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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

03/11/2020 10:35:49 AM

Mar11

Rabbi Yannai says, "A person should never stand in a dangerous place."  - Shabbat 32a

As efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus continue and additional recommendations are offered, we continue to assess our decisions. Based on updated recommendations, with heavy hearts, we have decided to close the building until further notice.

We are holding daily services using a platform called Zoom, so that anyone who wants to participate can. Through the Zoom platform, congregants can see and speak to each other. Here is the information to log into Zoom:

We now have three links for all of our services via Zoom: 

For Friday evening and Saturday morning services:
By computer:
 https://zoom.us/j/
97054037610

By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#:
970 5403 7610
(Password required)   

For Saturday evening services:
By computer:
https://zoom.us/j/933131679
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#:
933131679

For all other services (Sunday through Friday morning and evening services, and Shabbat services):
By computer
https://zoom.us/j/109428724
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592.
Meeting ID#:
109428724

Please note:
To avoid the possibility that any of our services will be interrupted by hackers or other interlopers ("Zoombombing"), we instituted a Zoom virtual waiting room and authorized the host to welcome each guest into the meeting. Starting July 3, you will need a password for Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening services. We will email the password to congregants; alternatively, you can call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611 to obtain it. Attendees to our services who are not members should call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611. Please don't share the password with others. 

For now, the remainder of our services (Sunday through Friday morning minyan and Sunday through Thursday evening minyan) will not be password-protected. All meetings will still have the "waiting room" feature enabled. You may want to call or log in a few minutes ahead of the start time so that the host has time to welcome each guest.

Don't forget to check the calendar for ongoing events.

Resource Links for Coronavirus:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Intervention)

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Montgomery County, PA

Helpful Quarantine Resources (things to do; last updated 3/30/20)

US Senator for Pennsylvania Bob Casey has links to a wide range of resources that can help you, your family, and your community navigate the challenges of this difficult time. They include easy-to-understand descriptions of provisions from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act just passed by Congress. You can find those links here.

Service Times
Friday evening: 6:15 PM
Saturday morning: 9:30 AM
Saturday evening: 
JULY:
7/4: 8:15 PM; 7/11: 8:15 PM; 7/18: 8:10 PM;
7/25: 8:05 PM
AUGUST
8/1: 8:00 PM; 8/8: 7:50 PM; 8/15: 7:40 PM;
8/22: 7:30 PM; 8/29: 7:20 PM
Sunday morning: 9:00 AM
Sunday through Thursday evenings: 7:00 PM
Monday morning: 7:20 AM
Tuesday morning: 7:30 AM
Wednesday morning: 7:30 AM 
Thursday morning: 7:20 AM*
Friday morning: 7:30 AM

May 15, 2020

05/15/2020 02:07:06 PM

May15

Save the Date! AJ Trivia Night!
Join us on Sunday, May 24 for a fun-filled, family friendly trivia night! Fantastic prizes and interesting tidbits guaranteed! The event will begin at 7:30 after evening minyan. Stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!


Do You Know a Graduate?
During Shabbat services on Saturday, June 13, we will be honoring our high school and college graduates. Please let us know of any family members who have graduations coming up so that we can include them. Send an email to  office@adathjeshurun.infooffice@adathjeshurun.info.


An Exclusive Conversation with JTS Chancellor Arnold  M. Eisen
Join us on Zoom on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 PM for a conversation with JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen. Chancellor Eisen's 14-year tenure will end on June 30. At one of his last appearances as Chancellor, join him as he reflects on his time leading JTS, and the challenges that JTS and the Jewish world face in the years to come. 

Chancellor Eisen will discuss:

  • Expansion of JTS curriculum and programming to better prepare leaders for the challenges of modern Jewish life;
  • Completion of the new JTS campus that exemplifies Jewish values of community, accessibility, and scholarship; and
  • Challenges facing JTS and Jews around the world as a result of the pandemic and its effect on Jewish practice and engagement. 

This is an exclusive event for Friends of JTS synagogues and their congregants. Please register here.

