Here's What's Happening at M'kor Shalom!

May 3, 2021
Mother's Day Brunch
ORDER DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 5, 4:00 pm
PICK-UP: Sunday, May 9, 10:45-11:30 am in the M'kor Shalom parking lot

Enjoy a special brunch with the special Moms in your life. M'kor Shalom's Achim (The Men's Group) and Women's Connection Committee, along with Healing Meals, will provide all the delicious menu items you'll need! Brunch-style entrées, muffins, cookies and kids' options are available; prices vary.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Healing Meals and their mission to prepare homemade meals for families in need during this time.
Pots & Pandemic: Cooking in Quarantine
Makes the perfect Mother's Day gift!

Each cookbook is filled with fabulous recipes and touching stories about how the pandemic got fellow congregants and community members more involved in cooking and baking. $20 each. Shipping is available, or contact Ellen Zinn or Marsha Seader to arrange pick-up.

Congregational Meetings

Informational Meeting
Monday, May 10, 7:30 pm (Zoom)
In advance of our Annual Congregational Meeting please join us for a special Informational Meeting during which will outline M’kor Shalom’s strategic planning options for the short and long term. We encourage your attendance and participation as we look to the future of M'kor Shalom.

Annual Congregational Meeting
Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 pm (Zoom)
The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place via Zoom. Important congregational business will be conducted, and the Budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 and slate of board nominees shall be presented for approval. Our Service Award will also be presented.Your attendance, your vote and your thoughts are important to your Congregation, and we look forward to seeing each of you at the Annual Meeting.

Copies of the detailed 2021-2022 Budget are available in the synagogue office for your inspection. A proxy for those unable to attend the meeting can be found HERE. Please complete and return it to Michelle Bross.
Upcoming Events
Scholar-in-Residence Speaker Series:
Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, May 7, 7:30 pm (Zoom)
"What’s Judaism for?" is the thought-provoking topic he has chosen to speak on Friday. "Rabbi Rami" has said, "If you don’t take...your tradition literally, then you discover its poetry and as poetry it can be far more true than if it’s literal."

Study Session
Saturday, May 8, 10:00 am (Zoom)
Rabbi Shapiro will continue the Friday evening discussion and explore the weekly Torah portion.

No charge. All are welcome!

Next up:
Dr. Andrew Rehfeld
June 11 & 12
Hebrew High School Graduation
Friday, May 14, 6:30 pm
We celebrate our 12th Grade Graduates! Each of our Seniors will be sharing reflections from their time at M’kor Shalom throughout the service, and we will have the opportunity to bless them as a congregational community as they mark this transition point in their lives.

Teacher Appreciation Shabbat Mishpacha
Friday, May 21, 6:30 pm
Our annual Teacher Appreciation Shabbat will honor all of our exceptional Past and Present educators! All current ECC and Religious School teachers have been sent an e-mail invitation. If you know of former educators who would like to be included on our list, please contact Sarah Zalcmann with any names and e-mail addresses.

Join us via Zoom.
Computer Smiles
Laptop Collection
Sunday, May 23,
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
(M'kor Shalom parking lot)
We will be collecting laptops for Computer Smiles, a nonprofit organization that rebuilds, refurbishes, reprograms and donates gently used laptops to students, families and seniors in need. Every hard drive will be scrubbed and reprogrammed to ensure that any personal data that may have been on the hard drive will no longer be there.

The brand of computer is not important, but it must be able to run Windows 7 or newer. Click HERE for more details.

As with previous synagogue drives, all you have to do is drive up to the synagogue parking lot and pop your trunk, and our volunteers will take it from there!
Mark Your Calendars…
The Souls of Jewish Folks
Part One: First Thursday – Thursday, May 6, 7:00 pm
Part Two: Spice Up Your Judaism – Saturday, May 15, 10:15 am
Led by Brien Brothman

Are you up for a little foreign travel? In this two-part presentation, we will travel across time to a foreign country – to the late nineteenth century, early twentieth century and to "Jerusalem" – when it was still in Eastern Europe. For many of us, this will be a "return" to our parents', grandparents' or great grandparents' ancestral homeland. Back there, in Eastern Europe, many Jews came to refer to themselves as a "folk," a word rarely heard in discussions of Jewish identity today. Why…why then…and why not here, now? What does "folk" call to mind today?

