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Bruce TickerCommunity Calendar

As a new feature, an interactive Community Calendar is being created on our website. Stay tuned for more details. 

In the meantime, please email Bruce Ticker at calendar @ pjvoice.com with details on any event you care to have listed.


Thursday, September 8: Federation Lecture on Jewish Aid in Buddhist and Muslim Countries 

NEWTOWN, Pa., Aug. 18, 2005 – The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia – Bucks County Region announced today the debut of its Bucks County Senior Council’s Fall 2005 Lecture Series featuring "Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam)," presented by Betsy Sheerr, chair of the Non-Sectarian Aid Division of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and a vice chair of Federation. 


As chair of JDC’s Non-Sectarian Aid Division, Sheerr oversees humanitarian aid to non-Jewish peoples in countries experiencing crises, such as natural disasters, war and famine. Her presentation describes Jewish relief efforts and aid in response to the millions of people affected by the December tsunami and includes an exclusive slide presentation on her visits to Sri Lanka , Thailand and Indonesia .  The discussion also highlights JDC’s aid in Buddhist and Muslim countries, where residents know little about Jews and appreciate the aid and good will, and value the partnerships being built.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 8, at 1:30 p.m., at Shir Ami — Bucks County Jewish Congregation, 101 Richboro Road , Newtown , Pa.  Advance registration is recommended and appreciated, along with a $5.00 donation to cover costs for refreshments.  You may register by mail and donate by check, made payable to "JFGP," by writing to Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Bucks County Region, 677 S. State Street, Suite 2 , Newtown , PA 18940 .  For additional information and to register by phone call Janet Kraus at 215.579.9300, Ext. 15.

The concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world) is deeply rooted in Jewish culture and tradition and is a cornerstone principle of Jewish community, service and relief organizations.  It has come to signify the Jewish obligation for caring social action and the pursuit of social justice.


JDC is a community partner of Federation.


Established in 1901, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is the central non-profit Jewish community organization in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Its mission is to identify and prioritize the important issues and needs of our local and global community, then organize and mobilize human and financial resources to successfully impact them.  Federation focuses on Jewish education, human services, family, and economic needs, and provides support for Israel and for Jews at risk elsewhere in the world. Visit us at www.jewishphilly.org.  

Thursdays, September 8 to December 22: Adult Education at Har Zion 

Thursday mornings at 10:00 am through December 22.  Women’s League Adult Education at Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Rd., Penn Valley.  Study the fascinating book of Judges with Rabbi Lisa Malik of Suburban Jewish Community Center-Bnai Aaron.  Open to the Community.  Fee required.  For more information call Bernice Oswald (215-564-1470) or Mildred Brooks Brooks (215-635-7120)

Friday, September 9: Sacred Art at Adath Israel

Expert on art for sacred spaces, Elsa Wachs, will be the speaker at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station at 7:00 PM. Elsa has pioneered the movement of creating new, unusual legacy items from bits and pieces of a family’s cache of memorabilia and has created museum quality Torah covers. Call 610-934-1919. 

Friday, September 9: Tzedek v'Shalom Kabbalat Shabbat

7:45 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat service. Lay-led service and Torah discussion
Tzedek v'Shalom at a member's home.
Call 215-860-0119.

Friday, September 9: Carlebach Service & Dinner

6:00 pm. Keep the Ruach Alive at Suburban JCC Bnai Aaron with Calebach Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by Shabbat Dinner. $15 adult, $10 child, max $50 per family. Non-members $20 adult, $15 child, max $60 per family. Prospective members free. RSVP: 610-446-1967. office@sjccba.org . Event repeats Oct. 21 and Nov. 4.

Sunday, September 11: Jewish Relief Agency

Volunteer to help the Jewish hungry. See last month's Networking Central for details.

Sunday, September 11: Religious School Open House

9:30 a.m. Religious School Open House. Meet Tzedek v'Shalom's new education director and learn about the school firsthand.   Tzedek v'Shalom at Goodnoe School, Newtown, PA. Call 215-860-0119.

Sunday, September 11: Kibud Av v'Aim

7:45 pm Rabbi Herschel Schechter of Yeshiva University speaks at Lower Merion Synagogue on "Kibud Av v'Aim (Honor your father and mother) for Adult Children". (With Yi-Tzi Peking sushi.) Co-sponsored by Young Israel of the Main Line.

