Souper Sunday - Sunday, February 7th

On Sunday, February 7th, Folkshul will hold our annual Souper Sunday event, which raises funds for the Mitzvah Food Project, AND provides us with a wonderful community event where families and friends can share a meal, enjoy some exciting Klezmer music, and learn more about our neighbors in need and what we can do to help.

 

Children have been decorating mugs and bowls which will be sold to raise money. Families will bring homemade soup and bread to share. Volunteers will heat, serve, and clean up our soup feast. Leftovers will be packed up and brought to a soup kitchen for clients there to enjoy. Funds raised will be used by several of our classes to purchase food for the Mitzvah Food Project.

 

This is a many-layered community project and we need your help to make it a success. Set up starts at 10 AM and clean-up is usually done by 1PM. Please complete the attached sign-up form and return it via email to Rob Wexler rlwexler@verizon.net or print it and leave it in the Souper Sunday folder at Folkshul this Sunday. Please note that anyone who has not had a chance yet can do their painting this Sunday (1/31.) Adults are very welcome to paint a bowl or mug, too!

 

We are also in need of a few SOUPER folks to help with the following special requests:

 

·        Plastic quart containers for us to transport leftovers

·        Volunteer to arrange for bread pickup from supermarket or bakery.

·        Delivery person to take leftovers to Face to Face/St. Vincent’s in Germantown for their clients to enjoy (around 1:00 PM).

 

Fill out the attached sign-up form and return it via email to Rob Wexler at rlwexler@verizon.net or print it and leave it in the Souper Sunday folder at Folkshul and let us know how you can help! 

 

POSTPONED - Saturday Community Potluck & Sing-a-Long

We have been notified by Springside/Chestnut Hill Academy that their facilities will be closed and all events on SATURDAY are canceled, due to the anticipated snow. Therefore, the Community Potluck & Sing-a-Long, scheduled for Saturday, January 23, is now officially canceled. As soon as we can reschedule this event, we will of course let everyone know.

Special Presentation: You Know More Yiddish Than You Think

 

Folkshul Adult Community - Special Presentation

Sunday, January 31st

10:15am

Bennett Muraskin, noted author, columnist and Hirshhorn scholar will present:

You Know More Yiddish Than You Thinkan interactive program that reveals the hundreds of Yiddish words and expressions that have entered our English vocabulary. Come a Yiddish novice, leave a Yiddish maven with a list you can share with friends and mishpokhe (family). 

Date: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016
Location: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Time: 10:15am

Light refreshments will be served.

Folkshul Adult Community Potluck and Sing-Along Saturday, January 23rd 5:30 - 8:30pm

 

Folkshul Adult Community
Potluck and Sing-Along

Saturday, January 23rd
5:30 - 8:30pm

 

Join for a havdalah celebration, potluck and sing-along. Art Miron will lead us in song at 6:30, as we gather with friends and family for a wonderful community event.

 

RSVP at this link to let us know you're coming and what you're bringing.

 

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Location: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Cost: $10/person or $20/family plus please bring a dish to share. (Note your meal contribution on the signup form.)

 

NOTE: This is a change from the original announced date for this event, moving from Friday evening to Saturday to hopefully make it easier for folks to attend!

 

Questions or comments, please email Michael at adultcommunity at folkshul dot org

 

- Michael Kolodner

Adult Community Coordinator

Jewish Children's Folkshul and Adult Community Statement Supporting "Welcoming the Stranger"

The mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, literally the "bringing in of strangers," extending ourselves and welcoming others, is a central value of Judaism and one that we practice with warm hearts at Folkshul: on the holiday of Sukkot, we welcome new families into our community; at our Soup Kitchen event, we collectively make and share a meal, encouraging others to join us as we raise money for those in need. 

 

And in studying the theme of Immigration, we recognize that we were once strangers ourselves in this country and unwelcome in many places around the world. In the words of the poet Emma Lazarus, we were the “tired,” the “poor,” the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” The Statue of Liberty indeed lifted her lamp for us and, despite many hardships and obstacles along the way, we have made great strides in this country.

 

However, we also recognize that this was not always the case, such as in 1939 when 937 Jewish refugees on the S.S. St Louis were NOT permitted in to enter the US and were turned back to Europe, many to meet their deaths in concentration camps. This tragic decision was made in a political climate of deep fear, suspicion and anti-Semitism. 

