December 30, 2020 | 15 Tevet 5781
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Please note: 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.

***The March/April 2021 Newsletter is now online (the January/February 2021 Newsletter is too, of course).
If you'd like to make a donation to AJ, you can make a donation online, on our website. Or, you can click here to download a donation form.
Service Schedule
April 16, 17, 2021 | 5 Iyar 5781

Friday Evening
Kabbalat Shabbat
6:15 PM

Saturday Morning
Morning Service
9:30 AM

You can see a Pew Pamphlet here.

Saturday Evening
7:25 PM

Through the Zoom platform, congregants can attend services virtually.

Sunday through Thursday
7:00 PM

9:00 AM

Monday and Thursday
7:20 AM

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
7:30 AM
We have three Zoom links for AJ services.

For Friday evening and Saturday morning services:
By computer:
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID: 970 5403 7610
(Password required)

For Saturday evening services:
By computer:
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. 
Meeting ID#: 933131679
(Password required.)

Congregants should see the separate email for the latest password for Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening services.

For all other services (Sunday through Friday morning and Sunday through Thursday evening services):
By computer:
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. 
Meeting ID#: 109428724
(No password required.)
A Tip for Using Zoom
If you are having trouble with links for AJ services or events that are held via Zoom, here's another way to get into a meeting.

1. Go to
2. Click on "Join a Meeting" in the upper right. It looks like this:
You'll see a screen that looks like this:
3. A meeting ID is included with all Zoom information we distribute. Type or copy and paste the meeting ID into the box (just the numbers).
4. Click "Join." You will be placed into the meeting or be put in a "Waiting Room" until the meeting starts, or until the host of the meeting lets you in. Enjoy your meeting!
Zoom Update
A new update for Zoom has been released. For best results and to avoid any problems, update the Zoom application on your computer. For instructions on how to do so on your computer, use one of the links below.

What's Happening
RSVP Now for AJ's 2021 Annual Fundraiser (SPEC)

By now we hope that all AJ congregants have received their invitations to this year's fundraiser featuring American musician, actor, writer, and radio host Seth Rudetsky and his show, "Deconstructing Broadway." Send in your Tribute Journal Donation Form or let us know your favorite Broadway show or song here as soon as possible. We're eager to get started on what is sure to be a wonderful, digital Tribute Journal!

This year's annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 2 online. Seth Rudetsky is currently the host of “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” and “Seth Speaks” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway.” Seth shares stories, backstage secrets, and songs from his renowned Broadway career. 

You can get a flavor of what's to come here, and see live streams with cast members of Broadway shows, TV shows, and movies, along with other fun stuff here.
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Program: Telling Our Story
Sunday, April 18 at 10:00 AM 
Let’s strengthen our ties to the Masorti Movement in Israel and hear some great personal stories of aliyah at the same time!

Join us on Sunday, April 18 at 10:00 AM, as AJ’s own Arnie Ben Dor (Bender) hosts a program featuring the stories of four olim (immigrants) from the Conservative kehillah in Ramot, a neighborhood of Jerusalem. As an extra special AJ treat, Penina Rosenberg Weiner, Rabbi Yaacov Rosenberg's daughter, will be among those sharing their reflections.

Zoom information:
Let's Meet Nashirah (The Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia)
Sunday, April 18 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, at Gratz College  
Learn about the history of the only auditioned Jewish choral ensemble in Philadelphia. President Cynthia Silber, MD, board member Arthur Feldman, MD, and other choir members will share and discuss several pieces of music, as well as the history of Nashirah. We'll also meet the conductor/artistic director of the choir: Dr. Julia Zavadsky, professor of music at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. She will talk about her journey as an immigrant conductor from Kiev, Ukraine, through Jerusalem and making her way to Philadelphia. Nashira was founded with the input of Hazzan Davidson, Rob Ross, and 5 AJers. Cantor Davidson's will introduce the piece he composed. Feel free to ask plenty of questions! General Admission: $10. You can register here.
Federation Event: Philly Hearts Israel
Sunday, April 18 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM  
Celebrate Israel Independence Day with an epic, family-friendly and virtual concert! For Israel’s 73rd birthday, our community-wide party will feature American rocker and Jewish camp favorite Rick Recht, Israeli legend David Broza, and many of their musical friends. To register, click here.
Next AJ Grandparents Group Meeting
Thursday, April 22 at 7:45 PM  
We are very happy to welcome Dvora Entin back for our next Grandparents’ Group meeting. Dvora brought many insights to us in our last session to help us deal with and understand the psychological and emotional impact of Covid on our relationships with our grandchildren. All those in attendance really enjoyed the evening.
For our next session, Dvora will speak on “Communication Strategies with Grandchildren.” This discussion will focus on practical tips and techniques for fostering fun, interesting and relaxing conversations with our grandchildren. Did you every wonder why the question “How was your day?” might often fall flat, while sometimes your inquiries might just hit the right note and your grandchild won’t stop talking? If so, we know you will enjoy hearing Dvora. 
You won’t want to miss this evening of practical tips for building closer relationships with all age groups, including junior high, high school, and post-high school grandchildren.
Come join us on Thursday evening, April 22 at 7:45 PM following minyan. To register for the event and receive the Zoom link, click here. Please send an email to Rachel Palitto at with any questions you would like to have asked anonymously.
More on Dvora: Dvora Entin, PMH-C has a private practice in the Philadelphia area specializing in Maternal Mental Health. Dvora also consults nationally and is a adjunct profession at Wurzweiller School of Social in New York City. Dvora is a popular speaker in our community.

