The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia strongly condemns hate speech in our community and throughout the world. When anti-Semitic hate speech was expressed by Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, we immediately took action with national and local partners. We have and will continue to condemn comments that reject the state of Israel and the Jewish connection to our homeland.

April 12th

Talmudic ‘Zionism’? Provocative Statements about the Land of Israel
Weekday Lunch and Learn at Beth Am Israel that explores a series of Talmudic teachings about the Land of Israel, which invites us to consider the connection of the Jewish people to the Holy Land. Bring your own dairy/pareve lunch. BAI will provide coffee and desserts. This is one of a series of Lunch and Learns that are held on Thursdays in the spring.
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Beth Am Israel, 1301 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA  19072
CONTACT: Beth Am Israel, www.bethamisrael.org

April 13th

The Temple Judea Museum: Making Israel Real Exhibition
In this exhibition, artists reflect upon Israel as a nexus of world-wide Jewish culture. As if in conversation with the painters, sculptors, fabric artists, printmakers and photographers of the formative years of the State of Israel, these 2018 artists provide a new context from which to explore Israel70. The exhibition will consist of work by noted Philadelphia artists and will also include works from the Temple Judea Museum’s Contemporary Israel Art Collection. On Friday, April 13th, the exhibition opening will be coordinated with Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel’s annual Israel Shabbat service that evening, during which Cheryl Harper will speak. Cheryl is an award-winning curator with a committed and sustained record of showcasing leading contemporary Israeli artists during an almost 40 year engagement with the arts of contemporary Israel. The exhibition will continue through the end of June.
TIME: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Temple Judea Museum, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

April 13th – 14th

Lower Merion Synagogue: Seventy for 70 Shabbaton—Shabbat Parashat Shemini
Lower Merion Synagogue is pleased to partner with the Religious Zionists of America and the World Mizrachi Movement in the Seventy for 70 Initiative. LMS is one of 70 communities across North America participating in a multi-state Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton the weekend before Yom Ha’atzmaut, honoring the 70th year of the State of Israel.
Our Scholar-in-Residence will be Rabbi Boaz Mori, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Lev HaTorah and founder of Ramat Shilo, a community centered both spiritually and physically around the yeshiva. He also founded Lev LaChayal, the Yeshiva Center for IDF Lone Soldiers, which provides extensive support for soldiers.
EVENT LOCATION: Lower Merion Synagogue, 123 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Contact: Lower Merion Synagogue, www.lowermerionsynagogue.org

April 15th

In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War
Itzhak Brook, MD served as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur War and authored the book “In the Sands of Sinai: a Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War.” He will recount his personal experiences: how he coped with his soldiers’ medical and psychological issues, the daily struggle of survival in the battle zone, the resourcefulness exhibited during the time of war and the struggle to preserve one’s humanity in the midst of it all. Light refreshments will be served.
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, 200 Haverford Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
CONTACT: Beth Razin, 215.832.0536, brazin@jewishphilly.org

April 17th

From Basel to Jerusalem: 120 Years of Zionism and Israel
Join Rabbi David Ackerman for Lunch & Learn at Blank Rome on one Tuesday every month at 12:15 p.m.
2018 is a year of significant Zionist anniversaries – these occasions chart the revolutionary transformation of the Jewish people over the course of a dozen decades. Join us as we explore some of the key writings that tell this powerful story.
Please bring a pareve/dairy lunch
Future Dates – May 8th, June 12th and July 10th
TIME: 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Blank Rome – 1 Logan Square, 130 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
CONTACT: RSVP to June Polito at polito@blankrome.com

Bux-Mont Kehillah: The Israel Games: Celebrating Israel70
Bux-Mont area synagogue schools will come together for a mini-Maccabiah to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. 3-6 graders will participate in activities run by the Movements and other Jewish camps’ staff. Activities include relay races, Gaga, trivia games, team banners and cheers, and much more. Everyone will come together as a community to end the program with the “Hatikvah Challenge.” It will be an afternoon of fun, friendship, community and love for Israel!
TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen, PA 19002
Contact: Bux-Mont Kehillah, 215.815.8618, buxmontkehillah@gmail.com

