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Synagogue Life

At Adath Israel, our dedicated and talented congregants lead a wide variety of groups and activities to appeal to the talents and interests of our congregation. There are so many ways to get involved! Please read below for more information about what we have to offer. To get involved, contact the corresponding group leaders or call the Adath Israel office at (610) 934-1919.

ADATH ISRAEL SINGERS 

Our congregation loves to sing rather than be sung to. That was the idea when we formed the Adath Israel Singers many years ago – a congregational singing group rather than a formal choir. Visitors to our services often remark upon what a wonderful “singing” congregation we have. This is largely due to the Adath Israel Singers, who lead from the ranks as it were, providing the harmony and depth to the congregation’s melody. 

Over the years, we have amassed a very large repertoire ranging from the purely liturgical numbers to Yiddish songs, Holiday and secular Israeli music and even non-Jewish music. In fact, we will sing anything we can handle. Front and center at Purim, Chanukah and other joyous events, we are discreetly in the background at other times.

Come and join us at a rehearsal and then enhance our Shabbat services with your voice and enthusiasm! 

ADATH ISRAEL PLAYERS  Contact: Lisa Litman or Darlene Cohn

The Adath Israel Players is a group of creative members of our community dedicated to entertaining others (and ourselves). This collection of artists, actors, painters, builders, and writers work together on a variety of theatrical events that feature adults and children of all ages. We perform at Adath Israel and occasionally at senior centers. Last year, we added an adults-only improv comedy series into our mix. Join us!

ADULT EDUCATION  Contact: Charles Gleich

The Adult Education committee is an ongoing active group in our congregation. We have monthly meetings to plan Adult Education classes; stand-alone classes, series taught by our Rabbis, our annual Scholar in Residence weekend, holiday teachings, and programming in coordination with our religious school. The Adult Education Committee meets monthly on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. For information on Scholar in Residence, please contact Seyna Able or Roe Miller. 

CATERING COMMITTEE  Contact: Tammy Roberts

The catering committee gathers on Thursday afternoons to help prepare Shabbat Kiddushes. We meet in the Tabas Kitchen to slice, dice, roll, and prepare the amazing food that the whole congregation enjoys after services. This committee is for the entire family. In addition to catering, we get to talk and learn about each other’s interests. No previous catering experience is required!

COOK FOR A FRIEND  Contact: Deb Srulevich or Nina Kitnick

Cook for a Friend is a community-based program comprised of volunteers who prepare, cook and package 160+ meals for seniors who wish to age in place and live independently in their homes. We meet 5 to 6 times a year on Sunday mornings from 9:15 AM to 12:00 PM. Cook for a Friend brings together volunteers from our Adath community to cook, package, and schmooze the morning away. Don’t miss out on a volunteer opportunity to cook nourishing kosher meals for homebound older adults in the Philadelphia Jewish community.

FINANCE AND INVESTMENT COMMITTEE (referred to as the Finance Committee)

Vice President and Treasurer: Alessandra Melloni

Major functions include preparing annual budgets for the operation of the synagogue, working closely with the Executive Director; monitoring the performance of operations versus the budget and reporting to the Board on a routine basis, including an annual report to the Congregation; approving and accepting the annual Accounting Review; making recommendations to the Board concerning dues, assessments and other financial commitments; making recommendations to the Board on fundraising activities; making all investment decisions with respect to the funds of the synagogue subject to Board review; and performing any special/financial studies requested by the President and/or the Board.

HINENI COMMITTEE  Contact: Debbie Kurtz, Cathy Miller, Elliott Miller, Lisa Sandler

In 2011, we embarked on an ambitious plan to make our building more secure and accessible and to solidify our financial structure by building an endowment fund. In 2014, our new Mandell sanctuary opened for that year’s High Holiday services. The sanctuary has won six prestigious architectural awards. In the coming year, we will complete a functional and open courtyard to house services and events. After next year’s High Holidays, the project will be completed as we add a new entranceway and lobby. Thanks to the generosity of our members, we will complete the project without incurring long term debt.