Save the Date for our Grandparents’ program on Thursday, June 3 at 7:45 PM. We are pleased to feature Elaine Rotenberg, Ph.D. a licensed psychologist and clinical director of the Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Dayenu Workshop—
A Jewish Call to Climate Action: Confronting the Climate Crisis and Cultivating Spiritual Courage
Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Congregation Adath Jeshurun members have been invited to join Dayenu for a new workshop, “A Jewish Call to Climate Action: Confronting the Climate Crisis and Cultivating Spiritual  

In this workshop, led by the staff from Dayenu, we will explore how we are contending with the climate crisis on a personal and spiritual level. If you feel anxious, fearful, or sad about the climate crisis, or worried about how it might impact you, your family, or community, you are not alone. If you haven’t made space in a busy and ever-changing world to sit with the reality of a changing climate, you are not the only one.

This will be an engaging workshop in which we will begin to explore some of our concerns and questions the climate crisis raises, in a supportive community, rooted in Jewish wisdom and tradition, and building on an emerging body of thought focused on meeting the climate crisis with resilience. We will provide pathways for people to confront and move through feelings of fear, anxiety, and powerlessness and offer other pathways towards meaningful and bold action. If you are ready to move from fear, overwhelm, or numbness into courageous action on climate — or even, like many of us, you are not sure you are ready — please join us!

When: Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
(This was originally advertised as a 2-session workshop series, but we've reduced it to one, and it will now run until 9:30 PM instead of 9:00 PM.)
Where: This will be a virtual workshop on Zoom, link provided upon registration.
How to Register: Click here.

Dayenu is a movement of American Jews confronting the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. We care deeply about equity and justice in our world and about the future we create for our children and future generations. We believe that together, drawing from our Jewish tradition, experience, and faith, we have the power to create real and lasting change.

To secure a livable and sustainable world for all people for generations to come by building a multi-generational Jewish movement that confronts the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action.
Presentations by Two Local Birdwatchers
Presented by AJWA Sisterhood and AJ Men's Association
Discussion with Ruth Pfeffer
Sunday, April 18 at 2:00 PM

Please join Ruth Pfeffer, bird enthusiast, for a fun and informative program on our Avian friends. Birds can be observed in our yards, parks, woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. Through Ruth's photos you will learn some tips on bird identification, bird behavior, and the numerous birds that can be seen in our area. 2:00 PM. You can register here.

Discussion with Janet Starwood
Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 PM

Please join Janet Starwood, Wyncote Audubon Society volunteer, for a whirlwind tour of internet birding sites and resources that will enhance your enjoyment of birds in local neighborhoods and parks. With Janet as your guide, you will explore three websites — Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Wyncote Audubon Society. Janet’s website tour will include an open conversation about bird identification and sharing the joys of birdwatching. You can register here.
Hebrew Ulpan Series: Ten Monday Mornings with Mika (via Zoom)
April 19 Through June 28 (except May 17) at 9:30 AM
Hazzan Glantz invites you to a new Ulpan series on Zoom. The classes will take place on Zoom, Mondays at 9:30 AM. This is a class intended for those who are already Hebrew readers but wish to speak some conversational Hebrew. The first class will be April 19 and run through June 28, with May 17 off for Shavuot.

So... what, you ask, is an ulpan? The concept of the ulpan developed quickly with the massive influx of new immigrants to the newly established State of Israel in 1948. We cannot re-create that experience complete with the reinforcement that comes from daily efforts to use the language. But our instructor will borrow from the well-known and successful ulpan technique to help you begin to use and express yourself in the living language of Hebrew.

Now about our instructor. Mika Meidar comes highly recommended as a Hebrew Ulpan teacher in the IDF where she served from 2013 to 2015 as an NCO in education. Since then, she has added skills to her resume from graphic design to bartending... in Scotland! Mika is currently a college student at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan. At 9:30 AM on Mondays it is 3:30 AM in Israel which works perfectly in Mika's schedule to hop onto Zoom and teach.

