Show your Pride by Joining Ohev Shalom’s Third Annual PRIDE Shabbat

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County announces with exuberance its third annual Pride Shabbat on Friday June 14th at 6 PM at our Synagogue located at 944 Second Street Pike in Richboro, PA. Please join us as we welcome LGBTQ Educator and Activist Jamie Joy for an engaging and interactive discussion on gender diversity, trans identity, and building an inclusive Jewish community. This year’s PRIDE Shabbat is sponsored by J.Proud, a JFCS Initiative through the Jewish Philly LGBTQ Consortium.

Ohev Shalom and our congregation believes that every person deserves love and respect. We welcome all peoples to our synagogue, so please join us for this special Shabbat to celebrate our Jewish LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters.

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 14th!

 

Ohev Shalom Friday Night Live Shabbat Service Celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Inclusion B’Kavod at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County invites you to celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month by joining us at the Friday Night Live service on Friday February 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM. The Friday Night Live Shabbat service will be held at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County followed by a traditional catered Shabbat dinner. Shabbat dinner is $36 per family (2 adults with up to 3 children under 12 years of age), $18 per person (13 years old and up), or $12 per child (12 and under).

 

For more information, please contact [email protected] with questions or call 215-322-9595. Dinner reservations can be made online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efx0yqec00d55d41&llr=6k59eecab

 

According to Jewish Learning Ventures, Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified national initiative during the month of February to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide. Throughout the month of February, Jewish communities across the country including the Greater Philadelphia area learn about and celebrate those who overcome obstacles throughout their lives every day.

 

Through Inclusion B’Kavod and inclusion programs such as [email protected], members of Ohev Shalom proudly celebrate celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and welcomes diversity within our sacred community. Ohev Shalom proudly invite all members of the community to celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month during our Friday Night Live service on Friday February 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

 

Inclusion B’Kavod at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County invites you to celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month by joining us at the Friday Night Live service on Friday February 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM. The Friday Night Live Shabbat service will be held at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County followed by a traditional catered Shabbat dinner. Shabbat dinner is $36 per family (2 adults with up to 3 children under 12 years of age), $18 per person (13 years old and up), or $12 per child (12 and under).

Ohev Shalom Hosting Shabbat BBQ Shabbarbeque Open House

Ohev Shalom families and prospective members are invited to an outdoor Shabbat service followed by a complimentary barbecue on Friday, August 31st at 6:00 PM! your own lawn chair or blanket. Vegetarian options available.

Please register online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efkxmtyp29392c8d&oseq=&c=&ch=

If you have any questions, email Marty Rudoff at [email protected]

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…]

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]com.

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].

Smartphone Addiction Inspires New Maccabeats’ Shabbat Video

“I wish there was a thing like Shabbat … a worldwide day where we’re not on our phones … an actual day of real rest.” This quote comes from a rather unexpected source: Katy Perry, in an interview with Cosmopolitan. The quote also appears in the opening shot of a new music video — not a video by Katy Perry, but one by the Jewish a cappella group the Maccabeats.

This video was produced by the organization Jew in the City. According to its website, the group’s mission is to “break down stereotypes about religious Jews and offer a humorous, meaningful look into Orthodox Judaism,” which the group describes as being “just as relevant today as it ever was.” The Maccabeats’ video demonstrates this point by juxtaposing the quiet isolation a of a cell-phone-obsessed society with the robust joy and interconnectedness of Shabbat.

In the video, our technologically imposed solitude is aptly played out against the backdrop of the Maccabeats’ rendition of the 1960’s Simon & Garfunkel classic The Sound of Silence. Some of the lyrics are so spot-on that it is shocking to think they were composed over 50 years ago. For example, “People talking without speaking” is a perfect description of texting or communicating via social media. And, “the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made” conveys our dependence on our devices.

In contrast, the joy of Shabbat is depicted in the video during the singing of Lecha Dodi — “Come, My Beloved,” which is the traditional song for welcoming Shabbat. During this part of the video, every sound is audible, from birds chirping to children laughing to glasses clinking. Alluding to the mitzvah of intimacy on Shabbat, the song ends with a tender moment between husband and wife and the tagline “Turn off the Sound of Silence. Turn on the Sound of Shabbat.”

This video was shared by Rabbi David Levin, the Radmal, on his Jewish Relationships Initiative blog. The video is covered by the Standard YouTube License.

The Antidote to Idol Worship

Photo Credit to the Office of Rabbi Sacks.

Photo Credit to the Office of Rabbi Sacks.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks recently returned for another visit to Kohelet Yeshiva, the Modern Orthodox high school in Merion Station, for Shabbat services, and gave a drasha (sermon) entitled “The Idols in Our Lives: Contemporary Echoes of the Golden Calf.” The legendary British rabbi served in London for over 20 years as the former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He has received numerous awards and honors — including the prestigious Templeton Prize — and has written more than 30 books. [Read more…]