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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 April 2024

Please familiarize yourself with our March 2024 COVID-19/respiratory illness policies.  We ask that attendees of services and events at AJ review the policies 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.

AJ Bereavement Group, with Rav Hazzan Glantz
Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 PM (no RSVP necessary)
Rav Hazzan Glantz leads this monthly gathering specifically designed to foster a secure, confidential, and non-judgmental environment that encourages individuals to freely express their emotions. Irrespective of the time elapsed since one's loss, everyone is welcome to participate, as there are no qualifying or disqualifying criteria. A warm invitation is extended to everyone interested in attending these meetings. A warm invitation is extended to everyone interested in attending these meetings. Feel free to contact Rav Hazzan Glantz in advance with any questions (hglantz@gmail.com or 215.635.6611, ext. 122). Following evening minyan at 7:30 PM at AJ.

Pesah Bowl
Saturday, April 20, during Shabbat services
Test your knowledge of Passover for prizes! Please register for services here.

Adult Ed Anti-Judaism Series 
Lunch and Learn: Navigating the Post-10/7 Landscape with Prof. Ayal Feinberg
Saturday, April 20 at approximately 12:00 PM (in person at AJ)
Prof. Ayal Feinberg will review new data underscoring changes in antisemitism following the terrorist attack of 10/7. He’ll explore what we know about underlying mechanisms through which 10/7-specific antisemitism has manifested—blame, responsibility, and conspiracy. Then he’ll close with a discussion on how 10/7 is likely to permanently impact antisemitism and alter the identity of the diaspora moving forward. Formerly Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Ayal Feinberg joined Gratz College in the spring of 2023. As the Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights, he oversees the largest Holocaust and Genocide graduate program in the world. His research has been widely featured in leading journals and media outlets and is frequently utilized
by practitioners and policymakers concerned with the insecurity of marginalized groups and the perseverance of the Jewish community. He is an expert in contemporary antisemitism, and among a small group of scholars seeking to better understand the phenomenon through event-count analysis and survey experiments. AJ members can click here to register. Members of the community, please use this link.

Hol HaMoed Pesah Shabbat Services with Choir and Organ
Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 
AM
Join us for a Hol HaMoed Pesah Shabbat service accompanied by choir and organ. Services will be followed by a luncheon. Please register using the April online registration form.

Shoah Seder
Sunday, May 5 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
On May 5, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, AJ will be hosting its first Shoah Seder. This unique program utilizes the methods of the Pesach Seder and combines them with the history of the Shoah to create an unforgettably powerful experience. There will be a $25 charge per person, 13 years and older, and a strict limit on the number of participants. Registration is now open and will be closed when we reach our numerical limit. Please register here.

Community Yom HaShoah Service at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am
Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 PM
The Kehillah of Old York Road will present its 24th Annual Yom HaShoah service on Sunday, May 5, at 7:00 PM. Old York Road Temple-Beth Am will host George Marcus, a Holocaust survivor, who will share his poignant family narrative during Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass.” Following the program, a Ma’ariv Service will be led by Rabbi Hazzan Howard K. Glantz. Before or after the program, visit Beth Am's Holocaust Exhibit: The Gilbert Tabby z”l Collection of Jewish Life in Europe Under Nazi Rule. Registration required by Friday, May 3. Click here to register. There will not be an evening service at AJOld York Road Temple-Beth Am is located at 971 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001.

Grandparents Group Program:
Listening to the Power of Your Grandchildren’s Voices, with Dr. Robert Vogel

Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 PM (via Zoom)
In many of our sessions over the years we have talked about our grandchildren’s emotional growth and ability to handle challenges. This session will not only discuss that aspect of our grandchildren’s emotional healthy growth but give us practical ways to engage with them and help them explore their world as we learn more about them. Our presenter is our own Bob Vogel, a lifelong member of AJ. Bob has dedicated his life to the empowerment of youth through education. As a professor of 43 years, Bob has spent the majority of his life in the world of education and has created a deep positive impact on many students from around the world. Bob has written a book called Wondering. It explores the feelings and emotions of children and how to help them gain resilience. Bob will give us the opportunity to explore ways to engage our grandchildren in child-centered fun. He will also give us a deeper understanding for our grandchildren’s lives, emotional needs, and personal challenges. Through the Wonder questions, we will gain valuable tools so that our grandchildren can express themselves, and better understand themselves as they seek concrete solutions to the challenges of navigating the world around them—while we as grandparents learn about our grandchildren in new ways. Go to https://www.adathjeshurun.info/form/GP-vogel.html to register.

Film Screening of Ben-Gurion, Epilogue
Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 PM
In honor of Israel Independence Day, Americans for Ben-Gurion University and AJ will be screening Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, winner of the Israeli Ophir Award (the Israeli Oscars) for Best Documentary Film. The event will feature a special guest: Sam Katz, award-winning documentary film producer and Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair, Americans for Ben-Gurion University. In the depths of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev archive, six hours of interview footage was discovered of one of modern history’s greatest leaders — David Ben-Gurion. It is 1968, and he is 82 years old, five years before his death. His introspective soul searching provides a surprising vision for today’s crucial decisions and the future of Israel. 7:30 PM: Dessert Reception, sponsored by Violet Zeitlin and Claire Winick; 8:00 PM: Program and Screening. For more information about this event and Americans for Ben-Gurion University, contact Claire Winick at claire@a4bgu.org. Please register here.

AJMA Trip to the Jewish Heritage Night Phillies Game
Tuesday, June 18 at 5:15 PM
Let the AJ Men's Association take you out to see the Fightin' Phillies battle the San Diego Padres! The game is on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:40 PM. Tickets (Section 326) are $45 each, including transportation. We have a bus leaving AJ parking lot at at 5:15 PM SHARP! Questions? Click here to register. Email Howard Goldman at hrgtax@verizon.net. ***Only 16 tickets left!***

NEW BLOG! AJ Community Bulletin Board!
We are launching a new page on our website called "AJ Community Bulletin Board." In blog format, we'll be letting you know about things we think may be of interest to you. You'll find non-AJ events that are happening in the Philadelphia community and beyond, thoughts from Rav Shai, content concerning Israel, etc. Check it out here!

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