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Torah V’Tarbut Guide to Cultural andEducational Programs 2015-2016 5776

Welcome to KITo all of our guests and visitors,If you are looking for a synagogue-home for you and your family, pleaseconsider membership at KI! We are an inclusive synagogue with a richhistory, which makes us the perfect spiritual home for you and yourloved ones.For information on KI membership, contact Brian at (215) 887-8700.Don’t forget to check out our website at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., Senior Rabbi Kevin M. Kleinman, Associate Rabbi Amy E. Levy, Cantor Brian D. Rissinger, Executive Director Stacy Eskovitz Rigler, MAJE, Rabbi, Director of Education Liz Sussman, M. Ed., Preschool Director Arnold Meshkov, President Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel 8339 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Please check the website calendar for the most up-to-date programming information. 2

Table of Contents 7 7Rabbi’s Forums 8Shir v’Shiur 8Lunch ‘n’ Learn 9Torah & Rashi Study 11Social Action 28Adult Education 32Women of Keneseth Israel 34Library 36Sacred Music 38Music Arts 39Brotherhood 40Israel Committee 42Temple Judea Museum 46Youth Committee 48Friday Night Worship Schedule 49Our VisionOur History3

Dear Friends,  It is a pleasure and an honor to introduce this year’s catalogue ofKI activities, Torah V’Tarbut (Torah and Culture). This publicationdramatically illustrates the vitality of our synagogue, ReformCongregation Keneseth Israel, in the areas of adult education andcultural programming. For sure, we are sui generis, unmatched byany other congregation in our area. Our program is more typical ofan institution like NYC’s 92nd Street Y or even a college dedicatedto public programming. In short, it is a remarkable achievement for asynagogue to host this many quality programs in history, music, art,film, Jewish thought and more. The words Torah V’Tarbut or Torah and Culture were carefullychosen when we developed a name for this catalogue. They reflectthe wide reach of KI’s Adult programming. On the one hand, we arecommitted to the perpetuation of Torah and Jewish religious life. Onthe other hand, we seek to connect and enrich Torah by combining itwith contemporary culture. The result, hopefully, is a unique synthesis,the Judaism of our time and place, a Judaism which is part of both avery old Jewish continuum and, at the same time, profoundly modern.I believe our programming achieves that synthesis. The people behindour programming are exceptional in their dedication and skill. Inaddition to our professional staff, we are blessed by the efforts of CarylLevin (Adult Education), Ellen Bildersee (Music Arts), Sonnie Katz(Israel Programs), Lynore Eisman (Women of KI), David Pinsky(Brotherhood) Ellen Tilman (Meyers Library), and Rita RosenPoley and Karen Shain Schloss (the Temple Judea Museum). Thereis something (or several things) for everyone among the dozens ofprograms and activities our program team has assembled for you thisyear. My contribution to the Cultural Program includes a Fall & SpringForum - The Sephardic Experience. This year’s Lunch ‘n’ Learn(held the third Thursday of every month in Center City, hostedby the Gershman Y) will also be on the topic of “The SephardicJourney”. Registration through the Gershman Y website is required.Additionally, please join me for my special historical sermons, ondesignated Friday nights. 4

Along with Rabbi Kleinman, we will also offer Rashi Torah Studyevery Saturday morning at 9:00 am in the Meyers Library beforeservices. In the Jewish tradition, we are taught a number of basic values:love of family, respect for our neighbors, pride in our heritage andLimmud or sacred learning. In Judaism, education is a sacred processwhether it is specifically Jewish or general. At KI, we place a highpriority on learning together. This catalogue documents our belief.Please join us for one or many of these programs. They are uniformlywonderful and worthwhile!May you have a year of health, happiness and engaged learning. 5

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Rabbi’s ForumsLectures by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary2015 - Fall“¡Hola! The Sephardic Experience: Old World”Sunday, October 18, 2015 - Iberia and the Golden AgeSunday, November 1, 2015 - InquisitionSunday, November 22, 2015 - Turkey and the Ottoman Empire2016 - Spring“¡Hola! The Sephardic Experience: New World”Sunday, April 3, 2016 - ArgentinaSunday, April 17, 2016 - BrazilSunday, May 1, 2016 - North AmericaShir v’ShiurJoin us for Shabbat Services at 8:00 p.m.February 27, 2016Shabbat Shira & Shirah Star AwardApril 1, 2012 – 3rd Annual Heritage ShabbatRabbi David Einhorn Tikkun Olam Award. 7

Lunch ‘n’ Learn“Sephardic Journeys - From Medieval Spain to Modern Times”Join Rabbi Lance J. Sussman in Center City, on two special Thursdays thisFall at the Gershman Y, to hear about the Sephardic Journey. Noon to 1:30p.m. Bring your own Lunch.October 15, 2015 – Golden AgeNovember 5, 2015 – Inquisition and ExpulsionRegistration is through the Gershman Y website at $10 Per lecture for non-KI Members. $5 per lecturefor KI members. To obtain the discount code and/or join the KI e-mail list,contact Pam in the Clergy office at (215) 887-8702or [email protected] All are welcome. No prior knowledge ofHebrew is necessary.Torah & Rashi StudySaturday mornings throughout the year9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the LibraryJoin us, weekly, in the Meyers library for an informal and informative studysession on the weekly Torah and Rashi Interpretations led by KI Clergy.Discussion is highly interactive and always interesting. Please sign up withPam in the clergy office (215-887-8702 or [email protected]) asweekly emails will be forwarded with the text that will be covered. Dress iscasual. Lite refreshments are served. No fee or registration is required forthese sessions. Stay for Services and enjoy! 8

Social ActionWe are proud to launch “Learning @ Lowell,” as KI’s Social Action Initiativefor the 2015-2016 academic year. Opportunities include volunteering todo one-on-one tutoring with students from James R. Lowell Elementary inPhiladelphia, donating school supplies, and school improvement projects.Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring students, collecting items as neededTime Commitment: 1-3 hours once a week or bi-weeklyAdditionally, throughout the year, we will continue with our other Social Actionprojects and events including:High Holiday Food Drive - Canned food is collected between RoshHashanah and Yom Kippur to give to Philabundance for distributionthroughout the Philadelphia region.Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to acquire bags, staple coverletter, and distribute on Yom Kippur morning.Time Commitment: Several hours on Rosh Hashanah and Yom KippurKI Mitzvah Garden – A joint project of the Social Action Committee andthe Women of KI, the food grown in the garden is distributed to the BethSholom Food pantry and to the Klein Branch JCC Cooking for Friendsprogram.Volunteer Opportunities: Prepare the garden, plant seeds, harvest produce,cook into mealsTime Commitment: Several hours throughout the Spring and SummerKI Community Dinner – A new monthly program sponsored by Women ofKI and Quest Noar to provide a free meal to those in our community who arefood insecureVolunteer Opportunities: Set-up the K/G Auditorium, serve the mealTime Commitment: Several hours once a monthFamilies Forward Philadelphia Homeless Shelter – Family homelessshelter located in West Philadelphia. KI has a working relationship to provideartwork for shelter, after-school tutoring, personal care items, food andclothes as needed.Volunteer Opportunities: Collect items for delivery, after-school tutoring,health screenings, game nightsTime Commitment: Varies from volunteer to volunteerKehillah Act Against Hunger Advocacy – Join members of all the localsynagogues to learn more about hunger in PA and engage in dialogueadvocacy to promote state legislation to most affectively help those in needVolunteer Opportunities: Attend monthly meetings 9

Social ActionSefer Book Project - Collection of “gently used” books in the coat room.Books go to Philadelphia Reads, various Philadelphia schools, and the localpublic libraries.Volunteer Opportunities: Bring in children’s books, pack them, and donatethemAmerican Red Cross Blood Drives – KI organizes a blood drive for theARC once every four monthsVolunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed prior to each drive to calland schedule potential donors.Time Commitment: Every 4 monthsRequirements: Be able to make phone callsCanned Food Collection – The collection in the lobby goes to the AbingtonInterfaith Food PantryVolunteer Opportunities: Bring a can of food to synagogue each time youcome.Hanukkah Dinner for Federation Housing residents – Sharing is Caringprepares and serves a Hanukkah dinner to residents of Federation housing.Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to cook ahead of time, and setup and serve on the day of the event.Time Commitment: Several hours once a yearRequirements: Be able to prepare and/or serve foodDecember 25th Mitzvah Day - KI members will participate in variousmitzvah projects throughout the day, including “Cooking for a Friend,”wrapping presents for needy children, packaging and delivering thank yougifts to first responders.Volunteer Opportunities: Participate in the various projects listed aboveTime Commitment: Several hours once a yearRequirements: Be able to prepare and/or serve food.If you would like to be involved in any of these projects, please contact RabbiKevin Kleinman at (215) 887-8702 or [email protected] check e-KI every week for other opportunities throughout the year. 10

