The KI Guide to
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Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., Senior Rabbi
Kevin M. Kleinman, Assistant Rabbi
Amy E. Levy, Cantor
Brian D. Rissinger, Executive Director
Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler, MAJE, Director of Education
Beth K. Berman, M.S. Ed., Preschool Director
Simeon J. Maslin, D. Min., Rabbi Emeritus
Richard Allen, Cantor Emeritus
William Ferstenfeld, F.T.A., Executive Administrator Emeritus
Peter J. Soloff, President
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road - Elkins Park, PA 19027
1802 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
(215) 887-8700 www.kenesethisrael.org
Torah and Culture at KI
It is with great joy that I present to you the first edition of Torah v’Tarbut (“Torah and Culture”),
the 2009-2010 Guide to cultural and educational programs at Reform Congregation Keneseth
Israel. Torah v’Tarbut combines the wonderful work of our Adult Education Committee (chaired
by Caryl Levin) with the work of two other committees, the Vision Committee (chaired by Emily
Greenberg and Norma Meshkov) and the 2009 Strategic Plan Group (headed by Karen Sirota).
The result is a greatly expanded vision of adult education and cultural programming at KI with a
new coordinating body to develop and market our incredible array of first class programs and
At the core of this new process is a new coordinating body at KI to be known as the Vaad HaTar-
but or Cultural Coordinating Committee. It is made up of representatives of different groups who
run programs at KI in the area of culture and adult education. These groups are now clustered into
two main groups under the Cultural Coordinating Committee:
Torah L’Chaim - Life Long Learning
JACKI - Jewish Arts and Culture at KI
This new organizational structure will be used both for planning and advertising purposes.
And now to the main event: this year, again, we have an incredibly rich program at KI from a
proposed trip to the Ukraine (Summer 2010) to Lunch n’ Learn to new and unprecedented Israel
programs to Classical Music events to Theater @ KI. It is all here and all available to you.
KI is a very special synagogue. Not only do we offer the full spectrum of religious services and
programs, we also offer the largest selection of adult educational and cultural programs of any
synagogue in the Delaware Valley. Just look at the pages which follow. Not only will you be
amazed, you will see programs and events which speak directly to your interests.
I hope to see you and your friends at many of these events and classes this year. I know you will
enjoy them and learn or experience something new as well!
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Table of Contents
Vaad hatarbut: Ki programming board……………………………………………..…. 5
Torah l’chaim: lifelong learnng……………………………………………………...6-23
Adult education registration form……...………………………………….7-9
From the clergy ..................................................................................9-10
Adult education courses………………………………………………………11-20
Cultural council 60+………………………………………………………………...21
Israel science project………………………………………………………………...25
JACKI (Jewish arts & Culture ) ………………………………………………………..26-30
Sacred Music Programs………….………………………………………………27-28
Music Arts Committee Programs …...………………………………………… .29
Theatre at KI…………………………………………………………………………………..29
Temple Judea Museum Educational Programs…………………………...30
The Year at a Glance .......................................................................... ……..31-33
Our Vision and core values ………………………………………………………………….34
Vaad HaTarbut: KI Program Board
At KI, we view ourselves as a "synagogue-center." Not only do we offer engaging and meaningful
worship experiences and learning opportunities for children and their families but also serve the larger
community with first-rate Adult Education and cultural opportunities. To develop and advertise these pro-
grams, we have formed a Program Board (Vaad HaTarbut in Hebrew) to oversee and coordinate all of our
programming. The Program Board has two sub-groups: Torah L'Chaim (Life Long Learning) and JACKI
(Jewish Arts & Culture at KI). Together, they offer more than a hundred opportunities for cultural, spiritual
and educational enrichment at KI. As you read through the pages of this program guide, we are confident
you will find many programs, classes and events to your liking. We look forward to seeing you here at KI for
many of them!
Rabbi’s Forum Sisterhood
Shabbat Torah Havurah Israel Committee
Lunch ‘n Learn Library
Roaming Rabbi Israel Science Project
(Jewish Arts & Culture at KI)
Temple Judea Museum Theatre at KI
Music Arts Sacred Music
Registration: KI Adult Ed Lectures and Classes
Names: Adult 1 ____________________________________
Adult 2 ____________________________________
Email address: ________________________________________
A one-time registration fee allows you to attend all lectures and classes
except where otherwise indicated. This includes the Lectures and
Classes that fall under the Adult Education heading AND the Rabbi’s
Fall and Spring Forums.
(There will be a charge of $10 per program for those who are not regis-
$36/person (KI members), $75/person (members of other synagogues),
$100/person (non-members of any synagogue)
Please be a FRIEND for $54 or $72.
Total enclosed $___________
Check enclosed—payable to Keneseth Israel, Adult Education
Attn: Caryl Levin
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Adult 1/Adult 2
Readings from Writings (10/1) ______/______
Rabbis Sussman’s Forums: Judaism and Art (10/4, 25, 11/15) ______/______
Beginners’ Hebrew (9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 22, 12/6, 13, 20) ______/______
First Woman Professional Boxing Judge (10/8) ______/______
Tap Dancing: Beginners (10/ 13, 20, 27, 11/3, 10) ______/______
Tap Dancing: Advanced (10/ 13, 20, 27, 11/3, 10) ______/______
Table Matters (10/16) ______/______
Book Discussion – All Other Nights (10/21) ______/______
Digital Magic (10/26) ______/______
The Molecular Biology of Free Will (10/29) ______/______
Current Events Discussion (11/2) ______/______
Preserving Family Archives (11/4) ______/______
Madonna, the Kabbalah Center, and the Question of Authenticity ______/______
Mural Arts Program (11/18) ______/______
Al Hirshfield (11/19) ______/______
An Open, Honest and Controversial Examination
of Torah Ethics (12/3 ) _____/_______
Jews, Food, and Israel (12/16) ______/______
Terezin: A Play (1/10) ______/______
Sefer HaAgadah ( 1 /13, 20, 27, 2/3, 10, 17, 24) ______/______
Training With the Israeli Army (1/14) ______/______
Movie: Constantine’ Sword (1/20) ______/______
Movie: Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1/21) ______/______
Rabbi Sussman’s Forums – Judaism and Art (1/24, 31, 2/7) ______/______
Movie: The Green Chariot (2/25) ______/______
300 Ways to Enhance Your Seder (3/2) ______/______
Madness, Scholarship, and Genius (3/3) ______/______
Book Discussion: Broken for You (3/17) ______/______
Wine Tasting (3/25) ______/______
Fascinatin Gershwin: Concert by Fran Schwartz (3/21) ______/______
The Politics of Oil (4/5) ______/______
Sanity, Madness, and Art (4/8) ______/______
Slavery in the Arab World (4/15) ______/______
Nature vs. Nature (4/21) ______/______
Book Discussion: The Golems of Gotham (4/28) ______/______
Movie: A Sacred Duty (5/10) ______/______
Scientology (5/17) ______/______
Movie: When Do We Eat (6/2) ______/______
A Taste of Talmud (6/7, 14) _____/_______
Tour of Canaan and Israel Exhibit (6/24) ______/______
By Our Rabbis
Rabbi’s Forums—Art and Judaism: A Visual History
Six Lectures by Rabbi Sussman
Sundays, 9:45 a.m. in the Rothschild Auditorium
Biblical Art Art and Architecture of the Modern
October 4 Synagogue
The Rabbis and Art
October 25 Chagall and other modernists
A Jewish Renaissance
Nov. 15 Beyond Judaism: Jews in the Secular Arts
Lunch ‘n Learn
This year’s Lunch ‘n’ Learn will survey the February 17 “Prayer”
different genres of rabbinic literature. Taught March 17 “Responsa”
by Rabbi Sussman at Noon on the third April 21 “Codes”
(usually) Wednesday of each month, the class May 26 “Commentary”
is hosted by different businesses and law June 16 “Zohar and Mysticism”
firms in Center City. Participants are asked to
RSVP to the synagogue office by the day be- Each participant is also asked to make a $10
fore at noon. contribution for lunch for each class. The class
meets monthly from September to June.
