Social Action Koffee Kallah Sunday April 22, 2018 09:30 AM
Building on the energy of the student-led March for Our Lives, Beth David will host a discussion of how to keep up the momentum for the passage of sensible gun laws.
Nancy Gordon-- Beth David congregant; co-founder and board member of CeaseFirePA; and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School – will get us up to date on the major federal and state legislative proposals to reduce gun violence.
Danny Barefoot– consultant at Anvil Strategies in Washington, D.C. – will address the current political landscape in Pennsylvania and opportunities for grassroots advocacy.
Your questions and suggestions will also be a crucial part of the program.
Please join us!
BethDY 345 Goes to 5 Wits Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30 PM
Do your kids love puzzles, adventures, movies, or video games? If so, register your child for our BethDY 345 field trip to 5 Wits at the Plymouth Meeting Mall on Sunday, April 22 immediately following Religious School. We will provide food, transportation, and entertainment – you pick them up at 4:00 at Beth David! Contact Cantor Levy – to reserve your spot!
Community Shabbat - Israel Style Saturday April 14, 2018 09:30 AM
Israel 70’th Birthday Celebration - Yom Ha'atzmaut!
9:30am:Two Adult Education Israel themed opportunities:
1. With guest speaker Bat El Trabelsi who will be discussing Women in Israel Society
2. Beth David Clergy who will be presenting Parenting Your Children About Israel
9:30am Religious School
10:30am Shabbat Services
Noon Yummy Shabbat Israeli brunch prepared by Comet Catering
Bat El Trabelsi is the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s new shlicha….emissary from Israel who serves as a resource to our community. As shlicha, Bat El’s entire focus is building connections to Israel, “I want to reach as many people as possible,” she says. “I want to make sure Israel is always on the table.”
Yom Hashoah - Day of Remembrance Wednesday April 11, 2018 7:00 PM
Please join Beth David, Beth Am Israel, Main Line, and Adath Israel for a solemn evening in which we remember the Shoah, the Commemoration of the Holocaust, and the Lighting of the Candles for the Six Million. It will once again be our sacred honor to invite Holocaust survivors their families and descendants to join for the lighting of the Menorah for the Six Million
The observance will feature guest scholar Thomas Childers, author of The Third Reich, a History of Nazi Germany. Since 1976, Professor Childers has taught in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards.
NFTY- National Call In Day Tuesday April 10, 2018
On March 24th, thousands of Reform Jews rallied behind our teen leaders, and gathered at March for Our Lives events across the country to demand that our legislators take action to address the unacceptably high rates of gun violence in our country. The marches made an incredible statement about the power of youth activism in America. Following the lead of our teens, we must keep the pressure on our elected officials.
Concert Celebrating 15 Years with Pavel Zarukin Tuesday March 27, 2018 7:00 PM
Come out to celebrate our talented accompanist, Pavel Zarukin, on his 15 years with Beth David. The Zarukin Piano Duet (Pavel and his wife Zoya) will present a program of solo and duet piano masterpieces to mark Pavel's 15-year tenure at Beth David. Pavel and Zoya would like everyone to know, "We dedicate our concert to the Beth David community – the most appreciative audience we ever experienced in our performing lives!"
Come to enjoy exquisite music and desserts!
Koffee Kallah- Women's Heart Health Sunday March 18, 2018 09:30 AM
WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH...For Women and Everyone who Loves Them. Learn and practice hands-on CPR. $10pp inludes lite breakfast.
Featuring Dr. Katie Hawthorne, Cardiologist and Stephanie Austin.
Dr. Hawthorne earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College; completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Hawthorne joined the Lankenau Heart Institute in 2014 where she serves as the Director of Cardiac MRI and is a member of the Structural Heart Team. Dr. Hawthorne has been named a Main Line Today “Top Doc” in 2016 and 2017.
Stephanie Austin, board member for the American Heart Association, Southeastern PA Advocate and volunteer for the AHA, Sudden cardiac arrest survivor, Member of Beth David Reform Congregation.
Additional Material: Heather Forgione, Program Manager, Lankenau Women’s Heart Initiative
Red Cross Spring Blood Drive Sunday March 18, 2018 09:00 AM
MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY! The Red Cross needs our help. Area hospital patients are counting on you.
Remember to HYDRATE- Drink lots of water, and please remember your ID.
Cantor Lilia Kazansky Musician in Residence Friday March 16, 2018 5:45 PM
Join Michelle Citrin, singer/songwriter, for a soulfully engaging Community Shabbat Friday Edition service, dinner, and kumsitz
5:45pm - Dinner/First Seating
6:00pm - Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Kalisch, Cantor Levy, and Michelle Citrin
6:30pm - Shabbat Service with Rabbi Kalisch, Cantor Levy, Michelle Citrin. Joined by Cantor Boris Kazansky marking the first yahrzeit of Cantor Lilia Kazansky
7:45pm - Dinner/Second Seating and Kumsitz (communal singing) with Michelle Citrin
Cost: $25 per person, $72 per family (more than 2 people)
Admission to Museum
Exclusive tours/docents for Beth David family groups
Discounted gift shop purchases
Round trip bus transportation
RSVP and payment required by Tuesday, February 13. RSVP online -or send check payable to Beth David.
Indicate how many from your family will be joining.
Bus departs from Beth David promptly at 9:30am and returns 1:30pm. ARRIVE EARLY. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Painting With a Twist Thursday February 22, 2018 6:30 PM
Hosted by Beth David Men and Women of Reform Judaism. $35pp, includes pizza and painting instruction. BYOB.
Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artists. It's a colorful, casual party atmosphere where you'll leave your cares behind and go home with a one-of-a-kind painting created by you.
ALL ARE WELCOME. SINGLES AND COUPLES. SPACE IS LIMITED. RESERVE YOUR PLACE EARLY.
Koffee Kallah - The Sacred Calling Sunday February 11, 2018 11:00 AM
The Sacred Calling: 40 Years of Women in the Rabbinate with Rabbis Sue Levi Elwell and Rebecca Einstein Schorr
Join Rabbi Kalisch in conversation with an editor and contributors to The Sacred Calling, winner of a 2016 National Jewish Book Award. In this pioneering anthology,rabbis and scholars from across the Jewish world reflect back on the historic significance of women in the rabbinate and explore issues related to both the professional and personal lives of women rabbis. This collection examines the ways in which the reality of women in the rabbinate has impacted on all aspects of Jewish life, including congregational culture, liturgical development, life cycle ritual, the Jewish healing movement, spirituality, theology, and more.
Camp Community Shabbat, Friday Edition Friday February 2, 2018 06:00 AM
Celebrate Camp Harlam@60 Shabbat Across the World.AUTHENTIC CAMP CUISINE BY SHAVIT MOSHE - FORMER HARLAM HEAD CHEF! (Plus additional menu items. Did you know that Shavit met his wife Jaimee at Harlam?)
Join with camp lovers of all ages and camps as we celebrate Camp Harlam’s 60th anniversary with a fun camp-themed Shabbat celebration…WEAR CAMP GEAR!
· 5:45pm - Dinner First Seating - Camp Style including arts and crafts plus much more
· 6:00pm - Tot Shabbat (Ages 5 and under)
· 6:30pm - Family-Friendly and Camp Style Shabbat Services including lots of camp melodies
· 7:30pm - Dinner Second Seating - Camp Style including arts and crafts plus much more
Ask us about available scholarship for Jewish camping plus outside funding for 1sttime campers.
Community Shabbat with Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D. PLUS! Saturday January 20, 2018 09:30 AM
▪ 9:30am Options:
1. Adult Ed with Rabbi Andrea Weiss, PhD.
How can faith inform morality? How can Americans of diverse religious views and political ideologies come together around shared values? Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, will explore with us relevant writings from American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters, a campaign she coordinated that sent letters from scholars of religion to our elected officials in Washington for the first 100 days of the Trump administration. The political will give way to the personal as we read passages of these letters that can guide us toward shared aspirations for our country.
2. JUST ADDED!Shabbat with My Family, a Reform How-to Session with Cantor Levy
When most people think of holidays, they think of annual celebrations, but in Judaism there is one holiday that occurs every week - Shabbat/Sabbath. This holiday is central to Jewish Life. As one great Jewish writer has observed: More than the Jewish people has kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jewish people. The Sabbath truly has been a unifying force for Jews the world over. It's easy, let Cantor Levy show you how.
3. 6th Grade Family Ed with Rabbis Kalisch and Bernstein
The second installment of BMJ (B'nai Mitzvah Journey), a special family education program for you and your students, followed by matan parashah, a very special ceremony for 6th graders.
▪ 10:30am: Shabbat Services with Matan Parshah
▪ Noon: Shabbat brunch
Everyone is invited to partake! Don't miss this delicious brunch prepared by Comet Catering
MLK Day of Service 2018 Monday January 15, 2018 09:30 AM
MLK Day of Service. Spend your morning with others at the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery helping to spruce up this historic cemetery. Perfect for families to do together. Dress warmly...and bring gardening tools if you “got ‘em.” Meet in the parking lot of Beth David at 9:30am. (Beth David offices closed)
Religious School Morning Schmooze Sunday January 7, 2018 09:30 AM
All parents are invited to a breakfast that will be the "kick-off" to our religious school parent support organization. Come on in, have a bagel and a coffee... hear about the future plans...make a new friend or two, or three...
Join the beginning assembly of religious school (hitkansut) at 9:30am and feel free to stay till 11am.
HOMESTYLE Saturday January 6, 2018 7:00 PM
A casual fun dining experience at the home of your choice. Also, new this year, FAMILY HOMESTYLE and movie for families with kids under 12. Hosted at Beth David by Master Chef Jim Castello.
Andrea Troxel & Adam Kosto
Carolyn Cohen & Richord Lynn and Nancy & Peter Leuitt
Gail & David Lazarus
Meredith & Daniel Slawe
Cari Feiler Bender & Rodd Bender
Helene & Peter Bludman
Debra Kauffman & Daniel McAllister
Jennifer & EdwardRose
Anita & Richard Lichtenberg and Rebecca Stein & Steven Matthews
High Holy Day Survey 2018/5778 Sunday December 31, 2017
A brief 10 minute survey has been emailed to you to get feedback on your High Holy Days experience this year. If you haven't seen it yet, here's your opportunity to voice your opinion. PLEASE CLICK HERE
Racism, Power, Privilege ... and Promising Possibilities
In this three-part workshop, conducted by Anita Friday, participants will develop a historically based definition of racism. They will engage in exercises that explore questions such as How Did We Get Here? Is it Over? What can be Done? Attendance at all 3 workshops is required. Contact Helene Bludman.
Anita Friday, a member of the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and a former Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Stamford, CT, is a local attorney and educator.
Celebrate Purim with Mishloach Manot
Why Do We Send Food Gifts on Purim?
Purim is a holiday of sweetness and joy, a time when we reflect on the power of an individual and the victory of the Jewish nation in the face of destruction. One of the elements of Purim is the obligatory giving of food gifts to friends and family. We are commanded to give at least two foods to at least one person, and they must be ready-to-eat food items. Mordechai, one of the Purim heroes, instituted the practice of MishloachManot, as is quoted in the Megillah, “Mordechai…enjoined the (Jews) to make the fourteenth day of the month of Adar…feasting and joy, and sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.” (Book of Esther, Ch. 9)
Your gift of food will be delivered to the homes of those recipients who live in Lower Merion, Haverford and Radnor townships. Recipients who live outside the delivery area may pick up their bags in the office.
Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas Tuesday December 19, 2017 7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 19, 7:00pm LIFE LONG LEARNING EXTRA
On the last night of Hanukkah, join Cantor Levy for viewing and discussion of DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS, a musical documentary that explores the impact that Jewish composers had on Christmas music, and the creation of beloved Christmas icons like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Chinese food Oneg (desserts only) will be served.
DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It’s an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream – a generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world, and for at least one day a year, make us believe.
Hanukkah Party Rescheduled Tuesday December 19, 2017 6:00 PM
Hanukkah dinner is now rescheduled for the last night of Hanukkah, Tuesday night at 6:00pm. Then at 7:00pm stay for Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas. Join Cantor Levy to watch and discuss this amazing fun documentary about a group of Jewish songwriters who wrote the soundtrack to Christmas. We'll examine what this has to teach us about Hanukkah, Christmas, and the American Jewish experience.
SOCIAL ACTION ALERT
Donate new hats, mittens/gloves, and scarves to benefit the McPherson Library Clothing Closet for Children located in Kensington.
Rabbi Henry Cohen Scholar in Residence Sunday December 3, 2017 11:00 AM
Featuring Rabbi Larry Hoffman of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion - Transforming Synagogues as Spiritual and Moral Centers for the 21st Century.
Builders, Baby-Boomers and Beyond: This is Your Life, American Judaism: A retrospective look at what American Judaism was and a look forward at what it is becoming: a nostalgic revisiting of our European immigrant forebears; and then baby-boomers growing up, suburbia and Dr. Spock, marching for Israel and freedom for Refuseniks; what is left of all that now, and what is taking its place for tomorrow.
Standing Up to Hate: A Conversation with the ADL, Anti-Defamation League Tuesday November 28, 2017 7:30 PM
What do the terms white supremacists, racist skinheads, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, the alt-right and Antifa mean? What do they stand for and what is their relevance in our nation and region post Charlottesville? Nancy Baron-Baer is the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League for Eastern Pennsylvania/Southern New Jersey/Delaware. In her role as Regional Director, Ms. Baron-Baer provides guidance and leadership to individuals, groups and institutions in fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and discrimination
Gladwyne Interfaith Thanksgiving Day Service Monday November 20, 2017 7:30 PM
Please join Rabbi Kalisch and Cantor Levy for a lovely service of thanks with neighborhood clergy from St. John Vianney Church, Gladwyne Presbyterian Church, Saint Christopher Episcopal Church.
St John Vianney, 350 Conshohocken State Rd, Gladwyne, PA 19035
Out of the Darkness: Suicide Prevention Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00 AM
More than six months after the tragic death of our beloved Cantor Emerita, LiliaKazanskyour congregation will come together to learn how we can play in a role in raising awareness about suicide prevention and saving lives. A pioneer in suicide research, Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman serves as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Vice President of Research. She was the first researcher to ask high school students about suicidal ideation and behavior, and she works with over 150 scientific advisors to evaluate progress in the field and chart the next areas of inquiry to yield impactful insights and strategies for suicide prevention
We're Broadway Bound! Wednesday November 1, 2017
Beth David WRJ is Broadway Bound once again on November 1, 2017. There are two shows, a musical, The Band's Visit and a play, M. Butterfly.
The Band's Visit is a story about an Egyptian Police Band that arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. This show stars Tony Shalhoub and John Cariani and has received several awards during it's off broadway run. The theater is located at 243 West 47th Street. Front Mezzanine seats only are $185.
M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer—a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west—while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit. This show stars Clive Owens in this Tony Award winning revival. The theater is located at 138 West 48th Street. Orchestra seats only are $185.
Mail to: Debby Weinstein
1637 Oakwood Drive, S-118, Penn Valley, PA 19072
Bus Departs Promptly from Beth David at 8:30AM
Tickets are non-refundable
Make your selection EARLY as there are LIMITED tickets and LIMITED seats on the bus.You MUST email me to make your reservation. If you send your check to Debby without contacting me first, you may not get a ticket. You will get on the list faster by emailing me - then mailing a check.
Please let me know if you are interested in a "ticket only - no bus" reservation.
Thank you for supporting Beth David WRJ. Hope you can join us - all friends and family are welcome.
