Tuesday, October 31, 2017

EVENT: Lecture Series on the End-of-Life Journey, Wednesday Nights from Nov. 1 to Dec. 13

Lecture Series: L’Chaim!: Jewish Wisdom for the End-of-Life Journey. This 6-part lecture series explores traditional and contemporary, psychological and spiritual approaches to end-of-life issues, bereavement and healing in the face of loss. The series is sponsored by AJ, Jewish Relationships Initiative, Goldsteins', and Da'at institute. The sessions are free and open to the community and begin at 7:30 PM at AJ. Remaining dates for sessions are: Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13.

The topic for the first part is: The Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves: The Art of Caregiving, presented by Rabbi Richard Address of Jewish Sacred Aging.

The topic for the second part is: More than An Ethical Will: Conversations on Life and Legacy, presented by Rabbi David Levin, Jewish Relationships Initiative.

The topic for the third part is: Moses’ Death in Torah and Midrash: Sacred Stages of the Mystery of Dying, presented by Reb Simcha Raphael, DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training.

The topic for the fourth part is: Exploring Jewish Views of the Afterlife: Contemporary Implications, presented by Reb Simcha Raphael, DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training.

The topic for the fifth part is: Wisdom of Jewish Death Rituals: Mourning, Meaning and Memorialization, presented by Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, Adath Jeshurun Congregation and Rabbi David Levin, Jewish Relationships Initiative.

The topic for the final part is: Transforming Darkness Into Light: Songs of Comfort for Walking the Grief Journey, presented by Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael, Darkaynu Jewish Community.

Friday, October 27, 2017

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

This course taught by Rabbi Kobrin will run on Tuesday nights throughout the year with breaks for holidays and vacations. Fall semester sessions will be held on November 7, 14, 21, and 28; and December 5, 12, and 19. 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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

EVENT: Taste of Mussar Class, Monday Evenings Beginning Nov. 27 at 7:30 PM

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 6-week class will be taught by Pearl Raz and Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein at AJ on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, starting on November 27. The tuition is $150; partial scholarships are available. Questions? Contact Pearl Raz at pearlraz@hotmail.com. Register for the class at contemporarymussar.org. You can download a flyer here. This class is co-sponsored by Adath Jeshurun and Beth Sholom Congregation, in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Mussar.

Please note new start date!

EVENT: 20th Annual Middle Atlantic Region FJMC Man of the Year Dinner, Dec. 10, at 4:30 PM

Michael Goldberg has been chosen as the AJ's Man of the Year! He will be honored at the Man of the Year Dinner at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, PA. Cocktail hour begins at 4:30 PM. Cost is $70/person. RSVPs are due by November 16. Please also consider placing an ad in the program book! You can download a registration/ad form here.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Kehillah of Old York Road Hanukkah Laser Light Show, Saturday, December 16, at 5:45 PM

Join us for a Hanukkah Laser Light Show from 5:45—7:00 PM at Beth Sholom that will include Havdalah, candle lighting, and Hanukkah treats. This event is free to the community with a suggested $5 donation per individual or $10 per family to the Kehillah Magen David Adom (Ambulance) Campaign in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Additional parking will be available at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI) and a bus will transfer attendees between 5:15 PM and 7:30 PM. RSVP to oyrkehillah@gmail.com.