Monday, March 26, 2018

EVENT: Challah For Hunger Bake and Sale, Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20

Challah for Hunger Bake — Thursday, April 19
Challah for Hunger (CfH) is a non-profit, that that brings college students together on over 80 college campuses across the country to bake and sell challah to support hunger relief organizations. This year CfH has been awarded a grant to expand its mission to teach about the issues of hunger and philanthropy through Jewish values education to teens via the CfH Social Change Bakery Project. Challah for Hunger has selected Congregation Adath Jeshurun’s USY to be the pilot for this grant.CfH and AJ staff and volunteers will come together with our youth four times this year to teach challah baking while having an intensive program about hunger issues that plague our world, country, and local community. 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, at AJ.

Challah Sale — Friday, April 20
Purchase challah baked the previous night by AJ/BSC youth. Individual mini-loaves are $5 each and all proceeds go to charity. Preorder at be emailing and pick up at AJ (in the Preschoool office from 7 to 6) or at Beth Sholom.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

EVENT: Kabbalat Shabbat with “Strings Attached,” Friday, April 20 at 6:30 PM

Unplug from a busy week with an acoustic Shabbat service led by Hazzan Howard Glantz with familiar tunes that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. For all ages, from babies to bubbies. Bring your friends for this relaxed, casual, and enjoyable service! Then stay for Oneg Shabbat (lite bites and gathering with friends). 6:15 PM.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

EVENT: AJ Preschool Fundraiser: ComedySportz Night, Saturday, April 21

Don’t miss ComedySportz at AJ… the fastest and funniest form of improv comedy ever seen. Two teams of improvisers compete for points by playing a series of improv games and a referee governs the action, calling the fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. (Go to for more info.) In addition to stadium-style food, there will be raffles, silent auctions, kid’s art, and a live auction to raise funds for the Preschool. Admission is $40. Go to for a response card and opportunities for sponsorships.

7:30 PM           Cocktail Hour
8:30 PM           Silent Auction and Raffle Begins
9:30 PM           ComedySportz Followed by Live Auction
10:30 PM         Winners Announced

Shabbat Concluding Services:
Minhah Service at 7:00 PM
Ma'ariv Service at 8:10 PM
Havdalah at 8:30 PM

If you would like to donate a service, sports tickets, theater tickets, vacation home or timeshare, please call the office at 215.635.3490. If you know of someone else or a business who would like to support our preschool, this is a great opportunity! All donations are greatly appreciated, are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged that evening: your name and/or company name will be listed in the Auction Program and prominently displayed on the Sponsorship Placard.

Friday, March 23, 2018

EVENT: Adult Ed: The Forgotten Story of Harbin, China, Sunday, April 22 at 9:45 AM

Harbin, the capital of Manchuria in Northeast China, housed a lively and active Jewish community in the early 20th century, which at its height numbered 15,000 people and a flourishing religious and cultural life conducted in Russian, Yiddish and Hebrew! Learn about the origins, development and fate of this community, as well as hearing first-hand accounts of living in this Jewish metropolis. Our distinguished speaker, Dr. Carol Harris-Shapiro, Rabbi, is a member of AJ and a scholar of contemporary American religion. She teaches at Temple University. Recently, she completed an extensive research project for the Ryerss Museum (in Burholme Park in Philadelphia) identifying and researching over 100 religious objects in their Asian gallery. The program begins with minyan at 9 AM, followed by a complimentary light breakfast in the Orleans from 9:45-10:15 AM. Dr. Harris-Shapiro’s presentation will begin at approximately 10:15 AM in the Strauss Chapel. Kindly RSVP to the synagogue office no later than Thursday, April 19. (This is the second session in a three-part series about Jews of China.)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

EVENT: Sexual Abuse Prevention Event, Monday, April 23 at 7:00 PM (at Gratz)

Parents: Learn how to keep your children safe. Join other parents to increase knowledge, safety planning, and prevention opportunities that help to keep our kids safe. Critical child safety protocols for school, home and camp. Learn about grooming behaviors and abuse prevention guidelines. Dvora Entin, LCSW, Director of JFCS Ma'oz Safety Kid Initiative, is a therapist and sexual abuse prevention specialist and has implemented the prevention curriculum of Magen Yeladim International in all Jewish Day Schools in the Philadelphia area through a grant from the Kohelet Foundation. Dvora works to educate and empower parents around issues of sexual abuse, maternal mental health, and other behavioral health and family life challenges. 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. At Gratz College. RSVP: pre-register in advance. Questions? Call or text Kimberly Decker at 267.630.5772. Babysitting available with advance RSVP only. Kosher pareve soccer type snacks will be served. Sponsored by JFCS and the Kehillah Sunday Soccer League.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

EVENT: Sing Hallelujah Concert at the Kimmel Center, Tuesday, May 1, 8:00 PM


Due to the snowstorm that hit the Philadelphia area this week, the "Sing Hallelujah" concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 1. Any tickets purchased for the March 21 show will be honored on May 1. Similarly, if you planned to take one of the group buses, your reservation will be good for that evening. If you paid for bus transportation, but for some reason will no longer need it on May 1, please contact the AJ synagogue office (215.635.6611) and we will refund your payment. The good news is that if you would like to attend on May 1, but hadn't yet purchased tickets, you still have time to buy them!

Event Description
Jewish Federation and the Kehillah of Old York Road present Jewish Music for Voices and Organ at Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center. The concert will include the cantors and choirs of the Kehillah of Old York Road, conducted by Hazzan David Tilman. Hazzan Glantz will be one of many cantorial soloists from our community and a number of AJers will be participating in the tremendous combined chorus. One piece on the program is the "Psalm 150" written by Cantor Davidson for AJ's 150th birthday, conducted by Robert A.M. Ross. 

To order tickets and receive a discount, go to and find the Sing Hallelujah event: May 1. Purchase your tickets and enter discount: "Sing4." The program begins at 8:00 PM.

Transportation Option
A group bus will originate from Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel parking lot (8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027). The bus will depart at 6:00 PM and return immediately after the concert. Minimum contribution for the bus is $18 per person. Make checks out to Adath Jeshurun, mark "Concert Bus" in the memo line, and send to: Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Attn: Amy Devine-Stretch, 7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. We must receive your check by April 20 in order to register you for the bus. No reservations will be accepted without a check.

Friday, October 27, 2017

EVENT: Living Judaism Class, Tuesday Evenings at 7:30 PM

This course taught by Rabbi Kobrin will run on Tuesday nights throughout the year with breaks for holidays and vacations. The winter semester sessions began on January 7. Living Judaism will delve into Jewish theology, ideology, and philosophy. It's an excellent class for beginners -- those who are new to Judaism and want to explore how religion might fit into their lives. It's also a wonderful refresher course for those who have been regularly engaged in the Jewish community and would like to dig deeper. We will utilize the curriculum created by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies as a basis, supplemented by other readings and teachings. This course will include discussion and will be highly participatory. For more information, please contact Rabbi Kobrin or her assistant, Tracy Greenbaum, at 215.635.6611. Open to the community.