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Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

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8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
(215) 887-8700 https://kenesethisrael.org/

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February 2017
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Adult Book Discussion Group: “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” by Sarit Yishai Levi

February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Gabriela’s mother, Luna, is the most beautiful woman in Jerusalem. Desperate to understand their relationship, Gabriela learns the stories of her family’s previous generations. The story begins in pre-statehood Israel and includes all of the major events in the history of modern Israel. This story of love and forgiveness educates and entertains. The only requirement to join this group is that you have read the book! Free and open to the public. The Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel,…

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March 2017

Adult Education: Maimonides Café with Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

March 2 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Rabbi Sussman’s Maimonides Café discussions are always excellent. Be sure to come. $10 per class if not an Adult Ed Member; KI Members: $36 per person/year; Synagogue-Affiliated: $75 per person/year; Unaffiliated: $125 per person/year. The Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 2nd Floor, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

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Heritage Shabbat; musical premiere of “To Bigotry, No Sanction: An American Jewish Cantata”

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Composer Jonathan Comisar premieres an American Jewish Cantata; “To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington’s Letter to the Jews.” Rabbi Sussman gives the sermon, “A House of Prayer for All People.” In honor of its 170th Anniversary, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel presents the world premiere of “To Bigotry, No Sanction: An American Jewish Cantata," based on President George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island. The piece will be performed as part of the synagogue’s 170th Celebration and Heritage Shabbat…

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Torah Study

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Begin Shabbat morning at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel with an engaging discussion of the weekly Torah portion. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

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Shabbat Morning Service with the KI Minyanaires

March 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Our KI Minyanaires lead this warm, engaging Shabbat service. Kiddush nosh and kibbitz following service. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

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Adult Education: The I’s On the IDF: Importance, Integrity, Integration, Innovation And Influence led by Selma Dafilou

March 6 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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This illustrated presentation will highlight the development of the Israel Defense Force by emphasizing some of the “I’s” that characterize this military organization. We will look at how it evolved from the defense of various settlements to its present role in preserving the State of Israel and protecting the independence of its citizens and residents. $10 per class if not an Adult Ed Member; KI Members: $36 per person/year; Synagogue-Affiliated: $75 per person/year; Unaffiliated: $125 per person/year. The Meyers Library…

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Finding Your Family Roots, Part 2: Ask the Experts

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Tuesday, March 7, 1:00 p.m. or Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. Explore free internet genealogy sites with Jack Myers, KI’s resident genealogist. Bring your family tree, laptop computer and questions! Space is limited. Advanced registration required. The Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 2nd Floor, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 215-887-8700 x 122.

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Masterpieces of Kabbalah Literature by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

March 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Senior Rabbi, Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., shares and explains selections of Kabbalah literature. $10 per person/non-members. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information and to register, call 215-887-8700 or e-mail [email protected]

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Hakuna Megillah! A Lion King Purim

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Our annual festive Purim celebration begins with a Brown Bag Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7:00 p.m. Megillah reading, with teen readers, Shir Joy singing, and then “Hakuna Megillah:  A Lion King Purim,” this year’s Purim shpiel.  The Lion King is so well-known and well-loved. We love to pick something that resonates with every age. It’s the tradition at KI that the actors and actresses are all teens in our high school program, Quest Noar. The kids are so widely talented, we even have…

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Kehillah of Old York Road Purim Carnival

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Games, Food and Fun for All Ages. Costume Parade, Hamantashen Eating Contest

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Adult Education: Americana By Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche: Love, Exile, Identity And Race From A New Perspective, discussion led by Bev Rosen

March 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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What does gifted Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche mean when she says that she did not know she was black until she came to America?  Why is hair a leading character in her provocative, poignant and often satiric novel about love, exile, identity and race? How does she view blackness and race relations in both the United States and Britain? More importantly, how will we view race and race relations after we follow the journeys of her protagonists, Ifemelu (Adiche's…

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Music Arts Event: Welcome Spring with Broadway and Opera Favorites Cabaret

March 18 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Welcome Spring with our annual sellout concert, designed to let your spirits soar with an entertaining, uplifting, song-filled evening! For your convenience, all tickets purchased in advance will be held at the door. Tickets: $40 per adult, students under 23 FREE. Optional pre-concert dinner available by reservation only for $18. Box office opens at 5:00 p.m. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-947-5131.

