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December 2, 2019
topTo help you find what you are looking for, E!Minders is organized by category (see list at left). We welcome your feedback, and will continue to work on making our communications with you as effective as possible.
theaterTheater Group Presents Shakespeare: The Musical
Two performances!
Saturday, December 7, 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 8, 2:30 pm
Join us for an original musical revue featuring songs from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows based on the works of William Shakespeare. Did you know The Lion King echoes Hamlet, and The Forbidden Planet was based on The Tempest?
$20/adult; $18/senior & student. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.  
specialneedsChanukah Celebration for Families with Special Needs
Sunday, December 8, 11:30 am
This inclusive program is free and open to the entire community. Our program will begin promptly at 11:30 am, followed by lunch at 12:10 pm. At 12:30 pm, we welcome a guest speaker for parents and caregivers, and an adaptive physical education class for our young guests. Click here for more information, or to RSVP.  
giftshopsaleGift Shop Chanukah Sale
December 8-15
Enjoy 20% off all Chanukah items (except candles) 
IHOC Hospitality Program 
Sunday, December 15 through Sunday, December 29 
Click here for more information.

expoHome Improvement Meet & Greet 
Event: Sunday, January 12, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Committee Meeting: Sunday, December 15, 10:30 am
This is a perfect opportunity for people to meet with local tradespeople to discuss your projects! Looking for local contractors, electricians, landscape designers and landscapers, painters, roofers, window/door suppliers, plumbers, handy-people, decorators, furniture finishers, home baby proof & handicap installers, plus financial loan institutions. Please contact Merle Steinberg for more information or to refer contractors for this event.  
appeal High Holy Day Appeal & End of Year Contributions
As 2019 nears its end, help us make M'kor Shalom the best that it can be - for today, and the future. Include M'kor Shalom in your year-end tax planning and charitable giving, pre-pay a portion of or the remainder of your member share, or purchase something from our synagogue Wish List. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the synagogue office. Click here to make your High Holy Day Appeal contribution online. No amount is too small or too big.  
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Friday Evening Service Schedule
Click here for a pdf of our Shabbat service schedule.
Erev Shabbat Services, 8:00 pm ( webcast
December 6
December 20 - College Connection & Burkett Member Shabbat  
January 3

Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 pm
December 13
December 27 - Chanukah Shabbat; BYO Chanukiah & Candles (6th night); We celebrate December birthdays.
January 10
January 24 - Shabbat Chavurah; Our Chavurah Ensemble joins us. We celebrate January birthdays. 
January 31 - Shabbat Mishpacha; Our Junior Choir joins us.

Tot Shabbat
December 6 - Dinner 5:30 pm, Service 6:15 pm
Torah Study
December 7 (webcast), 14 & 21 (No session Dec. 28)
January 4, 11 (webcast), 18 & 25
All are welcome; no RSVP or previous experience necessary. Stay for schmoozing and refreshments at 10:00 am before our Spice Up Your Judaism program begins at 10:30 am.

ShopWithScrip (NEW!) 
Thursday & Friday, December 5 & 6 - Fee Free orders!
Friday, December 6 - Deadline to order physical gift cards for the holidays (pickup begins December 17)  
With Scrip, you can purchase gift cards to hundreds of stores and restaurants and help raise funds for M'kor Shalom at the same time - at no extra charge to you. Digital and reloadable gift cards are available in addition to traditional gift cards received via mail. (ShopRite Gift Cards remain available in the synagogue office.) Easy Enrollment:
1. Go to:
2. Click "Join a Program" (desktop) or "Register" (mobile)
3. Enter enrollment code: 4B82B74615131
4. Follow the prompts to create your account and start shopping!
Questions? Contact our ShopWithScrip coordinator Maya Fair
AmazonSmile AmazonSmile is the place to do your holiday shopping! 
To date, M'kor Shalom has earned over $1450 from users who have designated Congregation M'kor Shalom as their preferred AmazonSmile charity. Start every Amazon shopping experience at Haven't started yet? Click here to start with a few easy steps!
  gemsLiturgical Gems: The History, The Theology, The Music
Two Wednesdays, December 4 & 18, 10:30 pm
Cantor Harrison will offer us a peek into the history, the theology and some of the musical expressions of several of the siddur's most familiar prayers. No cost for congregants; $10 per person per session for non-members (collected during class). Click here for more information

spiceupSpice Up Your Judaism - Saturdays
Join us for schmoozing and light refreshments before our weekly program starts.
December 7, 10:30 am - The Ethics of Autonomy: A look at how we can understand the NJ Medical Aid in Dying Bill from the perspective of Jewish tradition; led by Rabbi Richard Address. 
December 14, 10:00 am - NOTE SPECIAL TIME! (webcast) A Healing Service (including Torah Study) led by Rabbi Frenkel and Cantor Harrison.
December 21 , 10:30 am
December 28 - No session
January 4, 11 (webcast), 18 & 25, 10:30 am

To share programming ideas, contact Gail Donner and Art Treiman with your suggestions. New committee members always welcome.
Caring Community Volunteers provide Transportation, Meals on a short-term basis, Shopping, Telephone reassurance, Friendly visits, Shiva set-up assistance, more. If you or someone in your family is confined to home because of illness or injury, M'kor Shalom's Caring Community volunteers are here to help. Please contact Jane Bloom or the synagogue office, so our volunteers can respond to your needs.

shpielauditionsPurim Shpiel Auditions
cookiesMom's Night Out: Chanukah Cookie Decorating
Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm
This program is SOLD OUT! Watch your emails for details about future cookie decorating events.

