September 11, 2020
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Due to coronavirus, the synagogue building will be closed until further notice. Until then, all services will be held virtually through Zoom. See below for the links. (All of the COVID-19-related information in this weekly email is here
|High Holiday Programming |
Rav Shai, Hazzan Glantz, and Programming Director Rachel Palitto have planned a range of programs for the days before and after Rosh Hashanah. Click here
for a round-up of High Holiday happenings!
This is what you'll find:
- High Holidays Service Schedule
- High Holiday Programming:
- Selihot (Saturday, September 12)
- Shofar Workshop (Sunday, September 13)
- Poetry Slam (Sunday, September 13)
- Workshop with Rav Shai: Writing Your Own Al Chets (Wednesday, September 16)
- Round Challah Baking Class (Thursday, September 17)
- Take-A-Shofar Squad (Sunday, September 20)
- Tashlich (Sunday, September 20)
- Teshuvah/Reorientation Workshop: Halakhah, Philosophy, and Mysticism (Tuesday, September 22)
- The Bible Players (Wednesday, September 23)
- The High Holiday Food Drive (September 19 through October 12)
- Other important information
Check back with the webpage periodically as it will be updated as planning continues.
|Additional High Holiday Service Offerings |
In addition to our regular High Holiday services, we have also scheduled:
- Rosh Hashanah Family Service with Rav Shai and Hazzan Glantz, available on the CongregationAJ YouTube channel. You can view it any time beginning Saturday, September 19. Go to the AJ website homepage to find the link.
- Teen Services on Rosh Hashanah, Day I, and on Yom Kippur, planned by Larry Kaplan, OYR USY Youth Director. 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM, via Zoom.
For preschoolers, Rav Shai has recorded his reading of two High Holiday books. You can find links to them on the AJ website homepage.
|High Holiday Packages|
Don't forget to let us know if you'd like to pick up your High Holiday package at AJ next week, or if you would like it sent to another address. You can do both of those things here
. If you want it delivered to you, no action is necessary.
|High Holy Days Spotify Playlist|
Hazzan Glantz has created a Spotify playlist associated with these High Holy Days. You may be very surprised to hear the music that is on that list. It is called "Ready? Set? Return!" Give it a chance. Hazzan says it's been growing, perhaps it will grow on you. These songs speak to me, each differently. Some, obvious in their connection to Jewish High Holy Days; others, perhaps not. Suggest others and inquire how a song made the cut. Some make me cry, others provoke thought, and one motivates me in ways I cannot put into words. Click here.
|Please, Please Send Us a Holiday Greeting for Your Friends! |
Send us a High Holy Day video message that will play in the course of our service. Why? Because, we miss you and so do all your AJ friends! While we can't get together physically, we can at least pretend a bit! Be a virtual part of our creative High Holy Day season. Click here
and under the header "More Important Information," look for the header "Record a holiday greeting!" and follow the instructions. Please submit your recording by September 14.
Thanks in advance!
On the afternoon of the second day of Rosh Hashanah, if you would like to hear the shofar in person, we will take a shofar to you and provide a shofar service outside your home! The form to register is open now through the end of the day on September 17. Click here to register.
If you have a shofar and a car, and would like to volunteer to be part of our Take-a Shofar squad to provide shofar services to your fellow congregants, contact Rachel Palitto at the synagogue office, 215.635.6611, ext. 113, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can choose to volunteer during as many one-hour times slots as you would like between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
|Got a "One-Liner"?|
Enrich our High Holy Days... ONE LINE AT A TIME
With the extra challenges of the fast-approaching High Holy Days, we strive as a staff together with lay leadership, to include as many of you as possible in our hybrid High Holy Day worship. One way I am trying to accomplish this is by having multiple video compilations of "Ashrei's" that will be streamed at the appropriate times.
One will be for b'nai mitzvah age and younger, and the other will be for teens and young adults -- even already in college. I would love to find that I am so oversubscribed, I need to find more vehicles for you to participate, so please be in 'touch' in the 2020 manner -- email email@example.com, or text or call 215.439.5033.
You can record yourself or we can simply set up a Zoom call and I'll record you chanting. And yes, I will cut out the bloopers if there are any!
