February 6, 2019
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel teaches that Judaism is a religion of time and not of space. Using Shabbat as his primary example, Heschel affirms that Jews sanctify time, and that Jewish tradition does not sanctify, celebrate, or privilege space.
But the people who wrote and edited the Torah portions that we read over these next weeks would have disagreed. The final fifteen chapters of the Book of Exodus comprise detailed rules and regulations about sacred space: the portable sanctuary ( Hebrew: Mishkan ), which became the prototype for the eventual building of the Jerusalem Temple - surely evidence of a Jewish affinity for sacred space as well as sacred time.
Fortunately, we do not have to make a choice: we can sanctify time and we can sanctify space. As anyone who has ever visited the home where they grew up, or traveled to the country, city, town or village from which their ancestors came can attest, a sacred space does not need to be a cathedral, synagogue, mosque or temple. It only has to be a place where consequential connections are made, and our emotions tells us we are in the presence of something holy. Our confirmation class will have this experience when they embark on their Israel trip in April, and forge their own connections to the space and place where Judaism began.
This Friday night, our Kabbalat Shabbat service will begin at 6:30 pm. It is followed by a light Shabbat dinner, and then a relaxing night of music as we gather for M'korstock Unplugged. Singer/songwriter Kate Strubinger (piano, vocals) and Evan Samlin (violin, vocals) of the Philadelphia band Kate Says will bring us a night of acoustic rock. Please note the dinner requires prior registration.
On Shabbat morning our congregant Carol Fisher will lead Torah study at 9:00 am, and at 10:30 am I will offer a 90-minute introduction to/experience of Jewish meditation to "Spice Up Your Judaism." You need not have previous experience with meditation, just come with a willingness to experiment and experience.
Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Richard Hirsh

If you wish to have a Mi Shebeirach said during our Shabbat services, please let us know by noon each Friday so we can give the names to the rabbis. 
In This Message
Marty Goldberg
brother of Herbert Goldberg
uncle of Adam Goldberg & Randall Goldberg

Shirley Perkel
grandmother of Jaime Herndon
Friday, February 8    
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service  
7:45 pm Dinner & M'korstock Unplugged: Acoustic Rock (Social Hall/Oneg Room)
Immediately following our Kabbalat Shabbat Service, join us for dinner & live acoustic music. RSVP required for dinner ($10/person). Music begins approximately 8:30 pm.  
Saturday, February 9                
9:00 am Torah Study, led by Carol Fisher (Chapel)
10:30 am Spice Up Your Judaism, led by Rabbi Hirsh (Chapel)
5:30 pm Candy Bar Bingo (Social Hall) 
Monday, February 11  
7:00 pm Education & Youth Committee Meeting (Chapel)  
7:30 pm Membership Committee Meeting (Boardroom) 
Wednesday, February 13
10:30 am Tradition! Tradition! led by Cantor Harrison (Chapel)
Friday, February 15  
5:30 pm Tot Family Dinner (Oneg Room)  
6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)  
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary; webcast)
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.    
Tradition! Tradition! led by Cantor Harrison
Wednesdays, February 13 & 20, 10:30 am

Kimmel Center Presents "Sing Hallelujah: Jewish Music in America"
Wednesday, February 20, 8:00 pm (Off-site at Verizon Hall, Philadelphia)
Cantor Harrison and a few M'kor Shalom Choir members will participate in this concert. Save 15% with code: MK15.

Sunday, February 24

Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 2
We will celebrate Shabbat with Potluck Dinners & Havdalah in the homes of our members. Kindly volunteer to host or RSVP to attend one of these dinners by February 15.

Sunday, March 3

The Magic of Purim
Sunday, March 17, 11:00 am
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Michelle Bross
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