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In-Person Services at AJ 
All Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat and Saturday morning Shabbat services are being held both in person at AJ and on Zoom. Saturday evening Mincha/Ma'ariv and Havdalah, as well as daily minyan, will remain on Zoom. 

Our current COVID-19 guidelines are:

  • Pre-register for services by completing the October online registration form, November online registration form, or by calling the office. 
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering the sanctuary. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Only fully vaccinated people may attend in-person services and events at AJ and everyone must wear a mask.

Grandparents Group Opening Program: L'Dor V'Dor: Passing Our Stories to the Next Generation
Thursday, October 21st (via Zoom)
The guest speaker for our opening event will be Marshall Duke, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Emory University. He will be leading leading a session on how family narratives can build resilience in children and teens. We invite adults of all ages to our program on “Telling Our Story,” recognizing the broad appeal of this subject. This October program is the beginning of a series of programs for the Grandparents’ Group addressing different ways of passing on our legacy to the next generation. To register, click here. Via Zoom.

Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached or K'lei AJ: 6:15PM
Upcoming dates: October 22 (K'lei AJ) and November 19 (K'lei AJ) (no registration needed) (in person and via Zoom)
Join Hazzan Glantz and a few congregants who play instruments for this musical Kabbalat Shabbat. An oneg in the sukkah will follow. Come to AJ or Zoom in with your friends for this relaxed, casual, and enjoyable service! See the Weekly Announcements email for Zoom information.

How to Choose a Truly Green Electricity Supplier in Pennsylvania
Wednesday, October 27th (via Zoom)
L’olam presents Meryl Sands, from The Energy Co-Op for a presentation on alternative energy. She will present alternative energy options and discuss how to decide which is the best one for you. 7:30 PM. Via Zoom.

Adult Ed. Class: Jewish Music of Purpose, Led by Hazzan Glantz
Four Wednesdays*: November 3, 10, 17, and 24 (in person and via Zoom)
In each approximately one-hour session, we will learn songs that celebrate Israeli cities, commemorate wars, and honor units of the IDF. While no prerequisites exist, Hazzan will review the meaning of the Hebrew words and how they might relate to those we use regularly, and explain the significance of each song in the Israel of today. Following evening minyan at approximately 7:30. Minyan begins at 7:00 PM. Specific dates are November 3, 10, 17, and 24. In person and via Zoom. *The AJ building will be open for evening minyan on these four nights.

Know Your Medicare Options: 10:30AM OR 7:45 PM
Thursday, November 4 (via Zoom)
Are you turning 65, retiring in the next 6 to 12 months, and/or planning to enroll in Medicare during the upcoming Open Enrollment period? AJ’s own Terry Smerling, a Medicare planning specialist with Delval Senior Advisors, will be presenting an educational seminar on November 4, 2021. Terry will present the seminar at two times. Come to whichever time works best for you! Both sessions are on Thursday, November 4. To register for either the morning session (10:30 AM–12:00 PM) or the evening session (7:45 PM–9:15 PM, following evening minyan), click here. You can also submit any questions you have ahead of time by clicking the registration link. During this seminar, you will learn:

  • How Medicare works and what it covers
  • Timelines to enroll to avoid a late enrollment penalty
  • How Part D prescription cards work and how to pick the right one for you.
  • The difference between Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans.

First Fridays with Hazzan Glantz
Friday, November 5 (in person) 
Do you play a musical instrument, like to sing, or simply wish to participate more in the Friday night service? On the first Friday of each month — beginning on Friday, November 5 — Hazzan Glantz welcomes congregants of any age to come to AJ with or without an instrument. At 5:30 PM we will review a few of the psalms, melodies, and choreography in the Friday night service. If you can shake a tambourine, sing a simple tune without words, or clap your hands, you can add something very meaningful. You must be vaccinated to participate. Please use the monthly service registration form to sign up. (See link above under "In-Person Services.")  Other dates: December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, and April 1.

AJMA Veterans' Day Program: 10:00AM
Sunday, November 7 (via Zoom)
AJ’s own Elizabeth Turk-Karan, Ph.D. will discuss a condition that affects many of our veterans — Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Elizabeth is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she is Director of Practicum and Internship Training at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. The program will be via Zoom only and won't include breakfast as advertised in the September/October Newsletter. Please register here.

Healing Service with Hazzan Glantz: 6:15PM
Wednesday, November 10 (no registration needed) (via Zoom)
Hazzan Glantz leads this service that includes healing prayers that may be familiar, steeped in our ancient liturgy as well as more contemporary and current inclusions. 6:15 PM. Please see the Weekly Announcements email for the Zoom information, or call the office at 215.635.6611!

AJWA Sisterhood:
Namaste and Shalom: A Virtual Tour of Jewish India: 1:00PM

Sunday, November 14 (via Zoom)
India’s Jewish heritage is a rich cultural and historical saga that stretches from biblical times until today. Explore each of India’s Jewish communities as we visit sites and synagogues in Bombay, Calcutta, and Cochin. The tour will be led by Rahel Musleah, who was born in Calcutta, the seventh-generation of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th-century Baghdad. Today, Rahel is a New York-based award-winning journalist, author, singer, speaker, and educator. She is looking forward to travel opening up so she can resume taking visitors on Jewish heritage tours of India. In the meantime, she is bringing India to us!

Grandparents Group:
ebbie Friedman, Creator of Tell and K'Vell game
Thursday, November 18 (via Zoom)
We will welcome Debbie Friedman, creator of the Tell and K’vell game to join us for an evening of insights and practical tips for telling our story. All AJ adults are invited. We know you will find this a fun and helpful tool for engaging your family and friends in the wonderful art of Jewish story-telling. Debbie Friedman is sure to make us all experts in this special skill. Debbie comes to us from Cincinnati where she held various learning and development positions, culminating in Vice President, Leadership Development. You may purchase the Tell and K’vell game at

Hanukkah Palooza!
Sunday, November 21 (no registration needed) (in person)
From carnival games, to crafts, to shopping and snacks, friends and family of all ages will enjoy the AJ Hanukkah Palooza! Join us from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM to prepare for the Hanukkah season with food and fun. Games and food will be available outside, and vendors and artists will be displaying and selling their products in the Orleans. Masks and social distancing required; vaccinations required indoors. This event is free for AJ members, and a suggested $5 donation for non-members. Please invite family and friends! The event will include: Local vendors selling Judaica, crafts, and more; craft activities for kids; carnival games and prizes; Hanukkah Bowl for kids, with prizes; and sufganiyot and other snacks. Registration is not required. This event is open to the community and walk-ins will be welcome!

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