• Transgender Equality: How to Make a Difference

    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.

    Click for some informative slides.


     

    1.  Adult reading suggestions: https://www.pflag.org/resource/transgender-reading-list-adults

    2.  Reading with or to children: https://www.pflag.org/transkidsbooks

    3.  Groups in need of volunteers or donations:

    ·         National Center for Transgender Equality

    ·         GLAAD

    ·         Human Rights Campaign

    ·         Camp Aranuti’q (overnight camp for transgender or gender non-conforming children)

    ·         Trans Youth Family Allies

    ·         GLSEN

    ·         Mazzoni Center (Philadelphia-based health organization)


  • Meet Our Clergy

     

     


  • High Holy Day Survey 2018/5778

    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


  • We Welcome New Members! Come Grow With Us.

    Many of our members are interfaith couples who are committed to establishing a Jewish home, and the non-Jewish spouse is welcome at all synagogue events as a part of our community.  Beth David is a proud partner of InterfaithFamilythe premiere resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. InterfaithFamily offers educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals, and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy, and other program providers; and their InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative, provides coordinated comprehensive offerings in local communities.

    Additionally, we also warmly welcome LGBTQ, Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning members interested in joining us.

    We encourage inquiries from all prospective members; 610-896-7485 x104, or email Jill Cooper.  
    Click here for our packet of information. 
    Click here for First Year New Member Financial Incentives.

    It is the policy of Beth David to consider family units as two adults living in a marriage, civil union, or committed relationship, with or without children in the household, and without regard to individual religious beliefs of each spouse or partner.


  • 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 eshaw@urj.org. Or register online: https://tinyurl.com/y9xhhmc2.


  • High School Trip to New York

    Highlights of the trip include:
    - Ellis Island*
    - Statue of Liberty*
    - Tenement Museum*
    - Tour of Lower East Side*
    - Broadway show
    - Lots of delicious NYC food
    - Hanging out
    * = Part of our January Hebrew High curriculum on the Jewish Immigrant Experience
    (Parent drop off Saturday morning and pick up Sunday night at Beth David – times TBA)
    Costs TBD, but will not exceed $360
    RSVP to Cantor Levy –  by Nov 21st


  • Standing Up to Hate: A Conversation with the ADL, Anti-Defamation League
    Tuesday November 28, 2017   7:30 PM to 9:00 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

    http://philadelphia.adl.org/


  • Downtown Hanukkah Lunch
    Tuesday December 12, 2017   12:30 PM

    Escape from your Center City office to celebrate Hanukkah with Beth David! 

    Latkes and lunch, some thought-provoking study with Rabbi Kalisch, and an opportunity to delve a little deeper into this beloved holiday.

    Pepper Hammilton Law  
    3000 Two Logan Square
    18th & Arch  Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Attendees must reserve  in advance no later than December 8 - Due to strict security there will be no exceptions.
    • RSVP to Dmarchiony@bdavid.org
    • Maximum capacity is 20


  • Hanukkah Community Shabbat, Friday Edition
    Friday December 15, 2017   6:00 PM


  • Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
    Tuesday December 19, 2017   7:00 PM to 9:00 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.

    TRAILER


  • 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.  
     
    HOSTS:
    Andrea Troxel & Adam Kosto
    Ray Reed
    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
    Tracey & Michael Delfiner
     
    MORE DETAILS.  Including costs and how to RSVP.