Community Leaders Speak at “Standing United With Israel” Event

— by Janet Lynn

Temple Sinai hosted an ecumenical event this week, celebrating Philadelphia’s relationship with Israel.

Speakers included Governor Tom Corbett, as well as local religious and political leaders:

  • Bishop Shawn Bartley of True United Church,
  • Rabbi Saul Grife of Beth Tikvah-Bnei Jeshrun,
  • Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro,
  • Dr. Jim Showers and Reverend William Sutter from Friends of Israel,
  • Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region Yaron Sideman,
  • Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony Williams and
  • Rabbi Adam Wohlberg of Temple Sinai.

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The featured leaders encouraged further collaboration in keeping the relationship growing and strong, and recognized the appreciation those outside of the Jewish community have for Israel.  

In addition to the speakers, the program featured a short video from Jerusalem Online University, and a musical program by the Temple Sinai Junior Choir, along with an interfaith choir comprised of members of the adult choirs of Temple Sinai, Jarrettown United Methodist Church, and St. Alphonsus Church, led by Cantor Stephen Freedman.

Rabbi Adam Wohlberg of Temple Sinai said, “We are blessed to live in a community in which men and women of all faiths recognize the State of Israel’s right to exist and in which so many people actively support Israel and feel a deep connection to her people.”

Tour de Shuls: Biking around the Jewish Community

Local Congregations Featured Tour Stops in the First Annual Tour de Shuls PA/NJ Bike Ride to Benefit Camp Ramah

— by Leonard Abrams and Bruce Tomar

Middle Atlantic Region of Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs proudly presents the inaugural Tour de Shuls a bike ride to benefit Camp Ramah on Sunday morning, September 23, 2012. Cyclists will enjoy a choice of a 45 mile, 20 mile or family friendly 3 mile ride. All rides begin and end at Temple Sinai in Dresher, PA. The ride will feature tour stops at
Beth Sholom in Elkins Park, PA and Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA. The cost to ride is $36 ($54 after 9/9). Check-in begins at 7:00 AM.

Every dollar raised from rider fees, contributions and sponsorships will be donated directly to Camp Ramah. This will be a great day for the Shuls of the Middle Atlantic Region, the Ramah movement and the Jewish community at large. All participants will be treated to a catered lunch by Temple Sinai Men’s Club’s acclaimed “Men in the Kitchen.”

A similar event is planned for September 2 in Indianapolis to benefit Hillels on eight university campuses across Indiana. On June 24, rides were held in Massachusetts and Connecticut rides to support the Tikvah special needs program at Camp Ramah New England.
Register today to ride, donate, sponsor a rider, sponsor the event and volunteer at www.tourdeshulspanj.org For further information contact event co-chairs Leonard Abrams at [email protected] or 215-498-2566 or Bruce Tomar [email protected] or 856-429-9042.