What’s Happening in Philly’s Jewish Young Professional Scene

Rachel Abramowitz. Photo: Tribe 12.

By Rachel Abramowitz

In a person’s life, the longest time between Jewish rituals is the duration from bar/bat mitzvah to marriage. For Millenials today, that gap is only getting wider.

So what does Judaism look like for young professionals when there isn’t a ritual in sight to connect them? What does Jewish community look like outside the bounds of traditional rituals? As the engagement associate for Tribe 12, a non-profit that connects 20s/30s in Philadelphia to the Jewish community, it’s my job to “mind this gap” of the young professional experience. In this interim of milestones, I create programming that not only fosters community, but also connects 20s/30s with all the  Jewish Philly happenings and opportunities.

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Young Professionals Networking Night

Join the Akiba-Barrack Alumni Association, Tribe 12 and The Chevra in a night of networking and talking about the world champions — the EAGLES (yeah, we’re still hype).

Ari Roitman ’94 (Akiba Hebrew Academy Alum), Senior Vice President of Business for The Philadelphia Eagles, will be the keynote speaker for the night… so we won’t judge if you wear your favorite green blazer (although casual attire is also fine).

Light appetizers and beer and wine will be provided.

Event is FREE but space is limited so be sure to pre-register for your ticket!

Co-Chairs to date: Jeremy Kriger ’01, Rena Asher ’08, Elliot Margules ’03, Rebecca Herzberg ’10 and Daniel Raikin ’11

Makers Market

Tribe 12 presents our first ever Makers Market! Join past & present members of the Tribe 12 Fellowship at this market, which will open as part of Launch Night on May 8th.

Our 8th cohort of Tribe 12 Fellows have honed their ideas for four months, and on Launch Night be the first to hear about these socially-conscious businesses, non-profits and projects which will change our community, our city, and the world!

Launch Night & the Makers Market are great ways to engage with our community, buy local, and hear more about the development of past and current Tribe 12 Fellowship ventures.

More info on Launch Night: https://www.facebook.com/events/184880842122236/

Murder Mystery Happy Hour

Join Tribe 12 in Cruising the open seas… cruising for murder that is (dum dum dum)!

Never been part of a murder mystery happy hour? That’s great! You’re a first-made murderer? That’s great too! We’ll send a detailed script about a week before the event so you can get comfortable with your role. Then you can show up in your best vacation cruise attire (as if you needed another reason to pull out that hawaiian shirt and fanny pack) and get ready for a night of fun and MURDER (not real murder… like, just to be clear).

Make sure you RSVP at the link above by May 10th so we have time to assign roles!

First Thursday Happy Hour

New to town, or just new to Philly’s Jewish scene? At Tribe 12’s monthly First Thursday Happy Hour, everyone is there to meet new people so there’s a super friendly and welcoming vibe. If this will be your first Tribe 12 event, find a Tribe 12 staff member at the door so we can buy you your first drink and welcome you to the community!

This happy isn’t just any happy hour… not only will we be venturing out of center city to the amazingly cool Frankford Hall, but we will also have free board games, ping pong, and access to a fire pit after dark! This is one happy hour you won’t want to miss!

As always, there is NO cover – but if you register in advance we won’t make you stand at the door while your friends hit the bar!

Festival Ahava: Caribbean Beach Party

The Chevra, Jewish Graduate Student Network & Tribe 12 look forward to rocking the summer with you on Tu B’Av* (The Festival Of Love)!

*Featuring Israeli rap rock band SHTAR
www.shtarmusic.com

Revel with other 20’s & 30’s from the Tri-State Region & enjoy:

*Open Bar & Frozen Cocktails
*Caribbean Barbecue
*Campfire S’mores
*Indoor Volley Beach Ball

Our last big party sold out 500 tickets pre-sale & over 100 people were turned away from the door. RSVP now in order to lock in the pre-sale rate and reserve your place before the events sells out!