Courageous Conversations: Race in America Sunday October 29, 2017 11:00 AM
Jewish values compel us to stand up to hate, discrimination, and racism in all its forms. Join us for an open and honest conversation to better understand racism in our own community, and learn how we can become a part of the change. Anita Friday, a member of the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and a former Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Stamford, CT, is a local attorney and educator.
New Member Dinner and Community Shabbat, Friday Edition Friday October 27, 2017 6:00 PM
Beth David Membership Committee invites you to the New Member Shabbat Dinner and Service:
Friday Edition Saturday Edition
6:00 pm - Tot Shabbat in the Sanctuary, with Early Dinner Downstairs
6:30 pm - Family-Friendly Shabbat Service
7:30 pm - Late Dinner and Dessert Downstairs/BYOB
Let's make this special! Dinner is complimentary, but sides are encouraged as follows:
Please help make our New Member Shabbat special by bringing a pot luck side dish or kid-friendly accompaniment. Here are suggested contributions by last name, but feel free to bring whatever your family and fellow congregants would enjoy!
A - F: salad or green vegetable
G - L: starch (potato, rice, pasta salad, etc.)
M - R: kid-friendly accompaniment (mac and cheese, chicken fingers, etc.)
S - Z: fresh fruit (cut or bite-sized)
Why Israel – Now More than Ever? Friday October 20, 2017 6:30 PM
Join us on Shabbat, Friday, October 20, 6:30 pm when we welcome Rabbi Neal Gold to our bimah. Rabbi Gold will address, Why Israel – Now More than Ever?
The Israel Committee welcomes Rabbi Neal Gold, a scholar and social activist. His teaching is inspired by the beauty of Jewish texts and uses the text and tradition as a means of offering perspective on issues which currently affect Israel. Rabbi Gold has lived, worked and taught in Israel, served as a congregational rabbi, and directed programming for ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, which is dedicated to strengthening the Reform movement in Israel and strengthening Zionism within the US community of Reform Jews.
WRJ Project Runway Thursday October 19, 2017 6:30 PM
Fashion Show and Pop-Up Boutique presented by Revivals Boutique featuring designer consignment & new apparel and accessories.
Sukkot Study and Service Thursday October 5, 2017 08:30 AM
Walk to Fight Suicide; Out of the Darkness Philadelphia Walk Sunday October 1, 2017 08:30 AM
As a congregation, we have collectively felt the pain of suicide loss after the heartbreaking loss last year of our Cantor Emerita, Lilia Kazansky, z”l. We know that many others in the community have lost loved ones and friends to suicide as . Join Rabbi Kalisch, Cantor Levy and fellow members as we raise awareness through participation in the Philadelphia Out of the Darkness community walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on Sunday, October 1 in Center City. Registration for the Beth David team is here and further information on carpooling to the Art Museum and other logistics is available from Jane Horwitz.
Order Your Rosh Hashanah Honey By August 30 Wednesday August 30, 2017
This 8-ounce jar of delicious kosher honey arrives in time for the Rosh Hashanah if your order is placed by August 30. It is decorated with a colorful label, and includes a personalized card reading “L’Shana Tova—Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year.” This card also lets the recipients know that a donation has been made in their honor to Beth David WRJ.
Your cost is $11.00 per jar plus $4.00 shipping and handling within the United State. We will gladly mail orders outside the United States for an additional fee.
To order honey CLICK HERE, and follow the step-by-step instructions.
If you would like us to place your honey order, NO PROBLEM! Contact: Carol Shiffrin: 610-664-8387 or email@example.com
Pajama and Rita's Rama 2017 Wednesday August 16, 2017 6:00 PM
Join us for a fun read-a-loud with Rabbi Kalisch, sing-along with Cantor Levy, and meet Rabbi Bernstein who will be scooping yummy Rita's water ice for us all to enjoy; Gladwyne Park, 921 Youngs Ford Road, Gladwyne, 19035 (rain location/Beth David).
Pajama-Rama is a Jewish Community Collaboration of the Kehillah of Lower Merion.
We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Kevin Bernstein will be joining Beth David’s professional team on June 1 as our next Director of Education. Our Educator Search Committee and so many of you who gave us feedback after meeting him were all impressed by his warmth, his passion for Jewish education, and his natural connection with teens and children. As the head of the Religious School, Rabbi Bernstein will work closely with Rabbi Kalisch and Cantor Levy to make sure Beth David continues to be a vibrant and nurturing learning community for children, teens, and parents.
Rabbi Bernstein was ordained in 2007 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he most recently worked as the Assistant Director of Development. His rich experience as a Jewish professional includes serving as the Director of Education at Germantown Jewish Centre; a special needs Hebrew teacher, science teacher, and rabbi of the middle school at Perelman Jewish Day School; an educational consultant for organizations including Moving Traditions and the Jewish Community Center Association; a coordinator for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Mitzvah Corps program for teens; a cantorial soloist; and a moyel helping parents to welcome new babies through circumcision and naming ceremonies.
All of this experience working in the Jewish community - in fact, working with humans - is Rabbi Bernstein's second career. Previously, he worked for 15 years as a veterinarian in the United States, Holland, and Israel, including work in a small animal clinic, in vaccine research, and on a kibbutz. He and his wife, Rebecca Meyer, live in Elkins Park, but also raised their three daughters in Israel; all are dual citizens. Currently, he and his wife are enjoying an emptying nest, with daughters living in Tel Aviv and Madison, Wisconsin. Rabbi Bernstein is a sports fan and has been an avid recreational softball player for the past forty years, including a stint on the Israel National Fast Pitch Team.
Please watch your e-mail for announcements regarding opportunities to meet Rabbi Bernstein during the spring, summer and fall. Or feel free to stop by Beth David and introduce yourself after he officially joins us on June 1.
We want to extend our gratitude to the members of the Educator Search Committee for their hard work, persistence, and diligence. Rachel Mauceri, Alex Helpin, Ben Helpin, Donna Kramer, Lisa Schreiber, Steve Sokoll, Sue Sukonik, and Larry Ward have all devoted many hours over the entire 18-month search, and Elaine Savoy, Marjorie Volpp, and Gary Zimmer also served on the committee during the first year of the search.
And, finally, we want to offer our deepest thanks to Susan Levey, who is leaving us a lasting educational legacy after 25 years of service. There is no replacing Susan, but we know our congregation’s future is brighter because of the foundation of caring and connection that she built.
Susan Cohen-Dickler and Jason Newman, Co-chairs, Educator Search Committee
Rabbi Beth Kalisch
Ray Reed, President
Tishah B'Av Observance This Evening Monday July 31, 2017 7:30 PM
Tishah B'Av, observed on the 9th (tishah) of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. In contrast to traditional streams of Judaism, liberal Judaism never has assigned a central religious role to the ancient Temple. Therefore, mourning the destruction of the Temple may not be particularly meaningful to liberal Jews. In modern times, Jews understand Tishah B'Av as a day to remember many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history.
Traditionally, Tishah B'Av is the darkest of all days, a time set aside for fasting and mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. As on Yom Kippur, the fast extends from sundown until the following sundown. In the synagogue, the Book of Lamentations is chanted, as are kinot, which are dirges written during the Middle Ages. Sitting on low stools, a custom associated with mourning the dead, Jews read sections of the books of Jeremiah and Job, as well as passages from the Bible and the Talmud that deal with the Temples' destruction in 586 B.C.E. and 70 C.E.
Many traditional Jews begin a period of semi-mourning three weeks before Tishah B’Av on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tamuz. It was supposedly on this day in 586 B.C.E. that the Babylonians first made an incursion into the Temple in Jerusalem. Beginning on this date, traditional Jews refrain from holding weddings, festive celebrations, or cutting their hair. The mourning intensifies on the first of Av with no meat or wine consumed, no new clothing purchased, and no shaving allowed. On the evening before Tishah B’Av, a 24-hour fast begins, and in synagogue services, the Book of Lamentations is chanted. When Tishah B'Av falls on Shabbat, its observance begins after Shabbat ends and extends into the next day.
For most liberal Jews, Tishah B'Av has faded in importance as a ritual observance, as the rebuilding of a central Temple in Jerusalem has lost its priority and significance in modern times. Although historians dispute the fact that both Temples were destroyed on this day, Tishah B’Av has become a symbol of Jewish suffering and loss. Over the centuries, other tragic events have come to be commemorated on this day, including the brutal massacres of the Crusades, the Jewish expulsion from Spain, and the Holocaust. Today, Tishah B’Av stands as a day to reflect on the suffering that still occurs in our world.
American Red Cross Blood Drive Monday July 10, 2017 2:00 PM
Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday June 11, 2017 4:30 PM
This meeting is important every year as a means of keeping you up to date with what is going on at your synagogue. It is all the more important this year because we will be voting on the significant by-law changes which can be found here. Please make every effort to attend.
And …. after you do so, please stick around for the annual Men’s Club Spaghetti dinner. With seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 there is plenty of room for all. Just let us know how many are coming.
Spaghetti Dinner Sunday June 11, 2017 5:30 PM
All are invited to partake in our all-you-can-eat menu: salad and bread, delicious pasta/sauce choices including: meat balls/fresh tomato, mozzarella & basil. Plus, mac & cheese for kids, beverages, and of course...Buddy’s Famous Cheesecake!
Beth David hosts the Interfaith Hospitality Network Sunday June 11, 2017 to Sunday June 18, 2017
Beth David hosts the Interfaith Hospitality Network, working with the local community towards ending homelessness. Volunteers are needed. Dinner hosts are asked to provide a meal one evening for our guests and remain until the overnight hosts arrive. Overnight hosts generally arrive early evening and stay overnight through breakfast. Breakfast is provided by the IHN Committee. Our guests depart each morning by 7:00am. Questions? Please contact IHN Coordinator Joel Hirsh.
WRJ Atlantic District Area Day Sunday June 11, 2017 11:00 AM
Featuring our Keynote speaker Abigail Fisher, WRJ Executive Committee member and Vice President for Advocacy, Marketing and Communications and the past President of the Northeast District. Abby is an expert on Women's Pay Equity.
Shavuot and Confirmation Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:00 AM
Please join Beth David Reform Congregation to celebrate the Confirmation Class of 5777: Alec Austin, Aidan Berk, Hope Brandeis, Gabriel Hummel, Audrey Knoll, Asa Kosto, Noah McAllister.
Luncheon to follow.
New York Times Bestselling Author Bruce Feiler to Speak Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:30 PM
Bruce Feiler, a New York Times bestselling author and columnist, will give a lecture on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave. in Wynnewood.
Feiler will discuss his new book, The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us, and he will be signing books after his lecture. This event is free and open to the public.
One of America’s most popular voices on contemporary life, Feiler is justly celebrated for books that explore the import in our own lives of our culture’s foundational stories. His bestsellers Walking the Bible and Abraham thoughtfully explored our shared ancestors and engaged people of all backgrounds in open, compassionate conversation during a time of discord and fear.
Now with The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us — his first major writing on religion in a decade — Feiler redeems history’s first couple, explains the many ways we’ve scapegoated Eve, and elevates these founding figures to their rightful place as role models for unity and forgiveness
The New Israel Fund Comes to Beth David Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:30 PM
Over the past few months, Americans have organized against shocking policies that strike at the heart of American, Jewish, and democratic values. Overseas, Israelis have confronted the erosion of democratic values by successive extreme right-wing governments.
Civil liberties groups in both countries have mobilized to defend democratic values – and even the very rule of law. Blunting xenophobic and ultra-nationalist overreach time and again, legal advocates have emerged as preeminent protectors of equality, justice, and democracy.
One of Israel’s foremost civil liberties litigators and the executive director of ACRI (Israel's equivalent of the ACLU), Sharon will share insights from the struggle to protect democracy and equality in Israel and open a conversation on how our two communities can work together to advance our shared values.
Sharon Abraham-Weiss is the Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Previously, she represented ACRI in such landmark cases dealing with family unification, social welfare, and state land distribution. She has also served on the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission of the Ministry of Economy. Ms. Abraham-Weiss is a founding member of Itach-Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice and co-founder of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Breira Center, which coordinates law students volunteering in the community. Ms. Abraham-Weiss holds LL.B. and B.Sc. degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LL.M from Tel Aviv University. She also holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Wexner Fellow.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), established in 1972, is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of human rights and civil liberties issues in Israel. More about ACRI here: www.acri.org.il/en/
The New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided millions of dollars to more than 900 organizations since our inception in 1979. More about NIF here: www.nif.org
Please be with us on Monday evening, April 24 at 7:00 pm, as our community gathers together for our annual observance of Yom HaShoah, the commemoration of the Holocaust. Featuring the lighting of the six-branched candelabrum in memory of the Six Million by Holocaust survivors and their descendants, our service also will include a presentation by bestselling author David Kinney. We will be joined as well by area clergy and choirs and, once again, by the Choir of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. A special feature will be a short vignette performed by members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet.
Welcoming the Stranger Tuesday April 4, 2017 6:00 PM
As we approach Passover and think about what it means to be treated as a stranger, Rabbi Peter Rigler and Rabbi Annie Lewis will reflect on their recent travels to the Dominican Republic as part of the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship. They’ll talk about meeting the LGBT people, women and girls who are empowered by our grantees to rise above discrimination and fight for their rights. They’ll share their encounters with people devastated by an ongoing crisis that has stripped hundreds of thousands of people—mostly Dominicans of Haitian descent—of their citizenship. And they’ll share what we can do to stand up for all who feel at risk in their own countries.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Gillian Kramer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will attend the Passover Women’s Seder hosted by Beth David Women of Reform Judaism. All women, 12 and older, are invited to come together and explore the Passover story in a joyous, new light. We'll celebrate Miriam’s mysterious journey, join in song and prayer, and discover why many Jewish women proudly place an orange on their Seder plates.
Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort, a documentary hosted by Women of Reform Judaism and Karen Kutsher Wilson.
Breakfast, Movie, Q&A $10 at the door
Kutsher's Country Club was one of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels, family-owned and operated by our own Karen Kutsher Wilson and her family, for over 100 years. Explore the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience through a close up look at Kutsher's. Relive your fondest memories!
9:30am Purim Stations for students...games, prizes, arts and crafts
11:00amMotown Megillah! Calling all Diana Ross and Temptations fans!! It'll be groovy!
12:00pm Gourmet Pizza Party and home baked Hamentashen. Would you like to bake? Please contact Myra Wolpert.
Community Purim Carnival Sunday March 12, 2017 12:00 PM
Opens at 11:30am for a sensory free event for kids with this need. (All the same fun but no music and fewer people)
This big annual carnival features blow-up bounces, Purim games and prizes, crafts, face painting, kinder gym setup, music and of course hamentaschen. This event is designed for families for kids in grades 3 and younger. Nana's Kitchen will have kosher lunch selections for sale as well. A costume parade will take place at 1pm so come dressed up. Participating organizations: Kaiserman JCC, Beth David Reform Congregation, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Beth Am Israel, Beth Hamedrosh, JKidPhilly/Jewish Learning Venture, Israeli Scouts. In partnership with Kehillah of Lower Merion/Jewish Federation of Greater Phila.
Tu B’Shevat at Riverbend Sunday February 12, 2017 10:30 AM
It may be shivery cold in Pennsylvania, but in Israel warmer weather means it is almost time for TuB’Shevat – the Jewish New Year of the Trees!
Beth David will celebrate the holiday with a program designed especially for preschoolers and their parents at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center, located in Gladwyne less than 4 miles up Conshohocken State Road from our synagogue. Riverbend offers families a quiet place to relax and observe the wonders of nature.
We’ll be outdoors exploring trees through their bark and branches, and indoors creating art from the materials that trees provide for us. There will be music and motion and storybook time with Rabbi Beth and a yummy fruit snack will be provided.
