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

January 18, 2022
Special Congregational Meeting
Monday, January 24, 7:30 pm (Zoom)

At our meeting on December 14, the Board of Trustees voted overwhelmingly to proceed with unification with Temple Emanuel. A similar vote was held a few days later by Temple Emanuel's Board who likewise strongly endorsed the unification. We now bring the vote to the congregations for approval of this important step in our congregational history. A Special Congregational Meeting will be held on Monday, January 24 at 7:30 pm for purposes of voting on official unification effective July 1, 2022. 
That meeting will be held on Zoom only and voting will be handled in much the same way as our 2021 Annual Congregational Meeting in May. Each adult household member of a member family in good standing will have a vote. Pursuant to our by-laws, a majority of those present, including proxies, is needed to pass the measure which will include approval to sell our building.  

Please contact the Main Office for login information.
In addition, contact the Main Office for a "Frequently Asked Questions" sheet that summarizes the information presented to the congregation at our meetings in November. There will be limited opportunity for questions and discussion at the January 24 meeting, but if you have any questions you can contact us in advance at unification@mkorshalom.org and the leadership will be happy to address your concerns. 

Below is the formal motion that will be voted upon on January 24:

Do you approve of the unification of Congregation M'kor Shalom and Temple Emanuel at 1101 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, commencing July 1, 2022, and the sale or lease of our current property and building at 850 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill?
We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on January 24 and toward pursuing a new and exciting future.
A Conversation Celebrating 50 Years
Rabbi Sally J. Priesand
Wednesday, January 26, 7:00 pm (Zoom)

In June 1972, Sally J. Priesand was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, becoming the first woman to become publicly ordained as a rabbi in the United States. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of her ordination, which opened the door for subsequent generations of women to serve in the rabbinate. We are excited and honored to have Rabbi Sally J. Priesand join us, as she shares her reflections on her years in the rabbinate, and for conversation afterwards.

There is no cost to attend this virtual program, which is open to the community.
Click here to register (required). You will receive a confirmation email including the Zoom link.

Bingo for the Ages – ALL Ages!
Saturday, January 29 – 5:30 pm Candy Bar Bingo, 6:45 pm Havdalah, 7:00 pm Regular Bingo

Virtual doors for CANDY BAR BINGO will open at 5:30 pm, the games will begin promptly at 5:45 pm, with Religious School student Cary Bloom as emcee. Boards can be purchased for $9 for a sheet of 4 squares. Winners will receive their candy bar prize by contact-free delivery; we can even ship to out-of-town winners!

From 6:45-7:00 pm, Cary, along with Education Director Jill Moghadam and a few other high school students, will lead an edible HAVDALAH service, open to both Candy Bar Bingo players and Regular Bingo players. Optional goody bag: Any adults/kids who wish to pick up an edible havdalah goody bag can get 4 items: oreos, twizzlers and/or sour straws, grape jolly ranchers and/or grape gummy candies, gum drops or red hots. Drive-by goody bag pick-up will be Friday, January 28, 3:00-4:00 pm. You can otherwise opt to have your own goodies on hand.

We will start our REGULAR BINGO game promptly at 7:00 pm, with Rick Weiser and Albert & David Zalcmann as our emcees. Boards can be purchased for $20 for a sheet of 4 squares. Winners will receive cash prizes for each game.

Sponsorships, all of which will be recognized by name at the event, are available ($36, $72 and $118) and come with a complimentary bingo board for the event. Donations go to M'kor Shalom's Caring Community, allowing our synagogue to continue efforts to be a compassionate and inclusive community.

Bingo cards and Zoom login information will be emailed by Friday, January 28, to all confirmed and paid participants.

Upcoming Events
Wednesdays, January 19 & 26, 10:30 am (Zoom)
Led by Catherine Fischer

The goal for this class is to explore what listening through a Jewish lens means and provide a safe place to share ways we utilize that wisdom to bring more intentionality and meaning into our everyday lives.

We will 1) explore what listening in a Jewish context means; 2) how/if it is different from listening in a secular context; 3) how we approach listening in our secular and Jewish lives; 4) what wisdom we have received when we do listen.

Three Wednesdays, February 2, 9 & 16 (Zoom)
Led by Rabbi Richard Address

February 2: Joshua-Judges
February 9: Isaiah
February 16: Daniel

These Adult Education 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.
Thursday, February 3, 7:00 pm (Zoom)

Presented by Erica King and Frances Novack from the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History. We will explore Keats’ first-generation Jewish roots and the recognition he received for writing and illustrating books for children that broke down color barriers.

Learn about Keats’ efforts to make the world more equitable by giving voice/story and illustration to people and communities too often ignored in our society. 

There is no cost to attend this fascinating program, which is open to the community.

Registration is required; link will be available shortly.
Saturday, February 26, 7:00 pm

Watch and vote as 5 performers compete for the title of best singer.
There's one catch – we don't know their identities since they will be wearing masks and costumes!
Do you recognize their voices? You should, these are people you know from our synagogue, maybe even from our schools.

Join us for this entertaining virtual evening!

$18 per device,
$36 per device,
includes the opportunity to pick a wildcard in round two, and your name will be listed as a sponsor.

Login information will be sent in advance to everyone who has registered.

The entertaining evening is sponsored by M'kor Shalom's Fundraising and Music Committees.
Important Covid Protocols
Effective January 3, 2022
New Update Coming Soon!
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 meets regularly to discuss changes in our Covid protocols.

A programming update is forthcoming. We are reassessing to hopefully return to in-person as soon as we safely can.