September 16 “Historical Overview” & “Pirke
Avot” For more information or to volunteer to host a
October 14 “Mishnah” session of Lunch ‘n’ Learn, please contact
November 18 “Midrash” Barbara Steinberg in the synagogue office,
December 16 “Agaddah” 215-887-8702 or Barbara@kenesethisrael.org
January 20 “Gemara”
Historical Sermon Series by Rabbi Sussman
The American Exodus: President Grant and The Politics of Rescue: FDR and the Jews
the Jews Friday, July 30
Friday, March 26 8 p.m.
From the Clergy
TORAH STUDY HAVURAH
Rabbis Lance J. Sussman and Rabbi Kevin M. Kleinman
Saturday mornings throughout the year
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Library
Join us in the library for an informal and informative study session on the weekly Torah portion
led by KI Clergy.
Discussion is highly interactive and always interesting. No preparation or prior knowledge is
required. Dress is casual. The Torah Study Havurah meets weekly. Refreshments are served.
No fee or registration are required for this class.
Roaming with Rabbi Sussman
Bus trip to Maryland Ukraine
Oct. 7, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. August 2010, 8-10 days
Jewish Historical Society of Maryland Kiev, Shtetl country, Odessa . . . An incredible
Restored Lloyd Street and B’nai Israel journey to the heart of Jewish East Europe
synagogues with Rabbi Sussman.
Box lunch from Attman’s Deli Open to the first 36 participants ($250 refund-
Fort McHenry able deposit per participant).
Tour of The Levy Chapel at the United States Approximate cost $4700/pp/dbl with an $180
Naval Academy supplemental fee for non-members
Dinner in Annapolis (not included in price) –
Registration with full payment & sandwich
choice – corn beef, brisket, turkey or veggie
Non-refundable after 10/1/09
For more information, call Barbara at 215-887-
8702 or Barbara@kenesethisrael.org
READINGS FROM WRITINGS … published articles in the Jewish Journal of
IN PERFORMANCE: A THEATRICAL Education. She retired in 1999 after a career
EXPLORATION at KI which included teaching, principal of the
Gloria Salmansohn mid-week Hebrew program and director of the
Thursday, October 1 Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.
7:30 p.m. $25.00 (in addition to your registration fee)
$50.00 (for those who have not registered)
Sassy, sweet and smart snippets from plays
and stories dramatizing the multifaceted I AM THE FIRST WOMAN
inter-relationships in the wild, wonderful world PROFESSIONAL BOXING JUDGE IN THE
of women as brought to life and laughter by UNITED STATES
Gloria Salmansohn. Carol Polis
Gloria Salmansohn has voiced and appeared Thursday, October, 8
in hundreds of commercials. She performed in 7:30 p.m.
a multitude of roles for 6 years on the Gene
London TV show. She has participated in a Carol Polis will tell you how she got into
number of staged readings of classics and boxing, and many of the things that happened
new works by local playwrights and has to her over the past 36 years. She judged 27
appeared with the Irish Rep, and at the PA title fights throughout the world, and is cur-
Shakespeare Festival and Society Hill rently writing a book with a co-author. She ap-
Playhouse. peared on "What's My Line", and "To Tell The
BEGINNERS’ HEBREW Carol Polis was born and raised in
Fran Nodiff Jenkintown, and went to Abington Friends
Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 & 22, School, Abington Junior High, and Abington
Dec. 6, 13 & 20 Senior. She was confirmed at Keneseth Israel
9:45 a.m. (Broad & Columbia) by Rabbi Bertram Korn.
She went to the University of Wisconsin and
Don’t know an aleph majored in Philosophy.
from a bet? This
class is TAP DANCING -- ADVANCED
designed for Joe Blatt
beginners wishing to Tuesdays, October 13, 20, 27 &
acquire a basic November 3 and 10
competency in 6:30 p.m.
beginning with the This class is a continuation for those who
Aleph Bet, the vowel loved tap dancing with Joe Blatt last year and
system, as well as a basic vocabulary. Time want to continue.
will also be allotted to develop skills in $40 (in addition to registration fee)
reading and comprehending basic selections $60.00 (or those who have not registered)
from the prayerbook. We will also learn about Limited to those over 18.
the meaning of the Jewish holidays and how
they are observed.
Fran Nodiff has taught in various Adult Educa-
tion Programs and workshops and has
TAP DANCING – BEGINNERS BOOK DISCUSSION
Joe Blatt All Other Nights by Dara Horn
Tuesday, October 13, 20, 27 & Discussion led by Bev Cohen
November 3 and 10 Wednesday, October 21
7:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Indulge your fantasy! Learn to tap. A five-week Award-winning author Dara Horn's third book,
series taught by KI member Joe Blatt, former All Other Nights brings the enormity of the
Broadway dancer (prior to his floral career). American Civil War to a very personal level
Tap shoes a must. and gives insight into the role of Jewish
$60.00 for those who have not registered for Americans in this tragic conflict. This historical
Adult Education programs. $40.00 for novel is the 2009-10 selection of the "One
registrants. Limited to those over 18. Book, One Jewish Community" program.
Beverly Cohen is Professor Emerita at Bucks
County Community College where she taught
TABLE MATTERS courses in both the Departments of Language
Lynn Rosen and Literature and Social and Behavioral Sci-
Friday, October 16 ences. She currently serves on the National
1:00 p.m. Board of Volunteers for Israel, is active in the
Prison Literacy Project, and is a member of
Your dinner table is a the "One Book, One Jewish Community"
place for celebrations, Implementation Team.
where you invite guests to
sit in comfort and partake DIGITAL MAGIC: AN ARTISTS JOURNEY
of good food and Mickie Rosen
conversation. The dinner table can be Monday, October 26, 2009
daunting, however, with its complicated array 1:00 P.M.
of dishes, utensils, and serving pieces, and its
mystifying rules regarding behavior. It is one Mickie Rosen, an accomplished printmaker
thing to possess a collection of elegant table- and fine art photographer, has coined the
ware; it is quite another to know how to put it phrase “photage” to describe the work she
to proper use. Join table-setting expert Lynn creates that involves combining many
Rosen, author of Elements of the Table: A complicated layers of photographic elements
Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests, for a into one unified composition. With a Power
practical and entertaining overview of the dos Point Presentation she will show you step by
and don’ts of the dinner table. step the discoveries she encountered along
Lynn Rosen teaches writing, publishing, and her journey into the world of "Digital Magic."
literature courses at a number of venues, in- Mickie Rosen, a retired art & group
cluding Temple University and Drexel Univer- psychotherapist has returned to her original
sity, where she is an Adjunct Professor. Lynn career as an exhibiting fine artist. Printmaking
is a veteran book publishing professional who and drawing had been her media of choice
has had an extensive career as an editor, liter- until photography and the digital darkroom
ary agent, and author. captured her interest. Now she takes great
pleasure in spending numerous hours
exploring the endless possibilities that digital
technology has made available to the fine art- Ann Slifkin is a retired adjunct professor of
ist. English, public speaking, and creative writing
Her prints, drawings and photages, have been at Temple University and Holy Family College.
exhibited widely in the region in 15 solo and
many juried group exhibitions. Mickie has CREATING A PERSONAL ARCHIVE
been awarded several prizes for her photages Claire Schweriner
at recent juried shows. Wednesday, November 4
THE MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
OF FREE WILL Learn how to collect and preserve your
Dr. Warren Kruger family's history.
Thursday, October 29 Claire Schweriner has been a member of KI's
7:30 p.m. Archives Committee for over 20 years and its
co-chair for 10.She is an active member of the
The concept of free will has played a central Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater
role in both religion and philosophy throughout Philadelphia. Her article "To Save and
the ages. In fact, the idea of free will and the Protect..." has been published in their quar-
existence of the soul are intertwined concepts. terly magazine, Chronicles.
However, a key premise in modern molecular
biology is that life is simply a series of MADONNA, THE KABBALAH CENTER,
chemical reactions that are causally related, AND THE QUESTION OF AUTHENTICITY IN
leaving little room for the existence of free will. THE STUDY OF JEWISH MYSTICISM
In this lecture Dr. Kruger will explore these Dr. Joel Hecker
concepts and discuss experimental data (both Thursday, November 12
pro and con) relating to the existence of free 7:30 p.m.
Warren Kruger received his Ph.D in Biochem- Los Angeles's Kabbalah Center is a prime and
istry from the University of California at San prominent example of a "new religious move-
Francisco and did post-doctoral work at ment", whose most famous supporter,
Stanford University. Since 1995 he has been Madonna, has helped make Kabbalah a
an investigator at the Fox Chase Cancer popular phenomenon in Hollywood and
Center where he studies how metabolic around the world. The popularization of this
defects in tumor cells might be exploited for ancient form of study has generated
novel therapeutic treatments. Dr. Kruger has considerable controversy and ongoing
published over 60 papers in peer reviewed discussion among Jews of all stripes. Should
journals and has received numerous grants non-Jews be taught Kabbalah? Who is
and awards. qualified to teach and study Kabbalah? Is
there something universal about Kabbalah or
CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION is it ultimately concerned with Jews, Jewish
Ann Slifkin practice and Jewish theology?
Monday, November 2 Joel Hecker, Ph.D., has been a fellow at the
1:00 p.m. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the
University of Pennsylvania, served as a
Ann Slifkin will lead a discussion on a topic of visiting instructor at the University of
current interest. Pennsylvania, The Jewish Theological
Seminary and Yeshiva University. Hecker is Hirschfeld’s work for two decades and has
the author of Mystical Bodies, Mystical Meals: written extensively about twentieth century
Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah performance caricature.
and has published widely on a range of
themes in Jewish mysticism.
AN OPEN, HONEST, AND CONTROVER-
MURAL ARTS SIAL EXAMINATION OF THE ETHICS OF
Docent from the Mural Arts Program THE TORAH: FOR ADULTS ONLY
Wednesday, November 18 Rabbi Sim Prystowsky
2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3
A docent from the Mural Arts Program will
show slides and discuss some of the After 10 years of Yeshiva , Rabbi Sim
outstanding murals on various Philadelphia Prystowsky was graduated from Hunter
buildings. College and ordained at the Hebrew
The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He
component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti served as a military chaplain in the U.S. Army
Network, an effort to eradicate the graffiti crisis and then came to Congregation Or Ami where
plaguing the city. The Anti-Graffiti Network he was the spiritual leader for 38 years. He
hired muralist Jane Golden to reach out to received his Ph.D from Dropsie University and
graffiti writers to redirect their energies from his family therapy certification from the East-
destructive graffiti writing to constructive mural ern PA Psychiatric Institute. He is happily
painting. married to a fifth generation Sabra.
AL HIRSCHFELD JEWS, FOOD AND ISRAEL
David Leopold Ellen Tilman
Thursday, November 19 Wednesday, December 16
7:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Al Hirschfeld enchanted generations of view- Join Ellen Tillman for an
ers with his singular mastery of line. Where did educational and
his line on the lively arts come from and entertaining exploration of
what did it capture along the way? Join the role of food in Jewish
Hirschfeld archivist David Leopold as he rituals, customs and
traces this lifetime of line from Hirschfeld’s traditions. Why do we eat
earliest works to his last drawings, sharing Hallah on Shabbat? Latkes and sufganiot/jelly
stories of the artist and the shows along the donuts are a Hanukah tradition. Why? What,
way. if any, is the importance of Chicken soup,
David Leopold is an author and curator who gefilte fish, dates and pomegranates? Why is
has organized exhibitions for institutions Israel important to Jewish food? Ellen will use
around the country including the Library of books, films and personal experiences of the
Congress, the New York Public Library for the group to explore this important topic.
Performing Arts, the James A. Michener Art EllenTillman is the director of KI’s Library
Museum, and the Norman Rockwell Museum services. She has taught in the religious
at Stockbridge. He has been the archivist of Al school for the past 27 years. Ellen enjoys
cooking and gardening and has an MBA in “was the principal literary form” of the Jewish
Social Work from Northwestern and MSS from people, the “classic expression of their spirit.”
Bryn Mawr College Come read these treasures together with other
members of the KI community of learners.
A MAGAZINE AT TEREZIN Rabbi Rav Soloff has been teaching (with
Written by Mark Sacharoff great joy) in the Adult Education programs of
Sunday, January 10 congregations Beth Or and Keneseth Israel. In
3:00 p.m. 1967, Rabbi Soloff was awarded a Ph.D. from
Drew University and in 1975, an honorary
Between 1942 and 1944 a group of boys at Doctor of Divinity from the HUC-JIR.
the Terezin concentration camp-ghetto
published 22 issues of a magazine called TRAINING WITH THE ISRAELI ARMY
"Kamarad." Most of these boys were 15 years Rodney Hall
old in 1944. The magazine contained satiric Thursday, January 14
pieces, poems, and drawings, all of which 7:30 p.m.
have been preserved in the Beit Terezin
(Theresienstadt) Museum in Israel. This play Rodney Hall was a member of the US Navy
dramatizes their hardships, their attempts to assigned to Special Operations from 1974-
expose the true nature of Terezin, and the 1997. During those years he participated in
high-spirited, mischievous behavior of their operations around the world supporting not
daily lives. It also presents their writings and just the military but other departments in the
four songs, which were done during "festive US government as it pertained to research,
eves" until October, 1944. At that time, they intelligence and marine operations.
were transported to Auschwitz and other death One of the missions Rodney participated in
-camps, where almost all the prisoners from was training with the Israeli Navy in Haifa.
Terezin died. Training was designed to coordinate the two
Navies in marine and intelligence operations.
SEFER HA-AGGADAH: THE BOOK OF
LEGENDS MOVIE: CONSTANTINE’S SWORD
Rabbi Rav Soloff Wednesday, January 20
Wednesdays, January 13, 20, 27 & 2:30 p.m.
February 3, 10, 17, 24
10:00 a.m. This movie demonstrates what happened to
the Jews once Constantine made Christianity
If you can read lines in the Siddur you will en- the official religion of the Roman Empire. From
joy THE BOOK OF LEGENDS Sefer Ha- that followed a tradition of violent
Aggadah. A century ago “the national poet of anti-Semitism. The movie also shows the at-
the Jewish people” Hayim Nahman Bialik, and tempts of Christian fundamentalists to infiltrate
Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky edited this the Air Force Academy.
compendium of the non-legal teachings of the
early sages of Rabbinic Judaism. First
published in Odessa in 1908-11, Sefer
Ha-Aggadah was reprinted numerous times in
Tel Aviv after Bialik and Ravnitzky emigrated
to the land of Israel. Aggadah, they wrote,
MOVIE: NEXT STOP, GREENWICH and grapples with his identity as a Russian, as
VILLAGE an Israeli, and with his new-found religion.
Dr. Isaak Kruger This 2008 Israeli film, in Hebrew with English
Thursday, January 21 subtitles, allows us to appreciate the complex
7:30 p.m. life of an immigrant . It poses many questions
concerning halacha and should lead to a
Throughout his career healthy debate.
as a writer, director,
and producer Paul
Mazursky has 300 WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR SEDER
employed his unique Murray Spiegel and Ricky Stein
Jewish sensibility in his Tuesday, March 2
view of the American 7:30 p.m.
experience through the
reassessment of moral This talk will inspire your own unforgettable
values and social mores. In his movies Seders. A fascinating, humorous and
Mazursky charts the movement of Jews from educational multimedia presentation, with
the immigrant enclaves of the Bronx, to contributions for the Seder from hundreds of
Brooklyn, bohemian Greenwich Village, the people around the globe: Jews from Uganda
South Bronx, Beverly Hills, and upscale sub- to Uzbekistan, aboriginals in Australia, Eskimo
urbs. bishops, Maori from New Zealand, sign
Mazursky is considered one of the most languages, etc. The authors demonstrate how
important interpreters of the American Jewish to use the translations, parodies and games to
experience. He characterizes his films as enliven your Seders. Books will be available
examining “freedom and the price of freedom; for personal inscription after the talk.
change, and the price of change.” Dr. Murray Spiegel, a speech researcher in
Isaak Kruger has a B.A. in American Literature telecommunications, has established a
from George Washington University, an M.A. reputation for innovative Passover Seders.
in American Studies from the University of Murray has led over 30 Seders - no two alike.
Minnesota, and an MBA from the Wharton Rickey Stein is a pharmacist with life-long
School of the University of Pennsylvania, and interests in languages and Passover. More
a JD from Temple University. He is currently than 35 years ago he started translating the
an administrator for Surgery and Perioperative Four Questions and hasn't stopped yet. Both
Services at St. Peter’s University Hospital, authors had their Seders featured in The New
New Brunswick, NJ. He lectured about moves York Times
at KI last year and is a well-informed and inter-
esting speaker. MADNESS, SCHOLARSHIP, AND GENIUS
Dr. Rita Altman
MOVIE: THE GREEN CHARIOT Wednesday, March 3
Linda Nesvisky 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 25
7:30 p.m. The unique combination of circumstances and
personal deviation from the norm brought
A secular Russian young adult immigrates to together an extraordinary group of
Israel, changes his name from Sasha to Yair, personalities that contributed an
immeasurable value to the development of two University. Fran has been presenting concert/
of the most used supports for a writer of any lectures for organizations, synagogue and
age, the dictionary and the church groups, senior clubs, retirement
thesaurus. communities and health care facilities for
Dr. Rita C. Altman is a much sought after twenty-five years. A Vice President of the
teacher and lecturer in a wide range of topics Rittenhouse Square Committee for The
of interest to adults. She is noted for the clarity Philadelphia Orchestra, she is on the Boards
and scholarship of all her presentations. of two chapters of the Pennsylvania Music
Teachers Association and has been an enrich-
BOOK DISCUSSION ment speaker on cruises since 2001.
Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
Bev Cohen WINE TASTING
Wednesday, March 17 Donna Shur
2:30 p.m. Thursday March 25
How can being broken help you become more
whole? With quirky characters, surprising plot Donna Shur will select three
twists, and humor, Broken for You answers spring/summer wines made in a
that question. Stephanie Kallos's exceptional lighter refreshing style with
different levels of body and
first novel is one you will read quickly but think
about for a very long time. dryness from three different
regions. Three spring reds will be selected in a
CONCERT: FASCINATIN’ GERSHWIN similar fashion.
Fran Schwartz These will be tasted with light cheeses and
Sunday, March 21 you will learn a few basic ways to
3:00 p.m. approach and evaluate wine, e.g. nose, body,
dryness, crispness, mouth feel, etc. One wine
George and Ira Gershwin were instrumental in will be ISRAELI.
shaping American musical history of the early Entertainment will be swing dance music pro-
twentieth century. "Fascinatin' Gershwin" vided by the Philly Saxophone Quartet led by
recounts the lives and relationship of George congregation member Giacomo DeAnnuntis
and Ira with an insight into what made their Donna Shur’s experience in the wine and spirit
collaboration one of the best that Broadway industry started when she began working for a
and Hollywood have produced. You will hear large wholesale alcohol distributor, Southern
concert arrangements of some of their most Wine and Spirits, which is a national company
popular songs and excerpts from the classical with a local base in King of Prussia. She was
repertoire with examples of how they hired to give tastings to promote and sell
composed and what made them "tick." In the various wines. She was trained and then
words of Ira, "who could ask for anything developed a passion for wine and has been
more?" one of Southern’s top sellers.
Fran Karabel Schwartz, a member of KI, is a
pianist, lecturer and teacher. She received a
B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the
University of Pennsylvania and a Master of
Music in Piano Performance from Arcadia
THE POLITICS OF OIL connected to depression and overt psychoses.
Mark Seifter By contrasting numerous images and
Monday, April 5 including various provocatively challenging
1:00 p.m. quotes from some of history's greatest writers
and thinkers, it is hoped that these
The bonanza of oil that the Middle East sits dichotomies will open greater sensitivity and
atop has allowed this region, its leaders and better understanding into this complex and
peoples unprecedented wealth, national/ much debated topic.
regional autonomy and self-confidence. John Sappington has worked as an expressive
But this world-class reserve in arts therapist for over 30 years, currently at
one internationally vital resource has also the Brooke Glen Behavioral Health Hospital in
brought to the region cycles of economic Ft. Washington, PA.
mismanagement, an ever-accelerating arms John has had several area one-man-
race, the near-permanent festering of exhibitions of artwork inspired by Spanish cul-
intra-regional hostilities (especially Iran vs. ture, & over 20 years studying flamenco
Saudi/Shia vs. Sunni), increased debt to the dance.
West, and the slow-burning fuse of popular
instability and anger at authoritarian SLAVERY IN THE ARAB WORLD
governments. Dr. Murray Silberman
Mark Seifter is presently an instructor in His- Thursday, April 15
tory at Lehigh Carbon Community College and 7:30 p.m.
is also a professional archaeologist. He has
traveled to Israel a number of times. Slavery and the slave trade were widely
practiced in the Arab world at the time of the
SANITY, MADNESS, AND ART Prophet Muhammad and even before. In the
John Sappington Arab world, those Africans who survived the
Thursday, April 8 horrible ordeal of being transported from East
7:30 p.m. and Central became domestics, concubines,
low-level workers for the government and
This lecture will focus on sanity even soldiers. In theory, their fate as slaves
and madness, and its reflection was regulated by the Koran. Slavery and the
through the eyes of artists, slave trade, which, over the centuries involved
most of them brilliant and an estimated twelve million blacks, lasted long
renowned, a few of them after it was abolished in the West and
young, untrained and very continued to exist well into the 20th century.
troubled. Sanity will be explored Dr. Murray Silberman taught political science
as an artistic expression of the highest at several American universities. He served as
idealism, a senior official in the United Nations
intelligence, harmony and control, from the Secretariat for nearly twenty-five years. In
Renaissance, through The Age of Reason, Vienna,, he served as the Jersualem Post
and well into the 20th century. Madness will be correspondent for five years. Dr. Silberman
discussed in some of its broadest terms.....the iscurrently serving as adjunct professor at
madness of pointless rage, the folly of super- Villanova University and St. Joseph University
stitions and delusions, the insanity of mob where he has been teaching courses on
psychology, and the more diagnosable images Judaism and Judaism and Christianity.
NATURE VS NURTURE have profound relevance
Dr. Stephen Fudell today. The film aims to motivate positive
Wednesday, April 21 action by applying Jewish teachings to how we
2:30 p.m. use natural resources, take care of
our health, obtain our food, and live in peace
We are not born with a blank slate. among our fellow beings.
Dr. Stephen Fudell is a certified radiologist
and nuclear medicine physician. He is SCIENTOLOGY
currently retired which is why he has time to Dr. Irene Reiter
devote to researching fascinating Adult Monday, May 17
Education topics and sharing what he learns 1:00 p.m.
with our registrants. Dr. Reiter will discuss the life
of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of
BOOK DISCUSSION Scientology and Dianetics.
The Golems of Gotham by Thane Rosenbaum She will explain how the
Dr. Dick Weiss Church of Scientology claims to help you
Wednesday, April 28 reach your potential. She will explore the
2:30 p.m. attraction of the beliefs despite the
peculiarities of the religion and the expenses
Imagine the granddaughter of Holocaust survi- incurred by its members.
vors, inspired by the famous tale of the Golem Dr. Reiter’s career as a teacher and
of Prague, resurrecting her grandparents after department head spanned forty years with the
their suicide. They return as ghosts with an School District of Philadelphia and now she
entourage which includes the ghosts of six teaches adult literature classes. She has
famous writers, all Holocaust survivors written textbooks and has lectured all over the
themselves, all of whom have committed country.
suicide. In, The Golems of Gotham, the author
Thane Rosenbaum, himself the son of A TASTE OF TALMUD
survivors, explores the relationship between Rabbi Stacy Rigler
art and atrocity and the artist’s romance with Monday, June 7, 14
madness. 1:00 p.m.
Dick Weiss, member of the Adult Education Judaism was the first culture to record minority
committee, chairman of the Religious opinions. Come and have a taste of true
Practices Committee, and a congregation vice Talmud study -- read different opinions on a
-president. given topic Come learn how Jewish life as we
know it evolved. Be part of the discovery how
MOVIE: A SACRED DUTY this fascinating text works.
Monday, May 10
1:00 p.m. TOUR OF THE CANAAN AND ISRAEL
EXHIBIT AT THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF
This documentary addresses the ANTHROPOLOGY AND ARCHAELOGY
environmental crisis now facing humanity. The Led by Museum Docent Steve Hecht
message of the film is founded upon the Thursday, June 24
ancient teachings of the Torah and other Meet at the Melrose Park train station 11:00
Jewish scriptures and examines how they
SUMMER MINI ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL Israel, and now here in the Boris Blai home in
Linda Nesvisky Melrose Park. She exhibits frequently, and has
Sunday, July 11 won printmaking awards. She is a tour guide
3:00 and 7:00 p.m. in Philadelphia and has her own company for
West Bank Story - a wacky Romeo and Juliet,
or West Side Story. This time the setting
straddles the green line border between Arab
and Jewish communities. The Band's Visit -
another very funny recently made Israeli film,
telling the story of an Egyptian band who for
complicated and hysterical reasons, finds itself
stranded in an Israeli development town. The
common link here is how peace can be
achieved between Arabs and Jews without the
stumbling blocks set by politicians.
Linda Nesvisky was born in Pittsburgh and
studied art at Carnegie Mellon University, and
art history at the University of Pittsburgh. She
immigrated to Israel with Matt and two
daughters in 1971 and returned to America in
1991. She taught art, and had a studio in
Adult Education Committee
Chaired by: Caryl Levin
Beth Abrams, Doris Elaine Adler, Alan Bloom, Vechey Bloom, Dr. Arnold Brenman,
Jeanne Brenman, Norman Brody, Kay Brylawski, Elaine Ellison, Dulcie Fisher,
Emily Greenberg, Beletta Grohsman, Meredith Hecht, Steve Hecht, Grace Hurwitz,
Sonnie Katz, Elaine Kline, Marilyn Koff, Evonne Kruger, Isaak Kruger,
Selma Langer, Mickie Levin, Renee Levin,Anita Lipson, Lila London, Matt London,
Linda Nesvisky, Dr. Norman Olson, Sallie Olson, Earnie Philips, Sandi Philips,
Shanlee Pollack, Jay Rosen, Helen Schneeberg, Marlene Sellers,
Ann Slifkin, Art Silverman, Carol Silverman, Leslie Solomon, Bobbie Weiss,
Dr. Richard Weiss, Andrea Yarnoff
Cultural Council 60 Plus
Luncheon and Program 11:30 AM Second LEGACY HERITAGE: THE ISRAEL
Thursday of each month September PROJECT
through June February 11
$12-$15 for Members* $15 Guests* $17 at the
door HEALTHCARE REFORM—A DIALOGUE
THE MIDDLE EAST: IS THERE A TWO Ray Landis, AARP, Pennsylvania state
STATE SOLUTION? advocacy representative.
Bertram Korn, Jr. REFORM JUDAISM TODAY: WHERE IS IT
Editor, Writer, Author, Israel Expert HEADING AND WHY?
WHAT'S A NICE JEWISH GIRL DOING IN A Rabbi Lance J. Sussman PhD., KI Senior
PLACE LIKE THIS? Rabbi, historian & teacher
Alison Barshak THE NINE: A COURT IN CONFLICT
Noted Chef and Restaurateur May 13
Susan P. Myers
MACKEREL AT MIDNIGHT: GROWING UP Popular Lecturer and Supreme Court Analyst
ON A REMOTE SCOTTISH ISLAND
November 12 THE BLOGGING OF POLITICS:
Author, Ethel G. Hofman POLITICAL REPORTING IN THE INTERNET
A PUCCINI GALA June 10
December 10 Dick Polman
Sam Feinberg Nationally recognized political reporter,
Popular Lecturer and Opera Expert journalist and blogger seen on C-span,
MSNBC, CNN, NPR and BBC.
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE
ROAD? WHY DO PEOPLE LAUGH?
Dr. Joel Schwartz
Guest speakers are sponsored by the Rosenau Fund
Cultural Council 60+ Committee
Chaired by: Doris Parker
Co-Chair: Irv Matusow
Programs: Joan Brantz
Members: Annette Blume, Ann & Dick Brown, Steve Cherashore, Selma Langer, Shanlee Pollack,
Ruth Rothstein, Ruth Schoenberg
Wine Tasting for Rosh Hashanah Torah Study – Healing Service
Friday, September 11 Women’s Commentary
7 p.m. Saturday, January 9
Come taste some special Israel wines and 9 a.m.
prepare for your family Rosh Hashanah
celebrations prior to services. Sisterhood Board/ General Membership
Opening Membership Brunch Sunday, January 24th
Meet Rabbi Kleinman Board Room
Sunday, October 18 10 a.m.-noon
10 a.m. All are Welcome!!
Prepare yourselves for a sumptuous brunch,
good conversation, and discussion with our Sisterhood Brunch and Program:
new Rabbi – Rabbi Kevin Kleinman. Yiddish Yoga
Donation $5.00 Sunday, February 21
Rosh Chodesh Program Sisterhood and the Library Committee are
Sunday, October 18 joining together to present yoga and a book
7:15 p.m. review.
Led by Cantor Amy Donations $5.00
Rosh Chodesh reflections and prayers
focusing on the Women in the Book of Sisterhood Board/ General Membership
Sunday, March 14th
Bloomingdale’s “The Shopping Benefit” Board Room
Thursday, October 29 10am-noon
All Day All are Welcome!!
You and your friends can Shop Till You Drop
and receive a 15% - 20% discount on all Annual Interfaith Program
purchases at Bloomindales Store in Willow Tuesday, April 6
Grove or King of Prussia and support the 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WRJ/Keneseth Israel Sisterhood. Luncheon . . . .12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Donations $10.00 per ticket
Sisterhood Board/ General Membership
Sisterhood Oneg Shabbat for Meeting
Rabbi Kleinman Sunday, April 18th
Friday, October 30 Board Room
8 p.m. 10 a.m.-noon
All are Welcome!!
Sisterhood Board/ General Membership
Meeting Raffle – A Chance to Win $1000
Sunday, November 15th Drawn at the Fashion Show
All are Welcome!!
Fashion Show Sisterhood Brunch and Program:
Wednesday, April 21 Mother’s Day Program
6 p.m. Sunday, May 9
Cocktail hour with Boutique & Craft Shopping, 10 a.m.
Dinner/Wine, Lovely Fashions with our own KI Look forward to something special.
Models and continued support of Dress for Donation $5.00
Donation $40.00 Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, May 21
Sisterhood Executive Board
Co-Presidents: Mindi Glachman and Lynore Eisman
Vice Presidents: Marlene Baker, Stacie Goldsmith
Financial Secretary: Ilene Bomze
Corresponding Secretary: Diane Miller
Recording Secretary: Rebecca Weiss
Israel Cultural & Advocacy Committee
Sunday, Friday, April 16 or April 23, 2010
November 15, 2009 The ICAC has invited David
2 p.m. Harris, National Director of
American Jewish Committee
The ICAC will co-sponsor a to be the guest speaker at
program with the Shabbat service.
Temple Judea Museum: Tel
Aviv – 100 years.ICAC will
have a guest speaker
Professor Fred Lazin who
will speak on the subject.
2:00 P.M., Israeli wine and
refreshments will be served
while viewing the exhibit. At
3:00 Lazin will speak in the
Israel Cultural and Advocacy Committee:
Chaired by: Sonnie Katz
Emily Brecker, Ann & Dick Brown, William Dodies, Elaine Ellison, Jack Glass, Howard Greenberg, How-
ard Koff, Marilyn Koff, Sallie & Norm Olson, Doris Parker, Alan Paul, Helen Schneeberg, Deenie Silow,
William Schur, Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
The library is located on the second floor and Words and Music: A KI Kids Celebration
is easily reached by either the stairs or eleva- Sunday December 6
tor. It is one of the largest and finest syna- 12:30 p.m..
gogue libraries in the city. With Reference and Children’s Author Event with Shir Joy
Judaica selections and over 4000 volumes of
contemporary Jewish literature, the collection Stories About Israel
runs the gamut from history to cookbooks, Sunday November 15, & April 18
from biography to travel, from ethics to Jewish 12:15 p.m.
sports heroes. The children’s section has
more than 700 Jewish children’s books, with One Book: One Jewish Community
selections for preschoolers KI is a sponsoring organization for
through young adults. Current this citywide program. The Meyers
bestsellers are also available. All Library is the KI liaison. The year
books may be borrowed for two the OBOJC is reading “All Other
weeks at no charge. Nights” by Dara Horn.
Library Hours Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 7
The library is open on Tuesdays p.m.: Kick-Off Conversation and
from 10 am to 4 p.m. (6 p.m. on Book Signing with Dara Horn at
Religious School days); Wednes- Congregation Tiferet Bet Israel in
days from 10 am to 4 p.m.; and on Sunday Blue Bell.
morning from 9:30 to 12:30 (on Religious
School days). Book carts with the latest in Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.:
contemporary fiction are brought to the Oneg Adult Education sponsored book review by
Shabbat on Friday evenings and to other Beverly Cohen in the library.
activities. To reserve a book, please call Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.:
215-887-8700, Ext. 122 or Women of Reform Judaism sponsored book
email: email@example.com. review by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman.
