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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 December 2023

You can see our current COVID-19 guidelines here. We ask that attendees of services and events at AJ review the guidelines 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.

Gratz Lunch and Learn with Rav Shai: Is Food Grown in a Lab Kosher?
Thursday, December 7 at Noon (in person at Gratz College)
Rav Shai will be teaching this session at Gratz College. Can modern food technology enable us to create a kosher cheese burger? What about a BLT? We’ll examine the legal, philosophical, and religious issues of the brave food frontier. But even if traditionally treif foods could technically be consumed, should they be? Orthodox and Conservative opinions have been rendered. We’ll look, but at this session, we won’t taste! 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. In-person only. $23/person. You can register at

Adult Ed: Exploring the Hamas-Israel War, with IDF Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Yoni Shimshoni
Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 PM (in person at AJ only)

Please join us at Congregation Adath Jeshurun on Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 PM for a discussion led by IDF Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Yoni Shimshoni. Dr. Shimshoni will discuss the state of the current war, the future of the conflict and what Israel needs to do to move forward to a peaceful future. Hanukkah refreshments will follow the discussion. Jonathan (Yoni) Shimshoni served for 25 years with the IDF in both field command and staff positions, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General after culminating his career as Director of Planning for the Planning Division. He received his PhD in Public Policy from Princeton University and has continued his teaching career at both Princeton and MIT. Having served on several committees of the Israeli National Security Council, Dr. Shimshoni has published extensively in the areas of conventional deterrence, technology and doctrinal innovation. Pre-registration is required. Please register here.

Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached
Friday, December 8 at 6:15 PM (in person at AJ)
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). 6:15 PM. Use the December online service registration form to register.

Adult Education Series on Awe: First Session, Wild Awe
Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 PM (in person only)

This year, Rav Shai will oversee a wide-ranging exploration of the concept of “awe”— what it is, how we experience it, and the effect it can have on our lives. We will explore the topic from four viewpoints, including musical, artistic, natural, and the written word. On Sunday, December 10, the first session, Wild Awe, will take participants to the Holodec, a virtual reality arcade. We’ll strap on a pair of goggles and “experience” those natural phenomena right here in Philadelphia’s Fishtown. The Holodec is located at 1516 N. 5th Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19122. We'll start promptly at 1:00 PM. Please note: Registration for the Awe series is for all four parts: Wild Awe, Musical Awe (in late January/early February), Artistic Awe (in the spring), and Awe of the Written Word (on Saturday, May 18). The cost for the series is $100. Space is limited for the first session at the Holder, so RSVP ASAP...first come, first served. Register here.

Please understand that virtual reality is an immersive experience which some may find challenging. Holodec, the virtual reality facility where we will experience AWE, requires that all participants sign a waiver of liability when they enter the Holodec, the link for which can be found here: Please read it carefully and understand that by attending you are agreeing that the waiver applies to Adath Jeshurun as well. If you feel that you are unsure or unable to agree to the waiver, we understand. Please let the office know and we can arrange for a refund for this program.

"Bring in the Light" Hanukkah Celebration
Tuesday, December 12

Rav Hazzan Glantz will be leading a Hanukkah celebration for all ages called “Bring in the Light.” We’ll be entertained by a band called Ants on a Log. Ants on a Log performs music for children and other childlike people, songfully advocating for positivity, social justice, and silliness. Musical program for AJ Early Learning Center students at 5:30 PM; Dinner for all ages at 6:00 PM; and Musical Program and Menorah Lighting for young families and the young at heart from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM. RSVP by Friday, December 8. Please register here.

Kabbal-Tot Shabbat (includes dinner)
Friday, December 15 at 5:00 PM
We are pleased to introduce a new Friday night service geared toward young families, created out of the structure of our traditional Friday evening service. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to make “holy noise” and sweet sounds as we, together, welcome Shabbat. Children will have dinner at 5:00 PM and the service will start at 5:30 PM. $5 per family. Please register here.

Celebration Weekend for Rav Shai's 5th Anniversary at AJ!
Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17

This celebratory weekend will begin on Friday evening at 6:00 PM with a Kabbalat Shabbat service and a Shabbat dinner. Adults: $60. Children 13 and under: $18. Our esteemed guest speaker/teacher for the entire weekend will be Prof. Arthur Green. Prof. Green is a world-renowned theologian and Rav Shai’s mentor.

On Saturday, Shabbat morning services will be at 9:30 AM, followed by a Saturday Kiddush Luncheon at 12:30 PM and Seudah Shlishit at 4:20 PM. Our esteemed guest speaker/teacher for both will be Prof. Arthur Green. The cost for the Kiddush luncheon and Seudah Shlishit is $45 per person. 

The final day of this celebratory weekend will begin with Sunday morning services (9:00 AM), followed by a Closing Reception with Prof. Arthur Green (9:45 to 10:45 AM), Brunch (10:45 to 11:30 AM),  and the Fourth Annual Latke Throwdown at 11:30 AM. The cost is $25 per person.

Please register by returning the response card enclosed in the invitations mailed to congregants. Alternatively, you can use the online registration form here. (Attendance at all three days of special events is $118 per person.)

AJ Bereavement Support Group with Rav Hazzan Glantz
Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30 PM (in person and via Zoom)

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. Feel free to contact Rav Hazzan Glantz in advance with any questions. Following evening minyan at 7:30 PM at AJ and via Zoom.

Wed, December 6 2023 23 Kislev 5784