Vaccination requirements once we return to in-person programming:
  • Individuals 12+ are required to show proof of vaccination to enter the synagogue.
  • 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.

Special Person Shabbat Mishpacha
Friday, January 27, 6:30 pm (Zoom)
This beautiful Shabbat Mishpacha (Family) Service celebrates and honors the special people in our lives. We will also celebrate January birthdays.

Tot Shabbat
Friday, February 4, 5:45 pm (Zoom)
Details are forthcoming for our February Tot Family program (5:45 pm) and service (6:15 pm) for young families.
Super Bowl Grid Fundraiser
Pick Your Square by February 6!
Superbowl Kick off is February 13, 6:30 pm

Are you down because the Eagles lost in the Wild Card race? Don't worry, there is still more football fun to be had! It's our annual 50-50 Grid pool for the Big Game!

Participants will pick an unmarked space on a 10x10 grid. After the grid is filled in with names and before the game starts, each axis of the grid will be randomly labeled with digits 0-9. The digits will correspond to the last digits of the football teams' potential score at the end of each quarter. If your name is in a space with the winning combination, you win a portion of the money collected in the pool!

The cost to purchase one space is $25. Register by Sunday, February 6.
Please email Stephaniezinn9@gmail.com for instructions on how to select your grid space. Payment can be sent to Venmo @Stephanie-Zinn-1, or send a check to the synagogue.

Payout is as follows:
50% of the pot ($1250, with full participation) goes to M'kor Shalom's fundraising budget
10% ($250) for the 1st quarter winner
10% ($250) for the halftime winner
10% ($250) for the 3rd quarter winner
20% ($500) to the final winner
Caregiver: A Love Story
Thursday, February 10, 7:00 pm (Zoom)

Dr. Jessica Zitter presents her short documentary film, Caregiver: A Love Story, the tale of one man struggling to care for his dying wife. This film highlights an essential, yet largely unseen workforce—the family caregivers of America, and challenges viewers to acknowledge the growing strain placed on them.

The program will be facilitated by Rabbi Richard Address. Registration coming soon.
Knitting, Crocheting & Beyond for Peace
Thursday, February 17, 7:00 pm (Zoom)

Join our Caring Community and Women's Connection as we come together for a relaxing night of knitting on Zoom, sure to be filled with joy and laughter. The night will be hosted by our own Amy Sonstein and Alli Burkett-Cook (follow them on Instagram @knitstasistas).

We will also hear from Caring Community Chair Jane Bloom and longtime M'kor Shalom ECC teacher Barbara Horton about the beautiful handmade projects they have donated to local charitable efforts.

Everyone who registers by Thursday, February 10, will be mailed a satchel of tea to bring to the Zoom. You don't have to knit or crochet to enjoy this informal evening. You can bring any craft project or just a cup of tea!

Free and open to the community. Optional $10 donation is appreciated to help defray the cost of supplies and contribute to future programs of our Caring Community Committee & Women's Connection.

Click HERE to register (required) and receive Zoom login information.
Scholar-in-Residence Weekend:
Alden Solovy
March 18-20, 2022

We welcome liturgist, author, journalist and educator Alden Solovy for an insightful and inspirational weekend.

Jerusalem of Gold
Israeli Music Concert
Rescheduled! Sunday, April 24, 7:30 pm

Mark you calendars for Sunday, April 24! Cantor Harrison, pianist Tom Adams, guitarist Bob Bross, and bassist Alan Salkowitz will delight the audience with a program of Israeli music that spans the country’s rich history, offers a taste of its musical character, and lends a voice toward peace. Our talent will perform live. We plan to present this program both in-person and via Zoom.

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.

January 21, 6:30 pm
January 28, 6:30 pm "Special Person" Shabbat Mishpacha – We celebrate the special people in our lives and January birthdays.
February 4, 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Service (5:45 pm Tot Family Activity)
February 4, 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service
February 11, 6:30 pm
February 18, 6:30 pm
February 25, 6:30 pm – Shabbat Mishpacha – We celebrate February birthdays.
Torah Study 9:00 am
Spice Up 10:15 am

January 22
January 29
February 5
February 12
February 19
February 26

Board of Trustees Meetings
Wednesday, January 19, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 16, 7:30 pm
ShulCloud Member Portal!
M'kor Shalom is now a fully-active ShulCloud congregation. ShulCloud is a congregational management system and the online portal works seamlessly with our main office database. Rest assured, your membership and payment information remains secure.
  • Make a Payment online to synagogue, Religious School and Early Childhood Center accounts.
  • View your account status, including recent transactions, payments and statements.
  • Manage your profile and that of family members. Update your contact information with a new address, phone, email, job, yahrtzeits, etc.
  • Search our Member Directory to connect with other congregants. You control what information can be seen by others.
  • and more!

Questions? Need help? Can't find the email (sent 12/13/21) with your personal login link?
Contact Caryn in the synagogue office for assistance.
Shop to Support M'kor Shalom!

SHOP WITH SCRIP: 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. Click HERE for details about our ShopWithScrip fundraising program. Questions? Contact Maya Fair.

AMAZON SMILE: Designate Congregation M'kor Shalom as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our synagogue whenever you shop! AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know – same products, same prices, same service. Click here to start with a few easy steps!
Special note: To date, M'kor Shalom has received over $2,740 through AmazonSmile purchases!
NOTICE: Online event purchasing 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 submit your cash/check payable to "Congregation M'kor Shalom" to the synagogue office at 850 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill NJ 08003. Be sure to write the event name on the Memo line.
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