Monthly Singing Shabbat

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Now a monthly event

Led by Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**
at 6:30 pm
Locations vary: See dates and locations below.
Newtown, PA

Come join us for our singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service, followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner!
Welcome spring with our joyous Shabbat celebration.

Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30 and will take about an hour. With a special mix of old Tzedek v’Shalom favorites and some new music, this will be joyful, moving Shabbat!

Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a Potluck Dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy entrée and drink to share. You may bring an additional dessert if you’d like.

November 16 @ George School Anderson Library
December 21 @ George School Anderson Library
January 18 @ Newtown Friends Meeting House
February 22 @ George School Anderson Library
March 15 @ George School Anderson Library
April 12 @ George School Anderson Library
May 17 @ George School Anderson Library
June 21 @ George School Anderson Library
July 19 @ TBA
August 16 @ TBA

The George School Anderson Library is #61 on this map.
Newtown Friends Meeting House is at 219 Court Street, Newtown PA 18940

*Jack Kessler has been called a one-man force of nature in Jewish music. (He has also been called the Jewish Sun Ra; and he claims to have been called late for dinner). He sang Jewish liturgical music as a Hazzan (Cantor) for twenty years before he decided that he prefers singing with a band. Jack is musical director, vocalist, and composer-arranger for Klingon Klez, which describes itself as “good old-fashioned, heartwarming, foot-stompin’ fun-for-the-whole family klez/funk fusion from another planet.” He also directs Atzilut, a ten-member ensemble that performs Concerts for Peace, featuring Arab and Jewish musicians in concert together. An excerpt from one review of Azilut proclaims, “Cantor Jack Kessler’s deep, resonant voice, playing against Shaheen’s violin, and the entire ensemble, is amazing! The result is music that gets deeper the longer that you listen, but that is also a relaxing pleasure the first time through.” To hear a range of Jack Kessler’s talents, listen to excerpts at http://atzilutmusic.com/ourmusic.htm.

**Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more thhan twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis.

Posted by: Naomi | November 7, 2018 9:16 pm
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High Holy Days 5779/2018

Tzedek v’Shalom 5779 (2018)

High Holy Day Schedule

Gabbai Seth Fishman, service leader, with
musicians Joanne Loewy, Steve Pastor, Bobbie Posmontier, and Ralph Posmontier

Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening — Sunday, September 9

Family-Friendly Rosh Hashanah Evening Service at 6:30 p.m.
Festive potluck dairy dinner follows at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940

Please let Elana Braz know what you are bringing for the potluck: elanabraz@verizon.net.
And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.

Rosh Hashanah Morning — Monday, September 10

 Morning Service: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
Followed by Tashlich at Tyler Park, where the boathouse used to be

Rosh Hashanah Morning — Tuesday, September 11

Morning Service: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Location: Rabbi Marcia Prager has invited us to be guests at P’nai Or, at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St. (at Westview St.), Philadelphia, PA 19119

Women’s Day at the Beach — Sunday, September 16

For information, contact Debbie Chong at 215-504-9268 or weederwiz@aol.com.

Kol Nidre & Evening Service — Tuesday, September 18

Services: 6:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
Please bring your tallit!

Yom Kippur Services — Wednesday, September 19

Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
Morning Services: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Yizkor: approximately 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Neilah/Concluding Service: 6:00–7:30 p.m.: Bring your shofar!
Break the Fast follows services.
Please contact Elana Braz about what you are bringing at elanabraz@verizon.net.
And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.

For further information, contact tzedekvshalom@gmail.com.

Add your voice to ours as we renew ourselves for the new year.
Everyone is welcome to our High Holiday services and meals.

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June 2018 Events

Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service  drum-&-guitar
followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner
Friday, June 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library at George School

Hazzan Jack Kessler and Rabbi Marcia Prager lead our service. With a special mix of old Tzedek v’Shalom favorites and some new music, this will be a joyful, moving Shabbat! Afterward, share a delicious Potluck Dinner: Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy entree and drink to share. You may also bring an additional dessert if you’d like.

Jack Kessler, director of the ALEPH Cantorial Ordination Program, teaches voice and hazzanut, and is the vocal lead of two touring ensembles ATZILUT—CONCERTS FOR PEACE, Arab and Jewish musicians performing together, and KLINGON KLEZMER. Listen at http://atzilutmusic.com/ourmusic.htm.
Rabbi Marcia Prager, a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist, is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and rabbi for P’nai Or.

