Monday, January 9, 2017

EVENT: Beth Sholom/AJ Players Production of Little Mermaid, Feb. 9, 11 and 12

Come see your friends and neighbors in Little Mermaid! Show times are Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 PM.; Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8:00 PM.; and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:00 PM. Gratz College, Elkins Park. Tickets are available online at for more info, call the "Mermaid" Hotline at 215.887.1342.

EVENT: Sisterhood Shabbat, Saturday, February 4 at 9:00 AM

Sisterhood Shabbat features a beautiful, multi-generational service led by the women of AJWA Sisterhood, followed by a delicious luncheon. For our Annette W. Black Memorial Lecture speaker, we will welcome Sister Mary Scullion, RSM, is a Philadelphia- based American Roman Catholic religious sister and activist, named by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2009, alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Scullion joined the Sisters of Mercy and began working on behalf of the homeless in 1976. She has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Project HOME. The service will begin at 9:00 AM (note the special start time.) Please mark your calendar for February 4 and don't miss what will be an inspiring talk.

EVENT: "South of the Border" Cantors Concert, Sunday, January 29 at 4:00 PM at Beth Sholom

The Kehillah of Old York Road presents "South of the Border": Jewish Music from Mexico, Argentina,  Brazil, and throughout South America. Join us for infectious rhythms, soaring melodies, castanets and maracas! The afternoon concert will feature International Star Hazzan Gaston Bogomolni, The Hazzanim and Combined Adult Choirs of the Old York Road Synagogues, with Hazzan David F. Tilman, Music Director. At 4:00 PM at Beth Sholom Congregation, 8221 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available at all Kehillah synagogues. For additional information, contact Terry Straus, Beth Sholom Congregation at 215.887.1342, ext. 100. Sponsored by the Kehillah of Old York Road in partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Monday, December 19, 2016

EVENT: Adult Ed Program with Trudy Rubin, January 29 at 10:30 AM

On Sunday morning. January 29, the AJ Adult Education Committee will welcome Trudy Rubin with a program entitled "Foreign Policy in a Time of Chaos." Prior to the program at approximately 9:45, there will be a breakfast sponsored by the AJ Men's Association at a cost of $5 per person. At 10:30 AM, the program with Trudy Rubin will begin in the Strauss Chapel. There is no charge for the program without breakfast, and both the breakfast and the program are open to the community. If you'd like to attend the breakfast, please call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611 by Monday, January 23.

 Trudy Rubin is the “Worldview” columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a member of The Inquirer’s editorial board. Her column appears twice weekly in The Inquirer and runs regularly in many other newspapers around the United States. Rubin has special expertise on the Middle East, Russia, and South Asia and is a frequent guest on NPR and PBS news shows. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq. In 2001, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008, she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010, she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from
the Academy of American Diplomacy.

Before coming to The Inquirer in December 1983, she was Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor covering Israel and the Arab world, and lived in Jerusalem and Beirut. Earlier, she was a national correspondent for The Monitor, covering election campaigns and national political and social issues. Prior to that she was a staff writer on American politics for The Economist of London. During the Prague Spring of 1968, she worked in Prague as a radio correspondent. In 2001, she traveled to Brazil on an International Reporting Project Gatekeeper Editors trip. In 1993, Rubin was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. In 1990, she was invited as an exchange journalist to the Moscow News in Moscow. She spent 1975–76 as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University as a participant in the program for senior diplomats started by Henry Kissinger. In 1974–75, she was an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow in Cairo and Beirut.

She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an Msc. (Econ) from The London School of Economics.

EVENT: AJWA Sisterhood Cooking at Ronald McDonald House, January 8 at 4:30 PM

Join us to prepare dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. We’ll be going to the House at Front and Erie Streets. Meet us at the House at 4:30 PM or contact Judy Stutman Izes at 267.254.6633 or for carpool information. Lovingly sponsored by AJWA Sisterhood.

Friday, November 11, 2016

EVENT: Kehillah Hanukkah Celebration, Dec. 18 at 1:00 PM

Sing-Along with the Youth Choirs of the Kehillah of Old York Road Followed by a Fun-Filled Concert by Robbo! 
Robb Zelonky, also known as Robbo, is a John Lennon Songwriting Award Winner and a Parents Choice Gold Award winner for his five albums of music for families. He has written for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, co-headlined with folk legend Arlo Guthrie, and performed three times at the White House. Robbo's energy and love of both people and performance makes for a show that appeals to EVERY person in the audience, no matter their age! Begins at 1:00 PM.

Congregation Adath Jeshurun
7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA
TICKETS: $5 in advance; $7 at the door
RSVP to 215.635.6611 
Make checks payable to "AJ"

Monday, November 7, 2016

EVENT: 19th Annual Middle Atlantic Region FJMC Man of the Year Dinner, Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4:30 PM

Robert Dromboski has been chosen as the AJ's Man of the Year! He will be honored at the Man of the Year Dinner at Temple Har Zion in Penn Valley, PA. Cocktail hour begins at 4:30 PM. Cost is $70/person. RSVPs are due by November 30.  Registration forms are available at the synagogue, in the weekly email and on the AJ web site ( You can also download one here.