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

November 22, 2021
"Meet & Greet" with Temple Emanuel Clergy
TONIGHT! Monday, November 22, 7:00 pm

Our Unification Task Force is hosting a Meet & Greet to give members an opportunity to get familiar with Rabbi David and Cantor Schnitzer, who will be part of the clergy team should we unify. We invite and encourage you to attend this Zoom meeting. 

Thank you for your continued engagement and we look forward to seeing you at this meeting. 
Tours of Temple Emanuel
As discussed during the House presentation of our recent Congregational Meetings, we have scheduled “tours” of the current Temple Emanuel space so that you will be able to see the proposed locations for several of M’kor Shalom’s sacred objects.

Currently, we have four dates, with three or four half-hour tours on each date. If we need to schedule additional visits, we will work with Temple Emanuel on availability. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Sunday, December 5 (tours at 12:00 pm, 12:45 pm and 1:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, December 8 (tours at 5:00 pm, 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm)
  • Sunday, December 12 (tours at 1:00 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, December 15 (tours at 5:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:45 pm, and 7:30 pm)

Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people per time slot, so when you sign up please use one time slot for each member of your family attending the tour. Register using the SignUpGenius link in your congregational emails.

We hope you take advantage of this opportunity so you can visualize our ideas and provide us with any suggestions you might have.
We have also set up the email address unification@mkorshalom.org for questions. Members of leadership are monitoring that address and are happy to provide answers to your questions.

New Covid Protocols Now in Effect
In our ongoing effort to ensure the safety of our congregation and guests while allowing for as much in-person activity as possible, the Executive Committee has approved the following changes in our Covid protocols:

  • Adults 18 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the synagogue starting 11/21/2021.

  • Individuals 12-17 will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the synagogue starting 1/1/2022.

  • We strongly encourage those 5-11 to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

  • If an individual is medically unable to get vaccinated, they must bring proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the building.

  • We will be using the simple method of having people show valid proof of vaccination on entry to the synagogue. Valid proof of vaccination includes: vaccination card, photo or digital copy of proof of vaccination.

  • Note: "Proof of vaccination" means that an individual is at least 14 days after their final vaccine dose.

  • Our current protocol requiring masks at all times while in the building has not changed.

Upcoming Events
Order by: December 1
Pick-up & Lighting: December 5, 11:00-11:30 am

6 latkes for $18
13 latkes for $36

Pick-up will be Sunday, December 5 at 11:00-11:30 am in our parking lot.

Join us as we light our outdoor Chanukiah during a family-friendly daytime candle lighting at 11:30 am!
Friday, December 3
5:30 pm Tot Shabbat
7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service
Let's celebrate Shabbat and Chanukah together!

Tot Shabbat begins in the Social Hall at 5:30 pm with Crafts and Oneg/Dinner To-Go (click here to register). Our Tot Service in the Sanctuary starts at 6:15 pm.

Our Choir joins in our Erev Shabbat service at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, December 4,
7:00 pm (off-site)
Our 3rd Annual Festive Sweater Party promises a whole latke fun!
The event is planned for outdoors at Steph & Andy Zinn's house – with heaters and firepit! All attendees must be vaccinated. Wear your wildest holiday sweater.

There is no fee to attend, but we ask you to bring non-perishable food items to donate to JFCS Food Pantry.
Sunday, December 5, 12:00-2:00 pm
Let's say "thank you" to our brave men and women serving in the military this holiday season!

We are asking families to bring donations of prepackaged cookies that will be sent to the troops serving overseas. (They are not accepting homemade cookies this year).

We will be in the Social Hall:
1. Decorating care package shipping boxes with holiday wrapping paper.
2. Making painted holiday thank you cards.
3. Making braided paracord bracelets.

This is a family-friendly event; children of all ages are welcome. Proof of vaccination (18+) and masks are required indoors.

Our program will take place following the outdoor Chanukah candle lighting, approx. 12:00 pm.
First Thursdays
Sacred Cinema: On Golden Pond
Thursday, December 2, 7:00 pm (Zoom)

The legendary Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn star in one of the 1980s' most honored and cherished films, On Golden Pond. Norman (played by Henry Fonda) is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea (played by Jane Fonda).

The film is readily available on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and other services. where you can watch the film in advance of our conversation. Whether you have never seen it, or it's been a while, you won’t be sorry to watch it now. While you are watching, here are some questions to ponder: 
  • Do you find any symbolism in the Lake and the Loons?
  • How do you see the relationship between the Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda characters?
  • How do you see the relationship between Jane Fonda and her “parents”?
  • What did the relationship with “Billy” mean to you?
  • What texts from Torah could you choose to relate to this film?

There is no cost to attend this program, which is open to the community.
Registration is required; click HERE to receive the Zoom information.
"People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present”
A Discussion of Our Individual and Collective Jewish Identity Based on Dara Horn's New and Fascinating Book
Three Wednesdays, December 1, 8 & 15, 10:30-11:45 am (Zoom)
Led by Rabbi Frenkel

We will look at Dara Horn's book that challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, as emblematic of the worst of evils the world has to offer, and so little respect for Jewish lives, as they continue to unfold in the present. The book can be purchased in stores and online. Reading it in preparation for the class is strongly recommended (but not required). Two copies are available in the synagogue office to borrow. Registration required; click HERE.

These sessions are open to all. No cost for congregants. $10/person per session for non-members.
Zoom information will be sent in advance to everyone who has registered.
Women & Spirituality
Making Judaism Juicy Again
An introduction to Jewish Renewal with a special focus on Hashpa’ah: Jewish Spiritual Direction
Wednesday, December 8, 7:00 pm

Do you love being Jewish? Is there more to Judaism we are missing? Please plan to join us (Zoom only) for this interactive evening! Phyllis Levy, a long-time congregant, has been on an interesting journey that she will share with us as she enters the next chapter in her life.

Kindly RSVP to Jaimee Friedman so we can properly prepare for our discussion.
Social Action
Environmental Sustainability Program
Monday, December 20, 7:00 pm

Professor Mark Lohbauer will speak about ways we can help sustain our South Jersey environment. Professor Lohbauer is an attorney and a professor of environmental history and advocacy at Rowan University. This will be the first of two sessions – the second will take place at the Religious School on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:45 pm.

We will learn a lot that can be implemented in our own community. We hope that, with guidance of Professor Lohbauer and the input of our teen congregants, together we will develop ideas for a project to support the local environment.

Our program will begin at 7:30 pm, immediately following our 7:00 pm monthly meeting. Open to all. Zoom information will be available soon.
Services, Study and BOT Meetings
Friday Shabbat Services
In person and via Zoom
We encourage you to join our weekly services so we can draw strength from our traditions and from our connections to one another.

November 26, 6:30 pm
December 3Tot Shabbat 5:30 pm Crafts & Oneg/Dinner To-Go, 6:15 pm Service
December 3, 7:30 pm – Our Choir join us for Shabbat Chanukah.
December 10, 6:30 pm
December 17, 6:30 pm
December 24, 6:30 pm – We celebrate December birthdays.
December 31, 6:30 pm
Torah Study 9:00 am
Spice Up 10:15 am

November 27, 10:00 am (note start time for this single-session morning)
December 4, 10:00 am – Healing Service (note start time for this special morning program)
December 11
December 18
December 25

Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, December 15, 7:30 pm
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