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November 2018

Thoughts and Prayers, Then Action!

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Gladwyne Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 November 19 - 7:00pm Beth David will host the annual Gladwyne Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. But this year, we decided that just praying together is no longer enough. Instead of our typical Thanksgiving service, join us for what will be a very special evening entitled Thoughts and Prayers, Then Action: Taking the Next Step Against Hate, featuring a brief interfaith prayer service, and a longer opportunity to start organizing against hate in all its forms. All are welcome, and we hope…

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December 2018

How Identity Frames the Pursuit of Social Justice

December 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Sunday, December 2, 9:30 am With Kempis Songster Community activist Kempis Songster, or Ghani as he is known to many, will lead a workshop on Identity and how it shapes our approach to social justice. Ghani, who had been a gifted student, ran away from home at the age of 15 and got involved in drugs and gangs. He was sentenced to life in Graterford Prison as a result of killing another gang member. But in 2012, the U.S. Supreme…

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Hanukkah Community Shabbat

December 7 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 pm

Friday, December 7: 6:00pm Tot Shabbat, 6:15pm Shabbat dinner including ...of course...latkes and soufganyot , plus No Gelt, No Glory Dreidel Championship  7:00pm Service/Bring your own Hannukiot, we'll supply the candles Oneg immediately following services

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January 2019

Between Tradition and Innovation: Shabbat Music in Istanbul

January 12, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Community Shabbat Saturday, January 12, 9:30 am With Joseph Alpar Based on recent years of fieldwork with synagogue cantors in Istanbul and their congregants, this talk will uncover the connections between Ottoman Turkish and Judeo-Spanish musical traditions, and more recent East European and Israeli influences. Joseph Alpar will discuss and share live musical examples of Shabbat music-making at contemporary Istanbul synagogues and lively lunches at the home of the local Ashkenazi Chabad rabbi.  

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Tikkun Olam-Repairing Our World: Diane Burko Artist/Environmental Activist

January 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cindy Veloric, Curator Date January 27 or February 28 TBD – Please contact Dena in the office with your date preference, dmarchiony@bdavid.org, 610-896-7485 x100 The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia Join longtime Beth David member and experienced art historian Cindy Veloric on a special tour of this breathtaking art exhibit that Cindy curated. The exhibit features the work of painter, printmaker, and photographer Diane Burko, who opens our eyes to the beauty…

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February 2019

Positive Judaism: How the Modern Science of Happiness Echoes Ancient Jewish Wisdom

February 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Community Shabbat Saturday, February 9, 9:30 am With Alison Deutsch & Cantor Lauren Goodlev Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Join Cantor Goodlev, who wrote her undergraduate thesis at the University of Pennsylvania with the founder of Positive Psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman, in conversation with Beth David member and positive psychology practitioner Alison Deutsch. The conversation will focus on the latest research on happiness. Discover how the path to a more…

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Cantor Lilia Kazansky Musician-in-Residence

February 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - February 24, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Naomi Less The Music and the Torah and the Story that Connects Us All Saturday night, February 23 & Sunday morning, February 24 On Saturday night, come say goodbye to Shabbat and greet the new week with a soulful Havdallah followed by an acoustic vibe concert, led by internationally renowned, Jewish Chick Rock sensation Naomi Less, who will be joined by her other musicians to play original music about Jewish identity, gender, Torah, values and Israel. Then on Sunday morning,…

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March 2019

Rabbi Henry Cohen Scholar-in-Residence

March 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - March 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn Sunday morning, March 10 and Monday afternoon, March 11 Sunday, March 10, 11:00 am From Jackson to Johannesburg to Jerusalem: How the 1967 War Made Jews Into White People Today, Zionism — the expression of Jewish nationalism — is largely understood to be incompatible with other forms of identity politics, whether on college campuses or at protest rallies. To understand how this came to be true, Dr. Hirschhorn, an emerging voice in Israel Studies, will explore…

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Elijah: Beyond the Cup

March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - April 8, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Mondays, March 25, April 1, April 8, 7:00 pm With Rabbi Greg Litcofsky Faster than speeding train, able to harness the powers of fire and water, ready to appear at a moment’s notice…no it’s not the latest superhero from Marvel comics…it’s the Prophet Elijah!  Come learn about this enigmatic biblical super hero: his mysterious origin story, his supernatural powers and how he always seems to find his way to our seder tables – no matter where we are. We will learn…

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