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September 2018

First Day of Sukkot Morning

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US
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Join BZBI as we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. We will all have Kiddush in the Sukkah after services. Sukkot begins five days after Yom Kippur and is named for the sukkot (temporary huts) we build in honor of the holiday. BZBI will build a sukkah on the corner of 18th and Spruce to celebrate all seven days of the holiday days and its intermediate days. According to rabbinic tradition, the sukkah represents the huts the Israelites dwelt in while…

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Sukkot Service for Families with Young Children

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join the Early Childhood Community for a a family-friendly service for children ages 5 and under and their “grown-ups” with a Kiddush afterwards in the Sukkah. Order your Lulav & Etrog below. EmbedManager.embed({ key: "https://fs28.formsite.com/res/showFormEmbed?EParam=m%2FOmK8apOTAHWqMpAjfv1t%2BQzMm5HwRu&2019351401", width: "100%", mobileResponsive: true });

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Second Day of Sukkot Morning

September 25 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US
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Join BZBI as we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. The service will be held in the Kahaner Auditorium. We will all have Kiddush in the Sukkah after services. Sukkot begins five days after Yom Kippur and is named for the sukkot (temporary huts) we build in honor of the holiday. BZBI will build a sukkah on the corner of 18th and Spruce to celebrate all seven days of the holiday days and its intermediate days. According to rabbinic tradition, the…

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Hoshana Rabba

September 30 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US
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During Hoshana Rabba services, worshipers hold the lulav and etrog (the palm ­branch, the citron, the willows, and the myrtles), and make seven circuits around the room while reciting Hoshana hymns - entreating God to deliver us, especially from famine and drought. The service concludes with attendees taking bunches of willows and beating them on the ground three times so that the leaves fall off--a symbolic representation of the rain, required for good crops, which beats on the leaves.  

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October 2018

Shemini Atzeret & Yizkor

October 1 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US

On Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Sukkot, our community comes together to chant a special prayer pleading for rain, as rain symbolizes prosperity. Shemini Atzeret is also one of the holidays giving us the opportunity to observe Yizkor to remember and reflect on our departed loved ones. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch drew out the meaning of the holiday from the word atzeret, which he translated as “to gather” or “to store up.” Therefore, on this final day of celebration,…

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Simchat Torah Morning Service

October 2 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US
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It’s a Torah party and everyone is invited to come dance, sing and carry a Torah in celebration of Simchat Torah! On this holiday the custom is to finish reading the end of the Five Books of Torah for the year and then immediately turn to the beginning of the Torah and start the reading cycle again, expressing the Jewish people’s desire to continually study the sacred guidebook.    

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ShaBhakti: A Shabbat Yoga Experience

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US
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Join BZBI in an alternative spiritual journey into the heart of Shabbat through yogic movement, meditation and song with Dr. Deborah Glassman. Deborah is a certified yoga teacher and practices and studies an alignment based flow style yoga. Her belief is that yoga is more than postures on a sticky mat and is a way to connect with your true self as a manifestation of the divine. She tries to carry her practice of yoga off the mat into her daily life as…

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