Advanced registration is REQUIRED by February 3 to Ned Kripke: FREE for Beth David members, and $6 per person at the door for unaffiliated children and their parents.
Brews and Schmooze Friday February 3, 2017 6:30 PM
MazelTov once again to the winningest team in Softball, the Beth David Bruins. Let’s help them celebrate their 14th victory! They’ll bring the brews, you bring the schmooze!!
Susan Levey Legacy Album
We are asking families to submit one or more photos from your B'nai Mitzvah celebrations to be included in the book. If you do not have access to photos or have not celebrated this milestone yet, any family photo will work. Since most of us have these photos in our own albums, Beth David can help scan your favorite for submission or if you have photos in JPG form already, even better. You can add text with your photos and the album producers will format it. Full and half page contributions can accommodate photos, while quarter page contributions have room for text only.
Join Rabbi Robyn Frisch Director of of InterfaithFamily.com for a conversation for parents of adult children in interfaith relationships at any stage (not just getting married!). A safe and open space to discuss how to make your child's partner feel welcome in Jewish settings, and how to encourage Jewish choices while also respecting other traditions and choices.
Nosh before You March Saturday January 21, 2017 08:30 AM
Nosh before You March: Jewish Learning, Praying, and Singing around Social Justice. Beth David and our WRJ is partnering with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Repair the World – Philadelphia, American Jewish World Service and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities to host a breakfast in Center City prior to the Women’s March on Philadelphia, in support of our many members who will be marching. At the breakfast to nourish our bodies and souls before the march, Cantor Levy and Rabbi Kalisch will be leading Torah study on women’s rights and Shabbat singing. The breakfast will be at Pepper Hamilton, LLP Two Logan Square (18th and Arch Streets).
Our program reflects our commitment to women’s rights and social justice, and is not an endorsement of all the views and voices that will be present at the March.
Morning of Service Friday January 20, 2017 11:00 AM
Morning of Service to Benefit Aid for Friends. You bring the entrée, we’ll furnish the sides and dessert. Please supply a minimum of 8 portions, sized to fit into the portioned aluminum trays. Can’t come? Please contact Helene Bludman, 610-639-6011, to see other ways you can support the effort.
New Member Adult Ed Friday January 20, 2017 6:00 PM
New Member Adult Ed Learning Session The Many Melodies of Mi Chamocha. As new members, it may be challenging to pick up some of the many melodies we use. Come to this mini-session to learn how music can enhance our understanding of prayers. Since Mi Chamocha/Song of the Sea" is the most frequently composed prayers in our liturgy - let's begin there!
MLK Day of Service Monday January 16, 2017 09:30 AM
Dress warm and wear gloves and sturdy shoes. Some tools are available, but bring your own if you've got 'em! The Friends of the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery are joined by Repair the World, an organization that inspires and engages thousands of Jewish millennials in meaningful community service.
Lilia Kazansky Musician in Residence Friday January 6, 2017 6:30 PM
LiliaKazansky Musician in Residence, featuring Noah Aronson.
Meet Noah at a Schmooze at 6:30pm before services and stay for his soulful musical sounds.
Noah Aronson is an energetic and soulful composer/performer whose unique musical style propels his music into communities across the country and in Israel.
He is currently serving as the Creative Director of Sacred Music NY, a non-profit organization he helped to create, that organizes concert around New York City bringing together spiritual musicians from diverse backgrounds to inspire interfaith dialogue and social change.
Noah’s music is now sung in progressive communities and summer camps worldwide and has
been included as part of the Cantorial curriculum at the Hebrew Union College Debbie Friedman
School of Sacred Music in New York City where he currently resides.
IHN/Interfaith Hospitality Network Needs Your Help!
Our next hosting week is the week of January 15-22, 2017
Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line is a group of 10 congregations that have supported hundreds of homeless families with children for more than 20 years. Beth David is the only host synagogue and we have continued our commitment to IHN since Rabbi Emeritus Henry Cohen was one of its founding clergy. Each host congregation provides meals and housing for families in the network for one week on a rotating basis, five times each year. Thanks to the success of IHN of the Main Line, more than 70% of participating families find employment, housing and self sufficiency through participation in the program.
How does IHN work? According to an annual schedule, each host congregation provides meals, housing and hospitality for up to three families who are in the network. We host families in our school building, with the multipurpose room and kitchen as a gathering place for dinner and play, and the classrooms transformed into bedrooms for guests and overnight hosts. A van picks up the guests early each morning and takes them to the day center in Norristown where they get intensive, individualized case management services, life skills, parenting and financial literacy education.
How can you get involved in IHN at Beth David? Beth David will host families several weeks throughout the year. Each week requires numerous volunteers to set up and break down the bedrooms, provide dinner and dine with the guests each night, sleep over at Beth David, shop for groceries for breakfast and lunches, or launder sheets and towels at the end of the week. Beth David families have found this to be a meaningful and fun family activity. You can do this mitzvah at Beth David, the grocery store, in your own home laundry room or even in your sleep!
You can find descriptions of the individual jobs at IHN Jobs.
InterfaithFamily Shabbat Services Friday November 25, 2016 6:30 PM
Thanksgiving reminds us to open our doors to others, regardless of our differences, as we express gratitude for this day. The truth is - many of us live everyday (not just one) with people in our own homes who may espouse different beliefs than we do.
So the day after you have filled your bellies with turkey and stuffing, we invite everyone, but especially our interfaith families, to come to Beth David for Shabbat Services where we will welcome Shabbat and celebrate what a welcoming community we are!
Schmoozan Friday November 18, 2016 6:30 PM
If you are a family member, friend of, or have ever met or heard of all the smart, sassy, sweet, sparkling, stimulating, sensitive, super Susans, Sues, Suzannes, Shoshannas, Suzys and Susies at Beth David, please join us before services for a lite fare at the Beth David Schmoozan. BYOB. All the Susans would love to see you.
Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Aid for Friends Cook-in Tuesday November 15, 2016 5:00 PM
Join us for pizza and help make a difference in the lives of elderly shut-ins in our community and support Challah for Hunger.
Please join Social Action and the Religious School on Tuesday, November 15th,5:00pm to 7:30pm for the Annual Aid for Friends Thanksgiving Cook-In and first Challah for Hunger Bake Sale. We will be preparing meals for elderly in need as part of the cook-in and selling our first batch of challah to support Beth David’s mitzvah project: Challah for Hunger. We will be baking chocolate chip challah and cinnamon sugar challah!!! Join us for this wonderful family friendly event for all ages. Pizza will be served! (Note: Religious school is still starting at 4:00pm for Grades 3-6. Grades 7 & up should come at 5:30pm.)
We will be preparing the challah on Sunday, November 13th,10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Please come and roll up your sleeves and knead some dough with the Religious School kids while learning about Challah for Hunger and its mission. If you would like to reserve a Challah in advance, please email Lisa Prince at email@example.com. They will be sold at the Cook-In for $5 per challah.
Koffee Kallah Sunday November 13, 2016 11:30 AM
In Saving Harry,Endy focuses on the work he did helping everyday people (the Harrys and Harriets of the world) earn unemployment compensation, receive health care, and get their jobs back. Each chapter focuses on a particular Harry or Harriet— generally a member of one of the unions Endy represented who was, for a variety of reasons, out of work or in a tough spot. Saving Harry discusses the personal and legal drama of people facing down courts, corporations, and other daunting, sometimes scary, obstacles to finding justice with help from a caring lawyer.
Rabbi Henry Cohen Scholar in Residence Weekend Friday November 4, 2016 to Saturday November 5, 2016
Community Shabbat and Rabbi Henry Cohen Scholar in Residence with Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman.
Friday, November 4 •6:30pm Scholar in Residence Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman will speak from the bimah, How Do We Talk About Science and Religion? For centuries, religion provided answers for our ancestors to all of life’s questions. But as modern Reform Jews, we usually look to science to tell us where we came from, who we are, or even how we should act. So how should we look at, think about and talk about the relationship between science and religion in today’s world?
Saturday, November 5 •Community Shabbat and Rabbi Henry Cohen Scholar in Residence
9:30am •Adult Ed with Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, Scientifically Grounded Judaism and Religious School for Students
10:30am • Shabbat Services - with Sermon by Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman
12:30pm • Shabbat Lunch
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman is a sought-out teacher, writer, presenter, and scholar-in-residence about the interaction of religion and science. His work has appeared on the homepages of The Huffington Post, Science and Religion Today, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and My Jewish Learning. He is on the Advisory Board of the 92nd St. Y's "7 Days of Genius" Festival, and was interviewed by BBC Radio’s World Have Your Say about the religious implications of the Higgs Boson. He is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, and is being incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he received the Cora Kahn Prize from the Cincinnati faculty for the most outstanding sermon delivery and oratory. An alumnus of Princeton University, he received multiple prizes for outstanding scholarship in Biblical and Judaic studies.
Beth David Religious School is Going Digital!
Beth David Religious School is going digital!
Can’t find the email with the video or audio of the Monthly Challenge? No problem!
Need some extra practice with your prayers or blessings to catch up with your classmates? We got ya!
Need extra practice to catch up with your kids? We hear you there too!
And what is this thing called trope? Yup – We also have you covered there!
Click here to access our new Dropbox folder which has many new study resources.
Don’t see what you need there? Email Cantor Levy firstname.lastname@example.org to request additional resources.
Beth David is Now on Instagram!
Beth David is Now on Instagram! Follow us to keep up with the latest congregation news and events. If you have family or friends who are interested in joining our temple, have them follow us, too.
Follow us @bdavidreformcongregation
2nd Annual Gladwyne Gives Blanket Drive
The 2nd annual Gladwyne Gives Blanket Drive is underway! Now that the cold weather is upon us, there is a critical need for donations of new (or gently used andlaundered) blanketsand sleeping bogs. The blankets will be sorted and delivered to St. Mary's Church in Chester and the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, Two institutions providing hands on care for poor adultsand children. An astounding 200 blankets were collected during our inaugural drive! We hope to exceed that number through a blanket for blanketmatchingprogram mode possible by a generous friend of Gladwyne Gives. We will be collecting blankets now through December 3lst. You may drop them off in the Beth David lobby. Pleaseemail any questions to GailLazarus.
Thank you for supporting Gladwyne Gives!
Gladwyne Gives is a community partnership between Beth David and our neighbors at St. Christopher's Church created toprovide outreach and volunteer opportunities to make life better for those in need.
Oms for Homes! Community Yoga to Support the Homeless Sunday October 30, 2016 3:00 PM
Oms for Homes! Community Yoga to Support the Homeless Join instructor, Karen Gagnier, for a soul filling class for every body whether it is your first class or you are an experienced yogi. Refreshments will be served. Live music by Kara Barnett. NO experience needed. Bring your own mat , but extras are available. All donations to benefit The Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line. Event sponsored by Gladwyne Gives, a collaboration between the faith-based communities of Gladwyne created to provide outreach.
Simchat Torah 5777 Sunday October 23, 2016 to Monday October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 5:00pm Eat...Drink... and Dance With the Torah!
Bring the whole family and discover why we keep reading the Torah year after year at our Klezmer Celebration and Service.
Monday, October 24
Torah Study and Breakfast - 8:30AM Simchat Torah and Yizkor Services - 9:30AM
Sukkot 5777 Thursday October 13, 2016 to Saturday October 22, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm Let's Build the Sukkah! Designed for the novice builder, this sukkah requires absolutely no construction skill or expertise...no power tools necessary...all ages welcome! There will be pizza in this hut! Then on Sunday morning, October 16 we’ll decorate the sukkah, 9:30am.
Monday, October 17, 8:30am Torah Study and Breakfast , 9:30amSukkot Services
Saturday, October 22, 9:30amEmbodied Mindfulness of Sukkot: Engaging Our Senses Journey through Yoga with Rabbi MyriamKlotz
Religious School Focus Groups Sunday October 9, 2016 09:30 AM
As our clergy and lay leaders continue the important work of re-envisioning our Religious School program we want to hear from you. So on Sunday October 9th, right after Religious School drop-off, we’ll be hosting focus group meetings to hear some of your big picture thoughts about the future of your children’s education at Beth David.
These are intended to be forward-looking meetings, a chance for you to tell us what you think about everything form the curriculum to the snacks. There are no wrong answers here. And the goal is not to make decisions but to make sure that everyone has a chance to weigh in on this important process.
So please join us on October 9th at 9:30, immediately after drop-off. We promise you’ll be done by 10:30 and we’ll provide a light breakfast.
Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Sunday September 25, 2016 4:00 PM
Concert Across America to End Gun Violence with performance by Gracegroove Quartet.
$50 includes performance, meal, and beverages. Children under 15 admitted free
Lower Merion Community Selichot Saturday September 24, 2016 7:45 PM
We invite you to be with us for a moving and meaningful evening of study, conversation and worship. Our neighborhood clergy will challenge and enlighten us, leading us in concurrent study sessions on relevant topics related to the themes of the season. This will set the perfect stage for our Selichot (the Hebrew for forgiveness), which are special penitential services that serve as a prelude to the High Holy Day season.
Adath Israel hosts the Community Selichot, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station 19066
Social Action Social Tuesday September 20, 2016 6:00 PM
The Social Action Committee needs you! Join us to hear about the exciting new social action programming going on this year at Beth David. Learn about the organizations the religious school will be considering for a school wide mitzvah project and other social action events that need your support and involvement. A light dinner will be served. Contact Lisa Prince at email@example.com with any questions.
Dinner Down the Shore Saturday August 27, 2016 6:00 PM
Please join Cantor Lauren Levy for dinner and Havdalah at the Grinspan's Ventnor shore home. Dinner (provided by the Grinspans) at 6:00pm followed by Havdalah on the beach at sunset (approx. 7:40pm). Guests and children are welcome.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 24th to either Judy Grinspan or Ed Grinspan.
111 S. Princeton Rd. Ventnor, NJ 08406 (One hour drive from Center City and one hour twenty minutes from Beth David with no traffic).
Ancient Mourning for a Broken World Saturday August 13, 2016 8:00 PM
TishaB'Av, the day on which Jews traditionally fast in mourning for the destruction of the ancient Temples, is being reexamined by Reform Jews in new ways. Join us as our two communities come together for study, Havdalah, and the haunting melody of the Book of Lamentations.
TishaB'Av - Destruction and Renewal. Hosted by Beth David in partnership with Main Line Reform Temple.
Picnic Honoring Cantor Levy Friday July 29, 2016 6:00 PM
6:00pm- Picnic Dinner Served
6:30pm- Shabbat Service in Chapel
RSVPs appreciated by July 26 firstname.lastname@example.org
The evening is free of charge and open to families of all varieties. Feel free to bring friends along to see what Beth David has to offer!
Please bring a towel or blanket to sit and enjoy the outdoors with us.
Stars of David, Story to Song Tuesday June 28, 2016 6:30 PM
A concert performed by The American Conference of Cantors and The Guild of Temple Musicians at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Center City..
This new musical revue, based on the best-selling book by Abigail Pogrebin, celebrates the identity of some of the most well-known Jewish personalities, including Leonard Nimoy, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, Fran Drescher, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tony Kushner, Aaron Sorkin, and Gloria Steinem with songs by some of Broadway’s best composers including, Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick, Tom Kitt, Duncan Sheik, and many more!
Shavuot and Confirmation Sunday June 12, 2016 10:00 AM
Please join us to celebrate our Confirmands and stay for bruncheon.
L-R Talia Swan Braverman, Emma Claire JohntzVelinsky, Katherine Seltzer, Kerren Matthews, Cara Isabel Whellan.
