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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.

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February 2017

The Book of Numbers

February 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

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 Numbers. This class will meet all year and will take a break in October.

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Mahjong

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 29, 2017

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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The time has come – we have created a new Center City Mahjong game. Are you new in town looking for game? Have you lived in town and want a new game? Have you heard of mahjong and want to learn to play? If you fall into any of these categories, please reach out to Ellen. This game meets in the Chapel.

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March 2017

Writing As Spiritual Practice: A Shared Exploration

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Whether you have a regular writing “practice” or put pen to paper only on occasion, whether you write for others or for yourself alone, you are part of a rich tradition of Jews who love—and wrestle with—words. Rabbis Yosef Goldman and Sue Levi Elwell are forming a small group of individuals to explore the connections between our writing and our spiritual lives. We’ll come together to write, to share, and perhaps to be surprised by our discoveries. If you’d like…

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Munchkin Minyan

March 2 @ 8:45 am - 9:25 am
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An event every month that begins at 8:45am on day First of the month, repeating until June 3, 2017

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Munchkin Minyan is a casual Shabbat experience for our youngest friends (under 18 months) and their grownups. Join us for a bit of Shabbat celebration before it’s time for the morning nap!

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$25 - $30

Yale Whiffenpoofs in Philadelphia

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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BZBI warmly welcomes the Whiffenpoofs to Philadelphia. Enjoy an evening of song. 100% of proceeds and donations will go to charity. Price: $25 online, $30 at the door To buy tickets, visit the Whiffenpoofs’ website.

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Munchkin Minyan

March 4 @ 8:45 am - 9:25 am
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Munchkin Minyan is a casual Shabbat experience for our youngest friends (under 18 months) and their grownups. Join us for a bit of Shabbat celebration before it’s time for the morning nap!

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ShaBhakti: A Shabbat Yoga Experience

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day First of the month, repeating until June 3, 2017

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Join BZBI in an alternative spiritual journey into the heart of Shabbat through yogic movement, meditation and song with Dr. Deborah Glassman and Rabbi Yosef Goldman. Deborah is a certified yoga teacher and practices and studies an alignment based flow style yoga. Her belief is that yoga is more than postures on a sticky mat and is a way to connect with your true self as a manifestation of the divine. She tries to carry her practice of yoga off…

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$10

BZBI Purim Party

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Have a ball at BZBI for Purim 2017! BZBI Family Purim Seudah, 6:00 PM. Join BZBI families for a pre-Purim meal. Sponsored by the Neziner PTA. Pre-Megillah Whiskey and Wine Tasting and Havdalah for young adults and graduate students, 6:30 PM. Hosted by the Hillel Grad Network. Maariv, Havdalah, and Megillah Reading then Purim Party, 7:00 PM. Join BZBI for a community megillah reading, costume parade, and singing. Following the Megillah reading all adults are invited upstairs for a post-service…

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Purim Morning Megillah Reading

March 12 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Join the BZBI community for a Megillah reading in the Chapel. Please bring a noisy, boxed non- perishable food item to use as your grogger. We will donate these food items to a local food bank.

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Praying in the Round

March 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Come be a part of creating a new 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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Pop-Up Book Club: The Six Day War

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem, a week that reshaped the Middle East and whose ramifications continue to unfold in today’s headlines. To mark and reflect upon this milestone, BZBI will be holding a Pop-Up Book Club, three discussions focused on three important books about the Six Day War. For our first meeting, after kiddush on Saturday, March 18 after Kiddush, we will discuss Like Dreamers: The Story of the…

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The Amerita Chamber Players

March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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The America-Italy Society sponsors a classical concert by the critically acclaimed Amerita Chamber Players. This unique musical ensemble specializes in the work of Italian composers of the 17th and 18th centuries and performs music carefully researched by the music directors. This concert is free and reservations are not required.

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Shabbat Without Walls

March 25
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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This program will offer opportunities for our community to connect on Shabbat beyond the synagogue. We hope to match people, based on location and interest, for a shared activity on Shabbat day. This can happen anytime between waking up on Saturday morning through havdalah and can include almost anything that is Shabbat-friendly and fosters community. Please visit the event's website page if you want to participate!

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April 2017
$5 - $15

Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis Lecture Unconscious Communication, Psychoanalysis and the Religious Experience

April 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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How can we understand it when a patient dreams accurately about some aspect of her therapist’s life? Freud accepted that individuals are capable of unconscious, ‘telepathic’ communication. Some of his colleagues however expressed concern that Freud’s interest in such matters would undermine psychoanalysis. Today psychoanalysts are more willing to acknowledge “unconscious communication” as a clinical reality. Professor Marsha Hewitt will discuss the history of ‘telepathy,’ or unconscious communication and explore its many parallels with religious experiences, including the notion of…

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