November Events

It’s time to look forward to the wide range of non-holiday-related events coming up this month! And don’t forget LimmudPhilly is one month away on Sunday, December 4! Learning fun for adults and kids. Register today!

Friday, November 4: New Member Pizza Party
7:30 pm, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Join the Young Friends for a new member pizza party at RS immediately following Shabbat Services.

Saturday, November 5: Tot Shabbat
9:15 am, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Tot Shabbat is a time for babies, tots and preschoolers and their families to gather for singing, dancing and storytelling. The “service” is led by our rabbis and cantor and is followed by an animal cracker and challah oneg.

Saturday, November 5: Shabbos Services + Kiddush Parsha Noah
10:00 am, Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, 2015 S 4th Street
Shivtei Yeshuron, the Little Shul, holds Shabbos services and kiddush. Services begin at 10:00 AM followed by kiddush at 12:15 PM. All welcome! There will be slivovitz!

Tuesday, November 8, Friday, November 11, Monday-Tuesday, November 21-22: Makom Community School’s Out Camp Days
9:00 am-6:00 pm and 12:00-6:00, 2000 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor
Makom Community provides high-quality, fun camp programming and Jewish education when schools are closed and parents need to be at work. And they’re always open to the community. Join us for the November 8 field trip to the Natural History Museum and November 11 for Shrek camp day, then two half-days when Philadelphia public schools are closed for parent conferences.

Wednesday, November 9: SICHA: Jeffrey Rosen & Honorable Abraham Gafni
7:00-9:00 pm, Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
One hundred years ago, Louis Brandeis became the first Jewish Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. In his new book Louis Brandeis: American Prophet, author Jeffrey Rosen also calls him the 20th century’s most prescient, progressive justice. The Honorable Abraham J. Gafni will join Rosen for a discussion about how Brandeis’ philosophy continues to resonate today. Spend the evening with BZBI as we celebrate the 140th birthday of Brandeis and the 100th anniversary of his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Friday, November 11: Rabbi Aaron Panken, President of Hebrew Union College
6:00 pm, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Rabbi Panken will join us for a Shabbat service for the start of our “Year of Gratitude,” as we recognize Rabbi Kuhn’s years of service to our congregation.

Saturday, November 12: Minyan Tikvah Shabbat Mincha and Potluck
1:00 pm, private residence – RSVP for location
Minyan Tikvah, an independent, egalitarian minyan, is meeting this month for mincha and a vegetarian potluck. Please email for details.

Friday, November 11-Sunday, November 13: From Kabbalah to the Big Bang
Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet Street 19119
Daniel Matt, one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah, will introduce us to some of the central themes of the Jewish mystical tradition. On Friday night he will focus on the concept of Shekhinah (the feminine aspect of God) in the context of Shabbat. On Shabbat afternoon, he will show how Kabbalah promotes Tikkun Olam and how it enables us to discover God in the material world. Finally, on Sunday morning, he will address the question of “God and the Big Bang,” exploring parallels between Kabbalah and contemporary cosmology, and seeking to find harmony between science and spirituality.

Sunday, November 13: Moishe House Goes Apple Picking
1:00 pm, Linvilla Orchards. 137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, Pennsylvania 19063
Moishe House Philly is heading to the orchards for apple picking! We will subsidize a portion of the apple picking cost. Afterwards we will donate a portion of our pickings to a local soup kitchen so everyone can enjoy fresh apples!

Wednesday, November 16: Learning in Pairs Social Justice Beit Midrash
7:00-9:00 pm, William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut Street
Details coming soon for the next session in our Social Justice Beit Midrash series, in partnership with Repair The World: Philadelphia, Jewish Farm School, The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, and funded by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, with the generous financial support of The Wexner Foundation.

Saturday, November 19 (continues through June): Pause & Refresh Your Soul: An Exploration of Shabbat Unplugging with Mishkan Shalom
4:30-6:00 pm, Rabbi’s home – address provided upon registration
Monthly reflection, study and song that blend Shabbat afternoon tradition and reflection with text study, contemplation, prayer and spiritual practice, all connected to this year’s theme of engaging with Jewish living and moving towards greater consciousness in the four worlds of Jewish mystical understanding — physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.

Sunday, November 20: Oriented: Film Screening and Discussion
10:00 am, Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet Street 19119
ORIENTED follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv.Join us at Germantown Jewish Centre for an insightful exploration of the mix of Israeli-Palestinian-Jewish-Arab-Gay-Straight culture in Tel Aviv, and stay afterwards for a discussion and Q&A with Director/Producer Jake Witzenfeld. Tickets are free, but we do ask that you register to reserve your seats. Thank you! Childcare & children’s programming are available with advance registration.

Sunday, November 20: Liturgy and the Logic of Love: What’s the connection between Ma’ariv and Mr. Rogers?
11:00 am-1:00 pm, William Penn House Community Room, 1919 Chestnut Street
Join Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City for this education program, presented by Cantorial Candidate Jessi Roemer. Join the workshop to find the answer to the topic and to delve into the universalist human logic under the deep structure of Jewish prayer. Brunch is included. Fee: $10/member, $15/guest. Registration requested at or 215.629.1995.

Sunday, November 20, continuing through March: Engaging Judaism: A Mindful and Meaningful Approach to Jewish Living
10:00-12:00, Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19128
Over 8 sessions, we will study some of the foundational aspects to living a dynamic and conscious Jewish spiritual life. Combining creative contemporary Reconstructionist perspectives with Jewish tradition, we will study and explore through text, discussion, practice and creative expression: Shabbat, Prayer, Jewish Mysticism and the search for God-connection, kashrut, the Jewish year and lifecycle, text and tradition, and more!

Friday, November 25: Society Hill Synagogue Celebrates Interfaith Family Month
6:15 pm, Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St.
In honor and support of Interfaith couples and families, please join us for our Kabbalat Shabbat Learning Service at 6:15 PM followed by Shabbat Dinner. Rabbi Winokur will enhance understanding of the Shabbat service for people of other faiths, backgrounds, and cultures and as well as those who are Jewish.

Tuesday, November 29: NYT Columnist Ron Lieber Lecture
7:00 pm, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Smart (and Menschy) about Money, NY Times Columnist Ron Lieber Ron Lieber is the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times. In the spirit of Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s Nurture Shock, New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years. Sponsored by Rodeph Shalom and the Helen & Al Sellers Memorial Fund.