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).
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 a new donation fund -- 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.
Service Schedule
June 11, 12, 2021 | 2 Tammuz 5781

Light Shabbat Candles: 8:11 PM

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

Saturday Morning
Morning Service
9:30 AM
In-Person or Via Zoom*
You can see a Pew Pamphlet
for Shabbat here.

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

Saturday Evening
8:15 PM

Through the Zoom platform, congregants can attend services virtually.

Sunday through Thursday: 7:00 PM

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.)
Attending AJ Friday Evening or Saturday Morning Services in Person

All people attending in-person services must be fully vaccinated and must pre-register for services. Please click here to preregister. You will be asked to affirm that you have read AJ's updated GuidelinesAs stated in the updated Guidelines, those in attendance are not required to wear masks. Additionally, there will be no limit to the number of people who may attend in-person services.

If you would like to attend Friday evening and/or Saturday morning services, you must pre-register by 4:00 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
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
Summer Shabbat Hours and Torah Study Begin June 19
On Saturday, June 19, Shabbat morning summer hours will start and services will begin at 10:00 AM throughout the summer. Shabbat services will be in person and via Zoom. See details for in-person services above.

In addition, Rav Shai will be leading a Torah study class from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM prior to Saturday morning services. You can participate in person or via Zoom.
Adult Education: Ambassador Michael Oren
Sunday, June 13 at 10:00 AM

Statesman, parliamentarian, soldier, and historian Ambassador Michael Oren has published his fourth work of fiction, To All Who Call in Truth. He’ll be talking about it via Zoom simultaneously with AJers and a congregation in Israel, Kehilat Yaar Ramot. Set in a suburban Jewish community in the 1970s, the novel follows the passions and struggles of Sandy Cooper, a dedicated teacher and coach who grapples with love, betrayal, and murder.

As a Member of Knesset and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ambassador Oren interacted with foreign leaders and defended Israel in the media. He spearheaded efforts to strengthen Israel-Diaspora relations, to develop the Golan Heights, and to fight BDS. As Chairman of a classified subcommittee, he dealt with some of Israel’s most sensitive security issues.

Prior to that, for nearly five years, Oren served as Israel's Ambassador to the United States. He was instrumental in obtaining US defense aid, especially for the Iron Dome system, and American loan guarantees for Israel's economy. He built bridges with diverse communities across the nation, wrote dozens of op-eds and conducted hundreds of media interviews, fortifying the U.S.-Israel alliance.

A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren was a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. He holds four honorary doctorates and was awarded the Statesman of the Year Medal by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Prize for International Service. His last three books -- Six Days of WarPower, Faith, and Fantasy; and Ally: My Journal Across the American-Israel Divide -- were all New York Times bestsellers. He received the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award, a National Humanities prize, and the Jewish Book Award. 

Please register here.
Upcoming Kehillah Event:
Book Discussion: Palestine Posts
Sunday, June 13, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Join us for a book discussion of Palestine Posts: An Eyewitness Account of the Birth of Israel,” featuring author Daniel Chertoff. Daniel’s father, Mordecai, came to Palestine in 1947 as a twenty-five-year-old, determined to make his contribution to the emerging Jewish State. Between 1947 and 1950, he was a local news editor, foreign news editor, and war correspondent for The Palestine Post; a soldier in the Haganah; and a resident of Jerusalem. The book reflects the personal journey undertaken by the author to better understand a crucial period in Jewish history as well as his father as a young man, and describes powerful encounters. The book is available via Amazon in either softcover or Kindle or through the publisher, Koren. Use the code “posts” for a 15% discount. To register, click here.
163rd Annual Meeting
Monday, June 14 at 7:00 PM
(**Please note the change of date**)

Please join us at this year's Annual Meeting to celebrate this past synagogue year, thank Judy Stutman Izes for her dedicated service over the past two years, and inaugurate Howard Levin as AJ's new president!

The 163rd Annual meeting will take place on Monday, June 14 both in person at AJ and via Zoom. The Guidelines in place for in-person services will apply to the Annual Meeting. (Please click here for the Guidelines)  As stated in the Guidelines, all in attendance must be fully vaccinated and must pre-register. Please click here to pre-register for the Annual Meeting.
Guided Imagery with Dr. Rebecca Cherry
Tuesday, June 15 at 7:45 PM

Join Dr. Rebecca Cherry after evening minyan for guided imagery. The link is the same as the link for evening minyan:
By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#: 109428724
(No password required.)
SAVE THE DATE! E-waste Recycling Drive at AJ
Sunday, June 27 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