Community Erev Shavuot Saturday June 11, 2016 to Sunday June 12, 2016
Beth David’s Got Talent! Saturday May 7, 2016 7:00 PM
Saturday May 7th we'll be bringing down the curtain on another Beth David year. Dinner catered by Stephen Starr's FetteSau restaurant will be served, and for your entertainment pleasure fabulous performances by Beth David members and staff.
WHO WILL BE PERFORMING
Tony Artis, VOCALIST and SONGWRITER, has been singing for 30 years—rhythm, soul and reggae music, in addition to keeping Beth David’s building in top shape.
Bob Benowitz, STORYTELLER, is thrilled to again be at Beth David where he performed in recent Purim plays as Queen Vashti . He has appeared in several ECRS productions.
Josh Broker, GUITAR AND VOCALS, performance history at Beth David dates back to the early 80's, including his haftorah. More recently, Josh performs periodically at various venues around town (and one road trip to Shanghai) with his cover band, Snake Blood Smoothie.
Rabbi Beth Kalisch, VOCALIST, is Beth David's spiritual leader and has a beautiful and inspiring singing voice.
Ed Hoffman, Beth David’s own PIANO MAN, says 1963 was an important year for me. During that summer I appeared on the Johnny Carson Show as part of a piano orchestra created by my teacher.
Dena Marchiony, VOCALIST, wears many hats, as the Rabbi's Assistant and a Childbirth Educator for the past 21 years and for the past 12 years, Dena was Executive Director of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, an arts and education non-profit.
Alison Ormsby, VOCALIST, is currently studying musical theater at the University of the Arts. Allison thanks her family and especially her very proud grandmother, Susan Levey.
JessiRoemer, MUSICIAN, cantorial soloist and composer of new Jewish music in Philadelphia, PA. She has performed in Washington D.C., Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Philadelphia, Yardley, Seattle, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.
Selma Savitz, PIANIST, has been a member of Beth David for over 50 years, along with husband Sam and family. She is the former director of the New Horizons Senior Glee Club, and currently leads a cabaret ensemble, ACT III Entertainment.
Jack Schultz, MAGICAL PERFORMER, Philly born, bred and educated, is an active member in six magic clubs and performs both professionally and at charitable events.
Neil Sukonik, EMCEE EXTRORDINAIRE, obtained a BS in MC Dynamics from the Chuck Barris College in Altoona, Pennsylvania…actually a lot of BS. Having twice been the MC for Beth David Fundraisers over the last number of years, he’s honored to be chosen for this event out of such a tremendous pool of interested candidates!
Arnold Shiffrin, MUSIC LOVER, also educator and wine distributor, shares his love of music by singing and dancing his way into your hearts with absolutely no training, which does not deter him from performing.
Gladwyne Memorial Cemetery at Villanova University Thursday May 5, 2016 4:30 PM
Graduate Student Public History Symposium. Villanova University, Driscoll Auditorium 134.
Villanova University Department of History Presents People and Place: The Making and Meanings of HarHasetim in Gladwyne, PA.
Join graduate students from Villanova University's Department of History as they present their research on the HarHasetim Cemetery. This semester long project culminates with the retelling of Gladwyne's hidden Jewish cemetery. From immigration to Philadelphia to being interred in Gladwyne, the projects completed during the semester demonstrate the importance and history of the cemetery to understanding Philadelphia and Gladwyne. We will also be having a moment of silence for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Erev Yom HaShoah Service Wednesday May 4, 2016 7:00 PM
Featuring the lighting of the six-branched candelabrum in memory of the Six Million by Holocaust survivors, their descendants and liberators, our service will also include a presentation by noted author, Dina Gold.
Please be with us in solidarity for this sacred and sanctified observance. The entire community, both Jewish and Non-Jewish, is invited to join us and school-aged children are encouraged to attend. We are grateful to Suzanne & Norman Cohn & their family for their annual support of this most important commemoration.
Liturgy led by clergy from Adath Israel, Beth Am Israel, Beth David Reform Congregation, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El and MLRT. Performance by Choir of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and the combined choirs of our area congregations.
Community Shabbat Saturday April 30, 2016 09:30 AM
9:30am Adult Ed withRisaWaldoksfrom The Food Trust who will discuss what The Food Trust does to assure that everyone has access to healthy, nutritious food and information about beneficial food choices.
9:30amReligious School for students
10:30am Guest presenterLori Rubin, Director of Family Engagement, Jewish Learning Venture, will discuss with parents, Shabbat as a Stop Sign: A Parenting Conversation
10:30am Shabbat Services
12:30am Shabbat Luncheon
HOMESTYLE Saturday April 16, 2016 7:00 PM
DINNER GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY BETH DAVID FAMILIES:
Judy & Ed Grinspan, Center City
Susan & Ed Hoffman, Center City
Laura Hutner & Harry Hummel, Wynnewood
Ginny & Ben Kendall, Wynnewood
Roberta & Robert Krauss, Bryn Mawr
Gail & David Lazarus, Bryn Mawr
Amy & Andrew Lutz, Villanova
Ira Sheres & Steve Sokoll, Haverford
Debbie & Roe Wimmer and Toby Gang & Joel Hirsh, BalaCynwyd
Nancy & Michael Yecies and Lisa & Doug Schoenberg, Gladwyne
RSVP by April 7. Respond to our Evite (coming soon) or to Barbara Katzman, 610-658-9548.
Send your $40 check payable to Beth David WRJ to:
Barbara Katzman, 1437 Hillside Road, Wynnewood, Pa 19096
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Cantor Candidate Visit This Sunday Sunday April 10, 2016
Cantor Levy will be spending much of the morning with our students and teens in the Religious School. At noon, Cantor Levy will be leading an adult ed session, at 12:30 she and Rabbi Kalisch will lead us in some music and prayers.
A light lunch will be provided. We hope to see many of you there.
Koffee Kallah/April Sunday April 10, 2016 09:30 AM
9:30 AM breakfast buffet, $8.00
10:00 AM - 12 Noon program with Dr. Gershoni: How have artists over the centuries understood and represented the Biblical story of the Binding of Isaac, and Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son.
Sharon Gershoni is an artist and a scientist. She was graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and completed a doctorate in image engineering and visual perception at Chiba University in Japan. She worked on research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and developed a career as an artist in Japan. In 2004 her artwork received the Japanese National Prize for Photography, and in 2005 she received the Kodak Prize. Since then, her work has been exhibited and collected by museums and galleries in the US and Europe. In 2006, she joined her life partner in Philadelphia. She developed and taught courses on Israeli Art, Text and Art and Modern Hebrew at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and in synagogues.
Megillah Rock Wednesday March 23, 2016 6:00 PM
A hip-hop, pop, and soul-infused telling of Esther's story!
6:00pm pizza and activities for kids
6:45pmSchpiel with your favorite characters
7:45pm food and cocktails
Community Purim Carnival Sunday March 20, 2016 10:00 AM
Join us once again for one of the largest Purim Carnivals on the Main Line. This event is geared specifically for younger children.
NEW Sensory Friendly Hour from 10-11am! Fewer people, no loud music...same fun.
• Fun Inflatables • Facepainting
• Purim Games & Prizes • Hammentaschen
• DJ Music & Crafts • Costume Parade at 11:30am
• Kosher lunch options from Nana’s Kitchen
WRJ Chardonnay, Schmooze and Shabbat Friday March 18, 2016 6:30 PM
Most of us know what we’re having for dinner tonight...and some of us know what we’re having for dinner tomorrow night. For too many in our community, it’s a far different story. These families aren’t sure IF they’re going to be able to have dinner.
Beth David Women of Reform Judaism invites you to hear Kathy Fisher, Policy Manager of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, address the issue of hunger from the Bimah.
Please welcome Kathy to the Beth David community for our Chardonnay, Schmooze,and Shabbat, beginning at 6:30 pm, Friday Night Services follow at 7:30pm.
Great American Pub, 123 Fayette Street, Conshohocken
$35 per person, includes Philly Cheesesteaks, Turkey Hoagies, Spinach Calzones, Caesar Salad, Soft Pretzels, and an assortment of Tastykakes!! Cash bar available. It’s going to be a BLAST!!
Availability is limited so please RSVP to Neil Sukonikas soon as possible so you don’t miss out on what is sure to be a memorable event!
Rabbi Educator Candidate Visits This Sunday Sunday March 13, 2016 09:30 AM
We invite all adults in the community to meet Rabbi Schaller on Sunday morning, for a meet and greet over coffee and bagels from 9:30 - 10:00 am, followed by adult learning from 10:00 - 10:30 am. Some of our Religious School students and madrichim will also have the opportunity to meet her during the school day on Sunday.
Eduactor Candidate Rabbi Daniel Reiser Visits Tuesday March 1, 2016 05:45 AM
A second candidate, Rabbi Daniel Reiser, will be interviewing with us. There will be an opportunity to meet him during 2 separate events. 5:45PM- Casual open house for all congregants - just stop in for a meet and greet and have some wine and snacks, 6:30PM- A brief “adult inspiration” conducted by Rabbi Reiser, followed by time for discussion.
Community Shabbat Saturday January 23, 2016 09:30 AM
Adult Ed with Rabbi Kalisch who will be discussing Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Rabbi Robyn Frisch from Interfaith Family will discuss, ""What I've learned from working with interfaith couples and families"
Religious school with creative experiences including prayer, music, and Torah. Shabbat Services followed by Shabbat Luncheon.
MLK Weekend Sunday January 17, 2016 to Monday January 18, 2016
Sunday, January 17 - 10:00am, Join Rabbi Kalisch, with guest preacher Reverand Charles “Chaz” Howard, Chaplain, Univ. of PA, at the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave, Phila., PA 19151. Stay after the service for a discussion on scripture and gun ownership. What can believers do about our national epidemic of gun violence?
Monday, January 18 - 9:30amMLK Day of Service Cemetery Clean-up sponsored by the Friends of the Gladwyne Jewish Cemetery. Meet at Beth David. Wear sturdy shoes and dress warmly.
Koffee Kallah/Cuba and the Jews Sunday January 10, 2016 09:30 AM
Lite breakfast with Beth David members, Marti Cooper and Fred Gerhart who will recount their fascinating trip to Cuba studying the history of the Cuban Jewish community.
9:30am Registration & Food
10:00 to 11:30am Talk & Discussion
$8.00 at the door to cover the cost of breakfast
They traveled with “People to People” in a group of 12 (both Jews and non-Jews) with the purpose of studying the history of the Cuban Jewish community. They had the opportunity to meet with representatives of several synagogues and with leaders of the principal Jewish organization in Cuba. They will tell us what they learned about Jewish life in Cuba, and will share with us their insights on how Cuban Jews have adapted and survived there. With the help of photos, they will give us a peak at Castro’s Cuba – its people, its architecture, and its culture, including the Cubans’ pride in and claim to Hemingway as one of their own. Come and ask questions, offer comments, relax, and enjoy the morning.
Brews and Schmooze & Music Shabbat! Friday January 8, 2016 6:30 PM
Music Shabbat with Joel Kutner and members of his band preceded by Brews and Schmooze. Traditional ballpark food will be served, bring your own favorite brew…or wine. Softball captains Robert Shoemaker and Rob Pearlstein will lead us and our Beth David Bruins softball team in celebration of Shabbat and the team’s championship season at the Beth David Men-sponsored Brews & Schmooze. Traditional ballpark food will be served. Bring your own favorite brew…or wine…to share with what is sure to be a terrific gathering for Shabbat and the schmooze that evening. Game time for the schmooze is 6:30 with Rabbi Beth Kalisch taking the mound... Bimah... at 7:30 for services with Joel Kutner and members of his band adding the music!!
Chinese Buffet Friday December 25, 2015 6:30 PM
Chinese Buffet followed by services at 7:30pm. No cost but we will need a head count so we can order properly. Please contact Jill Cooper,or 610-896-7485 x104.
Community Shabbat Saturday December 12, 2015 09:30 AM
9:30amMorning Learning: Judith Bernstein-Baker, Executive Director HIAS Pennsylvania (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) will speak on the refugees in Philadelphia and globally; Jennifer Doyle, Executive Director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line, and Debbie Wimmerwill conduct an IHN training and discussion. In school, parents will accompany/shadow their students in the classrooms.
10:30am Community Shabbat Service
12:30pm Shabbat luncheon sponsored in part by Kenny and Maria Pollack in honor of the B’nai Mitzvah of their sons Eli and Ethan.
Miracles on the Main Line Thursday December 10, 2015 5:00 PM
Schmooze and Musical Shabbat Friday December 4, 2015 6:30 PM
Please join us for a Beth David Schmooze sponsored by the Interfaith Hospitality Network committee and the Gerstein Family in honor of the continued good work of IHN and Alex Gerstein becoming a Bar Mitzvah.
We will highlight IHN activities in the school multipurpose space where our congregation hosts Montgomery County homeless families five times each year.
Then stay for A Musical Shabbat with music and soul! Join Rabbi Beth, Cantor Jessi, and members of Jessi's band EZUZ for a musical Shabbat service guaranteed to lift your spirit! Don't miss it!
Contemplative Shabbat Walk Saturday November 28, 2015 12:45 PM
After Shabbat morning services, join Rabbi for a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and a short contemplative walk in the woods behind Beth David, where you'll spend some quiet Shabbat time to stop and savor the beauty.
Gladwyne Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Monday November 23, 2015 7:30 PM
This year’s host is St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 226 Righters Mill Rd, Gladwyne, PA 19035.
New Member Shabbat and Dinner Friday November 13, 2015 6:30 PM
Please RSVP by November 6 via the Evite Sent
Dinner will be preceded by Tot Shabbat at 6:00 pm. All congregants - new, returning, and long-time members - are invited to bring their children, or grandchildren, Pre-K through Kindergarten.
If you would like to attend Tot Shabbat but are not a new or second-year member, please contact the office by November 6 to RSVP (610) 896-7485, x105 or email@example.com and also let us know if you plan to stay for dinner.
Tot Shabbat Friday November 13, 2015 6:00 PM
For kids and grandkids through Kindergarten.
Feeling Great and Grateful — My Journey through the Holocaust and Beyond Sunday November 1, 2015 09:30 AM
Complimentary Breakfast sponsored by Beth David's Library Committee and Women of Reform Judaism.
Beth David's Only Holocaust Survivor, Erica H. Van Adelsberghas published her life story.
Join Erica for breakfast as she presents her memoir, Feeling Great and Grateful — My Journey through the Holocaust and Beyond to our Beth David community.
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Co-Ed Book Group Sunday October 11, 2015 11:00 AM
Good Shrink/Bad Shrink...A medical thriller/mystery novel by Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D.
The Atrium at Beth David Reform Congregation
Lox-and-Bagel Pot-Luck Brunch
Discussion Leader: Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D., Congregant, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Hypnosis Researcher, and Specialist in Treating Victims of Trauma.
~~Entire Congregation is Invited~~
R.S.V.P. to Jodi Sussman 610-842-1720
Please note what kind of food you’d like to contribute.
“Some of the most illustrious minds in psychiatry and psychology once applied their talents and skills to develop abusive mind control methodologies for their countries. These programs were designed to render their victims compliant, to behave in ways that covert agencies could exploit.”
A Sacred Journey, Placing our Prayer Books to Rest Sunday October 4, 2015 08:30 AM
The Friends of the Gladwyne Jewish MemorialCemetery, a group tasked to renew and renovate the Gladwyne Jewish Cemetery known as “HarHasetim” (Mount of Olives), is re-creating a pilgrimage to the cemetery as was first performed in the early 1900’s. (Information from the 1907-1909 Inquirer is included with this press release.)
The group will reenact the journey by taking a trolley from the Ardmore Train Station, which will follow a horse drawn buggy hearse that will contain old and worn prayer books, which by Jewish law must be buried.