Please note: Tuesday evening minyan will be at 8:00 PM and Rav Shai's Tuesday night class is cancelled.


Jewish Population Study | Community Townhall Meetings.
The 2019 Community Portrait Jewish Population Study provides a wealth of information to allow our communities to better understand the basic socio-economic, demographic and public health trends across the region's Jewish population. There are many interesting findings from the study about each of our unique communities within the Greater Philadelphia area. Federation invites you to join them for virtual Town Hall Meetings to learn more about each of these communities. The time options for the Old York Road Corridor are below; a Jewish Federation representative will present the same information at both times. Each presentation will be tailored to that specific region and followed by a Q & A session. You are welcome to register for as many sessions as you'd like to attend.

Old York Road Corridor | Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Register for the afternoon: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Register for the evening: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you have questions about these Zoom webinars or would like to submit a question in advance of a webinar, please contact communityportrait@jewishphilly.org.


Needed! Homemade Masks for Einstein Patients
The City of Philadelphia has a significant number of new COVID-19 cases & hospitalizations continue to rise. Inner city neighborhoods are being hit harder by this highly communicable disease. Masks help stop the spread. Einstein is in need of hand-crafted masks to give to our patients to help keep others safe and preserve medical grade masks for staff. Can you help? You can download the instructions here. Your support would be much appreciated!

May 12, 2020

05/12/2020 01:01:00 PM

May12

Healing Service on May 18, at 5:00 PM

Why attend a healing service?

Some folks attend a healing service for themselves. Others may be motivated to be present for a loved one who is suffering. For some, wounds and ailments are visible and more obvious, but many people hurt and suffer from pain that cannot be so easily seen. The healing service has the potential to help participants seeking to find balance or solace or spirituality within. 

Unlike a standard prayer service, there is no set structure that has been handed down through the generations. Although there will be a 'seder', an order to things, there is no haggadah that guides us in our choices. I like to include music, brief meditations, a ritual washing of hands, prayers that are both communal and personal, aloud and in silence. The service includes healing prayers that may be familiar, steeped in our ancient liturgy as well as more contemporary and current inclusions. Toward the end of our (approximately 45 minute) time and space, I warmly offer participants the option of sharing something brief about their experience.

We will end with a reminder that what has been shared in this service is private and confidential and that this promise is upon all of us to keep for each other.

Hazzan Glantz

Join us for a fun-filled, family friendly trivia night! Fantastic prizes and interesting tidbits guaranteed! The event will begin at 7:30 after evening Minyan on Sunday, May 24. Stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!

May 8, 2020

05/08/2020 02:16:46 PM

May8

Save the Date! AJ Trivia Night!
Sunday, May 24

Join us for a fun-filled, family friendly trivia night! Fantastic prizes and interesting tidbits guaranteed! The event will begin at 7:30 after evening Minyan on Sunday, May 24. Stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!


Needed! Homemade Masks for Einstein Patients

The City of Philadelphia has a significant number of new COVID-19 cases & hospitalizations continue to rise. Inner city neighborhoods are being hit harder by this highly communicable disease. Masks help stop the spread. Einstein is in need of hand-crafted masks to give to our patients to help keep others safe and preserve medical grade masks for staff. Can you help? 

You can download the instructions here. Your support would be much appreciated!

April 20, 2020

04/20/2020 12:44:49 PM

Apr20

Holiday Offerings from Federation

YOM HAZIKARON: Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron begins the evening of April 27. All across Israel and the diaspora, people stop what they are doing to honor Israel's fallen soldiers and those lost in terror attacks. This year, our partners are offering virtual opportunities to honor this solemn occasion.

JAFI and MASA Online Ceremony
April 27, 2020, 1:00 PM
Broadcast live from Jerusalem, join thousands of Masa fellows and partners in their annual online ceremony to remember, mourn and honor the fallen. Join via Facebook Live.

