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* Purim Dis-Service
* Shabbat Mishpacha
* Passover Concluding Service

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March 11, 2019
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comedyComedy Night
Sunday, April 14, 5:30 pm
Just announced! A downright hilarious evening with dinner, dessert, friends & fun. BYOB. Comedians TBA. $36 per person. Click here for more information or to register by April 8.  
yardsaleCommunity Yard Sale
Sunday, May 5, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Save the date and SAVE YOUR STUFF! Don't throw your stuff away while spring cleaning - we will take it off your hands! Drop off your items ahead of time - we will tag it, sell it and you could take a charitable deduction! Or, sell it yourself by reserving a table. Additional details are forthcoming. Click here for more information.
mkororM'kor Or "Source of Light" Celebration: The Magic of M'kor Shalom 
Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm
Tribute Book Deadline: April 19 
We will honor Gail Donner and Merle Steinberg, two devoted and remarkable women who have magically and tirelessly given so much to our M'kor Shalom community. Click here for Sponsorship & Tribute Book opportunities. 
bookplatesHigh Holy Day Book Plates Fundraising Campaign
With changes to M'kor Shalom's High Holy Day services planned for 5780/2019, it is also time to purchase new High Holy Day prayerbooks. Book Plates (in both Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur volumes) may be purchased in honor of any simcha or in memory of a loved one. $54 per set. Purchase for a l oved one, B'nai Mitzvah, birth, naming, marriage, etc. For more information or to purchase sets, contact the synagogue office at 856-424-4220 or make your purchase online at
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carnivalThe Magic of Purim
Sunday, March 17, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
A special Purim event for the whole family to enjoy! Magic Show featuring Joe Holiday, games and prizes, crafts and good food! Wear your favorite costume or dress in red, black, or white. $20 per family. Kindly RSVP ASAP.

mealbeforeThe Meal Before The Shpiel
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm
Join us for a pizza dinner prior to our Purim festival evening. Click here for more information or to register by March 17.

disservicePurim Dis-Service
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 pm
Our clergy lead a fun festival service. Here's a hint (to the tune of supercalifragilistic...)
 If you dress as Disney folk you'll brighten up our faces.
 Shpiel and song and so much fun it's bound to be contagious,
Don't forget to bring a box of pasta to shake (Boo, Haman!) and then donate to local food pantries.    
purimshpielPurim Shpiel
Wednesday, March 20, 7:45 pm
Our Religious School students perform Esther: A Persian Musical  (loosely based on the Broadway hit,  Hamilton ).
chrain Chrain Gang: Horseradish Preparation
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, April 8, 9, & 10
6:30-9:00 pm (or however long you can join us)
Help prepare M'kor Shalom's legendary homemade horseradish to be sold at this year's Passover Shuk. Many helpers are needed for this "grate" Passover tradition. Volunteers will be trained. Please join us for whatever portion of time works for you. Kindly   RSVP   to Howard Greenberg.
shukPassover Shuk
Tuesday, April 9, 6:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, April 14, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, April 16, 6:00-9:00 pm
Take home horseradish, kosher wines and gift shop items in time for Passover. First Seder: Friday, April 19. Prices vary.  
Special Offer!
Spend $36, receive one free jar of horseradish. 
Spend $54, receive two free jars of horseradish.

Passover - First Seder: Friday, April 19
Our Shabbat service will NOT be held.  
Do you need a place to go for a Passover seder? Do you have an extra seat at your table? Contact the synagogue office at 856-424-4220 for the opportunity to be matched up with fellow congregants.

Friday Evening Service Schedule
Click here for a pdf of our Shabbat service schedule.
Erev Shabbat Services, 8:00 pm (webcast)  
March 15  
April 5 - Our Choir joins us.
kabbalatKabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 pm
March 22
March 29 - Shabbat Mishpacha (Family Shabbat): Our Junior Choir joins us. We celebrate March birthdays. Pasta Bar Dinner at 5:45 pm; RSVP for dinner by March 27.  
April 12 - We wish our Confirmation Israel Trip travelers a
n'seeah tovah.
April 26 - Passover Concluding Service; Yizkor will be recited. 
Tot Shabbat
Friday, March 15, 6:15 pm (Family Dinner 5:30 pm; RSVP) 
shpielPurim Dis-Service & Shpiel 
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 pm
  Click here for more information. 
torahstudyTorah Study, 9:00 am
March 16, 23 & 30
April 6, 13 & 27 (No session April 20) 
Come 15 minutes early for schmoozing before our program begins on the hour. All are welcome; no RSVP or previous experience necessary.

