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

January 11, 2021
MLK Shabbat Celebration
featuring the Unity Choir
Friday, January 15, 6:30 pm

This year's virtual MLK Shabbat Service will include a number of video recordings of our Unity Choir over the last few years, along with a few montages highlighting our journey together in Dr. King's light. All the Unity Choir directors will attend, offering some meaningful readings, and we will be led in prayer by Rabbi Frenkel and Cantor Harrison. Click HERE for more information on this moving and meaningful annual event.

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

Scholar-in-Residence Committee presents
Honey From the Rock
Saturday, January 30, 7:30 pm

Our scholars will present their exciting program, "Honey from the Rock" – a vibrant and joyful performance brimming with folk tales, music and contemporary storytelling! Be prepared to sing along (while muted, of course!). $36 per household.

Zoom login information will be sent in advance to everyone who registered.

*Important: If you had previously registered for our postponed Scholar-in-Residence Weekend in March, and requested that your payment be held for the rescheduled event, please contact us directly at Scholar@mkorshalom.org to discuss fund allotment for this program.
Bingo for the Ages – ALL Ages!
Saturday, February 6

Virtual doors for CANDY BAR BINGO will open at 5:30 pm, the games will begin promptly at 5:45 pm. Boards can be purchased for $9 for a sheet of 4 squares, which will be a donation to pandemic relief efforts at M'kor Shalom. 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 our Education Director Jill Moghadam will lead us all in a beautiful Havdalah service, open to both the Candy Bar Bingo players and the Regular Bingo players.

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

Bingo cards and Zoom login information will be emailed by Friday, February 5.
M'kor Or "Source of Light" Virtual Celebration
Sunday, March 7, 5:00 pm via Zoom

Mark your calendars now, then watch your email for your personal invitation to our 2021 M’kor Or "Source of Light" Celebration, honoring Jodi & Neil Levine (Marylee & Stuart Alperin Leadership Award) and Sharon Halperin (Guiding Light Educator Award), for their love and dedication to our M’kor Shalom community.

Sponsorships offer additional opportunities, digital ad space and precious perks. Click here for sponsor information or to purchase a sponsorship online.
Upcoming Events
Bake with Jill
Pots & Pandemic Presents:
Challah Bake with Jill
Thursday, January 21
6:15 pm

M'kor Shalom's own Director of Education, Miss Jill, shows off her baking skills with a LIVE! challah bake, using her award-wining recipe included in the Pots & Pandemic cookbook. Children can invite their favorite adults to join the fun; all ages welcome!

You can just watch, or cook along with Jill as she mixes and measures and gives direction for this Shabbat must-have.

Zoom login information will be sent to everyone who has registered.

Pots & Pandemic: Cooking in Quarantine is now in it's second printing! If you haven't already secured your copy, or you want to purchase additional copies, click HERE. Available for drive-through pickup January 18 & January 24, 11:00 am.
Sunday, January 24
1:00 pm

The Kesher Club is sponsoring a Family Scavenger Hunt!
Each participant family will have to make their way through a list of clues which will be distributed via email approximately 30 minutes before the event.
Using their own vehicle, each family will then seek out these clues, all within a 10 mile radius of M’kor Shalom.

No later than 4:00 pm, the answers to the clues must be sent in via email.

$10 per car.

Superbowl Grid Fundraiser
Deadline: Monday, February 1

Buy a square (or more!) for your chance to win!
It’s a win-win for everyone! If we sell all 100 squares, $500 will be paid out to participants and $500 will go to M'kor Shalom. Participants have four chances to win during the Super Bowl on February 7!

Just $10 per square; purchase as many squares as you want. Open to family members and friends. Payment can be made via Venmo to @Stephanie-Zinn-1 (coordinator of this fundraiser), or submit a check (payable to Congregation M'kor Shalom) to the synagogue office.

Email Stephanie which square number(s) you want. Squares are sequentially numbered 1 to 100 with 1 being the top left square.
- OR -
Log in to https://www.runyourpool.comand pick your own square(s).
(Note that the pool website cannot accept payment directly.)

Mark Your Calendars…
Tu B'Shevat Seder
Thursday, January 28, 7:00 pm

Join our Women's Connection and Women & Spirituality Committees for a virtual Tu B'Shevat Seder. Just as Torah is the tree of life to those who hold fast, living trees are models for how we nurture our lives so that they become pathways to peace and happiness. We celebrate Tu B’Shevat so that we may renew our awareness of how trees are a metaphor for our lives and also to revere the partnership between humans and nature.

Click here to register. Login information, Haggadah, and seder food suggestions will be emailed to those who register in advance.
In Conversation with Drew Molotsky
Thursday, February 4, 7:00 pm
Please join us for a fascinating conversation and musical entertainment with Broadway, Film and TV star Aaron Lazar. Aaron will discuss his career, his Judaism, his work with some of Broadway and Hollywood’s biggest names, and his Cherry Hill roots. $18/household.
Wednesdays, January 13 & 20, 10:30 am
Led by Rabbi Richard Address
We look at the world of Midrash – their varieties and their meaning, in context from when they were written and to us in our lives today. Registration is required; click HERE.

Three Wednesdays, February 3, 10 & 24, 10:30 am (No session February 17)
Led by Rabbi Frenkel
Responsa is the Jewish tradition of asking challenging questions and finding answers using Biblical and rabbinic texts. We will look at a variety of contemporary questions about observance, ritual, medical ethics and personal responsibility. Together, we will study ancient texts and learn how they apply to our modern lives and how they can help us answer challenging modern, personal, legal, moral and ethical questions. Registration is required; click HERE.

These courses 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.
Community Mitzvah Day
Monday, January 18

Presented by members of the Education Committee, clergy and staff, our program will include a short presentation about the spirit of the day and how we are honoring it with our service projects. That will be followed by a sing-along and a workshop on card-making for essential workers at a local hospital. Registration required for login.

Mitzvah Day Collections 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
(Snow/Pouring Rain Collection Date: January 24)
We will be setting up "collection stations" in the synagogue parking lot, where we will have volunteers collecting items such as food for the JFCS Food Pantry, supplies for Operation Yellow Ribbon, personal care items for Cathedral Kitchen, and gently used children's books for Booksmiles. Click HERE for details.

Please contact Eileen Fox or Kim Coffina if you have any questions.
JCF Scholarship Awards

Do you know SNJ scholars pursuing higher education? Students may now apply for the Jewish Community Foundation's 2021 Scholarship Awards before the deadline of Monday, March 1 at 5:00 pm. Full information, including a downloadable application, can be found at jcfsnj.org/scholarships. High school seniors and students in higher education may apply to any award for which they may qualify.

Know a deserving emerging leader in high school? Consider nominating them for JCF's Asbell Award, to help them earn money to be used for youth group activities, a conference, summer camp, or trip to Israel. The deadline to submit a nomination is also March 1 at 5:00 pm.
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.

*January 15, 6:30 pmMLK Shabbat Celebration featuring Unity Choir (*registration required; unique Zoom login information will be used)
January 22, 6:30 pm – Shabbat Mishpacha; We celebrate January birthdays.
January 29, 6:30 pm
February 5, 7:30 pm (later start time)
February 12 & 19, 6:30 pm
February 26, 6:30 pm – Shabbat Mishpacha; We celebrate February birthdays.

Tot Shabbat
February 5, 6:15 pmRegister HERE.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 pm

Torah Study Saturdays, 9:00 am
Spice Up Saturdays, 10:15 am
January 16, 23 & 30 (Note: No "Spice Up" session on January 23)
February 6, 13, 20 & 27
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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