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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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October 2017

Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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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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The Book of Leviticus

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 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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November 2017

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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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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