The annual Northwest Jewish Festival.
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A stone colonial house with a sukkah.
Northwest Philadelphia is home to a vibrant Jewish community which is both religiously and culturally diverse. These pages introduce you to this wide spectrum and to our entire community. Philadelphias historic Northwest includes Mt. Airy at its center, as well as Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Roxborough, East Falls, and Manayunk The greatest concentration of Jewish households in the Northwest is in Mt. Airy. Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Jewish Renewal and Secular Jews live in Mt. Airy, and the area is known widely as a center of progressive Jewish life.
The area boasts a wide range of housing, from apartments to mansions. In the spring, the exuberance of blossoming dogwoods, cherry trees, azaleas and rhododendrons is truly breathtaking. Nearby Valley Green offers beautiful scenery, walking and bicycling paths, and solitude, moments from the hustle and bustle. Convenient transportation by bus, commuter rail or automobile -- a 25-minute ride -- takes you to the cultural center of the nations fifth largest city.
Mt. Airy, with a population of more than 40,000 people, has gained national distinction for its richly diverse population. A comfortable and welcoming place to live, it is home to people of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, occupations, family life-styles and age groups.
Community is a way of life here. While people throughout the country seem to be increasingly isolated from each other, in Mt. Airy neighbors exchange keys, share garden produce and help each other in times of need. Our 50-year old baby-sitting co-op and more than 25-year old Weavers Way Food Co-op are Mt. Airy institutions. A senior support group helps older residents remain a vibrant part of the community while supporting each other in case of need. Annual block parties and Town Watch organizations help to introduce newcomers and cement friendships.
Mt. Airy Day
Every May, thousands gather
to celebrate the neigborhood at Mt. Airy Day. Formal structures, such as the
Chestnut Hill Community Association,
East and West
Mt. Airy Neighbors, and the Northwest
Interfaith Movement publish local
newspapers, hold open forums, sponsor art festivals, concerts and historical
remembrances, and tend to traffic, zoning and quality of life issues. The
interests of the business community are addressed through the Mt.
Airy Business Association and the community development organization,
Mt. Airy, USA, both of which work cooperatively
with the community.
This web site is presented by the Northwest Neighborhood Division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia (JCRC)
and sponsored partly through a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
The site was designed by Michael Kleiner Public Relations Consulting and Web Design.
The graphic in the banner is a Tree of Life and was painted by Betsy Teutsch.
Photos in the site courtesy of Michael Kleiner, Betsy Teutsch, Jonna Naylor of Mt. Airy Learning Tree, Eve Gottesman,
Rachel Gross, Germantown Jewish Centre, National Havurah Committee, JCRC, Cliveden of the National Trust, Valley Green Inn,
Trolley Car Diner (Lien-Nibauer Photography), Bill Dikeman of Mt. Airy Business Association, and Melvin Chappell (Morris Arboretum).
Clip art from Bitsela Artz.
© Copyright JCRC-NW Philadelphia 2000
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