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: The AJ building is now open for Friday evening and Saturday morning services, and selected events. See below for details for attending in person. All other services will continue to be by Zoom only. (Shabbat services can also be seen on Zoom.)

***The July/August 2021 Newsletter is now online (the May/June 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.

We are introducing two new donation funds:
  • The Tamhui Fund. A Tamhui was the Jewish version of a Soup Kitchen. We’re repurposing the Tamhui to provide funds for food and meals for those in a temporary crunch.
  • The Jewish Summer Camp Fund. Summer camp is expensive, and Jewish Summer Camp is one of the best ways to instill a sense of Jewish pride and identity in our youth. This fund helps AJ subsidize those in need. 
Service Schedule
EREV TISHA B'AV
DEVARIM | SHABBAT HAZON
July 16, 17, 2021 | 8 Av 5781

Light Shabbat Candles: 8:13 PM

Friday Evening
Kabbalat Shabbat
6:15 PM
In-Person and Via Zoom*

Saturday Morning
Morning Service
10:00 AM
In-Person and Via Zoom*

You can see a Pew Pamphlet
for Shabbat here.

*See info below regarding
pre-registering for in-person services.

TISHA B'AV
July 17, 18, 2021 | 9 Av 5781

Saturday Evening
Minhah-Ma'ariv-Havdalah
8:10 PM via Zoom

Tisha B'Av Service
8:45 PM at Beth Sholom
In person and Streaming...
click here for registration to attend in person and for streaming info

Sunday Morning
Morning Service
9:00 AM via Zoom

Sunday Afternoon
Special Minhah
1:00 PM
In-Person and Via Zoom*
(click here to register to attend in person)

Sunday Evening
Evening Service
7:00 PM via Zoom

*Zoom info for Special Minhah:
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. 
Meeting ID#: 953 6378 8654
(Password required.)
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:
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.)
Attending AJ Friday Evening or Saturday Morning Services in Person

The AJ Reopening Task Force met on Thursday evening, June 24 to review CDC guidelines, discuss best practices for in-person services, and provide updates to protocols and guidelines. In Montgomery County, positivity rates of COVID are continuing to decline. Following discussion and review, the Task Force has decided to suspend the Guidelines for in-person services which have been in place for the past several months. Instead, those attending services at AJ are asked to abide by the following:
 
  • Pre-register for services by completing the on-line registration form or calling the office.(Please note: This link is for registrations in July. Last month's registration link will not work.)
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering the sanctuary. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks -- they are asked to provide proof of vaccination. 
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated may attend in-person services but must wear masks while inside the building.

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

All other services will still be by Zoom only.
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
Rav Shai is holding a Torah Study session each Shabbat during our summer hours. There are two purposes for the sessions. The first is Torah lishmah, study for its own sake. The second purpose is to introduce congregants to English sources that will be helpful in preparing your own divrei Torah. Texts will be provided both for those on Zoom and those in the chapel. Feel free to attend any or all sessions. Here is the Zoom info.

By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#: 985 2360 8383
(Password required. For congregants, it will be included in the weekly password email. If you are not a congregant but would like to attend Torah Study, call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611.)
Introducing a New Adult Education Resource for AJ Congregants

Congregation Adath Jeshurun, dedicated to the Jewish value of learning for its own sake (Torah lishmah), is excited to announce a partnership with the Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP). As a partner with CSP, 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 partner with CSP. 
 
July's list of programs runs the gamut, from a 4-session series on "Israeli Protest Movements" to a discussion "Unravelling Season 3 of Shtisel." You can find details on all of the programs and the presenters at https://occsp.net/current-online-events/.
Devotion by the Ocean
Friday, July 23 at 6:00 PM

Devotion by the Ocean is back! We'll welcome Shabbat in Ventnor, NJ with our friends from Shirat Hayam on four Friday nights this summer. Kabbalat Shabbat at the beach, with a live band…what could be better? For more information, please visit www.ShiratHayamNJ.org or call 609.822.7116. Newport Avenue Beach, Ventnor, NJ 08406. Presented by Shirat Hayam Downbeach Synagogue, Ventnor, NJ. In case of rain, the service will be indoors at Shirat Hayam. Remaining dates: July 30, August 6 and 20.
American Red Cross Blood Drive at AJ
Wednesday, July 21 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM

Perform a potentially life-saving mitzvah by donating blood at AJ between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Open slots are still available. Please consider being a donor; the supplies are low while the need remains high. To schedule an appointment, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control.
Kehillah of Old York Road Program:
Speed Friending
Tuesday, July 27 at 7:30 PM

Want to make some new friends and reconnect with people you haven’t seen since the pandemic started? Let us handle the conversation starters, icebreaker games and the virtual space to connect. All you have to bring is a sense of fun and an openness to meeting great people!

