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If you would like to meet with Rav Shai, you can now view his calendar online and make an appointment! Click here.

Quick Notes

REMINDER: All services are now in person at AJ and available via Zoom. Please continue to register for Friday evening and Saturday morning services by clicking here for the January form, or by using the January service sign-up form links on the AJ website. Your registration will help us to keep the building secure. Thank you!

What's Happening

Adult Education with Rav Shai:

Prayer: For Those Who Don’t Know How to Pray/For Those Who Pray But Don’t Know Why

Continuing Sunday, January 22 at 10:30 AM (at AJ and via Zoom)

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Prayer can be personal or communal, spontaneous or scheduled, in English or Hebrew. Prayer can be an expression of gratitude, a song of praise, or a deeply needed request. Prayer can raise your consciousness or deepen your relationship with the Divine. This class taught by Rav Shai will explore the meanings and purposes of Jewish prayer and will include readings from some of the greatest theologians of our tradition. Two Sunday mornings left: January 22 and 29, at 10:30 AM. Click here to register.

Sisterhood Shabbat

Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 AM (at AJ and via Zoom)

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Our speaker for this year’s Sisterhood Shabbat is family historian Sharon F. Taylor. She is a member of Temple Sinai and will be speaking on the following topic: The Power of Genealogy – Keeping Women’s Stories Alive. During the service, she will speak about discovering an inspiring story about her great-grandmother Hudia, and why genealogy is important, especially for Jewish women. She will also present an introduction to Jewish genealogy and how to research your own family stories. At our luncheon, she will present more tips on researching your family along with another fascinating family story titled “My Great-Aunt Madam: In Search of an Offbeat Ancestor.”Please use the January Online Services form to register or click here.


Would you like to participate in the AJWA Sisterhood Shabbat service? Say Yes! We are pulling together the service and are currently organizing the parts. If you are an AJWA Sisterhood member (or would like to become one!) and would like to co-lead a Hebrew prayer or participate in an easy, small group English reading, please say so. We’d love for you to be included. If you are interested in participating, send an email to Mindy Goldstein at mgoldst@comcast.net or call her at 610.506.0632.


Calling All Cooks! Join chefs Lorna Rosenberg and Ossi Nussbaum and friends as we prepare for Sisterhood Shabbat! Thursday, January 26: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (desserts); Friday, January 27: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (entrees, etc.); and Saturday, January 28: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, and clean-up. Please sign up here.


Are You An Angel? Please consider becoming a Sisterhood Shabbat Angel! Your donation of $25 (or more) will help make possible AJWA Sisterhood’s 2023 wonderful Shabbat service, speaker, and luncheon. It is a program that reaches out to the entire AJ family and is met each year with great anticipation and enthusiasm! All Shabbat Angels will be acknowledged in the Sisterhood Shabbat program. Thank you! Please send your name, phone number and email address with your check to AJWA Sisterhood Shabbat Angels, 7763 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027. Make checks payable to “AJWA Sisterhood” with “Shabbat Angel Donation” on the memo line. Or click here to donate online.

Bimah Skills, Thrills, and More! Part 3: The Jewish Ps of Spring

Sunday, January 29 at 6:15 PM (at AJ)

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This is the last class in Hazzan Glantz's Bimah Skills series. Megillat Esther is chanted to a fun trope that expresses the text’s tragic humor. Go on to learn a few verses or a whole chapter. 6:15 PM. Attendees will have the option to stay thereafter for continued instruction, discussions, and questions. Please register here.


This will be only session for The Jewish Ps of Spring — we have decided to save the Passover portion of this series for Pesah U, on Sunday, March 26. More info to come!

Interested in Learning Some Yiddish?



KleinLife has a Yiddish group that meets on Zoom once a month, led by Marcia Babbitt. It is mostly in English, with some stories or songs in Yiddish. It is the first Wednesday of each month, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. If you are interested, contact Gail Korostoff at 215.635.5244 or gkorostoff@kleinlife.org.

Beth Sholom and Adath Jeshurun Players

Tickets Now Available for The Drowsy Chaperone!

