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SHS Celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut featuring Nitzan Haroz

Friday, May 13, at 6:15 PM

Join us for a repeat performance by Nitzan Haroz! Israeli native Nitzan Haroz, principal trombone with the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1995-2012, rejoined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2015, after holding the same position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for two years. Prior to his initial position in Philadelphia, he played with the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Symphony and Opera Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Symphony.

All are welcome to join us at Shabbat dinner follwoing services. Reservations are strongly encouranged.

This evening is made possible through an Israel Cultural Grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.Jewish Federation Logo

Society Hill Synagogue at Vare-Washington Elementary School

An Inter-generational Day of Work and Fun, Community and Tikkun Olam

On Sunday, May 15th, the members of the SHS family are invited to spend the day making our adopted school more functional and welcoming.  We will undertake a number of projects designed for all ages and skill levels. In the library, we’ll take on a few challenging renovation tasks, paint walls, and organize books. In the halls, we’ll add to the wall graphics begun on MLK Day. In the supply room, we’ll help organize and catalog. And outside, we’ll clean and plant. There will be a team leader at each location.

We will start at 11:00 AM and wrap up around 4:00 PM.  Hebrew School students should come directly to Vare-Washington and are encouraged to ask their parents to join them. The school is at the corner of South 5th and Federal Streets. Parking will be available in the schoolyard behind the building. And lunch will be provided.

Please rsvp to Terri Akman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215-515-3506 to facilitate our planning for the day.

Jewish History in 100 Nutshells

Jews Arrive in the New World

From what country were the first Jews to arrive in North America? Where did they land? Did they get here before or after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock? Who greeted them with anti-Semitism upon arrival? Find out by clicking on the Kesher to your left or clicking on the link below. 

Winter Issue of JHNS

Monthly Meditative Service

Join Rabbi Avi Winokur for his monthly Meditative Service. The next service will be Saturday, December 19, at 10 AM, during which he integrates the practices of Insight Meditation and traditional liturgy for a wholly different Shabbat experience.

New Monthly Shabbat Morning Meditation Service

Based on the popularity of last year’s Adult Education class, Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Buddhist (by Sylvia Boorstein), Rabbi Winokur (an alumnus of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality’s 18-month program that integrates meditation, yoga, and more mainstream Jewish spiritual practices into an integrated spiritual path) will lead a monthly Shabbat Morning Meditation Service in the Social Hall while the traditional minyan occurs upstairs.