A ‘Bissel’ of Torah: Parsha BO

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant This week’s Torah Parsha (BO) continues with the story of Exodus. God had already inflicted seven devastating plagues on Egypt, subsequent to the Pharaoh’s perpetual denial to free the enslaved Israelites. In Parsha (BO), it becomes apparent that from the very first time that God approached Moses (behind the […]


By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant   The opening chapters of Exodus plunge us into a midst of epic events. Moses passes from Prince of Egypt; to Midianite shepherd; to leader of the Israelites.   The narrative begins with a new Pharaoh of Egypt, “who did not know of Joseph” (1). However, the descendants of […]

From Our Student Rabbi

This week’s parsha, Ki Tavo, opens with instructions on how to show gratitude upon entering the land of Israel, followed by a description of all the good which the Israelites can expect to receive in the land if they follow God’s instruction. This is immediately followed by the infamous aliyah of tochechah (rebuke): 53 straight verses […]

Am Haskalah Annual Congregational Meeting, June 4, 2017 Past Presidents Speech

RISA DORFMAN This past year has brought us forward in many phases. Our community has joined together to create a stronger, more unified bond, spiritually, religiously and in matters of individual or group assistance. We have forged forward in financial planning and restructuring our basic monthly routines, of course always keeping our Charter and founders’ plans in […]

Am Haskalah Shavuot Program

Finding Joy, Connection, and Inspiration in these Troubling Times: A Hebrew Chant and Writing Journey Sunday June 4, 2017   11:00AM-12:30PM Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein (our beloved Am Haskalah spiritual leader from 2002-2009 who now goes by her Hebrew name), has been studying Hebrew chant as a practice for spiritual transformation.  Malkah Binah will guide us […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH PARSHA: BEHAR (LEVITICUS 25:1-26:2), BECHUKOTAI (LEVITICUS 26:3-27:34) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah, Congregant

This week, we read a double Parshiot, from the Torah (BEHAR) and (BECHKOTAI), the finale of the Book of LEVUTICUS. The primary themes of Parsha (BEHAR) are laws and commandments, pertaining to freedom, equality, and charity with ‘dignity’. The Lord spoke to Moses and said: “Tell the Children of Israel, you may sow your field […]

Words of Torah from Student Rabbi Janine Jankovitz Pastor

This week we read in Exodus the Torah parsha Mishpatim. Mishpatim, the Hebrew word for “laws”, contains many laws addressing Hebrew slaves, homicide, assault, homicidal animals, theft, seduction, sorcery, and more. At the end of this parsha, Moses repeats the commandments to the people as laid out by Gd, and the people respond, “All the […]

A note from our Student Rabbi

By Janine Jankovitz Pastor Dear Congregants, In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I want to share with you the experience I had marching for justice this past Monday in Philadelphia in honor of Dr. King’s legacy. On Monday I joined hundreds of people in Philadelphia for the “March for a Better America” march […]