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August 1, 2017
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Summer is in full swing at Beth Mordecai

Fri Aug 4 at 7:30 pm <<Scotch and Sushi>> Sat Aug 5 <<NO SERVICES>> Fri Aug 11 at 8 pm and Sat Aug 12 at 10 am <<Welcome Rabbi Sara Metz!>> Click links for more information.

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February 7, 2017
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Beth Mordecai Community Input Survey

Community Input Survey Let us know what you want to see happen at Beth Mordecai and how you want to get involved! Loading...

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February 6, 2017
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Rebirth Project

Rebirth is Beth Mordecai’s 3-year project to establish a firm foundation for Beth Mordecai’s future. Stay tuned for events and more ways you can help this vital project. Click the title link for more information.

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November 7, 2016
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Shabbat Across Beth Mordecai – November 18th, 2016

Want to share a special Shabbat dinner with fellow Beth Mordecai members? Sign up for Shabbat Across Beth Mordecai! It's easy, just fill out the form below and we'll tell you where you're going by Wednesday, November 16th. Shabbat Shalom! Loading...

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October 2, 2016
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2016/5777 High Holiday Letter – Embracing our Truest Selves

Dear Hevreh, Whenever the High Holidays come around, it always seems that there is pressure to make these days count more than others. From the perspective of the “Jew in the pew,” this is when we have the strongest sense of obligation, need, or guilt to show up to shul; from the perspective of synagogue leadership, this is when we can engage the most number of people and make sure our financial house is in order (our very own version of “Black Friday”); and from the perspective of clergy, this is when we have the chance to make the biggest difference in people’s lives, when our hearts and our minds are open to the idea of change and we’re all hoping[...]

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September 30, 2016
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Unique and Traditional 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service

Join us for a unique High Holiday experience as we go through core parts of our traditional liturgy exploring themes of unity, gratitude, humility, and love. There will be ample opportunity for prayer, conversation, and singing. At the core of our conversation and exploration will be reflection on the latest controversy surrounding the building of an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. In particular we will look at an article by former Minister of Knesset and outgoing leader of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky. Please click here to READ the article ONLINE Please click here to DOWNLOAD the article to PRINT You may want to consider asking some questions at your Rosh Hashanah table based off of this article. These questions could include: What are the[...]

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September 25, 2016
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August 15, 2016
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DAY 1506: No Synagogue Required

Dear Hevreh, Yesterday (Sunday) I had the pleasure of spending the end of Tisha B'av learning Torah with a number of 20s and 30s who live in Highland Park. Many topics were included in this marathon of learning including... how Tisha B'av implores us to feel the pain of historical collective trauma, how we struggle with understanding why bad things happen to seemingly good people, and how our love affair with Jerusalem revolves around lamenting its destruction and hoping for its rebirth (among other topics). The conversation was stimulating, variegated, and incisive because we weren't shy to share our own perspectives - our Unique Torah - and we weren't afraid to listen and be moved by the teachings of[...]

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July 21, 2016
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DAY 1468: A Prayer to Breathe

Dear Hevreh, Below you'll find a prayer I wrote in honor of the victims of the Dallas shooting which I'll be reading at a vigil today organized by the Perth Amboy Chaplain Corps. I will be speaking on this prayer (and the sources quoted) during my talk tonight. Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Ari Saks Adonai Elohei Haruchot L'khol Basar, God, Source of the breath of all flesh (Numbers 27:15) You breathed your spirit into the nostrils of the First Human (Genesis 2:7) Imbuing our earthly bodies with your heavenly spirit (Rashi on Genesis 2:7) A pure spirit (Talmud Masekhet B'rakhot 60b; Birkhot Hashahar) So as long as I breathe, I acknowledge Your Presence (Talmud Masekhet B'rakhot 60b; Birkhot Hashahar) Lord in this moment of hamas, of anger and hostility (Genesis[...]

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