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What's Happening
REMINDER: All services are now in person at AJ. For the month of May, services will be available via Zoom. Starting in June, Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services will be live-streamed and all other services will be available via Zoom. Please continue to register for Friday evening and Saturday morning services by going to https://tinyurl.com/AJ-May2022-services, or by using the April service sign-up form link in the weekly email or on the AJ website. Your registration will help us plan and help with contract-tracing, if necessary. Thank you!
Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings
Friday, May 13 at 6:15 PM (at AJ 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. Bring your friends for this relaxed, casual, and enjoyable service! 6:15 PM. In person and via Zoom.
Torah Fund Brunch
Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 AM (at AJ)
We are looking forward to seeing all of those who have registered for the Torah Fund Brunch honoring Tammy Zebovitz!

Unfortunately, we can't accept walk-ins.

If you have any questions, please contact Merril Stup at 215.782.3735 or tantemem@aol.com.
Piwosky-Endowed Lecture Series Starts at Gratz
Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 PM (online)
On Thursday, May 19, Gratz College will present a class called "Creating 21st Century Readers in Jewish Education." This class is made possible by an endowed lecture series established in memory of Joan Wohl and Nona Levin Abram's parents: The Elizabeth T. and Abram P. Piwosky Memorial Lecture for Emerging Scholars in Jewish Education. You can find out more about Abe Piwosky and his impact on AJ in an AJ News article printed in both 2008 and 2016 here. In the picture at the right, from left to right: I. Jerome Stern, Leonard Goldfine, Rabbi Yaacov G. Rosenberg, Elizabeth T. Pilowsky, Abram P. Piwosky.

"Creating 21st Century Readers in Jewish Education."Jewish studies is at a crossroads. Tasked with enormous and competing responsibilities including textual literacy, Jewish literacy, decoding skills, reading skills, language skills, cultural transmission, identity development, and spiritual inspiration, the Jewish studies teacher faces a near impossible challenge. The laundry list of competing outcomes often results in hodgepodge curricula with constant moving targets. In response, this talk offers a new focused answer to the goal of Jewish studies in Jewish day schools: inducting students into a Jewish literate practice. Ziva R. Hassenfeld, Ph.D. will offer a new vision for what Jewish studies classes could be and how they can prepare students for the reading demands of the 21st century.

Information and the link to register can be found here. 7:00 PM, Online.
Grandparents Group Program with Author Jane Isay
Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 PM (via Zoom only)
The Grandparents’ Group’s final session this year will feature Jane Isay, with a program entitled “Being There, Loving Them, Listening to Them: How to Build Memories.” Jane began her career as a book editor, specializing in psychology. In 2004, she began a new career as a writer of books about family: Walking on Eggshells, Mom Still Likes You Best, and Unconditional Love. Jane attempts to understand the emotions that lie behind the ordinary tensions of family life and to help readers find strategies that may make family life a little easier. Click here to register.
7:30 PM via Zoom only.
Sundaes for Sara's Castle
Sunday, May 22 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (in AJ's Parking Lot)
Sara was a vibrant, fun-loving little girl who attended AdathJeshurun Early Learning Center. At age five she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Sara fought bravely for her life but lost her battle on May 12, 2008. Her family and our wonderful school community wanted to remember Sara’s short but beautiful life. She had an artistic talent that was seen in one of her masterpieces she created when learning about the holiday of Purim in Lavan A. She drew a castle adorned with beautiful flags. It came as no surprise to use this creation, as one that signifies her creativity and love of play, to remember her.

Please join the staff at Adath Jeshurun Early Learning Center as we scoop ice cream in honor of Sara and the 13th anniversary of her castle on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM outside the castle playground. ($5 sundae donation) All proceeds go towards the maintenance of the castle structure.