Registration: KI Adult EducationAdult 1:Adult 2:Address:Phone: E-mail address:A one-time registration fee allows you to attend all Adult Educationlectures and classes, except where otherwise indicated.This includes the lectures and classes that fall under the AdultEducation headline as well as the Rabbi’s Fall and Spring Forums.There will be a charge of $10 per program for those who arenot registered.Members of KI: $36Members of other synagogues: $75Unaffiliated members: $100If you have checked off the Adult Ed section on your duesstatement, you do not need to fill out this form. Please send youre-mail address to Caryl Levin at [email protected] to receiveupdated information and reminders. 11

Adult EducationTuesday, September 8, 2:00 p.m.DISCOVERING THE IMPRESSIONISTS: PAUL DURAND-RUEL AND THE NEW PAINTING - Deena GersonDeena Gerson, a docent from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’sOutreach Program, will speak about the exhibit currently at theMuseum. Deena is a very highly- recommended speaker.Thursday, September 10, 11:30 a.m.JOHN DEWEY- Susan AdlerThe philosopher, educator and reformer John Dewey (1859-1952) hada significant impact on the thinking of educators around the world. Su-san will describe his thinking about education and the role of schoolsin preparing children as thoughtful, socially conscious citizens in a de-mocracy. She will also talk about his ideas on “reflective thinking” andexperiential education and tie these to education today. Susan Adler isProfessor Emerita in Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.From December 2009 – December 2011 she was a Visiting Professor atthe National Institute of Education in Singapore. She is the former presi-dent of the National Council for the Social Studies.Friday, September 11, 11:30 a.m.FRIDA KAHLO - Dr. Nina HaydelThis is a blockbuster! Nina Haydel traveled to Mexico where she hiredan historical specialist so she could get into the heart and soul of FridaKahlo. Nina has become Frida.Dr. Nina Haydel has a doctorate in Education from Temple University.She taught high school English and for the last 29 years has been teachingboth English and graduate level education courses.Thursday, September 17, 11:30 a.m.THE JEW AND THE POPE - Edward EisenHow did an Orthodox Jew, son of a janitor, become the voice ofthe Vatican during Philadelphia’s largest gathering of Catholics in50 years? The 41st International Eucharistic was held during theBicentennial year, 39 years ago, the event drew President Ford, MotherTeresa, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco and one million pilgrims.Ed Eisen speaks about his 52 years as an award-winning journalist with 12

Adult Educationmajor metropolitan dailies including The Philadelphia Inquirer, ThePhiladelphia Bulletin and KYW NewsRadio. His presentation alsoincludes tales about his experiences with world boxing champ Joe Frazier,two Nobel Laureates, two popes, and the Mafia in the sometimes wackyworld of public relations.Sunday, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, and 4 other dates to bedetermined by the class and Fran Nodiff. 9:45 a.m.HEBREW - Fran NodiffThis class is designed for beginners wishing to acquire basiccompetency reading Hebrew, starting with aleph-bet as well as somevocabulary. Time will also be allotted to develop skills in readingand comprehending basic selections from the prayer book. We willalso learn about the meaning of the Jewish holidays and how they areobserved. Fran Nodiff has taught in various Adult Education programsand has published articles in the Jewish Journal of Education. Fran retiredin 1999 after a career at KI that included teaching, Principal of the mid-week Hebrew program and Director of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.Note: In addition to your $36 (or $50) registration, there is a $60surcharge for this class. This class will only take place if a minimum offive people register.Monday, September 21, 2:30 p.m.JEWS AND MEDICINE - Dr. Arnold MeshkovDr. Meshkov will give an overview of the long history of Jews’ involve-ment in the medical arts and science, from the stories in the Torahto modern times He will show the impact that Judaism, and its em-bracing of science, has had on the world. Arnold B. Meshkov MD is acardiologist in Abington, PA, and was a Professor of Medicine at TempleUniversity School of Medicine. He has written and lectured at local andnational meetings, and is a Castle Connolly “Best Cardiologist in the U.S.”for 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was also the Chair of the Ethics Committeeat Temple University Hospital.Monday, September 28, 2:30 p.m.SOME OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL DECISIONSOF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT - Sheldon 13

Adult EducationSeligsohnSponsored by THE ROSENAU FUND.The U.S. Supreme Court is composed of nine unelected individuals,who serve for life, and have the power to positively or negatively affectevery person in the United States. We will discuss many of the mostcontroversial decisions and how the court operates.  Shel Seligsohn hasover 30 years of experience as a teacher/lecturer.  He has taught at theChautauqua Institution, Temple Law School,  Arcadia University, andPenn State.  He is also a lecturer for Exploritas (Elder Hostel) as well asvarious JCC’s in the metropolitan area. Thursday, October 1, 11:30 a.m,MAIMONIDES CAFÉ - Rabbi Lance Sussman, Ph D.Thursday, October 1, 7:15 p.m.ALLY by MICHAEL ORENRABBI LANCE SUSSMAN, Ph.D.Rabbi Sussman will discuss this very controversial book by theformer U.S. ambassador to the U.S. who differs from the Obamaadministration’s views on the settlements and the deal with Iran. Thisevent is free to KI members and Adult Ed registrants.All others -- $15.00Wednesday, October 7 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Meet in room 104.HOW MEMOIRS CAN CHANGE YOUR WORLD - MarilynBobrin And Jerry Waxler Memoirs by ordinary people hit bestseller lists and grace ourbookshelves. Behind that reading trend is a writing trend that can giveyou a new way to look at your life. In this 1.5 hour workshop, JerryWaxler, author of Memoir Revolution, will show you how to turn youranecdotes into written pieces. By gathering and organizing them, youcan reshape your life from a collection of memories into a narrative,with a purposeful protagonist. Seeing your life as a story will enableyou to find lessons, closure, and will help you find your voice. 14

Adult EducationThursday, October 8, 11:30 a.m.OVERTHROW: U.S. POLICY IN THE CARIBBEANBETWEEN 1895 AND 1954 - Art SeidnerThis talk focuses on the Dulles brothers and their role in Guatemala in1954.Art Seidner earned a J.D. from Temple Law, became a Public Defenderand then was in private practice. Current interests = travel, bridge, REAPtalks, board member -- Associated Services for the Blind, and DirectorSeidner Family Fund.Tuesday, October 13 7:00 p.m.WE ARE FAMILY: GENETIC INSIGHTS INTO THE TRIBALNATURE OF ASHKENAZI JEWS - Dr. Warren KrugerTraditionally it is thought that Ashkenazi Jews originated fromthe migration of Jews after 70 BCE to the Rhineland and that thispopulation eventually drifted eastward to the Pale of Settlement. Analternative explanation involves the idea that the mass conversion ofthe Khazar kingdom between the 9th and 10th centuries is the originof the Ashkenazim. In this lecture, we will look at recent moleculargenetic evidence bearing on this question. Dr.Kruger will discusshow evolutionary geneticists can trace population ancestry using bothY-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA.. Dr. Warren Kruger was aPostdoctoral Fellow in Genetics at Stanford University and was a professorof Biology and Molecular Biology at Drexel University. In 2010 he waselected president of Fox Chase Cancer Center Faculty Senate. He hasreceived innumerable research grants, has been a member of 13 committeesat Fox Chase, has reviewed multiple manuscripts and has been invited tospeak at over 50 national and international conferences. He has writtenover 60 peer-reviewed publications and he has still found time to speak onmany fascinating topics for KI Adult Education.Thursday, October 15 11:30 a.m.PABLO PICASSO AND THE WOMEN WHO DOMINATEDHIS LIFE - Janice EdelmanThis lecture will help you understand the man, and to appreciate hiswork. Janice is a former advertising illustrator, designer and art director;watercolor instructor; REAP member since 1989. 15

