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The upcoming months are full for the Jewish Federation's Old York Road Kehillah — be sure to save the date!



Simchat Torah Glow Party featuring Israeli Music
Saturday, October 7 | 5:45 p.m. 
Beth Sholom Congregation

All ages are welcome to celebrate, dance and glow with Beth Sholom Congregation! Participants will enjoy a Simchat Torah Dinner, Service, Hakafot and Glow Party featuring modern Israeli music. Wear white or neon colors – glowing accessories will be provided. This event is free for Beth Sholom Congregation members with a $5 per person or $20 per family fee for non-members. To register, click here.


Karen Akers: Water Under the Bridge
Sunday, October 8 | 3:15 p.m.
Temple Judea Museum

Join Keneseth Israel’s Community Family Concert Series for a musical experience of Water under the Bridge, an autobiographical journey tracing the Broadway and cabaret performer’s life experiences through song. Order tickets online at KenesethIsrael.org/MusicArts. For questions, contact 215.887.8700. 


Fall Adult Jewish Learning Courses
Semester begins Tuesday, October 10
Gratz College or Virtual

Gratz College’s Daniel and Louise Cohen Adult Jewish Learning Program is for adults in the community who enjoy learning in an intellectual atmosphere with instructors who are highly regarded experts in their fields. Ongoing courses are offered each semester in a variety of subjects and topics as well as Hebrew and Yiddish language. In addition to courses, Gratz adult education offers Distinguished Lecture Series, Yiddish programs, Israeli films and other special events. To learn more, click here.

Perelman Virtual Meet & Greet Sessions
Tuesday, October 10 | 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 12 | 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18 | 8:00 p.m.

Join Perelman Jewish Day School for a Virtual Meet and Greet with the Head of School, Mitchell Daar, to learn more about the exceptional K-5 Jewish Day School program. To register, click here.


What's at Stake? Understanding Israel's Local Elections
Wednesday, October 11 | 12:00 p.m.

Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council in collaboration with the Abraham Initiatives to discuss Israel's upcoming local elections. In the wake of political turbulence and still reeling from the violence of May 2021, these elections come at a turning point for shared societies in mixed cities. Learn from experts what citizens are voting on, what issues are most crucial, and how the Abraham Initiatives is elevating the voices of both Jews and Palestinians seeking peaceful coexistence. To register, click here


Cemetery Cleanups 
Sundays: October 15 and October 22 | Various Times 
Har Nebo Cemetery or Har Jehuda Cemetery 

Honor those at rest by cleaning up local historic, Jewish cemeteries. Volunteer tasks include raking, picking up trash and clipping overgrown vines. The cleanup will end with a memorial service to honor all of those buried. To register, click here


American Jewish Life at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Tuesday, October 17 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Gratz College

Join a Gratz College Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, author of Portrait of an American Rabbi. Rabbi Sussman will discuss his experiences and analyses of the reshaping of Jewish life in the early 21st century. $23 per person includes a kosher lunch. For more information and to register, click here.


Monthly Meeting of the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP) 
Sunday, October 22 | 2:00 p.m. 
Main Line Reform Temple or Virtual

Learn more about the Jewish Historical-Ethnographic Society’s brief but dynamic campaign in 1916 to evacuate Jewish material heritage from the front zones in Russia during World War I. This presentation sheds light on this little-known campaign and its importance for understanding the transformations and conflicts within Russian Jewry in a time of global war and revolution. The Zoom link will be posted at jgasgp.org Sunday morning. No pre-registration is required. For more information, contact membership@jgasgp.org.


Low Carb(onization) Fair
Sunday, October 29 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Congregation Adath Jeshurun

The community is invited to join Congregation Adath Jeshurun to explore doable ways to reduce your carbon footprint with engaging presentations and interesting vendors. No registration ia required. For more information, contact Congregation Adath Jeshurun at 215.635.6611.


Create at Kol Ami! Making Art as a Spiritual Practice
Sunday, October 29 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Bornstein Auditorium at Congregation Kol Ami

Take a creative leap of faith and join Rabbi Berkowitz, creative writing instructor, Janet Falon, collage artist, and Mindy Jacobson-Levy, art therapist and mixed-media artist, for an afternoon of art-making for its own sake. Using the model of the Jewish Studio Project, participants will explore how different types of artistic practices can be used as tools for learning, reflection, self-care and creative play – all grounded in Jewish text. Come explore with us in a fun, safe, accessible, and judgment-free environment, where artistic skills are not expected or required. RSVP requested by October 15 to execdir@kolami.info.


Kikar: Squaring the Circle of Jewish Teen Education
Starts Sunday, November 5
Congregation Adath Jeshurun

All teens in the greater community are invited to join Rav Shai Cherry for experiential learning, including field trips, plays, heated discussions, and traditional learning with an option to gain college credits. The aim is to bring a creative lens though an interactive learning adventure! For more information or to register, click here


Taste of Perelman
Tuesday, November 7 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Perelmen Forman Center Campus

Perelman Jewish Day School invites parents and their preschool-aged child(ren) for a morning of fun and interactive activities as we play and learn in two languages! Our teachers, administrators and Head of School are excited to share what it means to be Powered by Perelman! To register, click here.


Shop and Schmooze 
Wednesday, November 8 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Marlyn Schiff and Home Grown

Treat yourself and your loved ones to something special for the holiday season with exclusive discounts at Marlyn Schiff and Home Grown! These local boutiques will be generously donating a portion of their sales in support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. To register, click here


Barbra Streisand Celebration
Sunday, November 12 | 1:00 p.m.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

To celebrate the release of Barbra Streisand’s new Book, My Name Is Barbra, the Women of KI and community partners will join together to present Broadway's Lee Slobotkin as he performs an informal play reading of  Buyer and Cellar, a one-man comedy by Jonathan Tolins. Refreshments will be served. To register or for more information, click here.


JCRC Webinar Series with David Horovitz
Monday, November 13 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council is hosting a series of online briefings with David Horovitz, Founding Editor of the online newspaper The Times of Israel. In the briefings, Horovitz will provide updates about the latest events happening in Israel and the Middle East. To register, click here


Jewish Wisdom and Environmental Justice
Thursday, November 30 | 7:00 p.m.

Join Congregation Kol Ami and community partners for a presentation by Rachel Sharona Lewis, author of the Rabbi Vivian mystery series, which engages in questions of significance within our contemporary American Jewish community. By day, Rachel organizes synagogues and other faith communities in the Greater Boston area around different social justice efforts, most notably, in the work of welcoming immigrants. To register, click here.


Exercise Classes
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays | 10:30 a.m. 
KleinLife, Montgomery County 

Join KleinLife for a series of exercises designed to put participant’s minds, bodies and souls back into balance. Exercises can be done seated or standing with great instructors. For more information, contact Gail Korostoff at 215.635.5244 or gkorostoff@kleinlife.org.


Come Eat Lunch with Us!
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays | 11:45 a.m. 
KleinLife, Braimer Auditorium: Montgomery County

Join KleinLife for a delicious meal accompanied by some fun socialization with new and old friends. Reservations are required with a suggested donation of $2 per person. For more information, contact Gail Korostoff at 215.635.5244 or gkorostoff@kleinlife.org.



The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Kehillah initiative works to foster vibrant Jewish communities. You can learn more about the Old York Road Kehillah by visiting jewishphilly.org/oyr or by contacting oldyorkroad@jewishphilly.org.