Monday, September 12: Monday Night Football and Dinner

Suburban JCC Bnai Aaron Mens Club presents the Opening, New Member's Event. "Breakfast for Dinner" with the Eagles. Lox and Bagels will be served. Following 7:30 pm minyan. $10 paid in advance. $12 at the door. New members are free. Watch the Eagles trounce the Falcons on our BIG SCREEN TV. Bring your own beer.

Tuesday, September 13: Lunch & Learn in Center City

Join Rabbi Steven Wernick of Adath Israel in exploring the depths of the weekly Torah portion in Center City. New CC Location: Blank Rome, One Logan Square, Philadelphia at 12:15 PM. Call 610-934-1919.

Thursday, September 15: Lunch & Learn at Adath Israel

Rabbi Steven Wernick will lead a noontime Torah-study session at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station. Call 610-93401919. 

Friday, September 16: Levy Ha-ir Plans Kabbalat Shabbat

Congregation Leyv Ha-ir will hold a Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at Sterling Glen, 150 N. 20th St., in center city Philadelphia. The Shabbat will be led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg and Cantor Beatrice Beer. Ken Ulansey and his Klezmer Band will perform.

The Reconstructionist congregation will also sponsor a talk by Rabbi Greenberg on "How can I prepare for the Days of Awe?" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Ethical Society building, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square.

Rabbi Greenberg will lead in prayers of forgiveness leading up to the Days of Awe in Selichot Services at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Kennedy House community room, 1901 JFK Blvd.

Phone 215 629-1995 or e-mail info@leyvhair.org for more information. Web site address is www.leyvhair.org.

Friday, September 16: USY Choir Performs at Adath Israel

Adath Israel’s International Chapter of the Year will perform at 7:00 PM during Shabbat Services at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station. Call 610-934-1919.

Friday, September 16: Open House at Bordentown Shul

An open house at Temple B'nai Abraham, an all-inclusive Reconstructionist synagogue in Bordentown, N.J., will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, Sept. 16. Visitors are invited to meet the rabbi and share in the Shabbat service and Oneg to follow. Temple B'nai Abraham is located at 58 Crosswicks Road.

For more information, call 609 298-1527, ext. 3, or visit the synagogue's Web site at www.Bnai-Abraham.org.

Saturday, September 17: Tot Shabbat at Adath Israel

Children, ages 4 and under, along with their families are invited to a 10:00 AM Tot Shabbat at Congregation Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station. A mini-congregation for children in kindergarten through second grade will be held at the same time. Call 610-935-1919.

Saturday, September 17: Preparing for the Holidays

10 a.m. Shaharit, Shabbat morning service
Learn with the Rabbi: "A Tour of the High Holy Day Liturgy: Preparing for the Holidays" - at 1:15 p.m.
Tzedek v'Shalom at Newtown Friends Meeting House, Court Street, Newtown, PA. Call 215-860-0119.

Sunday, September 18: Teen Basketball Leagues Planned at Kaiserman

Teens who enjoy playing competitive basketball have the opportunity to try the JCC's Kaiserman Branch Fall Teen Basketball League.

Teens can sign up for the Kaiserman's 7th and 8th grade, 9th and 10th grade or 11th and 12th grade league. Player draft begins Sunday, Sept. 18, and the leagues begin Sunday, Sept. 25. Teens can bring their own team to the 11th and 12th grade league.

The JCC's Kaiserman branch is located at 45 Haverford Road in Wynnewood. Call 610- 896-7770, ext. 111, for more information.

Sunday, September 18: Open House at Adath Israel

Adath Israel synagogue will host an Open House for prospective members from10:00 AM to noon 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066, ‘Bagel Nosh’ served beginning at 9:00 AM. The community is invited to meet the rabbi and educational staff, as well as tour the building. Adath Israel’s Half Price Membership Special runs through December 1, 2005. Call 610-934-1919. 

Sunday, September 18: Membership Barbeque at SJCC/BA

Say good-bye to summer and hello to friends old and new at our annual New Member Barbeque.  Prospective members are free.  Call 610-446-1967 to make reservations. Suburban Jewish Community Center-Bnai Aaron, 560 Mill Rd, Havertown, PA

Sunday, September 18: Swim Party at Kaiserman JCC

Come and join us (1-4 pm) as we enjoy the last days of summer together.  Swimming, family activities, food and a great time will be had by all.  Nonmember guests are welcome and encouraged! New members who join 9/18/05 will receive a 50% discount.

