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Parshat Vayeitzei
November 29, 2014
7 Kislev 5775

Candle Lighting Time: 4:18 PM
Shabbat Ends: 5:21 PM

Center City Eruv status:
Friday evening: 4:25-5:30 PM 

Shabbat morning: 9:15-11:45 AMfollowed by a delicious, hot kiddush 

Tot Shabbat: 10:45 - End of Services

Mincha: 12:25 PM (after kiddush)

Third Meal: 4:30 PM

Ma'ariv/Havdalah: 5:10 PM



Shabbat at Mekor Habracha
Recent News
Mekor Habracha Programs, Events & Services
Sponsorship and Member Info
Member Bullletin Board
Other Programs

Shabbat at Mekor Habracha

This week's kiddush is still available to sponsored.

Third Meal 
This week's Third Meal is still available to be sponsored. 

Please send an email to if you would like to sponsor kiddush or Third Meal.

Recent News

*New Kiddush Prices
The cost of sponsoring Kiddush is increasing. Members can now sponsor Kiddush for $150 (up from $125) and non-members can sponsor Kiddush for $200 (up from $150). You can still lock in old rates by prepaying for a Kiddush up to one year in advance before December 31, 2014.

Message from Rabbi Hirsch
For a special message from Rabbi Hirsch about the terrorist attack in Har Nof, click here.

*Donate to Victims of the Har Nof Terror Attack
If you would like to donate to support the victims of the recent terror attack in Har Nof, please visit made beforeNovember 28, 2014 will be matched dollar for dollar.

Board Report
The Mekor Habracha Board of Directors recently emailed a report to shul members. If you are a shul member and did not receive the report, please

Mekor Habracha Programs, Events & Services

Weekday Morning Minyan
Mekor Habracha's weekday morning minyan schedule: Sunday: 9:00 AMMonday & Thursdays & Rosh Chodesh: 6:45 AM, TuesdayWednesday & Fridays: 7:00 AM. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A DAILY MINCHA/MA’ARIV. The closest Mincha/Ma’ariv minyan is at UPenn Hillel at 215 S 39th St., off Walnut St. There is also an early Mincha M-Th at 1818 Market Street (lobby) at 1:50 PM & 1420 Walnut Street (2nd floor) at 2 PM.

*Simchat Torah Pledges
There are still a few outstanding Simchat Torah pledges that have not been paid. If you have not paid, please do so ASAP. 

Kabbalah for Life - Rabbi Hirsch's Weekly Class!
Rabbi Hirsch's weekly class entitled "Kabbalah for Life" is held weekly on Thursdayevenings at 6:15Everyone is welcome to attend.

*Class on Reading Torah 
Sam Ackerman is considering offering a weekly class on how to read Torah and would like to gauge interest.  If you would be interested in taking such a class starting in January, please speak with Sam directly or email him at with days of the week and times you are available.

Winter CSA at Mekor Habracha
The summer CSA at Mekor Habracha is winding down, but now it's time for the winter CSA! The winter CSA will run for 14 weeks starting the first week in December until the last week in March. (There will be a three week holiday break from Dec. 22Jan. 10). Some items you can expect in your box are fresh greens,{kale, spinach, lettuce mix, swiss chard, radishes,}  root crops, {sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, beets} winter squash, apples and citrus. You can sign up here pick at the shul. Email with any questions. 

*COMING UP Mekor Habracha Cholent Cookoff
Everyone is invited to the Inaugural Mekor Habracha Cholent Competition, hosted by David Morley and Orly Coblens at 2202 Saint James Street NEXT Shabbat, December 6th after Kiddush.  We are looking for cholent makers and cholent judges. Contribute $54 to enter a cholent, or $18 to be be a judge. The winner receives $100 gift card to Citron and Rose and the prestigious Jew Stew Award. All extra proceeds benefit the shul. Please contact David Morley ( ASAP if you want to participate. 

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Mekor Habracha Gala - Sunday, January 25th!
We are thrilled to announce that the Annual Mekor Habracha Gala will take place on Sunday, January 25th at Helium Comedy Club. Please join us for a night of laughs, cocktails, good food and a great cause. Details and invitations to follow. Please contact Jon Mann ( or Joel Frisch ( with any questions.

The Center City Kehillah is Back!
The Center City Kehillah is a collaborative effort that seeks to develop Jewish cross-institutional relationships, to enrich the Jewish community in ways no one organization can do alone, and to expand the reach of Jewish life in Philadelphia. The Kehillah will bring together clergy, lay leaders, and professional staff from synagogues and other institutions and will develop programs for the entire Center City Jewish community. Mekor Habracha is an official member of the Kehillah. For more information or to get involved, contact Miriam Steinberg-Egeth (who is now heading the Kehillah - yay!) at or 267-225-8701.

Mekor Habracha Email Services
Mekor Habracha has set up emails for various services we offer:

  1. for general shul info
  2. to contact our hospitality committee
  3. to contact our sisterhood
  4. for all kiddush info 
  5. for info regarding our weekday morning minyan
  6. to sign up to lain for the shul
  7. to order your Mekor Habracha New Year's cards
  8. to contact our mishloach manot committee 
  9. to contact our board of directors
  10.  to contact the rabbi
The Mekor Habracha Sisterhood
Mekor Habracha now has a Sisterhood! For more information about becoming involved, please email

Center City Mikvah Project 
The Mekor Habracha Center City Mikvah committee, led by Jon Newcombe and Yah-el Har-el, is working hard to get the project started. Mekor Habracha has been at the forefront of these efforts, raising a serious amount of money from within our community and taking leadership roles upon themselves. The Mikvah project still needs volunteers to help with the building stage, so please send a return email if you would like to volunteer for this vital community effort. 