Adult EducationSunday, October 18, 10:00 a.m.RABBI SUSSMAN’S FALL FORUM: HOLA! THESEPHARDIC EXPERIENCE IN THE OLD WORLD: IBERIAAND THE GOLDEN AGEMonday, October 19, 2:30 p.m.THE JEWISH MUSICAL CYCLE OF THE COMPLETE YEAR- Hazzan David TilmanAn essential and major component of Jewish musical traditions is thedemarcation of every Jewish holiday by specific, sacred and traditionalJewish melodies found among Ashkenazic/European Jews. We shalllearn about this centuries- old practice of musically sanctifying eachholiday by the use of musical motifs, and then we shall sing togetherthe essential musical “signatures” of each holiday starting with RoshHashanah. Hazzan David F. Tilman is choir director of Shir KI, theAdult Choir of KI. He is Hazzan Emeritus of Beth Sholom Congregation,and is a graduatel of the Juilliard School.  He serves as Associate Professorat the H.L.Miller Cantorial School of JTS. In May 2015, HazzanTilman was a member of an ecumenical panel, discussing MASS byLeonard Bernstein, on the stage of Verizon Hall.Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.Movie: Sixty-Six (2007)See Meyer’s Library section for details (page 32).Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.WRITING GROUPS ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE STORIES -Marilyn Bobrin And Jerry WaxlerMemoir writing groups enable you to get feedback about your ownstories, enabling you to hear what your story might sound like to afellow writer. And by giving feedback to others, you will learn the knackof reading like a writer. Over time, such groups will help you improveyour writing skills and transform your memories into stories worthreading.In this 1.5 hour workshop, Jerry Waxler, author of Memoir Revolutionwill explain how a peer-run critique group works. Then we will try itout, giving you a glimpse of the experience. By the end, hopefully youwill be inspired to join or form one1o6f your own.

Adult EducationThursday, October 22, 11:30 a.m.COMPOSITION IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART:ENHANCING YOUR PERSPECTIVE WHEN CREATING ORVIEWING ART- Stan SingerArtists follow design principles to create maximum impact whengenerating a canvas or composing a photograph. If you wish to enhanceyour photographic skills or to appreciate art in new ways, this talk willhelp you to achieve those objectives. Stan Singer is an award- winningand widely published photographer. While his career was spent advisingclients on their financial affairs and investments, photography is his passion.He will use his photographs as well as noteworthy pieces of art to illustratethe many compositional elements that artists use to create their work.Monday, October 26, 2:30 p.m.IDOLATRY - Barry SteinThe Bible is filled with examples of the Israelites straying to worshipidols.  The Kings of Israel and Judah were judged on the basis oftheir tolerance for idol worship.  We’ll study the meanings of idolatry,examples of it, its consequences, and some provocative recent theoriesof who judged the Kings (and the Israelites), God or man. Dr. BarryStein currently is a consultant, teaching middle and high school scienceteachers the science of Nanotechnology. He was Executive Vice Presidentof the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, a public-private company thatinvests in young technology companies, and received a PhD in Physics fromthe University of Pennsylvania.Thursday, October 29, 11:30 a.mSOCIAL ACTION: 2104 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS:RESOLUTION ON THE CRISIS OF RACIAL ANDSTRUCTURAL INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES -Janice Schwartz-Donahue and Malcolm BonnerTopic: THE 12 MOST IMPORTANT RESOLUTIONS OFWRJ’S (Women of Reform Judaism) FIRST 100 YEARSJoin us as we discuss the 12 most important Resolutions, including themost recent: RESOLUTION ON THE CRISIS OF RACIALAND STRUCTURAL INEQUALITY IN THE UNITEDSTATES.  Let your voice be heard! Malcolm Bonner will speak about 17

Adult Educationhis personal experiences and about being the change we want to see inthe world. Malcolm Bonner did his undergraduate work at the Universityof Pennsylvania, earned his M.Ed. at Cambridge College, and an Ed.D atFielding Graduate University. He is a native of West Philadelphia and hasserved on the administration or faculty of The Lincoln University, TempleUniversity, The University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge College, andFielding Graduate University. He is committed to social justice and socialchange and to uplifting those who have been economically, emotionally,spiritually, and mentally oppressed. Dr. Bonner has researched patterns ofhelp and helping in African American communities, and is the author of“Be the Parent of Your Child’s Dreams; Daily Reflections for Parents inRecovery”. Sunday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.RABBI SUSSMAN’S FALL FORUM: - HOLA! THESEPHARDIC EXPERIENCE OLD WORLD: INQUISITIONThursday, November 5, 11:30 a.m.MAIMONIDES CAFÉ - Rabbi Stacy RiglerFriday, November 6, 10:45 a.m.LECTURE/LUNCHEON AT THE DOUBLETREE ANDCONCERT AT THE KIMMEL$90.00 per person.  Make checks payable to Rittenhouse SquareCommittee. SEND to Fran Schwartz, 623 Laverock Road, Glenside, PA 19038.Guest Lecturer: Hugh Sung, pianist.  Celebrity Guest: Ying Fu,Associate Concertmaster, The Philadelphia Orchestra.  PROGRAM: Schumann:  Overture to “Manfred,”Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595,  Schumann: Symphony No. 4.Thursday, November 12, 11:30 a.m.ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doer - BevRosenSponsored by the ROSENAU FUND.Join us for an in-depth discussion of this unforgettable, best-sellingnovel set in World War II that tells the parallel stories of Marie-Laure- 18

Adult Educationa 16-year-old girl in occupied France and Werner, the17-year-oldGerman orphan conscripted into the Third Reich army due to hisextraordinary mechanical abilities with radios. Add to the narrative ajewel called the Sea of Flames, scale models of Paris and Saint-Miloand you have a multi-layered, dazzling work of fiction. Bev will alsodiscuss the background story that inspired the author to write thenovel and the major themes of the book, including physical and moralblindness.  Bev Rosen is a dynamic and popular leader in the culturalcommunity. She presents literature, film and theater reviews to diverseaudiences and leads a number of book discussion groups throughoutthe greater Philadelphia region.Monday, November 16, 1:00 p.m.36 LETTERS: ONE FAMILY’S STORY by Joan Sohn - Sima AndSteve SussmanSima and Steve Sussman read selections from 36 Letters: These lettersexpress many of the experiences, joys and sorrows of the generation ofJewish immigrants to the United States from what was Imperial Russiaat the beginning of the 20th century. Sima, a retired high school Englishteacher, and Steve, a retired real estate attorney, are long-time residents ofCheltenham Township and members of Congregation Adath Jeshurun.Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.Movie: The Monuments Men (2014)See Meyer’s Library section for details (page 32).Thursday, November 19, 11:30 a.m.THE INSIDE STORY OF BOB MANNING AND ALMARTINO - Sylvia SilvermanThis presentation is about two ballad singers from Philadelphia whobring us to a time before Rap music when singers had true talent.We will learn about the fascinating background of each - one froman intellectual family, and one from a working- class family with“connections”. Sylvia started her 30 year career as the Administrator andFinancial Manager of a national sales agency and spent the last 13 years 19

Adult Educationas the Financial Manager and Benefits Administrator of a large MedicalPractice. After retiring she joined REAP in 2012 and is now serving hersecond two- year term as Treasurer.Sunday, November 22, 10:00 a.m.RABBI SUSSMAN’S FALL FORUM: - HOLA! THESEPHARDIC EXPERIENCE OLD WORLD: TURKEY ANDTHE OTTOMAN EMPIREMonday, November 23, 2:30 p.m.SOCIAL ACTION - Rabbi Kevin KleinmanMonday, November 30, 2:30 p.m.THE JAZZ SINGER: FROM THE MELTING POT TOMULTICULTURAL AMERICA - Lawrence BaronSponsored by THE ROSENAU FUND. All are welcome – nocharge.Since it premiered in 1927, The Jazz Singer has been considered theparadigmatic film about the Americanization of the children of Jewishimmigrants. This lecture examines how and why subsequent versionsaltered the original plotline and message to reflect changing attitudestowards ethnicity, race, and religion in the United States. LawrenceBaron held the Abraham Nasatir Professorship in Modern Jewish Historyat San Diego State University from 1988 to 2012..  He is the author ofthree books including Projecting the Holocaust into the Present andThe Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema. He is alsothe editor of The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema. This fallLawrence Baron is visiting Professor at Stockton University.Thursday, December 3, 11:30 a.m.MAIMONIDES CAFÉ - Rabbi Stacy RiglerThursday, December 10, 11:30 a.m.MENACHEM BEGIN: A MAN OF CONTRASTS - SelmaDafilouMenachem Begin was a man of controversy, complexity, contradictions,compassion and contrariness.  Through the discussion of the career of 20