The trolley will leave Beth David Reform Congregation (1130 Vaughan Ln, Gladwyne, PA 19035) at 8:30 AM and arrive at Firstrust Bank’s parking lot in Ardmore (107 Coulter Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003) near the Ardmore Train Station in Suburban Square. From there the trolley and horse drawn buggy hearse will depart for the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery at precisely 9:30 AM. On the trolley ride Professor Craig Bailey, PhD, Associate Professor of History from Villanova University will share the history of Ardmore and its connections to the cemetery.
Once at the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery there will be a short service where the books will be placed into the “genizah”. Afterward the group will walk back to Beth David Reform Congregation for refreshments and food and learn more about plans to renovate the cemetery be reviewing the newly adopted Master Plan.
Please RSVP for this event to Jill Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space, as the trolley only holds 38 people. There is a $10 per person charge for this event, which will be collected at the event on the trolley.
This event is sponsored by our Community Partner – West Laurel Hill Cemetery and by our Event Sponsors – Firstrust Financial Resources, TEVA Landscaping, and Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks. We thank our generous sponsors for their support of this event.
Plan to meet Interim Cantor, Jessie Roemer, on Erev Simchat Torah where she and members of her band EZUZ will head up a lively, musical Simchat Torah celebration. Get ready to sing, eat, and dance as we close out the old year and begin the new.
Sukkot Study and Lunch Monday September 28, 2015 12:00 PM
Emergency Aid for Friends Cook-In Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:00 AM
Beth David is hosting an emergency cook-in where we will sort prepared frozen foods into 500 individual packaged meals. Volunteers of all shapes, ages, and sizes are needed. We should be done by 12:30pm so you can head out for lunch afterward. Aid for Friends provides meals and comfort to home-bound individuals completely free-of-charge. Click here for more.
Tisha B'Av with Rabbi Kalisch Saturday July 25, 2015 7:30 PM
TishaB'Av recalls the Destruction of the First and Second Temples and the calamities that have befallen upon the Jewish people. TishaB’Av is a national day of Jewish mourning.
7:30 pm Light refreshments,and learning with Rabbi Kalisch and the rabbis of Main Line, and Havdallah.
8:30 pm Read & chant selections from the Book of Eicha (Lamentations)
Lunch and Learn Thursday June 11, 2015 12:00 PM
Pre-registration is required.Program registration $15, includes lunch. RSVP to email@example.com OR 215-665-2300 by June 3. Credit card payment accepted in advance only. Cash only at the door. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-665-2300
Beth David will be hosting Daniel Schwammenthal*, Director of the AJC (American Jewish Committee) Transatlantic Institute in Brussels who will address the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe that poses a threat to Jewish communities and to the very fabric and fiber of Europe's democratic societies. The AJC, has excelled in establishing productive relationships with European governments and Jewish communities.
Pre-registration is required/$15, includes lunch. Please RSVP to email@example.com, 215-665-2300 by June 9. Credit card payment accepted in advance only. Cash at the door. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-665-2300.
*Stephan Kramer, originally scheduled to speak is no longer coming to the U.S. Daniel Schwammenthal, is an expert on European anti-Semitism, and also has expertise on the Iran negotiations and on the Middle East. Prior to joining AJC, Daniel worked as the Wall Street Journal Europe editorial page writer and op-ed editor in Brussels and Amsterdam, writing about E.U. politics and economics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran, anti-Semitism, and terrorism. He is one of AJC’s top representatives.
Annual Meeting of the Congregation Sunday June 7, 2015 4:30 PM
You are cordially invited to attend our Annual Congregational Meeting where we will kick off our year with the election of new Officers and Board of Trustees and reports on the year ending 5/31/2014. Join with the clergy, members of the Board and other Temple family as we begin the new fiscal year followed by the Beth David Men Famous Spaghetti dinner.
Please Join Us to Celebrate Confirmation 5775 Sunday May 24, 2015 10:00 AM
MazelTov to all of the Beth David Confirmands:
Maxwell Alan Bender (Matan Ari), son of CariFeiler Bender and Rodd Bender.Max attends Friends’ Central School where he enjoys math, science and Latin. Max is a member of the FCS tennis and swim teams, works on tech crew for theater productions, and is interested in computer programming and technology.
Lacey Rachel Berk (LibaRivkah), daughter of Andrea and Steven Berk. Lacey attends Harriton High School where English is her favorite subject. Outside of the classroom, Lacey performs with the Harriton Theater Company.
Jack Michael Feder (Ranon Ephraim), son of Steven and Marla Feder. Jack is a student at Haverford High School and likes studying physics and calculus. He is a member of the Tech Crew/Drama Club, the Performance Choir, Boy Scouts, and works at the Haverford High School Radio Station WHHS 99.9 FM. Jack also plays Ultimate Frisbee.
Alex Hale Helpin (AyalChaim) and Benjamin Matthew Helpin (Baruch Matin), twin sons of Barb and Mark Helpin. Alex is a student at Friends' Central School where his favorite courses include chemistry and geometry. Alex is on the wrestling team, and enjoys piano and his teaching responsibilities at Beth David. Ben also attends Friends' Central where his preferred subjects are chemistry, history, and algebra. Ben wrestles, plays tennis and soccer, and enjoys the piano and teaching at Beth David.
Alexandra Leigh Hutner Hummel (Eliza), daughter of Laura Hutner and Harry Hummel. Alexandra attends Lower Merion High School where she enjoys studying languages including French, Spanish and English. She is a member of the cross country team at school.
Sarah Jamie Lipson (Sarah Genundel), daughter of Beth and David Lipson. Sarah is a student at Lower Merion High School where she enjoys math and science. She is on the school tennis, swimming, and Ultimate Frisbee teams. She enjoys her teaching responsibilities at Beth David.
Jack Ryan McKnight (Sholom Yehuda), son of Robyn and Tim McKnight. Jack attends The Haverford School, where his favorite subjects include science and math. Jack is a member of DECA, a student organization focused on leadership and entrepreneurship. He also enjoys golf and watching college basketball.
Hannah Fox Wheeler, daughter of Amy Fox and Daniel Wheeler. Hannah is a student at Harriton High School where she prefers English and creative writing. Hannah also likes ceramics. In her free time, Hannah plays softball and likes to read and write.
Erev Shavuot at Beth David Saturday May 23, 2015 7:30 PM
Salad Bar and Blintzes followed by study and services.
Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which occurs seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot, like many other Jewish holidays, began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life. To learn more log onto http://www.reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/shavuot
Wine Tasting Thursday May 21, 2015 7:00 PM
Join Beth David Men for a journey through wine country lead by Jim Weinrott, a local expert in wine.
You will enjoy 6 glasses of wine and light food. Cost is $25 per person collected at the door. All Beth David members and guests are welcome. Please RSVP with number and name of guests to email@example.com
In the summer of 1982, Jim Weinrott was preparing to enter law school when he was offered a job selling wine for a small distributor in Philadelphia. He accepted the position, but only for the summer months. Three weeks later, when the company’s GM gave notice, Weinrott asked the owners who was going to run the company. They answered, “You are.”
In 1992, Weinrott founded a boutique fine wine import company, Sussex Wine Merchants, with licenses in the Mid-Atlantic states. Five years later, he hatched the idea for WineAccess, which would go on to become the largest direct-to-consumer, fine wine marketplace in the U.S. As founder and CEO of WineAccess.com, Weinrott splits his time between Philadelphia and Sedona, Arizona -- ONLY because his dentist's office is in Narberth.
Community Shabbat and Aufruf Saturday May 16, 2015 09:30 AM
We will continue our discussion of Israel and the concept of sovereignty, this time within a framework of Jewish values. What responsibilities and opportunities does having sovereignty give us as a Jewish people? What should our aspirations be? Newcomers welcome!
9:30 AM Religious school – last session of the year
9:30-11:00 AM Discussion led by Rabbi Kalisch
11:00-12:15 AM Special Community Shabbat Service – see below
12:15 PM Shabbat Luncheon with live music
Please RSVP by May 9th to the Beth David office 610-896-7495 #105 or firstname.lastname@example.org There is no charge.
During this final Community Shabbat Morning of the year, Rabbi Kalischand Larry Levine will be called to the Torah for their Aufruf, a blessing before their wedding. The luncheon will be festive and include dancing to live Klezmer music. Come to participate in the joy of this occasion.
Mah Jongg/Bingo Night Thursday May 14, 2015 5:45 PM
An Annual Fundraiser sponsored by Beth David Women of Reform Judaism.
Join us for happy hour, dinner, dessert, and your choice: Bingo or Mah Jongg..Fabulous prizes for all winners.
Raffle to benefit Beth David programs.
Send your $40 check payable to Beth David WRJ to:
Barbara Katzman∙1437 Hillside Road ∙ Wynnewood, PA 19096
Indicate your game preference on your check. Your check confirms your reservation.
Sacred Jewish Music from Libya Thursday May 14, 2015 7:30 PM
Join us for a captivating show that brings to the stage the fascinating tradition of the Jews of Libya and sacred music created by the African East infusing several musical styles from around the world!
Beth Am Israel
1301 Hagys Ford Rd.
Penn Valley, Pa 19072
Suggested donation of $10.00. Dessert reception to follow.
This event is in partnership with and funded by The Kehillah of Lower merion, The Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, and Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Community Yom Hashoah Observance Wednesday April 15, 2015 7:00 PM
Liturgy led by clergy from Adath Israel, Beth Am Israel, Beth David Reform Congregation and MLRT.
Jeffrey Brillhart conducting a community choir in excerpts from To Be Certain of the Dawn
by the late Stephen Paulus. Performance by the combined choirs of our area congregations
Good Shrink Bad Shrink Wednesday April 1, 2015 11:00 AM
R.S.V.P. to Jodi Sussman,
Please mention what kind of food you’d like to contribute.
“Some of the most illustrious minds in psychiatry and psychology once applied their talents and skills to develop abusive mind control methodologies for their countries. These programs were designed to render their victims compliant, to behave in ways that covert agencies could exploit.”
Women's Seder Thursday March 19, 2015 6:30 PM
$36 pp, $18 for women 12–23 years of age.
All women, 12 and older, are invited to come together and explore the Passover story in a joyous, new light. We'll celebrate Miriam’s mysterious journey, join in song and prayer, and discover why many Jewish women proudly place an orange on their Seder plate.
Friends of the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery Annual Meeting Wednesday March 11, 2015 7:00 PM
Pursuant to Section 2.3 of the Bylaws of the Friends of the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery (the "Corporation"), the board of trustees hereby gives notice of the annual general meeting of the Corporation which will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the offices of Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne, PA 19035.
Members of the Corporation are hereby invited to participate. Agenda for the meeting:
1. Report on the activities of the Corporation in the past fiscal year.
2. Appointment of new Trustees
3. Discussion of the Master Plan for Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery
4. Discussion of planned activities for the Corporation for the current fiscal year.
5. Such other matters that may be brought before the Board of Trustees.
We look forward to seeing you on March 11, 2015.
By: Stephen Anderer
Title: President, Board of Trustees
Dated: February 19, 2015
Purim Games for Students Thursday March 5, 2015 4:00 PM
Please join in our First Annual Purim Games Maccabiah! Have fun with your friends from camp and school. Enjoy arts, gaga games, silly races and more in cooperation with and funded by the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia. Purim fun facilitated by URJ Camp Harlam, Harlam Day Camp, Ramah, Ramah Day Camp and the education faculty from the participating congregations.
To register please go to this link: https://tbhbe.wufoo.com/forms/purim-games/
This will enable us to draft Maccabiah teams, make sure everyone gets a tshirt that fits and ensures we have snacks for everyone. This event is free of charge and open to all our students.
It is going to be a day you do not want to miss! Please bring a can of food to donate and help fulfill the mitzvah of MatanotLa’evyonim (gifts for the poor).
Purim Spiel-Rappin'in Shushan Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:00 PM
Join Tu Pac Schlemiel, HadanNahash,Lady Lacey Lace, Bobby Benny, Ginger Snap, Donny Dude, Biggie Mun...and much more from THE CREW... as they perform their Purim Rap...followed by light refreshments. BYOB. Come in Costume.
Community Purim Carnival Sunday March 1, 2015 10:30 AM
$10 per student, parents free. Lunch is additional.
Beth David Students in grades K, 1, and 2 and their parents are invited. Come to Beth David at 9:30am. Bus transportation is provided for school students and their parents. Depart Beth David at 10:00am and return at 1:30pm.
Teachers and Madrichim will be on hand at the JCC to help out.
Grandparents with grandchildren are welcome on the bus provided we have enough space. Call ahead and speak with Susan Levey
Community Shabbat Returns Saturday February 14, 2015 09:30 AM
Like other sovereign nations, Israel uses military power as the foundation of its independence and a means of safeguarding it. In the face of the modern critique of power as a corrupting force, how does Judaism perceive the moral foundations, responsibilities and challenges of power? Join us to discuss this important and challenging issue with Rabbi Kalisch.
9:30 AM Religious School opens
9:30–11:00 AM Discussion led by Rabbi Kalisch
11:00-12:15 AM Community Shabbat Service
12:15 PM Shabbat Luncheon//Including a Taste of Russia. Have your questions answered about our upcoming trip. There is no charge for lunch.
Please RSVP for lunch by Feb 11 to the Beth David office 610-896-7485 #105 or Ned Kripke.
Save the date – next Community Shabbat April 18, 2015
Celebrate Tu B'Shevat With Our WRJ Friday February 6, 2015 6:30 PM
2015 MLK Day of Service/CANCELLED Monday January 19, 2015 09:30 AM
MLK Sunday - Rabbi Kalisch Speaks Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00 AM
St. Thomas' Church has the distinction and honor of being founded in 1792 as the first black Episcopal Church of the USA. The first black priest of the Episcopal Church, Fr. Absalom Jones, served as the first rector. Their website is: www.aecst.org
Worshipping with us will be the Philadelphia MLK Association For Non Violence and will include an "InterFaith" voice, since the Civil Rights Movement of Dr. King's time involved not only Christians, but many brothers and sisters who were Jewish and Islam. Also, sharing in the morning worship will be the new President of the Philadelphia NAACP, Minister Rodney Muhammed.
BYOB Chardonnay, Schmooze and Vodka Friday January 16, 2015 6:30 PM
Bring a Friend to Shabbat is sponsored by the Membership Committee. Invite a friend or neighbor to a pre-service Schmooze at 6:30pm and allow us to meet and greet other Jews in our community. While you are schmoozing, join us in the library for an information session with our travel consultant, Iris Hami, Executive VP of Gil Travel, who will provide more details and answer your questions about our trip this June to St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Berlin in honor of Cantor Kazansky's retirement.
Community Shabbat Returns Saturday January 10, 2015 09:30 AM
9:30 AM Religious School opens
9:30-11:00 AM Program - Meet congregant and author of Each Day I Like It Better: Autism, ECT, and the Treatment of Our Most Impaired Children, Amy Lutz OR with Rabbi Kalisch - Israel – Jewish Values and Ideas about present day Israel, focusing on the significance of Israel for Jewish life.
11:00-12:15 Shabbat Morning Service and baby naming of Waverly Fried, daughter of Leslie and Adam Fried
12:15 Shabbat Luncheon - and meet with members of the Cantor Search Committee
Hanukkah: Re-Dedicating Ourselves to the Fight Against Terror Wednesday December 17, 2014 5:45 PM
Hanukkah 5775 marks the 30-day shloshim memorial for those who were murdered while praying in synagogue in HarNof, Jerusalem, and the policeman who defended them. We will never tolerate terrorism and we condemn this heinous crime. Ceremony to be followed by Hanukkah refreshments and celebration, Adath Israel front lawn (indoors for inclement weather) 250 N. Highland Ave, Merion Station.
