December 6-7, 2013
3 Tevet, 5774
Candle Lighting Time: 4:17 PM
Shabbat Ends: 5:20 PM
Center City Eruv status:
Friday evening: 4:25-5:25 PM
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: 5:05 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 like to sponsor Kiddush.
Mazal tov to Donna Cohen upon matching at University of Illinois in Chicago!
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
Sofer Visiting Shul to Check & Sell Tefilin & Mezuzot TONIGHT!
Philly Sofer Rabbi Betzalel Karkowsky will be coming to the shul TODAY, Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 PM to check and sell tefilin and mezuzot. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Fast of Asara B'tevet
The fast day of Asara B'Tevet will begin on Friday, December 13 at 6:01 AM. Morning services begin at 6:45 AM, Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv at 4:00 PM (please note earlier time) and the fast ends at 5:13 PM. Best wishes for an easy and meaningful fast. .
Practical Jewish Philosophy
Rabbi Hirsch will be leading a class entitled "Practical Jewish Philosophy" on Thursdaynights from 6:15- 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend. Class will be held on December 5, but please note that class is canceled on December 12.
New Center City Hebrew Day School
The next meeting for the Center City Hebrew Day School initiative will take place on Thursday, December 19 at Bnai Abraham (527 Lombard Street). Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested in the school and encourage them to attend this meeting. Email email@example.com should you have any specific questions about the new school.
NEW 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!
Mekor Winter Basketball Team!
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. The league starts on January 19, and all games will be played at Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Previous experience preferred (but all efforts welcomed!). Cost is $95 per player. Please contact Joel Frisch at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions/details..
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 email@example.com.
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.
Carlebach Friday Night and Dinner
The next Mekor Habracha Friday night Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat will take place on Friday night, December 27 at 4:30 PM, followed by Shabbat dinner at 5:45 PM. Cost for the dinner is $15 for shul members and $25 for non-members (for Paypal payments to firstname.lastname@example.org, add a $1 processing fee, which comes to $16/26 for each reservation). Reservations, payments and requests for vegetarian meals to email@example.com are required by Wednesday, December 25. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Help Keep the Philadelphia Israeli Consulate Open!
Recently the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC) called on PM Netanyahu to keep the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia open (you can read the letter here). There are two easy ways that you can help the consulate remain open: click on this link which will take you to the Save the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia Facebook page which you can then “Like” and leave a comment; or you can write the office of PM Netanyahu and urge him to keep the Consulate open here.
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. You can "like" their Facebook page here. If you would like to become actively involved in this project, please contact the shul.
Renew Your Membership!
Mekor Habracha membership expired on Rosh Hashana, so NOW is the time to renew your membership! All membership info can be found here. In addition to attending High Holiday services free of charge, members will be listed in and have access to the shul directory and be entitled to attend and have a voice at special shul member meetings. They will also receive discounts throughout the year on shul related offerings such as community meals and programs, kiddush and other sponsorships, and synagogue space for special occasions. If you are unable to pay the full membership fee for any reason, we are happy to make accommodations that will fit your budget. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a flexible payment plan, or for any question you have about membership, sponsorships or contributions to Mekor Habracha. Please note: Current members do NOT have to fill out another application unless their info has changed.
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 aThursday 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
An observant male young professional is seeking a roommate. Please email the shul if you know of someone interested.
Apartment Rental Available
A shul member family moving within Center City is looking to sublet their amazing two bedroom apartment on 16th and Pine. Please see this ad and/or email@example.com for more info.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture at Beth Hamedrosh
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm Lecture by Wesley A. Fisher, “Restitution of Art, Judaica and Other Cultural Property Plundered by the Nazis and their Allies at Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, 200 Haverford Road, Wynnewood. 610-642-6444 email@example.com or www.bethhamedrosh.org. Wesley Fisher is the Director or Research Conference on Jewish Materials Against Germany, Inc. FREE.
On March 7 - 9, 2014, 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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Israeli Dancing at BZBI
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:January 5, February 2, March 2, 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,email@example.com
For info on the next JRA, 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.
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.