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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 May 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.

CSP Exclusive Book Launch: The Madwoman in the Rabbi’s Attic, by Gila Fine
Tuesday, May 28 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (via Zoom)

How does the Talmud portray its heroines? Why are they never as they first seem? And what does this tell us about the rabbis' views of marriage, sex, childbirth, and what it means to be a woman in the world? In this first international launch of her new book, Gila Fine sits down with Rabbi Dr. Shai Cherry to discuss the stories of six talmudic heroines, how to read them, and why she came to write about them. Join us for this exclusive Orange County Community Scholars Program event.  Click here to register.

AJ Bereavement Support Group, with Rav Hazzan Glantz
Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 PM (no RSVP necessary) ***note change of date!***
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 ( or 215.635.6611, ext. 122). Following evening minyan at 7:30 PM at AJ.

Sundaes for Sara's Castle
Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Buy an ice cream sundae to benefit the upkeep of Sara’s Castle on the AJ Playground. Sara’s Castle honors Sara Burke, a very special AJ Preschool student who lost her life to brain cancer in 2008. Stop by or click here to donate now.

AJ 2024 Annual Fundraiser ("SPEC")
Sunday, June 2 at 7:00 PM

Click here to go to the event landing page.

166th Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 4: Dinner at 5:30 PM; Minyan and meeting at 7:00 PM

Please join us on Tuesday, June 4, to celebrate this past synagogue year and to inaugurate the new one! We will be installing a new president of the congregation and a dinner will precede evening minyan and the meeting. Dinner (by reservation): 5:30 PM; Minyan and Annual Meeting: 7:00 PM; and Dessert Reception: 8:15 PM. Click here to register. Please reply for the dinner by Friday, May 24.

Shavuot Programs
Tuesday, June 11, at 7:oo PM and Wednesday, June 12, at 9:30 AM

We’ll round out a year of discussion about weighty topics on an encouraging note when we welcome David Arnow, Ph.D. Dr. Arnow is a psychologist and a scholar of the festival of Passover. His Shavuot presentations will be based on his latest book, Choosing Hope: The Heritage of Judaism. Choosing Hope journeys from biblical times to our day and explores nine fundamental sources of hope in Judaism. He will present Part 1 on Tuesday evening and Part 2 on Wednesday during Luncheon. On Tuesday evening, Rav Shai will also be teaching, both before and after Dr. Arnow's presentation. And, of course, there will be the ubiquitous cheesecake!

Dr. Arnow graduated from Brandeis University and earned his doctorate at Boston University in 1982. A writer with decades of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, he is the author of Creating Lively Passover Seders, co-editor of My People’s Passover Haggadah, and co-author of Leadership in the Bible: A Practical Guide for Today

Use the June Online Services Sign-up form to register for both.

Rise Against Hunger Packing Event
Thursday, June 13 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us in the Orleans Auditorium from 5:00 to 7:00 PM to help pack food for the food-insecure! We have space for 40 to 80 people, of any age. Rise Against Hunger (RAH) is a non-profit organization based in New York that sends food to areas of our world* that are significantly impacted by hunger and malnutrition. To register, click here. Please note: we have raised all of the funds necessary to support this event but when you register, feel free to contribute to the RAH packaging event we are planning for next spring. *RAH does not get involved in regions where war would inhibit distribution. Therefore, these meals won’t be going to Gaza, for example.

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!  For those who purchased tickets, the is bus leaving AJ parking lot at at 5:15 PM SHARP! Questions? Email Howard Goldman at

Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached
Friday, June 21 at 6:15 PM
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). Register using the June Online Service Sign-Up form.

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!

Sat, May 25 2024 17 Iyyar 5784