AJ will be partnering with PAR*-Recycling Works to hold an e-waste recycling event in the parking lot on Sunday, June 27 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. PAR-Recycling Works is a nonprofit electronics recycler that provides transitional employment to people returning from prison. They will ensure that every item is disposed of in a safe and environmentally conscious way. *People Advancing Reintegration

Monitors (LCD) flat-screens
AV equipment
Hard drives
Power supply wire (chargers, connectors, etc.) 
Computer batteries
Gaming equipment
Server cabinets
Floppy disks
Docking stations
Miscellaneous computer-related materials
The following items include a cost to ensure they are properly recycled:
• Older CRT monitors and TVs: $35 to $75 each (size varies)
• Flatscreen TVs: $20 each
• Computer monitors: $5 each
• Air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers: $20 each
• Microwave ovens: $10 each
Kehillah Outdoor Concert: Jewish Music in America
Wednesday, July 7 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM

The cantors of Old York Road are planning an outdoor concert for the evening of July 7. Think Tanglewood but OYR Kehillah style! Hazzan Glantz will be leading an in-person minyan from 7:00 to 7:30 PM. The rain date is July 8. Stay tuned for more info!
SAVE THE DATES! Devotion by the Ocean
July 23 and 30, and August 6 and 20, 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 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.

Do you have a child or grandchild graduating from high school or college?

Let us know so that we can publish a list in the July/August AJ News. Send names, schools, and degrees (if appropriate) to Marjorie Trager, Publicity Coordinator and Graphic Designer, via email at; via snail mail, care of the synagogue; or call her at 215.635.6611, exit. 116.
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.    
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.
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. As the pandemic wanes, they will be offering fewer meals, keeping the favorites, and expanding their Ala Carte Take-Out Menu, with more seasonal offerings. Here is the menu from June 10 through June 24. You can find out more about Betty the Caterer here. Stay informed about their services and money-saving specials on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.
Community and Other Events You May Be Interested In
Wednesday, June 16: Nazi War Criminals in America -- The Historic Forty-Plus Year Effort to Bring Them to Justice. Gratz College will host the Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman for this online program on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 7:30 PM.
Nazi war criminals came to the U.S. in large numbers after WWII, generally hiding their murderous activities from U.S. authorities and the public. Former U.S. Representative Elizabeth Holtzman, became the first member of Congress to expose their presence in the U.S. and institute measures, including a new law, to bring them to justice. Her talk will recount that historic effort.

About Elizabeth Holtzman
During her four terms as a U.S. Congresswoman, the Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman captured national attention for her role on the House Judiciary Committee where she voted to impeach President Richard Nixon, and questioned President Ford about the Nixon pardon; chaired the Immigration and Refugees Subcommittee (where she co-authored with Senator Ted Kennedy the Refugee Act of 1980); co-founded the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues; and wrote many laws, including extending the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and the Rape Privacy Act. She was the first member of Congress to expose the U.S. government’s inaction on Nazi war criminals living in America and spearheaded the effort to bring them to justice. When elected, she was the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, a record she held for 42 years.

You can register here.

Thursday, June 17: Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) presents Little Girl. In honor of Pride Month, GPJFF is honored to present the latest film from acclaimed Jewish filmmaker Sébastien Lifshitz. LITTLE GIRL is a moving portrait of 7-year-old Sasha, who has always known that she is a girl, and her family, who have recently accepted and embraced their daughter for who she truly is. Documented with delicacy and intimacy, this moving documentary is a compassionate look at the emotional challenges, everyday feats, and small moments in Sasha’s daily life in a community that is not as quick to adapt. For tickets and info, visit Use discount code PhillyJewishPride at check-out for $4 off the film. Questions? Give them a call at 215.545.4400 or email us at

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.
Rosh Hodesh Tammuz. Morning service at 7:00 AM.
Rosh Hodesh Tammuz. Morning service at 7:00 AM.
Adult Ed with Michael Oren. See article above. 10:00 AM.
163rd Annual Meeting. Please be with us to celebrate this past synagogue year and to inaugurate the new one! We'll be celebrating in person and by Zoom. We'll thank Judy Stutman Izes for her dedicated service these past two years, and inaugurate Howard Levin as our new president. Click here to pre-register for the meeting. Zoom information will be sent out soon. 7:00 PM 
Guided Imagery. Join Dr. Rebecca Cherry after evening minyan for guided imagery. 7:45 PM
E-waste Drive. AJ will be partnering with PAR*-Recycling Works to hold an e-waste recycling event in the parking lot on Sunday, June 27 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. PAR-Recycling Works is a nonprofit electronics recycler that provides transitional employment to people returning from prison. They will ensure that every item is disposed of in a safe and environmentally conscious way. See the article above for acceptable items. *People Advancing Reintegration