Celebrate the High Holidays with the Center City Kehillah!

Symbols of Rosh Hashanah. Jewish new year

Whether it feels early, late, or just right, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Sunday, October 2, Yom Kippur begins at sundown on October 11, and Sukkot begins at sundown on October 16.

Our incredible Center City Kehillah organizations have a plethora of amazing holiday opportunities, as well as a few other ways to get involved in the community during October. As always, if you have any questions about the organizations, their events, or what would be a good fit for you, please contact us.

As a serious disclaimer, we’ve opted for information in this post over formatting, so yes, it’s long, but it’s organized by holidays, and if you have any questions, let us know!

L’shana tova u’metukah – a sweet and happy new year to all of you!

ROSH HASHANAH

RH²: Rosh Hashanah in Rittenhouse Square
Sunday, October 2, 5:00-7:00 pm, Rittenhouse Square
Celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days is as easy as a walk in the park. Join Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel once again in Rittenhouse Square and mark the New Year with an evening of spirited music and a family-friendly service.

Rosh ha-Shanah JAM (Jewish Arts & Movement)
October 2 at 6:00 PM, Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St., Philadelphia, PA 19119
How do we teach our children to live in harmony with the world? By starting from the very beginning…with Adam and Eve and a big fuzzy bee! Long before there were words like “ecology” and “environment,” the ancient rabbis wondered about the first beings and how they learned to live in harmoney with the diverse range of creatures that inhabit the earth. During Rosh ha-Shanah, we celebrate the birthday of the world, but from past to present, we still struggle to understand how we relate to all the different parts of creation. On erev Rosh ha-Shanah, GJC invites you to enter a lush dreamscape where life-size puppets tell the story of how the tradition of eating apples and honey on this holiday first began. How did Adam and Eve discover that honey was good? And how did they meet that fuzzy bee? Come to the Garden of Eden to find out! Please consider joining us for GJC’s Rosh ha-Shanah Community Dinner, which immediately follows the program. The dinner is $9/adult, $5/child age 2+ Advanced registration required.

Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner
Sunday, October 2, following 6:30 services, 527 Lombard Street
Historic Congregation B’nai Abraham invites you to join friends and community for a gourmet dinner welcoming in the New Year. Cost: $25/person

Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel — The Little Shul – High Holiday Services
2015 S. 4th Street; Philadelphia, PA 19148
Services are free and EVERYONE is welcome.

Folkshul Rosh Hashanah Program
Monday, October 3, 3:45 pm, Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W. Coulter St, 19144
Join us for a secular humanist observance of Rosh Hashanah. Open to the public. No tickets necessary! A separate childrens program next door.

High Holiday Services with Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City
Ethical Society Building, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia
Offering complete High Holiday services with no tickets required. Donation is strongly suggested. Services are led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg and Cantorial Candidate Jessi Roemer.

Kol Tzedek
Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S 48th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, October 2, 6:15 pm
Inclusive, musical, spiritual and progressive Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Monday, October 3, 9:00 am-1:30 pm
9am Meditation 9:15 Main Service Begins 10am Family Service and Children’s Programming begins, childcare 10am-1:30pm. A potluck will follow at 1:30pm. Please sign up here.http://signup.com/go/SemY3T and bring forks and plates to limit waste
Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Tuesday, October 4
Warm, inclusive and spiritual Reconstructionist Rosh Hashashana Service
Taschlich at Bartram’s Garden: Tuesday, October 4, 2:00-4:00 pm
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Bring a lunch and enjoy our service by the river. Directions by foot, bike, and trolley will be provided and some seats in cars available.

Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue
2000 Chestnut Street (entrance on 20th Street, 2nd floor)
Morning Services — 9:00 AM; followed by a delicious, hot Kiddush on Mon. & Tues
Evening Services — 6:30 PM

Mikveh Israel
44 N. 4th Street
Join Congregation Mikveh Israel, the Synagogue of the American Revolution, for warm, inspiring, traditional High Holy Day services to welcome in the New Year 5777 with the special Mikveh Israel Shofar sound.  The services, read in Hebrew and explained in English, follow the Sephardic custom.  You will be transported as if you were in the company of Haim Salomon, Rebecca Gratz and other illustrious Jews of the 18th century, chanting the same melodies and prayers (without reference to King George III!)  Today you will be in the company of Askenazim, Sephardim and Temanim, and others of our Jewish brothers from different parts of the world.
Services begin Sunday morning, October 2nd for Selihot service at  6:30 A.M.
Sunday and Monday evenings, October 2nd and 3rd, services for the eve of the 1st and 2nd Days of Rosh Hashanah begin at 6:15 P.M.
Monday and Tuesday mornings, October 3rd and 4th , services begin at 8:00 A.M.
Concluding services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 6:15 P.M.
This year, we welcome Rabbi Jonathan Cohen from Israel, formerly from London, England, who will assist with the services, as well as Peter Nahom from Bordeaux, France.  We have special classes for children from ages 1-11 made possible by a grant from the Myer H. Goldman Trust Fund.  We serve delicious meals following the services where we gather for Devar Torah and enjoy each other’s company.
Please call 215-922-5446 for more information.  We are looking forward to welcoming you to Mikveh Israel.

