Tuesday, January 16, 2018

EVENT: Informational Sessions and Tryouts for Purim Shpiel! Monday, February 12

Everyone is welcome to participate in musical and non-musical ways! 

Kids 15 and under: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. 
Adults: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM. 

Everyone an contribute to the production. All ages have the option to come ready to sing a Billy Joel song (any key, with or without a track). ***Note that these times have changed since the AJ News was printed.***

Rehearsal Schedule:
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:00 PM
Sunday, Feb. 18  4:00 PM
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:00 PM 
Sunday, Feb. 25, 4:00 PM (prop rehearsal)
Monday, Feb. 26, 7:00 PM (dress/prop rehearsal)
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:00 PM (please hold for any necessary run-throughs)

Contact Hazzan Glantz at hglantz@gmail.com or 215.635.6611 if you have any questions.

EVENT Adult Ed Class: Mussar, begins Monday, February 19

The Center for Contemporary Mussar (מוסר), founded by Rabbi Ira Stone and his students, has been transforming Jewish communities through the teaching of Mussar, a centuries-old tradition of Jewish spiritual practice that supports living an ethical life. The central cornerstone of Mussar is the commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself." Mussar students awaken to a Jewish spirituality that is compassionate, life-affirming, and generous. This 13-week class will be taught by Pearl Raz and Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein at AJ on Monday nights from 7:15 to 9:15 PM, starting on February 19. The tuition is $325; partial scholarships are available. Questions? Contact Pearl Raz at pearlraz@hotmail.com. Register for the class at contemporarymussar.org. This class is co-sponsored by Adath Jeshurun and Beth Sholom Congregation, in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Mussar. ***The first class will be at AJ but the remaining classes will be at Beth Sholom. (The 13 session dates will run continuously from Feb. 19, with the exception of May 21 and 28. It will end on June 4.)

Monday, January 15, 2018

EVENT: Challah for Hunger Bake, Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 PM at Beth Sholom

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. The bake for teens will be from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Dinner will be included. At Beth Sholom.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

EVENT: Challah Sale, February 23 at AJ

Purchase challah baked the previous night by AJ/BSC youth. Individual mini-loaves are $5 each and all proceeds go to charity. Pick up at AJ (in the Preschoool office from 7 to 6) or at Beth Sholom.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

EVENT: JQuest B'Yachad Purim Carnival, Sunday, February 25 at 11:15 AM

Join us for the Purim Carnival. Preschoolers at invited at 11:15 AM, Regular admission is at 12:00 PM. Carnival is 11:15 AM to 1:30 PM. Pre-purchase a $10 all play wristband available by February 22 at www.jquest.org/register; $15 wristband at the door. Food will be available for purchase throughout the carnival. All food served will be either dairy or vegetarian. Sign up at www.jquest.org/register. For more information, contact admin@jquest.org or call 215.887.8704.

Friday, January 12, 2018

EVENT: Purim Festivities, Wednesday, February 28 at 5:30 PM

AJ and Beth Sholom will be celebrating Purim together at AJ on Wednesday evening, February 28. We will provide opportunities for merriment and celebration for all ages. Don’t forget to come in costume! Please take note of the schedule for the evening: 5:30 PM: Tot program; 5:45 PM: Minhah; 6:00 PM: Family Megillah service, including Purim Shpiel: Purim on 52nd Street (The Music of Billy Joel) (email Hazzan Glantz at hglantz@gmail.com or call 215.635.6611 if you would like to participate); 6:45 PM: Traditional Megillah reading; 7:15 PM: Refreshments/Party; 8:30 PM: Full reading of Megillat Esther.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

EVENT: Sisterhood Shabbat, Saturday, March 10, 9:15 AM

Featuring a beautiful, multi-generational service led by the women of AJWA Sisterhood, followed by a delicious luncheon. Join AJWA Sisterhood as we highlight the impact of Laurel House, which for more than 37 years has served as a beacon of hope and a safe place to heal for thousands of women, children, and families that have been impacted by domestic violence throughout Montgomery County. Named after Pennsylvania’s beautiful state flower, which is a symbol of victory and honor, Laurel House provides a safe haven and empowers people who have taken the courageous first step to build a violence-free life for themselves and their children. For our Annette W. Black Memorial Lecture speaker, we will welcome Beth E. Sturman, Executive Director of Laurel House. The service will be followed by a delicious luncheon and service project. 9:15 AM.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

EVENT: Adult Ed: The Mystery of the Kaifeng Jewish Community, Sunday, March 18, 9:00 AM

From the Northern Song Dynasty (around the 12th century) to the present day, there has existed an identifiable Jewish community in Kaifeng in central China. Where did they come from? How did they worship? In what ways did their Jewish identity continue, and how did they assimilate into Chinese culture? Most provocatively, was their existence a complete hoax as Zhou Xun, a Chinese and Judaic scholar, claims? We will be looking at the evidence and deciding for ourselves! 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, March 15. (This is the first session in a three-part series about Jews of China.)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

EVENT: Sing Hallelujah Concert at the Kimmel Center, Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 PM

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 several 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 Kimmelcenter.org and find the Sing Hallelujah event: March 21. Purchase your tickets and enter discount: "Sing4." The program begins at 8:00 PM.

EVENT: Kehillah of Old York Road Fundraiser and Food Demonstration, Sunday, March 18, 4:00 PM

Join us to see Jamie Geller, Abington-born Celebrity Kosher Chef, at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am. Learn new Passover recipes while supporting our Kehillah AFMDA ambulance campaign! To learn more about Jamie and her life in Israel, go to www.joyofkosher.com/. Wine and light snacks will be served. Tickets: $36 per person online plus $4 processing fee; and $45 per person at the door. Tickets can be purchased at: https://koyr.ticketleap.com/jamie-geller/. All funds raised will be donated to the Kehillah's AFMDA campaign. Learn more about the organization at afmda.org/kehillah/. If you have questions, please email oyrkehillah@gmail.com.

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.