Stamp Out the Darkness Tuesday December 16, 2014 6:45 PM
We have come to stamp out the darkness. We sing these words each Hanukkah as way of declaring our faith and resilience even in times of great turmoil, violence and hate. Beth David joins Congregation Beth Am Israel, the Gladwyne Presbyterian Church, and Main Line Reform Temple as we come to together to sing, pray and light the first candle of Hanukkah with our brothers and sisters at Zion Baptist Church, 221 West Spring Ave., Ardmore.
We come together, right now, to affirm our decades long fellowship and friendship and invite our entire community to join us as we light our candles in a public expression of our shared hope for greater tolerance and understanding between all people
2014 One Book, One Jewish Community Author Event Monday December 15, 2014 7:30 PM
Be Our Guest! Everyone is Invited!
Beth David Women of Reform Judaism Monday Night Book Group Presents a Special Author Event NOMI EVE, author of, HENNA HOUSE - 2014 One Book, One Jewish Community Selection. Books available at GIFTED for $15.90, including sales tax. Jacket price is $26.00.
BENSON HOUSE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ROOM
930 MONTGOMERY AVE, BRYN MAWR, (corner of Montgomery and Roberts Road)
Buy your copy of HENNA HOUSE at Gifted at BETH DAVID
RSVP requested to Cheryl Petersohnor610-527-3593
And There Was Light. A New Vision for Har Hasetim Saturday December 6, 2014 4:30 PM
Beth David is the proud caretaker of HarHasetim, an historic Jewish cemetery tucked among the homes and estates of Gladwyne. Under the stewardship of the Friends of Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery plans to restore HarHasetim are underway. Join us at Beth David for a preview of the Master Plan presented by Landscape Architect, Scott Quitel. Wine and hors d' oeuvres will be served. Weather permitting bathed in the full moon we’ll take a short walk to the cemetery. Hot drinks will heighten the mood and moderate the evening chill. Learn about the amazing cultural and natural history of this land, including additional commentary from Dr. Craig Bailey, Associate Professor of History at Villanova University.
Aid For Friends Annual Thanksgiving Cook-In and Book Drive Monday November 24, 2014 5:30 PM
November 24, 2014 5:30pm. We welcome adults and children in this annual pre-Thanksgiving event. A pizza dinner will be served. We are asking people to consider making a $10 donation to the Aid for Friends fund, so that we may continue this vital social action program at Beth David.
The mission of Aid for Friends (AFF) is to alleviate the hunger and loneliness of isolated homebound individuals. AFF provides home-cooked meals to clients in the five county Philadelphia region.
Also, please bring your gently used books to benefit local area charities.
Get Ready for Chanukah Sale at GIFTED! Sunday November 16, 2014 10:00 AM
A collaboration between the Religious School and the Beth David Women of Reform Judaism to celebrate Jewish Book Month.
Similar to the last few years GIFTED will be selling a variety of low cost/ high fun items that students can purchase for themselves or better yet for siblings and parents....so kids...bring some money to school with you. Children's Book World will be providing a selection of books including Jewish content.
Teachers will be bringing students to the sale according to an assigned schedule from 10:00 to 11:30am.
Parents can shop secretly after 11:30am.
Chanukah candles and hanukkiot will also be available for purchase.
Beth David at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Tuesday November 11, 2014 6:00 PM
November 11, 6:00pm film at the National Museum of Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East (5th and Market Sts.), Philadelphia, on Nov 11, 2014 followed by a discussion with the producers of the film. We will meet for pizza or paninis at Pizzacato Restaurant, 248 Market St. (corner of 3rd and Market Sts.), Philadelphia, afterward at 7:30 PM. The restaurant is 2 blocks from the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Please purchase your own tickets online at www.pjff.org The tickets are general admission, so we will be able to sit together at the films. Please RSVP at the synagogue office, 610-896-7485 x105, if you are going to join us at Pizzacato Restaurant, as we will have to make a reservation. No RSVP required for Hothouse Coffee.
Jewish Cemetery Cleanup Sunday November 9, 2014 09:30 AM
Meet at Beth David. Wear appropriate clothing including stable footwear, jeans, and work or gardening gloves.
Bring hand tools for weeding and clearing such as rakes and clippers. Additional tools will be available
for those who need them.
Brews and Schmooze Friday November 7, 2014 6:30 PM
The BETH DAVID BRUINS Men’s Softball Team continues its winning tradition with another championship season. Please join us in congratulating the team, while enjoying a good beer before services. Beth David Men will provide munchies (including wings, nachos, hot dogs, etc.) and a selection of beers. Please join us, and bring along your own favorite brews or wine to share if you like.
Services begin at 7:30pm.
Can Arabs and Jews Live Together? Sunday October 26, 2014 11:15 AM
Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish is a noted rabbi, educator, author, lecturer and speaker. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University, rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College – New York, and a doctorate in Education from Harvard University. Dr. Kronish has published articles and essays on Jewish politics, faith communities and the peace process, education, culture and contemporary issues in America and Israel. He has represented ICCI at the Vatican and at many international conferences, and is frequently consulted by media representatives. He currently blogs for the Times of Israel, and the Huffington Post.
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Beth David Reform Congregation
Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim Adath Israel
Temple Beth Hillel Beth El
Congregation Beth Am Israel
Sukkot at Beth David 5775/2014 Sunday October 12, 2014 09:30 AM
Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah at Flat Rock Park Thursday September 25, 2014 4:15 PM
During Tashlich, a ritual that dates to the 13th Century, we go to a body of water on Rosh Hashanah afternoon and symbolically “cast off our sins” from the previous year by tossing bread crumbs into the flowing water. Our brief service will include singing and time for individual reflection. Children as well as guests are welcome!
Challah Workshop Thursday September 11, 2014 7:00 PM
CALLING ALL CHALLAH BAKERS! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Let's bake challah for Rabbi Beth Kalisch's installation dinner, Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm in the Beth David kitchen. All are welcome to learn, teach, and join the community as we provide home-baked challah for the installation dinner.
Please RSVP to Debbie Wimmer/610-664-0280 or to Toby Gang.
A Very Special Oneg in Honor of Rabbi's Engagement Friday September 5, 2014 6:30 PM
You are cordially invited to a special Oneg Shabbat in honor of the engagement of
RABBI BETH KALISCH and LARRY LEVINE following services. A light dinner will be served, provided by the Board of Trustees. BYOB.
Services begin at 6:30pm
Beth David Down the Shore Saturday August 16, 2014
Thank you to Judy and Ed Grinspan who have opened their homes to us. Refer to your mail for their shore address, or contact the office.
Community Tisha B'Av Observance Monday August 4, 2014 6:30 PM
Spaghetti Dinner 2014 Sunday June 1, 2014 05:30 AM
ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTAKE IN OUR ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT MENU:
SALAD, GARLIC BREAD, A SELECTION OF DELICIOUS PASTA/SAUCE CHOICES INCLUDING HOME MADE GRAVY, MEAT BALLS, FRESH TOMATO/MOZZARELLA & ALFREDO BEVERAGES AND BUDDY’S FAMOUS CHEESECAKE!! Click for more.
The Israeli Shuk Marketplace on the Main Line Sunday June 1, 2014 11:30 AM
Free & Open to the public.
Live Entertainment, Cooking & Israeli Dancing
EXCLUSIVE NAOT SANDAL Trunk Sale
Vendors will include Israeli wine, kippot, jewelry, modular toys, children’s books, chocolate, Israeli Judaica and products, art, and MORE!
Activities for Children to include experiencing Israel using the five senses
At AdathIsral, 250 N. Highland Ave., Merion Station.
Pennsylvania Innocence Project Sunday May 18, 2014 09:30 AM
Please join us to learn how, as a result of DNA technology, new revelations about eyewitness misidentifications and false confessions, and the grit of individuals imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project is bringing about the exoneration of the imprisoned innocent and fostering reforms that will reduce the risk of innocent men and women being arrested, convicted, and imprisoned.
Checks Payable to WRJ
Mail to: Debby Weinstein
1354 Garden Road - Wynnewood, PA 19096
Bus Departs from Beth David promptly at 8:30am. Tickets are non-refundable. Orchestra and Front Mezzanine Seats
Scholar in Residence Weekend Returns to Beth David! Saturday March 22, 2014 8:00 PM
On Saturday evening at 8:00 PM PM Jewish sociologist and demographer Professor Steven M. Cohen will discuss the recent Pew Study on American Jews "Emerging Trends among American Jews: Implications of the Pew Study, Personal and Communal." On Sunday at 10:00 AM Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen will present over brunch her award-winning program "Aging Wisely: What can we learn from contemporary thinkers, Jewish texts and tradition about aging well.
BethDY mystery concert Saturday March 22, 2014
TYG Mystery Concert
Saturday March 22 at 6-10pm
Location: Congregation Rodeph Shalom North Broad Street, Philadelphia
Absolut Purim Saturday March 15, 2014 6:00 PM
6:00 - Kids' pizza dinner and parade,
6:30 - Purim for everybody...Megillah Reading….Hysterical Purim Shpiels..
.8:00ish - Adult Purim Bash including a -Purim feast and cocktails with live music. Toast l'chaim with your friends, and your kids can hang out at movie night.
No need to RSVP, just show up and have a blast. Please BYOG– Bring Your Own Groggers...boxes of mac and cheese to be used to block out the name of the wicked Haman, and then later donated to local food banks.
WRJ Shabbat Friday March 14, 2014
Have you RSVP’d for our Friday morning program at 10:30am, Lean into Sisterhood?
This program will be led by Becky Markowitz, National WRJ representative.
Lean in and learn about new ideas to help our Sisterhood thrive.
Share what you would like to see in Sisterhood, Or, just come to schmooze and snack! Yogurt parfait bar with Nancy’s homemade granola-Yummy!
Please RSVP to email@example.com.
More schmoozing to follow at 6:30pm at Sisterhood Shabbat Pre-Purim
Chardonnay & Schmooze! BYOB, we’ve got the food! Then attend a special Sisterhood Shabbat service starting at 7:30pm
Jewish Folklore with Dr. Joseph Davis Sunday March 2, 2014 09:30 AM
Jewish Folklore is full of vivid stories that both teach and entertain. They reflect the culture, heritage and traditions of Judaism.
This is a Beth David Lifelong Learning Program.
Professor Davis has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in the field of medieval Jewish history and literature, with a specialization in cultural and intellectual history of Ashkenazi Jews in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Professor Davis has taught at Gratz College since 1994, and previously taught at Washington University, St. Louis and University of Maryland. He is the author of Yom-TovLipmann Heller: Portrait of a Seventeenth Century Rabbi. Professor Davis began work this summer on an edition and translation of EserShe'elot ("Ten Questions") by EliezerEilburg, written about 1575, an unpublished work which is perhaps the most radical statement of religious skepticism by any sixteenth century Jew.
Elad Strohmayer, Deputy Consul General to the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia Comes to Beth David Sunday February 23, 2014 09:30 AM
Mr. EladStrohmayerbecame Deputy Consul General to the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia in August, 2012. Mr. Strohmayer brings to his tour experience as both a diplomat and a Jewish community professional. He joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Diplomatic Training Program in February 2010. Upon completing the diplomatic training, he assumed his first post as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of Israel in Luanda, Angola from November, 2010 through July, 2012. Mr. Strohmayer is a native of Bat-Yam, Israel, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
Make checks payable to Beth David WRJ.
Send to Debby Weinstein, 1354 Garden Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Beth David Men Present our 2014 Couples Dinner Event at the White Dog Cafe Wednesday February 19, 2014 7:30 PM
The White Dog Cafe serves the finest organic ingredients from local farms to promote environmental sustainability, good health, and a strong community. Join us for a delicious meal and a presentation focusing on the importance of sustainable and organic food!! Beth David Men, spouses, significant others and guests are encouraged to join us for this event. Cost per person is $65 (plus gratuity and alcohol) for an incredible 4-course gourmet meal (menu available upon request). Advance payment is required to reserve your seats. If space is available, we will open the invitation to the entire congregation. Space is limited, and tables are filling up fast, so please RSVP quickly. Please RSVP to Neil Sukonik,
Too Many Rugelach, Jewish Customs around Death and Mourning Sunday February 2, 2014 09:45 AM
Rabbi will conduct an open conversation where everyone will be invited to share their experiences, both positive and negative, with shiva, the mourning process, and the role of the synagogue at a time of loss. We will discuss how we as a Beth David community can support each other, and make those rituals as meaningful as possible. Shiva should be more than just too many rugelach!
This is a Beth David Lifelong Learning Program.
Tot Shabbat Friday January 31, 2014 06:00 AM
At 6:30pm the Shabbat fun continues with food and friends. Parents are invited to attend the Schmoozein the Living Room. Your little ones will participate in a fun program including child-friendly food in the Library. Feel free to bring your kids in PJs.
We are so excited to begin 2014 by experiencing Shabbat with you.
Advanced Directives; How to Have Your Own Voice in Medical Care of a Serious Illness Sunday January 26, 2014 09:30 AM
It has been reported that only 10% to 20% of adults have legally binding documents that express their wishes for end of life care and that give authority to another to make decisions on their behalf. The documents are also frequently out of date or too vague to be of any value. Dr. Peterson will discuss specific end of life situations and the detailed choices one must make for one’s own treatment and the issues that confront those who are caring for another.
Dr. Mark Peterson is a retired clinical psychologist who has done extensive work and research in the area of Advanced Directives. He gives a course at OLLI at Temple University and teaches on this subject to other groups in the area. He was former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Antioch University and also held academic positions at Boston University, the University of Maryland, and University of Pittsburgh.
A Beth David Lifelong Learning Program
Raising Healthy Kids and Teens: Effective Parenting, School Success, and Psychological Wellness Sunday January 26, 2014 09:30 AM
This program, with opportunities for questions and discussion, will address how parents can support their children’s and teens' emotional development and success at school within the context of the Jewish community. Panelists:
Dr. Melissa Anderson: Teaching Jewish values and conscience to our children
Dr. Elizabeth Gosch: Effective discipline in families
Dr. Roberta Krauss: Nurturing school success and learning
Dr. Deborah Ledley: Parenting strategies for anxious children
Dr. Caryn Richfield: Preventing eating disorders in youth
Yom Kippur in February? Are You Kidding? Saturday January 25, 2014 7:30 PM
Beth David has proudly been selected to pilot the new High Holy Day Prayer book (Machzor), and then offer the publisher our suggestions. Please join us for this very serious but casual Neilah service, followed by your opportunity to discuss and offer your compliments or criticisms. Oneg to follow.
So we are certain to make enough services, please let us know if you can attend. Contact Ned Kripke, or 610-896-7485, ext. 105
MLK Day of Service Monday January 20, 2014 10:00 AM
There will be activities for members of all ages including: collecting and sorting clothing for Our Closet, an organization which provides free clothing to those in need; collecting and sorting books appropriate for grades K-12, to be distributed to MIGHTY WRITERS; making breakfast bags to benefit Aid for Friends, an organization that provides meals to elderly, frail shut-ins in the greater Philadelphia area. Donations may be dropped off at Beth David in advance. Click for more details.
Jr Youth Group Happy Hour Tuesday January 14, 2014 6:00 PM
Hang out, play games, eat food, have fun...In the Youth Lounge. *Dinner Will Be Served*
Come hang out with your Beth David friends and experience what youth group is all about.
Open to students in grades 3-7 only.
5:00 to 5:45 pm- Programs for children and adults
5:45 pm - Chanukah candle lighting and sing-along Bring your chanukkiah (menorah) and we'll supply the candles!