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Uncovering the Hidden Meanings of the Prayerbook: The Architecture of Our Liturgy
Wednesdays, March 13 & 20, 10:30 am
Led by Rabbi Hirsh

civilrightsCivil Rights In Israel
Sunday, March 31, 11:00 am
M'kor Shalom welcomes  Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom
who immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia on his own at age 9 and is now a distinguished rabbi, an accomplished scholar and lecturer. Free & open to the community. Click here for more information or to register.  
Against All Odds
Six Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 & 8, 10:30 am
Led by Yossi Afek
This course will trace the Zionist socialist labor movement's (the party of David Ben Gurion) contribution to the establishment of the State of Israel. We will deal with topics such as: the kibbutz, the Histadrut, the Palmach and illegal immigration to Israel. You are welcome to attend all six sessions, or as many as you can. All are welcome. Click here for more information

spiceupSpice Up Your Judaism
Saturdays,  10:30 am
March 16, 23 & 30 and April 6, 13 & 27 (No session April 20) 
Join us at 10:00 am for schmoozing and light refreshments before our program starts at 10:30 am.  

Note: Class handouts and materials are often available in advance, along with recommended reading. Look for the new "Adult Education Courses" shelf in the M'kor Shalom Library.   
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.

The Magic of Purim
Sunday, March 17, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Click here for more information.
mealshpielMeal Before the Shpiel
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm
Families are invited to join us for 6:00 pm pizza dinner prior to our 7:00 pm Purim Service & Shpiel. Click here for more information or to register.  
MishpachadinnerShabbat Mishpacha Dinner & Service
Friday, March 29 - Dinner 5:45 pm, Service 6:30 pm
Families of all ages will enjoy a delicious Pasta Bar Dinner prior to our Kabbalat Shabbat Mishpacha Service. Maximum of $30 per family for dinner. Registration required for dinner; click here for more information or to RSVP. 

There are always great things happening at our Religious School. Tell your unaffiliated friends! Contact Merle Steinberg for more information.
magicpurimThe Magic of Purim
Sunday, March 17, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Join us for a magic show featuring Joe Holiday, games and prizes, crafts, good food, and great company! Wear your favorite costume or dress in red, black, or white. $20 per family; Sponsor opportunities available. Click here for more information, to become a sponsor or purchase tickets.
totshabbatTot Family Dinner & Shabbat
Friday, March 15 - Dinner 5:30 pm, Service 6:15 pm
Please join us for pizza & salad dinner prior to our Tot Shabbat service (6:15 pm). Dinner is just $10 per family. Click here for more information or to register

Our Tot Programming Committee & PTO are always hosting fabulous events! For information or to join our committee, contact Stephanie Riviello
softballSoftball Registration
Deadline: Friday, March 22
Dust off the cleats and glove and start stretching! Games are played Sunday mornings April-July, except Passover & Mother's Day. Click here for more information and to register

MensLunch Achim (The Men's Group) Lunch
Wednesday, April 3, 12:00 noon (off-site) 
Join our standing reservation at Short HIlls Deli for lunch and conversation. No RSVP necessary. Pay your own way.    
Wine Not... Join Us for a Passover Recipe Exchange & Wine Tasting?!
Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 pm
Share a fun, Passover food-filled evening with friends. $5 per person. Passover wine tasting with in-house Passover connoisseur Howard Greenberg. Bring a dairy/parve side dish or dessert to share; leave with a book of delicious recipes! Recipes for inclusion should be submitted by March 27 to Open to members & guests. Click here for more information or to register.

We are busy planning more exciting women's programs! Contact Lisa Weiser or Beth Savitch to help plan and to share your ideas.

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.

opyelribOperation Yellow Ribbon
Sunday, March 24, 11:30 am
Support our troops overseas by baking cookies, making paracord bracelets and Thank You cards. We will also be collecting donations of gift cards for Netflix, PlayStation and Xbox, as specifically requested by military members. This is a free, family-friendly event . Click here for more information or to volunteer
Social Action Cooking    
Volunteers age 12 & up. No experience needed.  
Monday, March 25, 7:00 pm
Cook meals for JFCS. RSVP to Kim Coffina.
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Cook meals for Joseph's House shelter in Camden.
RSVP to Jonathan Maurer. 
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 Michelle Bross or Paul Fishbein
Library Web Access  
Web access to our catalog is available to congregants at: See the treasures of the M'kor Shalom Library, then stop in and check out your item.
JCRC 50th Middle East Institute
Sunday, March 17, 7:00 pm 
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey celebrates 50 years with a special program honoring M'kor Shalom members Allison & David Snyder with the Israel Advocacy Award. Keynote speaker: Ambassador Dennis Ross. Click here for more information or to register.  
Unity Choir Performance
Sunday, March 24, 3:00 pm (Off-site) 
The Unity Choir perform an encore concert honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King through music. At Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Camden. Click here for more information. 
Board of Trustees Meetings
Wednesday, March 27, 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.

Photo Call! Send us 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.

GiftCardsGift Cards Available In The Synagogue Office

ShopRite, Acme, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond and Short Hills gift cards are always available in the synagogue office during regular office hours.  

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