Sunday, November 6, 2016

Dorshei Derekh Turns 30: Looking Forward, Dream With Us on Dec 2-3

On Shabbat Toledot, Dec 2-3, 2016
Dorshei Derekh will celebrate 30 years.

Please come back and visit if you are part of the DD Diaspora!

Friday night will begin with Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 PM led by Michael Masch. (It is the GJC Kabbalat Shabbat service, location TBA.)

We will join for a festive catered Shabbat dinner following, for which reservations are necessary.

The deadline for reserving is a week before, November 25.

To reserve via PayPal, send your $$$ to Arnie Lurie, our treasurer, at

The meal is subsidized by our minyan treasury.
Adults - $25
Kids - $12.50
If you want to pay via check, mail it to:
Arnie Lurie, 1420 Locust Street, Apt 35I, Philadelphia, PA, 19102
If you need a scholarship, email your request to

Shabbat morning we will begin at 10:00 AM in the Temin Canteen Room.
Themes of our future community will be woven into services.

Kiddush Lunch will feature a Kugel Buffet. If you'd like to contribute your favorite kugel, dropped off on Friday afternoon, please email the Kugel Coordinator - Fredi Cooper -

Childcare will be provided. For details, email Dina Pinsky -

Looking forward to a great shabbat together! Please share with friends.

Robert Tabak, chair
Michael Blackman
Dayle Friedman
Ed Lake
Dina Pinsky
Susan Sussman
Betsy Teutsch


We will include musical instruments in davening. Here is the GJC policy.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Debbie Stern and Elana Shaw: Mother-Daughter Welcome Team!

Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer

Elan Shaw, left, and Debbie Stern, right
When Debbie Stern and her husband were first married, Friday night meant a kosher dinner prepared in their fifth-floor walk-up on Manhattan's East 89th Street, a turn-of-the-century apartment with a bathtub in the middle of the kitchen.

Amid religious disaffection, mother and daughter make it life's work to keep the faith
By the time Stern's daughter, Elana, was a teen, the family had decamped for Valley Cottage, N.Y.; there, Shabbat evening meant a challah from Rockland Bakery, an argument about whose turn it was to light the candles, and a twinge of adolescent annoyance during the parents' customary blessing of the children.

"I remember my mother wanting to put her hands on my head, and I didn't want her to," Elana Shaw says.

But the rebellion was short-lived. Today, this mother and daughter are not only observant Jews, but professional Jewish educators whose choices run counter to a widespread trend of religious disaffection.

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, one in five Jews describes him or herself as having no religion, and 62 percent say being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry and culture. Among Jewish respondents who have married since 2000, nearly six in 10 have non-Jewish spouses.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Jacob Staub's Op-Ed: Spirituality Contributes to Contented, Meaningful Life

Enjoy Jacob Staub's op-ed "Spirituality Contributes to Contented, Meaningful Life" in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

'Humans plan, and God laughs."
This Yiddish proverb is not as impious as it might seem at first glance. It declares succinctly an undeniable truth of the human condition: We are not in control. No matter how meticulously we plan, there are innumerable variables for which we can't fully account.
Often enough, we plan, and things turn out the way we want. And then we are tempted to believe that we are in control after all.
Our behavior certainly affects outcomes. If I consistently consume fewer calories, there is an excellent chance that I will lose weight. If you treat another person with kindness and compassion, you are far more likely to make a friend than if you are cruel. If your work performance is skillful and conscientious, your job security is likely to increase.
But not necessarily.