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    The Cantors Assembly is sponsoring an international, free virtual spring/summer concert series.  For more information, go to www.cantors.org/springconcerts
    The 42nd International Conference of Jewish Societies (IAJGS) will be held virtually from August 21 through August 25, 2022. Early Bird Registration is OPEN!
    By registering before May 31, you win the first ever Early Bird Bonus presentations. You will have pre-Conference access to special videos from our sponsors – My Heritage, Ancestry, and Family Tree DNA. 
    If you have completed your registration, thank you and congratulations – you are already a winner! Your Early Bird bonus presentations will be available soon.
    Go to the Conference Website – Registration Overview for all the information you need! Early Bird pricing opens TODAY! www.iajgs2022.org
    You only have until May 31, 2022 to be an Early Bird!

    Virtual Harrisburg Advocacy Day
    Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

    Register via Zoom to participate.

    Join the Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council, ADL Philadelphia and AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey for a day of advocacy as we meet – virtually – with our elected officials at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to raise awareness about issues of concern to our communities. Advocacy Issues Include: Elections and Voting, Hate Crimes, Social Safety Net, Security Funding, and Religious Garb

    Don’t Miss the Advocacy Day Orientation and Training Session on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 7:00  – 8:00 PM  Register via Zoom for the training.

    Sunday, June 12

    From 5-8 PM, join the community as Barrack Hebrew Academy celebrates 75 years with music, food, fun, and games, including a special live performance by the one and only Matisyahu! Register today.

    May 14 – May 24, 2023

    Israel Mission 75 invites you to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Jewish State’s founding by experiencing Israel your way with members of our community – by experiencing Israel from May 14-21, 2023. Personalize this exhilarating and meaningful eight-day journey by selecting a customized track that speaks to your passions including adventure; food, wine & culture; tech & business; and people, places & politics. Learn More & Sign Up Here.

     


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    By Presidential Proclamation every year since 2006, May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) in recognition of the indelible contributions Jewish Americans have made, and continue to make, to our nation’s history, culture, and society. The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History is honored to lead this national effort with the support of more than 120 organizations around the country who are discovering, exploring, and celebrating the vibrant and varied American Jewish experience from the dawn of our nation to the present day. Visit JewishAmericanHeritage.org to learn more.

    The Torah of Conservative/Masorti Judaism has a new digital home called ExploringJudaism.org. Our stream of Judaism was born well over a century ago and continues to be expressed through connection, community, and the creation of meaning. The website is a beta version and we encourage you to visit it often, share it with friends and family, and offer feedback on the site so it evolves based on your interests. You can also follow ExploringJudaism.org on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

    JEVS Human Services offers the Franklin C. Ash program for Jewish college students who would like a paid internship at a non-profit Jewish organizations in the Philadelphia area. JEVS also offers the Lasko College Prep Program for lower-income students who would like free college prep and SAT tutoring. The programs are in the evening so that students can work. For more information, send an email to Rhonda.cohen@jevs.org

    J.Proud, the Jewish Philly LGBTQ Consortium is committed to working together as a collective agent of change to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for the diverse needs of the Jewish LGBTQ community. They now have a newsletter to share events, resources, programs, and more for Philly’s LGBTQ Jewish community! The first edition covers a Jewish sleepaway camp panel discussion, LGBTQ+ Jews and Brews, the Kol Koleinu Fellowship Magazine. an  LGBTQ+ Community Passover Seder, and more. Sign up for the mailing list here
    Cemetery Clean-ups. Additional cleanup events are planned for Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at Har Nebo, and Sunday, July 24 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at Har Jehuda. More information and registration are at jewishphilly.org/cemeterycleanup For the consideration of the health of others, please adhere to the CDC and City of Philadelphia safety guidelines.   Register for any of the these events at jewishphilly.org/cemeterycleanup

     

    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. There is a significant need for housing. To learn more about the program and see whether you can participate in this mitzvah at a time of year when we are commanded to welcome the stranger, go to the Hostsforhospitals website or call Mike Aichenbaum at 484-380-2999.

     

    Israel Bonds offers several ways to celebrate a simcha, support BZBI and the State of Israel, and build savings. Congregants can purchase Israel bonds and donate them to the synagogue as a charitable contribution to the synagogue. The bond purchase, which may be a charitable contribution (speak to a tax advisor) is a double mitzvah.  A new 1-year bond, the Shalom bond will soon be available specifically and only for investments with a not-for-profit as the recipient (registered owner of the bond). The eMazel Tov bond (minimum investment is $36 which can only be purchased online) and the Mazel Tov bond (minimum investment is $100), also have the benefit and potential to transform a gift into a mitzvah as well as a learning experience. For more information and to purchase bonds, go to the Israel Bonds website at www.israelbonds.com

     

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) has a new digital marketplace for cantors, rabbis, educators, scholars, artists, and performers to match their interests with opportunities to work with synagogues across the continent. Add your name to the exclusive listing and gain access to USCJ’s members and synagogues. There is a modest annual fee of $180 to be listed. Sign up here to pre-register or contact Rivka at Rfriedlander@uscj.org with any questions.Jewish Family and Children’s Services is calling for support to address the need of food insecurity of 250 vulnerable adults and families. They have started an Emergency Grocery Store Gift Card Fund. Learn more by clicking here.

     

    USY has a significant number of Root One Vouchers worth $3,000 per teen to travel on one of their Epic Israel programs. Now, more than ever, after two years of limited in-person Jewish programs and events, our teens will benefit socially, educationally, and Jewishly from an incredible Israel experience with their peers.  We would like for all our vouchers to be used, and to take this opportunity to give as many teens as possible an amazing summer trip to Israel with USY.  You can learn more about USY trips to Israel here.
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