Urban Jewish Education

Post from Beverly Socher-Lerner, founding director of Makom Community. What do a pear, a princess, and a fashion designer all have in common? They’re all on their way to the U.S. Mint and Constitution Center on a camp day field trip, and they’re getting ready for Purim, too! Being a Jewish educator in an urban setting is … Read more

Reflections on International Women’s Day and Beyond

Today’s post is fom Eliana Zimet, a fellow with Repair the World: Philadelphia. International Women’s Day is, according to their website, “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” Personally, I love celebrating women and their accomplishments every day, but it’s nice to have some time set aside when everyone … Read more

Purim 2016

Purim starts Wednesday night, March 23 and goes through Thursday night, March 24. Not sure how you want to celebrate, or curious about how the rest of Center City is enjoying the holiday? Read on, and be happy! It’s Adar! Sunday 3/13: A Paranormal Purim 2:00-3:00 pm, The Gershman Y at Broad and Pine Get … Read more

March Events

New month, new list to keep you busy all month long. We’ll be putting together a separate blog post next week exclusively with Purim events, so stay tuned for that, and keep reading for other fantastic opportunities (plus an April preview…). Wednesday 3/2: God is Still Evolving: The Fascination of Process Theology Begins Society Hill Synagogue, 418 … Read more

Welcoming People Of All Abilities

Post by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, who directs Whole Community Inclusion at Jewish Learning Venture and is a teacher at Mishkan Shalom. She writes for the NY Jewish Week’s New Normal Blogging Disability and WHYY’s newsworks. Welcoming People Of All Abilities: Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month “Learning In Pairs” On a rainy February evening, I had the great pleasure of studying … Read more

Loving our Neighbors

-Post by Rabbi Jill Maderer of Congregation Rodeph Shalom In early December, a severed pig’s head was thrown onto the door step of the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, a mosque in Center City. In response to this desecration, the Board of Rabbis, Rodeph Shalom clergy, and many others in the Jewish community immediately sent letters of support. … Read more

A Year of Hakhel

Today’s post is from Rabbi Hirshi Sputz from Chabad of Center City. Hakhel, the subject of his post, will also be the topic at our March 9 Learning in Pairs program.  B”H A Year of Hakhel – to gather together as one. Picture this scene: Millions of Jews – men and women, infants and their great-grandmothers, … Read more

Life at the Little Shul

-Post by Morris Levin, Bella Vista resident and board member and volunteer at Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel. Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel is the Little Shul. It is a rowhouse synagogue, at 2015 S Fourth Street, before Snyder Avenue. The congregation meets for Shabbos services and kiddush at 10:00 AM on the first Saturday of the month. There … Read more

February Events

Happy February! Our participating organizations have an inspiring array of events coming up this month. Check out this incredible list, and hopefully you’ll find something new to spark your interest! Thursdays 2/4 and 2/18: Mekom Torah Lunchtime Torah!  12:00-1:30pm, Nook Coffee Bar, 15 S. 20th Street Topic: Covenant. All are welcome. Led by Rabbi Helen Plotkin. … Read more

Centrality of Community

–Post by Rhona Gerber, member of Mekor Habracha and the Center City Kehillah Steering Team. Thank you for sharing your personal story! Our family has been residents, or, should I say, community members, of Center City for over 25 years. This week’s Torah portion, Yitro, reveals to us what it means to be a community. The … Read more