6:00 pm - Delicious dinner with friends and family
Care to cook? Beth David needs your cooking skills on Sunday afternoon! Let us know what you would like to cook.
How about potluck? Who doesn't love potluck? Let us know what you would like to bring.
So we can plan accordingly, please R.SVP to Marci by Wednesday, November 27. Please include the number of adults and children attending. Thanks.
Hanukkah Pajamakkah Sunday November 24, 2013 10:30 AM
Chardonnay, Schmooze, and Shabbat Friday November 8, 2013 6:30 PM
Join us in the Living Room before Services for a bit of schmoozing with friends as we prepare for Shabbat ahead. Remember, BYOB!
Broadway Bound Wednesday October 30, 2013 08:30 AM
PIPPIN is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago… and now it’s won the Tony for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! With a beloved score by Tony nominee STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (GODSPELL, WICKED), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? $150
MATILDA, the Tony winning musical for BEST BOOK, is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages. $175
LIMITED TICKETS FOR EACH SHOW – FIRST COME/FIRST SERVED
Reservations toNancy Goldstein TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Beth David Men Schmooze and Service Friday October 25, 2013 6:30 PM
Celebrate our Bruins’ 10th Softball Championship...All are encouraged to bring your favorite beer or wine.
Congratulations to our coaches and entire team!! Please join us at 6:30pm for Brews and Schmooze and stay for services at 7:30pm as we honor these dedicated men.
New Member's Brunch Sunday October 20, 2013 09:45 AM
Please join other new Beth David members at our New Member Brunch. It is an opportunity to meet fellow congregants, clergy and professional Staff. Representatives from many of the wonderful Beth David committees will be present to talk about their committees, programs and events. We are looking forward to meeting you.
The Beth David Membership Committee
The Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, Friday October 18, 2013 7:30 PM
Shoshannah Nambi is a young activist, an administrator in organizations that address issues of women's health, and the first Jewish woman to represent the Abayudaya community on this annual Kulanu-organized tour.
Shoshannah will present a fresh perspective on the roles of women in the Abayudaya community and the challenges they face. As well as a multimedia presentation and discussion, her visit will include her beautiful singing in Hebrew and Luganda, the local language.
WRJ Kick-Off Dinner and Fashion Show Thursday October 17, 2013 6:30 PM
Fashions from Bala Cynwyd specialty boutique.
“That Special Look” modeled by your WRJ friends.
Send your $50 WRJ annual dues to
Nancy Levitt, 314 Llandrillo Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Make check payable to Beth David WRJ
Paper Clips Project Coordinator Speaks at Beth David Friday October 11, 2013 7:30 PM
The Paper Clips Project is a project by middle school students from the small southeastern Tennessee town of Whitwell who created a monument for the Holocaust victims in Nazi Germany. It started in 1998 as a simple 8th-grade project to teach them about other cultures and then evolved into one gaining worldwide attention. At last count, over 30 million paper clips had been received. Paper Clips, an award-winning documentary film about the project, was released in 2004 by Miramax Films.
Paper Clips Project Thursday October 10, 2013 7:00 PM
Join us as we welcome Sandra Roberts, coordinator of the original Paper Clips Project and two of her students. All funds from this event will be used to bring as many students as possible to Philadelphia from Whitwell, Tn from November 1-3, 2013 for our "Beyond the Railcar" program. Teens from both communities will come together for a weekend of understanding, respect and friendship.
Back to Shul Open House Sunday October 6, 2013 09:30 AM
To Hear about what your child is learning this year...Meet other parents in your child’s classroom...Interact with the Rabbi Search Committee...Food and Music
From the Mishnah...
These are the things, the fruits of which a man enjoys in this world,
While the stock remains for him in the world to come:
Honoring the father and mother
The practice of charity
Timely attendance at the house of study morning and evening
Hospitality to wayfarers
Visiting the sick
Dowering the bride
Attending the dead to the grave
Devotion in prayer
Making peace between man and his fellow;
But the study of the Torah is equal to them all.
Schmooze/Oneg to Meet Rabbi Kalisch, Interim Rabbi Friday July 19, 2013 7:30 PM
This Schmooze takes place immediately AFTER Shabbat Services, and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Come to services at 6:30pm in the Chapel, and stay to Schmooze and Oneg with ourInterim Rabbi, Beth Kalisch.
Interfaith Hospitality Network Returns Monday July 1, 2013 to Monday August 5, 2013
Host congregations provide home cooked meals, hospitality and a safe place to sleep for families who find themselves homeless. More than 70% of these families will move into permanent housing with an increase in income and a commitment to self-reliance. Let’s warmly welcome these moms and their kids by offering to become a Beth David volunteer. If interested , please contact Nancy Benowitz, or Ed Weiss.
Beth David and the Gladwyne Jewish Cemetery Tuesday June 25, 2013 6:00 PM
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery and the Lower Merion Conservancy.
Nestled in Gladwyne is a Jewish cemetery that was most active from 1890 to 1910 with the final burial in 1945. Forgotten for nearly 60 years, the cemetery is now owned by Beth David and stewarded by the Friends of the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery. Join us for an illustrated lecture and learn of the cemetery’s history and future.
Pre-registration is required. Conservancy Members $20, Non-Members: $30. Admission includes a wine-and-cheese reception. To purchase tickets on-line with a credit card, http://tinyurl.com/m47rx3y or to purchase tickets with a check call the Conservancy at 610.645.9030.
Kinky Boots/SOLD OUT! Wednesday June 5, 2013
Follow Charlie Price, who is forced to save his family’s shoe factory after the sudden death of his father. Charlie finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As the unlikely pair works to turn the factory around, they find they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible. Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein adapt the film of the same name for the stage. Tickets/$145. Includes ticket and transportation. Bus Departs promptly from Beth David at 8:30 AM.
Rabbi David Rosen is based in Jerusalem and currently serves as the International Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Director of its Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding. He is a past Chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the broad-based coalition of Jewish organizations representing World Jewry in its relations with other religions. Rabbi Rosen is also an Honorary Advisor on Interfaith Relations to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
Rabbi Rosen previously served as the Chief Rabbi of Ireland, was the Senior Rabbi of the largest orthodox Jewish congregation in South Africa and served as a judge on the Cape Beth Din (Rabbinic court). He is an International President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), and is a member of the Elijah Interfaith Institute’s Board of World Religious Leaders.
He was a member of the permanent bilateral commission that negotiated the establishment of full diplomatic normalization of relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace, and the World Economic Forum’s C-100, a council formed to improve relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.
In 2005 he was made a papal Knight Commander for his contribution to promoting Catholic-Jewish reconciliation, and in 2010 he was made a Commander of the British Empire by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to interfaith relations.
Rabbi Rosen was born in England and educated in England and Israel.
Beth David 5K Run/Walk and Breakfast Sunday June 2, 2013 09:00 AM
9:00am - 5K Walk/Run. Meet at Beth David. Walkers led by Rebecca Stein, Runners led by Ira Sheres.
Healthy Complimentary Brunch – 10:00am. Annual Meeting – 11:00am. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cyberspace Security Sunday April 28, 2013 09:30 AM
Brunch: 9:30 am; Discussion: 10:00 am - $10pp (includes donation to Mazon)
The discussion will be led by Guest Speaker, Timothy McKnight, a Beth David member and currently Executive VP of Information Security at Fidelity Investments. Mr. McKnight has formerly served as Chief Information Security Officer of Northrup Grumman Corporation. He is currently Chairman of the Internet Security Alliance and a member of the National Board of Information Security Examiners. In addition, Mr. McKnight has provided information security at BAE and Cisco Systems, and has served in the FBI, where he was lead investigator for high-tech crimes. He has also taught digital forensics as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
Shabbat Liheyot Dinner and Service Friday April 26, 2013 6:00 PM
The service will feature Dr. Melissa Schwartz and Ian Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz is a board member of Israel Elwyn, an organization devoted to meeting the goals of inclusion and independence for the special needs community in Israel. Ian has just completed an extensive study of the organization for his research at Perelman Jewish Day School.
Please join us as we observe National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with a special service and program.
Please RSVP to 610-896-7485 with your reservation no later than April 19, 2013. Thank you.
Pressing Israel, Media Bias Exposed From A-Z Thursday April 25, 2013 7:30 PM
Point-by-point Pressing Israel exposes and analyzes the shockingly imbalanced-against-Israel terms and frames of reference in which the mainstream Western media mis-portrays embattled Israel in its long struggle against states and groups that seek its destruction. Click for more.
The Synagogue as Healing and Caring Community Sunday April 14, 2013 09:30 AM
9:30am - Buffet breakfast - $8.00
10:00 – 11:30 AM Program
Currently, Richard Address is the senior rabbi at Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill. He has previously worked for 33 years with the Union for Reform Judaism in New York City where he served as the specialist and congregation consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the program areas of Caring Community and Family Concerns. His work has been based on the belief that a congregation, to be a true “caring community”, must be founded on a theology of sacred relationships. His book, Seekers of Meaning, explores how the notion of a caring community can be transformative for individuals, particularly baby boomers struggling with the issues of aging and mortality.
Vivian Manko's 100 Year Celebration Friday April 12, 2013 6:30 PM
The Women of Reform Judaism celebrate 100 years of WRJ!
It's Always Funny in Philadelphia Saturday April 6, 2013 7:00 PM
The price is $10pp plus each a side dish or dessert suitable for Passover. Military personnel no charge. ▪ BYOB ▪
* Beth David cannot guarantee the level of kashrut of dishes provided
Women's Seder Thursday March 14, 2013 7:00 PM
Women of Beth David...
Did you know that two brave Egyptian midwives, Shifra and Pua, refused to follow Pharaoh's orders to kill the male-born sons of the Israelites? Why did they take such a risk and break a direct royal command? What happened to them when the king found out? Join us as we explore the Passover story in a new way at the Beth David Women's Seder.
All women (12 and older) are invited to participate.
$36, $18 for women 12-23 years of age
Rabbi Edgar Nof Visits Beth David Tuesday March 5, 2013 7:00 PM
Rabbi Edgar Nof, leader since 2000 of Or Hadash, our sister synagogue in Haifa, and currently on Sabbatical, will be visiting Beth David.
Butterfly Project Tuesday February 26, 2013 7:00 PM
Wolf Performing Arts Center (Wolf PAC) presents The Butterfly Project, at Beth David Reform Congregation on February 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm for members of the Congregation and Religious School students (sixth grade-Upper School) and the general public, free of charge. The performance brings to life poetry and artwork of children who passed through Terezin Concentration Camp during the Holocaust.
The centerpiece of The Butterfly Project is Wolf PAC’s own production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” a one-act play by Celeste Raspanti, based on the book by the same name. Courtesy of a partnership with the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC), audience members have the opportunity to engage in discussion with a Holocaust survivor following the performance.
This presentation of The Butterfly Project is part of a local tour, including engagements at schools, places of worship, and cultural centers throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area. The tour began at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 19, 2012, and will conclude at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 7, 2013, as part of the Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts (PIFA) in Center City Philadelphia.
“The message needs to be told,” says Bobbi Wolf, Founder and Executive Director of Wolf PAC. “I think of children from all walks of life and their day-to-day survival. And always, the echo of ‘never forget.’”
Those who attend the performance will have the opportunity to create a paper butterfly to honor the memory of one of the 15,000 children who passed through Terezin Concentration Camp. The butterflies will be displayed in the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia during the company’s final performance in April 2013. At the end of the tour, these butterflies will be sent to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Houston, TX where they will become part of an exhibit honoring the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.
If you would like to attend The Butterfly Project at Beth David, please contact Educator, Susan Levey or 610-896-7485.
Community Purim Carnival Sunday February 24, 2013 10:30 AM
This is our first Purim experience off-campus and we are very excited to collaborate with other congregations. So...what do I need to know about Feb. 24?
1. Admission is $10.00 for Pre-K -Grade 7. Adults are free for games.
2. We must pre-sell and order admission wrist bands to have ready for the bus ride to the JCC, along with the list of students, parents and younger siblings on the bus.
3. It is a Regular School Day- Come at 9:30.
4. Busses, at no cost to you, will leave at 10 from Beth David and return at 2.
5. Raffles and food will cost extra cash , so bring $.
6. Wear a costume for a Purim Parade.
7. Listen to a Megillah reading during the carnival.
8. Chaperones needed!!
9. Have fun and be safe!
Send in your money for the wrist bands with the name(s) of your student (s) included in an envelope to the Religious School NO LATER then February 12. Let us know how many will be on the bus from your family in addition to your children. Congregants of all ages welcome, reservations for the bus are needed.
A day off for Purim is NOT AN OPTION! WHO WOULD WANT TO MISS A DUNK TANK ANYWAY?
Where Harry Met Sally: The Jewish Deli in Pop Culture Wednesday February 20, 2013 7:00 PM
The Jewish deli and its fare have become emblematic of Jewish culture, and has become an iconic part of American popular entertainment — from John Belushi's classic "Samurai Deli" sketch on SNL to Rob Reiner's film "When Harry Met Sally." This multimedia, interactive presentation explores the changing representations of the deli in music, film and television to show how the deli both nurtured Jewish community and redefined the boundaries between Jews and non-Jews. Adults $20 Kids (under 13) $10. RSVP Required by Feb 12. Steve Feder or Neil Sukonik.
New Members’ Pot Luck Shabbat Dinner, Service and Oneg Friday February 8, 2013 6:00 PM
You are requested to bring a side dish, enough for 6-8. BYOB
Kindly RSVP for dinner by February 4. Elise Grover (610) 896-0250. Indicate how many adults and children.
If you can’t make dinner, please join us for services at the special time of 7:00pm when Rabbi will call you to the bimah for a blessing.
What’s Up in Judaism?? Sunday February 3, 2013 09:30 AM
Rabbi Egolf, Cantor Kazansky, and Educational Director Susan Levey will answer questions on any Jewish subject you’ve been wondering about – customs, beliefs, liturgy, history, or philosophy, for example.
Submit your questions to Don Friedman before January 21, 2013 so the staff has time to ponder the answers and give you information that will be helpful and enriching.
Location - Social Hall
Buffet breakfast served
Fee - $8.00
Schedule - 9:30 AM Registration and breakfast
10:00 – 11:30 AM Program
MLK at Beth David Monday January 21, 2013 10:00 AM
Please join us by helping out in a variety of projects to help our community at large. Among them, we will be sorting clothing to benefit Our Closet, a program that provides free clothes to the needy in West Philly; sorting books to benefit Book Smart, who delivers books to kids throughout Philadelphia, and making cards for our IHN guests and our troops abroad. Please bring us your gently-worn clothing, shoes, outwear, and books. You can drop off your donations to the office anytime between now and MLK Day.
Chardonnay, Schmooze, and Shabbat Friday January 18, 2013 7:00 PM
Producing the Life you Want Sunday January 13, 2013 09:45 AM
This Saturday, January 13th at Beth David, 9:45am, light breakfast will be served. Producing the Life you Want, with Jan Dickler and Susan Cohen Dickler, is another in the ongoing Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Spirit, Healthy Community learning series. Susan and Jan are the founding partners of Banyan Productions, one of the country's leading producers of reality television. As business partners for years they have documented life-changing experiences in the show they produce of thousands of real people. As life partners they have 30 years worth of personal life lessons to share.
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Spirit, Healthy Community Sunday December 9, 2012 09:45 AM
Dr. Rob Pearlstein is a Geriatric Specialist who has practiced in Norristown since 1993, after completing a geriatric fellowship at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. He enjoys participating in all aspects of geriatric care, including, homecare, hospice, teaching and research. Additionally, Dr. Pearlstein is an active board member with the Alzheimers Association, and works closely with other senior community organizations.
