Topic Wiki

Warning! This wiki is not complete. Please read through the thread for more info.. Info Outdated. Check before you go!

Attractions
Franklin Institute
Please Touch Museum
National Constitution Center
US Mint
Adventure Aquarium (just across the river in Camden, NJ)
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA (about 45 minutes south-west of the city)
Eastern State Penitentiary
National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Smith Playground
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
One Liberty Observation Deck
Liberty Bell (plus a bunch of other historical sites nearby)
Independence Hall
Trolley tour bus

For discounts on admission, consider the Philadelphia Pass or the Philadelphia City Pass (if your visiting enough attractions), or buy the Entertainment book for the coupons. If you order it online, you should be able to print out all of the coupons you need immediately.

Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton located near City Center was originally a Bank and worth a visit.
Sheraton Society Hill is near the Liberty Bell area and the River. (probably the best place to stay for shabbos)
the Westin is by Rittenhouse Sq and City Center is North of City Hall area closer to Museum Row.
The Westin on 17th & Liberty. has some Old World charm to it
Sheraton City Center - was fine. clean, neat, pool and fitness but nothing special
Le Meridian across from city hall
Hyatt at the Bellevue on Walnut and Broad st.
Hyatt Penn's Landing
Homewood Suites City Avenue

Westin a plain hotel over the River in Mt Laurel , NJ
Aloft - Mt Laurel. (Aloft is  not your typical hotel. Very young crowd. Relaxed staff. Place is nice and new).

Restaurants

Center City:
Burger.org - 1901 Chesnut Street CLOSED
Mama's Vegetarian CLOSED
Center City Soft Pretzel Co. - unusual hours

University City:
Kosher Dining at the University of Pennsylvania - check hours/dates, only open during academic year

Lower Merion (20-25 min from center city, but up to 45 in traffic):
Shalom Pizzeria
Citron and Rose - more upscale. Make reservations in advance. Closed but recently reopened (as of May 17, 2017)
The Dairy - very nice dairy restaurant. CLOSED

Star of David Kosher grill- 942 Montgomery Ave, Narberth, PA 19072. Cheaper option for meat, Chinese, sushi
Nana's kitchen in the JCC-Address: 45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096 Phone:(703) 586-3103- Call before, but usually open in the daytime with seating. Don't have to be a member to attend. Excellent dairy food options and very reasonably priced.

Northeast (35 min from downtown):
Holy Land Grill-permanently closed
Espresso Cafe

Cherry Grill in Cherry Hill, NJ is just across the Delaware River (via Ben Franklin Bridge.). Fairly classy ambience, better than decent food. 3/5 stars. Hechsher by the O-K and the Cherry K Vaad Hakashruth.

This is a pretty good list of the generally accepted kosher restaurants in Philly.
This is the website for the generally accepted community hechsher: http://www.keystone-k.info/

Shuls
Orthodox Jewish Philadelphia Directory
www.phillyshul.com (actually 2 shuls which they alternate between). Run by a very nice chabad rabbi.
Sephardi shul (www.mikvehisrael.org)
Mekor Habracha

Lower Merion (15 min drive from downtown):
Lower Merion Synagogue
Young Israel of the Main Line
Philadelphia Community Kollel - next door to Citron and Rose

Northeast (35 min drive from downtown):
Congregation Ahavas Torah

Bensalem (10 min drive from Sesame Place)
http://www.bensalemoutreach.org/

Eruv Maps
http://www.philly-direct.com/frum/eruv.html


Author Topic: Philadelphia Master Thread  (Read 198388 times)

Offline nirc

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 937
  • Total likes: 27
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: USA
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #620 on: April 16, 2019, 04:27:16 PM »
Why is going to Crayola on chol hamoed better? Most things there are not appropriate for chol hamoed.

What specifically do you think is not appropriate at crayola? Food tours I understand.

