March 7-8, 2014
6 Adar II, 5774
Candle Lighting Time: 5:41 PM
Shabbat Ends: 6:41 PM
Center City Eruv status:
Friday evening: 5:50-7:00 PM
Shabbat Across The City Program: following evening services (by reservation only)
Shabbat morning: 9:15-11:45 AM followed by a delicious, hot kiddush
Tot Shabbat: 10:30-11:15 AM
Mincha: 12:15 PM
Ma'ariv (tentative): 6:30 PM
Shabbat at Mekor Habracha
Sponsorship and Member Info
Member Bullletin Board
Shabbat at Mekor Habracha
This week's kiddush is still available to be sponsored.
Please send a return email if you would also like to sponsor kiddush.
Mazal Tov to Naomi Wischnia upon her engagement to Aaron Rosenthal!
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.
Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday morning, March 9 at 2 AM. Mekor Habracha's summer schedule begins next Shabbat, March 14-15.
Purim at Mekor Habracha
Mekor Habracha will be hosting another fun-filled Purim program this year. On Saturday night, March 15, Ma'ariv (evening) services and Megilla reading will begin at 8:15 PM, followed by our annual Purim costume party with delicious food and awesome music from our shul band, Moments of Wrong! Recommended donation is $5 pp. We are seeking sponsors to help cover the enormous cost of the party. Full sponsorship is $2,000. You can also choose to be a partial sponsor.
Thank you to Yah-el Har-el and Andres Catalan for co-sponsoring the Purim party in honor of Uri's six month birthday and their two year wedding anniversary, and Uri is also sponsoring by himself in appreciation for his wonderful friends at Mekor Habracha.
The event is also co-sponsored anonymously in honor of all our members who volunteer their time and energy to help the shul grow. May their numbers increase.
The event is also co-sponsored by Rochelle Lindenbaum and Sacha Joly in honor of the MH community. Thank you to our sponsors!
We are still seeking sponsors, so please let us know ASAP if you would also like to sponsor the Purim Party.
Morning services and Megilla reading will take place at the shul on Sunday morning, March 16 at 9 AM. Best wishes for a joyous Purim!
Mishloach Manot and Matanot L'Evyonim
Now is the time to order Mishloach manot through the shul! To place your mishloach manot order, simply decide which shul members (if not all) you would like to send packages to. Then email MekorPurim@gmail.com with your selections. You will receive a response via email with electronic payment instructions. It's $180 to send to the whole shul and just $18 per individual shul member. Please indicate in the email if you would like your name to be listed differently than the way it was listed on your membership form. All orders must be placed by TODAY Friday, March 7th. Should you have any questions please email the shul or MekorPurim@gmail.com. All shul members will receive at least one package. Any members wishing to receive a card in lieu of a package please contact us as well.. Packages will be available for pickup at the shul on Purim evening & morning, March 15-16.
Mekor Habracha will be creating a special fund to help our community fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L'evyonim for Purim. Funds will be distributed on Purim day to the needy, both in Philadelphia and in Israel. Donations will be accepted by check made out to "Mekor Habracha" with a note in the memo: "Purim fund" and mailed c/o Ellen Geller, 768 N. Croskey Street Philadelphia, PA 19130. Checks must be received by THIS Thursday, March 13.. You may also "Send Money" via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org (please add approximately 4% of each Paypal donation to cover the Paypal costs). Please indicate if you specifically want your donation to be made in Philadelphia or Israel.
Let My People Run/Walk Marathon to Support the Center City Eruv
On Purim Sunday (March 16th), please join Let My People Run! as we run or walk all 10 miles of the Center City Eruv to raise money for its maintenance and repair. Half-eruv and quarter-eruv routes will also be available. For more information and to sign up as a participant or volunteer, find us here: http://lmprunphilly.wix.com/lmprun#!run-the-eruv/c19mh and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/557049354393007/
Carlebach Friday Night and Dinner
The next Mekor Habracha Friday night Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat will take place on Friday night, March 28 at 7:00 PM, followed by Shabbat dinner at 8:15 PM. Cost for the dinner is $15 for shul members and $25 for non-members (for Paypal payments to email@example.com, add a $1 processing fee, which comes to $16/26 for each reservation). Reservations, payments and requests for vegetarian meals to firstname.lastname@example.org were already required but last minute requests may still be accepted.. Everyone is welcome to attend.
ATTENTION AMAZON.COM SHOPPERS: SUPPORT MEKOR!
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 at smile.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)
Important Israel Lecture at Mekor Habracha
ZOA of Philadelphia and The Institute of Jewish Ethics present "The Ethics of Supporting Israel. Legal, Practical and Jewish Perspectives." on Tuesday, March 18 at 12:00-2:00 PM at Mekor Habracha, 2000 Chestnut Street, second floor. Presenters: UPenn Professor Harry Reicher, "Israel Under International Law, A Legal Analysis", Sgt. Benjamin Anthony of Our Soldiers Speak, "Israel From the Ground: A Practical Look Through the Eyes of an IDF Sergeant", and Rabbi Israel Leizerowsky of Cong. Beth Medrash HaRav, "Israel According to Torah: Its Spiritual and Ethical Significance to the Jewish People" and moderated by Jerome Marcus Esq. Approved by PACLE for 2 CLE credits, buffet lunch will be served. Cost $72 for CLE credit,$20 for non-CLE credit. For more info or to reserve visit www.jethics.org or call 215-782-8878 or ZOA at 610-660-9466.
Practical Jewish Philosophy
Rabbi Hirsch's "Practical Jewish Philosophy" class will not take place regularly over the summer, but stay tuned for announcements for when they will occur.
CSA at Mekor Habracha
Join the Mekor Habracha CSA today! The CSA will be available in a regular share (delivered every week) or a half share (delivered every other week).The CSA season will run 21 weeks, from June through October. Pickup will take place each Wednesday afternoon, from noon to 6pm. We have reached the minimum number of member confirmations! if you know of anyone else that may be interested, please forward this information on to them. To reserve a share for the 2014 season, please email the shul or email email@example.com ASAP, and indicate if you would like a full (every week) or half share A half share is every other week, but please be aware that there is at least one person who would like to share a full share every week with someone else, so if this is something you're interested in, or If you have any other questions, please email the shul or MekorCSA@gmail.com.
New Center City Hebrew Day School
Please spread the word regarding the Abrams Center City Hebrew Day School initiative to anyone you think may be interested in the school and encourage them to contact us to obtain info. Email firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any specific questions about the new school. See http://abramsonline.org/from-the-rabbis-desk/ for info about Abrams Academy.
Help Make the Center City Mikvah a Reality
The Center City Mikvah building project is in high gear, but we need everyone's help to get it completed. For a limited time, you can make your donation count three-fold: two generous donors will match every dollar given, with two for every one dollar given, yes two for one! More information to come. Donations for this vital project for our community can be made at http://philamikvah.org or sent to the shul with a memo specifying that the donation is for the mikvah. You can "like" their Facebook page here. If you would like to become actively involved in this project, please contact the shul. Thank you!
Weekly Study Group Topic: The Rabbis of the Talmud and their Aggadot
Please contact Susie Ratner at email@example.com or Yoella Epstein at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Mekor Winter Basketball Team and Now Summer Baseball!
We are trying to recruit men for the Mekor Habracha men's Winter Basketball Team. The games will be played on Sundays at either 3, 4, or 5 PM. All games will be played at Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Previous experience preferred (but all efforts welcomed!). Cost is $95 per player.
Mekor will be joining a spring season of Softball at Donald Finnegan field from Mar 23-May 31. There are two options, Sun or M/W: http://pssc.leagueapps.com/leagues/softball/27860-spring-14-mondaywednesday-mens-softball--donald-finnegan or http://pssc.leagueapps.com/leagues/softball/28498-spring-14-sunday-night-mens-softball--donald-finnegan-playground.Please contact Joel Frisch at email@example.com for questions/details about either team.
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.
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. Join us every Shabbat at 10:30 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 300 members, where people can communicate and share relevant 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 or Friday 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 and/or new baby email list, please send a return email. Those on the hospitality list will receive hospitality requests made to the shul and the new baby list will receive meal preparation and other requests to help families who recently had a baby.
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 him 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
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.
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.
Israel Bonds Ad Olam Knockout Cocktail Reception
March 8, 20147:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Joe Hand Boxing Gym 545 N Third St. Philadelphia, PA 19123. Cocktail Reception for Israel Bonds Ad Olam (Young Leadership) with Israeli former boxing champion, Yuri Foreman. Photo ops available; dietary laws observed; parking available. $36 couvert per person. Contact Info for question Susan Schiffrin firstname.lastname@example.org (267) 443-2009.
Taharat HaMishpacha Refresher Course
Please join Yoetzet Halacha, Tova Warburg Sinensky, for a one session refresher course to be held at Kohelet Yeshiva, 223 N. Highland Ave., Merion Station, onSunday evening, March 9 from 8:00-9:30 PM. In order to tailor the class to your interests please fill out this 1 minute anonymous survey: http://goo.gl/67bMNG. For all info, email email@example.com.
Seder: The Musical This Year in Philadelphia-A Seder Like No Other
FEATURED ARTISTS INCLUDE: 11th Hour Theatre Company | Tap dancer Germaine Ingram with violinist Diane Monroe | The Bearded Ladies | Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston | Singer/Songwriter Chana Rothman | Flutist Mekor Member Chana Datskovsky | Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg Kranin | Kosher catering by Greenwald Caterers. Sunday, March 30 Cocktail Hour - 5 PM Seder 6-9 PM Venue: The Gershman Y 401 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107. To buy tickets see: https://gershmany.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a0Fi0000005s9jJEAQ.
"Hot N' Healthy": How to Prevent Heart Attacks
Robert B. Norris M.D. F.A.C.C. Chief, Department of Cardiology, Pennsylvania Hospital ,will be leading a discussion on "How to Prevent Heart Attacks" on Tuesday, March 11,at 2:30 PM at
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia (East Side of Washington Square below Walnut Street) 219 S. 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 215-925-2688 to reserve. Handicaped Accessible. Refreshments will be served.
Israel 360 Couples Trip
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Renaissance Group and Center for Israel and Overseas are delighted to announce that the fifth cohort of Israel360 will be departing in May 2014 and will be for couples! Israel360 is an intensive 10-day Israel experience for young professionals ages 27 to 35. They are looking for a select group of 20 couples from the five-county Greater Philadelphia region that are committed to learning about and becoming more involved in our Jewish community. During the 10-day Israeli adventure, participants can expect to experience Israel’s history, culture, politics, food, music, religion and much, much more. The cost of this trip is $360 (per individual) and includes round-trip airfare, double-occupancy hotels, tours, activities and most meals. If you know someone interested in participating in this trip, please have them submit an application online at www.jewishphilly.org/Israel360. Questions can be directed to the Renaissance Group at 215.832.0852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 7 - 9,, the second ESHEL Retreat for Orthodox Families of GLBT Jews will be held. This organization is specifically for Orthodox GLBT Jews and their parents and families. Goals are to help GLBT Jews have a place that is safe and embracing in our Orthodox community and to educate all of us about the importance of embracing ALL Jews under the tent that Avraham used, his "eshel." Parent support groups meet monthly and there are other resources for members of our Orthodox community, including text study resources and camaraderie with other families in this newly growing community. For more information contact Sunnie Epstein (Rosenstein) at email@example.com.
On the first Sunday of every month, Israeli folkdance teacher Don Schillinger will offer family dancing (5 pm to 6:30 pm), followed by instruction and dancing for teens and adults (7 pm to 9 pm.).. Open to all, located at BZBI (18th and Spruce.) Upcoming Dates:April 6, May 4, and June 1. Family Dancing: Pay at the door: $5 per person, $4 BZBI members, children under 4 are free Israeli Dancing for Adults and Teens: Pay at the door: $7 for adults, $6 for BZBI members, $5 for students under 21.For more information: Don Schillinger, Rak-Dan Entertainment, firstname.lastname@example.org
For info on the next JRA (Jewish Relief Agency), see www.jewishrelief.org.
JFCS/Keshet LGBT Parent and Family Connection
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.