Adult EducationMenachem Begin, the 6th Prime Minister of the State of Israel,Selmawill highlight these “Cs.”Selma Dafilou has a long- time interest in the State of Israel and itsimportance to the Jewish people. She has been associated with Volunteersfor Israel, has toured Israel multiple times, and has visited the Knesset tohonor Soviet Jewry activists.Selma is an enthusiastic member of the Torah Study group and co-chair ofan adult education series of programs at Beth Am.Thursday, December 17, 2:30 p.m.I WAS IN CHARGE OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THEISRAELI MILITARY BASE SHOWN IN “BENEATH THEHELMET” - Ken GoldbergKen was the U.S. Army Corps Resident Engineer in charge of con-struction of military bases for the Israel Defense Forces as part of $500M Foreign Military Sales program by the USG to assist our Israeliallies Ken is a US Army Civilian Engineer from Philadelphia who livedand worked in Israel from 2001 to 2007 .Thursday, January 7, 11:30 a.m.MAIMONIDES CAFÉ - Rabbi Kevin KleinmanThursday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.MAIMONIDES CAFÉ - Sylvia GentryThursday, March 10, 11:30 a.m.HOW JESUS BECAME GOD - Dr. Rita AltmanSponsored by the ROSENAU FUND.A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Biblicalhistorian Bart D. Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic Jewish teacherfrom the Galilee who was crucified for crimes against the state in33CE came to be thought of as equal with the one God But how didhe move from being a Jewish prophetic voice to being God? Dr. RitaC. Altman, who received her Master’s and Doctor of Education degreesfrom Temple University, was Associate Superintendent of the Philadelphia 21

Adult EducationSchool System. Since her retirement, she has been a very popular educatorin Jewish adult education programs and is much loved by the KI AdultEducation.Thursday, March 17, 11:30 a.m.LEROY NEIMAN - Marilyn WittensteinLeRoy Neiman was one of the most popular American artists in theUnited States. He is remembered as one who successfully preserved atrue picture of modern American Society at play. The public enjoyedhis art but the art critics did not hold him in much esteem. MarilynWittenstein is a retired Philadelphia elementary school teacher who taughtin the mentally gifted program. She was a recipient of the Rose LindenbaumTeacher of the Year award.Thursday, March 24, 11:30 a.m.THE EVOLUTION OF MUSIC AND SOUNDREPRODUCTION FROM THE MUSIC BOX TO THE I-POD- Norman RubinIn his 1 ½ hour presentation, Norman will cover over 2,000 years ofthe history of music and sound reproduction from biblical times up tothe present.Included in the talk are the first music boxes, player pianos, theinvention of the record, the invention of the vacuum tube and laterthe transistor and integrated circuit, AM and FM Radio transmissionof sound, the jukebox, the microphone, the tape recorder, the CDand the I-pod. Norm Rubin graduated City College of New York,School of Engineering with a degree in Electrical Engineering. One ofhis many accomplishments was leading the team that designed the voicecommunication system for the Space Shuttle. He currently provides supportfor several private clients with special needs.Monday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.JEWS AND MAGIC: HISTORY. Movie - Evonne And IsaakKrugerA documentary on the life of Harry Houdini, son of a Hungarianrabbi, considered one of the greatest illusionists and magicians will beshown after a brief presentation on the historical connection betweenJews and magic. 22

Adult EducationIsaak Kruger has a BA in American literature from George Washington U;MA in American Studies from the U. of Minnesota, MBA from the U. ofPennsylvania, and JD from Temple University.  He is the AdministrativeDirector for the Department of Surgery at St. Peters U. Hospital in NewBrunswick, NJ. Evonne Kruger has degrees in religion (BA), library science (MA), andbusiness (MBA, PhD).  For the last 20 years she has taught business andJewish Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Thursday, March 31 11:30 a.m.ART TOUR OF SPAIN - Arlene Spector“Art Tour of Spain” is my personal art and architectural tour of Spain.It begins in Madrid (the Prado: Bosch, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Goya;and Reina Sofia Museum: Miro, Dali & Picasso); goes southwest toToledo (El Greco); then south to Cordoba (Mezquita & Maimonides);west to Seville (Cathedral & Alcazar); and south to Gibraltar. The tourthen heads northeast to Granada (Alhambra), Valencia (City of Arts& Sciences: Calatrava) and Barcelona (Picasso Museum & Gaudi, LaPedrero, Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell); north to Figueres and Cadaques(Dali) and finally to Bilbao (Guggenheim Museum: Gehry).Arlene Diane Spector has been a freelance calligrapher and calligraphyteacher for over twenty-five years. She received a B.A. in English & FrenchLiteratures from Temple University; studied art history at the Institutd’Art et d’Archeologie in Paris, France; and has an M.A. in Art Historyfrom Wellesley College. As a Kress fellow, she spent a summer in Parisworking on her thesis on surrealism in graphic arts. In addition, Arlene is aketubah artist for over thirty years and currently is president of the Masorot(Philadelphia) chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework.Friday, April 1, 10:45 a.m.LECTURE/LUNCHEON AT THE DOUBLETREE ANDCONCERT AT THE KIMMEL$90.00 per person.  Make checks payable to Rittenhouse SquareCommittee. SEND to Fran Schwartz, 623 Laverock Road, Glenside, PA 19038.Guest Lecturer: Paul Arnold. Second Violin, The PhiladelphiaOrchestra. Celebrity Guest: Daniel Pantano, Academy of the Vocal Arts. 23

Adult EducationPROGRAM:  Tchaikovsky: “The Tempest,” Prokofiev: Violin ConcertoNo. 2, Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”).Sunday, April 3, 10:00 a.m.RABBI SUSSMAN’S SPRING FORUM: HOLA! THESEPHARDIC EXPERIENCE: NEW WORLD: ARGENTINAMonday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.JEWS AND MAGIC IN LITERATURE AND FILM: THEMAGICIAN OF LUBLIN - Evonne And Isaak KrugerThe Magician of Lublin, based on the I. B. Singer novel, will be shown.Yasha Mazur, a turn-of-the-20th-century Jewish stage magician,conman and mystic, tours Eastern Europe while destroying his careerthrough his personal problems.   Discussion will include comparison ofthe great Singer novel with the film.Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.Movie: Woman in Gold (2015)See Meyer’s Library section for details (page 32).Thursday, April 7, 11:30 a.m.THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF STARS - Lewis MifsudLewis Mifsud will present a qualitative description of stellar evolutionand demise. This presentation will provide attendees with the founda-tions underlying Carl Sagan’s assertion (quote) “We are all made ofstardust.”.After earning his full certification in Electronic and TelecommunicationsEngineering, Lewis pursued the Degree in Special/Honors Physics from theUniversity of London. In 1964, via an immediately-active embassy spe-cial visa, he was invited to the U.S. to work on NASA spacecraft projects.Lewis later earned Master and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering andPhysics from Rutgers University.Monday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.JEWS AND MAGIC: THE ILLUSIONIST - Evonne And IsaakKruger The Illusionist, loosely based on “Eisenheim the Illusionist”, a shortstory by Pulitzer Prize- winning Jewish novelist, Steven Millhouser, 24

Adult Educationwill be shown.   The film tells the story of Eisenheim, a magician in finde siècle Vienna, who reunites with his childhood love, a woman farabove his social standing. The film also depicts a fictionalized versionof the Mayerling Incident.  Discussion will include comparison of theshort story with the film.Sunday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.RABBI SUSSMAN’S SRING FORUM: HOLA! THESEPHARDIC EXPERIENCE: NEW WORLD: BRAZILThursday, April 14, 11:30 a.m.HUEY LONG: DICTATOR OF LOUISIANA (1929-1935) - JimRubilloThis talk explores the life of one of the 1930’s most controversialpolitical luminaries. Beginning with election to a minor state office,Huey progressed to serving simultaneously as both Louisiana governorand United States senator. Long blazed new paths in campaigningand he stretched the limits of constitutional government. His trailof victims eventually led to his death at the hands of an assassin. JimRubillo had a fifty -year career in education, culminating as the executivedirector of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Jim is afrequent speaker at professional conferences and conventions and has madeover 775 invited presentations in all of the 50 states.Sunday, April 17, 10:00 a.m,RABBI SUSSMAN’S SPRING FORUM: THE SEPHARDICEXPERIENCE: NEW WORLD: BRAZILThursday, April 21, 11:30 a.m.THE ART OF LOOKING AT ART FROM THE MONA LISATO PICASSO - Dr. Sheldon WeintraubSponsored by the ROSENAU FUNDDr. Sheldon Weintraub is a retired podiatrist, who was chief of PodiatricSurgery at two hospitals. After retirement he took courses at thePennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the first art school and museum in theUnited States. 25