There are always great things happening at our Religious School. Tell your unaffiliated friends! Contact the Religious School office for more information.
Tot Shabbat  
Friday, December 6 - Dinner 5:30 pm, Service 6:15 pm
Join us for pizza & salad prior to our Tot service. Just $15 per family, or register for all six remaining family dinners at a discounted rate. Click here for more information or to register.
Mom's Night Out: Chanukah Cookie Decorating
Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm
This program is SOLD OUT! Watch your emails for details about future cookie decorating events. 

Our Tot Programming Committee & PTO are always hosting fabulous events! For information or to join our committee, contact Stephanie Golden or Abby Harvey
MensLunch Achim (The Men's Group) Lunch
Wednesdays, December 4 & January 8, 12:30 pm  
Join our standing reservation at Short HIlls Deli for lunch and conversation. No RSVP necessary. Pay your own way.    
We are busy planning more exciting women's programs! Contact Lisa Weiser or Beth Savitch to help plan and to share your ideas.

CANCELLED! Evening with Author Janet Ruth Falon
Monday, December 2, 7:00 pm
This program has been cancelled due to inclement weather; our speaker cannot travel to us. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date in the spring. For more information, contact Sandy Fingerman.
"Festive" Chanukah Sweater Party
Saturday, December 14, 7:30 pm (Off-site)
Celebrate the season at our "Festive" Chanukah Sweater Party! Enjoy little bites, desserts, dreidel games and be sure to wear your "finest" for our "Festive" Chanukah Sweater contest! Hosted at the home of Stephanie & Andy Zinn. To RSVP and get directions, please contact .  

We are busy planning fun social events to connect members ages 35-55! Contact Lisa Batzar or Brad Shapiro to help plan and to share your ideas.

College Connection & Burkett Member Shabbat
Friday, December 20, 8:00 pm 
Help Wanted!
Our M'kor Shalom College Connection students are always in search of internship and employment opportunities during their school breaks and over the summer. If you have any opportunities (paid or unpaid) to share with our students, please e-mail the details to David Snyder.

ihocIHOC Hospitality Program
Sunday, December 15 through Sunday, December 29
Join us in preparing/hosting a meal, participating with transportation, activities or being an overnight host while M'kor Shalom houses up to 12 homeless men in our Social Hall, providing food and shelter, fellowship and support. Donations also welcome. Click here for more information.

mcdonaldhouseRonald McDonald House Volunteers
December 24 & 25
For over 20 years, members of M'kor Shalom have run the Ronald McDonald House in Camden over the Christmas holiday. Our volunteers serve all of the administrative functions, making sure the House is a warm, comforting home for families of ill children who need to stay close to area hospitals over the holidays. If you're interested, please get in touch with Jennie Kay.

Social Action Cooking
Volunteers age 12 & up. No experience needed.    
Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm
Cook meals for Joseph's House in Camden. RSVP to Jonathan Maurer.    
Monday, December 30, 7:00 pm
Cook meals for JFCS. RSVP to Kim Coffina.   
Help make our house your home! 
Get involved with our House Committee. We welcome anyone with ideas and/or skills to help us with many projects to keep our House beautiful and functioning smoothly. Contact Jud Goldsborough or Paul Fishbein
Board of Trustees Meetings
Wednesdays, December 18 & January 15, 7:30 pm 
All congregants are encouraged to attend. 
WiFi at M'kor Shalom
Click "mkorguest" and you're connected! 

M'kor Shalom Job Bank
If you know of an opening, please download the form, or contact the synagogue office so that the position can be posted online.

M'kor Shalom Help Wanted:
Webcasting Team Volunteers: Help the effort to webcast our services to those who are homebound or cannot come to services in person. No experience needed. Contact Bruce Weinger.

Send Photos! We want to see your photos reflecting life at M'kor Shalom, including worship, study, good deeds, social events and more. Selected photos will be featured on the congregation's website, Facebook page and lobby displays. Email photos to
M'kor Shalom Happenings On The Web
Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow @MkorShalom on Twitter. Tag us on Instagram! #hineiniatmkorshalom #mkorshalom #mkormoments. Share your M'kor Shalom moments & photos!

Gift Shop - Always New Items!
Stop in for all your gift-giving needs - Shabbat, holidays, engagements, weddings, new baby, B'nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, graduation and birthdays. Personalized wedding Ketubahs may be ordered. We also carry a large selection of beautiful tallitot.
Recycle Your Empty Ink Jet and Laser Printer Cartridges! Old cell phones, too!
We have collection bins in both the main office and the school office. Drop off during regular office hours. These materials will be recycled and the congregation will receive a cash rebate. A win-win opportunity!

You can sign up online for any of the events listed above by clicking the registration link. If there is a fee, please pay using your Visa, MasterCard or PayPal account. If you pay by check, you will not be officially registered until your payment is received.

Thank you for using our online registration system, which will save you time and make it easier to sign up for events at M'kor Shalom. We hope you enjoy this new feature, and we also want to hear your feedback. You can send your feedback to