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Don’t miss our next production: The Drowsy Chaperone! In this hilarious valentine to show tunes and show people, a forgotten Jazz Age musical comes to life in the living room of a diehard theatre fan. As he eagerly spins his favorite cast album, a fizzy vintage show suddenly appears, exploding with song, dance and pure entertainment. Our quirky narrator fills the plot holes, with laugh-out-loud results. Packed with show-stopping numbers and larger-than-life characters, here’s a Tony Award-winning spoof that will have everyone falling in love with zany musical comedy! To see a peek of what's in store for audiences attending The Drowsy Chaperone, click here.


Please go to bethsholomplayers.org to purchase tickets and ads for the program book! Show dates: February 16, 18, and 19. Venue: Gratz College.

Beginners' Israeli Dancing Group at AJ

Tuesday Afternoons from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Do you have ru’ach (spirit)? Did you do Israeli dancing a while ago and want to do it again? Never done it? Just want to do some easy dances? Join Susan Novack each Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:30 PM for a beginner group. The basic steps and dances will be taught and reviewed. The group meets in the Orleans at AJ. Email Susan at susan@novack.net to sign up.

An Adult Education Resource for AJ Congregants

Congregation Adath Jeshurun, dedicated to the Jewish value of learning for its own sake (Torah lishmah), has partnered with the Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP). As a partner, we’ll join a small group of synagogues enjoying the best Jewish learning available. AJ has the distinction of being the first Pennsylvania synagogue to do so. The courses for January are listed below, and Rav Shai recommends the titles in blue.

History & Philosophy of Islam, with Dr. David Mendelsohn

Four-Part Thursday Series: Remaining session: January 26 from from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

January 26: Part 4: The Hajj — The Pilgrimage to End All Pilgrimage

https://mailchi.mp/6b36cc3ebb44/csp-zoom-programs-week-of-april-5-5925468


Demystifying History, with Prof. Stephen Berk

Four-Part Sunday Series, Remaining Sessions: January 22 and 29, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM

January 22: Part 3: Our People are Your People: American Jews and Our People are Your People: American Jews and the Struggle for Civil Rights

January 29: Part 4: Putin, Ukraine, and the Jews

https://mailchi.mp/e7eea5d61350/csp-zoom-programs-week-of-april-5-5925464


The Third Side of the Coin, with Nachliel Selavan (For CSP members only)

Tuesday, January 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM

https://occsp.net/csp-members-only/


The Radical Responsibility of Rabbi Sacks: The Problem of Evil as a Call to Action, with Dr. Tanya White

Tuesday, January 31, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

https://mailchi.mp/c20c20769bca/csp-zoom-programs-week-of-april-5-5925480


You can find details on all of the programs and the presenters here. If you register and can’t attend, a link will be sent after the event to a recording. There is also an archive of classes that you can view here.


***PLEASE NOTE: The start times (except where noted) on the CSP website are Pacific time, so remember to add three hours for the Eastern start time. The times above are Eastern time.***

Community Events You May Be Interested In


Philadelphia Jewish Film + Media (PJFM) has an exciting, FREE new set of films that they will be streaming on demand the weekend of January 28-30, in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a three-part animated trilogy titled Traces: Portraits of Resistance, Survival, and Resolve, presented by Humanity in Action and co-presented by the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC). Registration here is required to receive the link for streaming.


ONE BOOK, ONE JEWISH COMMUNITY presents Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai with author Matti Friedman on Sunday, March 19 at 11:00 AM online, live from Israel. Who By Fire is the little-known story of Leonard Cohen’s concert tour to the front lines of the Yom Kippur War, including never-before-seen selections from an unfinished manuscript by Cohen and rare photographs. This program is made possible by the Stern Family Lecture on Israel Studies at Gratz College, in partnership with the Laurie Wagman Initiative in Jewish Studies at Drexel University. You can find out more here.

Service Schedule

NEW GUIDELINES:

Wearing masks is OPTIONAL for services. Up-to-date vaccinations and boosters are strongly encouraged but not required for entry. See updated protocols here.


All services are in person and via Zoom (except where noted).


SHABBAT VAERA

January 20, 21, 2023 | 28 Tevet 5783


Light Shabbat Candles: 4:47 PM


Friday Evening

Kabbalat Shabbat

6:15 PM


Saturday Morning

Shabbat Morning Service

9:30 AM


You can see this weekend's pew pamphlet here.


