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October 2, 2015
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Parashat V’zot Hab’rakhah 2015/5776 — The Power of Blessing: Can Blessings Tell Us the Future?

Parashat V'zot Hab'rakhah 2015/5776: The Power of Blessing -- Can Blessings Tell Us the Future? In the first chapter of the Torah's last portion (Deuteronomy 33), Moses grants blessings to the 12 tribes of Israel much in the same way that Jacob offers his final words to his 12 sons at the end of Genesis (Genesis 49). The parallels are striking including specific phrases and metaphors to describe the sons/tribes. What's also striking is that Moses is said to offer the tribes a "blessing" (Deuteronomy 33:1) whereas Jacob is said to offer his sons insight into what will happen in "the latter days" i.e. the future (Genesis 49:1). Since Moses seems to be doing the same thing as Jacob with using the[...]

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September 4, 2015
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Parashat Ki Tavo 5775/2015 (Triennial II) — The Power of Blessing

Parashat Ki Tavo 5775/2015 (Triennial II) -- The Power of Blessing Blessings are all around us; some are hidden and some are plain to see. It is part of the human condition to search out blessings because we know they have power. But what is that power? What makes us yearn to say "I bless you" and to experience the feeling of being blessed? Join us to discuss the power of blessing through the lens of four discrete blessings in this week's Torah portion (Deuteronomy 28:3-6). Photo taken from -- Photo taken by C. Jill Reed on Flickr -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/mulmatsherm/

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June 3, 2015
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DONATE TODAY!

Please click on one of the links below to donate to Beth Mordecai, your Jewish Home for the Soul! Rabbi's Discretionary Fund General Fund Friday Night Oneg Shabbat -- $50 Shabbat Morning Kiddush -- $100 Memorial Tablet -- $300 Brass Memorial Plaque -- $1195 If you would like to make a donation in honor of someone's memory or for any other special occasion, please follow the instructions below: Click on one of the funds above Fill out the form including your name, address, credit card info, and the amount to be donated Click "Review Donation and Continue" On the top half of the next screen, you'll see a little word that says "For" Click on "For" and a small dialogue[...]

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May 11, 2015
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Who was Rachel Wolff Safran?

As you may have heard, Beth Mordecai is hosting a rededication of Safran Hall, our recently-remodeled social hall, on June 7. The hall is named after Rachel Wolff Safran, whose family is intimately intertwined with our congregation’s history. Rabbi Ari Saks had the opportunity to speak with her grandson, Henry Safran, and granddaughter, Susan Hermanos, about their family’s legacy in Perth Amboy.
We hope that you will join us in celebrating the facelift of our amazing hall, named after an amazing woman and amazing family.

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Perth Amboy has such fascinating Jewish history. Families played, worked, and went to school together. They celebrated life’s ups and downs together. While the lifestyle of late nineteenth century to mid-20th century Judaism cannot be replicated,[...]

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November 10, 2014
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Tot Shabbat — Celebrate Shabbat!

TOT SHABBAT -- Celebrate Shabbat! A FREE program run by an accredited teacher designed for children ages 2-5 years old, with siblings and children of all ages welcome. Celebrate Shabbat through this fun and interactive service with songs, story time, an activity or craft (Shabbat friendly of course!), and a kiddie kiddush. This week at Tot Shabbat we will be learning about and celebrating Shabbat itself! We'll read a wonderful children's story about all of the fun and exciting traditions of Shabbat, sing upbeat Shabbat themed songs, create our own Shabbat pretend candles, challah, and spice box, and then enjoy a delicious challah and grape juice mini kiddush. Kiddush with the congregation to follow! Sign up with our Facebook event -- click on[...]

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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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DAY 863: An Inspiring Night — Reflections on Friday Night in NYC

Dear Hevreh, If I were to tell you that this past weekend I went to New York for "Music! Singing! Dancing!," you might have thought that I was going to the latest Broadway show or some other musical performance. But in fact, along with nearly 15 other members of our congregation, we weren't at a show...we were at shul. To be exact, we were at Congregation B'nai Jeshrun, one of the largest and most thriving Conservative synagogues in the country. It's a synagogue that started in the late 19th century yet rapidly declined after a heyday around the middle of the 20th century. Then in the early 1980s it hired a charismatic rabbi Marshall Meyer, who was an aide to [...]

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November 7, 2014
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Parashat Vayera (וירא) — Raping Foreigners

Parashat Vayera 2014/5775 (Triennial II) -- Raping Foreigners In this week's Parashah, we read how the men of Sodom came to Lot's home to demand that he release the men staying in his home so "v'neid-ah otam, so that they can rape them (Genesis 19:5). This trope of raping foreigners is echoed later in the Bible in Judges 19:22. Why are the men in both of these stories doing this to the foreigners in their midst? What can these stories teach us about the power of rape and attitudes to foreigners? Do these stories have anything to teach us today? Classes from other years: Parshat Vayera[...]

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September 19, 2014
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FREE Yom Kippur and 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah

Please join us for Yom Kippur and the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah in our MAIN sanctuary. Not in a catering wing with a television or a speaker with a piped in service. You will be in our main service with our own Rabbi Saks and our Canter, Rabbi Bronwen Mullin. It is the custom of this synagogue to offer FREE services for those days to those that wish to attend and cannot afford a ticket. The first day of Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre do require a very affordable ticket. Please call our office at 732-442-1373 Monday through Thursday from 10-2. If we are not in please leave a message and we will call you back.

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