Yom HaZikaron/Community Israel Memorial Day Ceremony
Philadelphia’s community ceremony to honor Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror.
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA 19072
CONTACT: Beth Razin, 215.832.0536, brazin@jewishphilly.orgwww.jewishphilly.org

April 18th

Jewish Holiday - Yom HaZikaron

Kohelet Yeshiva Beit Midrash Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Israel
Student-led Yom Hazikaron Commemoration, Celebratory A Cappella Tefilla for Yom Haatzmaut, Daglanut, live music and dancing, and free Israeli food.
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Kohelet Yeshiva, 223 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066
CONTACT: Kohelet Yeshiva, 610.667.2020

April 19th

Jewish Holiday–Yom HaAtzma’ut

Talmudic ‘Zionism’? Provocative Statements about the Land of Israel
Weekday Lunch and Learn at Beth Am Israel that explores a series of Talmudic teachings about the Land of Israel, which invites us to consider the connection of the Jewish people to the Holy Land. Bring your own dairy/pareve lunch. BAI will provide coffee and desserts. This is one of a series of Lunch and Learns that are held on Thursdays in the spring.
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Beth Am Israel, 1301 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA  19072
CONTACT: Beth Am Israel, www.bethamisrael.org

Annual Lower Merion Synagogue Yom HaAtzma’ut Celebration
All are invited for a family dinner, children’s activities, entertainment, and a meaningful program to celebrate Israel’s birthday!
TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Lower Merion Synagogue, 123 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
CONTACT: LMS, www.lowermerionsynagogue.org

Beth Am Israel: Yom HaAtzma’ut Celebration!
Celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday at Beth Am Israel! There will be arts & crafts, a special ceremony, a BBQ dinner, and dancing with Rak Dan for all ages! Open to the public! $10/adult, $5/child.
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Beth Am Israel, 1301 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA 19072
CONTACT: Beth Am Israel, www.bethamisrael.org

Cooking Demo and Lecture with Israel’s Gil Hovav
Yom HaAtzma’ut & Israel70 Event Cooking Demo & Lecture with Gil Hovav! $36 Advance, $45 Door. Gil Hovav is Israel’s leading culinary journalist and T.V. personality, and he is great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Revivor of Modern Hebrew!
Event Schedule:
Wine Reception: 7:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Cooking Demo: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lecture: 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Kaiserman Jewish Community Center, 45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
CONTACT: Kaiserman Jewish Community Center, 610.896.7770, www.philllyjcc.com

April 21st - 22nd

Beth Sholom Congregation Israel70 Celebration
Beth Sholom Congregation is celebrating Israel70 with an Israeli dance marathon, interactive Jewish games, multi-generational Israeli themed activities and Israeli movies. Middle Eastern food and drink will be provided. (Voluntary donations to cover costs welcome post-Sabbath.)
TIMES: April 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. – April 22, 2018 at 1:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Beth Sholom Congregation, 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
CONTACT: Beth Sholom Congregation, www.BethSholomCongregation.org

April 22nd

Israel Bonds New Leadership Yom HaAtzma’ut Celebration
TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Susan Schiffrin, 267.443.2009, susan.schiffrin@israelbonds.com

Brave Miss World Film Screening & Discussion
Award winning documentary film Brave Miss World follows Linor Abargil through her harrowing journey of rape and sexual assault and her vow to use her public platform to bring light to this important and under-reported issue. Screening and discussion.
TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Temple Judea of Bucks County, 38 Rogers Road, Furlong, PA 18925
CONTACT: Bucks County Jewish Coalition, 215.295.1339, deb_rosenthal@yahoo.com

April 24th

Hummus! The Movie: Film Premier & Hummus Tasting
In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday celebration, for the Greater Philadelphia community
TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
CONTACT: Jerusalem U, 610.268.9330, Event Website

