10 Ways to Honor Jewish American Heritage Month in Philly

-Courtesy of Broad Street Communications

With just under two weeks left in Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), NMAJH offers this guide to 10 Philly activities where locals can honor and celebrate Jewish American history and people.

  1. Take the National Museum of American Jewish History’s Religious Freedom walking tour through Old City, which includes stops at NMAJH’s Statue of Religious Liberty, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Quaker Meeting House.
  2. Visit Jewish artist Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens.
  3. Order sweet treats from Second Daughter Baking Company, a new operation started by Black-Jewish sisters.
  4. Explore the Mikveh Israel Cemetery in Society Hill, established in 1740, where notable Jewish Philadelphians are buried.
  5. Get lunch from Huda, a new sandwich shop by Yehuda Sichel, a Jewish chef who went to culinary school in Israel and recently won on Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay” in a head-to-head with the celebrity chef.
  6. Honor and remember the victims of the Holocaust at the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
  7. View works of art created by Jewish artists at Old City Jewish Arts Center.
  8. Walk around the University of Pennsylvania’s Richards Medical Research Laboratories, designed by Jewish architect, Louis I. Kahn. The internationally renowned architect lived in Center City. At home, watch “My Architect,” a film about Kahn by his son Nathaniel Kahn.
  9. Find works created by Jewish artists — Albert Rosenthal, Harvey Dinnerstein, Florine Stettheimer, and Helen Frankenthaler — in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts collection.
  10. Admire Elkins Park’s Beth Sholom, the only synagogue designed by iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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