FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2017
April 2017 Community/Religious Events
For Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

All events without ** are held at
8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA  19027
For more information call:  215-887-8700

All events and activities can be seen at http://www.kenesethisrael.org

Special Events:
Adult Education: Jewish Music as a Force for Unifying Reform, Conservative, Orthodox & Renewal Denominations Led by Hazzan David F. Tilman
Monday, April 3
11:30 a.m.
Throughout North America, the boundaries among the traditional Jewish movements/ denominations are breaking down. Now, Jews are able to participate in synagogues of all denominations because American Jewish music has jumped across denominational barriers! Let us study the traditional American movements, their history, doctrines and esthetics. Then we shall sing samples of contemporary multi-denominational music. $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.

Adult Education Film: Mahler on the Couch (2010) led by Isaak & Evonne Kruger
Tuesday, April 4
7:00 p.m.
Alma Mahler’s affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud. $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.

Maimonides Café with Rabbi Stacy Rigler
Thursday, April 6
11:30 a.m.
$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.

TJ Museum opening exhibition: Preserving Memory – Poster Art of WWI
The Collection of Melvyn & Linda Richter
Sunday, April 9
10:00 a.m.
During World War I, the United States produced more propaganda posters than any other combatant, and in a much shorter time. With visual culture the domain of private enterprise, the government commissioned advertising agencies and artists to produce the posters that supported the war effort. In all, twenty million copies of 2,500 posters in support of the war were sold, thus signaling the beginning of our image saturated world. The Division of Pictorial Publicity, which also produced posters for the war effort, was the first US government art agency in support of a war. Free and open to the public. Temple Judea Museum at Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-2027.

The second of three talks in the Rabbi’s Spring Forum, “In The Storm: WWI and the Jews, 1914-1919” Presented by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D. with Joan Myerson Shrager, M.Ed.
Sunday, April 9
10:00 a.m.
World War I was the first truly global conflict in which the technology of modern war was used.  Vast and bloody, many hoped it would be the “war to end all wars.”  In the trenches, on the seas and in the air were hundreds of thousands of Jewish soldiers, sailors and airmen and in many cases they fought against one and another as Russians, Germans, Brits and Americans.  During the war, the British Army created the Jewish Legion, a precursor to the Haganah and the Israeli Army and the British government issued the Balfour Declaration. American Jews were able to speed their naturalization.  On a bitter note, a census was conducted by the German Army to investigate the possibility of shirking.  The poll proved the opposite but that did not keep anti-Semites from making nefarious claims about the patriotism of German Jews. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

TJ Museum Event: Gone to Soldiers Everyone by Joan Myerson Shrager
Thursday, April 20
7:00 p.m.
Explore the development of several monumental art movements during WWI, among the deadliest conflicts in human history, and find out how art became the perfect vehicle for expressions of despair and the catastrophic psychological and physical toll that this war took on humanity. Free and open to the public. Temple Judea Museum at Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

The final of three talks in the Rabbi’s Spring Forum, “Après le Déluge: Jewish Life After WWI” Presented by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D. with Joan Myerson Shrager, M.Ed.
Sunday, April 23
10:00 a.m.
With the end of the fighting in 1919, plans were drawn for a Peace Treaty and a new world order. To some extent, the opposite happened and the seeds of conflict resulting in World War II were sown. From a Jewish perspective, the end of the war saw the collapse of the Russian Empire, the establishment of an independent Poland and in the 1920s, the founding of the Soviet Union.  The Ottoman Empire was dismembered by the UK and France and British Palestine was created in the land of Israel. Germany was thrown into chaos and the Weimar Republic ultimately was unable to withstand the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler.  In this final presentation, come and learn about the great structural changes in world and Jewish life, 1919-1933. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

Adult Education: Will Barnett led by Evonne & Isaak Kruger & Marlene Adler
Monday, April 24
11:30 a.m.
Enjoy this engaging discussion about collecting and analyzing 20th century artist Will Barnett’s work. $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.

Women of Keneseth Israel Annual Interfaith Luncheon: Multi-faith Women Changing the World One Friendship at a Time
Tuesday, April 25
11:00 a.m.
WKI is thrilled to present a timely panel of dynamic Jewish, Muslim and Christian women, vested in interfaith relations. The panelists are committed to fostering respect, understanding, and building authentic relationships. They represent all levels of faith: clergy, lay leaders from the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, and participants in the Visionary Program sponsored by the Philadelphia Interfaith Center. As with all of our interfaith programs, our goal is to show how empowering interfaith relationships can be; we have the ability to create positive changes through meaningful dialogue The panel discussion will be followed by a delicious luncheon prepared by our Women of KI. RSVP required. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information and to RSVP, call 215-698-0314 or e-mail mickie6832@comcast.net.

