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    The future of our democracy depends on voting, especially this November! There is not enough money in the proposed budget, as it stands now, to insure that each voice in our City will be heard. We will need at least $27M to fully fund voting. We know, from recent history, how important all Philadelphia voices are locally, statewide and federally. Each voter in every neighborhood needs plentiful access to cast their ballot and the guarantee of the security of this process whether in person, by dropbox or by mail. The Mayor has the authority to increase money for voting. Make sure we make him hear us loud and clear – our democratic way of life depends on it!  For more information, go to Power website.


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    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.

    The 42nd International Conference of Jewish Societies (IAJGS) will be held virtually from August 21 through August 25, 2022. Go to the Conference Website – Registration Overview for all the information you need!

    The Torah of Conservative/Masorti Judaism has a new digital home called 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 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


    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

    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

    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 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.