April Events

Sure, Passover might take up a lot of our physical and emotional (and culinary!) energy this month, but Center City Kehillah organizations are hosting many other non-holiday events, too! If you’re looking for seders, we have them compiled here, but for anything else you’re looking to do out and about in the Jewish community in April, keep reading right here.

Shabbos Services + Kiddush
Saturday, April 5, 9:30 am
Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, 2015 S 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
The Little Shul, Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, hosts traditional Shabbos davening and kiddush on Saturday, April 1, the first Saturday of the month, for Shabbos Parsha Pikudei. 9:30 AM – Learning, 10:00 AM – Services, 12:15 PM – Kiddush. Free and all welcome.We hold an open text-based review of the weekly Parsha at 9:30 AM. We cover the main contents of the portion and together discuss some of the overarching themes. No knowledge of Hebrew required. Translations, coffee, and tea provided.

April Day of Service/Farm Crew Kickoff/Good Deeds Day
Sunday, April 2nd 10-4pm
Various locations around Philly
RTW is having a Day of Service with some of our service partners around Philadelphia. We will also be kicking off a new season of Philly Farm Crew with volunteer opportunities at a number of urban farms and gardens!

Eshel: LGBTQ+ Orthodox Meetup Group
Wednesday, April 5, 7:00-9:00 pm
William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street
Eshel creates inclusive Orthodox communities for LGBTQ+ Jews and their families. The Eshel Philadelphia support group meets the first Wednesday of the month at the William Way Center. We welcome LGBTQ traditional and orthodox Jews in a confidential and supportive space. Questions? Email info@eshelonline.org.

Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem
Thursday, April 6, 7:00-8:30 pm
The Gershman Y at Broad and Pine
In his new work, Stranger in a Strange Land, George Prochnik revisits the life and work of Gershom Scholem, the highly regarded founder of the modern study of Kabbalah. Prochnik vividly brings to life Scholem’s beginnings in Berlin, his friendship with Walter Benjamin, critic and philosopher, and his frustrations with the ideology of Germany during the First World War.

Love and Religion Workshop for Couples
Four Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm: April 5, April 19, April 26 and May 10
Good Karma Cafe, 928 Pine Street in Philadelphia
Being part of an interfaith couple has its unique rewards and challenges. In InterfaithFamily’s popular Love and Religion workshop, we offer a safe and non-judgmental environment for those in interfaith relationships to talk with other interfaith couples and to discuss the role of religion in their lives.

Yiddish 101 – 6 week class
Wednesdays, April 19 – May 24, 6 – 7 pm
The Gershman Y at Broad and Pine
Have you always been interested in learning the Yiddish language but don’t know where to start? Instructed by Sarita Gocial, join us for this six-part Yiddish 101 class that will lead participants though the basics of the language, such as letters, numbers, and phrases.

Shabbat with HIAS
Saturday, April 22, 9:30 am
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
We will welcome Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Executive Director and Rona Buchalter, Director of Refugee Resettlement at HIAS PA. Come learn about their work with refugees and immigrants, and with volunteers, and hear about the impact of the current administration on their work.

Brit Kehillah: Celebration of our Sacred community and Installation of Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari
Saturday, April 22, 7:30 pm
Calvary Center for Community and Culture, 801 S. 48th Street, Philadelphia 19143
With blessings and words of Torah from Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, Founding Rabbi of Kol Tzedek. This evening is the culmination of a special Brit Kehillah weekend of prayer, song, study and celebration.

Interfaith Couples Meetup
Tuesday, April 25, 7-9 pm
Parc Rittenhouse – 225 South 18th Street
Join InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia and other interfaith couples for an evening of socializing and fun, meaningful conversation. Cost is $10/person, includes wine and dessert.

Social Justice Beit Midrash
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00-9:00 pm
Locust on the Park, 201 S. 25th Street
On Wednesday evenings from January to June, we’ll be gathering monthly to learn from local activists, experts, and clergy about the intersection of Judaism and justice. Everybody of all backgrounds is welcome to dialogue, dream, and find ways of working towards improving our society. Please join us for our next session. We’ll be discussing Climate Justice with Rabbi Arthur Waskow.

1917: War, Revolution and American Jewish History
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East 19106
Although one of the great episodes of all time, much of the story of World War I is little known today and the history of Jewish involvement in the global struggle is even less familiar. In this sweeping presentation, the general course of the war and role Jews played on both sides will be highlighted. From the founding of the Jewish Mule Corps to the Balfour Declaration to the British victory in the land of Israel, we will explore in a “day by day” fashion the remarkable epoch which ironically came to be known as the War to End All Wars.

Hebrew Reading Crash Course
Five Thursdays, April 27-May 25, 7:00-8:00 pm
B’nai Abraham Chabad, 527 Lombard Street
Join Rabbi Hirshi Sputz for a five week Hebrew reading crash course. Cost is $65. Contact 267-332-1321 or rhs@jewishphilly.com.

Concert: Heartbeat Ensemble Featuring Israeli & Palestinian Musicians
Saturday, April 29, 7:00 pm
Mishkan Shalom – 4101 Freeland Ave Phila Pa 19128
Mishkan Shalom presents an energetic evening with the Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians who comprise The Heartbeat Ensemble. A progressive Reconstructionist congregation in Philadelphia, Mishkan celebrates Heartbeat’s work to unite Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them. The concert at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave in Roxborough/Manyunk begins at 7:00 PM and features Dana Herz and Manal Malshi, Heartbeat ambassadors from the larger Heartbeat community, alongside Heartbeat’s Founder and Director, Aaron Shneyer. Local musician, Ami Yares, will be joining his former Heartbeat colleagues as well. Passion, invention, and groove infuse each jazzy R&B, hip-hop, rock, reggae, folk and diverse middle-eastern performance.

Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis Lecture: Unconscious Communication, Psychoanalysis and the Religious Experience
Sunday, April 30. 4:00 PM
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel supports WHYY and announces its fourth annual lecture on Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis – entitled UNCONSCIOUS COMMUNICATION, PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. Professor Marsha Hewitt will discuss the history of ‘telepathy’ and explore its parallels with religious experiences. Open to mental health professionals and the public.