So you want to be heard? Well, we want you to be heard as well! There's nothing we would like more for our AJ family than to be able to safely sing together in close proximity, especially over the coming High Holy Days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it is that we must be creative and make lemonade from lemons during a time of crisis. This singing opportunity is for EVERYONE. By singing with an .mp3 and recording your voice(s) you will contribute to the ruach, the spirited energy we hope to bring in our live streamed services. Do your best to match the tone, but a win on SGT (Shul's Got Talent!) is not the idea. Let's do this.
The .mp3 (see below for access) has three tunes sung during the musaf on both days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur: "Melekh al Kol Ha'aretz," "B'seifer Chayim," and "Ein Keiloheinu." The first two texts are unique to these Days of Awe as we know them, while the last is the tune we use on all Yom Tovs for Ein Keiloheinu.
Click here to play the .mp3 file. If you would like to download it to your computer, "right-click" on "Click Here" and download the file. (Make sure you know where your computer is downloading it too.)
Here is how this works:
- Listen to the attached track several times. The click track will not be on the final recording, but it will help keep everyone in the same rhythm when recording. The recording is in MP3 format -- please be in touch if you are having any difficulties.
- Next, listen a few more times and sing along -- maybe while doing other things, just to grow accustomed to the three tunes and their transitions.
- Here is the most important part: You will need to use a set of earphones, earbuds, or headphones as you sing along because the recording you make shouldn't include my rendition coming out of a speaker. When you are ready to record, unless you use special software, you will need to listen using one device and record with another.
- READY TO RECORD? If you have an iPhone, use the Voice Memos app that comes with the phone to record. It may seem very rudimentary but it actually is quite good for this purpose.* More than one of you can be singing at once, as long as all of you can listen in a headphone or earbuds (or split the earbuds between two of you.
Hazzan Glantz *There are several recorders that are free for android phones albeit with advertisements, such as this one.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I'd love to have your recordings as soon as possible. Let me know if you think it will be more than a week before you can do this just so I can plan. THANK YOU AND HAVE FUN WITH IT!
If the file size is less that 10mb, you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If it is larger than 10mb, please upload it to my dropbox by clicking here. Then, in the window that opens, click on "Choose files" and
navigate to where you saved your voice recording, choose and upload.
|Sit-In Strings Attached with Oneg Under the Stars|
Friday, September 11 at 7:00 PM
Reservations are no longer being accepted for joining us at AJ for Strings Attached, but the service and music will be accessible via Zoom!
For those who RSVP'ed to the event, we've sent you an email with instructions for the night. Please read it before coming to AJ!
By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID: 970 5403 7610 (Password required; congregants, see your email for September's password
|Selihot: "Reminding Ourselves of What We Knew"|
Saturday, September 12, via Zoom
| Before Selihot services, AJ will be hosting a conversation between our congregants (and husband and wife) Dr. Chad Womack and Naomi Housman, and Professor Maureen O'Connell. Chad is the Senior Director for STEM Initiatives at the United Negro College Fund. Naomi is Director, Institutional Advancement at Gratz College. Professor O'Connell chairs the Religion Department at LaSalle University and works at the intersection of religion and racial justice. As we formally commence our penitential season, we will begin with narratives that are often surprisingly similar, but in other important ways, diverge dramatically.
This conversation promises to stimulate our thinking and will serve as the springboard for a series of workshops this coming year designed to increase our understanding and help us be better allies. Zoom information will be sent prior to the event. No registration necessary.
Minhah: 7:00 PM; Program and Service: 9:00 PM
The Zoom link for the Selihot Program and Service is:
Meeting ID: 982 8490 8625
|High Holiday Poetry Slam|
Sunday, September 13, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, via Zoom
| Poetry, coffee, and inspiration. Join us for a poetry hour to focus your thoughts for the High Holidays. An experience is more meaningful when we form an intention. Spend a moment developing your personal intention for 5781. The theme is renewal/repentance/reinvention. Recite a poem of your own or bring one to share, or just come to listen and enjoy. In order to allow everyone who wants time to share, please be conscious of the length of the poem you bring. We look forward to a meaningful hour. Zoom information will be sent prior to the event. No registration necessary.