Sunday, September 18: Jewish Children's Folkshul Registration

Jewish Children’s Folkshul walk-in registration and classes are scheduled 9:30 AM at Germantown Friends School, Sharpless Building, 31 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Jewish Children’s Folkshul is a cultural Jewish school for children in grades Pre-K through nine, providing a secular, humanist approach to the exploration of Jewish cultural identity, holidays and history. For over 30 years, Folkshul has served communities in the greater Philadelphia area including families from Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware Counties.

The school year will begin Sunday, September 18, 2005 and will run through May 2006. Classes are held Sundays 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM , at Germantown Friends School.  


Prospective students and parents are invited to an Open House to learn more about the school's programs and to meet other members of the Folkshul community. Children are welcome; refreshments will be served.


Folkshul also offers a wide variety of free adult education classes including book discussions; Hebrew and Yiddish workshops; and history, philosophy, and political discussions.  Jewish Children’s Folkshul is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and an affiliate of the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations of North America.


For more information call 215.248.1550 or visit www.folkshul.org.

Sundays starting September 18: Jewish Class of Why

The "Jewish Class of Why", Rabbi Lisa Malik.  Sunday mornings. 11:15, at Suburban Jewish Community Center-Bnai Aaron, 560 Mill Rd, Havertown, PA. Open to the community. Call 610-446-1967 for more information.

Monday, September 19: Sisterhood Dinner at SJCC/BA

Celebrate great health, friendships and money. Build joy, bust fear and boost energy. Meet Sunny Hersh, author of Midlife Mamas on the Moon and hear her inspiring thoughts on wellness and positive growth topics. $10 per member. Complimentary dinner for all new members. RSVP: 610 446 1967 or hnbissey@aol.com 

Wednesday, September 21: JSPAN Social Justice Award.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2005, JSPAN will honor Burt Siegel with the first Social Justic Award. Larry Rubin will address us.

Plan to join us at the Pyramid Club for a wonderful and reunion with Larry and other great friends.

Thursday, September 22: Lancaster Mayoral Debate Slated

A mayoral debate in Lancaster will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Refractory of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, 555 W. James St. Both Democratic challenger Richard Gray and the incumbent, Republican Mayor Charlie Smithgall, have been invited.

The debate is sponsored by the Lancaster County Coalition for Religious and Social Justice. Members of the coalition include Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster and other synagogues.

Issues such as bigotry, housing and employment will be addressed. Political analyst Terry Madonna will moderate the debate. For more information, phone Rhea F. Starr at 717 299-5963 or Jeffrey Woodman at 717 581-0668.

Thursday, September 22: Reaching In/Reaching Out at Adath Israel

Rabbi Steven Wernick is the guest speaker, topic: "Reaching in/Reaching Out –Welcoming Inter-marrieds in Conservative Judaism" at the Women’s League Dinner hosted at 6:30 PM at Adath Israel 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station. Contact your local Sisterhood organization for tickets.

Friday, September 23: Family Shabbat at Adath Israel

Congregation Adath Israel invites you to Family Shabbat w/dinner (designed especially for Preschool families) at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station. Shabbat services will showcase Voices of Shabbat (special choir). Call 610-934-1919.

Friday, September 23: Musar Synaplex Shabbat at Germantown Jewish Centre

Rabbi Stone will incorporate his teachings into our Friday night service that begins at 6:30 pm. He will also speak during our Saturday morning Charry Service that begins at 10 am. (The preceding events are FREE of charge and require no advanced RSVP.) Our Saturday afternoon "Lunch & Learn" with Rabbi Stone, beginning at 12:30 pm, does require pre-registration and payment.

Rabbi Ira Stone's Musar program is part of our monthly Synaplex Shabbat series -where we offer such diverse programs as "Torah & Yoga," schmoozing on Friday nights at our "Shabbos Café," a new program for teens called "Full Belly Learning," an informal playgroup for families with children between the ages of 2-6, and much more!

Friday, September 23: Carlebach Shabbat at SJCC/BA

6:00 pm. Keep the Ruach Alive at Suburban JCC Bnai Aaron with Calebach Kabbalat Shabbat Service.

Saturday, September 24: Selichot Services at Adath Israel

Rabbi Steven Wernick will lead a special "God @Heaven" (the odyssey of 7 year old Adam as he tries to email God) presentation at Adath Israel for Selichot Services from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM. Call 610-934-1919. 

