Community Briefs: Night of Learning, Accessibility, More


Kehillas to Sponsor Night of Jewish Learning
The Kehillah of Delaware County and the Kehillah of Chester County are teaming up on Jan. 22 for “Kallah: A Night of Jewish Learning 2022.”

Kallah is an ancient term originally used to describe a gathering of scholars.
The online event from 7:15-10:15 p.m. will center around the theme of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers).

Event highlights include a performance at 7:45 p.m. of “Ethics of the Fathers AKA: The Gangster and The Grandpa,” a one-man show written and performed by Jesse Bernstein and directed by Deborah Baer Mozes, the artistic director of Theatre Ariel. A Q&A with Bernstein follows.

At 9 p.m., classes on Pirkei Avot will be taught by local rabbis and scholars.
A final gathering and l’hitraot follow at 10 p.m.

The cost is $10 ($5 for students), but nobody will be turned away for a lack of funds. Contact Shelley Rappaport at

New Accessible Icon to Debut at Perelman, JCC
Perelman Jewish Day School and the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center will host on Jan. 25 a ceremonial “first parking spot painting” to mark the organizations adopting the New Accessible Icon to mark designated parking spaces for persons with disabilities.

The icon depicts independence and motion by positioning the silhouette with its body leaning forward, head up and arms cocked back over the wheels of the chair. The prior icon featured a silhouette rigidly sitting upright in a wheelchair.

The icon stencil was provided by Einstein Healthcare Network’s Jewish Health Resource Center and MossRehab. The latter adopted the new icon in 2014 and successfully lobbied the City of Philadelphia to adopt it in 2019.

The day school and JCC, which share a campus in Wynnewood, are joining other area institutions that have adopted the icon, such as Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Program to Tell How Bulgarian Jews Survived the Holocaust
In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council and AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey are hosting a program that details historical events associated with Bulgaria’s resistance of pressures from Germany during World War II to deport the 50,000 Jews living there.

Joseph Benatov, who is the director of the Modern Hebrew Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the competing national narratives from this time period while Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi will reflect on his family’s survival experience.

To register for the event, which runs on Jan. 26 from 7-8:15 p.m., contact the JCRC at 215-832-0500.


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