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

October 5, 2020
We are experiencing technical difficulties with online purchasing of Contributions. If you wish to make a contribution, please mail a check to the main office. Be sure to include a note indicating which fund you want it applied to, who it is to/for, and what you want the tribute card to say.

Note: Only "Contributions" are affected by this problem. High Holy Day Appeal donations and event registrations are working as normal. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working diligently to correct the problem. Look for updates in our weekly M'korMail.

High Holy Day Season
As we come to the end of our festival season, we look forward to seeing you at these remaining services and prayerbook drop-offs:

Erev Simchat Torah Festival & Shabbat Service
Friday, October 9, 7:00 pm
Zoom; Click HERE for our "Weekdays, Shabbat, and Festivals" siddur.

Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret Festival Service (Yizkor)
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 am
Zoom; Click HERE for our "Weekdays, Shabbat, and Festivals" siddur.

High Holy Day Prayerbook Return
Parking Lot Drop-off
Sunday, October 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday, October 13, 4:30-5:30 pm
All you need to do is drive up during one of our scheduled drop-off sessions, and we will retrieve the books from your trunk! If you do not return your prayerbooks, your account will be charged $54 per set.

High Holy Day Appeal
Kindly participate at a level that is comfortable for you. No gift is too small and every gift is appreciated. Click HERE to donate.
For Your Listening Pleasure...
"Eyli" by our Adult Choir, Kol Shira
Click HERE to view the video on M'kor Shalom's YouTube page. Be sure to Like and Subscribe for notifications.

Poem: Hannah Sennesh
Music: Cantor Rachelle Nelson and Rebecca Nelson Saunders
Choral Arrangement: Jeremy Fox

Upcoming Events
Virtual House Parties
7:30 pm
Monday, October 5
Tuesday, October 6
Wednesday, October 7

As part of M'kor Shalom's affiliation with the newly created Religious Action Center-NJ, we will be holding a series of virtual house parties, small gatherings of congregants where we can discuss which social justice issues "keep us up at night."

Three gatherings are scheduled, each hosted by a member of the Social Action Committee, each including up to 12 participants.

Vote 2020
See our Vote Tracker at:

M'kor Shalom is part of the Reform movement's 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign "Every Voice, Every Vote."
As part of that campaign, we are asking all our congregants to pledge to register and to vote.

To make sure you are registered, go to the New Jersey state website at: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check.

If you need to register in New Jersey, you can now do it online! Go to: https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml

To pledge to vote in November, go to: https://urj.tfaforms.net/400, where you can commit to voting in November’s election. The information will go to Social Action Committee member Gail Donner, who will keep track of our progress, and we, in turn, will keep you posted.
Let's reach our goal of being a 100% Voting Congregation.
Plastic Bag Collection
First Drop Off Date:
October 11, 11:30 am
at M'kor Shalom parking lot

Save - and keep saving - those plastic bags!
M’kor Shalom's new Green Group has launched the TREX CHALLENGE, a synagogue-wide effort to collect thousands of plastic film and bags to be turned into sustainable outdoor materials.

M’kor Shalom will collect the plastic bags in our parking lot on designated days each month, then weigh and deliver them to Trex. Our goal is 500 pounds of recycled plastic in six months. In return, we receive a beautiful Trex bench made from recycled plastic. A win-win for us and the environment.

Drop-Off Dates:
Sundays, 11:30 am
October 11
November 15
December 13
January 10
February 21
March 14
Mark Your Calendars…
Women & Spirituality Sukkot Happy Hour
Thursday, October 8, 5:00 pm (Zoom)

Let's join together to celebrate Sukkot. We will honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, create a ritual for the new year, and share about the past year.
Books We Often Overlook:
A dialogue with Proverbs, Samuel and Kings and how they speak to our current lives
Led by Rabbi Richard Address
Three Wednesdays, October 14, 21 & 28

October 14: Proverbs. A collection of sayings and practical pieces of advice. From family dynamics to child rearing and more, wait until you see how much they speak to the world in which we live.
October 21: The Books of Samuel. What does it mean to have to transfer power? How do you pick a successor who may be guaranteed to fail? What happens when religion and government get mixed up with each other?
October 28: The Books of Kings. Oh my, King David, who gets away with immorality and political manipulation, Solomon and the civil wars between Israel and Judea.

This class is open to all; registration is required. No cost for congregants. $10/person per session for non-members. Zoom information will be sent to everyone who has registered.
Bag It!
A Discussion of Plastics and the Environment
Monday, October 19, 7:00 pm

The Social Action Committee presents a discussion of the documentary "Bag It" featuring the "ordinary" American Jeb Berrier as he researches the use of plastic. Our discussion will be led by Laur Hesse Fisher, who heads up the development and execution of public engagement on climate change for MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative.

Our Committee Meeting starts at 7:00 pm; the "Bag It" program begins at 7:30 pm.
To view the "Bag It!" documentary in advance:

Zoom information will be sent to everyone who has registered.
Shabbat Services
via Zoom.
We encourage you to join our weekly live services so we can draw strength from our traditions and from our connections to one another.

October 9, 7:00 pmErev Simchat Torah Festival Service
October 16, 6:30 pm
October 23, 6:30 pm – We celebrate October birthdays.
October 30, 6:30 pm
November 6, 7:30 pm
November 13, 20 & 27, 6:30 pm

Tot Shabbat
November 6 – Click here to register.

Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 pm (Zoom)

Torah Study Saturdays, 9:00 am
Spice Up Saturdays, 10:15 am
Saturdays, October 17, 24 & 31
Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21 & 28

POTS & PANDEMIC: Cooking in Quarantine
Cookbook On Sale Now!

Discover fabulous recipes from fellow congregants and community members, and share their touching stories about how the pandemic got them more involved in cooking and baking. This cookbook makes a perfect holiday gift!

Available after Thanksgiving for only $20.

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