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Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel

www.bzbi.org

Established in 1946, just after the Holocaust and prior to the founding of the State of Israel, BZBI has served the community around Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square for more than 60 years.

Formed by the union of three congregations, BZBI has been at home in our striking Neo-Gothic synagogue on 18th Street since 1954.

Today, under the leadership of Rabbi Ira F. Stone and Cantor Sharon Grainer, BZBI practices Conservative Judaism with an egalitarian worship service, bringing Torah, T’Fillah (prayer), and Gimilut Hasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness) to life in our vibrant urban community.

Upcoming Events

October 2017

Marom Kabbalat Shabbat

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Rabbi Goldman will lead an uplifting, contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat service with soulful singing and percussion. Join us for a spiritually rousing and heart-opening evening of music, prayer, and contemplation.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Audience Appreciation Day

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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BZBI is hosting a free concert for Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians’ third annual Audience Appreciate Day. We will be joined by a String Quartet. One Monday each fall, The Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians (POM) organize a Day of Music throughout the greater Philadelphia area. They celebrate this with informal small ensemble concerts, a token of love and appreciation to the Philadelphia area community, performed in schools, churches, synagogues, public plazas, libraries, retirement homes, coffee shops, and even SEPTA stations. POM hope to…

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Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until November 23, 2017

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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A six week course led by Rabbi Ira Stone based on the book by the eminent Harvard professor of philosophy, Hilary Putnam. We will explore the thought of the three pillars of modern Jewish Philosophy: Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emmanuel Levinas, among others.

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The Book of Leviticus

October 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until December 26, 2017

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Join Rabbi Stone on Tuesday mornings to learn and study the Book of Leviticus. This class will start in October and meet all year.

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A Wider Bridge

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Join the Jewish community and A Wider Bridge for a presentation on the status of LGBTQ rights in Israel and how A Wider Bridge plans on advancing equality in Israel and for Israel. Register via A Wider Bridge’s webpage: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-bridges-in-philadelphia-tickets-36552826488

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Israel’s 70th Birthday Book Club: Theodor Herzl

October 28 @ 1:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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BZBI is holding a book club series in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday. BZBI members will lead the discussion profiling influential Zionists whose leadership has a continued impact to this day. We’ll meet after Kiddush to celebrate Israel’s birthday with thoughtful conversation. In our first of these discussion groups led by Hon. Ramy Djerassi, we will focus on Theodor Herzl. Please read Herzl’s Vision: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State, by Shlomo Avineri, in advance of the…

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On One Foot: An Introduction to Judaism for Everyone

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Judaism is a world unto itself, encompassing rituals, ideas, and thousands of years of history. If you’ve been curious about Jewish learning but didn’t know where to start, this is the place for you! The American Jewish University’s One One Foot curriculum covers all of the essentials in an interactive format that encourages personal engagement. Join Rabbis Abe Friedman and Yosef Goldman for a year-long adventure in Jewish learning. This course is ideal for students seeking a basic orientation to…

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November 2017

Lunch and Learn: Hanukkah, Halakhah, and Hasidut

November 2 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Thursday, repeating until December 8, 2017

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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While it’s easy to think of halakhah (Jewish law) as a dry, technical subject, in the hands of the Hasidic masters it becomes another pathway to spiritual enlightenment. In this class, we will explore Hanukkah through key concepts in halakhah and Hasidic thought to uncover the spiritual dimension of halakhah’s practical guidelines. This class will run for 6 weeks. It is free but registration is required.

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Let’s Play Bridge

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Let’s play bridge! Join BZBI and community members for a few hours of bridge, coffee, and good times. All levels welcome. We request a $3 donation per session. All donations will go towards BZBI’s Tot Shabbat and Bonim programs.

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SICHA: Understanding the Refugee Experience

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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In How Fast Can You Run, poet Harriet Levin Millan creates an individual portrait of the challenges faced by refugees–the issues around which HIAS centers their work. We will have Millan and Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Director of Education Community Engagement for HIAS, discuss the refugee experience, it’s individual consequences, and the work that can be done to rebuild people’s lives with safety and dignity. Stay after the conversation for a book signing and light dessert reception. How Fast Can…

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SICHA: Understanding the Refugee Experience

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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In How Fast Can You Run, poet Harriet Levin Millan creates an individual portrait of the challenges faced by refugees–the issues around which HIAS centers their work. We will have Millan and Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Director of Education Community Engagement for HIAS, discuss the refugee experience, its individual consequences, and the work that can be done to rebuild people’s lives with safety and dignity. Stay after the conversation for a book signing and light dessert reception. How Fast Can…

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Praying in the Round

November 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Participate in the alternative Shabbat prayer experience with Rabbi Goldman. People of all backgrounds are welcome to join this informal service in the round, full of song and conversation, and a creative Torah Service.

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Curtis Cocktails

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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This is a night to enjoy the sounds of Philadelphia in BZBI’s backyard. Join us for wine from 7:00 to 7:45 and then the group will to Curtis for a free student recital. Please RSVP to the Temple Office.

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Curtis Cocktails

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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This is a night to enjoy the sounds of Philadelphia in BZBI’s backyard. Join us for wine from 7:00 to 7:45, after which we will leave as a group to go to Curtis for a free student recital. Please RSVP to the Temple Office.

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