Would you like to be a special sponsor? You can donate at these levels: One Scoop—$18; Two Scoops—$36; Three Scoops—$54; Four Scoops—$72; Five Scoops—$90; and Six Scoops—$108. Please send a check made out to "Adath Jeshurun" to 7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. Put "Sara's Castle" in the memo line.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Saturday, June 4 beginning at 7:00 PM
If you enjoyed the Dr. Bernat series, don't miss this year's Tikkun Leyl Shavuot on Saturday evening, June 4. Dr. Bernat will be with us in person with a much-anticipated interactive class: "God's Wine Cellar" will guide us in the art and science of wine appreciation and wine–food pairing. We will sample four world-class Israeli wines, with appropriate snacks, and be spiritually and gastronomically transported to the Holy Land. At the same time, our immersion into Israel’s wine culture will open a window to the history of our homeland, from ancient times to today. Be prepared for an experience that will excite your palates and enrich your souls.

Learning sessions will continue with Rabbi Leah Berkowitz of Congregation Kol Ami, Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin of Congregation Beth Sholom, Rabbi Robert Leib
of Old York Road Temple–Beth Am, and our own Rav Shai Cherry.

Advanced registration for attendance is required. For “God’s Wine Cellar,” the cost is $18 for members of sponsoring synagogues* and $36 for the public. All other learning sessions, beginning roughly at 9:00 PM, are free and open to the public. Please register here.

Dr. David Bernat is a consultant in Outreach and Development with JALSA, The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action. He has a Ph.D. in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Brandeis, is the author of Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Tradition and co-editor of Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage. Dr. Bernat has held faculty positions at UMass Amherst and Wellesley College, and regularly leads adult education tours to Israel with an historical and archaeological focus.

*Beth Sholom Congregation, Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Congregation Kol Ami, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, and Old York Road-Temple Beth Am.
Shavout 5782

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Saturday Evening, June 4, at 7:00 PM

This year's Tikkun will be hosted by AJ and sponsored by four other Old York Road synagogues. See description above.

Shavuot Services with Choir and Organ and Yizkor
Sunday Morning, June 5, at 9:30 AM
Our morning service for Shavuot will be accompanied by our very talented pianist/organist, Soyeon Bin and a professional choir under the direction of Dr. Julia Zavadsky. It will begin at 9:30 AM and will be both in-person and online. The service will be followed by lunch.

Healing Service with Yizkor Theme
Monday Morning, June 6, at 10:30 AM

Hazzan Glantz will be leading a special Healing Service on Monday morning.

Please sign up for the Sunday and Monday services here.
Beginners' Israeli Dancing Group at AJ
Tuesday Afternoons from 1:00 PM to 3:00 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 1:00 to 3:00 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), 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. 

You can find details on all of the programs and the presenters for April at https://occsp.net/current-online-events/. 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 on the CSP website are Pacific time, so remember to add three hours for the Eastern start time.***
Community Events You May Be Interested In
Thursday, May 19: Gratz Class – "Creating 21st Century Readers in Jewish Education." Jewish studies is at a crossroads. Tasked with enormous and competing responsibilities including textual literacy, Jewish literacy, decoding skills, reading skills, language skills, cultural transmission, identity development, and spiritual inspiration, the Jewish studies teacher faces a near impossible challenge. The laundry list of competing outcomes often results in hodgepodge curricula with constant moving targets. In response, this talk offers a new focused answer to the goal of Jewish studies in Jewish day schools: inducting students into a Jewish literate practice. Ziva R. Hassenfeld, Ph.D. will offer a new vision for what Jewish studies classes could be and how they can prepare students for the reading demands of the 21st century. This class is made possible by an endowed lecture series established in memory of Joan Wohl and Nona Levin Abram's parents. (You can find out more about Abe Piwosky and his impact on AJ in an AJ News article here.) Information and the link to register can be found here. 7:00 PM, Online.

Sunday, June 12: Barrack Hebrew Academy Birthday Bash. Barrack Hebrew Academy is turning 75 and to celebrate they are hosting a Birthday Bash, free and open to the public. Join the community as Barrack Hebrew Academy celebrate 75 years with music, food, fun, and games, including a special live performance by the one and only Matisyahu! The Matisyahu concert is from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and is $36 per person, with advanced registration. Space is limited. 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Register today

Hebrew Ulpan Classes
Want to improve your Hebrew before the 2022 AJ trip to Israel? Gratz is offering Hebrew Ulpan classes in the spring. Their Continuing Education department is offering a number of sessions at various levels and times. To register for any of them, click here.
Service Schedule
NEW GUIDELINES:
Effective immediately, wearing masks is optional for services.
Up-to-date vaccinations and boosters are still required for entry.
See updated protocols here.