Offline aygart

  • Dansdeals Lifetime 10K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 18992
  • Total likes: 15129
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14
    • View Profile
    • Lower Watt Energy Brokers
  • Programs: www.lowerwatt.com
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #621 on: April 16, 2019, 04:36:53 PM »
What specifically do you think is not appropriate at crayola? Food tours I understand.
making crayons, coloring
Feelings don't care about your facts

Online Pad18

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Apr 2014
  • Posts: 933
  • Total likes: 104
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 9
    • View Profile
  • Location: United States
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #622 on: April 17, 2019, 12:18:17 AM »
making crayons, coloring

Sorry for ignorance, but what's the issue with coloring and Chol Hamoed ?

Offline mgoldhammer18

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 738
  • Total likes: 16
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 3
    • View Profile
  • Location: West Hempstead, NY
  • Programs: American Airlines, Citi thank you, British Avios, Hilton, SPG, AMEX Platinum, Jetblue
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #623 on: April 17, 2019, 11:46:39 AM »
Sorry for ignorance, but what's the issue with coloring and Chol Hamoed ?

A lot of people have a minhag not to write on chol hamoed as it can be considered work

Offline skyguy918

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 4081
  • Total likes: 837
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: Queens, NY
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #624 on: April 17, 2019, 12:20:47 PM »
A lot of people have a minhag not to write on chol hamoed as it can be considered work
It's not a minhag - writing is a melacha and therefore assur on chol hamoed, except in certain circumstances. Having said that, there are definitely those that hold that a child drawing/coloring is muttar in the cateofiry of tzorech hamoed.

Offline aygart

  • Dansdeals Lifetime 10K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 18992
  • Total likes: 15129
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14
    • View Profile
    • Lower Watt Energy Brokers
  • Programs: www.lowerwatt.com
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #625 on: April 17, 2019, 12:30:25 PM »
It's not a minhag - writing is a melacha and therefore assur on chol hamoed, except in certain circumstances. Having said that, there are definitely those that hold that a child drawing/coloring is muttar in the cateofiry of tzorech hamoed.
Even if it is, would it be more appropriate to go there where the entire place is based on doing activities which are not really supposed to be done on CHM than to watch them make chometz Herr's products? Same would go for apple picking and the like.
Feelings don't care about your facts

Offline skyguy918

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 4081
  • Total likes: 837
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: Queens, NY
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #626 on: April 17, 2019, 01:39:06 PM »
Even if it is, would it be more appropriate to go there where the entire place is based on doing activities which are not really supposed to be done on CHM than to watch them make chometz Herr's products? Same would go for apple picking and the like.
That's highly subjective. If you want to tell me everyone holds the Herr's 'activity' is muttar (even if potentially not fully appropriate) while not everyone holds that the Crayola 'activities' are muttar, then I can maybe hear it. But if you hold l'dinah that both are muttar I don't really see how 'appropriateness' comes into the equation.

Not sure which way you're going on apple picking, but that has it's own separate host of issues to work through, as I'm sure you're aware.

Offline aygart

  • Dansdeals Lifetime 10K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 18992
  • Total likes: 15129
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14
    • View Profile
    • Lower Watt Energy Brokers
  • Programs: www.lowerwatt.com
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #627 on: April 17, 2019, 04:33:44 PM »
That's highly subjective.
As just about all questions of appropriateness are.

I see an issue with going ahead to a chol hamoed trip where the intent is to do something which is only allowed due to tzoirech moed. Don't go and it won't be tzoirech moed. Watching a goy make chometz is simply taste.
Feelings don't care about your facts

Offline skyguy918

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 4081
  • Total likes: 837
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: Queens, NY
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #628 on: April 18, 2019, 11:23:19 AM »


As just about all questions of appropriateness are.

I see an issue with going ahead to a chol hamoed trip where the intent is to do something which is only allowed due to tzoirech moed. Don't go and it won't be tzoirech moed. Watching a goy make chometz is simply taste.

Same could be said about the kid coloring/drawing at home. Those that hold it qualifies as tzorech hamoed clearly disagree with you.