The Basics of Domestic Violence: Sorting Through the Myths and Realities Tuesday December 4, 2012 7:00 PM
You will learn about the basics of domestic violence among adults and elder adults (presented by Laurel House) and through statistics and Jewish teachings debunk the myth that domestic violence does not occur in Jewish homes (presented by Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia).
Which Way Will Jews Vote? Understanding Jewish Voting Patterns Sunday November 4, 2012 09:30 AM
Burt Siegel was the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council until 2004. Since retiring he has worked as a consultant to the Israel Consul General, CeaseFire PA and the Darfur Alert
Coalition. He is a Vice President of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network and serves on numerous boards, including Philadelphia Reads. A frequent lecturer and author, he recently appeared on the NPR program Tell Me More to discuss the 2012 presidential election. He holds a BA in History and an MA in Sociology from Rutgers University.
In 1967 at a school in California, a high school student asked if the Holocaust could happen here. His idea was to explain Fascism to his class through a game by demonstrating life under a dictatorship.
Julian Resnick Comes to Beth David Thursday October 4, 2012 6:30 PM
Please join us for a discussion with Julian Resnick. Julian is the Central Shaliach (Israeli educator) to the HabonimDror youth movement in North America located in New York. Julian was born in South Africa and made Aliya to Israel in 1976. Since 1987, Julian and his family have been members of Kibbutz Tzora. Julian is also a director of Jewish Journeys and has served as a guide in Israel for various organizations for over 25 years.
ErevSukkot Services follow at 7:00pm.
Join us as we shake the lulov and etrog in the Sukkah...stay for Oneg.
Beth David Hosts the Community Selichot Saturday September 8, 2012 8:15 PM
8:15 p.m. Reception
8:30 p.m. Havdallah
8:45 p.m. Concurrent study sessions on the liturgical text of UnetanehTokef
Of all the readings in Jewish prayer, none is as stark as UnetanehTokef. According to the text of this prayer, On Rosh Hashanah our decree is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed... Life and death, blessing and curse, and wealth and poverty are decided on the YamimNoraim, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. How does such a blunt text hold meaning for us today? Join our Rabbis for their different views, insights, and interpretations as we study UnetanehTokef. We look forward to seeing you as we learn, share and once again begin our Days of Repentance.
8:45 p.m. Teen Service
10:00 p.m. Concurrent Services
You choose: Traditional-Meditative-Davening‑Teen Program
11:00 p.m. Evening Concludes
Pajama Rama Wednesday June 27, 2012 6:30 PM
Fun for all ages!
Story telling and music.
Bring your friends, open to the public.
Jewish Heritage Day at the Camden Sharks Sunday June 3, 2012 10:30 AM
Kosher Food Provided By:
Choice of turkey, salami, or grilled vegetable hoagie with chips and an apple - S8
Post-game sundaes presented by Turkey Hill!
Tickets $9 each. No transportation will be provided.
Arrive at Beth David at 10:30am for our Annual Meeting
Depart for Campbell’s Field at 11:30am
To reserve your tix contact Jill Cooper
610-896-7485 ext 104 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hurry! Limited availability!
BethDY Hershey Park Trip Sunday June 3, 2012 09:00 AM
Meet at Beth David at 9:00am • Pick up at Beth David at 6:00pm
Early Bird Special, RSVP by May 15: $50
Ticket Price after May 15: $60
Chaperones Early Bird Special: $35
Chaperone Price after May 15: $40
Price includes transportation and admission to the park. Please bring extra spending money for lunch and games (recommended amount: $20-$30.) Pack a bathing suit and towel if planning on attending the water park.
ResaDavids is a national WRJ board member, Israeli citizen, founding Chair of WRJ-Israel and Chair of the Israel Twinning program. Resa will be sharing her experiences about gender equality, and the role of Progressive (aka Reform) Judaism in Israel.
Resa will provide an update about our sisters in Israel - from Women of the Wall, to women in the army, to Haredim segregating buses and sidewalks. The questions she will address include: What is the role of women in Israel? What is the route to gender equality? What is our stake as Reform American Jews?
During the Oneg Shabbat there will be a power point presentation and continued discussion.
Spaghetti Dinner Sunday May 20, 2012 5:45 PM
Kids(12 & under) $ 8
Wine - $20/bottle
Seatings: 5:45pm & 6:30pm
Reservations are required. RSVP online by email or 610-896-7485 ex. 104
Spencer Dickler son of Susan Cohen and Jan Dickler
Jennifer Langerdaughter of Jill and Burt Langer
Brandon Lapensohn son of Jill and Howard Lapensohn
Gregory Lynn son of Carolyn Cohen and Richard Lynn
Julia Lynn daughter of Carolyn Cohen and Richard Lynn
Sophie Siegel daughter of Rachel Somers and Barry Siegel
WRJ Installation Dinner Wednesday May 16, 2012 6:30 PM
1236 Montgmery Ave., Narberth, PA
Beth David Mitzvah Day Sunday April 29, 2012 09:15 AM
An Evening of Bingo and Mah Jongg Thursday April 26, 2012 6:00 PM
Dinner by Sang Kee Asian Bostro, Asian inspired drinks, dessert, and your choice of bingo or mahjongg. Fabulous prizes: restaurants, salons, spas, jewelry, sports tickets, gift certificates, and more. $40 RSVP
Broadway Bound: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Wednesday April 18, 2012
Performers includes two-time Tony Award winner MATTHEW BRODERICK (The Producers) and three-time Tony nominee KELLI O'HARA (South Pacific). The show includes a songbook of the greatest American standards ever sung, with a cast of bootleggers, chorus girls, playboys and politicians, set in a glorious Long Island mansion in the rip-roaring 1920’s. For details contact Nancy Goldstein at email@example.com.
Jewish Immigrant Philadelphia Walking Tour Sunday April 15, 2012 1:00 PM
Explore their humble synagogues and homes, and learn about their thriving marketplaces that became prominent businesses. For details contact Shelly Partlow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultimate Schmultimate Frisbee Sunday April 15, 2012 1:30 PM
For students in grades 8-12
Shabbat Liheyot Dinner and Service Friday March 16, 2012 6:30 PM
The service will feature Canine Partners for Life. This non-profit organization is devoted to increasing the independence and improving the quality of life for a wide variety of disabled individuals. The efforts of this organization make it possible for dogs to be professionally trained to meet the specific needs of individual recipients. We hope that you will join us as we observe National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with a special service and program.
Please R.S.V.P. to 610-896-7485 with your reservation no later than March 9, 2012. Thank you.
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InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our new InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative providing coordinated comprehensive offerings in local communities.
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Installation of Cantor Levy
Honoring 25 years of Education, Leadership and Friendship
What a wonderful weekend celebrating and honring our beloved Educator, Susan Levey. In case you missed it... ENJOY!
Friday, April 21 Shabbat Service
Susan's Leaving Tribute
Staff and students pay tribute to Susan Levey to the tune of "Do You Love Me" from Fiddler on the Roof, written and produced by Susan Cohen Dickler and Jan Dickler.
Susan Levey Legacy Album
How to Chant Torah
Think you can’t chant? Now you can!
Cantillation classes with Cantor Levy/Sundays February 26 through April 2 at 12:45pm.
Have you ever wondered how your childhood cantor came up with those melodies that were recorded on cassette tapes? Well - cassette tapes may be obsolete, but the rules of cantillation still hold true. Come to our 6 session crash course on cantillation and emerge a confident Torah chanter! Please note: While there is no prerequisite for any master vocal ability, it is expected that all students are able to read Hebrew. Also, this class will focus on basic Shabbat Torah melodies. Those who already know Shabbat melodies are still encouraged to come to brush up your skills and assist other students. Our next course will move on to High Holiday melodies. Any questions, please email Cantor Levy.
Our Clergy in the News
If you've driven along the Schuylkill Expressway after dark recently, you may have noticed a new set of lights on Philadelphia's Boathouse Row.
All week, the city has been celebrating Hanukkah by turning the iconic buildings into one of the largest representations of the menorah in the nation, according to the mayor's office.
On Thursday night, Lauren Levy, cantor at Temple Beth David in Gladwyne, sang out the traditional Hanukkah blessings as city officials gathered to watch the sixth boathouse light up at exactly 5:57 p.m. to mark the sixth night of the festival. Across the river behind her, five boathouses blazed with blue lights and while one shone in white to represent the "shamash," the candle used to light the rest of the menorah.
"The first blessing praises God, the ruler of the universe and makes us holy and commands us to light the Hanukkah [lights]," Levy said. "The second blessing reminds us of the miracles that God has made for our ancestors in that time."
Rabbi Linda Holtzman, rabbi and activist, became one of the first women in the United States to serve as the presiding rabbi of a synagogue: Beth Israel Congregation located in Coatesville, PA. In 1979 The New York Times published "The Only Female Presiding Rabbi in U.S. Begins Her Work in a Small Town." The author described Holtzman's hiring as "a breakthrough for women who have faced obstacles in becoming a rabbi-in-charge," and quoted Holtzman as saying "the fact that I have an appointment in a small town and they have entrusted me with functions they believe are important is significant for women and for the Jewish community." Currently Rabbi Holtzman is the leader of the Tikkun Olam Chavurah and a Rabbinic Formation Specialist at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is married to Betsy Conston, with whom she has raised two sons, Jordan and Zachary Holtzman-Conston.
Rabbi Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahlis the first Asian American to be ordained as cantor or rabbi in North America. Currently she serves as the senior rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City and is the first woman to lead the large Reform congregation in its 175-year history. Rabbi Buchdahl first joined Central Synagogue as senior cantor in 2006, and in 2014 was chosen by the congregation to be the senior rabbi. Rabbi Buchdahl has been featured in dozens of news outlets, including the Today Show, NPR, and PBS, and was listed in Newsweek as one of “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.” She serves on the boards of Auburn Theological Seminary, Avodah Jewish Service Corps, and the UJA-Federation of NY. Rabbi Buchdahl and her husband, Jacob Buchdahl, have three children.
Our Faculty in the News
High Holy Days 5778/2017
The High Holy Days mark the opportunity to join together in celebration of a new year. This new year will bring some important changes to our High Holy Day services, including a new machzor, or High Holy Day prayerbook, and a new, experimental schedule on Yom Kippur. Check out all of the information below.
This will also be included in your ticket mailing. Wishing you L'Shanah Tovah!
Son of Ginny and Ben Kendall, Jim became a Bar Mitzvah at Beth David in 1976 and was later confirmed. This new exhibition will feature recent works on paper and paintings. Created specifically for the architecture of Beth David’s chapel, a new series of seven-foot drawings will be on display.
The Beinoni Series, 1986-2017, Paintings and Drawings by Jim Kendall.
Preview starts at 6pm, followed by “Chardonay & Schmooze” at 6:30pm sponsored by Ginny and Ben Kendall. The artist will be present.
Shabbat Services at 7:30pm followed by Oneg.
The Reform Movement recently passed a sweeping resolution committing to work for the inclusion and equality of transgender individuals in our synagogues and in our country. Many thanks to our Community Shabbat panelists: Brynne Madway, Candice Chaplin, Beckie Schatschneider, and Hugo Bresson.
Candice Chaplin conducts a support group for parents of transgender and gender non-conforming children You can reach Candice Cchaplin2@gmail.com, 917-647-1016.
Sunday, October 1 - Noon. Sukkah building. Join in the fun. Lunch is provided.
Thursday, October 5 - 8:30 to 10:30am - Breakfast, Torah Study, and Services in the Sukkah.
Friday, October 6 - 6:30pm - Brews and Schmooze in the Sukkah sponsored by Beth David Men.
Tuesday, October 10- 6:00-6:45pm - Pizza in the Hut. Students and families of all ages come to share a meal in the sukkah for the harvest holiday. Come shake the lulav and etrog!
Wednesday, October 11- 6:30pm - Festive service and nosh, BYOB. Eat…Drink… and Dance with the Torahs! Bring the whole family to our musical service and discover why we keep reading the Torah year after year! Catering by Shavit...all rolled foods representing our Torahs!
Thursday, October 12- 8:30 to 10:30am - Breakfast, Torah Study, Services, and Yizkor.
Introduction to Judaism:
Introduction to Judaism: A Main Line Collaboration
Mondays, beginning October 30, 7:30 pm
$180 for Members; $275 for Non-Members
Beth David is delighted to be hosting the Union for Reform Judaism’s Introduction to Judaism Class this fall/winter, co-taught by Rabbi Kalisch, Cantor Levy, and clergy from Main Line Reform Temple and Temple Shalom. Whether you are part of an interfaith couple, considering conversion to Judaism, want to learn more about your own faith on an adult level, or are simply curious to learn about another religion, this 16-week class will offer you a basic foundation in Judaism. Partners in interfaith relationships are encouraged to enroll together. Individuals are welcome to bring a Jewish friend or family member to support their learning at no additional charge. .
Contact Elana Shaw, 212.452.6745 email@example.com. Or register online: https://tinyurl.com/y9xhhmc2.
Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon 2017
Read Rabbi's Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon, If Not Now
Rabbi's Book Group
Join Rabbi Kalisch for a one-time book discussion, exploring the intersection of Jewish values and contemporary issues. The discussions are offered more than once to enable wider participation.
Monday, November 20, 1:00 pm, in Center City:
Pepper Law 3000 Two Logan Square
18th & Arch Philadelphia, PA 19103
· Attendees must reserve in advance no later than Nov 18, Feb 3 - no exceptions.
· RSVP to Dmarchiony@bdavid.org
· Max capacity is 20 people
Tuesday, November 21, 1:00 pm , at Beth David
Rediscovering Prayer with the New Reform Movement Machzor
For the first time in a generation, the Reform Movement has published a new machzor, or High Holy Day prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh, featuring full transliteration of all Hebrew prayers; fresh, contemporary poetry; and inclusive, multi-vocal theology as well as original art by acclaimed artist Joel Shapiro.
For a chance to explore the new machzor before Rosh Hashanah join Cantor Levy on Tuesday, September 5 at 7:00pm for “Shofar Service: A New Approach” or Rabbi Kalisch on Friday September 8 for a lunch-and-learn at 1:00pm for “Avinu Malkeinu: Old and New Metaphors.”
Then on Yom Kippur afternoon at the 2:45pm Adult Study join art historian Cindy Veloric and artist Val Rossman, who will explore the original woodblock art as found in our new High Holy Day Prayerbooks.
Post on Facebook pics of your family kindling the Hanukkah lights and include the hashtag#BDavid8nights
Need help with the Hanukkah blessings? Which way do I light the hanukkiah? I'm so confused... WE'RE HERE TO HELP WITH YOUR CANDLE LIGHTING CONUNDRUM!
Friday, December 30
• 6:00 to 6:30 Hanukkah Party with latkes! You supply your Hanukkiah we’ll supply the candles!
• 6:30pm Shabbat Services followed by a festive Hanukkah Oneg featuring sufganiyot, or jelly doughnuts.
SOCIAL ACTION ALERT! Please bring with you for donation a new or gently used blanket to support Gladwyne Gives.
Post on Facebook pics of your family kindling the Hanukkah lights and include the hashtag #BDavid8nights
Saturday, December 31 • 5:00pm Chanukah in Center City! Do you or a member of your family live downtown – or will you be spending New Year’s Eve downtown? Come join Rabbi Kalisch as she leads the community candlelighting in Fitler Square, the last night of Chanukah! Friends of Fitler Square will be providing latkes, sufganiot (doughnuts) and warm drinks – Rabbi will be leading the singing!