Services and events this week

Rabbi Saks is away for Friday night and Saturday while officiating for the wedding of Sam Fertik, son of members Marc and Betty Fertik, to Julie Levitt. Mazel tov to the extended Fertik and Levitt families!

Friday, January 8, 8 pm
Friday Night Services -- Led by Sharon Bender
Support our fabulous lay leader Sharon Bender as she beautifully leads us in song during our inspring Friday night service. 
Saturday, January 9, 10 am
Saturday Morning Services: CANCELLED

Sunday, January 10, 11 am
Grandparents Circle (for Jewish grandparents whose children have intermarried)
Congregation Beth Ohr, 70 County Road 516, Old Bridge
The final part of a three part workshop with Rabbi Saks and Rabbi Joel Mishkin of Congregation Beth Ohr in Old Bridge for Jewish grandparents whose children have intermarried. We will debrief your holiday experiences and talk about next steps. Please RSVP to Rabbi Saks ( You can participate in this program even if you missed one of the other sessions.

Upcoming events
Friday, January 15, 8 pm 
Friday Night Services: Current Events Sermon
Join our community for spirited and lively participatory services. Each service includes elements of singing, storytelling, and conversation with the community. If you have a simhah (birthday, anniversary, etc.) during the upcoming month of JANUARY please join us for a special blessing!

Saturday, January 16, 

A Schtickale of Schnapps, Shabbes and Yiddishkeit, 9 am
A 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) program runs in lieu of services when preceded by Tot Shabbat (beginning at 10 am). We'll schmooze with the families from Tot Shabbat as they have a kiddie kiddush, then learn something interesting according to the theme for that week's Tot Shabbat program. We'll wrap up with a DELICIOUS kiddush lunch.

This program is designed for ALL members of Beth Mordecai, but especially for those who are more interested in learning and talking about all things Jewish.

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.

T uesday, January 19, 3:30-4:30 pm
Veterans Home Visit
NJ Veterans Home and Hospital in Menlo Park
Join Rabbi Saks, the Caring Committee, and other members of your Jewish Home for the Soul to help care for the souls of Jewish veterans every other Tuesday afternoon. 

Contact Sherry Weber (; 908-756-7854) if you are interested in participating.  

Wednesday, Janauary 20, 12-1 pm
Ask the Rabbi
Menlo Park Mall Food Court (between Chik-fil-a and Panera)
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!

Friday, January 29 to Sunday January 31
Our NEXT Shabbatapalooza. 
Don't come for just one, come for MORE!

Friday, January 29 -- White Out Friday Night + Potluck Dinner
Our memorable Friday night singing and learning experience is back as we come together in Shabbat white to celebrate our tradition and our community. Stay for a delicious potluck Shabbat dinner! (Sign up for Shabbat dinner in our Facebook group).

Saturday, January 30, 10 am -- Video Service!
Shabbat experience! Be inspired by beautiful Jewish images and song in this one ofa  kind Shabbat VIDEO Service experience! More details to come in our forthcoming bulletin. A delicious kiddush lunch to follow.

Saturday, January 30, end of Shabbat
Come together for a beautiful end of Shabbat Havdallah experience followed by a GROUP BOWLING NIGHT at Woodbridge Bowling. RSVP TO Rabbi Saks if interested.

Sunday, January 31 -- Brunch program!
Details to follow