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:


They even made a trailer!

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.



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:

Passover Seder - Sunday, March 29th

Our annual Community seder at Folkshul is planned for Sunday, March 29th. Classes will meet at 10:00 AM; the seder will begin promptly at 11:00 AM. 

Guests are always welcome and we encourage you to invite grandparents, family members and friends. All Adult Community members are welcome to attend.   RSVP to folkshul at folkshul dot org

If you are willing to make charoset for the seder (12 cups) or lend us a seder plate please email folkshul at folkshul dot org to let use know.

Sunday, March 1: Folkshul Purim Celebration & Carnival

Sunday, March 1: Folkshul Purim Celebration & Carnival – All Community! Join the fun!

10:00 Hamantaschen for sale, mini- hamantaschen snack for all kids

10:15 Sunday Fundays (note early start, Moonbounce at 11:00 AM)

10:30 Purim Celebration in Auditorium: all community - costume parade, music, 2nd and 7th grades performing AND our always entertaining Assistants!

11:30 CARNIVAL: booths and games, facepainting, DJ, Moon bounce, prizes, hot dogs for sale!


Friends and Family Welcome!

Costume Parade!


$10 per family suggested donation.


Thank you for a Super Souper Sunday!

Thank you to all who participated in making our Souper Sunday a Souper Douper Success. Whether you brought soup, bought soup, or served soup, this was truly a collaborative community event. Folkshul raised over $1,000 to buy food for the Mitzvah Food Pantry! And, as one member pointed out: the soup we made was not only unbeatable – it was unrepeatable. A perfect blend belonging uniquely to this year’s families and friends, who came together to learn from, enjoy, and inspire one another. And a big shout-out to Rob Wexler for overseeing the big day!

Folkshul’s 2015 Adult Purim Party and Silent Auction













Join us on Saturday, March 7 at the Folkshul’s 2015 Adult Purim Party and Silent Auction!

This festive fundraising bash is open to all adult friends who want to support Folkshul and celebrate with us! (Why should the kids have all the Folkshul fun?)

Invite your family and friends (especially any prospective members) to come along!

  • Great food! BYOB 
  • Fabulous auction items! Class baskets, door prizes, raffle and more!
  • Live rock music of the 60’s - 80’s by the Stone Age Rock Band!
  • Creative retelling of the Megillah (Purim story), in keeping with our non-traditional way of honoring traditions!
  • Outrageous costumes are highly encouraged!

WHEN: Saturday, March 7 from 6:30 to 10:30 pm

WHERE: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W. Willow Grove Avenue, in Chestnut Hill - building 16 on campus map below

TICKETS are available at the door for $55 each/$100 per couple.

Any questions? Please contact

Souper Sunday 2015

Parents, please pick your children up at their classrooms at 11:30 AM; bring them up to the hallway, outside the cafeteria, to find and “purchase” their mugs/bowls and make your donation.

Please be patient and expect to wait in the soup line, as a family, and note the significance of this experience.

If you cannot escort your child, please give donation to teacher (younger children) or child (older children).

Dismissal will be at 12:30 PM.  All Folkshul Community is welcome to attend and share.

It’s not too late to sign-up to help and/or make soup for the big event! Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this whole community project, as we eat soup and break bread together to benefit the Mitzvah Food Project. We will recreate a “soup kitchen” experience for our kids, as families line up for soup! Klezmer Band, led by Dave Kutzik, will provide the music. Cost for lunch is $8/person or $20/family.