Klezmer Concert

The Dan Blacksberg Ensemble is presenting a concert of folk, theater and Klezmer songs.

This concert is part of the 15th Anniversary celebration of the Bob and Molly Freedman Jewish Sound Archive at the University of Pennsylvania.

This free concert is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Germanic Languages and Literature, and the Penn Libraries.

Grandparents Day

Grandmothers, bubbies, and nanas! Grandfathers, zadies, and pops! Grab your grandkids for a day of fun at the Nation Museum of American Jewish History.

Explore Chasing Dreams:Baseball and Becoming an American, take a journey through time in our interactive, family-friendly permanent exhibition, participate in a Spotlight Talk, watch a film, or read a story together in a cozy spot.

Release your creative spirit with Chasing Dreams-themed arts and crafts. and have fun outside with special activities on the Museum Plaza. 

Reflect with our Friends on Israel – Part 3

Tonight’s topic is: “Through the Lens of American Students Who Have Just Return from Israel”.

Learn about the perspective of those who have recently visited Israel. What are their thoughts? What are their concerns?  What is their advice for those considering traveling to Israel? How have the recent military activities in Israel and Gaza affected their viewpoints? What are their hopes for Israel?

This series is sponsored by Har Zion Temple, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Am Israel, Adath Israel and Beth David Reform Congregation.

Reflect with our Friends on Israel – Part 2

Elad Strohmayer, Deputy Consul General will discuss “A Diplomat’s Prospective”.

Elad Strohmayer became Deputy Consul General to the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia in August 2012. He joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Diplomatic Training Program in 2010. His first post was as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of Israel in Luanda, Angola from November 2010 through July 2012. In 2006, Deputy Consul General Strohmayer graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in Political Science and International Relations.

He is currently completing his Master’s Degree in International Relations.

This series is sponsored by Har Zion Temple, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Am Israel, Adath Israel and Beth David Reform Congregation.

Caribbean Festival and Pottery Painting

The Caribbean Festival will be held at Penn’s Landing and will include pottery painting.

The cost includes both lunch and pottery.

JCHAI cafe is open to young adults 18 – 28, even if you are not in one of our family of programs.

 

Ramah Day Camp Tour

Come take a tour and discover all Ramah Day Camp has to offer.

Camp is for kids PreK – 7th grade, and there is a CIT program for those in grades 8 – 10.

Sports!

Art!

Swimming!

… and more!

Special needs program, transportation, lunch and extended care are all available.

Café Conversation: Neil Lanctot

Sit down for a chat with Neil Lanctot, Ph.D., baseball historian and author of Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, hailed “a rich and thoroughly enjoyable book” by the Los Angeles Times.  Books will be available for sale and signing. Click here to purchase your copy of Campy from the Museum Store in advance.  For more information on Campy, visit the author’s website.

 

Ramah Day Camp Tour

Come take a tour and discover all Ramah Day Camp has to offer.

Camp is for kids PreK – 7th grade, and there is a CIT program for those in grades 8 – 10.

Sports!

Art!

Swimming!

… and more!

Special needs program, transportation, lunch and extended care are all available.

21 Ways To Help Israel

By Naomi FeinmesserIsrael is at war, and over the last few weeks, I have received requests from across the globe from friends, family, friends of friends and friends of family, asking me if I know any ways that they can help Israel in her time of need. There are so many ways to help, and particularly for those not in Israel and who are therefore not able to send physical items through local collections, here are some reputable websites through which you can donate:
1) Underwear Campaign 
Care packages for soldiers, sending underwear and other essentials. Also using stores in the South to support their businesses in this difficult time.2)Ben Goldstein PayPal ID: [email protected]
Ben is going regularly to the soldiers, delivering whatever they request. High up on the list is usually deodorant, shaving equipment, underwear and cold drinks. At the moment he is not a registered charity, but if you look him up on Facebook you can see what he is doing. He has supplied to a number of bases, including the base where one of my neighbors is serving.3) One Israel Fund 
One Israel Fund is providing security and medical equipment to Southern communities. They have helped prevent terrorist attacks and infiltrations, some of which you may have read about over the last few weeks.4) Supplies for IDF 
Care packages of new towels, socks, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpastes, etc. being sent to our troops on the front lines.5) Yashar Lachayal 
A well-known soldier organization, providing soldiers with needed equipment as is requested.

6) Lone Soldier Center 
The Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center is providing help specifically to lone soldiers. Sadly we lost 2 lone soldiers in Gaza yesterday.

7) United Hatzalah 
United Hatzalah is looking to better equip their volunteers who are serving the South. The communities they serve and live in are being besieged by missiles, and the volunteers are doing everything they can to keep people safe, but they don’t have the equipment they need to protect their own lives. The request from these volunteer coordinators is to send an additional 100 bulletproof vests and helmets to volunteers to be able to safely respond to emergency calls without putting themselves at grave risk.

8) Summer Vacation Project 
Every Child Deserves a Summer Vacation campaign, to get kids under constant rocket fire out of the South and away for a day on a special outing.

9) One Family Retreats 
Another organization getting families out of the South, and also providing support to victims of terror.

10) Hotline For Families With Disabilities 
Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel’s leading disabilities organization, is running a hotline to provide emotional support and suggest practical solutions to people with a disability and their families.

11)Support For Families Of Soldiers: Paypal ID: [email protected]
Life under rocket fire is hard enough, and my good friend Elana is organizing help for families where the husband is on reserve duty, be it a takeaway dinner or cleaning help, and this is really appreciated by the families. She is also sending pizza to bases in need of a pick-me-up.

12) More Support For Reserve Families 
Another site supporting the miluim (reserve) families.

13) Shmira Project 
Sign up to do Guard Duty for our soldiers. Whilst they are serving in the field, each of us can sign up to receive the name of a soldier and commit to do good deeds, give charity or whatever takes your fancy in order to spiritually protect our people out there.

14) Pray For Wounded Israeli Soldiers

15) Read Tehillim (Psalms) 
An amazing website where you can read the chapter of Tehillim that is next to be read, and as a People we can complete the book of Tehillim multiple times. At the time of this writing, the book has been completed 925 times!

16) Pray In General! 
There have been suggestions to recite particularly Psalms numbers 20, 83, 91, 121,130, 144.

17) A Link To The Prayer For The IDF, In English and in Hebrew

18) Send A Picture Or A Thank You Card To Soldiers Serving On The field. 
They really appreciate them and they are great for morale!

19)Help Fight The Social Media War
Israel has long suffered from attacks in media and online. Stay accurately informed by following reputable people on Facebook and Twitter, such as StandWithUs, The Muqata, Alarm Darom, Lahav Harkov, Israel News Feed, Michael Dickson, IDF Spokesperson, Avi Mayer, Ofir Gendelman and Peter Lerner. Be careful. Only post links and news items from reputable sites. Don’t spread information that has not been confirmed by Israel.

20)Honest Reporting 
Don’t let inaccurate reporting go unreported. Write to your local members of government, and write to the press to bring media bias to task.

21)If anyone has a holiday home that they would be willing to open up to residents of the South, please contact [email protected]

 

Contributed by Hannah Katsman.  Hannah Katsman is the creator of A Mother In Israel, a community of Olim.