JAFI’s North America Yom HaZikaron Sessions
April 28, 2020, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Commemorate Israeli Memorial Day through a variety of sessions featuring songs, stories and discussions led by North America-based Israeli shlichim educators. Click here for more info.

YOM HAATZMA’UT: Israeli Independence Day
April 29th marks Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel independence day, and the pro-Israel world is uniting for a global, virtual celebration. This is an unprecedented opportunity for Israel supporters from every background and corner of the globe to come together — digitally! — to celebrate Israel.

Philadelphia Tekes Ma'avar: Ceremony and Celebration
April 28, 2020, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
This special ceremony marks the end of Memorial Day and the beginning of Independence Day; it begins with a Yom Zikaron ceremony and continues into an uplifting Philadelphia musical community celebration of Israel. To register, click here.

JFNA and JAFI Yom HaAtzma’ut Celebrations
April 29, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tune in for JFNA's main celebration on Facebook Live and follow JAFI here. The party continues all day with a full lineup of online classes, talks and events!

April 8, 2020

04/08/2020 12:59:58 PM

Apr8

Please join us for one of our Virtual Seders!

For the first seder, we have four families who will be hosting through Zoom and have graciously extended their seder table to the community. Feel free to do a seder crawl and pop into more than one seder. Warning: if you engage in serial seders, all cereal should be sold prior to the seder. Here are your virtual hosts:

Pamela Maman and Family
Teen boys with assorted and sundry family members; much singing.
Start time: 6:30 PM
Join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/666910980?pwd=bVlObUJPdy9JZ0F0Q0NXT0ZFYlpwdz09
Meeting ID: 666 910 980
Password: 364632

The Glantzes
Hazzan, Dayna, Rose, and Rory will be raising their voices in song and there could even be a virtual drop-in from the Holy Land.
Start time: 7:30 PM
Join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/415263455
Meeting ID: 415263455
No password needed.

Allan Freedman and Amy Rappaport
Lots of explaining and teaching.
Start time: 6:30 PM
Join meeting:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6583727479
Meeting ID: 6583727479
Password: 291877

The Blitsteins
Parents and pre-teens using children's haggadot; geared toward 5- to 12-year-olds
Start time: 5:30 PM
Join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/162475691?pwd=WGQ1UmM4NTdyNUxjK0tZWnE4eVJQZz09
Meeting ID: 162475691
Password: 569859

For the second seder, Rav Shai and Hazzan Glantz will be leading a children's program from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Beginning at 7:00 PM, they will lead a full seder geared toward a more mature audience. The best guesstimate is that they'll break for dinner at roughly 8:20 PM and return for the seder conclusion at 9:00 PM. Unfortunately, there might not be much in the way of interaction, but they promise it will be entertaining and educational.

Join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/109428724
Meeting ID: 109428724
No password needed.

Feel free to share our links with your family and friends who might be interested!


***Please note: Rav Shai's Intro to Judaism class will not be held again until Tuesday, April 28.***

April 2, 2020

04/02/2020 12:02:39 PM

Apr2

Cancellation of our Annual Fundraiser
Keeping you and your family healthy and safe is our immediate priority. Covid-19, unfortunately, has thwarted our plans for this year's Annual Fundraiser. So, we have painstakingly decided to cancel this year's event, featuring Seth Rudetsky,* scheduled for May 17, 2020.

While we understand this is a difficult financial time for everyone, know that is also difficult for us as a non-profit organization. Our ability to continue our critical services in this time of crisis means that it is even more important that we can count on you now and in the future to support AJ. Please consider making a donation now to help us get through this critical time.

Thank you for bringing your beautiful hearts and your hopes to AJ. Thank you for making it possible to explore Judaism together in a committed congregation. Thank you for your continuing support and consideration. Soon we will be lucky to spend time with you again. But for now — be safe.

With gratitude,

Lana Dishler and Sandy Smith Nadel, Co-Chairs, AJ Annual Fundraiser
Judy Stutman Izes, AJ President

*We are excited that Seth Rudetsky has agreed to bring his show "Deconstructing Broadway" to AJ on May 2, 2021!