Hospitality & New Baby Email List
If you would like to be added to the hospitality/new baby email list, please send a return email. Those on the list will receive hospitality requests made to the shul and meal preparation and other requests to help families who recently had a baby. We have now combined the lists, so if anyone would prefer to be left off the list or if you know of someone who would like to be added, please email the

Tuesday Night Talmud 
Each Tuesday night at 7 PM, 'Tuesday Night Talmud' takes place at Mekor Habracha. The class studies Mesechet Kiddushin and focuses on Talmudic structure in a group learning environment. Adam Romanosky and Andrew Feigenblatt  lead the program. Students of all levels are welcome and are encouraged to come regularly or whenever schedules permit.

Friday Night Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner 
The next Mekor Habracha Friday night Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat will take place on Friday night, January 23 at 6:00 PM, followed by Shabbat dinner at 7:15 PMCost for the dinner has been reduced to $10 for shul members and $15 for non-members. Reservations, payments and requests for vegetarian meals to are required by Wednesday, January 21. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Calling all Lainers and Haftarah Readers
In order to provide the community with a quality Torah and haftarah reading, we need capable people from the community to provide this invaluable service. If you know how to read Torah or haftarah, and would like to volunteer to lain, please contact for more information. We would love to hear some new voices! If you are a little rusty or do not know how to read Torah and would like to learn, please reach out to Jonathan Newcombe at, and he can arrange some quick lessons, free of charge, and provide resources to help you learn.  

SUPPORT MEKOR WITH 'AMAZON SMILE'!! has a new program to support non-profits called "Amazon Smile". Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization (in this case Mekor Habracha of course!), every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find EXACTLY the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price (.05%) to your favorite charitable organization. To sign up and support the shul, visit this link TODAY! (For details and info:

Weekly Study Group Topic: The Rabbis of the Talmud and their Aggadot
Please contact Susie Ratner at or Yoella Epstein at if you are interested in joining in the weekly study of the aggadot of the Talmud, viewed through the lens of the Rabbis who taught them. We will begin with Hillel and Shamai and then work our way through the Tanaim and Amorim.  We will be using the Encyclopedia of the Rabbis of the Talmud and the Ein Yaakov as our sources.  All are welcome! 

Join the Mekor Habracha Book Club
The Mekor Habracha book club meets every 4-6 weeks at a member's home to discuss that month's book selection.  If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please email Alexandra at
Tot Shabbat Now Every Shabbat
Hey Parents! In response to the many requests received from shul members, we have expanded Tot Shabbat to EVERY SHABBAT and moved the time to 10:45 AM. Join us every Shabbat at 10:45 AM and we'll sing, dance and play in honor of Shabbat. All kinderlach (baby-7 yrs.) and their parents are welcome to attend.

Shul Facebook Page
Mekor Habracha has a Facebook page, now with over 350 members, where people can communicate and share relevant community info with one another. Join today by visiting 
this page (It's free!). 

Eruv Checkers Needed
The community is in need of Eruv checkers. If you could help for about one hour on aThursday orFriday every 2-3 months, please send a return email.


Sponsorship and Member Info

Dedicate a Siddur
Artscroll siddurim (prayer books) are available for dedication at $50 each. Email to make your dedication.  

Sponsor a Kiddush or Third Meal

Please send a return email if you would like to sponsor Kiddush or Third Meal:   

Standard Kiddush: $125 for shul members, $150 for non-members until December 31, 2014. Beginning January 1, 2015 prices will rise to $150 for shul members, $200 for non-members.

Third Meal: $50 for members, $75 for non-members.

Please inquire via return email about our reasonable rates for special Kiddush and Third Meal sponsorship options such as bagels and spreads, various platters, and more! 

Mishebeirach list
If you know of someone who is ill and would like to add their name to the shul mishebeirach list, please email the shul 
here with the person's Hebrew name and their mother's Hebrew name. Please note that their name will remain on the list until the end of the secular calendar month, before which another request must be made or it will be removed from the list. Wishing a refuah shelaima to all those who need it!  

Membership, Donation and Payment Links

See this link to join Mekor Habracha. To donate or pay sponsorships/dues online (ONLY if no goods or services received): Click here: Network for Good . To pay for dinners, luncheons etc. (services received) please send money via to We respectfully request that all payments made through the Network for Good website include the 5% service fee, and all Paypal payments include an additional 5% charge to cover the Paypal fee. All payments by cash or check do not require any additional charges. 

Supermarket Scrip/Gift Cards

Mekor Habracha is selling ShopRite, Superfresh and Acme gift cards, available in $50 or $100 increments. When you buy gift cards, the supermarket donates 5% back to Mekor Habracha. The gift cards have no expiration date and can be used at any ShopRite, Superfresh or Acme (respectively). Please contact Rhona Gerber at for info and/or to get some.

Maternity/Baby Gemach
Want to clear out some space?  Looking to borrow (and return!) maternity or baby items?  If you have maternity or baby items to loan to the community, list them on our new baby gemach at: