Adult Education

Hebrew Through Prayer

With Rebekah Robinson
Students will learn vocabulary, grammar, and roots to translate one or two familiar prayers from our liturgy.
Prerequisite: Beginners Hebrew or equivalent (i.e. Has learned all Hebrew letters and vowels and has had practice reading.)

Cost for the series: $100 (members and non-members)
Must register before April 1st
Register with Candice Nemoff ([email protected])

The Ladykiller: Women's Heart Health Symposium

To observe American Heart Month, there will be a panel discussion with an emphasis on heart disease in women.
Panel discussion moderated by Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3 and the CW Philly 57's medical specialist. Panel of experts include: Lillian Cohn MD, FACP Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital; Raina Merchant MD, MSHP, FAHA Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Nazanin Moghbeli MD, FACC, Cardiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; William Uffner, MD, Geriatric Psychiatry, Friends Hospital

Lunch & Learn

Personal Reflections on and The Evolution of Reform Judaism's Interpretation of Jewish Law (Halacha) on Marriage  Equality, Co sponsored with pRiSm
Discussion led by Henry Patterson and Rabbi Eli Freedman

Sunday Seminar: Exploring Jewish Graphics

Exploring Jewish Graphics: Illustrations for Jewish text in Japanese Calligraphy Tradition with Prof. Sharon Gershoni

The talk will show drawings for the biblical book of wisdom Ecclesiastes, words and phrases from the Siddur and Hebrew letters, how they function as commentary to the texts and the the inter-cultural connection between Jewish commentary tradition and Japanese calligraphy world.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Kuhn

"A Jewish Perspective on the News, Presidential Politics, Israel, Terrorism, and Other Current Events"
Join us as Rabbi Kuhn discusses these topics.

Tuesdays from Noon-1:00 PM (Feel free to stay around and schmooze)
Bring your own lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

For more information: Catherine Fischer, Director of Membership and Programming, 215-627-6747, [email protected].

Introduction to Judaism

With Rabbis Kuhn, Maderer & Freedman and Cantor Frankel

Wednesdays, January 13 – April 13, 2016, 6-8 pm
If you are an interfaith couple, if you are considering converting to Judaism, or if you are Jewish and looking for beginner’s education, “Introduction to Judaism” is perfect for you.  Registration is required. Please contact Catherine Fischer at [email protected]

Cost: URJ synagogue members: $180 per person or per couple, non members $275 per person or per couple.


Open to all members and prospective members, ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively discussions of books over wine, cheese, and other nibbles.  Join in and help us select books of  interest you would like to read -- fiction or non-fiction, serious or humorous, controversial or not -- that not only provide "a good read" but also help us explore the meaning and experience of being Jewish, past or present, in America and around the world. 


Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan, Discussion led by Rabbi Eli Freedman

In what the Los Angeles Times describes as a “page-turner,”  Aslan paints a “vivid, accessible portrait of Jesus as a Jewishnationalist, a zealous revolutionary swept up, as all Jews of the era were, in the religious and political turmoil of first-century Palestine.”  Tablet Magazine.  Rabbi Freedman, who wrote his rabbinic thesis on this period of Jewish history, will provide an insider’s viewpoint on this lively controversial book.


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