Pre-School classes visit the library each week Author Events
for a story hour and to The Library hosts a visiting author of adult lit-
borrow books. erature each fall. Check e-KI for details.
Story Hours for Children
Holiday Story Hours:
Sundays at 12:15 p.m.
September 13: The Fall Holidays
November 22: Hanukkah
February 21: Purim
March 21: Passover
Librarian: Ellen Tillman
Committee Chairs: Dina Smith and Lynn Rosen
Israel Science Project
Israelology: From the Bible to Bio-Tech
This past summer Keneseth Israel received a grant from the Legacy Heritage Foundation for
systemically integrating the study of Israel into all aspects of congregational life. This grant is
awarded through a highly competitive and rigorous application process. This initiative is a joint
project of the Temple Judea Museum and Keneseth Israel. We are one of only seven syna-
gogues of all denominations across the United States to receive Legacy Heritage Innovation
Project: Israel grants for 2009-10.
During this year, our activities will focus on highlighting the Israel experience in all areas of
congregational life including education, worship, culture and social action through the lens of
science and technology. A Scientific Advisory Committee, composed of congregants will be a
key player in the program. Scientists from Ben Gurion University will also participate.
The centerpiece will be a congregation-wide educational program focusing on science in an-
cient and modern Israel, culminating in a science fair in which high school students develop
projects relating Ancient Israel to modern scientific accomplishments. An exhibit featuring mod-
ern Israeli science and technology and archaeological items from the Temple Judea Museum
collection entitled “Elemental Israel: From a Scientist’s Point of View” will be in the Museum
from March 26, 2010 to June 30, 2010.
The year will also include interactive family education programs; Israel Story Hours for chil-
dren; and the creation of an Israel Gallery in the Rothschild lobby; A special “Israel Newsletter”
highlighting future and past activities and providing additional resources will be distributed to
The Legacy Heritage Innovation Project: Israel Engagement aims to promote awareness of
and connection to the people, culture, and history of Israel, and to encourage congregations to
do so in an integrated, multi-pronged strategy rather than through stand-alone one-time pro-
gramming.The Legacy Heritage Innovation Project is sponsored by Legacy Heritage Program-
ming LLC, an affiliate of Legacy Heritage Fund Limited.
Israel Science Project Committee
Co-Coordinators: Ellen Tillman & Rita Rosen Poley
Chair of Science Advisement Committee: Dr. Alistair Saunders
Jewish Arts & Culture
First Fridays: MLK Service
October-May; Family Services with Ross M. Friday, January 15, 8 p.m.
Levy, the Hebrew Hammers and Liz Sussman, Cantor Levy will be joined by Paul Spencer
Shir Joy. Adkins, who is an expert in African American
Join us as we pray singing and dancing, to- Spirituals, in a mini-concert/sermon in song
gether with our religious school students who about Jewish folk song and African American
lead our services. Spirituals.
Sukkot Service followed by an Open Mic Tu BiShvat Seder
Coffee House Friday, January 29 @ Blue Bell, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, October 2 7:15 p.m. Friday, February 5 @ Elkins Park, 7:15 p.m.
We will be joined by Ross M. Levy, guitar, Liz Join us for our annual Tu BiShvat Seder as we
Sussman with Shir Joy for a joyous Sukkot take a journey through the seasons and cele-
Services. Afterwards we will go into the suk- brate the fruits of our lives.
kah for a coffee house oneg featuring the tal-
ented musicians of our congregation. Shabbat-a-latte in Blue Bell
Saturday, February 6, 4:30 p.m.
Simchat Torah Services: Klezmer Style! Join us as we chill out on Shabbat at a local
Friday, October 9, 6:45p.m. coffee house and enjoy the music of our own
Installation of Rabbi Kevin Kleinman
Friday, October 30 8:00 p.m. Music of Danny Maseng
We will be officially welcoming our new associ- Friday, February 12, 8 p.m.
ate rabbi, Kevin Kleinman to our congrega- The Adult and Pro choir will perform the music
tional family. The Adult and Professional of contemporary Jewish composer, Danny
Choirs will be singing some of his favorite mu- Maseng.
Music and Meditation
Rabbi Korn’s Memorial Service Friday, March 12, 8 p.m.
Friday, December 11, 8:00 p.m. Classic Music and prayers go hand in hand…
We will be joined by our Professional Choir Jonathan M. Bowen will perform classical mu-
who will sing the melodies of KI’s glorious sic that coordinates with the message of each
Words and Music: A KI Kids Celebration Passover Shabbat
Sunday, December 6, 1 p.m. Friday, April 2, 7:15 p.m.
Featuring Shir Joy Rabbi Kevin Kleinman and Cantor Amy Levy
will take the congregation on a journey
Community Hanukkah Concert @ KI through Haggadott of near and far.
Thursday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
Kehillah Yom Hashoah @ KI
Hanukkah Extravaganza Monday, April TBA
Friday, December 18, 7:30 p.m. Our Adult Volunteer Choir joins with the choirs
Shir Joy, Hebrew Hammers, and Adult Choir of Old York Road to make this service a deep
will join together in singing all the songs of and meaningful remembrance of the
Kifty-led Teacher Appreciation Shabbat Professional Choir Dates
Friday, May 1, 7:15 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy the musical and spiritual talents of our Friday, September 25, 2009 8:00 p.m.
teens in this Shabbat where we honor our Friday, October 30, 2009 8:00 p.m. with Adult
fabulous teachers Choir
Friday, November 13, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Israel Shabbat Evening Service Friday, December 11, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 8, 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2009 8:00 pm with Adult
Adult Choir sings the songs of Israel Choir
Friday, January 29, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Sisterhood Shabbat with Oztmat Nashim Friday, February 12, 2010 8:00 p.m. with Adult
Friday, May 21 8:00 p.m. Choir
Hear the voices of the women of our congre- Friday, March 19, 2010 8:00 p.m.
gation in prayer and in song. Friday, April 30, 2010 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 14, 2010 8:00 p.m. with Adult
Rock n’ Soul Shabbat Choir
Friday, June 4, 7:15 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2010 8:00 p.m.
Join Ross M. Levy and Chana Rothman as
they rock the house with contemporary Jewish
Sacred Music Committee
Chaired by: Sonnie Katz
Richard J. Abt, Herb Altman, Larry Belitsky, Ellen & Bob Bildersee, Alan Bloom, Norm Brody, Michael Chaveau,
Sandy Cohen, Robin Fine, Miriam Finkel, Jack Glass, Bob Katz, Cantor Amy Levy, Irv Matusow,
Hannah McGarrity, Sallie & Norm Olson, Doris Parker, Rita Rosen Poley,
Sandy & Dave Rosenthal, Helen Schneeberg, Dick Weiss
Broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra Valentine Cabaret
Sunday, October 4, 4 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 7:45 p.m.
Encore Specticast showing of the Philadelphia Or- Valentine Cabaret including songs by Gershwin,
chestra with guest soloist, pianist Yefim Bronfman. Porter, Rodgers and Hart and more with Metropoli-
tan Opera's newest soprano, Angela Meade and
Ray Chen friends. Dinner at 6 p.m. A co-production with
Sunday, November 1, 1:30 p.m. Astral artists.
2009 Young Concert Artists International Violinist
First Prize Winner, and 2009 Queen Elisabeth Vio- Jazz Brunch
lin Competition First Prize Winner Ray Chen will Sunday, March 7, Noon
perform. Lunch will be served at noon. Red Line Saxophone quartet will perform. An Astral
Violin, Cello and Piano trio Pianist, Di Wu
Saturday, December 19, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Trio: Benjamin Beilman, violin; Clancy Newman, 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
cello; Michael Mizrahi, piano, a co-production with Laureate, Pianist Di Wu.
Astral Artistic Services.
Programs beginning at 8 P.M. feature free dessert reception
following. Programs beginning at 6 P.M. offer optional dinner.
