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.

Thursday 2/4 Collaborative First Thursday Happy Hour
6:30-9:00 pm, Fox and Hound, 1500 Spruce Street
20s and 30s Happy Hour including a trip fair to learn about travel opportunities to Israel and elsewhere

Saturday 2/6 Shabbat services at the Little Shul
10:00 am, 2015 S. 4th Street

Sunday 2/7 RS Women’s Health Symposium
10:30 am, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Let’s Stop a Ladykiller: Risks and Myths of Heart Disease from Pregnancy to Menopause

Sunday 2/7 Folkshul Souper Sunday
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Jewish Children’s Folkshul and Adult community hosts their annual event to raise money for the Mitzvah Food Project.

Monday 2/8 OMGWTFBible 
7:00 pm, Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St.
An innovative and hilarious podcast about the weekly torah portionThis program is brought to you by Grad Student Network, Moishe House and The Collaborative.

Thursday 2/11 Whiskey and Conversation – What the bible really says about slavery
6:30-8:00 pm, Location TBA
The launch of this new series, sponsored by the Grad Student Network, will feature Professor Mark Leuchter, Director of Jewish Studies at Temple University.

Friday-Sunday 2/12-2/14 Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City Shore Retreat
The theme is “Love and Laughter. Retreat will be held in Ocean City. Activities will include worship, learning, fun and some relaxation! Non-members are welcome. For more information contact Bobbi Cohen.

Saturday 2/13 Mikveh Israel lunch
9:00 am services, lunch to follow, 44 N. 4th Street
Lecture during lunch with Nava Rephun, entitled, “Your Perfect Match,” an upbeat talk that generates optimism and positive energy and offers concrete tools for enhancing relationships.

Monday 2/15 President’s Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History
NMAJH, 5th and Market
10:00 am Sensory-Friendly Access event: a partnership of NMAJH, JCHAI and Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion. We invite children, teens and adults of all abilities to join us for art activities at the National Museum of American Jewish History in a quiet setting, with a specially-designed museum tour. Great for all families!
FREE Admission to the museum all day from 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Monday 2/15 Masada and Noble Death in the Greek Shoah
7:30 pm, Congregation Mikveh Israel, 44 North 4th St.
Part of the Katz Center series, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews’ Inner Lives.

Wednesdays 2/17 and 2/24 “Ketchup with Us” and “A is for Apple” 
6:00-8:00 pm, 4029 Market Street
On 2/17, come “Ketchup” with Repair the World about Philadelphia School meals! We will be covering the National School Lunch Program, the Division of Food Services, and the 2016 Child Nutrition Act. On Wednesday, February 24, learn about nutrition programs in Philadelphia and beyond! The event will feature a documentary called Cafeteria Man and a discussion to follow. Admission and a Thai dinner are free.

Wednesday 2/17 Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family
InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia’s 6 week online class starts Feb. 17!

Friday-Saturday 2/19-20 Mekor Habracha Scholar-in-residence Shabbaton
Mekor Habracha, 2000 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor (entrance on 20th)
The first of three programs is scheduled for February 19-20 ( Parshat Tetzaveh). We will be joined by Dr. Rabbi Gil Perl, Head of School, Kohelet Yeshiva High School and Chief Academic Officer, Kohelet Foundation.   Join us for a soulful Kabblat Shabbat followed by a community dinner and oneg.

Saturday 2/20 ShaBahki: A Shabbat Yoga Experience 
10:00 -11:15 am, BZBI at 18th and Spruce
Join BZBI in an alternative spiritual journey into the heart of Shabbat through yogic movement, meditation and song with Dr. Deborah Glassman.

Sunday 2/21 Jewish Federation’s Super Sunday
9:30 am-8:30 pm, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, 272. S Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Help the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s 2016 Campaign get off to a bright start by making the calls that make a difference on SUPER SUNDAY, our single largest day of fundraising and community building.

Sundays 2/21 and 2/28 Chevra Kadisha Panel and Training
Panel discussion and text study: 2/21, 5:00 pm, Workshop and hands on training: 2/28, 5:00 pm
Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 801 S. 48th Street, Philadelphia
Join us for two sessions that explore the history, liturgy, and experience of the Reconstructionist Chevra Kadisha of Philadelphia. Receive hands-on training in the ritual of tahara, preparing the dead for burial in a traditional Jewish manner. Learn how a Reconstructionist group make decisions about its practice. The first session will be the history and liturgy, including a text study. The second session will be the training and the discussion of issues and questions that arise. Rabbis Linda Holtzman, Alan LaPayover, and Sarra Lev, founding members of the Chevrah Kadisha, will share their experience and teach the liturgy and process of tahara.

Monday 2/22 LimmudPhilly Meeting
7:00 pm, location TBA
Get involved in planning LimmudPhilly, which will be returning to Center City in late 2016. Contact Miriam for details.

Tuesday 2/23 Learning in Pairs
7:00-8:30 pm – The National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market
Join the Center City Kehillah for our third session in our new innovative learning series, featuring Rabbi Joel Seltzer from Camp Ramah in the Poconos and Gabby Kaplan-Mayer from jkidphilly on the topic of Jewish Textual Views of Disabilities.

Wednesday 2/24 Makom Community Camps
Kids off school for report cards (or snow days, other half days, or school holidays)? Send them to Makom Community!

Thursday 2/25 Falling in Love with the Law: Spirituality in Jewish Practice
7:00 pm, BZBI at 18th and Spruce
Part of the Katz Center series, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews’ Inner Lives.

Friday 2/26 TGIShabbat
6:15 pm, Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street
Born Lau, celebrated violinist, will be performing at Shabbat services. All are invited to stay for dinner afterwards. Call 215-922-6590 for details.

Saturday 2/27 Minyan Tikvah Shabbat services
9:15 am, BZBI at 18th and Spruce
Join Minyan Tikvah, an independent egalitarian minyan, for Shabbat morning services followed by a potluck lunch at a home nearby.