Sunday, September 13, from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, via Zoom
| Learn how to blow the shofar with our own Bal Tokeah Robert Hartman and Rav Shai. For those of you with a shofar at home -- and it's not too late to buy one! -- this workshop will review the blasts, blowing techniques, and symbolism of the shofar. By the end of the workshop, our goal is that you will be able to conduct your own shofar service for yourself and those in your home on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Zoom information will be sent prior to the event. Please register here.
|AJ Grandparents Group Program: "Don't Bite Your Tongue"|
Thursday, September 24
Really, can we say whatever we want to whomever we want? This doesn't sound like much of a vow to make as we approach Rosh Hashanah! But in fact, this is the title of a book written by Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, our upcoming guest speaker for the Jewish Grandparent's Group. Her book carries the subtitle, "How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children." Now, this is something we can all vow to continue to do throughout the year!
We are very excited to welcome Dr. Nemzoff to the Adath Jeshurun Grandparent's Group on Thursday evening, September 24, following minyan at 7:45 PM. We know this is a program you won't want to miss.
Don't Bite Your Tongue has been described, among many words of
praise, as "A groundbreaking book on how to foster parent-adult child closeness" and "A very wise book."
Dr. Nemzoff has spoken at over 400 locales worldwide on family dynamics. She is currently a resident scholar at Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. She holds a doctorate in social policy from Harvard University, an MA in counseling from Columbia University and a BA from Barnard College.
She brings a wealth of experience in many different areas affecting children and families, including serving as the Assistant Minority Leader of the New Hampshire State Legislature, the New Hampshire Deputy commissioner of Health and Welfare, and visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research of Women. Her papers are archived at Harvard University's Schlesinger Library. Dr. Nemzoff is also the author of Don't Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws into Family.
Please RSVP to email@example.com
for what we are sure you will find to be a fun and informative talk, with opportunity for questions and discussion. You will receive a zoom link prior to the meeting. Please let us know which zoom room you would like to be a part of when you RSVP: a) Adult single children; b) grandchildren under 4; c) grandchildren 4 to 17; or d) grandchildren 17 and over.
|Ongoing Virtual Events|
All events, except where noted, will use this Zoom link:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#: 109428724
Adult Ed with Rav Shai: Introduction to Judaism
Continuing on Tuesday nights, at 7:45 PM, Rav Shai is teaching a 24-part Introduction to Judaism. ***Note: Classes will be held on Tuesday nights only until the series is finished on September 15.***
By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#: 969452689
***New Adult Ed Class with Rav Shai starting on October 20. Stay tuned for details.***
"Hebrew from Scratch" (for adults) will begin again on October 14 and continue for eight Wednesday evenings (skipping Thanksgiving Eve), following minyan. Evening minyan begins at 7:00 PM and the class will start at approximately 7:30 PM and meet for approximately one hour. There are no prerequisites and the textbook will be provided in PDF form. Contact Hazzan Glantz at 215.635.6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know you'll be attending.
"It's Greek...oops! I mean Hebrew to me!" is a class Hazzan Glantz designed for those who can already read Hebrew (even slowly and with mistakes). Students will have the opportunity to improve speed and accuracy while also learning some comprehension. Israeli songs, poetry, and liturgy will help make Hebrew more accessible and meaningful. Please contact Hazzan with your interest; your collective schedules will help determine meeting times.
Mesibat with Hazzan Glantz will return in the fall!
|First Mesibat Shabbat of the New School Year! |
View and Sing Along with Hazzan Glantz
This is the first Friday of the Preschool session here at AJ. We know that some kids who have already "moved up" from preschool might still enjoy viewing and singing along as Hazzan Glantz presents the first Mesibat Shabbat of the season.
Watch it, share it, and have a wonderful, meaningful and safe Shabbat Shalom.
|Mesibat Shabbat 9-11-2020|
|Attention: 7th and 8th Graders!|
HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir is looking for singers entering the 7th and 8th grades to join HazaPrep, the first Jewish Choral Preparatory program in America, conducted by Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman.
Virtual rehearsals will be held on Sundays at 3:30 PM. You can download a flyer here
|Signs of Solidarity|
Adath Jeshurun's social action committee, AJ Acts, has launched a campaign called Signs of Solidarity to express our rejection of the injustices that are systemic throughout our country and which have been brought to the fore by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. You can sponsor the placement of an 18" x 24" lawn sign along the Old York Road corridor, or purchase a sign (or signs) for yourself, your neighbors, and/or friends by clicking here. There are two options available: "Love your neighbor as yourself" and "Justice, Justice we shall pursue". Any profits will be donated to Project Home.