Adult EducationAfter two years as a docent, he was offered courses at the world famousBarnes Foundation where he has been a docent for over 12 years.Thursday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.CHANGING FAMILIES AS ILLUSTRATED IN ART - Dr.Natalie IsserSponsored by the ROSENAU FUND.Families are the most fundamental and significant institution of thestate and of individuals. Visual representation throughout historyis one method of realizing how family relationships have changedand how much they have remained the same. Natalie Isser is ProfessorEmerita of The Pennsylvania State University, where she taught history andWomen’s Studies at the Abington Campus. She has also written two booksabout French anti-Semitism, and French public opinion and diplomacyduring the Second Empire. She has also published articles on human rights,family history and anti-Semitism.Sunday, May 1, 10:00 a.m.RABBI SUSSMAN’S SPRING FORUM: THE SEPHARDICEXPERIENCE: NEW WORLD: NORTH AMERICAThursday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.MAIMONIDES CAFÉ – CURRENT EVENTS - Rabbi Lance J.SussmanThursday, May 12, 11:30 a.m.NANOTECHNOLOGY - Dr. Robert BernoffSponsored by THE ROSENAU FUND.Nanotechnology, science on the molecular level, promises to revolu-tionize our technology, our medicines and how we live.   You can buytransparent nanotechnology sunscreen, super strong nanotechnologytennis rackets and antiseptic nanotechnology clothing.  Nanotechnolo-gy drugs are already a billion dollar industry.  Are these products safe touse?  We will present the latest facts and discuss this technical subjectin an interesting and understandable manner with many visuals.  Dr. 26

Adult EducationRobert Bernoff is Professor Emeritus of Science and Chemistry at PennState University.  He taught at what is now the Abington Campus of PennState for 30 years and was the CEO of that campus for eleven years.  Sincehis retirement Dr. Bernoff has been teaching adult education classes aboutscience and technology at many locations in the Delaware Valley.  Thursday, May 19, 11:30 a.m.SALVADOR DALI - Andrea ClymanPainter, sculptor, writer and film maker, Salvador Dali (1904-1989)was one the of century’s greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics.  He wassurrounded by fierce controversy.  Who was this man and how did hebecome who he was? Andrea Clyman was a history teacher and counselorin the Philadelphia school system for over 33 years.  She is a volunteerpar excellence and finds time to go to bring multiple ophthalmic servicesto Haiti. She is a member of REAP and has spoken for the KI AdultEducation program several times. She is a very popular, well-informed andinteresting speaker.Thursday, May 26, 11:30 a.m.NOSTRADAMUS: THE MAN WHO COULD SEETOMORROW - Bernard MillerThe legacy of this 16th Century French Jew continues to earnhim worldwide esteem.  In this colorful PowerPoint presentation, hisstartling prescience lets us know what might await us out to theyear 3797. Bernard Miller is a Temple University journalism graduateand a WWII veteran. He is long time REAP member and the authorof  Withheld, A Dead Sea Scroll Mystery, as well as three othercontroversial novelsDate tba -- JuneTRIP TO LaSALLE ART MUSEUM 27

Women of Keneseth Israel Women of Keneseth Israel 103rd Year Celebration CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2015 - 2016Monday, August 24 6:30 PMSummer Wine & DessertCome for a relaxing evening of friendship. Meet the Sisterhoods of ourJ-Quest B’Yachad Collaboration from AJ and Beth Sholom.Tuesday, September 8 4:15 – 6:30 PMGift Shop OpeningSunday, September 27 10 AMJoint Opening Brunch by Women of KI & Brotherhood“Ed Eisen, Front Row Seat to History” Mr. Eisen, reporter, editor, author,PR consultant, tells the inside story. Come for a delicious brunch and goodfellowship.WKI/Brotherhood Members $10 Guests $12Your check to KI Brotherhood is your reservation. Send to David Pinsky,KI, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 by 9/23/15.Sunday, October 4 11 AMMeet the Artists at the KI Gift ShopSunday, October 11 2 PMLilith Salon ~ Join us! We will use LilithMagazine, a feminist Jewish publication, to provide topics to get ourconversations started.RSVP to Paulette Sterman-Soroko at215-646-7997or [email protected], November 8 4 PM“KINGO” Come and support J-Quest by playing BINGO with friendsand relatives.Sunday, November 15HAZON PHILLY FOOD FESTIVAL AT KI9:15 AM RegistrationSunday, November 22 , Dec. 6 9 AM - 12 PMTuesday, December 1 4 – 8 PMHanukkah Celebration Gift Shop & FoyerBuy your Hanukkah gifts, scarves, jewelry, pocketbooks, Gift Cards, &books and toys. 28

Women of Keneseth IsraelSunday, December 20 11:30 AM“Memories of Our Heritage! Share a Jewish Ritual Item of Meaning!”Joint Program with MBIEE Sisterhood and Women of KI to share yourmemories of a Jewish ritual item that brings back memories of your life.Come and Share your memories! RSVP Diane Miller at 215-464-1381or [email protected] Plan to join us and bring a friend!Friday, December 25 9 AMMitzvah Cook for A Friend Come & cook meals for the Klein Life Cookfor a Friend at KI.Sunday, January 17 2 PMLilith Salon ~ Join us! We will use Lilith Magazine, a feminist Jewishpublication, to provide topics to get our conversations started.RSVP to Paulette Sterman-Soroko at215-646-7997or [email protected], January 24 1 – 4 PM“Paint with a Twist at Jenkintown”You don’t have to be an artist to be able to paint a masterpiece! Dessert,coffee and tea will be served. BYOB.$40/person Send checks to Women of KI attention Sue Fried @ KI, 8339 Old YorkRoad, Elkins Park, PA 19027 by 1/18/16 to join us for this artisticlearning experience.Sunday, February 7 10 AMJoint Brunch by Women of KI & KI Brotherhood“The Vinyl Dialogues.” Michael Morsch will share stories about thealbums of the 70’s, as told by the artists. His book made it into the Rock& Roll Hall of Fame Archives.WKI/Brotherhood Members $10 Guests $12Your check to KI Brotherhood is your reservation. Send to David Pinsky,KI, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 by 2/1/16.Wednesday, March 30 6:00 PM“Clear Your Plate, Fill Your Cup”Join us for a Passover Program filled with prayer, dancing, and singing. A“light supper” will be served. $20/person. Your check to Women of KI isyour reservation. Send to Janice Schwartz-Donahue at KI, 8339 Old YorkRoad, Elkins Park, PA 19027 by 3/23/16. 29

Women of Keneseth Israel“Passover Wine Display”Friday, April 1, 8, 7 PMFriday, April 15 6 PMSunday, April 10 & 17 9 AM – 12 PMSunday, April 10 2 PMLilith Salon ~ Join us! We will use LilithMagazine, a feminist Jewish publication, to provide topics to get ourconversations started.RSVP to Paulette Sterman-Soroko at215-646-7997or [email protected], April 19 11 AMAnnual Interfaith Program & LuncheonTopic: “Art & Religion”RSVP to Mickie Levin at 215-698-0314 or [email protected] by4/12/16.Friday, May 6 8 PMWomen of KI Sisterhood Shabbat“Sephardic Women”Women of KI Shabbat Dinner 6 PMRSVP to Janice Schwartz-Donahue at 215-576-5802 [email protected], May 14 7 PM“Square Dance Dinner” Joint program with Women of KI & KIBrotherhood.KI Members $25 Guests $30Your check to Women of KI is your reservation. Send to Lynore Eisman,KI, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 by 5/15/16.Tuesday, May 24 6:30 PM“Designer Bag BINGO” Come and have the chance to “Win” a designerbag while having fun playing BINGO. Snacks and refreshments will beserved. Your check to Women of KI is your reservation. Send to ElainePitkow at KI, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027.$30/person After 5/15/16 $35Sunday, June 26 2 PMLilith Salon ~ Join us! We will use LilithMagazine, a feminist Jewish publication, to provide topics to get ourconversations started.RSVP to Paulette Sterman-Soroko at215-646-7997or [email protected] 30

