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February 21, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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PURIM CASINO NIGHT – BRING YOUR FRIENDS! – March 3

Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m. at Beth Mordecai. Celebrate Purim at CLUB MORDECAI   Games Galore - Black Jack, Poker, Craps and Roulette Hord d'oeuvres, Viennese Dessert Table and Wine. $36 per person = $250 in play money RSVP at 732 442-1373 or officebethmordecai@gmail.com (more…)

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July 13, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Metz / Torah Portion: Keep your Priorities Straight

A huge thank you to Marc Fertik, Sharon Bender, Walter Rose and Jeremy Strauss for helping to lead services while I was on leave. Thank you always to our incredible and always hard-working president Cheryl August for keeping everything together!   Friday, July 13, 8 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services. Oneg will be sponsored by Sherry Weber and Mike Denes.  Please help us make a minyan enabling us to say Kaddish. This Shabbat morning, Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m., meet us at Bayview Park for Shabbat Morning by the Sea. Join us for a shortened Shabbat service and to discuss if it is ever OK to break your word. I promise to be there! Please let me know you will be there by emailingRabbi.SaraMetz@gmail.com Looking[...]

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July 3, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Welcoming Baby Girl Metz

Dear Beth Mordecai Community, The Metz family is excited to welcome our daughter to the Jewish people and announce her name on Tuesday, 5/29  at Congregation Beth Mordecai, 224 High Street, Perth Amboy, NJ.  We will start with morning prayers at 9:30am and continue with the naming ceremony (Simchat Bat) at 10am. Afterwards, all are welcome to join us for a celebratory meal.  Since timing may be difficult for many, we will also be having a larger celebration in conjunction with a Shabbat by the Sea Friday night service, with a celebratory dinner afterwards, in July. Please keep an eye out for more information. Please let us know if you are able to join us by emailing Lev at lev36m@gmail.com.  With[...]

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June 6, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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This Week at Beth Mordecai

Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Friday, July 13th, 8 p.m.       Oneg will be sponsored by Sherry Weber and Mike Denes.  Please help us make a minyan enabling us to say Kaddish.   Shabbat Morning by the Sea, Saturday July 14th, 10 a.m.        Meet us at Bayview Park for Shabbat Morning by the Sea.  Join us for a shortened Shabbat service and to discuss if it is ever OK to break your word. Please let Rabbi Metz know that you will be there by emailing her at Rabbi.SaraMetz@gmail.com.  Looking forward to seeing you there!              

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By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat by the Sea and Potluck Dinner – June 15

Friday June 15th  SHABBAT  BY THE SEA with a POT LUCK DINNER TO FOLLOW    Candle Lighting - 6:30 p.m. at Shul    Service - 7 p.m. at the Gazebo    Dairy/Vegetarian Pot Luck Dinner - 8 p.m. at Shul
Please e-mail Sharon Bender and let her know to what you will be bringing. *
* Update as of 6/12: Pot Luck items should be Dairy or Vegetarian. Still needed salad, veggie dish, main dish (that is not pasta if possible).

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May 23, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Exciting News

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Baby Girl Metz joined our Congregation last evening.  Weighing in at 7 lbs. 14 oz., everyone is doing well and the family is beyond thrilled. During the 6 weeks of Rabbi Metz’s maternity leave, Shabbat Services will be led by a number of our wonderful lay leaders.  Below is the schedule. Please mark your calendars and come out to show your support of these extraordinary volunteers. Friday Saturday May 25th    8 p.m. May 26th   No Services June 1st    8 p.m. June 2nd    BREAKFAST MINYAN                                    Breakfast 9-9:30 a.m. Services 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 8th    8 p.m. June 9th    10 a.m. June 15th   SHABBAT BY THE SEA[...]

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Omer

May 20, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Each Day Counts

This week we begin reading the book of Bamidbar or Numbers in the Torah.  The second verse of the portion includes God’s commandment to Moses to count the number of families traveling in the desert.  The medieval, French commentator, Rashi tells us that God wished to count the children of Israel often because we are so dear to Him.  With each counting, God was able to acknowledge each person or family. Perhaps this is similar to a teacher constantly counting children on a field trip.  The teacher looks to each child with care and makes sure no one is missing. This Saturday night, we will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot.  We have been counting every day from Passover to Shavuot.  Tonight[...]

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May 6, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Services for May & June

Services in during the months of May and June may be lead by community members while Rabbi Metz is on maternity leave. Friday, May 4 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, May 4 - 9 a.m.  Bagel breakfast followed by an shortened service with discussion Friday, May 11 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, May 12 - 10 a.m.  Shabbat Services with discussion Friday, May 18 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, May 19 - NO Shabbat Services Friday, May 25 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, May 26 - NO Shabbat Services Friday, June 1 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, June 2 - 9 a.m.  Bagel breakfast followed by an shortened service with discussion Friday, June 8 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, June[...]

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May 4, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Respectfully Disagree – The Message of Lag B’omer

Good Afternoon,   Every day between Passover and Shavuot God commands the Israelites to count the days for seven weeks, or 49 days. The 50th day will be the holiday of Shavuot.   The time of the counting of the omer is also traditionally a period of semi-mourning.  Many Jews do not celebrate B'nai Mitzvah, weddings, listen to music, or cut their hair.     The most common explanation for these practices comes from the Talmud, which tells us that during this season a plague killed thousands of Rabbi Akiva‘s students because they did not treat one another respectfully.   When the students disagreed with each other in the course of studying they insulted each other instead of listening and disagreeing with kindness.  In punishment, God sent a[...]

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May 1, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Join Congregation Beth Mordecai to see ‘The Band’s Visit’ on Broadway

The performance is the matinee on June 24, 2018 at 3 p.m. Due to demand, we must have 12 people confirmed and paid by May 13th to receive the discounted rate. Please indicate which seating section you are selecting: Orchestra Side seats at the discounted group rate of $139 per person Rear Orchestra Side seats at the discounted group rate of $119 per person

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April 27, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Are You Holy?

Good Afternoon, At the beginning of parashat Kedoshim, God speaks to Moses, saying: Speak to the whole community of the children of Israel, and you will tell them: You shall be holy, for I, Adonai your God, am holy.”   Reading this verse I felt the echoes of an ancient challenge speaking through the ages.  This urging toward Kedushah or holiness is framed as a communal responsibility. There are two radically different conceptions of Kedushah in Jewish tradition: The first perspective understands holiness as separation, as in the blessing we say to end Shabbat or a holiday, Lehavdil Bein Kodesh l’chol, to make a separation between holy and secular. Rashi, the medieval commentator says that holiness is inextricably bound to the concept of separation. [...]

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