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Weekly Announcements for May 12-25
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.

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. There's still time to participate! 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!

There is still time to sign up to be a patron for our Scholar in Residence program at the affordable price of $50 per person ($100 per couple/family) or as a Benefactor ($500). Patrons and Benefactors are invited to a  special homemade dessert reception at the home of Rabbi Ari and Rachel Saks on Saturday May 21 @ 8 pm. The reception will include an exclusive presentation by our scholar, Rabbi Jonathan Porath on his experience making aliyah to Israel and what it's like to live in Jerusalem today. Don't miss out on this extraordinary and one of a kind event!
Email to reserve your spot today.

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. 

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.

Beautiful Seder tables from across Beth Mordecai. Click for a closeup! #VirtualSeder

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

Our special Sch olar in Residence Weekend is upon us! 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 and benefactors 
    (Saturday night)
Events are FREE |  Patrons (including name on program and Sat night invitation): $50 per person

Email TODAY to RSVP and/or become a patron/benefactor

Friday, May 13

Saturday, May 14
10 am - Services 

Wednesday, May 18
12 pm -    Ask the Rabbi Open Table: Making Sense of the Holocaust (Menlo Park Mall Food Court between Panera and Chik-Fil-A)

Friday, May 20
7 pm - Musical Service featuring Cantor Rav Bronwen Mullin
~ singing             
~ dancing
~ inspirational teachings
~ great music

8 pm - Delicious Dairy Potluck Shabbat Dinner with presentation by Scholar in Residence (SIR) Rabbi Jonathan Porath:
Nurturing Our Jewish Hearts and Jewish Souls: Opening presentation of evocative personal stories with follow up discussion from the community of our own meaningful Jewish experiences.

Saturday, May 21
10 am - Our FIRST ever "I DID IT!" Participatory Service featuring: 
~ Cheryl August answering the challenge to read her WHOLE Bat Mitzvah Haftarah portion
~ Members of the congregation reading Torah and leading prayers
~ Celebrating Elliot Rubin's discovery that he is a Kohen
~ Singing by Cantor Rav Bronwen Mullin
~ Organ Music organist Jon Tyllian
~ Blowout Kiddush luncheon with PRESENTATION by SIR Rabbi Jonathan Porath:
How To Be Even More Jewish in Perth Amboy: A discussion of the contemporary application of Jewish practices, values and Mitzvot in today's America with practical suggestions on how to be more Jewish. Lots of audience give and take.

8 pm -   Patron Dessert Reception for patrons and benefactors of the SIR weekend at home of Rabbi Ari & Rachel Saks with SPECIAL PRESENTATION by SIR Rabbi Jonathan Porath: 
Leaving Home and Coming Home: A Quarter of a Century on Aliyah to Israel - a family's story of leaving the US for Israel and what it is like to live in Jerusalem today.

Sunday, May 22
10 am - Brunch and SPECIAL Open to the Public PRESENTATION by SIR Rabbi Jonathan Porath: 
175 Trips to the Jews of Russia: personal experiences, stories and insights from visits to the Soviet Union and Russia since 1965 until the present [WITH special presentation of pictures from trips].
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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