An Afternoon of Music, Art, and Stories

Bucks County Celebrates One Year of Supporting Syrian Refugees

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reception and Opening of Silent Art Auction: 2:45 pm
Program: 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Hosted by Congregation Kol Emet
1360 Oxford Valley Road, Morrisville, PA
Sponsored by the Bucks County Interfaith Coalition for Refugee Resettlement

  • MUSIC         Lively interactive show featuring noted keyboard soloist Jeff Dershin plus
    Jack Kessler, Stan Slotter, and Joe Tayoun, of the unique ensemble Atzilut
  • ART              Silent auction of handcrafted stained glass, jewelry, quilts, woodwork, ceramics, and paintings, donated by Bucks County artists
  • STORIES     Our Syrian families talk about memorable moments of the past year and share their hopes for the year ahead.

For tickets and further information, contact us at or

Posted by: Naomi | November 1, 2017 5:57 pm
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Musical Shabbat & Potluck

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Friday, October 27, 2017
at 6:30 pm
at 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!

Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**  lead our service. The service 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

**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 | October 26, 2017 4:06 pm
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High Holy Days 5778/2017

Tzedek v’Shalom 5778 (2017) High Holy Day Schedule

Gabbai Seth Fishman, Service Leader

Joanne Loewy, Musical Director

Bobbie Posmontier, Vocals

Ralph Posmontier,  Drums

Steve Pastor, Guitar

Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening — Wednesday, September 20
Family-Friendly Rosh Hashanah Evening Service at 6:30 p.m.
Festive potluck dairy dinner follows at approximately 7:30 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:

And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.

Rosh Hashanah Morning — Thursday, September 21
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 — Friday, September 22
Morning Service: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Location: We will 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 24
For information, contact Debbie Chong at 215-504-9268 or

Kol Nidre & Evening Service — Friday, September 22
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 — Saturday, September 30
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
And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.

For further information, contact

Everyone is welcome to our High Holiday services and meals.

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