June 14, 2017
It's said that "a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

In Torah this week, twelve spies are sent out to scout the land of Israel. They then come back to the community to share their experience. Ten of the spies see only obstacles and challenges. Two see possibility and potential. The majority of the community opts to believe the version told by the ten, and, full of fear, they decide they do not wish to go any further along the journey to the Promised Land. Frustration grows as anxiety sets in. The unknown can be an incredibly scary place to walk.
It is so easy for us to fault the Israelites, to not understand their lack of trust and faith. But that is because we know how the story ends. Hindsight is always 20/20. But I imagine we have each, at some point in our lives, been like those Israelites - held back from reaching our full potential by our own fears, or choosing to deal with the situation we are in (as difficult as it might be) rather than take a step forward into the unknown. What, at first glance, seems to be a portion about thousands of people complaining to Moses and God, quickly becomes a portion about the stories we tell ourselves about our experiences, and what it truly means to be human.
We'll explore this idea a bit more Friday evening. Cantor Hochman and I will be joined on the bimah by Bob Bross for our Erev Shabbat service (8:00 pm) this week.
Shabbat morning, I will be leading our Torah Study session beginning at 9:00 am in the Chapel. At 10:15 am, our Spice Up Your Judaism session will be on the topic of "The Ten Commitments," led by congregant Carl Viniar. Our Shabbat morning service begins at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary, during which we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Cohen. And our Shabbat afternoon service starts at 5:45 pm in the Sanctuary, during which we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Ethan Kauffman.
Wishing you a good week!
Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel

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In This Message
The B'nai Mitzvah of
Jacob Cohen 
son of Jeff & Kathleen Cohen

Ethan Kauffman 
son of Philip & Shari Kauffman

The Anniversary Blessing of
Gary & Marla Vecchio

Friday, June 16
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)
Saturday, June 17
9:00 am Torah Study, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
10:15 am Spice Up Your Judaism & Potluck Lunch (Social Hall)
The Ten Commitments, led by Carl Viniar    
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service (Sanctuary)
Bar Mitzvah of Max Jacobs 
5:45 pm Shabbat Afternoon Service (Sanctuary)
Bar Mitzvah of Ethan Kauffman 

Monday, June 19
7:30 pm Finance Committee Meeting (Bride's Room)

Tuesday, June 20
7:00 pm Women's Connection: A Meeting of the Minds (Boardroom)

Wednesday, June 21
7:30 pm Board of Trustees Meeting (Oneg Room)

Thursday, June 22
10:30 am Adult Education: Priests, Prophets and Kings: Collaborative and Competitive Models of Biblical Leadership, led by Rabbi Hirsh (Chapel)

Friday, June 23
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (All-Purpose Room)
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm. 
We celebrate June birthdays. 
7:30 pm M'korstock Unplugged (Oneg Room)
Live acoustic music from special guest Rex Fowler. Dinner (BYOB) and Dessert. $10 per person; RSVP required
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.

Health Care Forum presented by M'kor Shalom's Social Justice Initiative
Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 pm
Get informed with our expert guest panel.

Summer Congregational Dinner & M'korstock Unplugged
Friday, July 21, immediately following our 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat service

M'kor at the Shore
Saturday, July 22, 8:00 pm (Margate, NJ)  
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