News and Events


Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project returns to Beth Sholom April 2014

Announcing the 2014 Bernard Wolfman Civl Discourse Forum: a Frank Discussion about Fracking, without all the Fracas, April 17th at 7:30 p.m at Beth Sholom Congregation. We'll examine the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing from an economic standpoint through a thoughtful dialogue between an advocate from inside the industry and an industry and financial expert who opposes the practice. The speakers are William Freeman and Deborah Lawrence Rogers. For details click hereThough 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 at www.CivilDiscourseProject.org

Beth Sholom Preschool Earns Star 4 Rating

The Beth Sholom Early Learning center has earned the PA-endorsed Keystone STARS program Early Learning Star 4 rating. Acieving a Star 4 rating involves a lengthy process in which the director, teachers and professional development are carefully reviewed and must meet specific criteria. Early learning at Beth Sholom offers a flexible array of full-time and part-time infant and toddler care, preschool and kindergarten options. For more details, click on the above link.

New Israeli Dancing @ Beth Sholom

We are pleased to announce a NEW session of Israeli dancing beginning June 10, 2013.  Join us for this new and exciting dance experience.

7:30 - 8:30 pm  Beginners dancing

8:15 - 10:30 pm Open dancing

This open to ALL Beth Sholom members and guests and is FREE OF CHARGE.

There will be a variety of dance instructors.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT JULIE GLASS AT 215-887-3625 EXT. 216 or jglass@bethsholomcongregation.org


New Shul Buddy Program @ Beth Sholom

We are honored to start a new program at Beth Sholom called Shul Buddies to reach out to people who need help, such as home bound congregants, new parents, people who are ill or people who have had a recent loss. Each person in your household is invited to participate. Examples of the activities we are planning include: cooking, doing errands, rides to shul, and making phone calls. If you are able to cook and do not keep a kosher home you can contribute if you prepare a dairy or vegetarian meal.

Time commitments can be as much or as little as one's schedule permits. If everyone can help with one activity, think of how many people we can reach. We are hoping to have enough volunteers to touch everyone who has a need at Beth Sholom. To sign up or express interest, click on the survey link below.

 http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e8g07tpahneta4j7/start

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!

New Youth Singing Group Formed: Beth Sholom Shira B'yachad (Singing Together) 

Beth Sholom B'yachad is a fun music experience for kids in 2nd-6th grades. It is 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!!

Preschool News

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.


New Adult Singing Group with Jay Danzig 

This summer we started a new adult singing group, Shir L'Shalom, with Jay Danzig. The group meets Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The group will sing both secular Israeli music and sacred music. The chorale will get together for musical camaraderie and we will definitely have performance goals. They will have many venues to perform, from services, to choir concerts, to aged care facilities.  All skill levels are welcome. Jay likes to mold non-professional singers into a unique sound. Please consider trying this out if you weren't here for the first session. We need more singers and your input. 

For information contact alanrothman@comcast.net or 215-885-1582


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.


 

Preschool Stay & Play Program

Tuesdays 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 Door Access System

The door access keypad system has been replaced by a key fob reader system and access fobs are needed 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 
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 jglass@bethsholomcongregation.org          215.887.3625 ext. 216

 Click here for additional information about Girls' Rosh Hodesh.

Grandparenting with G.L.E.E. Program

(Guiding.Learning.Experiencing.Enduring)

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!

Questions? Call Judi Shapiro (215)659-2068

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 Guess Who's Coming to Shabbas

Beth Sholom Congregation is excited to participate in the "Guess Who's Coming to Shabbas?" program beginning this fall.  The program involves congregants inviting other congregants to their homes for Shabbas dinners, and then those guests become hosts (if able) in subsequent months.  Reciprocity is not expected.  The goal is to include as many families as possible so that a few times per year, hundreds of us will be sharing Shabbas dinner. For more details, click here.