July 18-19, 2014
21 Tammuz, 5774
Candle Lighting Time: 8:08 PM
Shabbat Ends: 9:14 PM
Center City Eruv status:
Friday evening: 7:00-8:00 PM
Shabbat morning: 9:15-11:45 AM followed by a delicious, hot kiddush
Tot Shabbat: 10:45 - End of Services
Rabbi Hirsch's Talmud Class: 7:15 PM
Mincha/Third Meal/Ma'ariv: 8:00 PM
Shabbat at Mekor Habracha
Mekor Habracha Programs, Events & Services
Sponsorship and Member Info
Member Bullletin Board
Shabbat at Mekor Habracha
This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Garrett Scheier in celebration of his birthday. Happy birthday!
Last weeks kiddush was sponsored by Ellen and Sharon Geller in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of their mother, Dorothy Geller (Devorah bat Yosef v' Chava Beila z'l). May her memory be a blessing.
This week's Third Meal is still available to be sponsored.
Please send a return email if you would like to sponsor kiddush or Third Meal.
Mekor Habracha Programs, Events & Services
Weekday Morning Minyan
Mekor Habracha's weekday morning minyan schedule: Sunday: 9:00 AM, Monday & Thursdays & Rosh Chodesh : 6:45 AM, Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays: 7:00 AM.
Tisha B'av Schedule
Monday, August 4: Fast Begins: 8:10 PM Evening Services & Eicha: 8:45 PM
Tuesday, August 5: Morning Services & Kinnot: 6:45 AM Evening Services: 7:458:00 PM Fast Ends: 8:43 PM. Best wishes for a meaningful fast.
Shabbat Across the City is back!
Shabbat Across The City (SATC) is a special Mekor Habracha program aimed at creating a community atmosphere among our congregants. The Mekor SATC committee will match up guests and hosts in an effort to create new friendships among people who might not usually dine together. The next SATC will occur on Shabbat lunch, August 16. If you are interested in participating as a host for lunch on Shabbat, August 16, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. When you sign up please indicate how many you can host, your address, and what time you would like people to arrive. We will follow-up shortly with a call for guests after we know how many hosts we have. A huge thank you to Yoella Epstein and Claire Raab for running the program!
Center City Mikvah Project
The Mekor Habracha Center City Mikvah committee is working hard to get the project started. We now need volunteers to help with the building stage. Please send a return email if you would like to volunteer for this vital community effort.
Sam Ackerman's Hebrew Class Has Begun!
Sam Ackerman has started leading a class or adults to learn Hebrew grammar and vocabulary, focusing on prayers and their content. The class is free but a donation to the shul is requested; students will need to purchase a textbook online as well. Please contact Sam (email@example.com) for info immediately if you would like to attend.
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 shul.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com, and he can arrange some quick lessons, free of charge, and provide resources to help you learn.
ATTENTION AMAZON.COM SHOPPERS: SUPPORT MEKOR WITH 'AMAZON SMILE'!!
Amazon.com now 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 atsmile.amazon.com, you’ll find EXACTLY the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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! https://smile.amazon.com/ (For details and info: http://smile.amazon.com/about)
Weekly Study Group Topic: The Rabbis of the Talmud and their Aggadot
Please contact Susie Ratner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Yoella Epstein email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practical Jewish Philosophy
Rabbi Hirsch's "Practical Jewish Philosophy" class will not take place regularly over the summer, but stay tuned for announcements for if/when they will occur.
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.
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. Alex Prombaum and Andrew Feigenblatt lead the program. Students of all levels are welcome and are encouraged to come regularly or whenever schedules permit.
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 a Thursday 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 email@example.com 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.
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!
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 www.paypal.com to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com for info and/or to get some.
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:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhrpQ34s-_-EdDAtX1dWenZkTHNzcmtxTUMxcXFzcUE&pli=1#gid=0 New and expecting parents: check back frequently for your baby needs and wants!
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 are planning to combine 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 shul.
Correct Our Newsletter!
If you see any incorrect information or misspellings in this newsletter, please do not hesitate to let us know via return email. Thank you!
New Kosher Restaurant
We are pleased to announce that Pure Sweets (P.S. & Co.) Vegan Cafe at 1706 Locust St. is now kosher certified (pareve) under the Orthodox supervision of the IKC. If you patronize this or any other kosher restaurant in the city, please inform the manager that you are a kosher consumer!