Women of Keneseth IsraelWomen of KI Board MeetingsAll Are InvitedSunday, August 16th 10 AMOpening MeetingJoin Us to Learn about the Women of KI2015 – 2016 year programs.Sunday, October 4th 10 AMBoard Meeting to plan for our October and November events.Sunday, November 8th 10 AMBoard Meeting – Aimee Miller will share her fundraising idea with us tohelp the KI Gift Shop. Come and see her wares from www.aimeesjewels.Sunday, January 10th 10 AMBoard Meeting to plan for March events.Continue to the Music Concert at 2PM.Sunday, March 6th 10 AMBoard Meeting to plan for April events.Sunday, April 3rd 11:30 AMBoard Meeting - This will begin directly after Rabbi Lance Sussman’sForum. We will plan for the April and May events. A very busy time.Sunday, May 15th 10:00 AMBoard Meeting to plan for May and June events. 31

LibraryThe Meyers Library is located on the second floor and is easily reached bythe stairs or elevator. The library has over 7,000 volumes of contemporaryJewish literature including Reference and Judaica selections. It hasAdvanced Accreditation from the Association of Jewish Libraries and isone of the most impressive synagogue libraries in the area. In additionto our large collection of books and DVDs for children and adults, thelibrary sponsors a variety of literary related activities. The library alsoprovides comfortable chairs, free WI-FI, and a Keurig Coffee maker.Jewish Film SeriesCo-sponsored with The Temple Judea Museum and the KI CommunityProgram.Tuesday October 20 at 7 pmSixty Six (2008) (PG13) is a British film, starring Helena Bonham Carter.Twelve year old Bernie, becomes a Bar Mitzvah in the summer of 1966.He is ignored by his family. Bernie believes that he can get the attentionhe deserves by producing the most perfect ceremony and reception.Unfortunately, the World Cup Soccer final game is scheduled for the dayof Bernie’s Bar Mitzvah. This is a charming comedy with many heart-warming scenes.Tuesday November 17 at 7 pmThe Monuments Men (2014) (PG13) is the true story of a World WarII treasure hunt. It is written, directed and stars George Clooney. In1943 a US Army platoon, consisting of museum directors, curators, andart historians is sent into Germany to rescue art stolen by the Nazis andreturn them to their rightful owners. In a seemingly impossible mission,the Monuments Men, as they were called, risk their lives in a race againsttime to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture.Tuesday April 5 at 7 pmThe Woman in Gold (2015) (PG13) is the true story of Maria Altmann’sstruggle to reclaim art works stolen from her family by the Nazis. Oneobject was the famous Gustav Klimt portrait of Adele Block-Bauer, whichwas on display in a museum in Vienna. This film stars Helen Mirren.One Book One Jewish CommunityKeneseth Israel is a partner in the citywide One Book One Jewish 32

LibraryCommunity program. A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodkaby Lev Golinkin is a story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugeefamily fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to understand hispast. In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year-old LevGolinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases,$600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev,now an American adult, sets out to retrace his family’s long trek, locate thestrangers who fought for his freedom, and in the process, gain a future byunderstanding his past.The citywide program includes a Conversation with the Author onSunday January 10 from 3 to 5 pm at Gratz College in Elkins Park.Adult Book Discussion GroupThe Meyers Library hosts a very popular Adult Book Discussion Group.The only requirement to join this group is that you have read the book.This is a moderated book discussion and not a book review. Participantsare expected to share their insights, reactions, and comments with otherswho have also read the book. All book selections are available in theMeyers Library and on the library Kindles. We will meet in the library at1:30 pm to discuss these titles on the following dates:Tuesday October 27 The Betrayers by David BezmogisTuesday December 1 The Seven Good Years: A Memoir by Etgar KeretTuesday January 26 A Backpack; A Bear; and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev GolinkinTuesday March 15 TBDTuesday May 10 A Jewish Fiction Classic - TBDAuthor Special EventsThe library sponsors author events and programs throughout the year.Check e-KI and the KI website for details and updates about other libraryprograms and activities. 33

LibraryLibrary HoursThe library is open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.It is open on Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm during the Academic year. Westay open until 6 pm on Tuesday whenever JQuest B’Yahad is in session.We are also open on Sunday morning from 9:30 to 12 noon when thereis a program in the building or JQuest B’Yahad meets here. Book cartswith the latest in contemporary fiction are brought to the Oneg Shabbaton Friday evening. All books may be borrowed for two weeks at no charge.To reserve a book, please call 215-887-8700 x122 or email: [email protected] Library has two kindles that patrons 12 years and older may borrowafter signing a special loan agreement. They are preloaded with selectedtitles and can receive some “on the spot” downloads from patron requestswhen they are borrowed. Vision impaired patrons may find the librarykindles to be particularly useful.Please contact the library with questions or further information on any ofthese programs. [email protected] MusicKI Musical Groups:Shir KI, Shir Glee, Shir Joy, Hebrew Hammers, Jewveniles, K’lay Ramah,Ross M. Levy and the Levites, and the Confirmation ChoirFamily Shabbat with Shir Joy:Fridays at 7:00 p.m.: September 11, 2015November 20, March 18, 2016, April 15, May 20Sabbath for the Soul with Ross M. Levy and the LevitesFriday, October 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.Friday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m.Holidays:Simchat Torah Services with Shir Joy,Sunday, October 4, at 5:00 p.m. Erev Simchat Torah w/Shir Joy andConsecration Service followed by pizza in the Hut 34

Sacred MusicHanukkah Shabbat with Shir JoyFriday, December 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.Tu BiShvat Seder with Shir Joy and Shir GleeFriday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.Purim Service and Purim Show with Quest Noar StudentsWednesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Brown Bag dinner followed by theMegillah Reading and Purim ShpielShabbats with Shir KIKing David Harp Society Member Dinner and Sephardic ShabbatFriday, October 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.Shabbat Shira and Shirah Star AwardFriday, February, 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.Heritage Shabbat with K’lay RamahFriday, April 1, at 8:00 p.m.Israel ShabbatFriday, May 13, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.Other Special Sacred Music EventsLeonard Bernstein Concert with OYR Adult ChoirsSunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.Music Mind and Meditations with Chana RothmanFriday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.King David Harp Society ConcertSunday, March 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. 35

Music ArtsThe KI Music Arts Committee has planned 5 major concerts this season.Acclaimed by critics and audiences for our superb quality of artists andconcerts, we begin our 17th season. Please note that occasionally there willbe recitals added to our calendar on very short notice to enable Curtis studentsto “run out” their performances before competitions; please go to or the KI Facebook page to learn about added recitals.All of these concerts are at KI. Adult ticket prices t.b.a. Students throughage 23 are free.October 25, Sunday at 1PM. KI Music Arts Committee presents TheCommunity Family Concert Series’ opening concert: The Clarosa Quartet,Natalie Zhu, piano; Philadelphia Orchestra members: AssociateConcertmaster, Juliette Kang, violin; Jason DePue, violin; Che-HungChen, viola; and Priscilla Lee, cello. Program: Haydn Piano Trio No.39in G major, Hob.XV/25; Martinu Three Madrigals for violin and viola;and the thrilling, beloved Brahms Piano Quintet, Op.34 in F minor.November 14, Saturday evening. Critically acclaimed singer-actressKaren Akers: cabaret queen, star of stage, screen, TV, Tony nominee,returns to KI by popular demand in a musical salute to Cole Porter.Supper at 6PM. Concert at at 7:30P.M.December 5, Saturday evening. Broadway/Opera Cabaret. KI favorite,tenor Dominic Armstrong returns to KI. This Curtis alum has sung withthe N.Y. Philharmonic, Opera Philadelphia, Oregon Symphony, LyricOpera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wolftrap among many othervenues. Acclaimed soprano Ashley Emerson of the Metropolitan Opera;mezzo soprano Lucia Cesaroni, and tenor/baritone Adrian Kramer bothfrom the Canadian Opera Company, join Dominic to bring us a fabulous,beautiful evening of favorite arias and duets, and quartets from Broadwayand opera. Supper at 6PM, program at 7:30 PM. 36