Rosh Hashana Family Service
Monday, October 3, 3:00 pm, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 10123
A one hour Rosh Hashanah service for families with children 5 and under (i.e. non-readers.) Open to all.

Community Taschlich
Monday, October 3, 5:30 pm, Schuylkill River Trail – Locust Street 
On Rosh Hashanah afternoon, we gather beside flowing waters to unburden ourselves of the baggage from the past year that no longer serves us. Join for tashlich on the Schuylkill River at Locust Street, together with members of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, Mekor, Habracha, and Leyv Ha-Ir, followed by a brief Mincha service.

Grad Student Network First Night Rosh Hashanah Dinner
Sunday, October 2, 8:00 pm, Penn Hillel, 215 S. 39th Street
Join the Grad Network for our annual Rosh Hashanah dinner. Meet and Shmooze with graduate students and young professionals from across the city. Delicious catered traditional food, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Space is limited – Must RSVP by Monday, Sept. 26th

YOM KIPPUR

Shabbat Shuvah: Towards Racial Justice “Walking in Your Shoes”
Saturday, October 8, Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave
Join Rabbi Shawn and guests, Mishkan member Teya Sepinuck, police captain Altovise Love-Craighead and Pastor Nichola O’Rourke of POWER’s Live Free! Racial Justice initiative and learn about a new Theatre of Witness/Culture Trust of Phila collaboration ‘Walk in my Shoes” which brings police together with people who have lived through racial targeting and/or violence.

Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel — The Little Shul – High Holiday Services
2015 S. 4th Street; Philadelphia, PA 19148
Services are free and EVERYONE is welcome.

High Holiday Services with Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City
Ethical Society Building, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia
Offering complete High Holiday services with no tickets required. Donation is strongly suggested. Services are led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg and Cantorial Candidate Jessi Roemer.

Kol Tzedek
Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S 48th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Kol Nidre, Tue, October 11, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Warm, progressive and inclusive Kol Nidre Services. Children’s Service and programming downstairs (childcare from 6pm to end of service)
Wednesday, October 12, 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Warm, progressive and inclusive Yom Kippur Services

Folkshul Yom Kippur Program
Wednesday, October 12, 3:45 pm, Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W. Coulter St, 19144
Join us for a secular humanist observance of Yom Kippur. Open to the public. No tickets necessary! A separate childrens program next door.

Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue
2000 Chestnut Street (entrance on 20th Street, 2nd floor)
Kol Nidre – 6:15 PM
Morning Services – 9:00 AM
Ne’ila – 6:00 PM

Yom Kippur Family Service
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 1:30 PM, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street
A one hour Yom Kippur service geared for families with children under 5 years old (i.e. non-readers.) All welcome.

Grad Student Network Yom Kippur Break Fast
Wednesday, October 12, 8:00 pm, Center City location – Contact info@jewishgrads.org for more info
Break the fast with graduate students and young professionals from across the city. Kugel, bagels, lox, desert and more!

Moishe House Break-Fast
October 12, 7:00 pm
Are you a Jewish Young Professional in Philly age 22-32 looking to meet people like you in a casual setting? Come break the Yom Kippur fast at Moishe House! Enjoy a feast in our home as you compare new years resolutions with Jews of all different backgrounds.

SUKKOT and SIMCHAT TORAH

Folkshul Sukkot Celebration
Sunday, October 16th, 10:30am- 12:30pm, Fort Washington State Park, 500 Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA 19034
Celebrate Sukkot amongst the trees, with child-centered craft projects, sing-along, and short program. Group camp-out the night before (Saturday, October 15th — see website for sign-up). Great spot for observing bird migration, too.

Kol Tzedek Sukkot
Sun, October 16, 5pm – Mon, October 17, 1am, Clark Park
Welcome Sukkot with blessings, singing and a community potluck meal. In the event of rain, we will gather Monday, October 17 at 6 pm.
Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 am
Early morning breakfast in the Sukkah
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm
New and Prospective Members in the Sukkah – New to Kol Tzedek? Thinking about joining? This is a great chance to be guests in our Sukkah. Nosh and schmooze with community members and learn a little about Sukkot with Rabbi Ari Lev.
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30-7:30 pm
Join the LGBTQ havurah for a potluck Sukkot meal and schmooze; All are welcome. In the event of rain, email sukkot@kol-tzedek.org for indoor location.

 Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue:
2000 Chestnut Street (entrance on 20th Street, 2nd floor)
Sukkot
Sun.,Oct. 16 – Tues., Oct.18
Morning Services — 9:15 AM; followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah
Evening Services – 5:55 PM; Mon. night services followed by Blackbird Pizza dinner in the Sukkah
Hoshana Rabba (Sun., Oct.23)
Morning Services – 8:30 AM
Evening Services – 5:55 PM
Shemini Atzeret (Mon., Oct. 24)
Morning Services – 9:15 AM (Yizkor – about 11:00 AM); followed by Kiddush
Simchat Torah (Mon., Oct. 24- Tues., Oct. 25)
Morning Services (Kiddush during break) & Mincha – 9:15 AM; followed by Hakafot
Evening Services – 5:55 PM; Mon. evening services followed by Hakafot

Learning in Pairs/Social Justice Beit Midrash Sukkot Program

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00-9:00 pm
The second session in our learning series will be in a sukkah in West Philly. Stay tuned for details!Tot Shabbat & Oneg in the Sukkah
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street
Tot Shabbat is a time for babies, tots and preschoolers and their families to gather for singing, dancing and storytelling. The “service” is led by our rabbis and cantor and is followed by an oneg. On October 22nd, please join us for bagels, juice and coffee in the Sukkah after Tot Shabbot. To help us get the right amount of food, please e-mail Catherine Fischer (cfischer@rodephshalom.org) to RSVP by Thursday, October 20th.Simchat Torah with Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City
Monday, October 24, 7:30 pm, Ethical Society Building, 1st floor auditorium
Cantorial candidate Jessi Roemer will lead us as we conclude the Torah cycle and start it again. There promises to be lots of dancing with our Torahs, and potluck snacks and drinks (both alcoholic and not).

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Mekor Habracha Class with Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch – Stay High: Experience the Powerful Relevance of the High Holidays
Thurs Oct 6, 7:00-7:45 pm, Mekor Habracha, 2000 Chestnut Street
In this enlightening series, you will receive fresh insight that will change your High Holiday experience.  We will address questions such as why the High Holidays are NOT about God judging us, NOT about determining our fate, and NOT about repentance.  Everyone – from beginner student to experienced – will benefit greatly & is welcome to attend. Suggested donation – $15. For RSVP & info: MekorHabracha@gmail.com

Mekor Habracha’s Brachot Chabura (Parsha on Fridays), following Shacharit
Mon-Fri, 7:40 am, Mekor Habracha, 2000 Chestnut Street
Now you can learn how Jewish law is traced to the source! Every weekday morning Join Rabbi Hirsch and Mekor Habracha in studying the Talmud, tractate Berachot, the commentaries and the practical application of the laws of blessings on food. Study on a high level with no Talmudic background necessary. You can also attend morning minyan first, which ends promptly at 7:30-7:35 AM followed by a short halacha class and Brachot Chabura.  Both men and women are welcome to attend. For info: MekorHabracha@gmail.com

“Raising A Child With Judaism In Your Interfaith Family” Email Series
You will receive 8 free emails (twice a week over four week), starting on October 2nd
This popular, free email series from InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia is for parents who want to explore bringing Jewish traditions into their family life. You will receive eight emails over four weeks about how to bring spirituality and traditions to your parenting in realistic and meaningful ways. The emails will share content ideas; video links; questions to discuss with your partner; ideas for family projects; personal stories written by other interfaith families who have brought these same aspects of Judaism into their lives; and book suggestions around sleeping, eating, playing, praying and more.

Yoga, Meditation and Discussion for Parents
Thursdays October 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 9:30-11:00 am, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street
This four week class offers parents an opportunity to gather for the practice of yoga (all levels welcome), meditation and discussion.  We intend to create a space where everyone has the opportunity to be truly present and to engage in facilitated conversation about the joys and challenges of parenting.  We will offer tools for bringing spirituality to your parenting and your life. Sessions are sensitive to parents raising children in interfaith families, but all parents are welcome. Sponsored by InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia and Congregation Rodeph Shalom.

Shtetl Skills *Jewish Farm School* Seed Saving with Nate Kleinman
Thursday, October 13, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 5020 Cedar Ave
Learn how to preserve rare heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties for future generations! Join us for a hands-on workshop where we will learn various seed-saving techniques.

Celebrate 60 with Rabbi Julie
Friday, October 21, Ethical Society Building, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia
In honor of Rabbi Julie’s sixtieth birthday, help us support POWER. POWER is a racially and economically diverse people’s movement in Pennsylvania that strategically addresses Education Equity, Economic Dignity, and Racial Justice. We’re proud of our Rabbi and proud to be part of POWER. The celebration will be combined with a Kabbalat Shabbat service.