December 30, 2020 | 15 Tevet 5781
Do you have a question about any of the events or announcements in this email? Call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611. 

Do you have good news to share? We sure can use it! Let us know and we'll include it in the weekly email.

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 May/June 2021 Newsletter is now online (the March/April 2021 Newsletter is too, of course).
Donations
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
SHABBAT EMOR
April 30, My 1, 2021 | 19 Iyar 5781

Friday Evening
Kabbalat Shabbat
with Strings Attached
6:15 PM

Saturday Morning
Morning Service
9:30 AM

Bat Mitzvah of
Erica Winegrad,
Daughter of
Stuart and Renee Winegrad

You can see a Pew Pamphlet here.

Saturday Evening
Minhah-Ma'ariv-Havdalah
7:40 PM

Through the Zoom platform, congregants can attend services virtually.

REGULAR WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
Evenings
Sunday through Thursday
7:00 PM

Mornings
Sunday
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 https://zoom.us.
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
It's Not Too Late to Buy Tickets for AJ's Fundraiser!

If you haven't purchased your tickets yet for this year's annual fundraiser (SPEC) -- Seth Rudetsky's Deconstructing Broadway -- there's still time! (Ad submission is now closed.) Just click here
The show begins at 6:30 PM this Sunday, May 2, but log on a few minutes early to see some of the digital ad book!

Directly following Seth’s performance will be a live auction to win a personal 30-minute Zoom call with Seth! This is a great opportunity to ask him questions you have always had about your favorite musicals, most beloved divas, and leading men, and get some inside scoop as only Seth can tell. Feel free to have a family member or friend who is interested in the industry join you and is looking for advice, tips, and tricks about Broadway!

In addition, the digital Ad Journal will play before the event and immediately following the live auction. It will also be available to view on the AJ website at https://www.adathjeshurun.info/rudetsky2021 from 8:00 PM on Sunday evening through Monday, May 31, 2021.

We welcome you to invite your friends and family to purchase tickets to join us on Zoom for Seth Rudetsky's Deconstructing Broadway. They can learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.

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.
Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached
Friday, April 30 at 6:15 PM (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 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
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)
Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached
Friday, May 7 at 6:15 PM (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 phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592
Meeting ID: 970 5403 7610 (Password required)

Next Strings Attached: June 4. 6:15 PM
Confirmation
Friday, May 14 at 6:15 PM (via Zoom)

Join our confirmands as we celebrate their achievement!

By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592
Meeting ID: 970 5403 7610 (Password required)
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

In 2017, white supremacists meticulously planned and carried out a violent attack on Charlottesville that resulted in dozens of injuries and the death of Heather Heyer. Join Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and Regional Director of ADL Philadelphia Shira Goodman for a conversation about how we can hold these violent extremists accountable — starting with IFA’s Charlottesville lawsuit, Sines v. Kessler, which takes on the leaders of this violent movement and heads to trial this fall. Click here to register.

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. Here's a sneak peek at the topics: Collaborative Services; Who was I at Sinai? A Midrash-Making Experience; Emigrating to Torahland!; Hasidic Thought in the 20th Century; Let the Book of Ruth Be our Teacher: from Scarcity to Abundance; The Holiness of Forgetting; and Wise Women, Witnesses, and Warriors: Welcoming Women of our Tanakh. 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.
SAVE THE DATE!
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. Look for your invitation in the mail next week!

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).
Announcements
Exclusive Virtual Screening: To Bigotry No Sanction
Wednesday, June 2, at 7:00 PM

"To Bigotry No Sanction" is a magnificent musical work composed by Jonathan Comisar based on George Washington’s historic Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island.

Comisar’s stunning new cantata embodies touchstones of Jewish and American music in an orchestral/choral setting. This professional performance conducted by Kensho Watanbe features members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and a multicultural choir representing 17 languages. 

The June 2 program includes introductory readings by renowned historical interpretive actor Dean Malissa as “George Washington” and a post-performance discussion with Jonathan Comisar and KI Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, PhD, a professor of American Jewish History, moderated by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sam Katz of History Making Productions. 

This is a free, prerecorded event, no registration required. On June 2 at 7:00 PM, watch event here: bit.ly/ki-tbns.

Presented by Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI). All are welcome
Opportunities 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.

CityStage 2021: Transformational Summer Program for High School Students
CityStage is a unique performing arts pre-college summer institute, where rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors explore theater through a Jewish lens, led by experts in the field. As part of this online one college credit* program, participants will train in acting techniques, playwriting, script analysis, and more while creating a meaningful Jewish community. CityStage students will also explore the history of Jewish identity in the performing arts field and on stage while creatively analyzing Jewish texts and rituals.

Master Classes. In addition to daily training and study, CityStage offers master classes with Jewish stars and creators from Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as electives in Musical Theater, Improvisation, Songwriting, Design, College Auditioning, and more! 

A Taste of College. CityStage participants experience the excitement of college life and coursework and form lasting friendships with a network of passionate teens from around the country. The program culminates with a showcase of collaborative online performances.

Interactive Shabbat and Sunday programming, too!

COST: $750

*For students enrolling in List College, 1 credit will transfer automatically. For students wishing to apply the credit elsewhere, an additional $700 will be due.

CityStage is online, from June 27 to July 11. Apply here.
SAVE THE DATE!
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."
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 29 through May 13. 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 www.koshermartfoods.com/retail.

KMF Food Distribution: 615 Deer Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: (856) 444-0143; Email: retail@koshermartfoods.com
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 ravshai@adathjeshurun.info, or Hazzan Glantz at 215.439.5033 or hglantz@gmail.com.
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.
Calendar
APRIL
4/30
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: https://zoom.us/j/97054037610; 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

MAY
5/2
AJ Annual Fundraiser. This year's annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 2 online, featuring Seth Rudetsk. Seth is currently the host of “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” and “Seth Speaks” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway.” Seth will share stories, backstage secrets, and songs from his renowned Broadway career. 6:45 PM. See article above.
5/5
AJ Town Hall. 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: By computer: https://zoom.us/j/94290250658?pwd=RnRUNDcxTG9DQms4bm9oQm1LVVl6UT09 By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID: 942 9025 0658. Passcode: townhall (all lower case)
5/7
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: https://zoom.us/j/97054037610; 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
5/10
Yom Yerushalayim.
5/10
Robyn Orodenker Book Club. House on Endless Waters, by Emuna Elon. Please read the book before the meeting! 7:45 PM. Sponsored by AJWA Sisterhood.
5/12
Rosh Hodesh Sivan. Morning Service at 7:00 AM.
5/14
Confirmation. Join our confirmands on Zoom for Kabbalat Shabbat. 6:15 PM
5/16
Jewish Learning Fest (Tikkun Leyl Shavuot). The Kehillah of Old York Road is organizing this year’s tikkun. You will have the ability to choose from a lineup of engaging and thought-provoking sessions. 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Stay tuned for additional opportunities with AJ for the wee hours of the morning of Shavuot.
5/17
Shavuot, Day I. Shavuot morning service, including Yizkor, begins at 9:30 AM. Evening service at 7:00 PM.
5/18
Shavuot, Day II. Shavuot morning service begins at 9:30 AM. Evening service at 7:00 PM.
5/24
Board of Trustees and Directors Meeting. In the Orleans Auditorium, beginning with evening minyan, at 7:00 PM.
5/24
Yom Yerushalayim.
5/24
Rav Shai To Discuss Coherent Judaism with AJU. 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. 
5/31
Memorial Day. Morning service at 9:00 AM.