Please contact Hazzan Glantz at to express your interest and ask questions. 
Kehillah Event: Travel (Virtually) to Morocco
Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 PM (via Zoom)

Join Rabbi Robert Leib for a virtual adventure, where we will learn more about the Jewish culture in Morocco. Register here.
Second Town Hall
Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 PM (via Zoom)

In the March/April AJ News, Rav Shai discussed in his article his proposal to sunset the second day of Jewish holidays. We will be holding the second of two Town Halls so that congregants can air their views on the topic. It will be held on Wednesday evening, May 5, at 7:30 PM. No need to register; Zoom info the meeting is below.

By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID: 942 9025 0658
Passcode: townhall (all lower case)
Kehillah Events Coming in May:

The Tastes of Israeli Cooking
Sunday, May 2 at 10:00 AM (via Zoom)

Let’s put on our aprons and get cooking! In celebration of Shavuot, we will virtually learn how to make Sephardic dairy dishes from an Israeli chef. On the menu will be Israeli salad, bourekas and malabi. Click here to register.

Fighting White Supremacy: From Charlottesville to Capitol Hill (via Zoom)
Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 PM

Description and registration coming soon.

Jewish Learning Fest (Tikkun Leyl)
Sunday, May 16 from 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Let’s virtually celebrate Shavuot with a night of learning. You will have the ability to choose from a lineup of engaging and thought-provoking sessions. Click here to register.
Rav Shai To Discuss Coherent Judaism with AJU
Monday, May 24 at 2:00 PM

On Monday, May 24, American Jewish University (AJU) will welcome Rav Shai (virturally) to discuss his book Coherent Judaism The talk will begin at 2:00 PM and the cost is $18. Please register here.
An Opportunity for Teens: The Diller Teen Fellows Program

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is honored to partner with the Diller Teen Fellows program, an incredible experiential learning, traveling and growth experience for 10th and 11th graders.

The program aims to build the next generation of committed Jewish leaders: to inspire and empower a global network of teens and equip them with the skills, confidence, knowledge and Jewish values they need to help create a better world. Each year, hundreds of young people take part in the Diller training program from 32 communities across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe and Israel.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Diller Teen Fellows program are now open through June 25, 2021Click here to apply! Know a teen who would be a good candidate for the program? Nominate them here by June 4, 2021.
What Are These Feelings I’m Feeling: Navigating Changed Relationships in Our COVID World

On Thursday, March 11, The AJ Grandparents Group welcomed Dvora Entin, LCSW, PMH-C as their guest speaker for a program called “What Are These Feelings I’m Feeling: Navigating Changed Relationships in Our COVID World.” It was a program that had appeal beyond grandparents and the group is making it available to anyone who would like to see it. You can view it here.
Women's League for Conservative Judaism
Mid-Atlantic Region Spring Conference and Installation

The Mid-Atlantic Region Spring Conference and Installation will be held on Sunday, May 2, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, via Zoom. The theme this year is "Body and Soul: Moving Forward Together."
Torah Fund Event, honoring AJ President Judy Stutman Izes

On Sunday, June 6, AJWA Sisterhood will honor AJ President Judy Stutman Izes with the well-deserved Torah Fund Woman of Achievement Award.

If you haven't yet contributed to the Torah Fund, there's still time! Contact Merril Stup (215.782.3735) or Violet Zeitlin (215.635.1587).
Need a Calendar for 2020-2021?

The Women's League for Conservative Judaism is having a liquidation sale of their 2020-2021 Calendar Diaries. To purchase one, please click here or email Razel at
Two Programs for Teens from JEVS

Paid Summer Internships Available

Do you know a current Jewish college sophomore or junior? Tell them about the Franklin C. Ash Summer Internship Progam? Applications are being taken now and there are limited spaces. This is a paid summer internship.

The Franklin C. Ash Summer Internship Program offers mentoring, networking, and workplace experiences for high-achieving Jewish college students interested in nonprofit career paths. You can learn more here.

Lasko College Prep Program

The Lasko College Prep Program now offers two tracks this summer for FREE* college counseling and SAT test prep guidance. Each program is tailored to meet students where they are in the college planning process and offers evening classes to accommodate the schedules active of high school students.

College Readiness:
Eligibility: Rising juniors in fall of 2021 interested in beginning the college planning process. Program includes: 10 hours of group SAT test prep; 10 hours of group college-themed workshops (topics include: Basic Pre-SAT Prep, Curating a High School Curriculum, Exploring Potential Career Interests, Debunking College Myths, Financing Your Education, etc.); and 2 one-hour individual counseling sessions with an Educational Counselor.

