September?!? Yes, it’s here: the long-awaited or long-dreaded end of summer and start of fall. But with the High Holidays not until October this year, we have all of September to get back into the swing of things and check out great community events.
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!
Wednesday, September 7: Challah and Conversation for interfaith couples and individuals who grew up in interfaith families
7:00-8:30 pm, 201 S. Camac Street – 2nd Floor (Tribe Commons)
Join InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia, The Collaborative, and Spectrum Philly for an evening of Challah making and conversation as we learn how to make challah and discuss what growing up in an interfaith household or being in an interfaith relationship is like. Registration required.
Wednesday, September 7: PhD Night Skies at the Franklin Observatory
7:00-10:00 pm, Franklin Institute, 20th and the Parkway
Calling all PhD students! Night Skies at the Observatory’ is a monthly stargazing event connecting you to celestial objects in the night sky including stars, planets, and nebulae using telescopes in Bloom Observatory. Need a drink? Chill out at ‘Ben’s Starlight Lounge’ on the 5th floor rooftop observation deck, which features a bar. Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live presentation on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). Advance RSVP is required. Sponsored by the Jewish Graduate Student Network.
Saturday, September 10: Shabbos Services + Kiddush Parsha Shoftim
10:00 am, Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, 2015 S 4th Street
Shivtei Yeshuron, the Little Shul, holds Shabbos services and kiddush on Saturday, September 10. Services begin at 10:00 AM followed by kiddush at 12:15 PM. All welcome! There will be slivovitz!
Sunday, September 11: Center City Jewish Bike Tour
10:00 am-2:00 pm, meet at the 9/11 Memorial on the Schuylkill Banks Trail (immediately south of the Chestnut Street bridge)
You’re invited for a ride through history with the Center City Kehillah! We’ll ride from river to river and north to south through centuries of Jewish history, including stops at current synagogues, historical sites, hidden gems, and more. Ride will be approximately 4 hours, ending with a tour of the Little Shul, 2015 S. 4th Street. Your own bike and helmet are required. In case of severe weather, we’ll reschedule for 9/18. Advanced registration is required. Tour will be capped at 25 participants. $10/participant.
Sunday, September 11: Preparing for the High Holidays
11:00 am-1:00 pm, Penn Center House, 1900 JFK Boulevard
Every Jewish holiday has its unique form of preparation. We spend Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah, preparing our spiritual and relational houses for the New Year. In this workshop with Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City, we will explore traditional and new forms of spiritual preparation with special melodies for the High Holidays, rooting ourselves in the history of these holidays from the Temple-based ritual through the communal and personalized priestly traditions.
Monday, September 12: SICHA: A Conversation Between Dr. Ruth Calderon & Rabbi Ira Stone
7:30 pm, Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
What can both American and Israeli Jews learn from our traditional Jewish texts and study? Learn from Dr. Calderon and Rabbi Stone as they explore how we engage Jews in today’s modern world. They will discuss how appreciating the legacy of Jewish people through the study of Talmud and Mussar further connects us as a Jewish people. This event is co-sponsored by Society Hill Synagogue and the Jewish Publication Society. Media Partner – The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Tuesdays, beginning September 13: Love and Religion Workshop for Interfaith Couples
7:00-8:30 pm, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia
Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. This workshop 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. Registration is required.
Tuesday, September 13: High Holiday Wine Tasting
6:00-9:00 pm, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street
Are you going to be in Philly for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur and are between the ages of 21-45? Join us for our annual High Holiday Wine Tasting, where you can meet representatives from city and suburban synagogues and receive free or discounted High Holiday tickets. Enjoy a wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres (dietary laws observed). More details on Facebook.
Friday, September 16: Opening: Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East (5th and Market)
The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia will be the exclusive East Coast venue for Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution. The exhibition, which opens on September 16 and will run through January 16, 2017, presents the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham played a pivotal role in the careers of iconic artists.
Friday, September 16: Tot Shabbat (ages 0-6)
6:00 pm, Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet Street
Weather permitting, GJC’s Friday evening Tot Shabbat will be outdoors! Join Rabbi Adam Zeff for this year’s kick-off Tot Shabbat on the front lawn for a lively half-hour service where puppets teach the week’s Torah portion. There will be stories and songs, lots of laughter, and a basketful of tambourines. After the service, we’ll parade down to the playground for a delicious, tot-friendly dinner. Advance RSVP is necessary by Wednesday, September 14th ($9/adult, $5/child for dinner – sponsorships are available upon request). If the weather is too hot or rainy, Tot Shabbat will be in the Marcus Auditorium.
Saturday, September 17: Lecture: Claudette Sutton “Farewell Aleppo: My Father, My People and Their Long Journey Home”
Services begin at 9:00 am, Congregation Mikveh Israel, 44 N. 4th Street
Author Claudette Sutton will lecture on her book about her father’s journey from Aleppo’s ancient Jewish community to WWII Shanghai to America.
Saturday, September 17: Minyan Tikvah
9:15 am, upstairs 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.
Sunday, September 18: Israeli S’lichot: New Religious Initiatives in Israel with Rani Jaeger
10:00 am, Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet Street
Come experience what S’lichot in Israel is about as Rani Jaeger leads and teaches the music that brings people together people. This is a participatory musical event. Rani Jaeger is a faculty member and research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is pursuing his doctorate at Bar-Ilan University in the interdisciplinary program of Culture and Hermeneutics. Rani teaches at Tel Aviv University and is one of the founders of Beit Tefilah Israeli, a secular synagogue in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Sunday, September 18: Sephardic Music Concert
3:00 pm, Congregation Mikveh Israel, 44 N. 4th Street
Sephardic Musical concert featuring music from Turkey, Greece and North Africa featuring Joseph Alpar and his group. $18 admission fee. Please call Congregation Mikveh Israel, 215-922-5446, for more information. Program made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Monday, September 19: SICHA: The Evolution of Jewish American Food
7:00 pm, The Gershman Y 401 S. Broad Street
Inspired by the Borscht Belt’s classic Jewish cuisine, we present a Sicha (“conversation”) with award-winning authors Roger Horowitz and Ted Merwin. Horowitz, author of Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food, and Merwin, who wrote Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli, will discuss the integration of Jewish food into contemporary American cuisine. This event is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel, The Gershman Y, and Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. It is in partnership with the Jewish Book Network.
Saturday, September 24: Singing Before the Gates: Devotional Music & Prayer for S’lichot
8:00 pm, Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet Street
The High Holidays offer us the chance to take stock of our lives, to let go of old habits of thought and action, and to commit ourselves to moving in new directions in the coming year. To make this possible, we need to prepare our hearts for the spiritual work of teshuvah (literally, “return”). The tradition of chanting S’lichot – psalms, poems, and prayers for forgiveness – invites us to return to ourselves and to awaken our spirits before the High Holidays begin. Join us for an evening of devotional music, spiritual kavanot (intentions), deep prayer, and inspiring melodies for S’lichot. Together, we will help each other open our mouths, our ears, our minds, and our souls to all of the possibilities that the new year offers.
Wednesday, September 28: Learning in Pairs presents…Center City Social Justice Beit Midrash
7:00-9:00 pm, Location TBA
How do our Jewish stories call us to action in the world? Come dig into ancient texts and current justice issues in our city. Everybody of all backgrounds is welcome to dialogue, dream and find ways of working for justice.