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Join AJ in Supporting Israeli Farmers

The bottles from the 2021 partnership are in production and will be delivered to AJ in late December 2021! You will receive a call when your bottles arrive! 

We are excited to announce a new partnership with MyTree in Israel! You may know that last year, Rav Shai adopted a tree and received six bottles of Israeli olive oil. With this new partnership, you can support Israeli farmers by adopting your own tree. After the harvest in November, you will receive six bottles of Israeli Extra Virgin Kosher Olive Oil with a personalized label of your choice! AJ will also be adopting trees, giving you the opportunity to purchase individual bottles with an AJ label or a set of three with an AJ label or a label of your choice. 

Tree and bottle purchases will be accepted until the harvest deadline in November. Please note that the olive oil will arrive at AJ for pickup in December. You will be contacted when it arrives! 

To learn more, and view a message from Rav Shai, click here.

More information will be available when orders open again for 2022! 

Schlep & Schmoe

Okay, so it's not technically local, but it's definitely cool! Schlep & Schmoe describes itself this way:

A first of its kind…Schlep & Schmoe is a modern Jewish brand for those of us with an identity crisis. We believe Judaism and pop culture can be interwoven to create a new experience for those of us wanting to retain the best of both worlds. Plus, our clothes slap.

Their fun t-shirts, hoodies, and sweats make perfect gifts for family, friends, or self. A portion of the proceeds goes to support Jewish and pro-Israel organizations around the world. Use code AdathJeshurun for 10% off. Happy shopping!


AJ "Love Your Neighbor" Magnet 
These 3"x5" magnets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The proceeds support AJ Acts.


Rav Shai's Book: Coherent Judaism
Each book is $26.17 from Amazon. If you'd like your book signed, please call the office to arrange to drop off your book for Rav Shai to sign! 

Burning Bush Hot Sauce 
Cofounded by AJ's own Neil Wernick, Burning Bush sauces delight foodies and heat-seekers alike with an elusive balance of heat and flavor that evokes the ancient spice trading routes and colorful, open-air markets of the Old World. Buy on Amazon here.


Rav Shai's Introduction to Judaism Course
This course includes 24 lectures from Rav Shai in which he explores the rich religious heritage of Judaism from biblical times to today. You can order "Introduction to Judaism" (Course #6423) in DVD format for $39.95 with the audio streaming free of charge directly from Rav Shai. Call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611 or send an email to Limited quantity available.

Moka Origins 
The coffee from our Preschool coffee cart comes from Moka Origins, and they do bean-to-bar chocolate too! Their mission is to empower farmers and restore the environment. They do this by ethically sourcing coffee and cacao, creating jobs on their farm in Cameroon, and planting a tree for every product sold. Whether grown at their farm or ethically sourced from their partners around the world, their beans generate real social change.

Rav Shai's Book: Torah Through Time
Torah Through Time focuses on specific narrative sections of the Torah. Cherry closely examines several different commentaries for each of these source texts, and in so doing he analyzes how each commentator resolves questions raised by the texts and asks if and how the commentator’s own historical frame of reference—his own time and place—contributes to the resolution. 

Armour and Animals 

Did you ever wonder where people got the idea of wearing armor? Or, did you ever look at an armadillo and see it was wearing armor just like the knights of old?  Now you can see and compare all kinds of armor. This is a great way to learn how both people and animals use their armor. All the human armor comes from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Arms & Armor collection. The animals are wearing their own.  


Jennifer Friedman Designs 
One-of-a-kind designer jewelry creations made with gemstones, pearls, coins, diamond, fibers, and amazing vintage finds! Check out her Instagram here!


Arielle Margot
Handmade macrame art and accessories crafted in Germantown, PA

Bee Happy Honey (Nick Lodise)
Fresh honey made right here in Elkins Park! Thanks to the bees they provide honey, candles, salves, and soaps. They also have starter kits for those wishing to get started keeping bees and all the supplies one will need to manage their hive.

Yad Lakashish

Yad Lakashish is a Jerusalem nonprofit empowering low income elderly through meaningful work opportunities, essential social and financial benefits as well as promoting positive attitudes towards seniors through inter-generational connections. AJ's own Violet Zeitlin has Judaica items for sale from Yad Lakashish. Call or email her to purchase at or (215) 635-1587. 


AJ Renew/Reconnect/Rejoice Yard Sign

Share your love of AJ with our newest lawn sign! The New Members committee is asking for your help (lawn space) to spread the word about AJ’s renewed energy and welcoming and growing community. Only 50 signs were ordered, so don't be left out! Stop by AJ to pick one up: Monday through Thursday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, or Friday from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. They're free!

Sanctified Sex: The Two-Thousand Year Jewish Debate on Marital Inimacy

Sanctified Sex, by author Noam Zion, draws on two thousand years of rabbinic debates addressing competing aspirations for loving intimacy, passionate sexual union, and sanctity in marriage. What can Judaism contribute to our struggles to nurture love relationships? What halakhic precedents are relevant, and how are rulings changing? 

The rabbis, of course, seldom agree. Underlying their arguments are perennial debates: What kind of marital sex qualifies as ideal — sacred self-control of sexual desire or the holiness found in emotional and erotic intimacy? Is intercourse degrading in its physicality or the highest act of spiritual/mystical union? And should women or men (or both) wield ultimate say about what transpires in bed? 

Noam Sachs Zion guides us chronologically and steadily through fraught terrain: seminal biblical texts and their Talmudic interpretations; Talmud tales of three unusual rabbis and their marital bedrooms; medieval codifiers and mystical commentators; ultra-Orthodox rabbis clashing with one another over radically divergent ideals; and, finally, contemporary rabbis of varied denominations wrestling with modern transformations in erotic lifestyles and values.

Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyyar 5782