| Breakfast: ||Breakfast at hotel restaurant|
| Morning: ||This morning we will leave for Elkins Park (30 minutes outside of the city) to explore with an educator the outstanding architectural and spiritual landmark of Beth Sholom Synagogue. This morning we will leave for Elkins Park (30 minutes outside of the city) to explore with an educator the outstanding architectural and spiritual landmark of Beth Sholom Synagogue. Designed by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it was the only synagogue he ever designed.|
| Lunch: ||A real treat is the Reading Terminal Market for lunch- great deli sandwiches! Today, the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmers market in the U.S., blends together state-of-the-art systems technology without sacrificing its historical integrity. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.|
| Afternoon: ||Congregation Rodeph Shalom, located in Philadelphia, was founded in 1795, and is the first Ashkenazic synagogue established in the Western Hemisphere. In the last decade of the eighteenth century, a small group of Orthodox Jews from Germany, Holland, and Poland formed a minyan to worship in a manner consistent with their shared religious background. Inspired by the great synagogue of Florence, Italy, Rodeph Shalom is one of the only synagogues in this country that retains the Byzantine-Moorish style. It was designed by the firm of Simon and Simon in 1928.
The sanctuary seats 1,640 people below star burst skylights. Its stained glass windows are one of the few remaining collections from the renowned D'Ascenzo Studio. The majestic bronze-and-enamel doors of the Torah ark grace the bima. The D'Ascenzo Studio also designed the sanctuary's walls, ceiling, and dome, along with the carpet and ornamentation.
The Broad Street Foyer houses the Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer Collection of Jewish ritual art. More than 500 ceremonial objects from around the world dating back to the 1700s are on display.
| Dinner: ||At a local restaurant|
| Evening: ||Enjoy an evening lecture on the contributions of Jewish artists to the New York art world at the turn of the century. This lecture is given by John Giannotti a renowned sculpture who brings to life those not so well known Jewish artists but whose contributions were outstanding