Changes to Virtual Services
To avoid the possibility that any of our services will be interrupted by hackers or other unwelcome interlopers ("Zoombombing"), we are making a couple of changes in how we use Zoom. There will now be a virtual waiting room and the host will welcome each guest into the meeting. You may want to call or log in a couple minutes ahead of the start time so that the host has time to welcome each quest. There will also be a co-host assigned so that any interlopers can be removed from the service quickly. 

April 1, 2020

04/01/2020 09:19:12 AM

Apr1

In our dynamic situation, we have decided to cancel the Wednesday parashat hashavua classes. Thank you for your understanding. Please, remember, that we have a listing of valuable resources at the top of this blog page.

March 31, 2020

03/31/2020 12:50:18 PM

Mar31

Updated Info Regarding Healing Services
If you would like to participate in the virtual healing service that Hazzan Glantz has scheduled on Friday mornings, from 8:15 AM to 9:00 AM, please send him an email at hglantz@gmail.com. Hazzan Glantz can also arrange a healing service at another time that is convenient to both of you. Again, contact him by email.

Here is a link to a healing video made by Hazzan Glantz.


From Rav Shai:

For some of you, the prospect of having two seders, by yourselves, might be intimidating. AJ to the rescue!

For the first seder, we have four families who will be hosting through Zoom and have graciously extended their seder table to the community. The Zoom links to their seders and starting times will be put on our website next week. Feel free to do a seder crawl and pop into more than one seder. Warning: if you engage in serial seders, all cereal should be sold prior to the seder. Here are your virtual hosts:

Pamela Maman — teen boys with assorted and sundry family members — much singing.

The Glantzes — Hazzan, Dayna, Rose, and Rory will be raising their voices in song and there could even be a virtual drop-in from the holy land.

Allan Freedman and Amy Rappaport — lots of explaining and teaching.

The Blitsteins — Parents and pre-teens using children's haggadot.

For the second seder, the Hazzan and I will be leading a children's program from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Beginning at 7:00 PM, we will lead a full seder geared toward a more mature audience. Our best guesstimate is that we'll break for dinner at roughly 8:20 PM and return for the seder conclusion at 9:00 PM. Unfortunately, there might not be much in the way of interaction, but I promise it will be entertaining and educational.

Feel free to share our links with your family and friends who might be interested. Also, if you would like to participate in the second seder, please let me know.


Help a Congregant Connect to AJ and the World
Do you have an old tablet or laptop you aren't using and wouldn't mind parting with? We have some congregants who don't have any way to connect with AJ's virtual services and programs because they don't have devices. Call the AJ office at 215.635.6611 and leave a message on the voicemail so we can arrange to get it from you.


Looking for Passover information, especially useful during this time? Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has a webpage with resources for online seders and educational webinars, information on where to get kosher for Passover food, plus fun stuff to share with your family! Click here.

March 27, 2020

03/27/2020 10:00:10 AM

Mar27

Pesah 2020 Roll of Remembrance

While we likely will not be gathering together for Passover services, we will still be creating a Pesah Roll of Remembrance to be distributed via PDF.

If you have already mailed in the form that was in the Passover mailing, please let us know by sending an email to office@adathjeshurun.info or by calling the office at 215.635.6611. We are only picking up mail at the Post Office periodically, and then waiting a couple of days before handling to make sure envelopes are virus-free.

If you haven't yet mailed in your form, you can submit the names of dearly departed loved ones and pay online, if you'd like to. The link to the form is here. You'll have the option to pay by credit card or e-Check, or to bill to your account.


Donations and Notification Cards
We want to let you know that all donations are being processed but until the AJ building is opened again, we will be delayed in sending out cards. We appreciate your continuing donations.