April 26th

Israel Bonds Women’s Division Aviva Program
Women’s Division educational program. Guest Speaker – Nadav Kidron, CEO & President Oramed Pharmaceuticals & International Lecturer on Israel’s entrepreneurial culture and the country’s roots as an oasis of innovative ideas. Couvert: $36* / Aviva Supporter: $54* *not tax deductible Fish & vegetarian option provided for lunch Minimum $100 Women’s Division bond purchase required in 2018.
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Postano Coast 212 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
CONTACT: Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds, 267.443.2005, Sharon.richman@IsraelBonds.com

Talmudic ‘Zionism’? Provocative Statements about the Land of Israel
Weekday Lunch and Learn at Beth Am Israel that explores a series of Talmudic teachings about the Land of Israel, which invites us to consider the connection of the Jewish people to the Holy Land. Bring your own dairy/pareve lunch. BAI will provide coffee and desserts. This is one of a series of Lunch and Learns that are held on Thursdays in the spring.
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Beth Am Israel, 1301 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA  19072
CONTACT: Beth Am Israel, www.bethamisrael.org

Friends of IDF and Uru Achim Present Israel70 Saluting of IDF Soldiers
In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday celebration. For security purposes, advance registration is required.
TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia 19115
CONTACT: FIDF, 215.383.2890, Event Website

Judaism 101: Modern Prayers for Israel with Rabbi David Ackerman
Join us for the last class in our Judaism 101 series, a class designed for those who would like a more fundamental introduction to the Jewish practice and beliefs.
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Beth Am Israel, 1301 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA  19072
CONTACT: Beth Am Israel, www.bethamisrael.org

April 29th

International Community Children’s Concert
Children from all cultures around the world will salute Israel’s 70th birthday at a spectacular concert.
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116
CONTACT: Victoria Faykin, 215.698.7300 ext 175, vfaykin@kleinlife.org , www.kleinlife.org.

In Our Hands
Produced by CBN Documentaries and Biblical Productions, In Our Hands tells the story of the Battle of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War through the eyes of the IDF’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade, highlighting their role in the liberation of Jerusalem. The docudrama combines dramatic reenactments with interviews of the Six-Day War and archival footage and photos. This event is a part of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El’s Documentary and Discussion Series.
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Temple Beth Hillel–Beth El, 1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
CONTACT: Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, 610.649.5300, kkrivitzky@tbhbe.org, www.tbhbe.org

April 30th

The Cousin – PJFF CineMondays
The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival’s CineMondays 2018 series will premiere The Cousin, an Official Selection of the Venice International Film Festival. Writer/Director Tzahi Grad’s darkly comic thriller follows the relationship of a well-intentioned Palestinian handyman (Ala Dakka) and his liberal-leaning Israeli employer (Grad) after a neighborhood girl reports being sexually assaulted. Evoking some comparisons to Jordan Peele’s 2017 hit Get Out, The Cousin is an edge-of-your-seat genre-bender that is guaranteed to get audiences talking.
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
CONTACT: Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 215.545.4400, info@gershmany.org, http://pjff.org/
Event Website

May 1st

Sing Hallelujah Concert at the Kimmel Center
Join us for a program of 19th and 20th century Jewish music for soloists, chorus, and the Frederick J.
Cooper Organ, by European, American, and Israeli composers. Music will include the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, and “Psalm 150,” composed by Cantor Charles Davidson and conducted by Robert
A.M. Ross. The concert will feature Cantor David F. Tilman, Conductor and Music Director, and Kevin O’Malia, Organist. Soloists include Cantor Sandy Bernstein, Cantor Jen Cohen, Hazzan Howard Glantz, Cantor Amy Levy, Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, Cantorial Soloist Rebecca Schwartz, Cantor Elizabeth Shammash, Cantor Eliot Vogel, Cantor Jeffrey Weber, and Cantor Elena Zarkh.
Tickets: For a 15% discount on tickets, use promo code SING4 when purchasing tickets at Kimmelcenter.org.
TIME: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
CONTACT: Old York Road Kehillah, 215.527.0415, oyrkehillah@gmail.com, Event Website