There is an $18 suggested donation. If cost is a barrier, please email oldyorkroad@kehillah.jewishphilly.org. Spots will be limited, reserve now!
To register, click here.
Save the Date!
Unique Animal Interactive Show
Sunday, August 8 at 10:30 AM

To celebrate Rosh Hodesh Elul, the Jewish New Year for Animals, Lynne from Safari Parties will be coming to AJ! She will bring a variety of animals for us to interact with. It will be an entertaining and educational program about the diversity of and respect for animals, perfect for all ages! No registration necessary.
Announcements
Calling All High Holiday Readers!

Whether you have read in the past, or never read at all, we are looking for in-person Torah readers for all the Yom Tov readings. Hazzan Glantz eagerly awaits your inquiry. Contact him at hglantz@gmail.com or reply directly to this email.
Join AJ in Supporting Israeli Olive Farmers!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with MyTree in Israel! You may know that last fall, Rav Shai adopted a tree and received six bottles of Israeli olive oil. With this new partnership, you can support Israeli farmers by adopting your own tree. After the harvest in November, you will receive six bottles of Israeli Extra Virgin Kosher Olive Oil with a personalized label of your choice! AJ will also be adopting trees, giving you the opportunity to purchase individual bottles with an AJ label or a set of three with an AJ label or a label of your choice. 

Tree and bottle purchases will be accepted until the harvest deadline in November. Please note that the olive oil will arrive at AJ for pickup in December. You will be contacted when it arrives! 

To learn more, place an order, and view a message from Rav Shai, click here.

***We are aware that there was a problem with the form last week. All has been fixed; please try again!***

If you’d like to order but would prefer to pay by check, call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611.
Lifecycle Notices

We are saddened to share that our congregant Rena Weizer Weiss, grandmother of Jessica Salerno (Calvin Thompson) and bubbie to Jaiden and Logan Thompson, entered olam haba, the coming world, on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Condolences can be offered to her children, Paul (Kate) Weizer, Frank (Lisa) Weizer, Steven (Roni) Weiss, and Ira (Mariann) Weiss, her brother and sister-in-law, Mark Spiller and Amy Cohen and her sister-in-law, Barbara Spiller.

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.
Programs for Seniors at AJ 

Finally! Kleinlife: Montgomery County is reopening! Phase 1 began Tuesday, July 6, and is a short-term, one-month minimum reopening to get everyone comfortable with socializing and new procedures. Only exercise classes will be offered during Phase 1. from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Reservations are a MUST, and space is limited. Click here for the full guidelines and click here for the class schedule. In addition, they are still offering programs via Zoom! You can find their calendar of events 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.
Support This Year's Printed Calendar!

Please consider supporting this year's printed calendar by advertising your business in the Business Directory or by having family birthdays, anniversaries, and yahrzeits printed on corresponding month pages. Click here to go to the Business Directory form, or here for the Lifecycle form. Alternatively, you can download the forms here.
Jenkintown Food Cupboard to Begin Distribution on Tuesday Evenings

Do you know someone who needs food but can’t come to the Jenkintown Food Cupboard’s weekly food distribution on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM? Jenkintown Food Cupboard is starting a trial program of Tuesday night grocery pick-ups from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The location is the Jenkintown United Methodist Church at 328 Summit Ave., (enter the church parking lot from Walnut Ave). Grocery pick-ups are available to Montgomery County residents. Limited spots available and appointments are required!
Call or text  267.-313.3317 for an appointment.    
Lasko College Prep Program for Teens from JEVS

