May Events

A whole new month of outstanding Jewish events across Center City! Check it out!

Ongoing: InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia Mentorship Program for Interfaith Couples and Parents of Young Children
Time and location determined by mentor and mentee couples
Would you and your partner like to connect with another interfaith couple who is further along in their relationship and parenting? Do you want to be able to ask questions, swap stories, and explore different possibilities for dealing with the issues that come up with another couple who has a similar background or interests as you? Then InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia’s Mentorship Program is for you! Mentor and mentee couples can set their own parameters for how often you will meet or talk, and we’ll support you along the way. We expect that participation will require no more than 3-6 hours per month. The program will last approximately 9 months – unless, of course, both you and your mentor couple want to continue the relationship. If you and have questions or you are interested in being paired with a mentor couple, contact Wendy Armon at

Sunday, May 1: Anti-Racism Allies Group
11:00 am, private home
This discussion, led by members of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir, will focus on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. There is no cost for this program.

Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24: Face of Mortality, with Rabbi Winokur
7:30 pm, Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street
The Life of the Spirit in the Face of Mortality begins. Join Rabbi Winokur for discussions about some of life’s worst possible situations– the suffering and/or premature death of a child or spouse, the terrible wasting away of a loved one, the fear of one’s own suffering and death, the tragedy of a gravely disabled family member, or the suicide of a loved one. How do we find inner strength amid such sadness, fear, and even terror? Is it even possible?

Saturday, May 7: 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, May 7: Shabbos Services + Kiddush – Parshas Acharei
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, May 7, the first Saturday of the month, for Shabbos Parsha Acharei. Services begin at 10 AM, and kiddush at 12:15 PM. Free. All welcome. There will be slivovitz!

Monday, May 9: Makom Community Enrollment 
Fall enrollment is now open for Makom Community afterschool enrichment program for pre-K through 5th grade. Each student’s learning is project-based and child-led. Learning is immersive and applied daily in our communal setting. Shabbat is a highlight of every week at Makom. Each Friday, families are invited to stay for a family celebration of Shabbat. Pick-up from several Center City schools. Come take a tour to see for yourself a Jewish community that is truly open to anyone who wishes to engage with Jewish traditions alongside their family.

Tuesday, May 10: Two Americans Who Defied the Nazis
7:00 pm, National Museum of American Jewish History at 5th and Market
Presented with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Filmmaker Artemis Joukowsky will share excerpts from his upcoming documentary, Two Who Defied the Nazis, about Martha and Waitstill Sharp, an American social worker and Unitarian minister who provided aid to refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

Wednesday, May 11: Learning in Pairs
7:00-8:30 pm, the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine
Join us for the 6th session in our new series! Rabbi Seth Goren (Repair the World: Philadelphia) and Professor Lila Corwin Berman (Feinstein Center – Temple University) will be leading the session on “What Do American Public Institutions Mean for Jews and Judaism?” $10 suggested donation includes dinner. Please register in advance.

Friday, May 13: Israel Independence Day Luncheon with the Bobby Block Klezmer Trio
Lunch at 11:30, entertainment at 12:15, Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch Street
In honor of Israel Independence Day, come enjoy lunch with KleinLife: Center City and celebrate with some terrific klezmer music and more with the Bobby Block Klezmer Trio.

Saturday, May 14: Center City Women’s Tefillah Group
9:30 am-12:30 pm, the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine
You’re invited to the inaugural shabbat morning of the Center City Women’s Tefillah group. Our vision is to meet 3-4 times yearly on Shabbat morning for davening, Torah service, d’var Torah, and kiddush.  While we will follow a traditional service, we welcome women and girls of all backgrounds and skill levels to join us and lead sections of the service.  We are available to teach you new skills or help you improve old skills if you are interested in leading part of the service or reading Torah or Haftorah. Contact the Center City Kehillah, and we’ll put you in touch with the organizers.

Sunday, May 15: One Biblical Sentence as a Window to a World with Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir
11:00 am, William Penn House Community Room, 1919 Chestnut St.
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! In this third session we will explore the first sentences of Numbers and Deuteronomy. Brunch is included.

Sunday May 15: The Jewish Body Image and Psychoanalysis
4:00-6:00 pm, Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel (300 S. 18th Street)
Join BZBI for the 3rd Annual Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis Lecture. The scholarly work of our guest, Dr. Sander Gilman, focuses on the history of the body image and the meaning of feeling like an outsider. He has studied stereotypes as they provide a window into the culture in which marginal groups live and their need to come to terms with distorted images of themselves. Students $5, General Admission $15. Register at:

Tuesday, May 17: God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes
7:00 pm, National Museum of American Jewish History, at 5th and Market
Reflections from the following speakers to-date, also featured in God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors: Stephanie Butnick, Deputy Editor, Tablet Magazine; Menachem Z. Rosensaft, General Counsel, World Jewish Congress, and editor of God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes; and Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University, Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College. 

Wednesday, May 18: Community Education and Screening
5:00-7:00 pm, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Get your inside story. Protect your family from preventable genetic disesases with one simple test. Presented by the Einstein Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, in partnership with Congregation Rodeph Shalom and the Collaborative.

Friday, May 20: Interfaith Family Shabbat with Kol Tzedek
6:00-8:00 pm, member’s home – contact for details
All are welcome! Dinners are potluck, kosher by ingredient, and usually vegetarian. Join our warm, inclusive interfaith community to welcome Shabbat.

Saturday, May 21: Leyning Class
10:00 am-12:30 pm, Kol Tzedek at 48th and Baltimore
Leyning Intro and 201 – The music of the Torah brings beauty and greater meaning to the words we read aloud. Have you ever wanted to read from the Torah? Are you in need of a brushing up? Students who have never studied before, as well as students needing a refresher course will study in separate tracks. All who are interested will read from the Torah on…(Shavuot? A special date? Some goal!)

Wednesday, May 25:  jkidphilly’s Lag B’Omer Nature Storywalk
4:30-5:30 pm, Valley Green Wissahickon Park. Meet in front of Valley Green Inn. 
Learn about Lag B’Omer with other jkids and their families through the eyes of Ari Ant! We will “walk” through the story and complete lots of fun activities. Fun for the whole family; no cost; one hour for all events. Register for this event here. For more information, contact: Gabby Kaplan-Mayer ( / 215-320-0376

Wednesday, June 1: Tribe 12 Fellowship Launch Night
7:00-9:00 pm, Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St.
Join the Tribe 12 Fellowship for an evening of entrepreneurship and inspiration! Our 6th cohort of innovators have honed their ideas for six months as part of a business accelerator, and on Launch Night, be the first to hear about these socially conscious businesses which will change our community, our city, and the world.

Summer 2016: Lasko College Prep Program
JEVS 1845 Walnut Street
Program for Jewish High School Juniors for college prep and a paid summer internship.