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Society for the Advancement of Judaism

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

2016/5777 High Holy Day Tickets Now Available!

Rosh Hashanah: Sunday evening, October 2 - Tuesday, October 4 

Yom Kippur: Tuesday, October 11 - Wednesday, October 12

Click here for more information about joining SAJ for the High Holidays and about ordering tickets.



Honey from the Heart

Wish your family, friends and business associates a "Sweet and Healthy New Year" by sending a jar of honey from the heart this High Holy Days season. Click here for more information and to place your order.

Rabbi Emeritus Michael Strassfeld in the Forward

"Why Donald Trump is a Big Time Idolator" is the latest article in the Forward by SAJ Rabbi Emeritus Michael Strassfeld.

"I accuse Donald Trump of something that I believe no one has accused him of—idolatry. No, I don’t mean idolatry in the sense he worships himself. The truth is those running for President need to have a lot of confidence in themselves. I am using the term idolatry as the Bible uses it-- worshipping a false notion/image of God. Let me explain." 

Click here for the full article.

JJP at SAJ/Makom 2016-2017 Registration Now Open For Ages 0-4 and Grades K-9

SAJ's Experiential Education Program for grades K-7 is now accepting registration for the 2016-2017 year! 
This year we are also introducing Pela, a new program for children ages 0-4 with their caregiver(s) on Saturday mornings, and Grades 8-9, once a month on Sundays.
If you know anyone (friends, children, grandchildren, neighbors, teammates) looking for a community-building, interactive and engaging Jewish after-school program for their child, please contact Tehilah Eisenstadt at for more information.

The SAJ Welcomes Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

Rabbi Lauren began her term on July 1, 2015.

Lauren Grabelle Herrmann graduated from The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2006.   After serving in rabbinic internships in Indiana, New Jersey, New York City, and Boston, Rabbi Lauren founded Kol Tzedek Synagogue in West Philadelphia in 2004, along with a handful of community members.  Utilizing her training in community organizing through the Jewish Organizing Initiative  & Network (JOIN), Rabbi Lauren built the community through individual meetings and leadership development.  Today, Kol Tzedek is a dynamic, diverse, and growing community, with over 140 household units (with members ranging from ages 25 to 95) and with over 60 children in its religious school.  

Read more about Rabbi Lauren by clicking here.

Sun, 28 August 2016 24 Av 5776