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Adult Education: Judaism and Science led by Rabbi Ruth Sandberg, Ph.D.

March 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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While some people see religion and science as inherently antithetical, Judaism sees science as complementary to the Torah. We will discuss Jewish views of the Big Bang; the exploration of space and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life; medicine and mental health; and Jewish Nobel prize winners in science. $10 per class if not an Adult Ed Member; KI Members: $36 per person/year; Synagogue-Affiliated: $75 per person/year; Unaffiliated: $125 per person/year. The Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 2nd Floor, 8339 Old…

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Jewish Film Series: Babette’s Feast (1987)

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m. or Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. When Babette, a beautiful and mysterious French refugee, arrives in a remote Danish town the tight-knit, puritanical community begrudgingly let her in, providing her with shelter and work. But after the town patriarch passes away and Babette insists on preparing a feast in his honor, a magical world of sensory revelations is thrown open to the villagers, changing their lives forever... Free and open to the public! The Meyers…

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Shabbat Evening Service with Dr. Maria Gallo, President of Delaware Valley University

March 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Dr. Maria Gallo, Delaware Valley University’s first female president, helps Keneseth Israel welcome Shabbat and discusses, “Ancestry and Genetics: Fact or Fiction?” Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

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Adult Education: The Great Influenza Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1918 led by Jim Rubillo

March 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed between 50 and 100 million worldwide in the worst epidemic in modern times. Philadelphia was the American city with the highest death toll. For one hellish month, the city and its environs were in a state of panic and fear. This session explores the day to day saga of this frightening period in the city’s history. $10 per class if not an Adult Ed Member; KI Members: $36 per person/year; Synagogue-Affiliated: $75 per person/year;…

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Adult Book Discussion Group: “Two Family House” by Linda Cohen Loigman

March 28 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband; and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day. Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic…

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Adult Education: Cinema’s Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood led by Evonne & Isaak Kruger

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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This documentary discusses first the German film industry from the 1920’s until the rise of Hitler when so many of its Jewish writers, directors, actors, camera technicians and editors had to leave; and second, the arrival and transition of the exiled German film artists to Hollywood. $10 per class if not an Adult Ed Member; KI Members: $36 per person/year; Synagogue-Affiliated: $75 per person/year; Unaffiliated: $125 per person/year. The Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 2nd Floor, 8339 Old York Road,…

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Adult Education: Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman, discussion led by Emilie Passow

March 30 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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The setting is Australia after WWII. The male protagonist becomes a lighthouse keeper, marries, and brings his wife with him to the lighthouse island. Subsequently, some very complicated moral issues develop. The writing is beautiful, especially the descriptions of the landscape and the characters are thoughtful, engaging, and very well portrayed. $10 per class if not an Adult Ed Member; KI Members: $36 per person/year; Synagogue-Affiliated: $75 per person/year; Unaffiliated: $125 per person/year. The Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 2nd Floor, 8339 Old…

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Senior Moments Committee presents: Under the Boardwalk

March 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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Reminisce about summers at the shore and take delight in the great music of the 50’s and 60’s. Play trivia to test your knowledge! Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D. speaks on Philly legend Eddie Fisher. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8702.

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Shabbat Evening Service followed by the first of three talks in the Rabbi’s Spring Forum, “WWI and the Jews; Eve of Battle: Jewish Life Before WWI” Presented by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D. with Joan Myerson Shrager, M.Ed.

March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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In many ways, World War I was the real end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. If nothing else, the map of Europe and the world changed dramatically after 1919. In this initial talk, we will look at Jewish life in 1914 just before the war started. The largest Jewish community in the world was in the Czarist Empire which would implode in 1917. The war also saw the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the…

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