Daniel Silva Coming to Beth Sholom
Daniel Silva, famed author of Gabriel Allon spy series, will be here May 5th for our annual fund raiser event. Further details....
Hazzan Candidate Weekends
The Hazzan Search Committee has narrowed the search to six candidates. After further interviews they further narrowed the search to three and then have invited them to come to Beth Sholom for weekend visits. For updates of the search and dates, please view the Hazzan Search page.
Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!
Do you know a Jewish girl who will be in 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade during the 2012-2013 school year? Do you want to introduce her to a program that will enrich her life with informal Jewish education?
Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! is the perfect place for pre-teen and teenage girls to meet, to talk and to share in a Jewish environment. It is a place to see that other girls have similar questions and concerns, and a place to feel safe to find answers. Most importantly, it is a place to be with friends where they can laugh and eat and just be together.
Its not too late! Groups will be starting in September, so email me information about your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, cousins and friends. Girls' Rosh Hodesh is an amazing opportunity for all of the Jewish girls you know.
Julie Glass firstname.lastname@example.org 215.887.3625 ext. 216
Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project to be held at Beth Sholom Starting March 28
This free public forum endeavors to model civil discourse and promises to provide participants with insight into the current healthcare debate and meaningful ways to become involved. As this topic can be divisive, and the speakers will be offering differing political perspectives, in keeping with our mission, all participants are required to agree to a civil discourse pledge when registering for this event. Though the event is free, registration is required--link on our website below for registration.
The free forums are open to the public and requires pre-registration by March 21 at www.CivilDiscourseProject.org or call the synagogue office at 215-887-1342 ext 100.
Grandparenting with G.L.E.E. Program
Calling all Beth Sholom Grandparents with grandchildren near and far! We invite you to be part of a unique opportunity to explore ways to enhance & enrich the special grandparent/grandchild connection!
Monday, October 29 7:30-8:30 pm
Join us for a Grab Bag of Questions, Ideas & Insights.
New Youth Singing Group is Forming: Beth Sholom Shira B'yachad (Singing Together)
Beth Sholom B'yachad is a fun music experience for kids in 2nd-6th grades. It will be led by Jay Danzig, acclaimed NYC Jewish Choral Conductor. We will meet every Monday from 6:00-6:45 pm in the teen lounge. We will learn and love Jewish music and perform throughout the year. No background required! Bring your friends and join the fun. First Meeting: Monday October 15 @ 6:00 pm. Parents must have a key fob to enter the building. Fill out the Key Fob paperwork in the office.
Questions? Contact Allison Sasson 215-887-3265 ext. 222
The Beth Sholom Library Reopens!
We are happy to announce that we have a new volunteer Librarian, Judi Lipschutz. She has spent many hours shelving books and organizing the library so that our congregants would be able to enjoy our varied collection. Judi has graciously offered to be available in our Library on Fridays from 10 am to noon and on Sundays from Noon to 2 pm. Donations accepted of very recent Jewish adult fiction ONLY. Please bring your books when Judi is present. DO NOT drop off books at any other time. Thanks for your cooperation. See you at the Library!!
The Beth Sholom Preschool has been accepted into a NEW program, Success by Six, sponsored by United Way. We will have two consultants working with us for the next 18 months helping us meet the goals for Star Three from Keystone Stars. These DVAEYC (Delaware Valley Association of the Education of Young Children) professionals are experts in the field of Early Education and we are very lucky that they will be working in our classrooms weekly. Of course, our goal is to ensure that our school is following best practices and always creating the best atmosphere and programs for all of our children.
The Mitzvah Garden Redesign Begun
We are revamping the Mitzvah Garden this year. The garden provides fresh produce for food pantries. We began a complete redo of the garden on March 25th under the skilled guidance of Brad Baker (Baker Creative). Brad has traveled the world to learn about high-tech alternative farming. We will continue work Sundays, this Spring at 10 AM and we need volunteers to help. We will setting up new raised beds, filling them with soil and compost, and planting early crops of lettuce, radishes and beans. This will be a great family event and everyone is invited. Please plan on joining others in doing a great mitzvah. All are welcome to help. You need not be a Beth Sholom congregant to help feed the food challenged. If you want to help, please click here to respond. For more details on the high-tech garden, go to Social Action tab and click on Mitzvah garden.
New Emphasis and Time for Elkins Park Jewish Community Choir (The Troupe)
The EPJCC has become the Troupe. Do you love to sing? Get out of the shower, and join The Troupe, a fun, new venture in Jewish music-making, for adult singers of all backgrounds and voices. Our focus is on contemporary Jewish songs -- especially with a Zionist bent -- and on serving our community by sharing our music with others. Sunday mornings from 11 - 12:15 starting January 22.
Preschool Stay & Play Program
Tuesdays, starting February 5 from 11:00 AM to Noon - Preschool Stay and Play program for ages 12-24 months with their parent. First session free. Our program, taught by Sue Kardos, will be filled with opportunities to explore, celebrate and delight your child's senses. A Stay and Play day includes: thematic developmentally appropriate programming; interactive play experiences in a warm, loving classroom; art projects, music, movement, outdoor activities, games, creative play & healthy snacks; limited class size to achieve intimacy and a personal trusting relationship with staff; and personalized teacher attention for each child. Call Eileen Weingram to register at 215-887-3625 ext 223
New Playground for Preschoolers
We are excited to announce the completion of the new Beth Sholom Playground. It has been estimated that most of our existing equipment was twenty years of age and older. With the many new safety standards that are in place today, Beth Sholom needed to build a new outdoor area to provide our children with the safest equipment and ground cover. Through a generous grant from NonProfit Finance Fund, a contribution from the Preschool PTO and additional funds from Beth Sholom, our children now have a safe outdoor space with exceptional, fun apparatus, How lucky they are to be able to play on the unusual "merry go round," "glider," and "rock climber." There is even a separate area designated for our infants and toddler. Be sure to notice their tire swing and bright colored sedan! We are planning a huge family party to celebrate our new playground this Spring.
| New Door Access System|
The door access keypad system has been replaced by a key fob reader system. Beginning Monday, July 9th, access fobs will be used to enter Beth Sholom. Access fobs will be available to all congregants to facilitate their entry to our building. If you have such a key fob it will enable you to enter the door by the Administration Office and the door by the Price Chapel during business hours. You need to call the synagogue office to have a form filled out before stopping in the office for one.
Music With Jay Danzig
Jay Danzig has joined the Religious School to teach Shirah. Jay is a musician and choral director, and a music educator who teaches our children Jewish music at his monthly classes in our school. From traditional liturgy to modern Israeli music, the kids learn Hebrew words and phrases through their singing, a connection to Jewish holidays, and most of all, a sense of RUACH!