Services and events this week
Friday, August 14, 12 pm
Online Parashah Class

Friday, August 14, 8 pm
Friday Night Services- Pardon the Interruption
A series of 3 conversations that interrupt the Jewish ritual service in order to understand different prayers and sections of the service on a deeper level. The conversations, each 5-7 minutes long, are thematically tied and interspersed throughout the service.
Contact Jeremy Strauss (straussjer@gmail.com) to sponsor the Oneg Shabbat.

Saturday, August 15
Tot Shabbat, 10 am
A FREE program run by Nessa Madison, an accredited teacher, and Rabbi Saks designed for children ages 2-5 years old, with siblings and children of all ages welcome. Celebrate Shabbat through this fun and interactive service with songs, story time, an activity or craft (Shabbat friendly of course!), and a kiddie kiddush.

Shabbos, Schnapps and a Schtikale of Yiddishkeit, 11 am
A NEW monthly program to learn more about Jewish tradition, religion and history while having an early morning sip of schnapps (optional). The hour long (beginning at 11 am) runs in lieu of services when preceded by Tot Shabbat (beginning at 10 am am). We'll schmooze with families from Tot Shabbat as they have a kiddie kiddush, then learn something interesting together according to Tot Shabbat's theme for the month, and we'll wrap up with a a DELICIOUS kiddush lunch. This program is intended for ALL members of Beth Mordecai, but especially for those who are more interested in learning and discussion than services.  
Contact Betty Fertik (bettymf@me.com) to sponsor the Kiddush lunch.


Sunday, August 16, 7-9 pm
YJPA (20's-40's) Torah on Tap with Rabbi Saks and Oneg Group of Highland Park-- "I'm too broke to give charity!"
George Street Alehouse, New Brunswick
Come have a drink and learn some Torah.  Rabbi Saks will give an explanation of the challenges and opportunities of wanting to give tzedakah/charity but feeling like we cannot afford much to give.  Contact Stella Morrison (stella.morr@gmail.com) for more details.

Tuesday, August 18th, 7:30-8:30 pm
Pep Rally
Get excited for the High Holidays and another wonderful year at Beth Mordecai! We will update you on exciting programs and opportunities to engage with your Jewish Home for the Soul! Tasty snacks and fun rally towels will be provided!

Wednesday, August 19, 9:30-10:30 am
Bible Study with the Rabbi
Yeshivat Panera (Panera, across from Wegman's in Woodbridge)
A non-sectarian, non-denominatio nal, open-to-all learning experience. Come and join us!

Wednesday, August 19, 12 pm
Ask the Rabbi
Menlo Park Mall, between Chik-Fil-A and Panera


If you have a COMMUNITY PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT that is relevant to the Beth Mordecai community and you'd like us to share it in our weekly announcements , please email Rabbi Saks at ari.saks@gmail.com. We will limit these announcements to 
one  per week.

Upcoming events
Friday, August 21
Online Parashah Class - CANCELLED

Friday, August 21, 8 pm
Friday Night Services- Lay led
A lay led service while Rabbi Saks is away. Come support the members of your community who are stepping up to lead services!
Contact Jeremy Strauss (straussjer@gmail.com) to sponsor the Oneg Shabbat.

Saturday, August 21, 10 am
Saturday Morning Services- Lay led
A lay led service while Rabbi Saks is away. Come support the members of your community who are stepping up to lead services!
Contact Betty Fertik (bettymf@me.com) to sponsor the Kiddush lunch.

Sunday, August 23, 8-8:30pm
Yahrtzeit Minyan for a Memeber
As a Jewish home for the soul, we provide ourselves on providing spiritual comfort when people need a minyan to say kaddish for a loved one. This includes providing special services on the precise date of a yahrtzeit when requested. Stella Morrison has requested a minyan so she can say kaddish for her father on Sunday night at 8 pm. It will be a short service (approximately 15 minutes) but will have an incredible impact. If you are able to attend, please contact Stella Morrison at stella.morr@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 26, 9:30-10:30 am
Bible Study with the Rabbi
Yeshivat Panera (Panera, across from Wegman's in Woodbridge)
A non-sectarian, non-denominatio nal, open-to-all learning experience. Come and join us!

Wednesday, August 26, 12 pm
SPECIAL Ask the Rabbi/Ask the Pastor: What does it mean to have faith?
Menlo Park Mall, between Chik-Fil-A and Panera
Join Rabbi Saks of Congregation Beth Mordecai in Perth Amboy and Pastor Nicholas Johnson of Raritan Valley Baptist Church in Edison for an interfaith discussion on the question: "What does it mean to have faith?" Have a question? Have a seat! Bring your lunch and ask the rabbi ANY question you'd like...seriously :) First person to come will get a FREE drink from the rabbi.

Save the date!
Thursday, August 27, 7-9 pm
YJPA (20's-40's) Mini Golf
Putting Course at Colonial Park, Summit, NJ
Play mini-golf in a unique putting course at Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ. Instead of amusements or traditional "boxed" holes, this one and a half acre course has natural landscaping features and fairway greens from 25-75 feet long, providing challenges suitable for first-timers and experienced golfers. Paddle boating will also be available on beautiful, nearby Powder Mill Pond. RSVPs required by August 10th for group rate. Cost: $10 per person for Golf & Boating Combo. Contact Nessa Madison (nrosenstein@hotmail.com) for more details.

Friday, August 28, 6 pm
Shabbat by the Sea- Family and Community Edition
Bayview Park, Perth Amboy
SPECIAL Shabbat by the Sea celebration bringing families and community together! Check out below for a detailed schedule and RSVP on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/802985326483811/ 

ALL EVENTS HELD AT GAZEBO IN BAYVIEW PARK

6:00-6:30 pm - Family Shabbat Experience ~ a fun filled, kid friendly, family oriented Shabbat experience with stories and singing 

6:30-7:30 pm - Pizza picnic for the WHOLE community ~ Join your Beth Mordecai community for a delicious picnic dinner of pizza and vegetable crudites on the grounds of Bayview Park 

7:30-8:30 pm - Musical Shabbat Service ~ Share in a special, musical, and spiritual Shabbat service by the bay