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 Spruce Street
Join rabbinical student Birgit Klein for discussions about Process Theology. Rabbi Margaret Moers-Wenig’s 1990 sermon, “God is a Woman and She is Growing Older,” challenge the male perception of God and contradicts the image of an eternal, unchangeable God who is alien and remote. This is a 4-week session: March 2, 9, 16, & 30.

Thursdays 3/3, 3/17, and 3/31: Mekom Torah Lunchtime Torah! 
12:00-1:30pm, Nook Coffee Bar, 15 S. 20th Street
Informal group Torah study over lunch with Rabbi Helen Plotkin. All are welcome. 

Friday 3/4: Erev Shabbat services at Kesher Israel
6:00-7:00 pm, 412 Lombard Street
Meaningful and musical Shabbat service with Rabbi Seth Frisch and guest musicians on guitar, flute, and keyboard.

Saturday 3/5:  Shabbos Services + Kiddush at Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel
2015 S 4th Street
Shivtei Yeshuron, the Little Shul, hosts Shabbos davening at 10:00 AM followed by kiddush at 12:15 PM, the first Saturday of the month.

Tuesday 3/8: Who Run the World?: International Women’s Day Beit Midrash
6:00 pm Repair the World, 4029 Market Street
International Women’s Day is Tuesday, March 8! Join us as we celebrate incredible women through Who Run the World?: International Women’s Day Beit Midrash. We’ll be delving into texts about feminism, women’s rights, and intersectionality, all in a light-hearted and empowering context.

Tuesday 3/8: Israeli Dancing with Rak-Dan
7:00-8:30 pm, The Gershman Y at Broad and Pine
Israeli dancing is back at the Y! Fun for all ages and levels of experience, with internationally renowned Israeli dancing maestro Don Schillinger (Rak-Dan) leading each evening. From classic to contemporary rhythms, you’ll have a fantastic time with great company. $10/Session or $30 for Series of 4 sessions.

Wednesday 3/9: Learning in Pairs: The Center City Kehillah’s New Jewish Learning Initiative
7:00-8:30 pm, Jewish Federation, 2100 Arch Street
Join us for the fourth session in our new series! Rabbi Yochonon Goldman (B’nai Abraham) and Eli Schonfeld (Katz Center) will be leading the session on, “The Crisis of Transmission in Judaism and the Biblical Precedent of the Hakhel Event.”

Wednesday 3/9: Then Comes Marriage: A Conversation with Roberta Kaplan
7:00 pm, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 18th and Spruce
Civil rights lawyer Roberta Kaplan shares personal reflections and firsthand insights into the watershed 2013 US Supreme Court DOMA case, for which she served as lead counsel. In conversation with Chris Bartlett, Executive Director of the William Way Community Center. Then Comes Marriage will be available for sale and signing. This event is cosponsored by Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, and the Jewish Book Council. In partnership with Spectrum Philly. $15/$10 BZBI and NMAJH Members and Temple Owl Card holders.

Friday 3/11: Friday Night Services and Young Friends Potluck Dinner
6:00 pm, Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Come join Congregation Rodeph Shalom for a Friday Night Service with our amazing Ani Kinor Musicians. The Service will be followed by a Potluck dinner sponsored by our Young Friends Group of people in their 20s and 30s who love to meet new people over food and conversation.

Sunday 3/13: One Biblical Sentence as a Window to a World with Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir
11:00 am-1:00  pm, William Penn House Community Room, 1919 Chestnut St.
This is the first of a 3-part education series with Rabbi Julie Greenberg. Literary scholars sometime look at the first sentence of a book as a window into the whole story: for instance, do you recognize “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?” In this mini-series, we will take the first sentence of each of the five books of the Torah and use it as a window into that book. Even one word in Judaism can open up such riches for spiritual exploration and discovery. Just imagine what we can find in a whole sentence!

Wednesday 3/16: Holocaust in the Family: First-Hand Accounts of Survival
7:00-8:30 pm, The Gershman Y at Broad and Pine, in partnership with the Katz Center
Many prominent stories of Holocaust survival are family dramas of some sort – from “The Diary of Anne Frank” to Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel, “Maus.” Prizewinning historian and Yiddish expert Dr. Hannah Pollin-Galay examines an array of vivid first-hand accounts from different contemporary settings and languages, revealing the diverse ways that people recall love and belonging in this period of persecution.

Tuesday 3/22: Love and Religion Workshop for Interfaith Couples with InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia
7:00-8:30 pm, Good Karma Cafe (928 Pine Street)
Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. This four week workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious lives together. It is intended for seriously dating, engaged and newly married interfaith couples to talk about how to have religious traditions in their lives together.

Friday 3/25: Klezmer Concert with KleinLife: Center City – for Adults 60+
11:30 lunch and 12:15 entertainment, Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch Street
Enjoy the lively sounds of the Bob Cisik Klezmer Duo at 12:15 pm. Kosher lunch is served prior to the concert at 11:30. Advance lunch reservation please, at 215-832-0539.

Saturday 3/27: Minyan Tikvah Shabbat services
9:15 am, upstairs at 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.

Wednesday 3/30: A Night with Dennis Ross
8:00 pm, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel at 18th and Spruce
Hear from Ambassador Dennis Ross about his new book, Doomed to Succeed. Doomed to Succeed is a clear picture of the complexities of the US-Israel relationship and the larger Middle East landscape. Ross, “comes neither to bury nor praise the administrations in which he has worked or those in which he did not; as a consequence, reader will benefit from a front-row vantage point without encountering a myopic perspective.” – Kirkus Reviews

Friday-Saturday 4/8-4/9 (Shabbaton); Sunday-Monday 4/10-4/11 (Conference)
Wrestling with Jewish Peoplehood

Shabbaton: Mishkan Shalom and BZBI. Conference: National Museum of American Jewish History
Scholars and Jewish community leaders explore the extent to which the concept of peoplehood, in its variations, remains relevant to Jewish life. Confirmed speakers include Jane Eisner, Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, Shai Held, Peter Beinart, Sharon Kleinbaum, John Ruskay, and Deborah Waxman, and featuring a special musical performance by Hankus Netsky, founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, on Sunday evening. Co-sponsored by Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood; and Department of Jewish Studies of McGill University.