Society for the Advancement of Judaism

A tradition can live only so long as it continues to change.”
  —Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan


Click here for SAJ Vision Statement for 2016-2021.  Written by ​Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, September 2016

Confrontation and Avoidance: Race and the Jewish Community through the lens of Parshat Mishpatim

With Special Guest Speaker/Teacher Tamara Fish
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11:30am (during services)

Tamara Fish, scholar and writer, will speak and facilitate a discussion about race and the Jewish community. Tamara Fish is a New York City resident, a Jew of Color, and a former synagogue president. Ms. Fish has presented extensively about Jews of Color and her writings about race and Judaism recently appeared in The Forward.

"The Sephardic Balkan Communities and the Holocaust" -- Greek/Balkan Dinner and Presentation with Dr. Joseph Benatov

Friday, March 17, 6:00PM

An interesting evening of delicious, catered food and learning with a top scholar from the University of Pennsylvania.

Click here for more information. Space is limited. Registration required. 

Hiddur Shabbat & Community Shir

SAJ's resident four-piece band joins for the monthly Hiddur Shabbat Service this Saturday, March 4 at 10:00 AM. The service is led by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann and Cantor Lisa Arbisser and accompanied by Naomi Less on guitar/vocals, Shy Kedmi on keyboard, Glenn Grossman on percussion and David Meer on Double Bass.  All are welcome for this special service.

We continue with our special Community Shir (singing) at 12:00 PM, followed by Kiddush at 12:30 PM. Be sure to join us for collective singing this Shabbat!

First Friday: Shabbat Kef (Fun!)

Friday, March 3, 2017 

6:15 PM- Shabbat Blessings and Pizza
6:45 PM (approx.) - Israeli Dancing/Board Games & Shmoozing. Learn traditional Israeli dances, and some contemporary line dances, popular at Jewish summer camps.  NO Israeli Dance Experience Necessary, For all ages and ability levels. 

First Annual Hugh Baron Memorial Lecture

Join us to learn from Rabbi Manuel Gold, an engaging and out of the box scholar.

Click here for more details and to let us know if you are coming. 

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Lauren

“Women in the Torah and Midrash: Exploring Genesis”
Taught by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Bring your own nosh, SAJ will provide drinks.  

RSVPs helpful (but ok to come regardless!)

In each session, we will explore women and women’s roles as written in the Torah and explored in rabbinic midrash and/or modern interpretation.  Through each session, we will look at texts and think critically about why the torah was written as it was and its implications for today.  Each session will stand on its own, so feel free to come to all or none or any number in between. The next session is:

Thursday, March 23: Ms. Noah, Ms. Lot-- Ancient and Contemporary Midrash on Unnamed Biblical Women

More information and registration available here.

Fri, 24 February 2017 28 Sh'vat 5777