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September 15, 2020
By Beth Mordecai
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HIGH HOLIDAY INFORMATION

We are looking forward to High Holidays 5781, which promise to be different, but no less meaningful, than in years past. Below you will find important information regarding services times, health and safety, and other resources to enhance your holidays, and explain some of the differences you will notice this year. This is a post with LOTS of detailed information. Please read carefully. Everything you need related to the High Holy Days is included. If you have any questions, please do ask! For the complete High Holy Day Service Schedule, click here. PRE-HOLY DAY EVENTS Click here for more information SELIHOT NIGHT LIVE Saturday, September 12 at 8:30 p.m. MACHZOR & ESSENTIALS PICKUP Week of September 13 1. HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES WILL[...]

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September 9, 2020
By Beth Mordecai
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HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICE SCHEDULE

            Rosh HaShanah Evening Services (with Rabbi Sermon) Friday, September 18 at 6:30 pm Location: Online Only (via Zoom, Facebook Streaming) Rosh HaShanah Day 1 Date: Saturday, September 19 Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Location: Online (via Zoom, Facebook Streaming) or In-Person Rosh HaShanah Day 2 (with Rabbi Sermon and brief Shofar Service) Date: Sunday, September 20 Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Location: Online (via Zoom, Facebook Streaming) or In-Person Tashlich and Shofar Service (IN PERSON ONLY) Sunday, September 20 Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Location: In-Person Only (meet at the Gazebo in Bayview Park) Shabbat Evening Services Date: Friday, September 25 Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Location: Online Only (via Zoom, Facebook Streaming) Annual Cemetery Service Date: Sunday, September 27 Time: 10:00 am Location: In-Person Only (at the Beth Mordecai Cemetery located at 690 S. Florida Grove Rd., Perth[...]

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Pre-Holy Day Events

SELIHOT NIGHT LIVE Saturday, September 12 at 8:30 p.m. The Conservative/Masorti Movement will come together to learn, sing, and connect as a community. Over 60 rabbis and cantors will present, and a variety of Selihot services will be offered throughout the evening.Rabbi Allen will be one of the rabbis leading a session that evening (11pm), so come and show your support!We will usher in the High Holiday season focusing on: • Teshuva (Repentance: If I Am Only For Myself, Who Is For Me?) • Tefilah (Prayer: And If I Am Only For Myself, What Am I?) • Tzedakah (Righteous Acts: And If Not Now, When?) • Shema Koleinu (Hear our Voice, Accept our Prayer) Registration is required by September 10, so click High Holidays home

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August 28, 2020
By Beth Mordecai
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When You Build a New House

This week’s Torah portion is Ki Teitze. It is a series of miscellaneous laws that Moses issues to the people in advance of entering the Promised Land. This set of laws is truly miscellaneous. They range in category from family law, to domestic laws, to returning lost objects and helping one’s neighbor. The parashah contains some agricultural laws about planting mixed fields and plowing with two different types of animals. There are marital laws, citizenship restrictions into the people of Israel, laws of conduct in wars, how to take a vow and the power that resides therein. Really the list goes on and on. It is a strange collection. Nevertheless, we seek out meaning in our Torah even from the what[...]

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August 21, 2020
By Beth Mordecai
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Zooming into Prayer

Well, the end of summer is upon us. Sad I know. But we have the High Holy Days on the horizon, and the end of August to fill our cups for the road ahead. This has not been an easy five months since the Coronavirus entered our world. The next five months are anyone’s guess. Yet, as the unknown is presented before us I feel grateful to have the grounding of Congregation Beth Mordecai and for the spiritual sustenance that we can provide in pressing ahead despite our doubts and our fears. And in reflecting on what is to come, I often reflect on where I have been. The past few weeks of starting Shabbat with you, planning our High Holiday[...]

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August 14, 2020
By Beth Mordecai
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A Word From Rabbi Allen

UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY Recently, I’ve been thinking about my grandfather, Harry Allen. It was his yahrzeit last week, so it makes sense, but in truth he has been on my mind. I’d like to tell you about him. Harry S. Allen was raised in Denver, Colorado, the child of immigrants from Marianpol, Lithuania.  Like many Jews of that time, they owned a store with their home in the apartment above.  Grandpa served in Europe during WWII as a navigator on B-24 bombers flying missions out of Italy.  He flew something like 50 missions and was awarded two purple hearts among other decorations and commendations. He used to remark about his choice to join the Air Force instead of the army, saying that[...]

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By Beth Mordecai
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Join Us for Our Weekly Kabbalat Shabbat

KABBALAT SHABBAT Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Join us on Zoom with Rabbi Allen for our weekly Kabbalat Shabbat service! To download and/or print a copy of the siddur we've been using for our Zoom Shabbatot, please click HERE. Zoom Information Meeting Link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82517218258 Meeting ID: 825 1721 8258 Passcode: shabbat Dial-In: +1 929 205 6099

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July 31, 2020
By Beth Mordecai
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Welcome Rabbi Allen!

Dear Beth Mordecai Community, On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to introduce Rabbi Uri Allen to the Beth Mordecai community! His energy, enthusiasm, spirituality, and new ways to connect with Judaism are warmly welcomed and we look forward to building a deep connection with him. In the next few weeks, Rabbi Allen will be reaching out by phone to each congregant. If you miss his call, he will leave a message (please make sure to call him back!). Also, please note that the rabbi will continue to reside on Long Island and commute to Perth Amboy, as needed. He will coordinate his trips to NJ to meet with members, conduct services and classes, and serve this community. Please be understanding of his time & schedule! Please[...]

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April 6, 2020
By Beth Mordecai
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Letter to the Congregation: Rabbi Metz Leaving Beth Mordecai in June

Dear Beth Mordecai Community Member, I hope this letter finds you and your families in good health and that you are finding your connection to Judaism and to our congregation a source of comfort during this difficult time. It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Rabbi Sara Metz has accepted a position at Cong. Anshe Israel in Tucson, Arizona.  She will continue in her full rabbinical duties at Beth Mordecai through May 31.  Pending the lifting of quarantine restrictions, we will have a Friday night Shabbat service & dinner in June so all may personally wish the Metz family well in their next adventure! Please understand that the decision for the rabbi to search for alternate employment was solely[...]

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March 17, 2020
By Beth Mordecai
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Coronavirus Notice – Letter from the temple president

March 17, 2020 Dear Beth Mordecai Community, In an effort to decrease COVID-19 transmission rates and help protect the health of the congregation and the Middlesex County community, all in-person group activities (e.g. Shabbat services, social programs, educational programs) will be cancelled, effective immediately, through April 30, 2020. This includes the 2nd Night Passover Seder. We are hoping to provide you with a way to connect virtually in the near future and provide you with that information soon. We approved this unprecedented action after a lengthy and difficult discussion. We took into consideration recommendations by numerous government and Jewish organizations, and the precept of Pikuach Nefesh, the protection of human life and health, above other mitzvot. The Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, and the[...]

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