RSVP & Prepay: www.tinyurl.com/festivalahava17
$12 prepaid :: $25 door

20’s & 30’s
Professionals & Grad Students
Singles & Couples

Festival Attire
Men :: Island Cocktail
Women :: Caribbean White

Host Committee:
Sharon Alexandra :: Arielle Amchin :: Ariel Arbely :: Hila Aronson :: Benjamin Chaim :: Jennifer Horn :: Dani Pogachefsky :: Ellie Levy :: Naomi Richter :: Jeff Resnick :: Skoti Robert :: Grant Schmidt :: Meredith Small

All You Need Is Love!

Co-Sponsored by:
The Chevra, Jewish Graduate Student Network & Tribe 12

Get your tickets here!

Tribe 12 First Thursday Happy Hour August

New to town, or just new to Philly’s Jewish scene? At Tribe 12’s monthly First Thursday Happy Hour, everyone is there to meet new people so there’s a super friendly and welcoming vibe. If this will be your first Tribe 12 event, find a staff member at the door so we can buy you your first drink and welcome you to our community!

As always, there is NO cover – but if you register in advance we won’t make you stand at the door while your friends hit the bar!

Find out more here! 

Women’s Clothing Swap

Back by popular demand!

Come build your wardrobe at our annual clothing swap! This FREE event is a girls night, shopping trip and community benefit… all in one!

Bring at least five items of gently used clothing, shoes, coats, accessories or jewelry, and leave with as much as you can carry! We suggest bringing a reusable bag to stash your finds. Enjoy snacks, drinks and conversation while you “shop”.

After the event, all unswapped items will be donated locally — this year’s items will be going to Purple Heart (if you have a charity you love that you want to direct the donations to instead, email [email protected] to discuss)

We welcome cis women, trans women, genderqueer and non-binary folks!

Photo cred: Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

19 Local Synagogues Hold Wine Tasting Event at Federation Building

— by John Oliver Mason

Nineteen Philadelphia-area synagogues joined in a wine tasting party, aimed at Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia building last Tuesday. Ross Berkowitz, executive director of Tribe 12, one of the event’s sponsors, said:

This is an event we have been running for six years now. The one time of the year that Jews in their 20s and 30s think about synagogues, is at the High Holidays. They really do not think about them throughout the year. So we are really trying to catch people now, when they are thinking ‘Where do I want to go for the High Holidays,’ introduce them to the great synagogues that we have in this area, and hopefully create a connection, where they can possibly get free tickets for the High Holidays coming up, and hopefully create a connection for the coming year with one or more synagogues.

More after the jump.
Tribe 12, said Berkowitz, is “an organization that engages people in their twenties and thirties in the Jewish community, finding ways to connect people today so that they will stay involved in the community in the long term.”

Except for Tribe 12, The event was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Renaissance Group, Hillel Grad Network of Philadelphia, Moishe House, Gershman Y, the Jewish Exponent, Interfaith family of Philadelphia, the Victor Center, and the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia. “We all try to work together, because we know if we work together and create collaborations, we are going to have stronger events and better programs,” concluded Berkowitz.              

The participating Synagogues were:

  • Adath Israel (Conservative), Merion Station;
  • Aish HaTorah Philadelphia (traditional),Bala Cynwyd;
  • Congregation Beth Am Israel (Conservative), Penn Valley;
  • Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir (Reconstructionist), Center City Philadelphia;
  • Congregation Mikveh Israel (Spanish-Portuguese), Center City;
  • Congregation Rodeph Shalom (Reform), Center City;
  • Germantown Jewish Centre (Conservative), West Mount Airy;
  • Har Zion Temple (Conservative), Penn Valley;
  • Historic Congregation B’Nai Abraham (Orthodox), Society Hill;
  • Historic Congregation Kesher Israel, Society Hill;
  • Kesher Shalom (Reconstructionist-based), Rydal;
  • Kol Tzedek (Reconstructionist), West Philadelphia;
  • Mekor Habracha (Orthodox), Center City Philadelphia;
  • Minyan Tikvah (traditional-egalitarian), Center City;
  • Mishkan Shalom (Reconstructionist), Roxborough;
  • Temple Beth Am (Reform), Abington;
  • Society Hill Synagogue (Independent Conservative), Society Hill;
  • Temple Beth-Hillel-Beth El (Conservative), Wynnewood; and
  • Temple Beth Zion-Beth El (Conservative), Center City.