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Weekly Announcements for May 6-18
Want to know what's happening and how to get involved with your
Jewish Home for the Soul? See below for a listing of all of our upcoming events and programs. Also, visit our website or check out our facebook page for  more details on all of our great offerings.

Restitution funds are falling short to meet the humanitarian needs of Holocaust survivors in Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties.  25 survivors have already had services cut and 100 more face cuts in coming months. These are cuts to services helping them with basic daily activities, from meal preparation to bathing, to simply tidying up at home.
The Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services in Middlesex and Jewish Family & Children's Service in Monmouth, together, are launching an 
urgent fundraising initiative beginning 
on Yom HaShoah, May 5, to restore services and prevent further cuts.

Due to the generosity of several donors from our area, donations made by May 11 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $75,000

Check out Rabbi Saks' Op-Ed in the latest edition of the New Jersey Jewish News on the URGENT need to financially support local Holocaust survivors.

Participate in our "I Did It!" Participatory Service May 21st (part of Scholar in Residence Weekend)

Fellow members of Beth Mordecai will be chanting Haftarah, reading Torah, taking aliyot, and leading prayers for the FIRST time! Won't you like to join them? The process is simple. Just contact Rabbi Saks (; 732-442-2431) and we'll get you ready for something you're comfortable with in time for the service. 

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to DO a new Jewish thing!
Rabbi Saks_ Sherry Weber_ and Joan Shkedi share the joys of Passover with over 30 Jewish and non-Jewish veterans at the NJ Veterans Home in Menlo Park

Join us for meaningful services, intriguing conversations, and great camaraderie. 


Wishing Bon Voyage to Harriet Pearlman as she moves to Minnesota to be closer to family

Saturday, May 7, 10 am

Let's send Harriet off in style with a meaningful and enthusiastic "Torah Talk" as part of our regular Saturday morning service. Please join us for a special kiddush luncheon afterwards. 

Friday, May 6
Blessings for birthdays and anniversaries in the month of MAY

Saturday, May 7 - FIRST DAY OF PASSOVER! 
10 am -  Services: Torah Talk 
Special kiddush luncheon sponsored by Harriet Pearlman marking her last Shabbat before moving to Minnesota

Tuesday, May 10
3:30 pm - Visit with Jewish Veterans  (NJ Veterans Home, Menlo Park)

Wednesday, May 11
12 pm -  Ask the Rabbi Open Table: Who inspires Benjamin Netanyahu? (Menlo Park Mall Food Court between Panera and Chik-Fil-A) 

Friday, May 13

Saturday, May 14

Wednesday, May 18
9:30 am - Book Group: AJ Heschel's "The Sabbath" (Panera Bread, Woodbridge)

12 pm -    Ask the Rabbi Open Table: Making Sense of the Holocaust (Menlo Park Mall Food Court between Panera and Chik-Fil-A)

Reserve this weekend for a special learning occasion as we welcome Rabbi Jonathan Porath, a scholar from Israel, into our community. He will share memorable teachings on the theme of  Deepening Our Personal Jewish Identities including...
  • Nurturing Our Jewish Hearts and Jewish Souls (Friday)
  • How to Be Even More Jewish in Perth Amboy (Saturday)
  • 175 Visits to Russia, with PICTURES (Sunday)
  • and a SPECIAL Dessert reception & talk on Israel for patrons (Saturday night)
Events are FREE |  Patrons (including name on program and Sat night invitation): $50 per person
Save the Date Spotlight: 
Trip to NYC - Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway!
Sunday, June 26th

A group of members is interested in organizing a trip to NYC to see Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. If you're interested, please contact
Sherry Weber for more details at
908-451-9708 or
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