November 6, 2019
Once or twice in a lifetime
A man or woman may choose
A radical leaving, having heard
Lech l'cha - Go forth.
God disturbs us toward our destiny
By hard events
And by freedom's now urgent voice
Which explode and confirm who we are.
We don't like leaving,
But God loves becoming.

Our Torah portion for this week is Lech Lecha, as God calls Abraham to take his wife and nephew and leave everything they have known to journey forth into the unknown. The future is filled with uncertainty AND promise. God promises to guide the way and promises that Abraham's life will be a blessing for generations to come. And yet, Abraham does not know how it will all unfold, and takes a giant leap of faith.

We have all experienced such moments (large and small) - where we have wrestled with the decision to make a change, to listen to our soul "calling" us to move forward, to step outside of our comfort zone. We have all taken a step into the unknown - not knowing how it would all turn out, but holding on to the promise of a better future.

This Friday evening, our Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 6:30 pm, and will be followed by dinner and M'korstock Unplugged, featuring the Ben Turner Quartet, as guitarist Ben Turner brings along other well-known area musicians for an enjoyable evening of jazz. No RSVPs are needed for services or for the music after, but dinner requires a reservation and pre-payment of $15 per person.  
Shabbat morning, I will be leading Torah Study beginning at 9:00am. And, at 10:30 am, Scott Kushner will be leading Spice Up Your Judaism.
Sunday afternoon (3:00 pm), Cantor Harrison will join the Reform Cantors of Greater Philadelphia in offering a concert to benefit the Union For Reform Judaism's 6-Points Creative Arts Academy summer camp. The concert will be held at Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at 6pointscreativearts.org/concert or at the door. All proceeds will go directly towards the URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy.
Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel

If you have the name of someone you would like to have included in our Healing Prayer (Mi Shebeirach) that is recited at our Shabbat services, please let us know by noon each Friday so we can give the name to our clergy. 
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New & Improved Fundraising Opportunity!
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Questions about the program? Contact our Shop With Scrip program coordinator, Maya Fair. Maya will also be available to assist you outside the Main Office on Sunday, November 24 during Religious School (9:00-11:15 am). 
Selma Weinberg
sister of Roberta (Bobbi) Herring
aunt of Marci Weiner & Amy Goldstein
Thursday, November 7
$10 per person. Click to register online; walk-ins welcome.
Friday, November 8
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)  
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm. 
8:00 pm M'korstock Unplugged: Ben Turner Quartet (Oneg Room)   
RSVP required for dinner. Music begins approximately 8:30 pm.  
Saturday, November 9      
9:00 am Torah Study, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
10:30 am Spice Up Your Judaism, led by Scott Kushner (Social Hall)
Sunday, November 10 
3:00 pm "Voices of the Jewish Soul" Benefit Concert (Off-site - Elkins Park, PA)  
Cantor Harrison participates in this URJ summer camp benefit. 
Monday, November 11    
7:30 p m Home Improvement Meet & Greet Committee Meeting (Library)  
Wednesday, November 13      
10:30 am Introduction to Jewish Mysticism and the Zohar, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
Friday, November 15
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary, webcast)
Our Choir joins us. 
Please click on the event name for more information or to register for that event.    

M'kor Marketplace
Sunday, November 17, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Wednesday, November 20, 10:30 am

Social Action Turkey Drive
Wednesday, November 20 through Monday, November 25

Friday, November 22, 6:30 pm

Monday, December 2, 7:00 pm

Liturgical Gems: The History, The Theology, the Music
Wednesdays, December 4 & 18, 10:30 am

Saturday, December 7, 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 8, 2:30 pm

Home Improvement Meet & Greet: Exhibitors Wanted!
Sunday, January 12, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Michelle Bross
Executive Director
Congregation M'kor Shalom
850 Evesham Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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