SHABBAT BEHAR
May 13, 14, 2022 | 13 Iyar 5782

Light Shabbat Candles: 7:49 PM

Friday Evening
Kabbalat Shabbat
with Strings Attached
6:15 PM
in person and via Zoom

Saturday Morning
Shabbat Morning Service
B' Mitzvah of
Marc Lewin,
Son of Adam and Melanie Lewin
9:30 AM
in person and via Zoom

You can see this weekend's pew pamphlet here.

Saturday Evening
Minhah-Ma'ariv-Havdalah
7:50 PM
in person and via Zoom

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:
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

Our current COVID-19 requirements for attending services in person are below:
 
  • Pre-register for services by completing the May online registration form, or by calling the office.
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering the sanctuary. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Wearing masks is optional for services.
  • Up-to-date vaccinations and boosters are still required for entry.
  • AJ requires proof of a booster shot for all those eligible to receive the booster or your second vaccination should have been within the last six months.

If you would like to attend Friday evening and/or Saturday morning services, you must pre-register by 2:30 PM Friday afternoon.
Announcements
Looking for Ways to Help the People of Ukraine?
Some Ideas from AJ Acts

From a post by Social Action Committee lead Michele Rifkin on the AJ Acts Facebook page:

I know many of us are trying to figure out how to best help the country and people of Ukraine. They are fighting hard to retain their democracy with courage and pride. Here is some organizations that you can consider:

  • CARE.org
  • UNICEF: Emergency services, fresh water, health supplies, protection of children
  • Sunflower of Peace: Organizations send backpacks of medical supplies to frontline medical professionals. Each backpack can service five individuals.
  • Vostok SOS: Emergency aid hotline for humanitarian aid and psychological support

Rav Shai also suggests these donating to these organizations:

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: Federation has launched an emergency fund for Ukraine. From Michael Balaban, Jewish Federation’s President and CEO: Emergencies happen without notice, which is why we’re very grateful for your support in times when it matters most. As fighting intensifies, millions of Ukrainians, including tens of thousands of Jews, are attempting to flee the country. Thanks to the incredible generosity of this community, more than $500,000 has been raised to provide humanitarian aid on the ground and help individuals and families escape to safety. As the fighting escalates, the needs in the region continue to grow. If you would like to make a gift in support of the emergency response efforts, please click here.
  • HIAS: HIAS has a partnership with Right to Protection (R2P), an NGO in Kyiv. You can read an article in The Forward by Mark Hetfield, CEO and President of HIAS, regarding its personal connection with Ukraine here.

The cousin of AJ's administrative assistant (Beryl Rosoff-Verbit) has gone to Ukraine to help. She recommends donating to the NGO that she is working for: Rapid Aid Liaison Group. She also recommends:

  • Tikva Children’s Home, whose core mission is to care for the homeless, abandoned and abused Jewish children of Odessa and neighboring regions of the Former Soviet Union.
  • American Jewish Committee (AJC) has launched an emergency fund to provide humanitarian relief to Ukrainian refugees, assist Ukrainian Jews who wish to make Aliyah to Israel, and support and protect Ukrainian Jews who have chosen to stay in Ukraine, particularly the elderly.
AJ is Israel Bound in 2022!
Thursday, October 13 to Thursday, October 27, 2022
In October, AJ will be embarking on our first Israel tour with me as the congregation’s rabbi. I made two executive decisions, and then our tour operator, Keshet, and our amazing Israel committee filled in the framework. We’ll be leaving for our two-week trip on October 13, 2022 — Hol HaMoed Sukkot! That means that we’ll be spending the first four days of the trip in Jerusalem celebrating Sukkot, Shabbat, and Shmini Atzeret/Simhat Torah. You’ll be able to grab falafel or schwarma and eat it in a sukkah. You’ll also be able to check out a variety of shuls from Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue to a Modern Orthodox minyan where women read Torah to the Conservative synagogue on Agron Street.

We’ve tried to make the trip affordable — $5,099 per person, double occupancy, land only. The detailed itinerary for the "Pioneers" is here, and the itinerary for the "Veterans" is here. Since you’re wondering — YES! It will sometimes be possible to jump tracks on occasion. We are capping each track at 24 people.

