The Latest from BZBI

Around the Community

    Sunday, December 5

    Boathouse Row celebrates the Jewish festival of light with a virtual ceremonies in honor of Hanukkah on Sunday, December 5 at 4:00 PM. This virtual holiday lighting is organized by the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Office of the City Representative, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Sign Up Here!

    Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) hosts it annual event to end hunger called Growing Needs, Glowing Deeds online at 6:00 PM. The event will illuminate the stories of some heroic JRA volunteer families, whose compassion, generosity, and appetite to help inspire others to do good, and whose constant presence serves as a beacon of hope for those around them. The event will also provide insight into the expanding needs of families struggling with food insecurity, how JRA’s Covid-19 response has helped alleviate the struggle, and how just one act of kindness can make a huge impact. Under the shadow of the pandemic, we’ve learned an important lesson: A little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness.  All donors will receive a link to access the event. Sponsorships, Event Registration, and Donations

    Monday, December 6

    The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History – renamed in recognition of financial support from Stuart Weitzman – hosts a Miracle on the Mall gala this coming Monday, December 6th at 6:00 pm in the Museum.

    Sunday, December 12

    Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP) holds a program at 1:30 with Joel Weintraub, Genealogy Speaker and US Census Guru speaking on Here Comes The 1950 U.S. Census!  What To Expect. Registration at


    ADL In Concert Against Hate is a night of music, community and celebration. The headliners at this year’s virtual concert will be Gloria Estefan, a multi-Grammy-winning Pop Music Legend, and Josh Groban, a multi-platinum and Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and actor. Through storytelling and song, we’ll introduce you to real-life heroes and celebrate their extraordinary acts of courage and compassion in the face of bigotry and hate. The concert takes place at 8:00 PM. We invite you to join us from a free front-row seat in your living room as these performances lift up our community.

    Wednesday, December 15

    Moving Traditions hosts a webinar geared toward parents and educators of Jewish preteens and teens called Risky Business: Helping Jewish Teens Make Good Choices. The 8:00 PM event includes Dr. Jess Shatkin, MD (NYU Child Study Center) in conversation with Rabbi Tamara Cohen and Rabbi Daniel Brenner. The event will help you embolden adolescents to strengthen their personal wellbeing (shleimut), respectful relationships (hesed), and pursuit of justice (tzedek)—while they take healthy risks and experience the world. Register Now.

    Thursday, December 16

    The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History hosts James Beard Award-winning culinary historian and food writer Michael Twitty at 1:00 PM for a Zoom discussion of his new book Koshersoul, which will focus on Jewish and Black food traditions through the eyes of Black Jews and Southerners who converted to Judaism, including his own. We’ll find out more about Twitty’s role as an educator in the Jewish community around Washington DC, his work as an interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, his recent appearance at the Netflix series High on the Hog, and his myriad other exciting projects. Register here.

    Future Events

    Hosts for Hospitals is a local nonprofit agency that seeks to identify host homes and private housing for the families and loved ones of those receiving medical treatment in Philadelphia.

    International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies is holding its annual conference in Philadelphia in August 2022. More information at