AMIT Philadelphia Council/Shira Chapter Generations-in-Israel

Join us for dinner as we honor Eti Berkowitz for her many years of service and dedication to AMIT and to the children in Israel. The Torah Academy Girls’ Choir will be on hand to entertain and delight our guests.

The dinner will be hosted in a private home in Merion Station. The address will be provided with your confirmed reservation.

Please visit www.amitchildren.org/events for more information.

Join the Lego Man in Building Jerusalem out of LEGOs at Ohev Shalom

Stephen Schwartz, who is also known as Lego Man, will lead a LEGO® building workshop at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County on February 10, 2019 from 10 AM until 12 PM.

 

Please join us for this exciting workshop when Stephen Schwartz Man will lead us in building a replica of Jerusalem out of 70,000 LEGO® blocks. Stephen Schwartz (a.k.a. Lego Man) is an Architect of Building Blocks Workshops who leads two-hour LEGO workshops. Come and have fun using your imagination in creating a LEGO replica of Jerusalem during this exciting, educational, and engaging event. This event is free and open to the public. Children of all ages both young and old are welcome to attend provided you love playing with LEGO® blocks! As you know, LEGO® blocks hurt when you step on them, so please wear socks to this event.

 

For more information, please call 215-322-9595.

 

Building Blocks Workshops is a model building “large Group Activity” that is presented through the vision of an Architect. Participants are encouraged to build structurally sound, interesting, and whimsical models that have an architectural character worthy of the history they represent. They are Exciting, and Engaging, and Educational. Each program is a 2 hour fast paced activity utilizing 70,000 LEGO® Building Blocks.

Temple Beth Ami Brunch & Learn

On Sunday, November 25th at 10:30 AM Temple Beth Ami will be hosting a Brunch & Learn with Bat El Trabelsi, Shlicha. Bat El is a public speaker from Israel that currently serves as a resource to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. For two years, Bat El is bringing all aspects of Israeli life and culture to the Philadelphia area. Her energy as well as her outgoing personality make for a must see presentation. If you would like more information stop by the Temple Beth Ami office 9201 Old Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115, call 215 673-22511 or email us at [email protected] Donation/Price: $10.00 Members. $12.00 Non-members.

An Evening With Frank Luntz

“American Public Opinion About Israel: What Forms It and What Can Pro-Israel Advocates Do To Help Improve It” will be the focus of TV personality and public-opinion maven Frank Luntz’s presentation.

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 26 at the Philadelphia Marriott at 1201 Market St.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Please consider joining us at 6 p.m. for an exclusive Patrons’ Reception with Luntz where you can meet him and speak with him – there will not be an opportunity to do so during the presentation. The reception will include glatt-kosher food plus wines from Israel.
Tickets are $36/$18 for students and those ages 25 and younger for the presentation only.

Reception tickets are $200 each and include admission to Luntz’s presentation.

Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.com and you can also purchase them by check.
Purchase tickets online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-frank-luntz-taylor-forum-tickets-46327028389
Checks made payable to “ZOA” can be sent to: ZOA, P.O. Box 56, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19066.

This is a Taylor Forum event presented by Greater Philadelphia ZOA in memory of attorney and dedicated Zionist Jerome Taylor, who was a Greater Philadelphia ZOA board member.
For more information, call our Office at 610-660-9466.

Aunt Katy’s Hungarian Yeast Cake

Photo: Alex Gall.

Shabbat in Israel has unspoken rituals. People eat lunch at around noon, and then rest until 4 p.m. No one calls or rings door bells during those four hours. After the siesta, social life begins again with cake and coffee. The streets fill with people on the way to their friends’ homes for an afternoon visit. Most hosts eschew the convenience of cake mixes or store-bought cakes. They take pride in their family recipes and the pastries they bake themselves. One of my most memorable coffee klatsch experiences was with my Aunt Katy. She baked her family’s Hungarian yeast cake, filled with walnuts from the tree in her garden. [Read more…]

Lower Merion Yeshivot March Together at the Celebrate Israel Parade

The Lower Merion Jewish schools at Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: N. Aaron Troodler

By N. Aaron Troodler

Carrying their large banners and waving Israeli flags with pride, three local Orthodox Jewish Day Schools from the Greater Philadelphia area marched together up Fifth Avenue in New York City on Sunday, June 3rd as part of the Celebrate Israel Parade.

For the first time ever, Caskey Torah Academy in Wynnewood, Kohelet Yeshiva in Merion Station and The Mesivta High School of Greater Philadelphia in Bala Cynwyd marched jointly under the banner of “The Yeshivot of Lower Merion, PA.” The three schools, which collectively educate over 600 students in the Greater Philadelphia area, traveled to Manhattan to take part in this exciting celebration marking 70 years since the founding of the modern State of Israel. Approximately 200 students, parents and grandparents from the three Lower Merion schools walked proudly, danced and sang Hebrew songs along the parade route.

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Candidates in the 4th Congressional District Offer Perspectives on Israel

With the primaries next week, candidates are crisscrossing the 18 newly drawn congressional districts in Pennsylvania, talking to voters about a host of issues, ranging from gun violence to education to healthcare to the environment. However, the issue of Israel is rarely discussed during candidate forums and speaking engagements. Since this issue is profoundly important to many of our readers, we have decided to ask some of the candidates about their views on Israel, starting with those in the 4th Congressional District, which now consists primarily of Montgomery County. [Read more…]

Job Opening for Knesset Rabbi: Now Accepting Women Applicants

By Steven Beck

The Knesset in Jerusalem. Photo: Xiquinhosilva

For the first time in Israel’s history, a woman can apply for the position of Knesset Rabbi.

Several months ago, the Knesset published a tender for the position of Knesset Rabbi to replace the current rabbi who will be retiring in a few months. The tender required applicants to present a certificate from the Chief Rabbinate, a provision that excluded women from applying as they are barred from completing the Rabbinate’s certification exams.

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