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Lunch with Rabbi Straus—you bring the lunch and ​
​Rabbi Straus will serve up interesting conversation!

Center City
Tuesday, December 10 | 12:00 PM

Hosted by Sid Steinberg at Post & Schell, P.C.,
Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Phila.
RSVP to Sid Steinberg

Tuesday, December 5 | 12:15 PM
Hosted by Steven Handleman at One Town Place, Suite 200, Bryn Mawr
RSVP to Steven Handleman

Friday, December 6 | 11:30 AM

It’s a mitzvah! Come learn about some of Judaism’s important but lesser known commandments and the role they play in Jewish lives today. Hosted at the home of Michele Cohen & Marc Prizer, who will provide the main entrée, please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert.
RSVP to Cindy Marshall

Tikkun Olam Network – TON
Sunday, December 15 | 11:15 am

Join us at our next meeting as we get down to business in planning our annual Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.

The activities we plan on running are the following:

  1. Toiletry Package Assembly
  2. Cradles to Crayons Mobile Sorting
  3. Salad Making
  4. No Sew Fleece Blankets
  5. Plastic Sleeping Mat Making
  6. An Animal Activity – TBD

If you have any additional ideas for activities or would like to take a leadership during the day, please email us and let us know

Your TON Chairs,
Liz Stoller and Beth Allen

Tuesday, December 9 | 7:30 PM

JOIN THE DISCUSSION, an honest dialogue on the critical issues of the day. We ask participants to come prepared for an open and honest exchange of views—political correctness is not required, but respectful dialogue is. Please email Gordon Fink or David Edman so that background materials may be sent to you in advance.

Contact:  Gordon Fink
David Edman

Tuesday, December 10 | 12:15 pm
Join Rabbi Straus for a thought-provoking lunchtime discussion of selected articles from The Daily Forward.​ Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.

​Friends: The Show That Defined an Era
Sunday, December 8 | 9:30 am Bagels & Coffee
10:00 am Lecture with Author Saul Austerlitz

Friends defined the 1990s and remains wildly popular today with a legacy that has endured beyond wildest expectations. Noted pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz will help us understand why. You’ll get juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits and smart analysis of why Friends was the right show at the right time and continues to be the right show at an entirely different time. This program is free and open to all!

Join us for a very exciting Hassel Lecture at 10:00 am, Sunday, December 8 about the television show Friends. Why has it endured for such a long time? Author Saul Austerlitz’s new book, Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era is a nostalgic look at the blockbuster success of Friends including brand new interviews with the series creators. Austerlitz is an adjunct professor of writing and comedy history at NYU. His book has been published for the 25th anniversary of Friends. He will speak be available to sign his book following the presentation. What a thoughtful gift his signed book will be for Chanukah!

Short Story Discussion Group
Nathan Englander, “How We Avenged the Blums”
Thursday,  December 12 | 12:15 pm

We will read the tale about how a group of young boys stand up to a neighborhood bully who seems to be targeting one Jewish family in particular, the Blums. The story was published in The Best American Short Stories of 2006 and can be found in your short story compilation. Additional copies can be found at the front desk.
Jewish Book Month gives us an added impetus to check out a Jewish–themed book and appreciate the amazing collection of fiction and non-fiction books in the Odell-Diamond library at MLRT.​

Main Line Reform Temple is a member of the Jewish Book Council. This marvelous organization makes it possible for us to bring in Jewish writers to highlight their wonderful new books. We hope you will be able to meet and greet these diverse and interesting authors who have written about the many facets of our rich Jewish life.

Save the Date! January 5, 2020
Hassel Adult Education Lecture with Rabbi Kevin Kleinman
Curb Your Consumerism:  ​Cultivating a Bal Taschit (do not waste) Ethic for Today

Rabbi Kleinman is a leader in the Jewish environmental movement. His teaching on Jewish responses and actions to the climate crises is inspired by using Judaism’s ancient environmental wisdom to guide our modern thinking.

World Zionist Congress Elections Early 2020
YOU can directly help the Reform Movement to have a stronger presence in Israel by getting involved in the upcoming World Zionist Congress election – your vote and support is critical to growing the Reform Movement’s presence in Israel. This is the only democratic opportunity you have to influence Israeli society, as we continue our efforts toward equality, pluralism and tolerance.

If you want to learn how you can help, contact Sherrill Neff or Ken Brier, the MLRT Congregational Captains for #VoteReformWZC, and join our team.

MLRT works to maintain contact between the Temple and college students by sending letters and gifts at holiday and exam times. To have your child(ren) added to our mailing list, please forward their college address, along with your name and home address to Beth Lloyd.