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Mekor Habracha
Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach
April 18-19, 2014
19 Nisan, 5774
Omer 4

Candle Lighting Time: 7:24 PM

Shabbat Ends: 8:26 PM

Center City Eruv status:
Friday evening: 7:00-8:00 PM

Shabbat morning: 9:15-12:00 PM followed by a delicious kiddush

Mincha/Ma'ariv: 7:15 PM



Shabbat at Mekor Habracha
Recent News
Coming up
Sponsorship and Member Info
Member Bullletin Board
Other Programs

Pesach at Mekor Habracha



Kiddush on Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach is sponsored by Ellen and Sharon Geller in memory of their father, Jack Geller, whose yahrzeit is on Shabbat, and their uncle, William Potler, whose yahrzeit is on Friday. May their memories be a blessing.

Please send a return email if you would like to sponsor kiddush.

Recent News

Rosenstein Bris Info
Congratulations to Bracha and Seth Rosenstein upon the birth of a baby boy! Morning services will take place at the shul tomorrowFriday, Chol Hamoed Pesach, April 18 at 7:15 AMfollowed by the bris at 8:30 AMEveryone is welcome to attend. Mazal tov!

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: Morning minyan will NOT take place on Chol Hamoed Pesach)

Mekor Day at the Phillies
Join us for a day at the ballpark. Sunday Aug 10 Mets vs. Phillies 1:35pm Tailgate begins at 11:30am. Tickets: $25 (Kids under 2 are free!) Ticket With Tailgate: $35  (Kids are FREE!) (All tickets include a donation to the shul!). 
RSVP by Friday, Apr 25 to or

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.  

Supermarket Scrip/Gift Cards for Pesach
Before doing your Pesach shopping, please keep in mind that Mekor Habracha sells ShopRite, Superfresh and Acme scrip  dollars, available in $25, $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.

Carlebach Friday Night and Dinner 

The next Mekor Habracha Friday night Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat will take place on Friday night, May 23 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, add a $1 processing fee, which comes to $16/26 for each reservation). Reservations, payments and requests for vegetarian meals to are required by Wednesday, May 21. Everyone is welcome to attend.

ATTENTION AMAZON.COM SHOPPERS: SUPPORT MEKOR WITH 'AMAZON SMILE'!! 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, you’ll find EXACTLY the exact 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:

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 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

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 should you have any specific questions about the new school. See for info about Abrams Academy.

Center City Mikvah Project
The Center City Mikvah 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 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 or Yoella Epstein 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:  or contact Joel Frisch 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

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. 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 350 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 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!  

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:  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!


Kashrut etc.

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

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 if you would like to place an order. 

Kosher Dining

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, academic couple moving from Palo Alto to do a post-doc at the Katz center would like to join the MH community. They are looking for a two bedroom house/apartment (preferably with a basement or a small den) within walking distance to the shul. Their move-in date is flexible, but most likely July,2014 and move-out date would be in May 2015 (just two months short of a year's lease.) Neat, responsible and happy to provide recommendations from current landlord.

Roommate Sought
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 or write 

Other Programs