NEW! We now have magnets for your car that read "Love your neighbor as yourself"! They are $5 each, or 3 for $10. Buy them for your family, friends, and neighborsYou can order one or more magnets here!
|American Mothers of Israel Olim|
A group has been formed through the auspices of Women's League for Conservative Judaism: "American Mothers of Israel Olim." The group was actually formed a number of years ago and it was an email communication. Now it has been revitalized and has had two Zoom meetings. Meetings will be held on a (roughly) monthly basis. If you have children who have made Aliyah and are interested in joining a Zoom group, contact Violet Zeitlin at email@example.com.
|Let Hazzan Glantz Help You Celebrate!|
Do you know someone who is having a birthday and could use help celebrating? If so, contact Hazzan Glantz at firstname.lastname@example.org
and he'll record a birthday song for your child or relative!
Tuesday, September 15: Selihot from the Kotel. Israel Bonds proudly invites you to an extraordinary global experience: Selichot from the Kotel. It will feature greetings by Finance Minister Israel Katz and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion; a stirring performance of "Jerusalem of Gold" by Shuli Natan, followed by an exclusive interview with Reut Ifat Uziel, daughter of Dr. Izik Ifat, famed paratrooper to be among the first to reach the Kotel during the Six-Day War; and a moving experience of selichot prayers from the Kotel.
Wednesday, September 30: Ramah College Network Fair. Attention, 11th and 12th grade Ramahniks! Join us on Wednesday, September 30, from 8:00 to 9:00 PM, for a mini Ramah college fair featuring Ramahniks from eight universities! You'll have the chance to hear from the schools that interest you, ask questions and learn about their experiences. Featured universities: Emory U., JTS List College, U. of Delaware, U. of Florida, U. of Maryland/College Park, U. of Michigan/Ann Arbor, U. of Pennsylvania, and Washington U. in St. Louis. Register here.
|AJ's Virtual Services|
Through the Zoom platform, congregants can attend services virtually. You can find information about how to use the system here.
We have three links for AJ's services:
For Friday evening and Saturday morning services:
By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID: 970 5403 7610 (Password required)
For Saturday evening services:By computer: https://zoom.us/j/933131679 By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#: 933131679 (Password required)
For all other services (Sunday through Friday morning and Sunday through Thursday evening services):By computer: https://zoom.us/j/109428724By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#: 109428724
You can find PDFs
of Seder Avodah here
To avoid the possibility that any of our services will be interrupted by hackers or other interlopers ("Zoombombing"), we instituted a Zoom virtual waiting room and authorized the host to welcome each guest into the meeting. Starting July 3, you will need a password for Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening services. We will email the password to congregants; alternatively, you can call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611 to obtain it. Attendees to our services who are not members should call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611. Please don't share the password with others.
For now, the remainder of our services (Sunday through Friday morning minyan and Sunday through Thursday evening minyan) will not be password-protected. All meetings will still have the "waiting room" feature enabled. You may want to call or log in a few minutes ahead of the start time so that the host has time to welcome each guest.
|Take Jewish Federation's COVID-19 Survey|
How are you coping with the pandemic? Help Federation understand by participating in Jewish Federation's COVID-19 Community Needs Survey. This 5-minute, anonymous survey is designed to give a snapshot of how COVID-19 has affected those they serve. Results will inform how they and their community partners understand the ongoing needs within our diverse communities.
Anyone who lives in the five-county Greater Philadelphia region who is 18 years or older can participate.
|Needed! Homemade Masks for Einstein Patients|
The City of Philadelphia has a significant number of new COVID-19 cases & hospitalizations continue to rise. Inner city neighborhoods are being hit harder by this highly communicable disease. Masks help stop the spread. Einstein is in need of hand-crafted masks to give to our patients to help keep others safe and preserve medical grade masks for staff. Can you help?
