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Tikvah Means Hope

Tikvah Talk

October | 2023

Events This Month

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

Tikvah Annual Membership Picnic

Sunday, October 22⋅12:00 – 2:00pm

Alverthorpe Park

483 Forrest Ave, Elkins Park, PA 19027, USA

Hoagies and salads by ShopRite Kosher on the Boulevard, crafts, games, music and more!

Free for members, $5 for guests. 

Transportation available. Advance registration by October 15th required.  

Wednesday, October 4 | 5-7PM


10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Dinner in the Sukkah

Kosher buffet and holiday celebration facilitated by Rabbi Ephraim Levin. Kosher pasta buffet with salad, garlic bread and dessert from Espresso Cafe. Free for Tikvah members, $5 for guests. Register by September 28.

Monday, October 9 | 12–1:15PM

Kaiserman JCC

45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood, PA

Learn & Lite Bites

"Importance of leafy greens in your diet" Hosted by Kaiserman JCC | GEMS at the J 

Lunch from House of Kosher

Speaker: Maureen Krouse, MPH, MCHES

Sponsor: MainLine Health

Register by October 4.

Tuesday, October 10 | 5:30–7PM

Panera Bread

3900 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Main Line Neighborhood Dinner

Members pay for their meals and Tikvah pays gratuities. Register by October 5.

Tuesday, October 17 | 5:30–7:30PM

Cafe Michelangelo

11901 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Northeast Neighborhood Dinner

Members pay for their meals and Tikvah pays gratuities. Register by October 12.

Wednesday, October 18 | 6:30–7:30PM

Virtual Program via Zoom

Living In the Moment Meditation

Meditation and Mindfulness Practice with Rabbi Ephraim. Register by October 11.

Wednesday, October 25 | 11:30AM–1:30PM


10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA

KleinLife October Birthday Party

Gifts for those celebrating birthdays in October. Entertainment by Vic Rabino & Bridget. Menu: Garlic Butter Ravioli with Spinach, carrots, cauliflower, fruit cocktail.

Register by October 18.

Thursday, October 26 | 5:30–7:30PM

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim Synagogue, 9768 Verree Rd,

Philadelphia, PA

Cooking with Mira

Menu: Lasagna, Chocolate Bark

Register by October 17.

Register for Programs


Zoom links for virtual events

are sent via email one week prior.

Need a ride to attend a Tikvah event? We can help!  

  • Every month Tikvah holds one or more big event with transportation available from the various neighborhoods that we serve. Transportation from hubs such as Kaiserman JCC, KleinLife, also various center city and suburban locations are included in the plans and fees for those events.

  • For those Tikvah members who live in supported residential situations our staff will coordinate with the residential staff regarding program registration and transportation.

  • Tikvah members who live independently or with family and need assistance with transportation should make that request when registering for a program online or through your phone squad captain at least one week prior to the desired activity. The Tikvah staff will contact you to arrange rides if appropriate. Those who are eligible should utilize the Septa paratransit system. Rides may also be provided through Tikvah’s Uber for Business membership. Tikvah will subsidize one ride per member per month.  Additional rides can be arranged if the member or a sponsor is able to pay for those rides. A ride sponsor may be a family member or an agency from whom the member receives other services.  

Happy Birthday!

!יום הולדת שמח

Eileen J.

Eric K.

Ellen G.

Rachel A.

David K.

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Important Dates

Sept 30 to Oct 6


October 7

Simchat Torah

October 9

Columbus Day

October 31



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.

Contact Tikvah Program Manager Barbara Ponczek barbara@tikvahajmi.org

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

Community Partner Events

Sunday, October 1 | 2–4PM

Virtual Program via Zoom

NAMI MainLine Virtual Program "What Types of Mental Health Care are Available in Southeastern PA"

Registration for Tikvah members required by Thursday, September 21st. Zoom link will be provided in advance of the session to those who register. Panel will consist of: 

Amanda Falivene-Rocco - Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment Options for Adults 

Kathleen Goughler - Services for Adolescents and Teens

Karen Irwin - Supportive Residences

Wednesday, October 18 | 5–8PM

Kaiserman JCC

45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood, PA

Women's Health Wednesday

Hosted by Kaiserman JCC

Blood Pressure Screenings and Women's Health Workshop by MainLine Health Nurse Laura. Free admission, $5 donation requested to Susan G Komen Foundation

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

Temple University Hospital - Anna T. Jeanes Community Grant

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Rotary Club of NE

Philadelphia, Cheltenham, Rockledge

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Fegelson Young Feinberg

Jewish War Veterans

Freedman & Grinshpun, PC


Ross Shuster

Robert Singer

In Memory of Lee (Moshe) Rothman

Michael Solomon

Grants: Warren Howard Klein Fund



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 

     Rhonda Cohen, Outreach Director rhonda@tikvahajmi.org 

     Barbara Ponczek, Program Manager 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, Jerry Priluker, Rosenthal,

Shari Simons, and Brandy Wasilewski

Program Facilitators: Maura Brody and Evan Jaffe 

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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