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.

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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.


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