Music Arts Committee
Chaired by: Ellen Bildersee
Doris Elaine Adler, Bob Bildersee, Alan Bloom, Veachey Bloom, Jean Brenman, Norm & Doris Brody,
Anne & Dick Brown, Steve & Lauri Capin, Lorraine & Steve Cherashore, Dulcey Fischer,
Mort Freedman, Mark, Robin & Loren Furman, Harvey & Darlene Gilbert, Beletta Grohsman,
Ruth Hartz, Steve & Merrie Hecht, Joan & Phil Kamen, Phil Kates, Elaine Kline, Jackie Kovach,
Evonne & Isaac Kruger, Caryl Levin, Cantor Amy Levy, Fay Lichtman, Anita Lipson, Irv Matusow, Lois Meyers, Ber-
nice Miller, Diane & Murray Miller, Lynn Neigut, Doris Parker, Herman & Sylvia Parris,
Earnie & Sandi Philips, Shanlee Pollack, Evelyn Rosenfeld, Myrna and Fred Rosenau,
Fran Schwartz, Marlene Sellers, Phyllis Drucker Sichel, Art and Carol Silverman, Shirley Sivitz,
Ralph & Lillian Tekel, Edythe Weiss.
Theatre at KI
FDR, A New Deal for America The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Saturday, April 17, 8:00 p.m Sunday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Theatre at KI co-chairs: Earnie and Sandi Phillips
Temple Judea Museum
A. EXHIBITIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS: gram, and scientists from Ben Gurion University will
B. September 11 – December 4, 2009 also participate.
Two Exhibitions will occupy the Fall schedule:
1. Main Gallery: B. CLASS:
Tel-Aviv at One Hundred: STAINED GLASS WINDOWS DOCENTS
A Celebration of the City and its Bauhaus TRAINING CLASS
Architecture Learn the “backstory” of KI’s magnificent
Objects from the permanent collection and contempo- Stained Glass window collection. Become a mu-
rary art work by members of the KI Artists’ Collective seum docent and share your new found knowl-
Program: Sunday November 15th, 3:00p.m. edge with others.
Kick-off of the Legacy Heritage Israel Pro-
ject* To help our visitors and our congregants better under-
Speaker: Professor Fred Lazin stand the history and the stories of the KI stained
University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel glass window collection the Temple Judea Museum
will offer two Docent’s Class series that will be team
2. Lobby Showcases: taught by our primary docent, Renee Levin; guest art
Habanagilah – Mitzvahs and Mojitos: KI Travels to historians; our expert researchers, Norman Brody and
Cuba Shanlee Pollack; Rabbi Sussman; and museum direc-
A Visual Memoir of a Visit to Cuba’s Jewish tor/curator, Rita Rosen Poley.
A changing three part photo essay with original arti- The first series of classes will focus on the Jacob Lan-
facts dau windows, “The Prophetic Quest”, in the Korn Me-
morial Sanctuary, the other serieswill focus on the
Rhea Dennis historic windows in the Neumann Chapel, Fineshriber
Explorations in handmade paper Lobby, and elsewhere in the building.
Third Day and Planting the Seed
January 8 – March 5, 2010 After taking these classes you will be eligible to be-
Program: Sunday January 24, 3:00p.m. come part of our docents group. In any case you’ll
Meet the Artist hear wonderful stories about an artist of the famed
Red Rose Girls; the connection between the Wood-
Elemental Israel: From a Scientist’s Point of View mere Art Museum and KI stained glass; the Teddy
An exploration of the museum’s archaeological Roosevelt connection; where the images of the TV
collection and Israel’s modern sciences and the guitar are in the Landau windows; the intrigu-
March 26 – June 30, 2010 ing archives of Dr. Bertram Korn; and the backstory of
many of the windows, such as, was there really a pro-
A Legacy Heritage Israel Project posed window design with a swastika?
Program: To be announced
NOTE: Keneseth Israel is thrilled to be the recipient of If you are interested in this fascinating aspect of KI
a one year grant (renewable for two additional years) history, the art of stained glass or becoming a mu-
from the Legacy Heritage Innovation Project for sys- seum windows docent, please contact us at 215-887-
temically integrating the study of Israel into all aspects 2027 or at TJMuseum@aol.com.
of congregational life. The Legacy grant is awarded
through a highly competitive and rigorous application
process. The selection of our congregation is recogni-
tion of the determination of this community to bring Temple Judea Museum Committee
the highest levels of achievement in Jewish education Museum Director: Rita Rosen Poley
Chaired by : Karen Schloss
and culture to our members. This initiative is a joint Marlene Adler, Herb Altman, Norman Brody, Ruth Colten Rhea Den-
project of the Temple Judea Museum and Keneseth nis, Morrie Finkel, Sonnie Katz, Connie Kay, Renee Levin, Anita
Israel. Year One will focus on highlighting the Israel Lipson, Judy Maslin, Lori Mukai, Shanlee Pollack, Myrna Ruby, Ruth
experience through science in all facets of congrega- Schwerin, Claire Schweriner, Natalie Shamberg, Estelle & David
tional life including education, worship, culture and Steinberg, Ann Swern, Mili Weiss, Joan Myerson Shrager
social action. A Scientific Advisory Committee, com-
posed of congregants, will be a key player in the pro-
Year at a Glance
Month, Day Program Title Time Page
10 The Middle East: Is There a Two-State Solution 11:30 a.m. 21
11 Wine Tasting for Rosh Hashanah 7:00 p.m. 22
11 Exhibits: Tel Aviv at One Hundred and
Habanagilah – Mitzvahs and Mojitos: KI Travels to Cuba
Open through Dec. 4, 2010 30
13 Beginners Hebrew 9:45 a.m. 11
13 Fall Holidays Story Hour 12:15 p.m. 24
16 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
1 Readings from Writings 7:30 p.m. 11
2 Sukkot Service followed by Coffee House 7:15 p.m. 27
4, 25 Fall Forum: Judaism and Art 10:00 a.m. 9
4 Specticast performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra 4:00 p.m. 29
7 Maryland Bus Trip 8:00 a.m. 10
8 What’s a Nice Jewish Girl Doing in a Place Like This? 11:30 a.m. 21
8 First Woman Professional Boxing Judge 7:30 a.m. 11
9 Klezmer-style Simchat Torah Services 6:45 p.m. 27
11 Beginners’ Hebrew 9:45 a.m. 11
13, 20, 27 Tap Dancing: Beginners 6:30 p.m. 12
13, 20, 27 Tap Dancing: Advanced 7:45 p.m. 11
14 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
16 Table Matters 1:00 p.m. 12
18 Opening Membership Brunch 10:00 a.m. 22
18 Rosh Chodesh Program 7:15 p.m. 22
21 Book Discussion: All Other Nights 2:30 p.m. 12
26 Digital Magic 1:00 p.m. 12
29 Bloomingdale’s “The Shopping Benefit” All Day 22
29 The Molecular Biology of Free Will 7:30 p.m. 12
30 Installation of and Sisterhood Oneg Shabbat for Rabbi Kleinman 8:00 p.m. 22
1 Violinist Ray Chen 1:30 p.m. 29
2 Current Events Discussion 1:00 p.m. 13
3, 10 Tap Dancing: Beginners 6:30 p.m. 12
3, 10 Tap Dancing: Advanced 7:45 p.m. 11
4 Creating a Personal Archive 2:30 p.m. 13
8, 22 Beginner’s Hebrew 9:45 a.m. 11
12 Mackerel at Midnight 11:30 a.m. 21
12 Madonna, the Kaballah Center, and the Question of
Authenticity in the Study of Jewish Mysticism 7:30 p.m. 13
15 Rabbi Sussman’s Fall Forum: Art and Judaism 9:45 a.m. 9
15 Sisterhood Board/General Membership Meeting 10:00 a.m. 22
15 Stories About Israel 12:15 p.m. 24
15 Tel Aviv—100 Years 2:00 p.m. 23
15 Kick off of the Legacy Israel Program 3:00 p.m. 30
18 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
18 Mural Arts Program 2:30 p.m. 30
19 Al Hirshfeld 7:30 p.m. 14
22 Hanukkah Story Hour 12:15 p.m. 24
2 Book Review by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman: “All Other Nights” 7:30 p.m. 22
3 An Open, Honest and Controversial Examination of
Torah Ethics: For Adults Only 7:30 p.m. 14
6, 13 & 20 Beginner’s Hebrew 9:45 a.m. 11
6 Words & Music: A KI Kids Celebration 12:30 p.m. 24
10 A Puccini Gala 11:30 a.m. 21
11 Rabbi Korn’s Memorial Service 8:00 p.m. 27
16 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
16 Jews, Food, and Israel 2:30 p.m. 14
17 Hanukkah Concert 7:00 p.m. 27
18 Hanukkah Extravaganza 7:30 p.m. 27
