Summer is here, and with it comes outdoor events, relaxed meet and greets, and ongoing learning opportunities. Read on, try out something new, and check back for updates throughout the month, as well as another post for August.
Fridays in July and August: Summer Friday Night Shabbat Series
6:00 pm, Friday nights, Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Join us for our summer casual, dress-down, Friday evening Shabbat Services. During the d’var Torah, we will explore the lessons and virtues from the modern Jewish community. We will turn to sources such as Abigail Pogrebin’s book, Stars of David:Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish and our Yom Kippur Machzor, embodying the essence of tikkun olam/repair of the world. Through these resources, we will discover how different people live Jewishly and pursue their purpose.
Friday, July 1: Independence Day Celebration with KleinLife: Center City
11:15 am-1:15 pm, Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch Street. Contact Lynne Ellis at 215-832-0539 or lellis@kleinlife: Center City for more information or to RSVP.
Start your holiday weekend with a delicious Independence Day Luncheon, featuring top-notch musical entertainment by duo Night & Day. An early Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Michelle Greenfield precedes the meal at 10:30 am.
Friday, July 1: School’s Out, Food’s Out
6:00-8:00 pm, 4029 Market Street
Come join Repair the World: Philadelphia for the 2015 – 2016 cohort’s last Education Justice event. Many of the children in our Philadelphia public school system rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunches, but what happens when schools go on summer vacation and students no longer have access to those benefits? Come explore some of the programs happening around the country and in Philadelphia working to solve this problem. We hope to see you there! Note: This event is happening prior to the start of Shabbat, and dinner will be provided!
Monday, July 4: Independence Day at NMAJH
10:00 am-5:00 pm, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E. (5th and Market)
Come celebrate Independence Day with NMAJH! Explore how our leaders impacted American history, American society, and the American Jewish Community. Explore an original letter written by George Washington to the Jewish Community of Newport, Rhode Island, and enjoy interactive tours, story time, and Independence Day arts and crafts projects.
Tuesday, July 5: Food Waste in Philadelphia
6:00-8:00 pm, 4029 Market Street
Please join Repair the World for an informative gathering about food waste. The first part of the event will consist of educational programming, including a presentation by Seth Budick of the Dirt Factory about composting. Following, everyone is invited to take part in a game of waste-themed quizzo, with free alcoholic drinks (2 max), snacks, and prizes! Come with your team already assembled or make a team with some new friends at the event!
Tuesday, July 5: Israeli Dancing with Rak-Dan
7:00-8:30 pm, The Gershman Y, 401 S Broad Street (corner of Broad and Pine)
Fun for all ages and levels of experience, with internationally renowned dancing maestro Don Schillinger (Rak-Dan) leading each session. From classic to contemporary rhythms, you’ll have a fantastic time with great company!
Tuesday, July 5 (and every Tuesday in July): Weekly Talmud Class
7:00-8:00 pm, Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue, 2000 Chestnut Street
Study the Talmud in the original Aramaic in this thought provoking class. No Talmudic background necessary. Adam Romanoski leads the study group in Tractate Kiddushin. Both men and women are welcome to attend.
Saturday, July 9: Shabbos Services + Kiddush – Parshas Korach
10:00 am, 2015 S 4th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
The Little Shul, Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, hosts traditional Shabbos davening and kiddush on Saturday, July 9, the second Saturday of the month, for Shabbos Parsha Korach. Services begin at 10 AM, and kiddush at 12:15 PM. Free. All welcome. There will be slivovitz! (We will return to the first Saturday of the month in August.)
Monday, July 11: Kashrut in Center City
6:30 pm, Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue, 2000 Chestnut Street
Rabbi Hirsch will meet with the Mekor Habracha community to provide the latest kashrut news in Center City, and answer kosher questions from our members. Guests from outside the Mekor community are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, July 13-Wednesday, August 3: Love and Religion workshop for interfaith couples
7:00-8:30 pm, Office of Saul Ewing (1500 Market Street)
Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. This workshop with InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious lives together. It is intended for newly married or seriously dating interfaith couples to talk about how to have religious traditions in their lives together. Meets on four consecutive Wednesday nights. Registration is required.
