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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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November 11, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 864: Some Thoughts for Veterans’ Day — On Power, On Freedom, On Tzimtzum

(11/11/14), "The conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declarator and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficient ends of its institution" - Preamble to the Bill of Rights (1789) Dear Hevreh, Today we celebrate Veterans' Day, a day in which we recall the sacrifices made (and to be made) by the men and women of our armed services to guard our nation and protect our freedoms. It has often struck me how the language we use in describing our armed services in America (like in[...]

Category : American Jewish News Perth Amboy News Rabbi Rabbi's Journal
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September 12, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 804: Reflecting on America — A message in honor of September 11th

Dear Hevreh, Yesterday our country commemorated another anniversary -- the 13th -- of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. This "bar mitzvah" year is no celebration, but as we shared at Perth Amboy's commemoration yesterday it is an opportunity to recall what unifies us together, what makes us uniquely American. For many of our ancestors, America represented a beacon of light that promised a better and more prosperous future for us, their children. And for many of us though not all, that promise of a "goldene medinah (a golden land)" has been fulfilled. Yet, for many, including in our community and in our hometown, that promise is still a dream. If we are one of the lucky ones who feels[...]

Category : Perth Amboy News Rabbi Rabbi's Journal Shabbat
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September 9, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 801: Sunday’s Event — What A Success!

Dear Hevreh, On Sunday afternoon, our beautiful sanctuary was filled with words that were provocative, engaging, timely, and deeply powerful on the challenges of Israeli-Palestinian peace. They are words that many of us are still digesting, and will continue to digest especially through the High Holidays. They are words that teach us that there can be multiple truths to a single reality, and it is possible (albeit painful) to hold those two truths as equally valid. And as these powerful words were shared by our guests Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Ali Abu Awwad, we were there to listen to them. 115 people from far and wide in the Jewish community of Middlesex community were present in our beautiful sanctuary to hear these[...]

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August 11, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 772: The Simplicity (and Splendor) of Opening the Book

Dear Hevreh, Sometimes we tend to overthink, whether it's in our decision making or in our planning. We can get so caught up in the possibilities of what we can do and, at least in the case of our synagogue programming, trying to be innovative. Sometimes we spend too much time thinking about how to dress up the cover of the "book" we want to teach to make it shinier and more beautiful so more people pay attention. Yet, as is often the case, the most successful way to teach -- or to program or to plan -- is to keep it simple. As is often the case, the most successful way to teach is simply to open the book. This past[...]

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August 7, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 768: Reviewing Shabbat by the Sea

Dear Hevreh, Last week, I wrote three journal entries previewing this past Friday's Shabbat By The Sea experience with each entry devoted to a theme associated with the event -creative fun,partnership,and wordless music.In looking back at this night, I can't help but see how each of these elements helped made this night a wonderful success. Creative fun - I don't know about you, but if we have ice cream from Bayside Creamery at each of our events, I'll be there in a heartbeat. Just seeing their little stand waiting for us as we finished our abbreviated service was enough to make your mouth water. It certainly added an element of fun and even a little whimsy to a night of[...]

Category : Perth Amboy News Rabbi Rabbi's Journal Shabbat By The Sea
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July 30, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 760: Shabbat By the Sea — Partnership

This is the second of a 3 part journal series previewing different aspects of this Friday night's special Shabbat by the Sea -- Family and Community Edition. The theme for this journal is: partnership Dear Hevreh, In one of my journal entries from nearly nine months ago, I used the story of creation in which God created a partner for Adam to show that, according to the wisdom of our tradition, "the only way for humanity to fully enjoy and take advantage of all the potential imbued in creation is when we have partners to work with us because it's not fun to do things alone." This is a teaching that we've applied to much of our programming at Beth Mordecai[...]

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July 25, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 755: Open Air, Open “Doors,” Open Shabbat

Dear Hevreh, There is nothing like Shabbat by the Sea. The view, the atmosphere, the singing and dancing. It's a very special time for our community, and though our first Shabbat was rained out I am looking forward to a wonderful season of making memories in the open air by the Raritan Bay. Being in the open air (i.e. outside of the walls of our building) means that while the experience of Shabbat by the Sea is meant for our community's benefit, we are exposing the elements of our ritual to onlookers and passerby in the local Perth amboy community. Dog-walkers, runners, children at play, even couples taking pictures before their wedding (according to a story shared by Rabbi Melinda Zalma during[...]

Category : Perth Amboy News Rabbi Rabbi's Journal Shabbat Shabbat By The Sea
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March 26, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 634: Faithful Interfaith Sharing…Clergy Edition

Dear Hevreh,    Yesterday, I talked about how, in interfaith contexts, sharing meaningful objects from our faith traditions help us share ourselves with one another. Tonight, I will be engaging in another interfaith encounter in which we will share part of ourselves with one another...as clergy.   Tonight I will be co-leading a training/meeting for the Perth Amboy Chaplain Corps with a wonderful pastor, Bernadette Falcon Lopez of God's Army Ministries. The purpose of this training is to begin the process of building the collective mission for the Perth Amboy Chaplain Corps, which unites the largest collection of clergy in Perth Amboy. We are beginning this process in the similar manner that Reverend Anne-Marie and I began the interfaith session on Sunday, through sharing our[...]

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December 3, 2013
By bethmordecai
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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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