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In-Person Services at AJ 
All services will be conducted in person at AJ. At this time, all services will be available via Zoom. Please continue to register for Friday evening and Saturday morning services by using the link(s) below, or by using the service sign-up form link in the weekly email. Your registration will help us keep the building secure.

Service Sign-up Form for March 2024

You can see our current COVID-19 guidelines here. We ask that attendees of services and events at AJ review the guidelines and agree to them.

Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)
Congregation Adath Jeshurun, dedicated to the Jewish value of learning for its own sake (Torah lishmah), is excited to announce a partnership with the Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP). As a partner with CSP, we’ll join a small group of synagogues enjoying the best Jewish learning available. AJ has the distinction of being the first Pennsylvania synagogue to partner with CSP. You can see the CSP offerings for the current month here. Please note that times on CSP web pages are Pacific Time unless noted otherwise. If you register and can’t attend, a link will be sent to you after the event to a recording. There is also an archive of classes that you can view here.

Kabbal-Tot Shabbat (includes dinner)
Friday, March 1 at 5:00 PM
We have a new Friday night service geared toward young families. Friday evening service. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to make “holy noise” and sweet sounds as we, together, welcome Shabbat. Those who pre-registered will have dinner at 5:00 PM and the service will start at 5:30 PM in the Braemer Auditorium.  The registration for dinner is now closed.

Adult Ed Series "Crime and Consequences": Session #1 at Eastern State Penitentiary
NEW DATE: Sunday, March 3 at 10:00 AM
An arresting Philadelphia landmark, Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) was once the most famous prison in the world. Built in 1827 and in operation until 1971, it now stands in ruin but offers a unique and haunting perspective on an institution once felt to offer the most progressive means of rehabilitation. These included now discredited techniques such as solitary confinement and minimal prisoner interactions. Housing at various times such iconic crime figures as Willie Sutton and Al Capone, ESP also featured a chapel meant to support minyanim for its Jewish inmates. Please join us for a guided tour of the facility, absorb its imagery, and reflect upon what the experience of prison life was like in its time. 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Click here to register. Remaining sessions: March 9 and April 6.

AJWA Sisterhood Shabbat
Saturday, March 2 at 9:30 AM
You are invited to join us on Saturday, March 2 for AJWA Sisterhood Shabbat featuring a beautiful, multi-generational service led by the women of AJWA Sisterhood, followed by a wonderful luncheon. Our Annette W. Black Memorial Lecture for this year will feature Rory Glantz, daughter of Rav Hazzan Glantz. She will share insights from her recent volunteer trip to Israel. She spent the last two weeks of December based in Jerusalem at the Aish center doing things like making care packages for families of reservists, hosting activities for children of displaced families, farming and sorting produce, and hearing from those affected by October 7.  Please use the March Online Services form to register for services and the luncheon.

Would you like to participate in the AJWA Sisterhood Shabbat service? Say Yes! We are pulling together the service and are currently organizing the parts. If you are an AJWA Sisterhood member (or would like to become one!) and would like to co-lead a Hebrew prayer or participate in an easy, small group English reading, please say so. We’d love for you to be included. If you are interested in participating, send an email to Mindy Goldstein at mgoldst@comcast.net or call her at 610.506.0632.

Calling All Cooks! Join chefs Lorna Rosenberg and Ossi Nussbaum and friends as we prepare for Sisterhood Shabbat! Thursday, February 29: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (desserts); Friday, March 1: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (entrees, etc.); and Saturday, March 2: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, and clean-up. Please sign up here.

Are You An Angel? Please consider becoming a Sisterhood Shabbat Angel! Your donation of $25 (or more) will help make possible AJWA Sisterhood’s 2023 wonderful Shabbat service, speaker, and luncheon. It is a program that reaches out to the entire AJ family and is met each year with great anticipation and enthusiasm! All Shabbat Angels will be acknowledged in the Sisterhood Shabbat program. Thank you! Please send your name, phone number and email address with your check to AJWA Sisterhood Shabbat Angels, 7763 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027. Make checks payable to “AJWA Sisterhood” with “Shabbat Angel Donation” on the memo line. Or click here to donate online.

PB&J Family Shabbat Service
Saturday, March 9 at 10:45 A
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Join us for the PB&J (Prayers, Blessings, and Judaism) Family Shabbat Service! For roughly 45 minutes, we’ll have a family-friendly Shabbat service (preschool, K, 1, and 2) in the library. The service will begin at 10:45 AM. Remaining dates this year: April 6 and May 11. Please register using the March online service registration form here.

Adult Ed Crime and Consequences Series
The Innocence Project,
with Marissa Boyers Bluestine

Saturday, March 9: Services at 9:30 AM; Lunch and Learn at 12:30 PM
During Shabbat lunch, congregant Marissa Boyers Bluestine will discuss her work with The Innocence Project. In addition to identifying and litigating cases for the convicted innocent, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project works to improve the criminal justice system to prevent innocent people from being convicted. Marissa Boyers Bluestine is an Assistant Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Bluestine has repeatedly been recognized for her important work, receiving the Andrew Hamilton Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Woman of Distinction Award from the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer. Click here to register.

Adult Ed Series on Awe: Session #2: Musical Awe
Sunday, March 10 at 10:30 AM (in person at AJ)
This year, Rav Shai is overseeing a wide-ranging exploration of the concept of “awe”— what it is, how we experience it, and the effect it can have on our lives. We will explore the topic from four viewpoints: natural (already experienced at the Holodec in December), musical, artistic, and the written word. There is a cost of $18 for each program. For the second session, Musical Awe, we have invited AJ congregant Jamie Clark to join us. He is a professional cellist and recording/mix engineer. He’ll help us experience the awe of music. Please register here. (You can use the same form to register for the session on Visual Awe on April 7, when we will visit the Rodin Museum with Beth Shapiro.)

Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached
Friday, March 15 at 6:15 PM (in person at AJ)

Unplug from a busy week with an acoustic Shabbat service led by Hazzan Howard Glantz with familiar tunes that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. For all ages, from babies to bubbies. Bring your friends for this relaxed, casual, and enjoyable service! Then stay for Oneg Shabbat (lite dinner bites and gathering with friends). 6:15 PM. Click here to register.

Purim Celebration: It's A Hippie Dippie Purim!
Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 PM
Don’t miss this year’s Hippie Dippie Purim Celebration! We’ll start with the shpiel as we revisit songs of the late 1960s along with a live band! The music will continue when we go into the Orleans Auditorium and dance the night away! Don't forget to dress in costume! The fun starts at 7:00 PM. Please register here.

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