"All of us, Jews living in both Israel and around the world, are lucky to be living in a time when the Jewish people have an independent and strong State, and in a time during which the vast majority of Diaspora Jewry live in democratic societies. Just like the generation that established the State of Israel, we too have not yet completed the task. The people of that generation were tasked with building a country and governing institutions, protecting borders, developing an economy and absorbing millions of immigrants from east and west. Our generation is responsible for continuing with these tasks, while at the same time taking on new tasks which are relevant for Israel's future, including: the strengthening of Israeli society's democratic values, striving for peace, narrowing social gaps, repairing the relationship between the Jewish majority and Arab minority, and, of course, nurturing a pluralistic and tolerant Jewish Israeli culture."
This week, Jews throughout the world join with Israel in celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day). Despite the many issues with which Israel contends, and about which Israelis debate and disagree, the simple fact of the existence of the State of Israel is a cause for celebration and appreciation. Regardless of our personal politics vis-à-vis Israel, to be of the first generations in almost two thousand years to live in a time of an independent Jewish state is a privilege and a blessing.
This Friday evening at 6:30 pm we will gather for our Shabbat Chavurah service, during which Jill and Alan Fox will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a special moment of blessing.
On Shabbat morning, Rabbi Frenkel leads Torah study at 9:00 am, and Scott Kushner will lead the Spice Up Your Judaism conversation at 10:30 am. Also at 10:30 am at our Shabbat morning service, Jaden Donnheimer and Sara Miller will be called to the Torah as B'nai Mitzvah. At our 5:45 pm Shabbat afternoon service, Sydney Sonstein will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah. Mazal tov to Jaden, Sara, Sydney and their families!
And as we celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, you may want to take a look at these "Thirteen Heart-Warming Jewish Stories About Moms."
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
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 the rabbis.
The B'nai Mitzvah of
son of Jamie & Anna Donnheimer
daughter of Arthur Miller & Karen Bannett
daughter of Jason & Amy Sonstein
The Anniversary Blessing of
Alan & Jill Fox
THE WEEK AHEAD
Friday, May 10
Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Shabbat Chavurah (Sanctuary)
Our Chavurah Ensemble joins us.
9:00 am Torah Study, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
10:30 am Spice Up Your Judaism, led by Scott Kushner (Social Hall)
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service (Sanctuary)
B'nai Mitzvah of Jaden Donnheimer and Sara Miller
5:45 pm Shabbat Afternoon Service (Sanctuary)
Bat Mitzvah of Sydney Sonstein
Sunday, May 12
Monday, May 13
Hebrew High School 12th Grade Graduation (Sanctuary;
7:30 pm Membership Committee Meeting (Boardroom)
Tuesday, May 14
Last Tuesday of Religious School
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House Beautification Day
Sunday, May 19, 9:00 am
Sunday, May 19, 5:00 pm
Adult Education Films:
- Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm
Installation Shabbat/Shabbat of Thanks
Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm
We honor Gail Donner & Merle Steinberg with a magical evening.
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Friday, June 7, 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 9, 10:00 am
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Congregation M'kor Shalom
850 Evesham Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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