Services and events this week
Friday, February 26, 8 pm
Friday Night Services
Join our community for spirited and lively participatory services. Each service includes elements of singing, storytelling, and conversation with the community. We are open to all! 

Oneg Shabbat is sponsored by Sherry Weber in honor of the yahrtzeit of her mother.

Please help us ensure a minyan so Sherry Weber can say Mourner's Kaddish for her mother.

Saturday, February 27, 10 am
Saturday Services with Current Events Sermon: Destroying Ourselves to Destroy the Enemy
The potential ceasefire in Syria and the political fireworks of the Presidential primaries provide fascinating backdrops to understand the extent to which we are willing to destroy ourselves to destroy our enemies. Join us this Shabbat as we use this week's Torah portion, Ki Tissa, for insight on how to navigate the treacherous waters of dealing with our enemies.

An expanded Kiddush lunch is sponsored by Rabbi Ari and Rachel Saks in honor of the birth of their daughter Lilah Michal.

Please help us ensure a minyan so Rachel Saks can be called up to the Torah to bentsch gomel, a special prayer recited by people who go through an ordeal like giving birth.

Sunday, February 28, 10 am - 1 pm
Northern Jewish Middlesex Communal Day of Study: Our Favorite Jewish Things (No admission fee) at Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen
Find out some of the things that motivate our Jewish teachers here in Middlesex County to teach and promote Judaism while having an opportunity to "taste" some of our community's favorite Jewish things. 

Rabbi Saks will be teaching a lesson entitled: "More than Just Words on a Scroll: Perspectives and Teachings from a Life-Long Torah Reader." See flyer for a full description of the program.

This Day of Study is co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Mordecai, the JCC of Middlesex County, Congregation Neve Shalom, and Temple Emanu-El.
Upcoming events

Tuesday, March 1, 3:30 pm
Veterans Home Visit
Sherry Weber ( will be leading and organizing this visit

Friday, March 4, 8 pm
Friday Night Services -- led by member Sharon Bender

Saturday, March 5, 10 am
Saturday Morning Services -- led by a member

Wednesday, March 9, 9:30 am
Book Group with the Rabbi -- Abraham Joshua Heschel's "The Sabbath"
Share some deep insights into the majesty of Shabbat with this bi-weekly book group learning opportunity. No prior reading necessary. Just come on by!

Wednesday, March 9, 12 pm
Ask the Rabbi -- RETURNS! (Menlo Park Mall Food Court, between Chik-Fil-A and Panera)
The popular WEEKLY drop-in, stumble-upon program is BACK! Come ask your questions of Rabbi Saks...really, ask anything!

If you have a COMMUNITY PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT that is relevant to the Beth Mordecai community and you'd like us to share it in our weekly announcements , please email Rabbi Saks at We will limit these announcements to 
one  per week.

See our Facebook post about upcoming programs at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Middlesex County including ones on Jewish journaling (Tuesday mornings), Passover Seder Plate Painting (March 30), and a Gala event (April 10)
Save the date!
Sunday, March 14, 9:30 am - 12 pm
Mordy's Brunch Hour -- 
($10 for members; $20 for non-members)
Featuring  Rabbi Gerald Zelizer, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom. 

A Rabbi's Work: Building Synagogue Life in Middlesex County - Past, Present, & Future 
Discover the history and uncover the possibilities of synagogue life in our area of Middlesex County. Rabbi Gerald Zelizer, Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen NJ and a leading Jewish communal figure in Middlesex County for over 45 years will share his thoughts on the nature of the rabbinate and Jewish communal life. 

9:30 -- Tallis and Tefillin Service 
10:30 -- Brunch begins 
11:00 -- Lecture Begins 

Mordy's Brunch hour is a series of lecture programs around the four pillars of Beth Mordecai: 
~ Encourage BELONGING 
~ Explore FAITH 
~ Experience SHABBAT

Wednesday, March 23, 7:30-9pm
Purim Megillah Reading
An enjoyable and whimsical reading of the megillah, with lots of opportunities for singing and mockery