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Tikvah Means Hope

Tikvah Talk

September | 2023

Events This Month

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

Thursday, September 7 | 11:30am–1:30pm

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia

September Birthday Celebration Hosted by KleinLife

We are celebrating September birthdays with a festive lunch, cupcakes, and entertainment by singer Marvin Diamond . Lunch menu: Cranberry Almond Chicken Spinach Salad, Couscous, Mandarin Oranges and a Cupcake.

Registration Closed. Call the office to be added to the waitlist.

Sunday, September 10 | 1–3pm

Styer Orchard Inc., 1121 Woodbourne Road, 97 Styers Ln, Langhorne, PA 19047

NE Kehillah Apples & Honey

Start the new year on a sweet note with friends, family and community for an afternoon at the orchards.  Listen to the shofar, relax to music with Michael Smolen and take a hayride to the apple orchards! Enjoy crafts with Tikvah's Crafters Collective. Free admission includes listed activities, apples and honey. Apple picking and other food purchases are pay as you go. Transportation available from KleinLife to the orchard.

Monday, September 11 | 12–1:15pm

Kaiserman JCC

Learn & Lite Bites

Hosted by Kaiserman JCC | GEMS at the J 

Lunch from House of Kosher

Speaker: Maureen Krauss, "Being Prepared During Health Emergencies"

Sponsor by MainLine Health

Wednesday, September 13 | 10:30AM-1:30PM

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia

Rosh Hashanah Celebration with KleinLife & NE Kehillah

Start 5784 with some sweetness with your friends and community. Enjoy a fun program with Rabbi Sandra Berliner, a delicious festive meal, and live music by Ken Ulansey and special guest, Phyllis Chapell. Free for Tikvah members. Reservations by Wednesday, September 6th required.

Hosted by KleinLife. Sponsored by Federation Housing, Jewish Family & Children's Service, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Corporation on Aging

Wednesday, September 13 | 5:30–6:30pm

Virtual Program via Zoom

Living in the Moment Meditation

Meditation and Mindfulness practice with Rabbi Ephraim Levin

Tuesday, September 26 | 5:30–7:30pm

Jumbo Buffet, 725 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053

Tikvah Northeast Dinner

All you can eat for $20. Tikvah pays for beverages, gratuity and tax.

Wednesday, October 4 | 5-7PM

Dinner in the Sukkah

Kosher buffet and holiday celebration facilitated by Rabbi Ephraim Levin.

Register by September 28th.

Register for Programs

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

Register for Programs

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.  

Tribe Tikvah Update Events for members in their 20s 30s and 40s

Calling all animal lovers to join Tribe Tikvah for a day of joy, relaxation, and mindfulness at Goat Yoga! During the farm visit, we will engage in yoga with the goats, as well as have a chance to cuddle and bottle feed! Bringing your own yoga mat is encouraged. Snacks and beverages will be provided for after the yoga session. This event is sure to leave a smile on your face!

Sign Up Here

If you know anyone who would be a good fit for Tikvah Connect or Tribe Tikvah, please email Carter Freedlander at carter@tikvahajmi.org. We would love to introduce them to our amazing community!

Happy Birthday!

!יום הולדת שמח

Beth G.

Esther H.

Barbara B.

Matt C.

Esther B.

Mindy S.

Michelle F.

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Important Dates

September 4

Labor Day

September 16 & 17

Rosh Hashanah

September 25

Yom Kippur

September 30

Sukkot (Day1)


Tikvah Annual Membership Picnic

Sunday, October 22⋅12:00 – 2:00pm

Alverthorpe Park

483 Forrest Ave, Elkins Park, PA 19027, USA

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, September 10 | 1–3pm

345 Bala Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, USA

JFCS In-Joy Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Join us to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with music, dancing, art and a fun time for all!  A light lunch will be served.  

Free for Tikvah Members, reservations required by September 5th. Transportation available from KleinLIfe.  

Wednesday, September 20 | 12–3pm

100 West Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19446

Wellness Wednesday hosted by NAMI Montco

Coffee House with musical performances by local artists. Free admission, hot beverages will be served.

Wednesday, September 27 | 11am–1:30pm

101 S Independence Mall E #2517, Philadelphia, PA 19106

GEMS Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Tikvah members are invited to join Gems at the J for this unique group visit to the Weitzman Jewish Museum, which will feature a docent-led tour, specifically focusing on the exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz: The Future Will Follow the Past. The artist used installation to convey a message of seeing the U.S. through the critical eyes of a concerned citizen. After the tour, we will enjoy a meal together at the Museum. Bring your own brown bag lunch!

Register by Wednesday, September 20th, $10 per person. Transportation available for Tikvah Members by request.

Volunteer Opportunity

Thursday, September 7 | 10AM-2PM

JRA Warehouse, 109 80 Putton Road, Philly

Emergency Box Packing

Pack Emergency Food Boxes and other critical items with the Jewish Relief Agency.

Tuesdays, 8 AM - 12:30 PM 

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philly

Pack Meals for Home Delivery

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


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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


Marissa Diorio

Janet Filante

Alycia Loev

Rochelle Rosenthal

In Memory of Lee (Moshe) Rothman

Ed Berkowitz, Rhonda Cohen, Abby Gilbert, Barbara Ponczek, Sheila Tepel


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, Ellen Gorberg, Halie Hershman, Ileen Jaffe, Joyce Oxfeld,

Jerry Priluker, and Rob Singer

Phone Squad: Chuck Allen, Matt Corchnoy, Jeff Gansheroff, Ellen Gorberg, Troy 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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