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May 16, 2016
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Some fun Jewish facts!

Got any more? Let us know at ari.saks@gmail.com. "THESE ARE LITTLE KNOWN JEWISH FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT JEWISH" ENJOY! 1) The Roosevelts were Dutch Jews who arrived in NYC in 1682. Claes Rosenvelt before he changed his name to Nicholas Roosevelt, was the first Roosevelt ancestor to set foot in America, and Sarah Delano, FDR's mother, descended from Sephardic Jews. 2) Joseph Stalin was originally named Joseph David Djugashvili (translated as: "son of a Jew".) All 3 of the women that he married were Jewish. 3) Dwight Eisenhower's father was a Swedish Jew, and listed in West Point* 's Yearbook of 1915. 4) Lillian Friedman, a Jewish woman, married Cruz Rivera. They named their baby Geraldo Miguel Rivera (it doesn't[...]

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February 26, 2016
By bethmordecai
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Mordy’s Brunch Hour featuring Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer

Mordy's Brunch Hour -- Engage TRADITION ($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.    RSVP on our Facebook event page Share the flyer with friends!   PROGRAM  9:30 -- Tallis and Tefillin Service  10:30 -- Brunch begins  11:00 -- Lecture Begins    Mordy's Brunch hour is a series of lecture programs[...]

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May 6, 2015
By bethmordecai
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DAY 1040: Previewing THURSDAY’S (7:30 PM) Adult Ed Judaism and Christianity: Learning From One Another

(5/6/15), One important takeaway I took from last week's Adult Ed lecture on Judaism and Islam is that there is good and there is bad in almost all relationships, especially in ones that span continents and centuries. Speaking in hyperbole, whether good or bad, is often unproductive because we lose the nuance -- the ability to hold multiple and perhaps conflicting truths together -- necessary for open and honest conversations about the future. If we close ourselves to only one worldview we won't be aware that...   The deceased former king of Saudi Arabia decided to break from Wahhabism and devote himself to interfaith dialogue... The leaders of the Palestinians still won't recognize Israel even in closed door meetings... A relatively unknown country[...]

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April 27, 2015
By bethmordecai
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THIS WEDNESDAY 7:30 PM — What’s New in Jewish-Muslim Relations with Dr. Rabbi Burton Visotzky

Wednesday, April 29th 7:30 pm Congregation Beth Mordecai 224 High Street, Perth Amboy NJ   PLEASE RSVP VIA OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE BY CLICKING HERE! Tensions between Jews and Muslims have run high due to the conflict in the Middle East and anti-semitism in Europe. What is fact and fiction about Jewish-Muslim relations? Are we enemies or is there common ground? Come and hear an important, provocative, and timely lecture from Dr.Burton Visotzky, one of the "50 Most Influential Jews in America" and a leading scholars in the field of Jewish-Muslim relations today. Refreshments will be served. PLEASE RSVP VIA OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE BY CLICKING HERE! ----- BURTON L. VISOTZKY serves as Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the[...]

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April 23, 2015
By bethmordecai
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DAY 1027: Previewing Wednesday April 29th’s (7:30 pm) IMPORTANT Lecture on Jewish-Muslim Relations

Dear Hevreh, Whether in shul or in the news, there's been a lot of talk and conversation about the antisemitism facing Jews in Europe and the challenges Israel faces in defending itself. As well, there are fears of growing anti-Israel sentiment in America, especially on college campuses, and how those sentiments are the expression of the "new" antisemitism. Underlying all of these fears, either at home or abroad are two (similar) questions that inform the way we approach these real challenges facing the Jewish community: Can Jews and Muslims get along? Can Judaism and Islam coexist side by side? For many who say NO, they point to the practices of ISIS and the statements of Hamas and Khameini shouting Death to Israel, as if[...]