You can download the instructions here. Your support would be much appreciated!
|Are You Suffering From Loneliness?|
The social distancing required to defeat the coronavirus has upended our lives. We have been separated from family, friends, and coworkers. If
you are experiencing loneliness or know of someone who is, please let us know how we can help. You can reach Rav Shai at 215.992.4112 or email@example.com, or Hazzan Glantz at 215.439.5033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Update Regarding the AJ Website|
Some congregants have inquired about the words "Log In" that appear in the upper right corner. The ability to log in to the website is a feature that is not activated, and can only be used by the site administrator at this time. The congregation will be advised if this feature is activated in the future.
|Kosher Meals from Betty the Caterer|
Betty the Caterer is offering kosher meals for pickup at MBIEE. They are offering weekend meals called "Weekend in a Box" and you can find the flyer here
. Their Rosh Hashanah a la carte menu is here
. You can find out more about Betty the Caterer here
. Stay informed about their services and money-saving specials on Facebook
, or Instagram
|Kosher Foods Available Through KMF Food Distribution|
KMF Food Distribution is a locally owned family business with over 35 years of experience in Kosher food service distribution. Our commitment to customer service and high-quality products have allowed us to be a reliable source for Kosher consumers nationwide. COVID-19 has effected our community in numerous ways including severe interruptions in our food supply. As a result, we are offering poultry, beef, lamb, veal, deli, fish, cheese, Heat N' Serve, and other traditional items.
In partnering with Congregation Adath Jeshurun, KMF Food Distribution
would like to offer a special group delivery order. Orders placed by
Sunday will be delivered to Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El on Wednesday
between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. The minimum order has been reduced to $100.
KMF Food Distribution: 615 Deer Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: (856) 444-0143 - Email: email@example.com
KleinLife: Montgomery County
Programs for Seniors at AJ
KleinLife will be closed until further notice.
All events below will be held via Zoom, except where noted.
Healing Service with Hazzan Glantz.
(via Zoom) Hazzan Glantz is offering a healing service on selected Thursdays, at 6:15 PM. Zoom info: By computer: https://zoom.us/j/96513259245
. By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 965 1325 9245.
Last Day to Order Lulavim and Etrogim for Sukkot! Call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611 to order. Small, $40; Large, $48.
Drive-In Strings Attached with Oneg Under the Stars.
(At AJ.) Please reserve your space for a very special musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service. You may sit in your car or bring beach chairs (and sit in your assigned area) and enjoy the beautiful evening. After the service, we will have a lovely dairy Oneg Shabbat (socially distanced, of course) Reservations are a MUST. Please respond by Sunday, August 30. This event will require a contribution of $18 per person. If there are 3 or 4 people in your car, it will be $50. Contributions must be received by September 1. 7:00 PM. Click here
Selihot. Before Selihot services, AJ will be hosting a conversation between our own Dr. Chad Womack and Professor Maureen O'Connell. Chad is married to Naomi Houseman and has two children. He is also the Senior Director for STEM Initiatives at the United Negro College Fund. Professor O'Connell chairs the Religion Department at LaSalle University and works at the intersection of religion and racial justice. As we formally commence our penitential season, we will begin with narratives that are often surprisingly similar, but in other important ways, diverge dramatically. This conversation promises to stimulate our thinking and will serve as the springboard for a series of workshops this coming year designed to increase our understanding and help us be better allies.
Learn how to blow the shofar with our own Bal Tokeah Robert Hartman and Rav Shai. For those of you with a shofar at home -- and it's not too late to buy one! -- this workshop will review the blasts, blowing techniques, and symbolism of the shofar. By the end of the workshop, our goal is that you will be able to conduct your own shofar service for yourself and those in your home on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Go to www.CongregationAJ.org/HHD-5781.html to register.
11:00 AM -12:15 PM
High Holidays Poetry Slam. Poetry, coffee, and inspiration. Join us for a poetry hour to focus your thoughts for the High Holidays. An experience is more meaningful when we form an intention. Spend a moment developing your personal intention for 5781. The theme is renewal/repentance/reinvention. Recite a poem of your own or bring one to share, or just come to listen and enjoy. In order to allow everyone who wants time to share, please be conscious of the length of the poem you bring. We look forward to a meaningful hour. 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting. (via Zoom) Beginning with evening minyan, at 7:00 PM.
Adult Ed: Introduction to Judaism. Taught by Rav Shai. Final session. 7:45 PM.
Workshop: Writing Your Own Al Chets.