19 Cello, Violin, Piano trio 8:00 p.m. 29
8 Opening—Rhea Dennis exhibit thru March 5 30
9 Torah Study—Healing Service 9:00 a.m. 22
10 Terezin: A Play 3:00 p.m. 15
13, 20, 27 Sefer HaAgadah 10:00 a.m. 15
14 Why Do People Laugh? 11:30 a.m. 21
14 Training With the Israeli Army 7:30 p.m. 15
15 MLK Service 8:00 p.m. 27
20 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m 9
20 Movie: Constantine’ Sword 2:30 p.m. 15
21 Movie: Next Stop, Greenwich Village 7:30 p.m. 16
24, 31 Rabbi Sussman’s Forum – Judaism and Art 10:00 a.m. 9
24 Sisterhood Board/General Membership Meeting 10:00 a.m. 22
24 Rhea Dennis Exhibit Program 3:00 p.m. 30
30 Tu BiShvat Seder—Blue Bell 6:00 p.m. 27
3, 10, 17, 24 Sefer HaAgadah 10:00 a.m. 15
5 Tu BiShvat Seder 7:15 p.m. 27
6 Shabbat-a-latte, Blue Bell 4:30 p.m. 27
7 Rabbi Sussman’s Forum – Judaism and Art 10:00 a.m. 9
11 Legacy Heritage: The Israel Project 11:30 a.m. 21
12 Music of Danny Maseng 8:00 p.m. 27
13 Valentine Cabaret 7:45 p.m. 29
17 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
21 Yiddish Yoga 10:00 a.m. 22
21 Purim Story Hour 12:15 p.m. 24
25 Movie: The Green Chariot 7:30 p.m. 16
2 300 Ways to Enhance Your Seder 7:30 p.m. 16
3 Madness, Scholarship, and Genius 2:30 p.m. 16
7 Jazz Brunch 12:00 p.m. 29
11 Health Care Reform — A Dialogue 11:30 a.m. 21
12 Music and Meditation 8:00 p.m. 27
14 Sisterhood Board/General Membership Meeting 10:00 a.m. 22
17 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
17 Book Discussion: Broken for You 2:30 p.m. 17
25 Wine Tasting 7:30 p.m. 17
21 Passover Story Hour 12:15 p.m. 24
26 Elemental Israel Exhibit, through June 30 30
26 Historical Sermon Series:
The American Exodus: President Grant and the Jews 8:00 p.m. 9
2 Passover Shabbat 7:15 p.m. 27
5 The Politics of Oil 1:00 p.m. 17
6 Annual Interfaith Program 11:00 a.m. 22
8 Reform Judaism Today: Where is it Heading and Why? 11:30 a.m. 21
8 Sanity, Madness, and Art 7:30 p.m. 18
15 Slavery in the Arab World 7:30 p.m. 18
18 Sisterhood Board/General Membership Meeting 10:00 a.m. 22
18 Stories About Israel 12:15 p.m. 24
21 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
21 Nature vs. Nature 2:30 p.m. 18
21 Fashion Show 6:00 p.m. 22
24 Pianist Di Wu 8:00 p.m. 29
28 Book Discussion: The Golems of Gotham 2:30 p.m. 19
1 Teacher Appreciation Shabbat 7:15 p.m. 28
8 Israel Shabbat 8:00 p.m. 28
9 Mother’s Day Program 10:00 a.m. 23
10 Movie: A Sacred Duty 1:00 p.m. 19
13 The Nine: A Court in Conflict 11:30 a.m. 21
14 Rosh Chodesh Program 7:15 p.m. 23
17 Scientology 1:00 p.m. 19
21 Sisterhood Shabbat with Oztmat Nashim 8:00 p.m. 28
26 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
4 Rock n’ Soul Shabbat 7:15 p.m. 28
7, 14 A Taste of Talmud 1:00 p.m. 19
10 The Blogging of Politics 11:30 a.m. 21
16 Lunch ‘n Learn 12:00 p.m. 9
24 Tour of Canaan and Israel Exhibit 11:00 a.m. 19
11 Summer Mini Israeli Film Festival 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. 20
30 Historical Sermon Series:
The Politics of Rescue: FDR and the Jews 8:00 p.m. 9
OUR VISION: 2009-2019
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel is an historic, visionary synagogue-
community with an inspired future. We envision a mulit-campus “synagogue cen-
ter” that will offer the best in contemporary worship, transformational lifelong
Jewish learning, meaningful arts and cultural programming, continuing opportuni-
ties for deeds of social justice and enhanced connections to Israel and the Jewish
world. Deeply committed to our goals and to one another, we will continue to ex-
pand our national as well as local reputations and make KI the heart of Reform
Judaism in Greater Philadelphia.
OUR CORE VALUES
Nurturing and sustaining a strong sense of community and personal belonging in our synagogue.
(Prayer and Spirituality)
Creating diverse, compelling religious services and providing pastoral support for our members and
Providing life-long transformative Jewish learning experiences.
(Social Justice/Repair of the World)
Strengthening social justice through programs both within KI and extending into the larger
(Jewish Pride/Love of Israel)
Building a strong connection with Israel and the global Jewish community.
(Arts and Culture)
Fostering a deeper appreciation of Jewish living through cultural programming and the arts.
Maintaining and enriching our historic ties to the Reform Movement.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, widely called KI, was founded in March 1847, the fourth con-
gregation to be established by the expanding Jewish community of Philadelphia. Keneseth Israel
adopted Reform in 1855 and thus became the first progressive congregation in Philadelphia. 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, one of
the greatest Jewish intellectuals of his day, a firebrand abolitionist and author of the prayer book which formed
the original basis of the Union Prayer Book, was our Rabbi from 1861 to 1866. He was succeeded by Dr. Samuel
Hirsch, the former Chief Rabbi of Luxembourg, who was both a scholar and 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 became the largest synagogue in the United States. Krauskopf
founded the National Farm School (Delaware Valley College) in 1896 and attracted large crowds to his Sunday
In 1924 Dr. William H. Fineshriber was called to the pulpit of Keneseth Israel. He was the first American-born
rabbi to serve the congregation and introduced both the Union Prayer Book and the Bar Mitzvah to KI. Dr. Fine-
shriber was succeeded in 1949 by Dr. Bertram W. Korn, who grew up in Keneseth Israel. Dr. Korn was the first
rabbi in American history to have been promoted to “flag” rank as a Rear Admiral in the Navy. Rabbi Simeon J.
Maslin, elected the sixth Senior Rabbi in 1980, served as the President of the Central Conference of American
Rabbis from 1995-1997. Rabbi Bradley N. Bleefeld served the Congregation from June, 1997, until June, 2000.
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman became Keneseth Israel’s eighth Senior Rabbi in July, 2001. He earned his Ph.D. in
American Jewish History at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and has written several books
and numerous articles. Rabbi Sussman is active in various scholarly organizations and serves as national Chair of
Publishing for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). He is also a Trustee of the University of
Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and recently accepted an invitation to teach a seminar in
American Jewish History at Princeton University. Previously, Rabbi Sussman taught at SUNY-Binghamton, Rut-
gers and HUC-JIR (New York).
In 1993, the Senior Rabbinic Pulpit was endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Harry Ginsburg to perpetuate the memory of
his mother, Rose K. Ginsburg.
In addition to our Senior Rabbi, KI has an Assistant Rabbi, Kevin M. Kleinman, who was ordained at HUC-JIR
(New York) in 2009. Cantor Amy Levy came to KI from Tulsa, OK, in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Music in
Vocal Performance from the University 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 previously served at Main Line Re-
form Temple and Federation Early Learning Services and brings to KI 28 years of non-profit management ex-
perience. Our Director of Religious Education is Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler (HUC-JIR, New York, 2003), who
also holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Los Angeles branch of HUC. The director of the Rich-
ard E. Rudolph, Jr., Preschool, Beth Berman, holds an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of
Our congregation is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
KI-Blue Bell Campus, 1802 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Phone: (215) 887-8700 Fax: (215) 887-1070