Services and events this week
Friday, February 19, 7 pm
YJPA Shabbat Dinner (Home of one of our members)
Join us for a warm (both the food and the people) Shabbat dinner! Bring a guest and your favorite dairy or pareve (pareve means the food is not meat and not dairy) dish to share with us. We'll wrap up dinner with a dessert-filled oneg/Shabbat party! We can't wait to see you! 

Friday, February 19, 8 pm
Friday Night Services -- Do You Feel Jew-"ish"?
Being Jewish is hard. Our tradition there are many behaviors we are commanded to perform, like keeping kosher, going to shul, observing Shabbat, and giving Tz'dakkah (charity) among others. But many of us don't do all of these things and that may make us feel less Jewish and more Jew-ish. This Shabbat, we will explore whether being Jew-ish should be seen as a scarlet letter or as a badge of honor. 

Contact to sponsor an Oneg Shabbat: Jeremy Strauss (

Saturday, February 20, 9 am
A Schtickale of Yiddishkeit (Learning) -- Climbing the Ladder of Mitzvot to from Jew-"ish" to Jewish
The path from feeling Jew-"ish" to Jewish is twisty and windy. There is no single direction. Yet one of the most articulate ways of symbolizing the process of feeling more Jewish is Maimonides' ladder of mitzvot. In this edition of "A Schtickale of Yiddishkeit," we will explore Maimonides' ladder to see if it offers insight on how we can feel more Jewish. 

Saturday, February 20, 10 am
Tot Shabbat -- Welcoming Guests
This month at Tot Shabbat, we will be learning about the Jewish virtue of welcoming guests! We will sing and dance, read fun stories about making guests feel welcome, play our 3 of these things game, and create our own hanging welcome signs as a craft! 

Contact: Nessa Madison (

Sunday, February 21, CHANGED TIME 2 pm!
Faithful Families Session (St. Peter's Church in Perth Amboy)
A monthly support group to help couples negotiate issues related to faith, tradition & family that stem from having different faith backgrounds & religious traditions. The session follows kiddush lunch at Beth Mordecai and is co-facilitated by Rabbi Saks (Beth Mordecai) & Reverend Anne-Marie Jeffery (St. Peter's).

Contact Rabbi Saks ( for more details

Wednesday, February 24, 9:30 am - FIRST SESSION!
Book Group: AJ Heschel's The Sabbath (Panera in Woodbridge)

At the suggestion of a member and in connection with our pillar of SHABBAT, Rabbi Saks will be leading a book group on Abraham Joshua Heschel's "The Sabbath." 
~ No need to prepare for this first introductory session 
~ A syllabus will be handed out
~ The book group will be held every other week. 

Upcoming events
Friday, February 26, 8 pm
Friday Services

Saturday, February 27, 10 am
Saturday Services with Current Events Sermon

Sunday, February 28, 10 am - 1 pm
Northern Jewish Middlesex Communal Day of Study: Our Favorite Jewish Things (No admission fee) at  Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen
Find out some of the things that motivate our Jewish teachers here in Middlesex County to teach and promote Judaism while having an opportunity to "taste" some of our community's favorite Jewish things. 

Rabbi Saks will be teaching a lesson entitled: "More than Just Words on a Scroll: Perspectives and Teachings from a Life-Long Torah Reader." See flyer for a full description of the program.

This Day of Study is co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Mordecai, the JCC of Middlesex County, Congregation Neve Shalom, and Temple Emanu-El.

Save the date!
Sunday, March 14, 9:30 am - 12 pm
Mordy's Brunch Hour -- 
($10 for members; $20 for non-members)
Featuring  Rabbi Gerald Zelizer, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom. 

A Rabbi's Work: Building Synagogue Life in Middlesex County - Past, Present, & Future 
Discover the history and uncover the possibilities of synagogue life in our area of Middlesex County. Rabbi Gerald Zelizer, Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen NJ and a leading Jewish communal figure in Middlesex County for over 45 years will share his thoughts on the nature of the rabbinate and Jewish communal life. 

9:30 -- Tallis and Tefillin Service 
10:30 -- Brunch begins 
11:00 -- Lecture Begins 
Mordy's Brunch hour is a series of lecture programs around the four pillars of Beth Mordecai: 
~ Encourage BELONGING 
~ Explore FAITH 
~ Experience SHABBAT