"For the sin that we have sinned before You by relying on the introspection of others." This workshop is for those who want to take advantage of the Jewish calendar's invitation for cheshbon nefesh, a spiritual reckoning. The confessional litany is necessarily hit and miss because it was written hundreds of years ago by people other than us. This workshop is our opportunity to craft our own litany with the help of our tradition, our community, and some contemporary examples to stimulate our own thoughts. What do we need to work on, still? What do we need to work on, now? How can we leverage the most good out of our limited resources? How do we not fritter away this precious gift of life? How can we contribute to our children's and grandchildren's capacities to live long on the Land that the Lord, our God, has entrusted to us? Only register if you're ready to get real. This workshop demands looking at ourselves in the glare of unflattering light, just as our Rabbis did. Given the limitations of Zoom, we are capping registration at 24 screens. If there is sufficient demand, we will consider scheduling another workshop. 7:45 PM Go to www.CongregationAJ.org/HHD-5781.html
Round Challah Baking Class.
Create your dough earlier in the day or the night before and log in to Zoom with Rachel Palitto to learn how to braid your dough into a round challah shape for Rosh Hashanah! 7:45 PM You can find a link to the recipe at www.CongregationAJ.org/HHD-5781.html.
Erev Rosh Hashanah. Service at 6:00 PM.
The High Holiday Mitzvah Food Project. During the High Holy Day period (September 19 through October 12) we will be collecting non-perishable food items for Federation's 2020 High Holiday Food Drive. This year, Federation is requesting the following items: Canned Beans-Kosher required; lower salt preferred (i.e., legumes, chick peas, etc.); Nut Butters-Kosher required; lower salt preferred (i.e., peanut butter, almond butter, etc.) and Canned Fish-Kosher required; (canned tuna, salmon, sardines, etc.) Please make sure that all donations have a current date, are properly sealed, and aren't in bulk sizes. Please leave your donation in the box outside the school doors. It will be brought inside at the end of the day.
Rosh Hashanah, Day I. Morning Service at 9:00 AM.
Minhah and Ma'ariv Service. 6:45 PM
On the afternoon of the second day of Rosh Hashanah, we will take a shofar to you and provide a shofar service outside your home! Or be a volunteer to deliver a shofar service. The form to register will not be available until September 14, and it will be open through the end of the day on September 17. Go to www.CongregationAJ.org/HHD-5781.html
. If you have a shofar and a car and would like to volunteer to be part of our Take-a Shofar squad to provide shofar services to your fellow congregants, contact Rachel Palitto at the synagogue office, 215.635.6611, ext. 113, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can choose to volunteer during as many one-hour times slots as you would like between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
Rosh Hashanah, Day II. Morning Service at 9:00 AM.
Tashlich. (at AJ) Start the new year with a clean slate by symbolically casting off the sins of 5780 by tossing pieces of bread into the creek. 6:00 PM. (If you would prefer not to come to AJ, we encourage you to take a walk between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with some bread. When you arrive at a suitable body of water, mentally "transfer" those things you want to rid yourselves of this coming year to the bread, tear it into pieces, and throw them into the water to be washed away or consumed.)
Evening Service. 6:45 PM.
Fast of Gedaliah. Morning service: 7:20 AM
Teshuvah/Reorientation Workshop: Halakhah, Philosophy, and Mysticism. Teshuvah
is the single most important concept in Judaism. It is also the focus of the upcoming holidays. Rav Shai has put together a Teshuvah
Reader that combines the halakhah
, philosophy, and mysticism of teshuvah
. Feel free to download the texts in preparation for the holidays. For those of you who would like to participate in the workshop, Rav Shai asks that you read the material beforehand and come prepared to question, discuss, and process. Given the limitations of Zoom, we are capping registration at 24 screens. If there is sufficient demand, we will consider scheduling another workshop. Go to www.CongregationAJ.org/HHD-5781.html
to register and to download the Teshuvah
Reader. 7:45 PM
The Bible Players.
Bring your whole family together for a night of laughter on Zoom. The Bible Players use improv and comedy to teach Jewish values to people of all ages. They perform at schools, camps, and simchas. For AJ they will be performing a virtual special all-ages comedy show. This event time was set with small children in mind so children of all ages are able to enjoy! If you like what you see during the show and want to hire them in the future, check out their website TheBiblePlayers.com
or send an email to andrew@TheBiblePlayers.com
. No registration necessary. 6:30 PM
Kol Nidre Service. 6:30 PM.