Falafel Bar No Longer Under Kosher Supervision
Please be advised that Falafel Bar, formerly at 1513 Chestnut Street, has merged with a non-kosher pizza store down the block and is no longer under kosher supervision.
Grow and Behold Chicken and Meat (and now Cheese!)
Grow and Behold Foods will now be providing bi-monthly deliveries of their OU Kosher, humane, pasture raised poultry, beef, lamb turkey and now cheese to Center City. For order deadlines and delivery dates, visit www.growandbehold.com.
Kosher Lamb Bacon
Pavel Khazanov is receiving orders for artisinally crafted Kosher Lamb Baaacon, made by Chaim at the Knish Shop in Baltimore, MD. Please contact Pavel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to place an order.
A list of kosher establishments in Center City and Philadelphia (as well as the local Mikvaot and hotels) can be found here. Please patronize these and other local kosher sellers so that they will continue to carry kosher products. When you visit a kosher place, be sure to mention to the owner that you are a kosher consumer!
Member Bulletin Board
Seeking Apartment Rental Close to the Shul
Young couple moving to our community is seeking a three-bedroom rental that is within walking distance of the shul and would be a good home for a family with two kids under the age of three.
A male shul member is seeking a male roommate for a large, two bedroom house in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The house is close to Mekor Habracha and other Center City locations. Available immediately. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the shul or call 267-664-2844.
A Shomeret Shabbat female grad student in her 20's is seeking same in a roommate for an apartment close to the shul for the coming school year.
A shul member has informed us that a two bedroom apartment in graduate hospital next to their apartment is opening up at the end of this month.
Contact the shul if you know of anyone interested in any of the above.
Adopt a Great Local Cat!
A member of the community who is getting married to someone allergic to cats is seeking a trustworthy individual in the Center City Jewish community who would want an all-expense paid cat (everything covered by him for the life of the cat - he'll sign a civil and halachic contract agreeing - no out-of-pocket expenses) in exchange for visitation rights and accepting of shabbos invites as thank yous. The cat is female, 11 years-old, healthy (all shots up to date), friendly, intelligent (trained to sit and give her paw), and good with people.
On an another note, in six years in Philly, there have been only two mouse sightings - but both because of moves. Otherwise, mouse free living in the city! Please contact the shul if you are interested.
Kinderlach Rock Shabbat
KINDERLACH ROCK SHABBAT by Music Monkey Jungle is AWESOME Jewish Music for AWESOME Jewish Kids! Join Miss Lori on Fridays at 10:30 for songs, dances, games and super fun activities that get us into the Shabbat spirit. Lessons are 30 minutes in length, sessions run 8 weeks, with a make-up on week 9, the full cost is $120 (which includes a KR CD) and we are located at 15th and Bainbridge. Maximum number of children in a group is 15 and this group's age range is 5 mons. - 4yrs. For more information, please visit www.musicmonkeyjungle.com/schedule or write email@example.com.
Bala Cynwyd House For Rent
Twin on quiet street, private driveway; walkable to synagogues, shops, Lower Merion schools, R6 Cynwyd station & 44 bus. 3 BRs, 2 bath, sunroom, fireplace; small eat-in kitchen plus breakfast bar, brand new refrigerator, built-in microwave. Washer/dryer in finished basement. Small rear yard & detached garage.$1900/month Tenant pays utilities and is responsible for snow removal. Credit check required. Available end of summer. Contact Deborah at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-725-7772.
The Friendship Circle Needs Your Help!
