Blue Wave Fact or Fiction with Dick Polman

Join DJOP on Sunday September 16 at 11 am as columnist Dick Polman discusses the topic of the November 2018 elections. Dick will discuss  his thoughts on whether or not there will be a Blue Wave election as well as the current political climate including Trump, Russians, Mueller and our own PA races from Governor to Senate to Congress.  A light brunch will be served and there will be time for Q and A. So save the date for a not to be missed event! Sign up here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dpollman-djop

Second Annual Pride Shabbat at Ohev Shalom

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County announces with exuberance its second annual Pride Shabbat on Friday June 8th at 6 PM in the Sanctuary. It is the belief of Ohev Shalom and our congregation that every person deserves love and respect. We welcome all peoples to our synagogue, so join us for this special Shabbat to celebrate our Jewish LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters. A special Kiddush with wine and dessert will follow the Shabbat Services.

 

For more information, please email Cantor Annelise Ocanto-Romo at [email protected] or call her via the main office at 215-322-9595. We look forward to seeing you at our exciting and musical Pride Shabbat services on June 8th!

Pride Shabbat at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County Hosting Open House: All Are Welcome

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is hosting an Open House on Sunday May 6th from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM. All guests are welcome to visit the Synagogue in Richboro and learn what we have to offer to prospective members. Guests can tour the buildings and Hebrew School classroom. At 10 AM, and can meet our clergy during the Clergy Meet and Greet. Dr. Rabbi Elliot Perlman, Cantor Annelise Ocanto-Romo, and Cantor Emeritus Paul Frimark will tell you all about Ohev Shalom’s innovative programs in Jewish life and education. This is a great time for prospective members to learn about the benefits of being a member of the Synagogue and how its programs help people lead more enriched Jewish lives as members of the Ohev community. Please join us and enjoy coffee and snacks with members of Ohev’s leadership while getting to know the Ohev Community.

 

For Jewish families with young children, Ohev Shalom is excited to mention that family membership is complimentary until the oldest child is in the Third Grade!

 

More information about Ohev Shalom of Bucks County can be found by visiting http://www.ohev.org, by calling 215-322-9595, or by sending an email to [email protected]. Ohev Shalom celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and welcomes diversity within our sacred community. All are welcome, as Ohev is an all-inclusive community, and we welcome interfaith couples and families into our community.

Celebrate Shabbat Across America at Temple Beth Ami

Temple Beth Ami invites you to celebrate Shabbat Across America with us Friday, March 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome.  Please RSVP with payment by Monday, March 5, 2018.

Prices: Members: $12.00; Nonmembers: $15.00; Kids: $10.00 (up to 13).

Payments can be dropped off during office hours Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM or sent to Temple Beth Ami at 9201 Old Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115.  If you have any questions or would like additional information stop by the office, call: 215-673-2511 or email: [email protected].

 

 

Open House Shabbat

Open House Shabbat at Temple Beth Ami

Temple Beth Ami is opening its doors to prospective members for Shabbat Services on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM and Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Arrive as a stranger, leave as a friend, return as a new family member. Everyone is welcome to stay after services for Kiddush, mingle with the congregation, have a meet & greet with Rabbi Mitchell Novitsky and receive a tour of the synagogue. For more information stop by 9201 Old Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115, call 215-673-2511 or email [email protected].

Open House Shabbat

Open House Shabbat at Temple Beth Ami

Temple Beth Ami is opening its doors to prospective members for Shabbat Services on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM and Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Arrive as a stranger, leave as a friend, return as a new family member. Everyone is welcome to stay after services for Kiddush, mingle with the congregation, have a meet & greet with Rabbi Mitchell Novitsky and receive a tour of the synagogue. For more information stop by 9201 Old Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115, call 215-673-2511 or email [email protected].

Tisha B’Av and Tips for an Easy Fast

Cartoon of two men discussing Tisha Be'Av. Credit: Drybones.

Courtesy of Yaakov Kirschen.

Tonight is Erev Tisha B’Av, the eve of the 9th Day of Av, one of the most solemn days in the Jewish calendar. Tisha B’Av is the anniversary of numerous tragedies in Jewish history. For example,

  • The report of the 12 spies.
  • The destruction of King Solomon’s Holy Temple by the Babylonians (422 BCE).
  • The destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans (68 CE).
  • The defeat of the Bar Kochba revolt (132 CE).
  • The declaration by Pope Urban II of the First Crusade (1095 CE).
  • The expulsion of English Jews (1290 CE).
  • The expulsion of Spanish Jews (1492 CE),
  • The start of World War I (1914 CE).
  • The beginning of mass deportation from the Warsaw Ghetto (1942 CE), and
  • The bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires (1994 CE).

To commemorate these events, Jews fast for 25 hours and refrain from bathing, wearing leather shoes and engaging in marital relations. This fast is probably the most difficult of the year: The sun sets so late making the fast seem longer. The summer heat can dehydrate you. But most of all, unlike Yom Kippur, when you are surrounded by fellow Jews who are also fasting and busy with the liturgy, most Jews continue their daily routines on Tisha B’Av and are confronted with reminders of food.

According to Ira Milner:

While some people fast with little difficulty, most of us expect to feel more or less bedraggled after only a few hours. If fasting means headaches and assorted misery for you, it might be the fault of what you eat or drink beforehand. A few simple precautions in planning your pre-taanit menu could make all the difference.

Here is a summary of Ira Milner’s recommendations:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. 8-10 glasses of water (or other non-caffeinated beverage).
  • Small portions of animal proteins.
  • Increase starch and carbohydrates: Whole grain-bread, cereals, pasta, potatoes, legumes, unsalted popcorn.
  • Increase fiber: Vegetables and fruits with edible skins or seeds.
  • Decrease salt.
  • Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas)
  • Avoid fried or spicy foods.