Saturday Evening

Mincha-Ma'ariv-Havdalah

4:50 PM


ROSH HODESH SHEVAT

January 23, 2023 | 1 Shevat 5783


Monday Morning

Morning Service

7:00 AM


PLEASE NOTE:

We have resumed sharing breakfast

after weekday morning minyans on Thursdays.


See below for COVID-19 requirements and pre-registering for in-person services.

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


Through the Zoom platform, congregants can attend services virtually.

We have three Zoom links for AJ services.


For Friday evening and Saturday morning services:

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)


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.)


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:

https://zoom.us/j/109428724

By phone:

Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. 

Meeting ID#: 109428724

(No password required.)

Attending AJ Friday Evening or Saturday Morning Services in Person


Our current COVID-19 guidelines are:

  • Pre-register for services by completing the January online registration form, or by calling the office at 215.635.6611.
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering the sanctuary. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Vaccinations and boosters: While all those eligible to receive COVID vaccinations and boosters are strongly encouraged to do so, vaccination against COVID is no longer a requirement to attend AJ services and events.
  • Masking: Currently, the community COVID level in Montgomery County is "Medium." As long as the level remains either “Medium” or “Low”, masking will be optional. Should the level become “High,” masking will be mandatory. For current community levels according to the CDC, please click here and use the drop-down menu to check for Montgomery County. This link will also be posted on the AJ website.
  • If you have had COVID or have been exposed to someone with COVID, please use the CDC COVID calculator here to determine if you need to isolate or mask. This link will also be on the AJ website.
  • Anyone who presents with symptoms of possible COVID-19 will not be admitted to the building.
  • You can see our updated guidelines here.


If you would like to attend Friday evening and/or Saturday morning services, you must pre-register by 2:30 PM Friday afternoon.

Announcements

Lifecycle Notices


Rafi Glantz, son of Hazzan Howard and Dayna Glantz, became engaged to Aldema Michaelo.


Sarahann Goldstein, daughter of Mindy and Stephen Goldstein, became engaged to Alan Richter. They will be married on September 10, 2023.


We offer this list as a courtesy. If there is a lifecycle event you would like included, please contact the office at 215.635.6611.

Earn Money for AJ by Shopping at House of Kosher!


For any amount that an AJ member spends, House of Kosher will give 2% of the sale to AJ! All you need to do is mention AJ's unique Shopper Code 6611 and the discount is immediately applied as a credit to your organization.


Any first-time customer that is a member of AJ will receive a 10% discount on your in-store shopping of over $100! House of Kosher is located at 9806 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19115.

Get an Addition of an Edition!


When the new Seder Avodah edition was printed in 2008 (the 150th anniversary of AJ), the price for those who wished to have their own copy was $60. Even with recent inflation, and after all these years, we never raised the price. Now, for a limited time, as we approach the gift-giving season, AJ offers members a deep discount to purchase a copy of Seder Avodah of your own or as a gift...$36 per copy.


In Hazzan Glantz’s class, "Bimah Skills, Thrills, and More," he encouraged attendees to procure their very own copy. Hazzan suggests that this simple change, having a personal siddur, can increase kavannah (intention, meaning, purpose) and allows one to write notes, and feelings, and add sources upon which to reflect.


Make a personalized cover — It’s yours, so feel free to write directly on pages or use post-its notes to recall your inspiring take on the text. Add tabs to turn to sections easily. Hazzan even has a label maker to provide personalized labels identifying your Seder Avodah from the outside cover and spine.


Whether you bring your 'addition of an edition' back and forth to shul or keep it at home, we will still have copies for you at AJ.

Torah Fund 5783

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The year is drawing to a close so take the opportunity to include Torah Fund in your charitable donations for this year! Please take a moment to fill out the card that was mailed to you in September and return it in the envelope to AJWA Sisterhood. (If you can't locate the card, you can download and print one here.) You may send a check payable to “Torah Fund.” Please consider a contribution of Benefactor, Guardian, or higher. Contributions of $180 and up will receive the pin in recognition of your generous support. The pin symbolizes the story of the Israelites preparing to enter the Promised Land when the leadership transfers from Moses to Joshua. The Israelites were instructed to “be strong and courageous.” We are also adding a new category of giving—Chazak will be a contribution of $80.