 

Today we are hearing similar opposition to welcoming refugees who are escaping war and horrific persecution in their homelands.  They are victims, seeking such mundane treasures as safety, a better life, and opportunity – just as our families and others did in years past. 

 

Folkshul stands with numerous organizations and individuals, religious and secular alike, to urge our elected officials to welcome those refugees who meet the complex and stringent requirements of the UNHCR and our national refugee resettlement program. 

 

Jewish Children's Folkshul and Adult Community encourages its members to take action to make the lives of new immigrants and refugees of all backgrounds better and safer. Here are some links that will help you find the right action for your family:

 

http://www.hias.org 

http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c344.html

http://www.unrefugees.org/where-we-work/syria/

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-09-03/5-groups-doing-important-work-help-refugees-you-may-not-have-heard 

 

 

We fervently hope that all who come here to find safety discover a country with compassion, reason, peace and a welcoming heart.   

 

Art Miron covering Si Khan's "Lady of the Harbor"

Adult Classes - Exploring Secular Humanistic Judaism

 

Exploring Secular Humanistic Judaism: A Folkshul Adult Community Learning and Discussion Group

 

We had a great deal of interest in adult education and are pleased to announce that our opening session will be this Sunday, January 10th, at the Springside School. All are welcome.

 

The themes of the sessions will focus on secular humanism as an authentic Jewish approach to understanding the complexities of the world we live in, from ancient texts and holidays to philosophy, literature and contemporary society.

 

Folkshul teacher Josh Yarden will facilitate the series. Josh has been teaching in adolescent and adult education settings for over 35 years and has been an engaging presenter at recent CSJO conferences. Josh holds an MA in Jewish History and Judaic Thought from the University of Haifa and a PhD in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation on cultural transformation included a humanistic interpretation of the epic of Moses and the liberation narrative that is central to the biblical narrative, human history and comtemporary politics. 

 

The course will run for six Sunday mornings, beginning on January 10th.

Location: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Day/Time: Sunday mornings, 10:10-11:30am.

Dates: 1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/14, 2/21, 3/6.

 

Please invite others to join us. Bring a friend!

 

RSVP to adultcommunity@folkshul.org so that we can plan for the proper numbers. Also, please consider a donation of $36 to cover the costs of offering this course. 

Try out a class or two, meet like-minded, thought provoking people and ideas! 

 

- Michael Kolodner

Adult Community Coordinator

Chanukah Celebration, Sunday, December 6, 2015

You’re Invited: Jewish Children’s Folkshul Chanukah Celebration, Sunday, December 6, 2015!

 
10 - 10:45 AM: Classes Meet
10:45 to 11:45 AM: Community Program - Auditorium  “Sustainable Wish for the World” and  K/1 and 9th grades presenting
11:45 AM - 1230 PM: Chanukah Bazaar - Shop and Eat!
 

The Chanukah Bazaar is a BIG fundraiser helping provide Scholarships for Folkshul families.

 
Please:
• Send your children with money to buy gifts for friends and family• Donate to the Maccabean Marvels • Plan to buy items   • Donate a Kugel to our 1st ever “Kugel Bake-Off”• Enjoy lunch at Folkshul
 

BRING YOUR APPETITE

Hotdogs, pizza, homemade kugeland jelly donuts! 
Attention all kugel makers,  please donate a kugel: sweet or savory!
Food sale proceeds benefit Folkshul Youth Programs
 

FABULOUS DEALS ONLAPTOP COMPUTERS

(unbeatable prices, multiple options) sold by awesome Eric Woolf.  No store will have this array of quality laptops at these prices.
 

LEGAL SERVICES:  Family Will, Power of Attorney, Health Care POA

Our very own fabulous Folkshul parent, Attorney Harriet Litz, is once again offering bargain prices  on basic will packages - $500 cost to you - donating all but processing fees (80% ) to Folkshul.  Included: Husband/Wife Wills, H/W Durable Powers of Attorney, H/W Health Care Powers/Living Will- plus “beneficiary designations” for IRAs, Life Insurance, Etc.
 
Bring the following info  to the Chanukah Bazaar, then, plan another Sunday to meet, review, and sign:  names/addresses/telephone numbers/email addresses, and names & ages of your children, names and contact information for all back-up people:  (a) Guardian of your children, (b) Trustee over Children’s Trust, (c) Executor (for Will), (d) Agent under Power of Attorney, (e) Health Care Agent
 

Several Vendors and Jewish Camps Too!

