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May 30-31: Shavuot is coming to the Y, presented by Center City Kehillah

Shavuot is coming! From 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 307:00 am on Wednesday, May 31, Center City Kehillah will once again be gathering as a community to celebrate Shavuot all together with food, learning, and prayer. This year’s event will be at the Gershman Y at 401 S. Broad Street. We look forward to celebrating together! Read more on the FAQ page. Suggested donation for each adult participant is $18-$36. Students are welcome to contribute $10-18. If you are unable to donate any amount but would still like to participate, please get in touch with Center City Kehillah. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Services are offered, several class sessions, dinner, breakfast, and ice cream will be served, and a lot of fruitful conversations will take place in this unique overnight Jewish learning experience. RSVP HERE by May 30 but you CAN register at the door — just arrive before 8 PM (afterwards, they’ll ask that you return to their homepage to register after the event). 

Wednesday, June 7: Opening Reception for “Urban Light” in the Open Lens Gallery

The Gershman Y is delighted to welcome the newest installment in a partnership with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC). Stanley Muravchick’s collection of Philadelphia-centric photographs, entitled Urban Light, explores compelling visual dynamics found in our daily urban experiences. These colorful photos “capture the visual complexity of human activity naturally illuminated in the dense environment of a major urban setting,” writes Muravchick. His Urban Light collection includes images of: new construction in portions of Old Philadelphia; startlingly simple portraits of strangers in recognizable locations; a Market-Frankford train station; and a composition that features Meg Saligman’s “Common Threads” mural at Broad and Spring Garden streets. Read more about the exhibition HERE and then RSVP to the FREE Opening Reception HERE.

Thursday, June 15: A Day in Doylestown visiting the Pearl S. Buck House and the Michener Museum

We will begin our day at the Pearl S. Buck House (technically in Perkasie, PA), where we will view the exhibition Jewish Flight into China on our own and then be guided through Buck’s home, where she advocated for cross-cultural understanding. We will then travel to the Michener Museum where we will enjoy a group luncheon and a tour of: Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form exhibition; a look at Myths & Nature: Early Prints by Sam Maitin (who designed the Gershman’s “Y”!); and Light & Matter: The Photographic Object. RSVP by May 25th to secure a spot on this fabulous day trip by clicking HERE.

Through August 27: Lynne Clibanoff/Amze Emmons exhibition in the Gershman Gallery

AmzeLynne Clibanoff’s cigar-box sized, beautifully finished three-dimensional rooms, often suffused with mysterious light, are paired with Amze Emmons’ magically/minimally realist images inspired by architectural illustration, cartoon language, and instruction manuals. Both are Philadelphia-based artists represented by the Dolan/Maxwell Gallery who share an interest in the depiction of space and in presenting their subjects in exquisite detail. Read more about the show HERE and read the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Edith Newhall’s take on her visit to the exhibition HERE.