May 3rd

Talmudic ‘Zionism’? Provocative Statements about the Land of Israel
Weekday Lunch and Learn at Beth Am Israel that explores a series of Talmudic teachings about the Land of Israel, which invites us to consider the connection of the Jewish people to the Holy Land. Bring your own dairy/pareve lunch. BAI will provide coffee and desserts. This is one of a series of Lunch and Learns that are held on Thursdays in the spring.
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Beth Am Israel, 1301 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA  19072
CONTACT: Beth Am Israel, www.bethamisrael.org

May 6th

5-6-70 Israel! — Community Israel70 Celebration
The ultimate birthday party for Israel’s 70th
A celebration packed with cooking demos, wine and olive oil tastings, Israeli dancingGaga courts, short Israeli films, art and science exhibits, vendors offering fine crafts and Judaica, local music and the popular Israeli cover band Capaim. Their renditions of all the Israeli hits are sure to get you on your feet. And be sure to bring the whole family! Our special kids’ area will be loaded with theatre, Israeli-made toys, crafts and sing-alongs. Free and open to the general public, this will be a birthday party packed with revelry and joy for everyone.
This event is free and open to the general public.
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Event Center at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 1st Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Event Website

David Broza Concert Celebrating Israel’s 70th
David Broza will be coming to Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El for a community concert celebrating Israel’s 70th.
TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Temple Beth Hillel–Beth El, 1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
CONTACT: Temple Beth Hillel–Beth El, 610.649.5300, kkrivitzky@tbhbe.org, Event Website

May 9th

Trending News and Events in Israel Today
Norman Einhorn tackles those topics talked about at the water cooler and dinner table. Past classes have dealt with BDS, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Anti-Semitism, Immigration, U.S. Elections, Israeli Advocacy and the future of American synagogues.
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA 19072
CONTACT: Har Zion Temple, 610.667.5000, www.harziontemple.org

ARTolerance & BZBI Present: One Song
Celebrate Israel70 — and anticipate the Jewish Federation-Orchestra partnership mission to Israel — with the richness and multiculturalism of Israeli music. On March 7th at 7:30 p.m., join Israeli-born Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Udi Bar-David (cello) and Nitzan Haroz (trombone) as they perform with Mizrahi-Ashkenazi vocalist Rabbi Yosef Goldman and Lebanese-American percussionist Joseph Tayoun — a gorgeous blend of sounds that joyously reflects Israel’s diversity. Presented by ARTolerance and Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel.
TIME: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
CONTACT: BZBI, 215.735.5148, www.bzbi.org

May 13th

Teen Creativity Contest: My Vision of Israel’s Future
An exhibit of all Teen Visions for Israel’s Future in Gratz’ lobby gallery and dramatic performances by White Pines’ actors inspired by your creativity.
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Gratz College, 7605 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
CONTACT: Gratz College, 215.635.7300, mcohen@gratz.edu

May 14th

Israeli Flag Raising at City Hall
In honor of Israel and its 70th birthday, we’ll raise the Israeli flag outside of Philadelphia’s City Hall. Join us to commemorate this important date in Jewish history when Israel declared its independence. The brief ceremony will feature a mayoral proclamation; a visit by Consul General of Israel in New York, Dani Dayan; and a musical performance by the Perelman Jewish Day School youth choir.
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Northeast corner of City Hall (Broad Street & JFK Boulevard)

Heading Home – PJFF CineMondays 2018 Closing Night Film
In honor of Israel70, the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival’s CineMondays 2018 series will close the season with TWO screenings of Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. This warm and inspirational documentary follows Team Israel as they compete in the World Baseball Classic for the first time in history.
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East, 19106
CONTACT: Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 215.545.4400, pjff.org