 

 

Shop and Donate @ “Maccabean Marvels”

Re-gifting fun!  We need YOU to donate and purchase items!  We are looking for: NEW OR GENTLY USED ITEMS TO BE ‘RE-GIFTED’ THAT ARE IN GOOD CONDITION, EASY TO CARRY, APPEALING TO OUR CHILDREN AND PARENTS
Please drop off donations to Springside cafeteria between 8:30 -  10 am on 12/6
The Chanukah committee will price your items, typically for $1 to $5.
 
Suggested Items include (but are not limited to):
Books • Toys • Games • DVDs • CDs • Crafts • Dolls  Jewelry & Accessories (but NO clothing • Pet Items Picture Frames • Gardening Supplies • Household Tools Stationery • Home items • Sporting Goods 
Any unpurchased items will be donated to charity.  Thank you!
 
Food proceeds  support Folkshul’s Youth Programming.Non-food proceeds support the Folkshul Scholarship Fund.  
Questions: Before the event please email LIZ GOLDMAN
Day of event please find SHARON PENNOCK

Potluck Dinner, Singing, Secular Shabbat, and Games - Saturday 11/13/15

 

Please join the Folkshul Adult Community for a potluck dinner, singing, secular Shabbat, and games.

Bring a dish to share. Use the Evite RSVP to track what items we still need.

Bring your family and friends for some community togetherness and a fun evening!

$10 per person/$20 per family, plus bring a potluck meal to share.

We also need several people to help with setup (5:30pm) and cleanup (after). If you're available, please email adultcommunity@folkshul.org to volunteer.

 

Folkshul Adult Community

 

 

SUKKOT INDOORS at SPRINGSIDE CHESTNUT HILL (regular Folkshul location)

Due to wet conditions at Fort Washington State Park and chilly, windy weather expected, Folkshul’s Sukkot Celebration will be held tomorrow INDOORS at Springside, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Please note that this event starts slightly later than a regular Folkshul day.

 

We will still have loads of fun crafts and activities, our community sukkah in which to gather, sing, and celebrate, and a sustainability project for adults and older students led by our social action committee. Please still plan to bring items from the attached list of recyclables, and if you like, bring a snack for your family to enjoy before we go into the auditorium at 11:30.

 

Looking forward to gathering together and welcoming our new families inside our sukkah tomorrow!

UPDATE: INDOORS at SPRINGSIDE - Sukkot Celebration Sunday, October 4th

UPDATE:

Due to wet conditions at Fort Washington State Park and chilly, windy weather expected, Folkshul’s Sukkot Celebration will be held tomorrow INDOORS at Springside, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Please note that this event starts slightly later than a regular Folkshul day.

 

We will still have loads of fun crafts and activities, our community sukkah in which to gather, sing, and celebrate, and a sustainability project for adults and older students led by our social action committee. Please still plan to bring items from the attached list of recyclables, and if you like, bring a snack for your family to enjoy before we go into the auditorium at 11:30.

 

Looking forward to gathering together and welcoming our new families inside our sukkah tomorrow!

 

 

Sukkot Celebration, outdoors at Ft. Washington State Park, Sunday, October 4th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Meet at Group Tenting Site “D”

Welcome our newest families, help decorate the sukkah, music, crafts, picnicking, celebrate the fall harvest!  Bring blankets/camping chairs to sit on, small gourds and other cool stuff to hang, picnic snacks or lunch. Long pants recommended. Celebrate this autumn festival in one of our area’s most beautiful natural landscapes! Bring binoculars and participate in the “official hawk watch” after the Sukkot program is over.

 

Rain location: WEATHER ALERT! IF WEATHER IS INCLEMENT, WE WILL CELEBRATE INDOORS AT SPRINGSIDE. Check your e-mail or 215.248.1550 to be sure, starting Saturday.

 

Secret Sukkah:

We will be building a Secret Sukkah of recycled items. A list of requested items is below– but basically anything that can be recycled is welcome.

 

Paper- can be scrap paper, construction, tissue paper or newspaper

Pine Cones

Leaves

Plastic Bottles

Soup Cans

Fabric of any kind

Sheet

Pillow Case

Hangers

Paper Clips

Binder Clips

Pipe Cleaners

Cardboard boxes

Egg Crates

Duct Tape

Scotch Tape

Branches

Sticks

String

Plastic or Foam cups

Yarn of any kind

Be creative! Anything that can hang can be used.