Saturday, September 24: Selichot Services at Tzedek v'Shalom

7:45 p.m. Tzedek v'Shalom's Selichot service. Shabbat Across Bucks County. Discussion topic: "Beginning the Communal Teshuva Leading to Rosh Hashanah" Tzedek v'Shalom at Newtown Friends Meeting House, Court Street, Newtown, PA. Call 215-860-0119.

Saturday, September 24: Selichot Services at Congregation Beth Israel

Selichot services will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at Congregation Beth Israel of Media, 542 S. Middleton Road (Route 352), Media, Pa. Observance will begin with refreshments followed by the music of BIMAS (Beth Israel Music
Appeciation Society), study and services. Rabbi Linda Potemken will explore why and how we plead to "Our Father, Our King" in the central Avinu Malkeinu prayer. Services conclude at 10. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert or beverage to share. Call 610 566-4645 for information.

Saturday, September 24: Selichot Services at Germantown Jewish Centre

Join us for Selichot on Sept. 24 beginning at 9:30 pm for dessert, followed by Havdallah.  A study and reflection session led by Rabbi Leonard Gordon, student rabbi Adam Zeff & Dr. Sarah Braun will commence at 10 pm.  The panelists invite you to explore the themes of sin, repentance & forgiveness from the religious & spiritual perspectives, as well as from a psychological point of view.  The evening will conclude with a service beginning at 11 pm.

Sunday, September 25: Cook for a friend at Adath Israel

Join Mitzvah Makers at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station, in preparing 100 meals for homebound seniors in need beginning at 9:00 AM. Call 610-934-1919. 

Sunday, September 25: Adath Israel Congregational Breakfast

Adath Israel hosts a Congregational Breakfast at 9:45 AM with speaker, Frank Brodsky. Topic: Jews of Cuba. Wine Tasting in the Adath Israel Judaica Shop (elevator to lower level) to follow at 10:30 AM. Call 610-934-1919.

Sunday, September 25: BBY Kickoff Dance

Calling all Jewish Teens in Grades 9-12. Philadelphia Region BBYO kicks off another programming year with our Kickoff Dance at Chrome Night Club in Center City Philadelphia. Buses from Klein JCC, Kaiserman JCC, and Gratz College departing at 3pm returning at 8pm. Contact: Jennifer Amey 215-446-3023.

Sunday, September 25: Blood Drive at SJCC/BA

Red Cross Blood Drive at Suburban Jewish Community Center-Bnai Aaron, 560 Mill Rd, Havertown, PA.  Call 610-446-1967 for appointment

Thursday, September 29 : Book Review Joy Comes in the morning at Adath Israel

Join retired Professor Linda Robinson as she leads a discussion on Jonathan Rosen’s book, Joy Comes in the Morning, at 11:00 AM at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station. Call 610-934-1919.

Thursday, September 29: Fashion Show & Dinner at Adath Israel

Adath Israel’s Sisterhood invites all women to its Opening Event; featuring apparel of Anita Cohen and jewelry of Avital Mentel, with makeovers and a Fashion Show + Dinner from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station. Cost $36/person. Call 610-934-1919.

Friday, September 30: Friday Night Alive at Adath Israel

Congregation Adath Israel invites the community to attend a special 7:00 PM interactive service led by Cantor Lowe and Rabbi Wernick, with singing, dancing and prayer, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station. Call 610-934-1919.

Friday, September 30: Shabbat at Beth Israel

Shabbat services will be led by Rabbi Linda Potemken at 8 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel of Media, 542 S. Middletown Road (Route 352), Media, Pa. Call 610 566-4645 for more information.

Monday, October 3 to Wednesday October 5: Rosh Hashanah Services at Tzedek v'Shalom

Mon., Oct. 3: 6:30 p.m. Family Rosh Hashanah service Newtown Friends Meeting House
7:30 p.m. pot luck dinner Court Street, Newtown

Tues., Oct. 4: 9:30 a.m. 1st day Rosh Hashanah service Newtown Friends Meeting House
10:30 a.m. Children's program Court Street, Newtown
10:30 a.m. Teen's program
following services: Tashlich 

Wed., Oct. 5: 9:30 a.m. 2nd day Rosh Hashanah Newtown Friends Meeting House
10:30 a.m. Children's program Court Street, Newtown
Informal pot luck lunch 

Saturday, October 8: Women's Day of Renewal

Call Noa Kuzma at Tzedek v'Shalom for details 215-493-8418.