You do not need to attend both sessions. Overviews at the end of meeting one and beginning of meeting two will be provided.

There is no cost to attend these sessions, but registration is required; click HERE.
Zoom information will be sent to everyone who has registered.
Things We Didn't Learn in Hebrew School... or, Judaism is Not Necessarily for Children
Three Wednesdays, May 12, 19 & 26, 10:30 am
Led by Carl Viniar

How come they never told us that men in the Bible were willing to sacrifice their virgin daughters to crowds of angry men? Did you know that there were active Jewish communities that thrived around the world without Rabbinic Judaism? That you may have been part of one of them? Or that we have demons and witches, and methods to get them all to leave us alone? These are among the many things they forgot to tell us about in Hebrew School. Now maybe we are old enough to talk about them.

These sessions are open to all. No cost for congregants. $10/person per session for non-members. Zoom information will be sent to everyone who has registered.
Social Action Committee Meeting & Program on Reproductive Rights
Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 pm (Zoom)

We will hear about reproductive rights from Ally Karpel, Reproductive Health & Rights Campaign Associate with the Religious Action Center (RAC) and Women of Reform Judaism. Banning potentially life-saving medical procedures and interfering with a patient’s decision-making and moral agency runs contrary to the Jewish commandment to protect life. This belief has led the Reform Movement to view the life of the pregnant individual as paramount, placing a stronger emphasis on protecting existing life than on potential life (Exodus 21:22-23). This same mandate applies to the vital need for medically accurate sexuality education, affordable family planning services, and high-quality maternal and women’s health care. There is legislation in the works that would create a federal safeguard against countless state regulations, bans, and restrictions that prevent people from accessing the care they need.

The program will begin at 7:30 pm, immediately following our monthly meeting at 7:00 pm. All are welcome!
Services, Study and BOT Meetings
Shabbat Services
We encourage you to join our weekly live services so we can draw strength from our traditions and from our connections to one another.

May 7, 7:30 pm (later start time) – Speaker Series: Rabbi Rami Shapiro
May 14, 6:30 pm – Hebrew High School graduation
May 21, 6:30 pm – Teacher Appreciation Shabbat Mishpacha; We celebrate May birthdays.
May 28, 6:30 pm
June 4, 7:30 pm (later start time) – Shabbat of Thanks/Wear Orange
June 11, 6:30 pm – Speaker Series: Dr. Andrew Rehfeld

Tot Shabbat
May 7, 6:15 pm Register HERE.
June 4, 6:15 pm Register HERE.

Monday, May 17, 10:00 am
Yizkor will be recited.
Torah Study 9:00 am
Spice Up 10:15 am

May 8, 10:00 am – Speaker Series: Rabbi Rami Shapiro (later start time; this is the only study session for the day)
May 15 – The Souls of Jewish Folks, Part Two – led by Brien Brothman
May 22
May 29 (No Session)
June 5
June 12, 10:00 am – Speaker Series: Dr. Andrew Rehfeld (later start time; this is the only study session for the day)

Annual Congregational Meeting
Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 pm

Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, June 16, 7:30 pm
Online event purchasing now includes a 3% charge to offset credit card processing fees. If you prefer not to pay this convenience fee, please email your registration/order request to the contact person indicated for that particular program, and mail your check payable to "Congregation M'kor Shalom" to 850 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill NJ 08003. Be sure to write the event name on the Memo line.
ShopWithScrip for M'kor Shalom!
Click HERE for details about this ongoing fundraising program. Go to shopwithscrip.com to enroll (use code F19722E215131) or log in to your account, and download RaiseRight from your app store for easy purchasing. Questions? Contact Maya Fair.

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