This Week at Beth Mordecai

November 1, 2018
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This Week at Beth Mordecai

Starting Wednesday, November 7, 9:30-10:30 – Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas

Starting Wednesday, November 7! Join Rabbi Metz for “Coffee Talk,” studying Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas. Brewed Awakening, 417 Main St, Metuchen, NJ.

Wednesday, November 7, 12 noon. – Ask the Rabbi

Menlo Park Mall Food Court by Panera.  Join Rabbi Metz to discuss and study Pirke Avot, an ancient and modern text relevant
to everyday life. Come to study or come with your own questions!

Thursday, November 8, 12 noon Classic Yiddush Film – “The Dybbuk”

Presented at AMC Lowes New Brunswick as part of the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival. 

A rich, ethnographic tapestry of Jewish legend, The Dybbuk is a Yiddish-language drama based on S. Ansky’s seminal play about a bride possessed by a dybbuk, or disconnected soul. The film weaves a mystical tale from the Hasidic shtetls of the late nineteenth century with the story of two close friends, Sender and Nisn, who vow that their first-born children will marry one another. The Dybbuk presented here is a new restoration of the 1937 classic.

Dr. Agnieskza Legutko of Columbia University will speak after the film. More information at

Tickets $13. Be sure to get your tickets in advance from the film festival’s website. This screening is expected to sell out.

Friday, November 9, 8:00 p.m.

Traditional Kabbalat Shabbat Services.

Saturday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.

Shabbat morning services with Torah reading.



• Judasim’s 10 Best Ideas Coffee Talk series starts Wednesday, November 7!

Join Rabbi Metz for “Coffee Talk” 9:30-10:30
Studying Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas.  At Brewed Awakening, 417 Main St, Metuchen, NJ

• Ask the Rabbi, Wednesday, November 14 and 21, 12 noon.

Series continues discussing Pirke Avot, an always relevant text from the Mishna on ethics and interpersonal relationships. Or bring a question of your own.

• Book Club
Tuesday, December 11, 7 p.m.

Our next book will be The Haj, by Leon Uris. The Haj is an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness. It is about a Palestinian Arab family caught up in the events of the 1920’s to 1950’s as witnessed by Ishmael, the youngest son of the village leader’s family. The story portrays the interactions and clashes between Ishmael’s village and the Jewish pioneers building up Palestine, creating modern Israel.
Location TBD.

• Becoming a Better Pray-er workshop series,
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Join us for the second session of our prayer learning series. This session will be an uplifting class to learn how and when to say the kaddish prayer. An anxiety-free way to learn the prayers commonly said during services. No Hebrew knowledge necessary! RSVP to

• Interfaith Thanksgiving,
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

Join Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church and Congregation Beth Mordecai for an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
Please bring a vegetarian dessert traditional for your family to share.

• Cantorial Showcase at Beth Mordecai
Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a musical Shabbat experience that features Robby Wittner, a 4th year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College in New York City.
Catered dinner to follow ($30/person).  RSVP to Elliot: or 732.442.1373.

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