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May 12, 2016
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DAY 1412: On Israel and Shepherding

"I was a shepherd in Africa...now I shepherd Jewish people to Israel" - paraphrase of Dr. Avraham Neguise, Likud Member of Knesset and Chairman of Committee on Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs Dear Hevreh, Israel has always held a special place in my heart. Between college and rabbinical school I took five trips to Israel and after each one my appreciation and love for the miracle of the Jewish State only increased. I even contemplated making aliyah at one point until I felt commanded to serve the Jewish people and religious life in America. This story is not new - many non-Israeli Jews feel a call to join the Jewish project in Israel, yet for one reason or another find[...]

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May 4, 2016
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DAY 1404: Never Forget, Time to Support our Survivors

Reflection on the beginning of Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day, beginning tonight with a program at the JCC at 7:30 pm... Dear Hevreh, Some of you may have already seen the email shared with our community, or the article I wrote in the New Jersey Jewish News on the subject, but right now there is a great need in our larger Jewish community to support our Holocaust survivors. Yes, we need to help our survivors because their stories are invaluable, their presence is precious, and their sacrifice is too great to articulate. But even more so, we need to help them because they have done so much to help us. Earlier this November, during one of our parlour meetups,[...]

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Emergency: Services for 250 local Holocaust survivors at risk

Letter from Jewish Federation of the Heart of New Jersey on the urgent need to support Holocaust survivors: This year, the timing of Yom HaShaoh, Holocaust Remembrance Day, coincides with recent, troubling news that restitution funds are falling short to meet the humanitarian needs of Holocaust survivors in Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties. Twenty-five survivors have already had services cut and 100 more face cuts in coming months. These are cuts to services helping them with basic daily activities, from meal preparation to bathing, to simply tidying up at home. The Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services in Middlesex and Jewish Family & Children's Service in Monmouth, together, are launching an urgent fundraising initiative on Yom HaShoah, May 5, to restore services and prevent further[...]

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April 22, 2015
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Announcing our Safran Hall Rededication and Silent Auction!

We are so excited to announce the rededication of Beth Mordecai’s Safran Hall on June 7! The afternoon will be filled with opportunities to celebrate our updated social hall. From raffle prizes and silent auctions to unlimited wine and desserts to high-shelf scotch tastings, the Rededication and Silent Auction is an opportunity to begin building brand-new memories in this newly-renovated space. The rededication and silent auction commemorates and celebrates a wonderful update to our nearly 90-year-old building: the remodeling of our social hall, named after longtime member Rachel Wolff Safran. With new carpets, paint, curtains, and more, Safran Hall is a beautiful space to host small and large events alike. Read below for the Rededication and Silent Auction details, and most importantly, share[...]

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September 4, 2014
By bethmordecai
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kDAY 796: This Sunday: A Litmus Test For…Jewish Middlesex County

This is the second of a three part journal series previewing this Sunday's Israeli-Palestinian speaker event "One Land, Two Worlds, One Painful Hope" Dear Hevreh, A year in a half ago, in the spring of 2013, we participated in a wonderful event celebrating the birthday of the State of Israel. There were lots of activities for families, some excellent food, a concert, and some learning. We strongly advertised for and we had a good turnout -- It was a terrific event for our community. And by the way...it was held at Neve Shalom in Metuchen. Someone once told me rather facetiously that if they had it their way, we should "lock the doors" when people come into the synagogue, as a way of[...]

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December 17, 2013
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DAY 535: ONE Jewish People

Today we celebrate our unity. Today we honor our diversity. Today we glorify the beauty of Klal Yisrael (people of Israel) - Day 295: Klal Yisrael Dear Hevreh, I shared the words written above last Spring when four Jewish institutions in northern Middlesex County -- Beth Mordecai, Neve Shalom, Temple Emanu-El, and the JCC -- came together to work on a program to celebrate our love for the Jewish homeland of Israel. I return to these words because this Sunday from 9 am -- 12 pm we have another opportunity to experience the glory of Klal Yisrael with an amazing Bible Family Fun Day program which we are co-sponsoring with the other three northern Jewish Middlesex institutions and Middlesex Federation and the Conservative[...]

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December 3, 2013
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DAY 521: Publicizing the Miracle of Hanukkah to Family, Neighbors, and Fellow Jews

Dear Hevreh, Last night, I had one of the most memorable Hanukkah experiences of my life as I celebrated the Festival of Lights with my family, my neighbors, and my Jewish community. It wasn't that one particular moment stood out (though I really enjoyed sharing the story of Hanukkah with 3rd and 4th grade Perth Amboy students), but rather that the overall experience of lighting the candles with so many groups of people truly exemplified the meaning of the mitzvah of pirsumei nisah, of publicizing the miracle of Hanukkah. The rabbis teach us that the purpose of lighting candles is to share the miracle with everyone around us, which is why we are supposed to light the candles as early as[...]

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January 11, 2013
By bethmordecai
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DAY 195: Our People, Our World

*Note:  This messsage is a little longer than usual* Dear Hevreh, A brief glimpse into any moment Jewish history reveals that we have been pulled by two, often opposing, poles -- towards our connection with our people and towards being a part of the greater society.  As such one of the tenets of Conservative Judaism that makes me a Conservative Jew, is that we can be both -- we can be good Jews and good members of society. Two upcoming events for our community clearly demonstrate our commitment to this belief. 1) Super Sunday Phone-a-thon for Jewish Federation of Middlesex County, this Sunday 1/13 8:30 am -- 2:00 pm; 5:30 pm -- 9:00 pm We have always been a people of small numbers, yet we[...]

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July 1, 2012
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DAY 1 — Introduction from Rabbi Saks

To the Beth Mordecai community, Today is my first official day on the job as your new rabbi!  It's hard to imagine that this day has finally arrived after thinking about it for so long.  Yet, it's here and I am even more excited and energized to do this job than the day I took it.  With that excitement though comes a certain amount of nervousness because I want to make the community proud.  I'll be honest, I don't know exactly where this journey is going to take us.  There are many different possible endings.  Yet I believe that if we work hard at listening to each other and out of that listening we do what we can to help each[...]

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