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April 11, 2014
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Parashat Aharei Mot (אחרי מות): There Is No Earlier and There Is No Later in Torah

Triennial I (2014/5774): There Is No Earlier and There Is No Later in Torah The first words of our Torah portion begin with the words "aharei mot sh'nei b'nei aharon -- after the deaths of Aaron's sons." Yet the demise of Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu, happened three Torah portions earlier in Parashat Sh'mini, so why does the Torah have to teach us that our Torah portion occurs after their death! One explanation is that this proves that there is no earlier (past) or later (present) when it comes to the chronology of events as it is written in the Torah. During today's class we will explore this explanation to try to understand it's implications for the meaning of Torah -- should[...]

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April 2, 2014
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Homecoming Pictures!

Check out these fabulous pictures from our Homecoming Weekend! Thanks to member and photographer extraordinaire Stella Morrison for some terrific work!  

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March 21, 2014
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Parashat Sh’mini (שמיני): A Strange Fire?

2014/5774 (Triennial I): A Strange Fire? In this week's Torah portion, Aaron's sons Nadav and Avihu bring an "eish zarah," a strange fire, to the tabernacle and instead of having their gift accepted, they are personally consumed by a fire from God. What went wrong? What was this strange fire that God not only rejected but caused God to kill them? Can we learn anything from this episode about how we should or should not approach God in our worship? Join the class to find out!    Classes from other years... 2013/5773 -- Why Is Pig So Unkosher?   Details of Photo The Death of Nadab and Abihu, engraving by[...]

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March 18, 2014
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Homecoming Sermon: “I am a Beth Mordecai Jew” – Responding to the Command to Be Jewish

Rabbi Ari Saks *Sermon for Shabbat Zahor/Parashat Tzav – March 15, 2016 Beth Mordecai Homecoming Weekend  In 2002, Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl was brutally murdered by militants in Pakistan. In addition to the sadness and pain felt in hearing the first reports of his murder, there was also a hint of hope, a taste of truth because with his last three words Daniel Pearl spoke a prideful and confident claim that resonates through eternity: I am Jewish. In the years since his death this confident claim of Jewish identity, of saying proudly I am Jewish, has unified the Jewish people to the point that, despite our many and vast differences, 94% of us in America say that we are proud to be Jewish according[...]

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February 5, 2014
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Mission Statement for Beth Mordecai’s Caring Committee

Caring Committee Mission Statement The purpose of Beth Mordecai’s Caring Committee is to reach out to members of the Beth Mordecai community and the extended Jewish community in times of need. We believe that this is what it means to be part of a caring Jewish congregation and community. We want to offer friendship, comfort and companionship especially at times when it is most needed. We want people to know we are a family in our Jewish Home for the Soul. Ways in which we can help: We will do our best to provide rides to the synagogue when needed. We will help to organize a minyan when a family is sitting shiva. We will pick up a few items at the grocery store, or[...]

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December 18, 2013
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About Us

About Us From our humble beginnings in 1897 to our energetic spirit today, Congregation Beth Mordecai has served a diverse Jewish population drawing from Perth Amboy, suburban Middlesex County, and as far away as New York City. Located on beautiful High Street near the marina in historic Perth Amboy, Congregation Beth Mordecai opened the doors of our current building in 1926. Its fine features have been preserved, from exquisite stained glass windows to original woods. Yet, while the sanctuary is breathtaking, it is the soulfulness and spirit of the people that truly makes our community special. A sense of warmth pervades our servicesour special events, and all of our activities as we welcome individuals and[...]

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November 15, 2013
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Donate Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief

Donate to American Jewish World Service to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Click on this link to be donate directly!

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November 12, 2013
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Get ready for the Rubber Duck Race!

Make sure you adopt your duck for our Rubber Duck Race fundraiser with the YMCA on Sunday December 8th! Go to www.perthamboyduckrace.com to purchase your duck!   IMPORTANT UPDATE! (12/5/13) Due to inclement weather predicted on the day of the race, we are splitting the Rubber Duck Race into a Race at the YMCA at 3 pm and a Raffle (of the ducks who "won" the race) to determine prizes at PERTH AMBOY CITY HALL at approximately 5:30 pm (the end of the Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony).    For a detailed description of the day's events, see the schedule below:   Schedule for the Duck Race 8 am - 2:30 pm -- Volunteers selling ducks at the YMCA (If you would like to help volunteer,[...]

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October 22, 2013
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Come Home…To Historic Congregation Beth Mordecai

Congregation Beth Mordecai is a small, warm and inclusive community that feels very much like a family. Our doors are open to all. We welcome people from traditional as well as non-traditional households and lifestyles, and are sensitive to individual needs. Men and women participate equally in all aspects of religious life here and interfaith families have long been an integral part of our community.We are a startup with a history! Established in 1895, our history boasts noted rabbis and cantors. Today, we are a small and caring institution with an entrepreneurial spirit. Physically connecting our history with our present is an unparralled majestic sanctuary. With a commitment to being a strong religious presence we are poised to successfully mix[...]

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