Office Closed  
Monday, 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:
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, Barnes & Noble and Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards are always available in the synagogue office during regular office hours.  

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