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February 11, 2015
By bethmordecai
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DAY 956: The Importance of a Casual Atmosphere — Previewing Today’s Ask the Rabbi on Jewish Views on Abortion

Dear Hevreh, Casual... If I had to use one word to describe the reason behind why I host Learning with the Rabbi and Ask the Rabbi at Panera and the Mall (respectively), it would be "casual." By "casual" I mean creating a space and an opportunity that lends itself to open dialogue without judgement or fear of needing to put on a show. No one can deny that sitting down for a cup of coffee in a booth feels different than sitting across a desk in the rabbi's office. We are more likely to be honest and open with ourselves (and with the person sitting across from us) when we don't feel like we need to act in a certain way. If[...]

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November 20, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 873: In Trying to Process the Attack in a Jerusalem Synagogue

(11/20/14), Most, if not all of us, are aware of the terrible crime committed the other day in a synagogue in Jerusalem. Terrorists murdered a group of Jewish worshippers while the worshippers were standing in the opposite direction -- to the east -- to davven the Amidah, a prayer recited by all Jews everywhere around the world. The symbolism of this horrible moment in an increasingly devastating conflict couldn't be more acute. The davveners were facing towards the center of Jewish worship -- the Temple Mount -- while their murderers attacked in response to purported fears that Jews wanted to take over the Temple Mount for Jewish worship. Despite occasional flare-ups, the fact that Jews pray towards the Temple Mount and Muslims pray[...]

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November 13, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 866: Hebrew and Anti-Semitism — Previewing Tonight’s 2nd Installation of the Adult Education Series “A Little Schtickala of Yiddishkeit”

Dear Hevreh, Hebrew is a wonderful, inspiring, charming, and yet deeply challenging facet of Judaism. It holds many of our greatest secrets and reveals the depths of Jewish wisdom. It is a language that has been dissected and analyzed for ages and much of what we know as Jewish -- from religious laws to cultural practices -- has a source in Hebrew (and particularly the Hebrew found in the Torah). Yet while it is full of such richness, that richness is hidden behind a veil of strange looking letters, vowels, and symbols that can confound us. And not just us, but our ancestors as well, as in the case of Jews living in the first diaspora community in Alexandria who publicly read[...]

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November 10, 2014
By bethmordecai
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2nd Installment of Adult Education Series: A Little Schtickala of Yiddishkeit

Join us THURSDAY for the SECOND installment of our Adult Ed Series: A Little Schtickala of Yiddishkeit HEBREW PRACTICE -- 7:00 - 7:30 PM Build your reading skills -- beginner to expert! We will pair you with a partner on your own level! Siddur Hebrew or Modern Hebrew! Session 1 -- 7:30 - 8:15 pm Secrets of the Hebrew Language -- The letter "Bet" with Rabbi Saks Come and learn the secrets of the Hebrew language in this special class designed to demystify each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This month we do the letter Bet. FOOD Break – 8:15 – 8:30 Session 2 – 8:30 – 9:15 pm "Why Do they Hate Us"? A discussion on the origins of Anti-semitism with Rabbi Saks How old is anti-Semitism really? When did[...]

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Adult Education GUEST Lecture: Dr. (Rabbi) David Kraemer

Join us for a VERY special guest lecture from renowned Talmudist, Professor, Librarian of the Jewish Theological Seminary DR. DAVID KRAEMER!  Date: 7:30 pm Thursday, November 20th 2014 Where: Congregation Beth Mordecai (224 High Street, Perth Amboy 08861) Topic: Food, Identity, and Blessings [caption id="attachment_4117" align="aligncenter" width="300" class=" "] Photo taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwartz's[/caption] Many assume that when we recite blessings for food (such as “hamotzi”), we are in effect blessing the food we are about to consume. In reality, though, blessings have a very different function and, understood correctly, they provide a crucial key to understanding the Jewish world-view. What do kashrut and blessings say about our relationship to this earth? This is the fundamental question Dr. Kraemer will address in his presentation. Photo taken from -- [...]

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