The costs of everything continue to rise. In addition to showing support of the Torah Fund mission, your minimum donation of $18 will help maintain excellence and resources at the five global Conservative/Masorti institutions of higher education. Your steadfast commitment to Torah Fund inspires and ensures another successful 80 years!


Questions? Send an email to Merril Stup at tantemem@aol.com.

Buy a Brick to Support the AJ Early Learning Center


The AJ Early Learning Center debuted a new Toddler playground last month! A brick path will be built from the sidewalk to the entrance of the playground. You can customize a brick to honor your child, a favorite teacher, the school, or family name! We're selling two sizes: 4" x 8" for $36 and 8" x 8" for $54. Click here to purchase your customized brick that will create the memorable path! 

Looking for Teachers for the AJ Early Learning Center!

The AJ Early Learning Center is hiring! We have immediate openings for both full-time and part-time educators. If you or someone you know has experience working with children and enjoys the attention, love, and responsibility the position requires, please apply today. Contact Tracey Perchick at tperchick@adathjeshurun.info or 215.635.3490.

AJELC is an equal opportunity employer in the state of Pennsylvania.

KleinLife: Montgomery County Update

Programs for Seniors at AJ 


Our Montgomery County location is OPEN for one in-person exercise class 10:30-11:30 AM, Tuesday through Thursday, with some virtual classes still available, as well as other special programs. Reservations are appreciated one week in advance to partake in the in-person classes. You can also sign up for lunch after Tuesday class. For more information and/or to reserve your spot, please call 215.635.5244 or email gkorostoff@kleinlife.org. You can find their calendar of events here.


UPDATE! KleinLife: Montgomery County has resumed a regular schedule of Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. They have also resumed in-person lunch with a boxed lunch on Tuesdays, and hot lunches on Wednesday and Thursday.


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. Thursday is the regular pick-up day, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Call 215.635.5244 for more details.

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 can always use it! Let us know and we'll include it in the weekly email.
Calendar

JANUARY

1/22

Adult Ed Series on Prayer. "Prayer: For Those Who Don’t Know How to Pray/For Those Who Pray But Don’t Know Why." Prayer can be personal or communal, spontaneous or scheduled, in English or Hebrew. Prayer can be an expression of gratitude, a song of praise, or a deeply needed request. Prayer can raise your consciousness or deepen your relationship with the Divine. This class taught by Rav Shai Cherry will explore the meanings and purposes of Jewish prayer and will include readings from some of the greatest theologians of our tradition. Three Sunday mornings, January 15, 22, and 29, 2023, at 10:30 AM. Session #2 of 3. Click here to register.

1/23

Rosh Hodesh Shevat. Morning Services at 7:00 AM.

1/23

Board Meeting. Beginning with evening minyan, at 7:00 PM.

1/28

Sisterhood Shabbat. You are invited to join us for Sisterhood Shabbat featuring a beautiful, multi-generational service led by the women of AJWA Sisterhood, followed by a wonderful luncheon. See description above.

1/29

Adult Ed Series on Prayer. "Prayer: For Those Who Don’t Know How to Pray/For Those Who Pray But Don’t Know Why." Prayer can be personal or communal, spontaneous or scheduled, in English or Hebrew. Prayer can be an expression of gratitude, a song of praise, or a deeply needed request. Prayer can raise your consciousness or deepen your relationship with the Divine. This class taught by Rav Shai Cherry will explore the meanings and purposes of Jewish prayer and will include readings from some of the greatest theologians of our tradition. Three Sunday mornings, January 15, 22, and 29, 2023, at 10:30 AM. Session #3 of 3. Click here to register.

1/29

Bimah Skills, Part 3: The Jewish Ps of Spring. This is the last class in Hazzan Glantz's Bimah Skills series. Megillat Esther is chanted to a fun trope that expresses the text’s tragic humor. Go on to learn a few verses or a whole chapter. 6:15 PM. Attendees will have the option to stay thereafter for continued instruction, discussions, and questions. Please register here. This will be only session for The Jewish Ps of Spring — we have decided to save the Passover portion of this series for Pesah U, on Sunday, March 26. More info to come!