ISRAEL AFFAIRS  Contact: Marla Zipkin, Rob Zipkin

The Israel Affairs Committee provides a link between our community at Adath Israel and our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael. Our primary goal is to foster a love for Israel by exposing our congregants to Israeli culture. Another goal is to educate our members through speakers and educational programs about the political, social and economic issues confronting Israel. We also represent Adath Israel at community wide and national events featuring Israel, including the annual AIPAC convention, and we encourage advocacy for Israel through involvement in political organizations. 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE  Contact: Lisa Muderick

Our Membership Committee reaches out to potential members and welcomes new members in person to ensure that they feel the warmth of our shul. If you are interested in helping us grow and prosper as a community, please feel free to contact our membership committee.

MEN’S CLUB  Contact: Scott Nelson

The Adath Israel Men’s Club presents many ways to serve the synagogue while having fun and making social connections. Regular Club-sponsored Sunday brunches, including an annual Kristallnacht remembrance and Chanukah latke brunch, feature interesting speakers and offer aspiring chefs the chance to get busy in the kitchen preparing delicious food for the whole congregation to enjoy. Other opportunities to get involved with Men’s Club include participation in our annual Men’s Club Shabbat; attendance at the Seymour Barlas dinner each May; and, outside the synagogue, getting exercise with our softball and cycling. In addition, each year, the Club selects a Man of the Year who is honored at an event with the Philadelphia area’s other Men’s Clubs.

RITUAL COMMITTEE  Contact: Mitchell Shore

The Ritual Committee, a diverse group that is representative of the congregation, works closely with our clergy to review the congregation’s spiritual needs as well as religious programs and services, including Shabbat, daily minyanim, and holiday observances. Members work with the clergy to recommend policy, manage procedures, discuss questions of Halacha, educate, encourage participation, and work to involve our members and youth in the religious life of Adath Israel and the community. We welcome any new members joining the committee.

SHABBAT THEMED DINNER COMMITTEE  Contact: Lenore Asbel, Alyse Unterberger

There are many ways to explore and connect with the different communities of Jews around the world. One way we do so at Adath Israel is through learning about the food and culture of these communities.

Each year, we celebrate the food of a different Jewish community by preparing a Shabbat dinner with foods traditional to that part of the world.  A committee of volunteers - that changes each time - comes together for a few afternoons and evenings to cook here at the synagogue. We laugh a lot, make new friends, and bond over food! So far, we have created and prepared dinners traditional to the Jews of Italy, Morocco, India, and Persia. We also prepare a brief teaching about the food and culture of that community so we can all learn together. For foodies and those who love to cook, this is a great way to connect to Adath Israel and its members while enjoying some really delicious food and a warm and engaging Shabbat experience.

SHARON & TED ASNIS JUDAICA SHOP  Contact: Randi Grauman, Nancy Lefkoe

Our gift shop carries an extensive selection of beautiful and unique religious and secular items and kosher wines and candies. Can’t get to Israel? You can support Israel every day – check out our wide selection of Israeli crafts and vendors. All of the profits we make help to support the synagogue. We value our loyal group of volunteers who keep our shop staffed all year. Please be in touch if you have a few hours each week to come and work with us.

SISTERHOOD  Contact: Lisa Fraimow, Beverly Trivane, Barbara Marx

The Adath Israel Sisterhood, affiliated with the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism, brings together women of our congregation for mitzvot, spiritual growth, learning, and activities. Our mission is to connect our congregation’s multiple generations of women to the synagogue through a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities including Sharon & Ted Asnis Judaica Shop Volunteers (see above), college outreach, Sisterhood Shabbat, theatre and cultural trips, social action, the Torah Fund, and Rosh Chodesh discussions hosted in member’s homes.

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