Sukkot - Sunday, October 16th

Meet at Ft. Washington State Park, Group Tenting Site D. Bring family, neighbors, friends. Welcome our newest families, help decorate the Sukkah; music, crafts, picnicking. Bring blankets/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! See attached flyer for directions.


The forecast looks great, but in case of sudden bad weather, please check your email to confirm location.



Pre-Sukkot Camping Saturday Night 10/15, from 5 PM.  Wake up to our Sukkot program in the morning and s’mores for breakfast! Please reply to  Abbe Longman if you are planning on joining in. See attached flyer.

Sustainability Fair - This Sunday, May 15th

Upcoming Folkshul Sustainability Fair, Sunday, May 15: 

Please save the date for our much anticipated Sustainability Fair. This will be the culminating activity of our two years of focus on raising the bar on our knowledge, actions and influence on human effects on Earth, for our children and community.  Our kids will be exhibiting their class projects (and need an audience), our parents, as well as outside representatives from various organizations and businesses, will also be sharing their areas of interest/expertise. If you know of a resource that would like to exhibit, please let me know mindy.blatt at Everyone welcome.


Art Miron covering Si Kahn's "Lady Of The Harbor"

Art Miron covering Si Kahn's "Lady Of The Harbor"

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 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 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


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: 



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 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