Thursday, July 14: Opening Reception of Melancholigraphs by Geoffrey Ansel Agrons
5:00-7:00 pm, The Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street (corner of Broad and Pine)
Geoffrey Agrons’ work is indebted to the intimate pictorialism of Alfred Stieglitz and the monumental images favored by Ansel Adams, while bridging the technology of the 19th century and the present day. Agrons photographs with a digital camera, produces a digital negative on transparent media using an inkjet printer, hand-coats fine art paper with a solution containing palladium salts, exposes the paper in close contact with the negative to ultraviolet light, and finally develops the latent image in the darkroom. With the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.
Saturday, July 16: Minyan Tikvah
9:15 am, downstairs at BZBI, 18th and Spruce
Join Minyan Tikvah for traditional egalitarian Saturday morning services. Vegetarian potluck lunch will follow at a member’s home. Minyan Tikvah is an independent minyan that meets approximately once a month.
Saturday, July 16: Potluck Playdate for Infants & Toddlers
4:00-5:30 pm, Markward Playground 400 S. Taney Street
Relax on Shabbat afternoon in the park with young families from Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel. Bring some food that is nut-free, kosher, and dairy or parve, and spend the late afternoon noshing and making new friends. Rain date Saturday, July 23.
Saturday, July 16: Sammy Rosenbaum Rocks Out at Moishe House
8:30 pm, Moishe House Philadelphia, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the address
Join Moishe House for a night of music and relaxation at our home. Singer Sammy Rosenbaum will be stopping in Philadelphia as part of his national tour.
Monday, July 18: Jazz Jam and Happy Hour
5:30-7:00 pm, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Join the Jewish Graduate Student Network for happy hour and some sweet jazz tunes from local musicians- A fantastic way to hear a varied array of live jazz music. Event is FREE but please RSVP so we know how many seats to save. More info about the Jazz Jam here. Please make sure you RSVP by Sunday evening, July 17th.
Wednesday, July 20: Faces of Migration: Screening and Celebration
6:00 pm, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E. (5th and Market)
Join the Museum’s OPEN for Interpretation artist-in-residence JJ Tiziou for an inside look at Faces of Migration, a photography installation featuring community portraits from Philadelphians across the city who have experienced migration or displacement directly or in some generation in their families. Meet the artist to learn about his process, view the striking images of Faces of Migration, and learn how the stories in the Museum inspired not only his building-wide but community-wide residency project. Celebrate with friends and neighbors from across the city at this communal event, featuring not only JJ’s photography, but the incredible stories from across cultural communities they represent… and of course JJ’s signature lentil soup. And maybe a cupcake. Faces of Migration is on view on the Museum’s Concourse June 21 through mid-August 2016.
Thursday, July 21: A Midsummer’s Eve, Celebrating Life, Love, and Tu B’Av
8:00-11:00 pm National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E. (5th and Market)
Join us for the Young Friends’ annual summer fete! Dress in all white and share a cocktail with us on our terrace overlooking Independence Mall. We’ll have a DJ, sweet treats, and a great party.
Thursday, July 28: Torah Mindfulness: A Practical Jewish Text-Based Approach
6:30-7:30 pm, Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue, 2000 Chestnut Street
This introductory class will provide a practical Jewish approach to mindfulness, based on Torah. RSVP required; please email MekorHabracha@gmail.com. $10 suggested donation. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Friday, July 29: Potluck and Shabbat Under the Stars
5:45 and 7:30 pm, Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave
Summer veggie potluck followed by Kabbalat Shabbat service, on the natural amphitheater aside our historic building. Come enjoy food, song, and connection followed by musical. soulful Shabbat under the stars.
Ongoing: Makom Community Enrollment
Makom Community, 2000 Chestnut Street
Fall 2016 Enrollment Now Open! Interested in joining us this fall? Enrollment is now open for children ages 4-10 years old. Come play with us in the afternoons! We’re open Monday through Friday 3-6pm. Your child(ren) will explore Jewish ideas in a meaningful way that works for them among great friends and nurturing staff. We’ll learn Hebrew together and celebrate Shabbat and holidays, too. Flexible two to five day a week schedules are available. We recommend three to five days schedules so your child can get the most out of the Makom Community experience. Enroll today!