Adult Education: Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressman Taylor, read by Earnie Philips and Seth Reithgott, directed by Neill Hartley
Tuesday, April 25
7:00 p.m.
Featuring Earnie Philips and Seth Reithgott and directed by Neill Hartley. This play is a landmark of literature and history. It is the story of two German expatriates who left Germany in 1918, just after the end of the First World War. The two friends settled in San Francisco where they became partners in a very successful art gallery. One of the partners Martin a gentile, returns to Germany 14 years later in 1932 with his family and re-establishes himself in Munich. Max, a Jew, remains in San Francisco to run the art gallery. The two friends stay in contact with each other through a series of letters. The play depicts the rise of Nazism in the 1930’s and threatens all the friends hold dear and its unrelenting effect on the human soul. This play is a must see.
$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.

Library Film Series: Exodus (1960)
Thursday, April 27
7:00 p.m.
The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors. Free and open to the public. The Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 2nd Floor, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

Jewish Women’s Author Conference: A Celebration of Jewish American Women Writers
Sunday, April 30
9:00 a.m.
Co-Sponsored by the Meyers Library. Meet, get books signed and enjoy presentations from famous female authors like Nomi Eve, Pam Jenoff, Dana Bate, Janet Benton, and more! $75 per person. Ask about discounts for members of Old York Road synagogues. Group rates available for parties of five or more. Register in person at Open Book Bookstore or Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, contact Lynn Rosen with questions. Lynn@openbookphilly.com or 267-627-4888.

Brotherhood Brunch with special guest Jessica Lydon of PJAC
Sunday, April 30
10:30 a.m.
Please join the KI Brotherhood brunch archivist Jessica Lydon representing the PJAC. Founded in 1972 by Federation to collect and maintain important Jewish Archival material, the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC) preserves early and present life in Philadelphia and Southern Jersey from the early 1800’s to the present.  Jessica Lydon, archivist for the PJAC collection that is housed at Temple University’s Paley Library, will introduce you through a power point presentation to the rich contents of the Archives (i.e. ship records, family photos, synagogue meeting minutes, photo collections, etc.) which illustrates and delineates the plight of local early American Jews. $18 per person. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

Music Arts Presents: Wei Luo
Sunday, April 30
3:00 p.m.
This concert is the annual Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Concert, and is generously sponsored by Art and Carol Silverman in memory of their daughter. You won’t want to miss this magnificent recital! Bring the kids (free through age 23) to hear this amazing 18-year-old play a program of Schubert, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich. Adult tickets: $25; free dessert reception. For more information, call 215-947-5131.

April Religious Events:
Shabbat Evening Service with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism
Friday, April 7
8:00 p.m.
KI welcomes Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Jacobs has been visionary leading the URJ’s action plan for the future of Reform Judaism centered around strengthening congregations, audacious Hospitality and Tikkun Olam (Social Justice). All are welcome. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8702.

Passover & Yizkor Service
Monday, April 17
10:30 a.m.
Passover is a time of community and friendship, a time to gather and to remember. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8702.

Sabbath for the Soul led by the 11th Grade
Friday, April 21
7:00 p.m.
Experience spirituality through beautiful, prayerful imagery and uplifting, improvisatory music, with Ross M. Levy and the Levites. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8702.

Israel Shabbat Evening Service with Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President of ARZA
Friday, April 28
8:00 p.m.
Founded in 1948, ARZA is the largest block of the American Delegation to the World Zionist Organization. Make your voice heard in Israel! Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

Weekly Events:
Torah Study
Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
9:00 a.m.
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.

Shabbat Morning Service with the KI Minyanaires
Saturdays, April 15, 22, 29
10:30 a.m.
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.

Congregational Shabbat Morning Service
Saturdays, April 1, 8
10:30 a.m.
The KI Community celebrates a congregational simcha at this engaging Shabbat service, led by KI clergy. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

Havdalah Service
Saturdays, April 1, 22, 29
5:30 p.m.
The KI Community celebrates a congregational simcha at this engaging Havdalah service, led by KI clergy. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. For more information, call 215-887-8700.

Submitted by:
Lindsay DeMarco, Keneseth Israel
215-887-8700 (office)  267-474-4364 (mobile)
ldemarco@kenesethisrael.org

July 6, 2017

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