Music ArtsJanuary 10, 2016, Sunday afternoon at 2PM.Pianist Kuok-Wai Lio in recital. At Gary Graffman’s(Kuok-Wai’s Curtis teacher) 85th Birthday Celebrationat KI, Kuok-Wai astounded our audience with his technicalpianistic brilliance and masterful sensitivity way beyondhis 25 years. Winner of the Gilmore Rising StarsAward and Avery Fisher Award Grant in 2013, Kuok-Waiperforms the world over to critical acclaim.Stay tuned for the April 2016 concert: 16 year old Wei Luo,Gary Graffman’s Curtis student, follows in the phenomenal traditionof Graffman’s celebrated alumni pianists Lang Lang, Yuja Wang,Haochen Zhang, Kuok-Wai Lio. She created a sensation whenshe previewed her Van Cliburn Competition program here at KIlast season. Exact date and program to be determined. 37

BrotherhoodSunday, September 27                     10 AMJoint Opening Brunch by Women of KI & Brotherhood“Ed Eisen, Front Row Seat to History” Mr. Eisen, reporter, editor,author, PR consultant, tells the inside story. Come for a deliciousbrunch and good fellowship.WKI/Brotherhood  Members $10     Guests $12Your check to KI Brotherhood is your reservation. Send to DavidPinsky, KI, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 by 9/23/15.Sunday, February 7                          10 AMJoint Brunch by Women of KI & KI Brotherhood“The Vinyl Dialogues.” Michael Morsch will share stories about thealbums of the 70’s, as told by the artists. His book made it into theRock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives.WKI/Brotherhood  Members $10     Guests $12Your check to KI Brotherhood is your reservation. Send to DavidPinsky, KI, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 by 2/1/16. Saturday, May 14                               7 PM“Square Dance Dinner” Joint program with Women of KI & KIBrotherhood.KI Members $25                   Guests $30Your check to Women of KI is your reservation. Send to LynoreEisman, KI, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 by 5/15/16.Friday, June 24 8 PMBrotherhood Shabbat Service at KI SynagogueTheme and possible speaker TBDSunday, June 26 (Tentative date) 11 AMAnnual KI Brotherhood BrunchLocation, cost, and menu TBD*Please know that additional KI Brotherhood events and activities may be created asthe opportunity presents itself. Please check e-KI, Shalom KI, for these.  The KI Brotherhood Board Meetings aregenerally held the fourth Monday of the month in the KI Board Room at 6:30 PM.All are invited. Pizza is served. 38

Israel Cultural & Advocacy Committee 2015-2016 Program InformationSunday, September 20Israeli Film “Zaytoun” 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel.Thursday, October 1Rabbi Sussman will review Michael Oren’s book Ally in the Library.(This is in conjunction with Adult Ed and the Library).Wednesday, October 14Israeli Film: The Gatekeepers 7:30 p.m. in the KG.Sunday, November 1Israeli Film: Fill The Void 3:00 p.m. in the KG.Friday Shabbat, November 13Guest Speaker General Robert Magnus USMC (Ret).Honoring Veterans Day.2016Sunday, April 10Israeli Film: TBA 3:00 p.m. in the KG.Sunday, May 1Israeli Film: TBA 3:00 p.m. in the KG. Amiram (Ami) Amitai is the moderator ror all Israeli films. 39

Temple Judea MuseumFor more information: [email protected] or (215) 887-20271. Exhibition - Friday August 28 - December 31, 2015Opening the Windows: JT Waldman Considers “The Prophetic Quest”,Jacob Landau’s Massive Stained Glass Windows(An exhibition of JT Waldman’s art work for the new Guide to the Prophetic Quest)Opening Program - Sunday, October 18, 20152:00pm - Illustrated lecture by Professor Steve BrowerFree and open to the communityThe Lost Comic and Pulp Art of Jacob LandauSteven Brower is an award winning graphic designer, and author. Inaddition he is the Director of the Marywood University MFA program.His work appears regularly in international and national design annuals and books and other publications. He has lectured nationally on thesubject of design and creativity and is the author of several books,including Woody Guthrie Artworks; Satchmo: The Life and Art of LouisArmstrong; and Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants.3:00pm - Reception and JT Waldman gallery tour2. Film Series 2015 – 2016 - Co-sponsored with the Meyers Library(See library page for details - all screenings at 7:00pm)Tuesday October 20, 2015 - Sixty Six (2008)A charming comedy with many heart-warming scenes, appropriate for theentire family.Tuesday November 17, 2015 - The Monuments Men (2014)The Monuments Men is the true story of a World War II treasure hunt.Tuesday April 5 , 2016 - The Woman in Gold (2015)The true story of Maria Altmann’s struggle to reclaim art works stolenfrom her family by the Nazis. 40

Temple Judea Museum3. Exhibition - Sunday January 31 - Sunday, March 13, 2016Kezia Lechner - Waiting for GodWorks on PaperThe imagery in this work was inspired by photographs taken during theHolocaust, and by Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, an account of his life asan adolescent in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. I was also drawn by adesire to explore my own connection to the Holocaust. My father escapedNazi Germany at age 39. He spoke little of his past. I carried his silence,unwittingly, like a dark secret. Years later, the weight of that secret lifted whenthese images began to pour out of me. The silence was finally broken. - Kezia Lechner* The Waiting for God collection is a gift of the artist to the Temple JudeaMuseum4. Exhibition: Sunday April 17, 2016 (Time TBA)Walter Plotnick - PhotographsWalter Plotnick* is a photo-based artist. He received his MFA fromUniversity of the Arts and BFA from Tyler School of Art.My current work is a hybrid of wet photography and digital process. Iam influenced by the work of Bauhaus, Constructivist and SurrealistPhotographers from the 1920s through the 1930s. I make photographs andphotograms by constructing temporary still lifes, using vintage found objectsand images on top of photographic paper in the darkroom. By manipulating avariety of light sources, then digitally combining, repeating or adding images,I am able to visually explore an abstract environment with objects and light,creating movement, form and tension. - Walter Plotnick, 2015* Walter Plotnick is a member of the Temple Judea Museum Artists’CollaborativeONGOING: Visit the WKI Gift Shop to purchase works by Artists ofthe Temple Judea Museum Collaborative. 41

Youth Committee2015-2016 KI Family Services, Programs, and Events This year KI’s newly formed Youth Engagement Committee will run awide-array of family programs, services, and youth group events to keepour KI kids fully engaged with their peers here at KI in the year ahead.The following events will be fun, spiritual, and create a lasting impact forthe whole family.Friday, September 11, 2015“Buzz Into the New Year” KI JQuest Family Education5:30 p.m. Crafts 6:00 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. Family Service 7:15 p.m.Briar Bush ProgramMonday, September 14, 2015Rosh Hashanah Tot and Family Services9:00 a.m. Tot Service in the chapel 9:30 Oneg in Youth lounge orPlayscape3:00 p.m. Family Service in the SanctuaryFriday, September 18, 2015Family Service led by 11th Grade7:00 p.m. Family Service and Oneg; 8:00 p.m. 11th Grade ConfirmationYearbook Signing PartyTuesday, September 21, 2015Yom Kippur for the Soul6:00 p.m. Kol Nidre Family Service in the SanctuaryWednesday, September 22, 2015Yom Kippur Tot and Family Services9:00 a.m., Tot Service in the Chapel, 2:00 p.m. Family Service in theSanctuarySunday, September 27, 2015Erev Sukkot Harvest Celebration4:30 p.m. Family Farm Program and Erev Sukkot Service 6:30 pm BrownBag Dinner 42

Youth CommitteeFriday October 2, 2015Pizza in the Hut featuring the Hebrew Hammers6:00 p.m. Pizza Dinner in the Sukkah 6:30 p.m. Shabbat with theHebrew HammersSunday, October 4, 2015Simchat Torah Celebration5:00 p.m. Consecration and Simchat Torah Service 6:30p.m. PizzaDinner and OnegFriday, October 16, 2015Sabbath for the Soul led by 9th Grade7:00 p.m. Sabbath for the Soul ServiceSunday, November 1, 2015Club KIFTY Fall Field Day12:00 p.m. Lunch and Fun @ KIFriday, November 20, 2015Family Service led by 6th Grade6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Family Service 8:00pm Sixth Grade @Brunswick ZoneSunday, November 22, 2015“Tzedek! Tzedek!” KI JQuest Family Education9:30 a.m. – Family learning and Mitzvah ProjectsFriday, December 11, 2015Hanukkah Family Celebration6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Family ServiceSunday, December 13, 2015Hanukkah Family Concert12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. Hanukkah ConcertFriday, December 25, 2015KI Mitzvah day10:00 a.m. – Mitzvah Projects for the Whole Family 43