College Prep: 
Eligibility: Rising seniors in the fall of 2021 looking for guidance through the intricate college application and financial aid processes. Program includes: 10 hours of group SAT test prep; 14 hours of group workshops (topics include: Completing the Common App, Resources for Scholarships, College Essay Writing, Jewish Life on Campus, Transition to College, Choosing the Right Colleges, etc., and additional Family FAFSA workshop in fall 2021); and unlimited individual college counseling sessions throughout 
senior year.

Click here for more info. You can download a flyer here.
Rav Shai's Latest Publication, Coherent Judaism

All of the copies of Rav Shai's latest book, Coherent Judaism, that we had at AJ have been sold. No worries if you haven't bought your copy yet! They are available on Amazon here

Rav Shai will be happy to sign the books purchased through Amazon. Just drop your copy off at AJ and he will sign them.
Programs for Seniors at AJ 

Kleinlife: Montgomery County suspended onsite activities in March 2020. As of October 2020, they have begun to offer programs via Zoom! You can see the calendar offering learning sessions, yoga, and more here.

Grab & Go Meals! Kleinlife is now offering Grab & Go frozen meals once a week from AJ. You MUST RESERVE at least a week ahead of time for 5 frozen kosher meals, which will be put into your car in our drive-by on Thursdays at noon. Call 215.635.5244 for more details.
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 hereHere is the menu from April 8 through April 22. You can find out more about Betty the Caterer here. Stay informed about their services and money-saving specials on FacebookTwitter, 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.

You can download a general flyer here, and an order form here. Order forms can also be found on their website at

KMF Food Distribution: 615 Deer Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: (856) 444-0143; Email:
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, or Hazzan Glantz at 215.439.5033 or
Community and Other Events You May Be Interested In
New Weekly Digital Series: “Bringing Israel Home.” Each Wednesday evening for 16 weeks, chef Michael Solomonov (of Sahav) will bring Israel’s extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape into people’s homes via weekly interviews with food and cultural figures in Israel, cooking both new and signature recipes live in his home kitchen, and through live conversation with viewers. Watch the show each week to experience Israeli cuisine like you’ve never seen it before and cook a unique, new Israeli-inspired recipe along with this James Beard award-winning chef, right from your own kitchen. Tune in every Wednesday night at 8:00 pm EST. The series started January 13 but previous episodes are available for viewing. Watch here. You can find the recipes in advance of the show each week on The Nosher, and you can also view them on Jewish Food Society.
Yom HaAtzma'ut Program. Celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) with the Israelis. Kehilat Yaar Ramot a Masorti Conregation has invited us to a Zoom program to tell us the way they celebrate Yom Haatzmaut and how they came to be living in Israel. The Rabbi Arnie Ben Dor (Bender) was a member of the AJ Havurah. Their members include Israelis from the US, Australia, Iraq, Italy, South America, New Zealand, etc. Join us on Sunday, April 18 at 10:00 AM. Registration details in article above.
AJWA Sisterhood and AJ Men's Association Presentation on Birdwatching #1. Please join Ruth Pfeffer, bird enthusiast, for a fun and informative program on our Avian friends. Birds can be observed in our yards, parks, woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. Through Ruth's photos you will learn some tips on bird identification, bird behavior, and the numerous birds that can be seen in our area. 2:00 PM. Stay tuned for registration info.
Board of Directors Meeting. Via Zoom, beginning with evening minyan, at 7:00 PM.
Dayenu Workshop. See description above.
Grandparents Meeting with Dvora Entin, LCSW, PMH-C. See article above. 7:45 PM
Teaching Session with Rav Shai. Rav Shai will be holding a Zoom teaching session entitled "Why the Mitnagdim opposed the Hasidim (and why they stopped)” for the West End Synagogue in Nashville, TN. 8:00-9:00 PM. Registration info to come.
AJWA Sisterhood and AJ Men's Association Presentation on Birdwatching #2. Please join Janet Starwood, Wyncote Audubon Society volunteer, for a whirlwind tour of internet birding sites and resources that will enhance your enjoyment of birds in local neighborhoods and parks. With Janet as your guide, you will explore three websites — Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Wyncote Audubon Society. This program will dovetail with Ruth Pfeffer’s presentation on April 18. Janet’s website tour will include an open conversation about bird identification and sharing the joys of birdwatching.
Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached. (via Zoom) Unplug from a busy week with an acoustic Shabbat service led by Hazzan Howard Glantz with familiar tunes that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. For all ages, from babies to bubbies. Zoom in with your friends for this relaxed, casual, and enjoyable service! Please plan to join us! Zoom info: By computer:; By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592; Meeting ID: 970 5403 7610 (Password required) Next Strings Attached: May 7. 6:15 PM