P'nai Or Philadelphia Renewing Judaism as it Renews Us....


Davven with us!

Celebrate life changes with us!

Celebrate High Holy Days with us!

Learn with us!

Join in Tikkun Olam with us!

Study and Renew with us!

Enjoy the Seasons with us!

Welcome to


Jewish Renewal


Special Events!

Befriending Our Elder Years

Sunday, Feb. 25, 1:00 – 5:30 pm

“Anybody can grow old, but it takes work to become an elder.”
-Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

What does it take to become an “elder” – a respected, integral member
of our community, sharing our life experiences and considering our

Join elder activist Lynne Iser to explore a path to elderhood as we create a renewed sense of optimism in this half-day workshop.

Donation of $15-25 requested.

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Classy Discussions:
An Exploration of Upbringing, Economic Class, and our Jewish Lives

Sunday, March 4, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

How does our upbringing, our economic class, impact our connections to Jewish Community?

Facilitated by Kohenet Ellie Barbarash.

We know the neighborhoods we grew up in and what kind of people we come from. 

Class, resources, riches; food, shelter, clothes, style and safety; medical care; education, connections and networking, last names and synagogue contributions:  How are we placed in Jewish community?  Are we like everybody else?  How has our past shaped us? Have people in our community lived lives like ours?  Do people assume we grew up kind of just like them? Did we grow up differently?  Do we have to hide it? Do we pretend? Or do we never have to?  When does our difference, if any, show?  What makes it obvious?  Are these questions relevant to you?  Have your experiences changed over the years?

Come join an exploration of upbringing, different economic class experiences, and how that impacts our experiences in Jewish community.  

Our format includes small group exercises, whole group discussions, journals and sharing. 

Open to all members of the community.  Folks who identify (or think they might identify) as working class, raised poor, or lower middle class are especially encouraged to attend.  

Bring your reading glasses, and a notebook and pen if you want to reflect. 

Your RSVP will help.

Green Jobs & Justice

Feb. 4
1 – 3 pm


A POWER presentation jointly sponsored by P’nai Or and Summit, meeting in the parlor.  Come learn about connections between climate, renewable energy, and jobs as we seek to build a more just and sustainable economy.

We’ll also celebrate Tu B’Shevat!  Bring snacks to share -any fruits or nuts that grow on trees!

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Join Us For…

Chanukah Party and Shuk



Sunday, Dec. 17, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Channukah! The P’nai Or-chestra will play. We’ll light candles – bring your menorahs/chanukiyot and candles galore! We’ll sing all our rave-fave Chanukah songs…

Our Chanukah celebration will be a wonderful event, made even more wonderful by a return of our Chanukah Shuk.

We will be featuring handcrafted items, so jewelers, potters, knitters, fine artists… get ready!

Our authors will have books, musicians their CD’s…

  • 5pm shuk and music
  • followed by candle-lighting and songs!
  • Then dinner and more music

Everyone can bring our veggie potluck dinner. Latkes are great, but everything is welcome!

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Celebrate Us!


Sat, Nov. 11


Celebrate Us! Each of us! All of us!
Torah Study 9:15
Davvenen 10:30
Lunch and Shabbos Shmooze.

We will honor each of us and all of us – new members, former members and almost members!

Start the day with Torah Study, then Davennen led by Rabbi Marcia Prager and Hazzan Jack Kessler. Stay for our “catered by us” potluck lunch and a  “getting to know each other Shabbos Shmooze.” 

Share your P’nai Or Stories and Renewal Journey – how we got here, what and who brought us here, why we came, what P’nai Or has meant to us… and more.

Ongoing Programs

Shabbat Morning

Torah Study, Services & Potluck

A weekly time for rejuvenation, study & prayer with new and old friends • Torah study  9:15  am • Shabbat davvenen  10:30 am • Potluck (veggie/dairy) 1:00 pm  • ‘Shabbas Shmooze’ 2:00 pm      read more…


Fun with Rhythm 2:00 pm

Experience the joy of an improvisional percussion ensemble (us!) playing and listening together.

Upcoming Dates (1st Saturday of Month)

November 4, 2017
December 2, 2017
January 6, 2018
February 3, 2018
March 3, 2018
April 7, 2018
May 5, 2018

Drum and Chant Circle 5:00 pm

Blend voice and percussion to engage in deepening the journey of Jewish prayer, song and chant

Upcoming Dates (last Saturday of Month)

November 25, 2017
December 23, 2017
January 27, 2018
February 24, 2018
March 31, 2018
April 28, 2018
May 26, 2018

Tikkun Olam Meeting 2:00 pm

In pursuit of social justice, we meet the third Saturday of the month after lunch to focus on ways to make the world a better place for everyone.

Upcoming Dates (3rd Saturday of Month)

November 18, 2017
December 16, 2017
January 20, 2018
February 17, 2018
March 17, 2018
April 21, 2018
May 19, 2018

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Kabbalat Shabbat Friday Night

Periodically throughout the year, join us for a joyful & soulful musical Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by veggie/dairy potluck dinner

6:15 pm • Gather & Schmooze 6:30 pm • Chant & Meditation Service

Upcoming Dates to be announced

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  • P’nai Or Philadelphia’s davvenen/prayer style is upbeat, celebratory and participatory, blending Hebrew and English song and chant with opportunities for reflection and sharing.
  • We are a welcoming and diverse Jewish Renewal Community, a member of Keshet, working for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life.
  • P’nai Or Philadelphia is a member of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, a world-wide organization which advances vital Judaism as an ethical and spiritual path.
  • We meet in the Community wing of Summit Presbyterian Church, Greene St. at Westview St.,  Philadelphia, PA 19119.  Find us.

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