Sunday, October 9: Camp Galil Fall Open House

Camp Galil 2005 was fabulous!  Camp Galil 2006 will be even better!  Camp Galil will be celebrating its 60th summer this summer. Visit the camp from 12 noon to 4 pm. at 146 Red Hill Road in Ottsville, PA.

For more information or to have an invitation sent to your friends or family contact Jackie Shahar, registrar, at registrar@campgalil.org or by phone 215 947-3788.

Sunday, October 9: Community Fair Sponsored by Klein JCC and Holy Redeemer Hospital

Remember Drive-in Movies, the original VW Beetle, the "real" Elvis and "Father Knows Best"?  Then this is the fair for you!  Join the JCCs Klein Branch and Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center for a Community Fair on Sunday, October 9 from 11am-2pm at the JCCs Klein Branch.  Get 10 Hot Tips for Living Well from area professionals plus vendors & interactive programs, fitness mini-classes, Hollistic lifestyles information, food & wine tasting, dancing, hobbies, financial planning, decorating, aromatherapy, nutrition, anti-aging, massage and more.  The pool and fitness centers will be open to everyone.  The JCCs Klein Branch is located at 10100 Jamison Avenue (Red Lion and Jamison) in Northeast Philadelphia .  For more information, call Phyllis Actman at 215-698-7300 ext. 175.
The JCCs Klein Branch, located on the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Campus, is a part of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia.  The JCCs of Greater Philadelphia provides services and programs to children, adults, families and seniors in the five-county region.  The JCCs works in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the United Way of Southeastern PA.   For more information about the JCCs, call 215-446-3011 or visit www.phillyjcc.com.

Sunday, October 16: Sukkah Decorating Party

Family Sukkah Decorating Party, sponsored by Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El Sisterhood and Men’s Club will be held on Sunday, October 16 at 12:30 pm at 1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood. Bring a dairy lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.    

Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, Octobre 13: Yom Kippor at Tzedek v'Shalom

Wed., Oct. 12 6:30 p.m. Kol Nidre Newtown Friends Meeting House, Court Street, Newtown

Thurs., Oct. 13 9:30 a.m. Yom Kippur service Newtown Friends Meeting House
10:30 a.m. Children's service Court Street, Newtown
12:30 p.m. Yizkor service 
5:30 p.m. Group discussion:
Topic: Godliness and Humanness in Kabbalah (Eheyeh/Art Green) 
7:00 p.m. Neilah (concluding service) and potluck break-the-fast

Tuesday, October 18: Family Sukkot Services

Family Sukkot Services will be held on Tuesday. October 18, 9:30 am at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, 1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood. Following services enjoy a festive Kiddush in the Sukkah. 610-649-5300 

Chol Hamoed Sukkot, October 20, 21, 23: Jewish Tours

Shalomphillytours will lead two-hour guided tours in the historical neighborhoods in center city during Hol Ha'moed. Talks will feature over 300 years of Jewish history through readings and visits to site-related homes and institututions. It will cover past personalities and modern contributors to Philadelphia. For times and dates, call Linda Nesvisky at 215 635-3494 and access her Web site at www.shalomphillytours.com.  

Shabbat, October 22: JTA Awards Rabbi Neil Cooper

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, 1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood, will hold a special celebration during services on Shabbat, October 22 to honor Rabbi Neil Cooper’s receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Jewish Theological Seminary. Services begin at 9:30 am and the festivities will continue in the Sukkah following services.

Sunday, October 23: Columbia Unbecoming at TBHBE

The Israel Advocacy Committee of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, 1001 Remington Road, will be showing the film Columbia Unbecoming on Sunday, October 23 beginning at 10:00 am as part of their monthly film festival. Asaf Romirowsky, Campus Watch, Middle East Forum will give remarks.

Tuesday, October 25: Family Simchat Torah at TBHBE

A Family Simchat Torah Service will be held at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, 1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood on Tuesday, October 25 beginning at 7:00 pm. Families are encouraged to bring their children to rejoice and dance with the Torah.

Saturday, October 29: Parents and Children Together

Held at Temple Beth Hillel Beth El at 4pm. Includes Parent and Child Learning for parents with children ages 4-12 and Shabbat Cafe and Bet Midrash for teens and adults. Followed by afternoon prayer, the third Shabbat meal, and havdalah. Come to study and schmooze on Shabbat afternoons at Temple Beth Hillel Beth El, 1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood.