Notorious RBG at NMAJH

We have space for a few more people

FREE for members of our community!
IF you'd like, you can enjoy other exhibits at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) from 10am-5:30pm. Carpools will be arranged as necessary. The deadline for RSVP is approaching. Will you be coming?

DEATH (not taxes in this case)

"Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
— Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789

Like any quotable quotes, the one about death and taxes is attributed to Ben Franklin, but it appears in a book at least 75 years prior....

DEATH is certain. Jewish ritual and spiritual practice around end-of-life, death, and mourning is a deep tradition filled with meaning, wisdom and potential for embracing our grief and for healing. Are you interested in learning more about this?

We have the opportunity to learn about tahara, the ritual preparation of the deceased, by the head of the local hevre kaddishe (the volunteer Jewish burial society) and to visit the local funeral home and see how tahara is done. We will not be seeing any dead people, promise.

Two possible dates are Sunday December 1 or Sunday January 5, late morning. Are you interested? Let us know ASAP so we can confirm with the instructor and with the funeral home.

Can you host a community gathering?

Looking for folks to host Friday night services or Saturday night Havdalah or other gatherings.
Set-up and clean-up help provided at no cost to you.
Can you do this? Be in touch.

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TWO Events Sunday November 17


West Chester Area Community Thanks Giving Service 4-5pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 W. Pleasant Grove Road West Chester PA 19382

A multi-faith service with word, prayer and song from various traditions,followed by light refreshments.
Come engage and give thanks with our neighbors.

Rabbi Elyse Seidner-Joseph is a participant in this year's service.


Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 North High Street
 West Chester PA 19380

We chant wordless melodies, together,
for the pleasure of being together and creating sound in community.

No music ability or experience required.
Come and experience the heart-opening potential of chanting.
And then there’s chocolate!

FREE! And parking is FREE in West Chester on Sundays!

REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED, but it helps us plan.

Supported by a generous grant from the Lasko Family Foundation.

A suggestion:

Join us at the service, have an early dinner in downtown WC, then come to Chanting & Chocolate!

Saturday November 23 at 6:30pm

Havdalah, veggie/dairy pot-luck and discussion at Susan & Rob's home in Kennett. Full address/directions when you RSVP.

Casual. Warm. Interesting. Fun.

RSVP by November 21 to

Friday night & pot-luck Dec 6 at 7pm

Welcome Shabbat in community with prayer, song, and discussion followed by veggie/dairy pot-luck.
At Andrew and Albina's home in Malvern. Full address/directions when you RSVP.

RSVP by December 3 to

Free on December 25?

Interested in the "traditional" movie and Chinese take-out on Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25? We have an idea, and a probable West Chester location. We need to get a sense of who is let us know!

Meet Rabbi Gershom Sizomu

Wednesday November 20th

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beth Israel Congregation
385 Pottstown Pike 19840

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu is the first native- born black rabbi in Sub-Saharan Africa, the chief Rabbi of Uganda and the first Jewish member of the Ugandan Parliament. Rabbi Sizomu is the leader of the Abayudaya Jewish Community, a 100-year old community of approximately 2000 Jews in Uganda. Rabbi Sizomu works tirelessly to elevate the Abayudaya and surrounding communities, including by building a health center that has helped reduce death from malaria by 90%. Rabbi Sizomu will discuss the unique history of his community, the role music played in their survival and his own personal journey.

Free and open to the public.

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