Offline aygart

  • Dansdeals Lifetime 10K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 18992
  • Total likes: 15129
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14
    • View Profile
    • Lower Watt Energy Brokers
  • Programs: www.lowerwatt.com
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #629 on: April 21, 2019, 11:32:33 PM »

Same could be said about the kid coloring/drawing at home. Those that hold it qualifies as tzorech hamoed clearly disagree with you.
I do not feel he is a halacha problem but rather that it is not an appropriate choice. Why go to somewhere like that just to create a need?
Feelings don't care about your facts

Offline Moshe26

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2016
  • Posts: 738
  • Total likes: 24
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #630 on: June 18, 2019, 01:21:12 PM »
any shabbos friendly hotel near Mt Laurel in walking distance to a shul?  all hotels seem to be 45min+ walk.

Offline Luvtotravel

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Dec 2012
  • Posts: 3056
  • Total likes: 134
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 6
    • View Profile
  • Location: Ny
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #631 on: June 18, 2019, 02:52:42 PM »
any shabbos friendly hotel near Mt Laurel in walking distance to a shul?  all hotels seem to be 45min+ walk.
I didn't find in mt. Laurel but Philadelphia does
Don't wait for the perfect moment; take the moment and make it perfect.

Offline Coinguy

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Aug 2016
  • Posts: 163
  • Total likes: 28
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: Nyc
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #632 on: June 25, 2019, 09:18:58 PM »
Whatís the earliest minyan for shachris thatís close to the airport?

Offline mgoldhammer18

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 738
  • Total likes: 16
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 3
    • View Profile
  • Location: West Hempstead, NY
  • Programs: American Airlines, Citi thank you, British Avios, Hilton, SPG, AMEX Platinum, Jetblue
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #633 on: June 27, 2019, 01:05:54 PM »
Anybody eat by Palace Royale and have any recommendations?

Thanks

Offline ushdadude

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Apr 2013
  • Posts: 6444
  • Total likes: 1011
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
    • View Profile
  • Location: NY
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #634 on: July 02, 2019, 10:02:42 PM »
Star of David grill
more than citron and rose?

Offline brodes18

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2015
  • Posts: 500
  • Total likes: 34
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
    • View Profile
  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Programs: SPG Platinum, Marriott Platinum Elite, UA 1K, AA Platinum
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #635 on: July 03, 2019, 08:06:43 AM »
more than citron and rose?
Yep, personally prefer it over C&R

Offline ushdadude

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Apr 2013
  • Posts: 6444
  • Total likes: 1011
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
    • View Profile
  • Location: NY
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #636 on: July 03, 2019, 06:54:28 PM »
Any mincha/ mariv near city center? Chabad is not having

Offline txtmax4

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Dec 2009
  • Posts: 6958
  • Total likes: 12
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #637 on: July 12, 2019, 12:59:08 AM »
Anyone here that knows the area enough to tell me where I can rent an airbnb near Philly proper but kind of away from all the city noise?
I want to take the family to Philadelphia but I want to stay at a laid back, quiet, place with a big lawn and possibly a pool.
If You See Something, Say Something!!

Offline Luvisrael

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Apr 2016
  • Posts: 2895
  • Total likes: 366
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
  • Location: לבי במזרח
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #638 on: July 12, 2019, 04:11:49 PM »
Anyone here that knows the area enough to tell me where I can rent an airbnb near Philly proper but kind of away from all the city noise?
I want to take the family to Philadelphia but I want to stay at a laid back, quiet, place with a big lawn and possibly a pool.
Ben Salem? Cherry Hill

Offline skyguy918

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 4081
  • Total likes: 837
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: Queens, NY
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #639 on: July 12, 2019, 05:30:23 PM »
Anyone here that knows the area enough to tell me where I can rent an airbnb near Philly proper but kind of away from all the city noise?
I want to take the family to Philadelphia but I want to stay at a laid back, quiet, place with a big lawn and possibly a pool.
Bala Cynwyd/Lower Merion is your best best. Prob not cheap through. Just go on AirBnb, put in philly with your dates and how many beds you need, select pool in amenities, and select all of the house type options that are not apts or hotels. That should get you what you're looking for. You can tell pretty easil how far the various neighborhoods are from Philly proper, which has rivers on each side that make it clear (to the north is less clear).