Yom Kippur and Yizkor Service. Morning service at 9:00 AM; Torah service at 11:00 AM; Sermon at 1:30 PM; Yizkor at approximately 3:00 PM; Minhah at approximately 3:45 PM; Break your fast at approximately 7:30 PM.
In Case You Missed It...
Below are some stories that were in previous weekly emails. We still think they are important enough to include for those who missed them or didn't need the info at the time they were originally published!
Looking for a Volunteer Opportunity?
Looking for a way to make a difference during these challenging times?
Are your kids looking for meaningful activities this summer?
Here is a great opportunity to fill an important need!
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel is working with the Montgomery County Anti-Hunger Network, (MAHN) to help distribute needed food to families experiencing food insecurity due to the economic ramifications from COVID19. The food pick-up will be held on Wednesdays between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. It is a community effort with volunteers being asked to help with:
- Traffic management: Directing cars to proper lines for food pick up and exit routes
- Safety: Holding signs that would describe things like mask wearing, keeping windows open, and directing people to open their trunks for food pick-up
- Unloading pallets from the truck
- Placing boxes in the trunks of cars
- Collecting zip code information
Masks and gloves will be provided for the volunteers.
Learn and Live in Israel -- Programs for High School Students and Recent Grads
With the great uncertainty surrounding the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year, many families are considering alternatives to traditional high school and college programs. Ramah is delighted to share news about two exciting Israel experiences for high school students and 2020 high school graduates. Both programs are based in Jerusalem.
- Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY) is a transformational high school semester in Israel for students entering grades 10-12! TRY offers both a fall and spring semester. Click here for more info.
- Nativ, the Conservative Movement's leadership training gap-year program, is offering a new Ramah Hadracha Leadership Track. Click here for more info.
Eradicating Domestic Abuse is a Jewish Responsibility.
15-20% of all Jewish households experience some form of abuse or violence and Jewish survivors stay in abusive relationships twice as long as the national average. If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please contact us at email@example.com to talk with one of our intake volunteers.
Dinah is a comprehensive legal services center providing low-cost and pro bono legal representation to survivors of domestic abuse in the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia. By partnering with existing Jewish social service providers, Dinah combats intimate partner violence through advocacy, education and representation. Visit dinahphilly.org for more information.
Lunch and Learn Noontime Torah Now Being Held at AJ
CANCELED until further notice.
Feed your soul at Noontime Torah!
The Rabbinical Assembly-Mid-Atlantic Region invites you to join us weekly at noon for the study of Torah on Tuesdays at AJ from noon to 1:00 PM. A Rabbi and other like-minded individuals await you to engage in exciting discussion and thoughtful analysis of the weekly Torah portion or other stimulating topic. Each class is self-contained so you can plug in at any given week, in any given location.
Join Us and Grow!
Bring your dairy or pareve lunch and a Bible, drinks will be provided. All are welcome. Classes are not held on major Jewish holidays. For more information, call at any of the locations for details or the main coordinating office of Rabbi Gary Charlestein (610.239.6003).
You can also attend Noontime Torah in Center City at the Offices of Cozen & O'Conner on Tuesdays from noon to 1:00 PM, or in Plymouth Meeting/Norristown at the Offices of Premier Dental Products on Wednesdays from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. Download a flyer for more info.
Laurel House Shelter Needs Your Donations!
AJ Caring Community
We all experience times of need. For many of us, family and friends step in to provide support. For others, those resources are less present, less apparent and asking for help can be embarrassing and complicated. This is where the AJ Caring Community Committee (AJCCC) comes in with varying levels of support, anything from a phone call to a meal.
Should you know of someone who has such a need or if you find yourself in a difficult situation please get in touch with us. You can leave a message with Beryl (215.635.6611) in the office, or with Rav Shai at firstname.lastname@example.org or Naomi Atkins, the chair of the AJCCC at email@example.com.
Your AJ family is here to help you.
We Would Like to Connect with Your College Student!
Surprise your college student with a taste of home! College students enrolled in the AJ College Connection Program will receive the monthly AJ News and enjoy holiday packages sent to school. Children of member families only. Please send the following information to Sandra Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611: Student Name, School Address, Student Email Address, Parent Email Address and Expected Year of Graduation. This program is enthusiastically sponsored by AJWA Sisterhood.