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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What’s YOUR Israel story?

Were you speechless in Jerusalem? Swept off your feet by Tel Aviv? Was your trip an adventure of a lifetime? Were you surprised by the people, the food, the landscapes?

Join us throughout Greater Philadelphia to learn to weave the answers to these questions — and many more — into your personal Israel story. At one of our multiple workshops led by professional coaches from First Person Arts, Philadelphia’s premier team of storytellers, you’ll practice the art of narrative, culminating in the chance to record your very own Israel-themed tale at a professional filming session.

Join us at one of the following storytelling workshops, all offered free of charge:

Seven Decades of Israeli Film

Scene of two men sitting at a table eating from the movie "Maktub" (Fate)

The movie “Maktub” (Fate)

It has been 70 years since Israel declared its independence.  So this year, the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia (IFF) will showcase films that highlight different aspects of the region’s history. The movies will be shown at various locations in Philadelphia and the nearby suburbs from March 3 to March 25.

Several of the documentaries and feature films epitomize the struggles that the infant Israeli nation underwent as it transitioned from survival mode to inclusion. Others deal with the acceptance of minorities, modern day dilemmas, and affairs of the heart. [Read more…]

Kallah: A Night of Jewish Learning

The title of the keynote address by the Hon. Dani Dayan is “Israel at 70: Challenges and Opportunities.” ​Following the keynote speech and Q & A, participants will be able to select from a wide variety of learning sessions led by local rabbis, cantors and scholars. The “Taste of Israel” reception will feature delicious Israeli food prepared by A la Karte Kosher Catering, an Israeli wine tasting with Jay M. Caplan, and musical entertainment by Cantor Stephen Freedman of Temple Sinai.

Register for the event here. For more information, contact Shelley Rappaport at [email protected] or Sherrie Rosenberg Klein at [email protected].

Registration Fee
Adults: $18
Students: $5