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.
Community and Other Events You May Be Interested In
Kehillah Fall Sunday Soccer. Get your child involved in Sunday Soccer! 11 sessions: September 12 – November 21, 2021; $100 per player with volunteering; Additional discounts for siblings and early registration. Early registration is prior to July 1, 2021. Your choice of soccer swag and gently used cleats and shin guards while supplies last. No conflict with Hebrew School! Pre K, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Special Needs, 12:00 to 1:00 PM. K to 9th, after 1:00 PM. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information and to register, click here. Early registration helps us prepare for the season. Watch their 15 second video here.
Calendar
JULY
7/17
Torah Study with Rav Shai. See the article above. 9:30 AM.
7/18
Tisha B'Av.
7/21
AJ Summer Blood Drive. Perform a potentially life-saving mitzvah by donating blood at AJ between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Open slots are still available. Please consider being a donor; the supplies are low while the need remains high. To schedule an appointment, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control.
7/23
Devotion by the Ocean. We'll welcome Shabbat in Ventnor, NJ with our friends from Shirat Hayam on four Friday nights this summer. Kabbalat Shabbat at the beach, with a live band…what could be better? For more information, please visit www.ShiratHayamNJ.org or call 609.822.7116. Newport Avenue Beach, Ventnor, NJ 08406. Presented by Shirat Hayam Downbeach Synagogue, Ventnor, NJ. In case of rain, the service will be indoors at Shirat Hayam. 6:15 PM. Remaining dates: July 30, August 6 and 20.
7/24
Torah Study with Rav Shai. See the article above. 9:30 AM.
7/30
Devotion by the Ocean. We'll welcome Shabbat in Ventnor, NJ with our friends from Shirat Hayam on four Friday nights this summer. Kabbalat Shabbat at the beach, with a live band…what could be better? For more information, please visit www.ShiratHayamNJ.org or call 609.822.7116. Newport Avenue Beach, Ventnor, NJ 08406. Presented by Shirat Hayam Downbeach Synagogue, Ventnor, NJ. In case of rain, the service will be indoors at Shirat Hayam. 6:15 PM. Remaining dates: August 6 and 20.
7/31
Torah Study with Rav Shai. See the article above. 9:30 AM.

AUGUST
8/4
Healing Service with Hazzan Glantz. 6:15 PM
8/6
Devotion by the Ocean. We'll welcome Shabbat in Ventnor, NJ with our friends from Shirat Hayam on four Friday nights this summer. Kabbalat Shabbat at the beach, with a live band…what could be better? For more information, please visit www.ShiratHayamNJ.org or call 609.822.7116. Newport Avenue Beach, Ventnor, NJ 08406. Presented by Shirat Hayam Downbeach Synagogue, Ventnor, NJ. In case of rain, the service will be indoors at Shirat Hayam. 6:00 PM. Remaining date: August 20.
8/6
Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached. (in person and 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. Come to AJ or 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: August 27. 6:15 PM
8/7
Torah Study with Rav Shai. See the article above. 9:30 AM.
8/8
Rosh Hodesh Elul. 9:00 AM.
8/8
Unique Animal Interactive Show for the Jewish New Year for Animals. To celebrate Rosh Hodesh Elul, the Jewish New Year for Animals, Lynne from Safari Parties will be coming to AJ! She will bring a variety of animals for us to interact with. It will be an entertaining and educational program about the diversity of and respect for animals, perfect for all ages! No registration necessary. 10:30 AM
8/9
Rosh Hodesh Elul. 7:00 AM.
8/14
Torah Study with Rav Shai. See the article above. 9:30 AM.
8/20
Devotion by the Ocean. We'll welcome Shabbat in Ventnor, NJ with our friends from Shirat Hayam on four Friday nights this summer. Kabbalat Shabbat at the beach, with a live band…what could be better? For more information, please visit www.ShiratHayamNJ.org or call 609.822.7116. Newport Avenue Beach, Ventnor, NJ 08406. Presented by Shirat Hayam Downbeach Synagogue, Ventnor, NJ. In case of rain, the service will be indoors at Shirat Hayam. 6:00 PM. 
8/21
Torah Study with Rav Shai. See the article above. 9:30 AM.
8/27
Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached. (in person and 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. Come to AJ or 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) 6:15 PM