Looking for adult crew to benefit The Friendship Circle at its annual Walk-a-Thon: Held on October 26, 2014 at Barrack Hebrew Academy, this event raises awareness for youth with special needs and helps fund the various programs that the Friendship Circle holds throughout the year.Consider donating your day by helping on the trail, directing traffic, registering walkers, staffing a booth at the fun fair or by setting up and/or cleaning up. With over 700 guests, we need all hands on deck! Shifts are from 10AM-4PM, let us know how you’d like to help by emailing crew@PhillyFriendship.com
Friends of the IDF Event - co-sponsored by Mekor Habracha
A special event has been planned for Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 6:30 pm to pay tribute to the unwavering dedication that Lone Soldiers courageously give to the IDF and to salute Lone Parents of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. This evening of "Israeli Wine, Cheese, Dessert and Music" will be an opportunity to connect our congregation with the brave young men and women who choose to leave the comforts of home to serve in the IDF and protect the Jewish homeland. The tribute will be hosted by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Pennsylvania & Southern NJ Israel Club, and Congregation Beth Or Israel Committee. It will be held at Beth Or, 239 Welsh Rd., Maple Glen, PA. The Program will also include an Israeli wine auction. At any particular time, an average of 2,800 immigrant Lone Soldiers serve in the IDF. About 950 new Lone Soldiers join the army every year. Approximately 40% of Lone Soldiers who enlisted in the last three years joined combat units. Let's work together as 5774 closes to ensure a better future in the year 5775 and support our Lone Soldiers.
For info on the next JRA (Jewish Relief Agency), see www.jewishrelief.org.
JFCS/Keshet LGBT Parent and Family Connection & ESHEL
JFCS/Keshet provides a peer mentoring program for Jewish parents and family members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews. Parent mentors provide confidential peer support by phone, email, video chat, or in person for parents and family members dealing with any stage of their family member's coming out process, and for young adults who are struggling with how to tell their parents and other family members about their identities. The mentors are Jewish parents and family members, spanning the gamut of Jewish identities and affiliations from secular through Orthodox. Mentors have children and family members of various ages, at different points in the coming out process. Any questions about the program can be directed to EGoldberg@jfcsphilly.org or 267.256.2077.
ESHEL is the national community for Orthodox LGBTQ Jews and their parents and families. There are national retreats, ongoing communications, parent support groups with monthly calls, resources and so much else. For more information and support, contact Sunnie Epstein (aka Rosenstein) at email@example.com. Please also check out ESHEL at www.eshelonline.org
Makom: Center City Jewish After School Community
Makom: Center City Jewish After School Community brings a new model of Jewish education to Philadelphia. Our after school community provides daily, high-quality after school care and Jewish education for children ages 4-11. In our pilot year 2014-2015, we're enrolling students in Pre-K through second grade. In the future, Makom will serve students in Pre-K through 5th grade. Each student’s learning is project-based and child-led. Learning is immersive and applied daily in our communal setting. Our families participate together through family Friday night experiences and Shabbat retreats that build community among our Makom families. To learn more go to www.makomcommunity.org or contact Beverly Socher-Lerner firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach out to those in need
Presently Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia is seeking compassionate volunteers to lend a hand to your neighbors in the Center City area. The volunteer work you can do with us is both interesting and greatly rewarding. The greatest need for our seniors in Center City is help with transportation. Through Silver Wheels you can really make a difference in our clients’ lives. The program is flexible. There are no set schedules and you drive as much or as little as you choose. You can also work one-on-one with our clients is also a need. Right now we have about five Northeast individuals in need of a help: A senior with MS needs help setting up a filing system for her papers; An elderly lady would love to have a friendly visitor; A senior client needs someone to run errands for her occasionally; A woman with mental health challenges needs a supportive volunteer to help her as she learns to care for her home (no volunteer house leaning involved.) It is easy to become a volunteer for JFCS. Just contact Lisa Tischler, Supervisor of Volunteer Services, at 267-256-2082. Thank you!
Mitzvah Food Project
Interested in volunteering with a food pantry? The Mitzvah Food Project is looking for volunteers at our food pantry in Center City (Jewish Communal Services Building at 21st & Arch). We are looking for volunteers to assist with evening walk-in hours twice a month on Thursdays from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. We are also looking for delivery drivers to deliver food boxes to seniors in South Philadelphia once a month. If you are interested or would like more information, please call (215) 832-0831 or email email@example.com.
Jewish Family and Children's Services
With a rich tradition of 158 years, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia offers a diverse array of services to help children, adults, seniors, and families cope with challenges that arise throughout the life cycle. JFCS' staff of caring and dedicated fully licensed clinical social workers is committed to providing quality services, compassionate support, and solutions that work. Everyone faces challenges and can occasionally feel anxious or discouraged. Timely help from a caring professional provides coping strategies and can help prevent problems from reaching serious crises. For more information, visit www.jfcsphilly.org or call 1.866.JFCSNOW.