FEBRUARY

2/3

Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached. 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. Bring your friends for this relaxed, casual, and enjoyable service! 6:15 PM

2/5

Tu B'Shvat Seder. Join us for a Tu b’Shvat Seder on February 5 at 5:30 PM. Children are welcome. We’ll be serving wine, juice, fruit, and nuts as we explore the roots and branches of Judaism’s new year for the trees. Registration is required. Go to https://www.adathjeshurun.info/RSVP.html or scan the QR code below. Cost $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Children under 13 free.

2/6

Tu B'Shvat. Morning service, 7:20 AM.

2/13

Executive Committee Meeting. Beginning with evening minyan, at 7:00 PM.

2/13

Robyn Orodenker Book Club. The House of Fragile Things, by James McAuley. Please read the book before the meeting! 7:30 PM. Sponsored by AJWA Sisterhood.

2/15

Purim Informational and Sign-up Meeting. Want to get involved in this year's Purim celebration? Join us. Time TBD.

2/16

Beth Sholom/AJ Players Production. Don’t miss our next production: The Drowsy Chaperone! In this hilarious valentine to show tunes and show people, a forgotten Jazz Age musical comes to life in the living room of a diehard theatre fan. As he eagerly spins his favorite cast album, a fizzy vintage show suddenly appears, exploding with song, dance and pure entertainment. Our quirky narrator fills the plot holes, with laugh-out-loud results. Packed with show-stopping numbers and larger-than-life characters, here’s a Tony Award-winning spoof that will have everyone falling in love with zany musical comedy! To see a peek of what's in store for audiences attending The Drowsy Chaperone, click here. Please go to bethsholomplayers.org to purchase tickets and ads for the program book! 7:30 PM. Other dates: February 18 and 19. Venue: Gratz College.

2/18

Beth Sholom/AJ Players Production. Don’t miss our next production: The Drowsy Chaperone! In this hilarious valentine to show tunes and show people, a forgotten Jazz Age musical comes to life in the living room of a diehard theatre fan. As he eagerly spins his favorite cast album, a fizzy vintage show suddenly appears, exploding with song, dance and pure entertainment. Our quirky narrator fills the plot holes, with laugh-out-loud results. Packed with show-stopping numbers and larger-than-life characters, here’s a Tony Award-winning spoof that will have everyone falling in love with zany musical comedy! To see a peek of what's in store for audiences attending The Drowsy Chaperone, click here. Please go to bethsholomplayers.org to purchase tickets and ads for the program book! 8:00 PM. Remaining date: February 19. Venue: Gratz College.

2/19

Beth Sholom/AJ Players Production. Don’t miss our next production: The Drowsy Chaperone! In this hilarious valentine to show tunes and show people, a forgotten Jazz Age musical comes to life in the living room of a diehard theatre fan. As he eagerly spins his favorite cast album, a fizzy vintage show suddenly appears, exploding with song, dance and pure entertainment. Our quirky narrator fills the plot holes, with laugh-out-loud results. Packed with show-stopping numbers and larger-than-life characters, here’s a Tony Award-winning spoof that will have everyone falling in love with zany musical comedy! To see a peek of what's in store for audiences attending The Drowsy Chaperone, click here. Please go to bethsholomplayers.org to purchase tickets and ads for the program book! 3:00 PM. Venue: Gratz College.

2/20

Board of Directors Meeting. Beginning with evening minyan, at 7:00 PM.

2/21

Rosh Hodesh Adar. Morning service at 7:00 AM.

2/22

Rosh Hodesh Adar. Morning service at 7:00 AM.

Zoom Notes

NEW! If you attend a service or other event via Zoom, please identify yourself with your name on your Zoom account. This is helpful in maintaining security on Zoom.

How to change your name on Zoom when joining a meeting:

  1. Join a Zoom meeting on the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Enter the meeting ID number.
  3. Add/Update your name if desired.

How to change your name on Zoom during a meeting:

  1. Join a Zoom meeting on the Zoom desktop client.
  2. On the Zoom in-meeting controls, click Participants.
  3. Hover your mouse over your name, then click the ellipses.
  4. Click Rename.
  5. A pop-up box will appear.
  6. In the pop-up box, enter your display name.
  7. Click Change.