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Jan
24
Fri
Community Shabbat Potluck @ Narberth Borough Hall
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For our Community Shabbat potlucks, we gather as one big Havurah family to light Shabbat candles, bless the challah and wine, sing shabbat songs, and enjoy a wonderful pot luck meal together. After dinner, we’ll gather for a fun activity for all ages, and following our intergenerational activity, at each Shabbat Potluck we offer “Wine and Wisdom”, a quieter time for adult discussion and learning.

Please bring washable plates and cups for each member of your family, if possible, to help us reduce our waste. We will have paper products for those who need them.

Please bring serving utensils for your dish, which should serve 10-12 people. When you arrive, we’ll ask you to label your dish and list ingredients so that those who have food sensitivities, keep kosher, or are vegetarian will know what is in them. Thank you!

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Jan
25
Sat
Changing the World From the Inside Out: Adult Ed Series @ Someone's home or a library meeting room! TBD
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

We’ll continue our High Holiday theme in a four session adult ed series, based on the book from which our this year’s theme emerged,  Changing the World From the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change by David Jaffe. We’ll  also draw from other sources on Judaism and Social Justice. What are our responsibilities as human beings and as Jews to address the many forms of injustice in our society? How do our inner lives support our capacity to bring positive change to our world,  and how do we know what is our  part? What is the relationship between inner spiritual growth and the social action we take on?

Take a look to learn more about the book  here, and if you’re interested in particpating in what I hope will be an engaging combination of discussion, learning, self-reflection, and community building, please send an email to rabbisimchazevit@gmail.com to receive further information.

Session One: Sunday 1/5 10 am – 11:30 pm

Remaining Sessions on Shabbat afternoons 1/25, 2/8, and 2/22 from 1-2:30

There will be a fee of 72.00 for the four sessions, and we’ll meet four times in January/February. We’ll need a minimum of six particpants for the class to be a “go”. Join Us!

Jan
28
Tue
Hebrew School @ JFCS
Jan 28 @ 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Kita Aleph (generally 3rd and 4th graders) and Kita Bet (generally 5th and 6th graders) will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 4:15 (drop off and snack/transition time is from 4:15 – 4:25), until 6:00 pm.

Feb
1
Sat
Tot Shabbat
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Save the Date!

Havdallah followed by “Antisemitism and Free Speech” @ Narberth Borough Hall
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
ANTISEMITISM AND FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS:
THE  IMPACT OF THE RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER ON COMBATTING ANTISEMITISM
With Dr. Sigal Ben Porath
 
Join us for Havdalah, a brief ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat and the transition to a new week, followed by a presentation and discussion led by Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath, a member of the extended Havurah family.  Dr. Ben-Porath is Professor of Education, Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Free Speech on Campus (2017, University of Pennsylvania Press), and a nationally known speaker on the topic.
Sigal will outline the issues that the recent executive order on combatting antisemitism, signed at the White House Hannukah party, is meant to address, and the debate it has sparked  in the Jewish community and beyond. While the White House states that the executive order is meant to ensure incidents of anti-Semitism be treated under federal law as vigorously as other forms of discrimination, some have taken issue with whether the executive order defines  Judaism as a race or nationality rather than as a religion, and whether the executive order conflates Judaism with support for the state of Israel and its government policies.
In a time of outrage over anti-Semitic incidents of all kinds across our country, we’ll learn about this piece of policy and the debate it sparks about antisemitism in general, and antisemitism and free speech on college campuses in particular.
Feb
4
Tue
Hebrew School @ JFCS
Feb 4 @ 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Kita Aleph (generally 3rd and 4th graders) and Kita Bet (generally 5th and 6th graders) will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 4:15 (drop off and snack/transition time is from 4:15 – 4:25), until 6:00 pm.

Feb
7
Fri
Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Shabbat @ GET Cafe @ GET Cafe
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), and to honor this time of bringing disability awareness and inclusion into our communities, we are thrilled to gather at Great Expectations Together – GET Cafe. Co-leading our Shabbat service with Rabbi Simcha, will be Lior Leibling Lior is an amazing young man with Down’s Syndrome, who brings joy and wonder to life, and especially to prayer. Featured many years ago in the award winning film “Praying with Lior” when he was preparing to become Bar Mitzvah, Lior is now thirty years-old and still loves to pray. His joy is infectious, and his presence will be a gift to us all.

The purpose of JDAIM is to create a sense of urgency for sustained action for serious issues of inclusion and belonging for people living with disabilities and mental health conditions. Fittingly, we gather at GET whose mission is: to provide a community space where individuals with disabilities, learning differences and special needs, their family/caregivers and community members can experience social, education and community involvement in an inclusive way. We strive to eliminate the stigma, separation and discrimination against individuals with disabilities and special needs. Through a well-developed use of long-standing behavioral support for individuals with disabilities, we have developed a novel infrastructure of trained staff and specialists to support SUCCESSFUL community inclusion. 

Snacks will be provided and the GET coffee bar will be open.
Looking forward to seeing you for this special and inclusive evening!
Feb
8
Sat
Changing the World From the Inside Out: Adult Ed Series @ Someone's home or a library meeting room! TBD
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

We’ll continue our High Holiday theme in a four session adult ed series, based on the book from which our this year’s theme emerged,  Changing the World From the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change by David Jaffe. We’ll  also draw from other sources on Judaism and Social Justice. What are our responsibilities as human beings and as Jews to address the many forms of injustice in our society? How do our inner lives support our capacity to bring positive change to our world,  and how do we know what is our  part? What is the relationship between inner spiritual growth and the social action we take on?

Take a look to learn more about the book  here, and if you’re interested in particpating in what I hope will be an engaging combination of discussion, learning, self-reflection, and community building, please send an email to rabbisimchazevit@gmail.com to receive further information.

Session One: Sunday 1/5 10 am – 11:30 pm

Remaining Sessions on Shabbat afternoons 1/25, 2/8, and 2/22 from 1-2:30

There will be a fee of 72.00 for the four sessions, and we’ll meet four times in January/February. We’ll need a minimum of six particpants for the class to be a “go”. Join Us!

Feb
9
Sun
Tu B’Shvat Celebration with Potluck @ Narberth Borough Hall
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate Tu B’Shvat!  Together we’ll  learn about this special holiday that celebrates the “birthday” of the trees and teaches us to care for the natural world. We’ll enjoy a Tu B’Shvat pot luck feast of foods that help us remember all the ways we are nourished by the earth, followed by an ICE CREAM Tu B’shvat seder, a ritual that involves eating fruits, nuts, and ICE CREAM of four colors/flavors to represent the changing seasons.

For those who would like to stay for Wine and Wisdom, adult discussion and learning, we will delve deeper into texts and themes of the holiday.

SIGN-UP HERE! 

Feb
11
Tue
Hebrew School @ JFCS
Feb 11 @ 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Kita Aleph (generally 3rd and 4th graders) and Kita Bet (generally 5th and 6th graders) will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 4:15 (drop off and snack/transition time is from 4:15 – 4:25), until 6:00 pm.