Some virtual Passover preparation activities:

Shmutz & Chumetz (Pesah Q & A with Rav Shai)
Rav Shai will lead two "Shmutz and Chumetz" sessions to help folks understand what the halakhic requirements are for cleaning, for food, and for the seder. Each session will begin with the same presentation and then open up for questions. The sessions will be this Sunday, March 29, at 4:00 PM and this coming Thursday (in lieu of his "Introduction to Judaism" class), April 2, at 7:45 PM. Zoom information: By computer: https://zoom.us/j/969452689. By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 969452689

Seder Suggestions with Rav Shai
This coming Tuesday, March 27, at 7:45 PM (in lieu of his "Introduction to Judaism" class), Rav Shai will host "Seder Suggestions." This session is designed to help Seder leaders navigate the Haggadah with activities appropriate for different ages. Zoom information: By computer: https://zoom.us/j/969452689. By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 969452689


Passover Resources
Passover is just around the corner and I know everyone is adjusting their plans. We thought perhaps these resources could help you prepare and even carry out your seders. As always, feel free to be in contact with Hazzan Glantz with any special requests. These videos and others will be added to the Audio Resources page of this site.

Seder Order Kadesh Urchatz (the first part of the seder tells the seder, the order for the evening) (video)
Kiddush (the Kiddush for Seder when it is not Shabbat or Saturday night) (video)
Nusach Traditional Chant 
Avadim Hayinu
Barukh HaMakom
Popular Tune

March 20, 2020

03/20/2020 11:21:18 AM

Mar20

Don't miss Saturday night's Virtual Coffee House. It will begin at 8:00 PM with virtual Havdalah on the Zoom platform, and go right into our program. It promises to be a great evening with AJ-related folks who have signed up from far and wide. Performances will stream live from every corner of the Philadelphia Jewish Community, Eretz Israel, and coast to coast in the USA! If you are interested in participating please email Hazzan Glantz at hglantz@gmail.com with the subject line "Coffee House." Here is the link to Saturday evening services:

Zoom information:
By computer: https://zoom.us/j/109428724
By phone:
Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. 
The Meeting ID# is 109428724


Roling's Bakery is now delivering to individuals in the community for no additional charge for orders of $20 and up. For any questions, please contact Yisroel Roling at israelroling@gmail.com or 215.820.0864.

Earlier this week, we sent out a flyer from Betty the Caterer offering kosher meals. Here is the latest form with deadlines for ordering for Friday, March 27 and Wednesday, April 1 pickup from MBIEE. The Passover form is here.


Below is a schedule of virtual ongoing events:

All events, except where noted, will use this Zoom link:
By computer: https://zoom.us/j/109428724
By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 109428724

On Tuesdays

Hebrew Reading Practice Class with Hazzan Glantz. Maximum class size is four; first registered, first served. Hazzan will gladly add times as needed. Prerequisite: Know the letters and vowels, but want to improve and learn some of the tricks of the trade. 9:30 AM

Megillat Esther Trope Class with Hazzan Glantz. Get ready for Purim in July... or next year! 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Beginners Torah Trope Class with Hazzan Glantz. We'll start with the symbols. Prerequisite: basic Hebrew reading ability. 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

On Wednesdays

Parashat Hashavua Class with Rav Shai. Begins Wednesday, March 25, starting at noon.
Zoom information:
By computer: https://zoom.us/j/969452689
By phone: Please dial 929.436.2866 or 301.715.8592. Meeting ID#: 969452689

On Thursdays 

Learn from Alef with Hazzan Glantz. Maximum class size is four; first registered, first served. Hazzan will gladly add times as needed. Learn to read in Hebrew starting with the Alef-Bet. Prerequisite: Only the desire to be able to read the letters and vowels from the Hebrew texts. 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Talmud Class with Hazzan Glantz. Hazzan will share what he is learning in Talmud Class. No prerequisites, geared toward adults. 9:45 AM - 10:45 PM

On Fridays

Meditative Healing Service with Hazzan Glantz. Geared to adults. 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM  

Mesibat Shabbat with Hazzan Glantz. Geared toward preschool age, but likely fun for 1st and 2nd graders too.  All ages welcome. 9:30 AM

Wed, August 12 2020 22 Av 5780