Below are just some of the activities that our congregants regularly enjoy at AJ. All of those marked with an asterisk (*) are sponsored by AJWA Sisterhood.
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO SHABBAS?
“Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbas” is a program that partners congregants with one another for Shabbat dinners in their own homes. We ask interested congregants to host a dinner in their home and to invite one or two other synagogue families they would like to get to know. We provide all hosts with a Shabbas bag containing a brochure with all the Shabbat brachot, a challah, and some other goodies. In addition to a delicious and meaningful Shabbas meal, all hosts and guests will be called for an aliyah on Shabbat morning. So don’t be shy. Let us know if you can host! Or let us know if you want to be a Shabbat guest and we’ll set you up with a host. We want more of us to get to know one another outside the walls of the synagogue. The dates for these dinners this year are: November 16, 2018, January 11, 2019, March 8, 2019, and May 10, 2019. Send us an email for more information at AJGuessWhoShabbas@gmail.com.
Do you play mah jongg or want to learn? Join a sociable weekly game with women of all ages and all skill levels. No fee to play. AJ’s mah jongg club meets most Wednesday mornings in Room 10 from 9:00 AM to noon.
ROBYN ORODENKER BOOK CLUB*
The Robyn Orodenker Book Club, named after a long-time member, is sponsored by the AJWA Sisterhood. The group meets about once each month on Monday nights at 7:45 PM. You can download a flyer here with a list of this year's books.
If you are interested in learning about creating Judaic handcrafts, become be a part of “Stitchers.” They are primarily stitchers, practitioners of the needle arts. No special experience is necessary; new learners are always welcome. The Stitchers Club meets in the AJ library every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to noon. Need more information? Contact Dr. Rita C. Altman at email@example.com or call 215.627.4698.
>>>Pictured: some of the Stitchers model their handmade tallitot.
Breathe, relax and renew your mind, body and spirit through yoga at AJ. Yoga classes are designed for all levels of experience and ability, focusing on postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Yoga is $12 per class and is held on Friday mornings at AJ from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Classes are led by Esther Goldberg, a certified yoga instructor and massage therapist and you can contact her at 267.240.1842 or zymesther@gmail .com.
Connection to AJ doesn’t have to stop for our children when they move from high school to college! Our College Connection program provides a touch of home. Children (of members only) enrolled in the program receive the monthly AJ newsletter and holiday packages sent to their school. For more information, or to enroll your child, contact Sandra Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COOK FOR A FRIEND*
AJ has been participating in the Cook for a Friend program for over 30 years. Meals are cooked, packaged and distributed from the JCC - Klein branch. Recipients of the meals are generally elderly people, living independently but needing assistance with shopping and meal preparation. AJ has three Cook for a Friend groups each month; two on Monday evenings, and one on Tuesday mornings. Helpful hands are always appreciated for a variety of tasks. No particular cooking skills required. Contact Sandy at 215.782.8586 or email@example.com for information about evening groups; contact Sue at 215.680.7112 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the morning group.
Laurel House is a temporary safe haven residence for women and children who have escaped abusive living situations. The residence, located in Montgomery County, is in need of such items as Walmart giftcards, diapers, cell phones, car seats, trash bags, juice boxes, and boxed side dishes (mashed potatoes, rice, etc). Goods collected are delivered to the shelter several times a year. If you have any questions, please email Lorna Rosenberg at email@example.com.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE*
Approximately three times each year, AJ congregants become guest chefs at the Ronald McDonald House at Front Street and Erie Avenue in Philadelphia. The meals are lovingly sponsored by the AJWA Sisterhood. The Ronald McDonald House serves as a home away from home for families of children receiving medical treatment at local hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House guests greatly appreciate the meals and the opportunity to sit, relax, and eat with family and other guests. It is a terrific opportunity to participate in a meaningful community service project and to bond with fellow AJers. Please contact Judy Stutman Izes at 267.254.6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
HELEN FOX SEMI-ANNUAL CLOTHING DRIVE*
Twice a year, in fall and spring, AJ mounts a clothing drive to collect lightly used clothing, linens, and shoes for charity. Bring your unwanted items to AJ during the clothing drive week and they will be picked up by a philanthropic group. To find out when the next clothing drive is being held, call the synagogue at 215.635.6611.
AJ RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Three or four times per year, AJ welcomes the Red Cross to collect blood. Contact the AJ office at 215.635.6611 or the Red Cross website to see when the next drive is being held.
FOR OUR YOUNGER MEMBERS
USY (UNITED SYNAGOGUE YOUTH)
USY is USCJ’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. USY empowers youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism. Through year-round programming and international travel opportunities, USY inspires in teens a deep sense of pride in and love for their Jewish identity. OYR (Old York Road) USY is a chapter of the Mizrach region (Southern New Jersey, Greater Philadelphia, and Eastern Pennsylvania areas). OYR USY offers social and religious programming for grades 8 through 12. Some of the programs include attending 76ers games, rock climbing, seeing Comedy Sportz, bowling, and attending monthly Shabbat dinners. For more information, contact email@example.com.
JUNIOR JEWISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE (JJBL)
The Junior Jewish Basketball League is made up of divisions for boys and girls from 2nd through 12th grades. Registration begins in early September online or by mail. Player evaluations take place in October, and practices start the week after Thanksgiving. Games begin mid-December and run through mid-March. All teams play on Sunday afternoons and one week night. Games are played at Elkins Park School, Cedarbrook Middle School, and Abington Friends School Triangle gym. Qualifying, graduating seniors may apply for an Eric Zucker Memorial Scholarship Award. For more information, go to www.jjbl.org.
Kehillah soccer is a fall Sunday soccer League for children pre-K through 9th grade with options for special needs teams. This is the perfect opportunity to have fun, develop soccer skills, and enjoy the warmth of a close-knit community. For more information, go to kehillahsoccer.org.