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Tikvah Means Hope

Tikvah Talk

December | 2023

Events This Month

See what's happening and register for events to save your spot!

Virtual Travel with Abby

Sunday, December 3 | 4PM - 5PM

Highlights of the Mediterranean

Register by November 30.

Candy Making with Barbara

Thursday, December 7 | 6:15 – 8:15PM

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia

Learn to make candy. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Take home an assorted box of treats for the holiday. $5.00 per person.

Register by November 30.

Weitzman Museum

Sunday, December 10 | 2 – 4PM

101 S Independence Mall 19106

Tour the Weitzman Museum. Transportation available. $10 per person due by December 3rd.

Join Northeast Kehillah and community partners for a Chanukah Celebration!

Participants will enjoy a candle lighting, crafts, games and a light kosher dinner provided by House of Kosher.

Learn & Lite Bites

Monday, December 18 | 12 – 1:15PM

Kaiserman JCC

45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood, PA

Speaker: Narberth Ambulance

Receive free First Responder Health Assessment including - blood pressure screening, EKG monitor, blood sugar screening, and measure pulse oxygen | Learn about how Ambulance Company membership can save our community thousands of dollars on emergency medical costs. | Free Lunch House of Kosher

Hosted by Kaiserman JCC | GEMS at the J 

Register by December 11.

Living In the Moment Meditation with Rabbi Levin

Wednesday, December 20 | 6:30 – 7:30PM

Zoom meditation with Rabbi Levin.

Link will be available one week prior.

Register by December 13.

Cooking with Mira

Thursday, December 21 | 5:30 – 7:30PM

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim Synagogue

9768 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, PA

Appetizers for the holidays. Eat and bring home what you prepare. $5.00 per person to be paid in advance. Register by December 21.

NE Neighborhood Dinner

Wednesday, December 27 | 5:30 – 7:30PM

Olive Garden, 9280 Roosevelt Blvd.

Pay as you go. Tikvah pays gratuity.

Register by December 20.

Learn & Lite Bites

Monday, January 8, 2024 | 12 – 1:15PM

Kaiserman JCC

45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood, PA

Topic: Movin and Groovin

Speaker: Jamie Feinstein, PT, DPT 

Hosted by Kaiserman JCC | GEMS at the J 

Lunch from House of Kosher

Register by January 1.

Register for Programs


Zoom links for virtual events are sent via email one week prior.

News from the Tikvah Office

  • Rhonda Cohen, who is completing her second year as Tikvah’s Outreach Director, has decided to leave our professional team for personal reasons.  During her tenure our individual membership has remained stable at 91 people, our Provider Partnerships have increased by 40% this year.  Of those more than 20 are young adults in their 20s and 30s.  New community partnerships fostered by Rhonda have included Career Link, JEVS Career Strategies and Tribe 12.  She has also stewarded our relationships with the Kaiserman JCC and MainLine Health, also created the Dessert and Dialogue series.  Rhonda will wrap up her professional work at Tikvah at the end of November.  We look forward to her continued volunteer involvement in committees, also as an occasional program presenter for the popular RoadTrip with Rhonda Virtual Travel Series. 

  • Barbara Ponczek joined the Tikvah staff as our Program Manager in September of 2022. She will continue to work approximately 20 hours per week and will be promoted to the position of Program Director.  The primary change in her duties will be to serve as second in charge of operations management when Executive Director Abby Gilbert is on vacation or otherwise not available.  

  • A new part time job of Tikvah Program Associate is now open for applications.  Please contact Abby Gilbert with referrals of appropriate candidates with a social work background interested in facilitating programs and representing Tikvah at public events approximately 15-20 hours per week on the Main Line and in Center City.  

Happy Birthday!

!יום הולדת שמח

Susan R.

Joyce O.

Barry S.

Irwin F.

Richard R.

Staci H.

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Important Dates

December 8-15


December 25


December 31

New Year's Eve

Tikvah Arts & Crafts Collective

Introducing the Tikvah Arts & Crafts Collective.  

Do you enjoy drawing, jewelry making, needlework, painting, pottery, sculpture, woodworking?

Tikvah invites our members and those adjacent to them who create visual arts and crafts to come together for workshops, also to display and possibly sell their creations.

Save the date for the Tikvah Art Show featuring the work of our members!  

Sunday, March 17th, 2024, 3-5PM

The Philadelphian, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130.  

Contact Tikvah Program Manager Barbara Ponczek barbara@tikvahajmi.org

or call the Tikvah office (215) 832-0671.

Community Partner Events

Wednesday, December 27 | 12-2 PM


100 W. Main Street, Ste 204, Lansdale, PA

Wellness Wednesday

Join us for a time for people to connect and have fun! We will have a light snacks and refreshments along with a planned activity and free time to socialize.

Tuesdays, 8 AM - 12:30 PM 


10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Pack Meals for Home Delivery

Free lunch for volunteers. For more information contact Barbara Ponczek barbara@tikvahajmi.org or call the office.


(Click their logo to learn more)


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Edward and Marjorie Goldberger Foundation

Nadine Hoch

Memorial Fund

The Tzedakah Foundation

Philadelphia Activities Fund

City Council District 6, Councilman Michael Driscoll

City Council District 10, Councilman Brian O'Neill

Temple University Hospital - Anna T. Jeanes Community Grant

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Rotary Club of NE

Philadelphia, Cheltenham, Rockledge

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Freedman & Grinshpun, PC


Gary Charlestein - In Honor of Michael Solomon

Sandra Greenfield - In Support of Young Adult Activities

December is a good time to make your tax-deductible contribution to Tikvah for 2023!  


Tikvah Community Forum

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Facebook Community

Through our Facebook page we have created a community online forum where members can stay in touch after events are over and hear about events coming up too! If you are interested or have questions about how to join, our communications manager Carter Freedlander (carter@tikvahajmi.org) would be happy to help!

Visit the Tikvah Community Forum Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/671527237841358/

Become a Member Today

We welcome your support which helps us provide

programming and events to our members and their loved ones.

Membership Type

Individual Member: $20 per year

Our Individual Membership entitles you to:

  • Weekly free or subsidized social gatherings
  • Biweekly phone squad check-in calls
  • Monthly member check-in meeting
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Seasonal holiday events
  • Periodic wellness programs

Supporter Member: $50 per year

This membership is offered to those who wish to support our organization and help make hope happen for those we serve.

Your supporter membership entitles you to receive our Tikvah Talk newsletter. You also receive updates and invitations to Tikvah programming throughout the year.

Click HERE to Join


Contacting Us

Our Staff and Office Information:


     Abby Gilbert, Executive Director abby@tikvahajmi.org 

     Barbara Ponczek, Program Director barbara@tikvahajmi.org 

     Carter Freedlander, Communications Manager carter@tikvahajmi.org 

Office Support: Elena D'amico, Halie Hershman, Ileen Jaffe, Joyce Oxfeld, Jerry Priluker

Phone Squad: Chuck Allen, Matt Corchnoy, Jeff Gansheroff, Troy Rosenthal,

Shari Simons, and Brandy Wasilewski

Program Facilitators: Mira Brown, Rhonda Cohen, Rycki Joy Freedman, Evan Jaffe, David Karasow, Sarah Kramer

General questions office@tikvahajmi.org or call 215-832-0671 Calls are answered and messages returned Tuesday - Thursday 9AM to 4:30PM, also three hours prior to and during programs.  


Business Office: Tikvah@KleinLife, Suite 122, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116

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