We just received pricing for the flight on El Al: Economy is priced at $1,244 each and premium at $2,304 each.

Pricing for the flight on El Al: Economy is $1,244.00 each and premium is at $2,304.00 each.

Bernie Dishler is chairing the Israel Committee. Send him an email to let him know if you’re interested, if you have questions, or if you’re ready to put down a deposit. Or you can register here.

As Hillel said, “If not now, when?”

Rav Shai Cherry
More Learning Opportunities!
Learn About Religions and Ecology!

Yale University is offering five courses in its newest specialization, Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community. They are offered through Coursera and they can be audited for free.

The environmental crisis is more than a political, economic, or technological concern; it is a moral and spiritual call to long-term change. Developed over several years, these courses draw on a rich variety of lectures, videos, readings, and interviews with scholars, religious leaders, and environmental practitioners from around the world.

Do you want to gain new understandings of the world’s religions and their ecological perspectives? Are you interested in exploring the impact of engaged religious climate action? Learners in this five-course specialization will:
  • Explore the ecological implications of religious texts
  • Learn how religious beliefs and practices inform attitudes about the environment
  • Gain new perspectives on biodiversity, food systems, and environmental justice
  • Become familiar with engaged religious responses to the climate crisis

All courses are open for enrollment and are available as follows:
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 for our infant room and pre-K. 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 Anita Block at ablock@adathjeshurun.info or 215.635.3490.

AJELC is an equal opportunity employer in the state of Pennsylvania.
It's Not Too Early to Think About Summer Camp!
One Happy Camper Grants
This program is for first-time overnight campers who attend a Foundation for Jewish Camp-approved camp. Campers must be attending 12+ consecutive days of camp. One Happy Camper provides grants of up to $1000 to families with children attending nonprofit Jewish overnight camps for the first time. One Happy Camper, a program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, is funded locally by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Families can learn more and apply here.
 
Need-Based Day & Overnight Camp Scholarships 
This program is for financial aid scholarships for camp. Campers can receive up to 30% of the cost of camp; determination is made based on need. The website has been updated so that the criteria are very clearly laid out, and there is another important change: awards will be made on a rolling basis. The sooner parents apply, the sooner they will know about their award. Families can learn more and apply here.
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. For more information and/or to reserve your spot, please call 215.635.5244 or email gkorostoff@kleinlife.org. You can download their Newsletter here. 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. 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
MAY
5/13
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. In person and via Zoom.
5/15
Torah Fund Brunch. Join the AJWA Sisterhood as they honor Tammy Zebovitz with the 5782 Torah Fund Woman of Achievement Award on behalf of Torah Fund Campaign of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. For more information, contact Merril Stup at 215.782.3735 or tantemem@aol.com. ***Registration is closed.***
5/16 *Note change of time and switch to Zoom!*
Board of Trustees and Directors Meeting. Starting with minyan at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be via Zoom only.
5/19
Grandparents Group Program. The Grandparents’ Group’s final session this year will feature Jane Isay, with a program entitled “Being There, Loving Them, Listening to Them: How to Build Memories.” Jane began her career as a book editor, specializing in psychology. In 2004, she began a new career as a writer of books about family: Walking on Eggshells, Mom Still Likes You Best, and Unconditional Love. Jane attempts to understand the emotions that lie behind the ordinary tensions of family life and to help readers find strategies that may make family life a little easier. Click here to register. 7:30 PM
5/22
Sundaes for Sara's Castle. Buy an ice cream sundae to benefit the upkeep of Sara’s Castle on the AJ Playground. Sara’s Castle honors Sara Burke, a very special AJ Preschool student who lost her life to brain cancer in 2008. 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
5/23
Robyn Orodenker Book Club. Everyone Loves a Dead Jew, by Dara Horn. Please read the book before the meeting! 7:30 PM. Sponsored by AJWA Sisterhood. ***Note change of date!***
5/24
Last day of JTC.
5/29
Yom Yerushalayim.
5/30
Memorial Day. Morning service at 9:00 AM.
5/31
Rosh Hodesh Sivan. Morning Service at 7:00 AM.