One hundred twenty one unaffiliated young professionals and graduate students enjoyed a Taste of the New Year last week, savoring sweet kosher wines served up by representatives of 19 Philadelphia area synagogues who welcome their participation at High Holiday services.
The mid-August evening reception held at 2100 Arch St. was designed for men and women ages 21 through 45 seeking a synagogue connection during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Participating synagogues, representing all streams of Judaism, offered free tickets to those who registered during the reception, as well as special programming to make them feel welcome.
The synagogues included: Adath Israel in Merion Station; Aish HaTorah in Bala Cynwyd; Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley; Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir-Heart of the City in Center City Philadelphia; Congregation Mikveh Israel in Old City Philadephia; Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City Philadelphia; Germantown Jewish Centre in Northwest Philadelphia; Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley; Congregation B’nai Abraham in Old City Philadelphia; Congregation Kesher Israel in Old City Philadelphia; Kesher Shalom in Rydal; Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia; Mekor Habracha Center City Synagogue; Minyan Tikvah in Center City Philadelphia; Mishkan Shalom in the Roxborough/Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia; Old York Road Temple- Beth Am in Abington; Society Hill Synagogue in Old City Philadelphia; Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood; and Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center City Philadelphia.
A Taste of the New Year was sponsored by The Renaissance Group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in cooperation with: The Collaborative; Hillel’s Grad Network; Moishe House; The Gershman Y; Interfaith Family Philadelphia; The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, Albert Einstein Medical Center; the Jewish Exponent; and the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia.