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.

NO FOLKSHUL Sunday, September 27th

This Sunday, September 27th: NO FOLKSHUL!

Due to the traffic restrictions in place for Pope Francis’ historic visit to Philadelphia, Folkshul will NOT meet this Sunday. 

 

9th Grade Gradution Video

Check out the work of the graduating 9th grade class highlighting their adventures in Folkshul!

 

in case the above doesn't work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj0vyHvry9M&app=desktop

 

They even made a trailer!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm-VdFIvfOg&app=desktop

Nobel Prize Winning Astrophysicist to Speak after Pancake Breakfast

We are very pleased that Saul Perlmutter, his wife Laura Nelson and their daughter Noa (6th grade) have been attending Folkshul since February. Saul and Laura are both on sabbatical from Berkeley and have returned to Saul's roots in Philadelphia. Some of those roots include Germantown Friends School and revisiting his Secular Jewish connection at Folkshul.

 

In 2011, Saul was awarded a Nobel Prize in Astrophysics. Here is a link to a Guardian article describing how Saul’s work with supernovae led to a discovery that “shook cosmology to its foundations.”

 

Saul has kindly offered to share a brief (layman's version) explanation of his work and his journey to the Nobel Prize. 

 

We hope you will join us after the pancake breakfast at 11:15 AM in the library classroom, to learn from and honor a scientific hero who has made quite an impact on the understanding of the universe. 

 

Because at Folkshul, we like our pancakes with a side of Nobel-Prize-Winning Astrophysics! 

Mother's Day Pancake Fundraiser

We hope you will join us on Mother’s Day morning, Sunday, May 10th, starting at 10:15 AM, for our Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser,  where Dads and other helpers cook and serve, Moms eat first, kids get pancakes for snack, the Folkshul Scholarship Fund gets a boost, and everyone wins.

 

You are welcome to bring guests! Grandparents, friends, neighbors – just please RSVP to let us know how many extra people to expect.

 

Children will eat pancakes with their classes during snack time.

 

Your help is needed for this event.

 

Moms:

Wear your comfy clothes.

Relax and schmooze with other Folkshul mamas.

Eat pancakes and fruit salad.

Drink coffee, tea, orange juice.

 

Dads and Other Helpers:

Volunteer to help make or serve pancakes. No experience necessary! Contact Rob Wexler to volunteer. We need 2 mixers, 2 washers, 2 flippers, and 2 servers.

Bring a fruit salad. Prepare your own or pick up from the supermarket. 

We need 7 fruit salad-bringers. Reply to Rachel Smith if you can help.

We are also looking for ingredient sponsors. If you would like to help underwrite the cost of the overhead, please let us know!

 

Please note:

If you will not be staying for pancakes, please give pancake money to Rachel Smith, or to your child’s teacher. Suggested donation is $10/person; $20/family.

Spring Open House and Info Session

Please save the date for our

 

Spring Open House and Info Session

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

10:15 AM

 

Jewish Children's Folkshul of Philadelphia

at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy

8000 Cherokee Street

Philadelphia, PA 19118

(entrance is in the back of the lower school via the playground)

 

Children welcome. Refreshments will be served.

 

 For questions, more info and to RSVP:  
Folkshul@Folkshul.org