For questions, email Naomi Mindlin at nsmindlin@verizon.net.

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2018-06-03-FaudaHavdalah and a Movie
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library at George School featuring: Fauda, an Israeli TV Hit

Fauda (Arabic for chaos) depicts the two-sided story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Doron, a commander of undercover Israeli unit, the Israeli Special Forces, operating inside Palestinian territories, and his team, are hunting down Hamas terrorist Abu-Ahmed. On the other side of the fence, the life of Abu-Ahmed (and his family), who has thus far murdered 143 Israelis, will never accept the State of Israel, and will continue Jihad for as long as it takes.

Map of George School: http://www.georgeschool.org/campusmap/index.html
The Anderson Library is building #61.

Posted by: Naomi | June 6, 2018 2:07 am
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March Musical Shabbat

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Led by Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**

Friday, March 16, 2017
at 6:30 pm
at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library at George School
1690 Newtown-Langhorne Rd.
Newtown, PA
(Directions to services can be found here.)

Come join us for our singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service, followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner!
Welcome spring with our joyous Shabbat celebration.

Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30 and will take about an hour. With a special mix of old Tzedek v’Shalom favorites and some new music, this will be joyful, moving Shabbat!

Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a Potluck Dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy entrée and drink to share. You may bring an additional dessert if you’d like.

*Jack Kessler has been called a one-man force of nature in Jewish music. (He has also been called the Jewish Sun Ra; and he claims to have been called late for dinner). He sang Jewish liturgical music as a Hazzan (Cantor) for twenty years before he decided that he prefers singing with a band. Jack is musical director, vocalist, and composer-arranger for Klingon Klez, which describes itself as “good old-fashioned, heartwarming, foot-stompin’ fun-for-the-whole family klez/funk fusion from another planet.” He also directs Atzilut, a ten-member ensemble that performs Concerts for Peace, featuring Arab and Jewish musicians in concert together. An excerpt from one review of Azilut proclaims, “Cantor Jack Kessler’s deep, resonant voice, playing against Shaheen’s violin, and the entire ensemble, is amazing! The result is music that gets deeper the longer that you listen, but that is also a relaxing pleasure the first time through.” To hear a range of Jack Kessler’s talents, listen to excerpts at http://atzilutmusic.com/ourmusic.htm.

**Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more thhan twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis.

Posted by: Naomi | March 11, 2018 9:51 pm
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Torah Study January 6, 2018

Please join us at the home of the Posmontier’s 32 N. Lincoln Ave, Newtown, PA 18940 for Torah Study from 10am to 12:30pm. If you are able, please sign up for Shabbat Sign up Tasks to bring any needed supplies.

Posted by: Ralph Posmontier | December 24, 2017 8:35 pm
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March Musical Shabbat & Potluck

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Friday, March 16, 2017
at 6:30 pm
at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library at George School
1690 Newtown-Langhorne Rd.
Newtown, PA
(Directions to services can be found here.)

Come join us for our singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service, followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner!
Welcome spring with our joyous Shabbat celebration.

Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30 and will take about an hour. With a special mix of old Tzedek v’Shalom favorites and some new music, this will be joyful, moving Shabbat!

Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a Potluck Dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy entrée and drink to share. You may bring an additional dessert if you’d like.

*Jack Kessler has been called a one-man force of nature in Jewish music. (He has also been called the Jewish Sun Ra; and he claims to have been called late for dinner). He sang Jewish liturgical music as a Hazzan (Cantor) for twenty years before he decided that he prefers singing with a band. Jack is musical director, vocalist, and composer-arranger for Klingon Klez, which describes itself as “good old-fashioned, heartwarming, foot-stompin’ fun-for-the-whole family klez/funk fusion from another planet.” He also directs Atzilut, a ten-member ensemble that performs Concerts for Peace, featuring Arab and Jewish musicians in concert together. An excerpt from one review of Azilut proclaims, “Cantor Jack Kessler’s deep, resonant voice, playing against Shaheen’s violin, and the entire ensemble, is amazing! The result is music that gets deeper the longer that you listen, but that is also a relaxing pleasure the first time through.” To hear a range of Jack Kessler’s talents, listen to excerpts at http://atzilutmusic.com/ourmusic.htm.

**Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more thhan twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis.

Posted by: Naomi | December 11, 2017 10:37 pm
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