Youth CommitteeFriday, January 22, 2016Tu BiShvat Shabbat Service led by 8th Grade6:00 p.m. Tu Israeli dinner and Briar Bush Program7:00 p.m. Tu BiShvat Family Service Led By the 8th grade8:00 p.m. Rak Dan OnegSunday, January 25, 2016KINGO4:00 p.m. KINGO in the K/G AuditoriumSaturday, January 30, 20164th Grade Havdalah Service5:30 p.m. Havdalah ServiceSaturday, February 6, 20163rd Grade Shabbat Morning Service10:30 a.m. 3rd Grade led Shabbat Morning Service11:30 a.m. BrunchSaturday, February 20, 20162nd Grade Shabbat Morning Service10:30 a.m. 2nd Grade led Shabbat Morning Service11:30 a.m. BrunchSunday, February 21, 2016“Art and Family” KI JQuest Family Education9:30 a.m. – Family Learning and Art ProjectsSunday, February 28, 2016KI Oscar Party and Movie Night4:00 p.m. Movies at KI followed by DinnerFriday, March 18, 2016Family Service led by 5th Grade and Sleepover6:00 p.m. Dinner7:00 p.m. Family Shabbat Service8:00 p.m. Sleepover 44

Youth CommitteeSunday, March 20, 2016Purim Carnival at KI11:00 a.m. Pre-school Admission12:00 p.m. General AdmissionWednesday, March 23, 2016Erev Purim Family Megillah Reading6:30 p.m. Dinner7:30 p.m. Purim Family ServiceSunday, April 10, 2016“Family Concert” KI JQuest Family Education9:30 a.m. – Family Learning and ConcertFriday, April 15, 2016Family Shabbat Service and Chocolate Seder7:00 p.m. – Pre-Passover Chocolate Seder 45

Friday Night Worship Schedule*October 02, 2015 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.October 09, 2015 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.October 16, 2015 Sabbath For The Soul 7:00 p.m.October 23, 2015 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.October 30, 2015 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.November 06, 2015 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.November 13, 2015 Veterans Shabbat 8:00 p.m.November 20, 2015 Family Shabbat Service 7:00 p.m.November 27, 2015 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.December 04, 2015 Interfaith Shabbat 8:00 p.m.December 11, 2015 Hanukkah Shabbat 7:00 p.m.December 18, 2015 Sabbath for the Soul 8:00 p.m.December 25, 2015 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.January 01, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 6:00 p.m.January 08, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.January 15, 2016 MLK Shabbat 8:00 p.m.January 22, 2016 Tubishvat 7:00 p.m.January 29, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.February 05, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.February 12, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.February 19, 2016 Music, Mind & Meditations 7:00 p.m.February 26, 2016 Shabbat Shira 8:00 p.m.March 04, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.March 11, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.March 18, 2016 Family Shabbat Service 7:00 p.m.March 25, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.April 01, 2016 Heritage Shabbat Service 5:00 p.m.April 08, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m. 46

Friday Night Worship ScheduleApril 15, 2016 Family Shabbat Service 7:00 p.m.April 22, 2016 Early Passover Shabbat Service 5:00 p.m.April 29, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.May 06, 2016 Sisterhood Shabbat 8:00 p.m.May 13, 2016 Israel Shabbat 8:00 p.m.May 20, 2016 Camp Shabbat Service 7:00 p.m.May 27, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.June 03, 2016 Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 p.m.June 10, 2016 Installation Shabbat 8:00 p.m.June 17, 2016 Informal Shabbat Service 7:00 p.m.June 24, 2016 Brotherhood Shabbat Service 8:00 p.m.*Up to date as of 9/23/2015Please check the KI website at for changes and updates. 47

Our VisionReform Congregation Keneseth Israel is an historic, visionary synagogue communitywith an inspired future. We envision a multi-campus “synagogue center” that will offerthe best in contemporary worship, transformational lifelong Jewish learning,meaningful arts and cultural programming, continuing opportunities for deeds ofsocial justice and enhanced connections to Israel and the Jewish world.Deeply committed to our goals and to one another, we will continue to explan ourlocal, as well as national reputations to make KI the heart of Reform Judaism inGreater Philadelphia. OUR CORE VALUES Kehillah (Community) Nurturing and sustaining a strong sense of community and personal belonging. T’Fillot (Prayer and Spirituality) Creating diverse, compelling religious services and providing pastoral suport for our members and their families. Limmud (Sacred Learning) Providing life-long transformative Jewish learning experiences. Tikkun Olam (Social Justice/Repair of the World) Strengthening social justice through programs within KI and extending into the larger community. Ahavat Yisrael ( Jewish Pride/Love of Israel) Building a strong connection with Israel and the global Jewish community. Hiddur Mitzvah (Arts and Culture) Fostering a deeper appreciation of Jewish living through culutral programming and the arts. Yahadut Mitkademit (Reform Judaism) Maintaining and enriching our historic ties to the Reform Movement. 48

Our HistoryReform Congregation Keneseth Israel was founded in March 1847, the fourthcongregation to be established by the expanding Jewish community of Philadelphia. KIadopted Reform in 1855 and thus became the first progressive congregation inPhiladelphia. For almost 40 years, KI was the only Reform congregation in Philadelphia.KI has been led by only eight senior rabbis through its long and distinguished history.Dr. David Einhorn, a great Jewish intellectual, a firebrand abolitionist and author of theprayer book which formed the original basis of the Union Prayer Book, was our Rabbifrom 1861 to 1866. He was succeeded by Dr. Samuel Hirsch, who was both a scholarand a pioneer in Jewish social services in Philadelphia. Dr. Hirsch was followed by Dr.Joseph Krauskopf, a member of the first graduating class of the Hebrew Union College.Under Dr. Krauskopf, KI briefly became the largest synagogue in the United States.Krauskopf founded the National Farm School (Delaware Valley College) in 1896 andattracted large crowds to his Sunday lectures. In 1924 Dr. William H. Fineshriber wascalled to the pulpit of Keneseth Israel. He was the first American-born rabbi to serve thecongregation and introduced both the Union Prayer Book and the Bar Mitzvah to KI.Dr. Fineshriber was succeeded in 1949 by Dr. Bertram W. Korn, who grew up in KI.Dr. Korn was the first rabbi in American history to have been promoted to“flag” rank asa Rear Admiral in the Navy. Dr. Korn was well-known for his scholarship on Jews in theAmerican Civil War. Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin, elected the sixth Senior Rabbi in 1980,waseducated at Harvard University and served as the President of the Central Conferenceof American Rabbis from 1995-1997. Rabbi Bradley N. Bleefeld followed Rabbi Maslinand served the Congregation from June, 1997 to June, 2000.Rabbi Lance J. Sussman became Keneseth Israel’s eighth Senior Rabbi in July, 2001. Heearned his Ph.D. at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati)and has written several books and numerous articles on American Jewish History in-cluding Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism (1995). Rabbi Sussman hasbeen featured in a number of national TV productions including PBS’ God in Americaseries (2010). Sussman is a popular lecturer and Scholar-in-Residence with numerousprograms in Jewish History, Judaism and Art and Comparative Religion.In addition to our Senior Rabbi, KI has an Associate Rabbi, Kevin M. Kleinman, whowas ordained at HUC-JIR (New York) in 2009. Cantor Amy E. Levy came to KI fromTulsa, OK, in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from theUniversity of Kansas and graduated from HUC-JIR (New York) in 2000 as a cantor.Brian D. Rissinger joined the Senior Staff as Executive Director in 2006. He previous-ly served at Main Line Reform Temple and Federation Early Learning Services andbrought to KI 28 years of non-profit management experience. Our Director of ReligiousEducation is Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler (HUC-JIR, New York, 2003), who also holdsa Master of Arts in Jewish Education. The director of the Richard E. Rudolph, Jr.,Preschool, Liz Sussman, holds an M.S. in Early Childhood Education. KI is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027(215) 887-8700 49

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