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Welcome to Congregation Beth Israel of Media - ברוכים הבאים

We are a Reconstructionist congregation in Media, Pennsylvania. We strive to inspire and educate our members, providing them with a warm and nurturing community. We engage in Jewish learning, share in tikkun olam (repairing the world), and enjoy memorable social events.

To ensure the health and safety of our congregation and guests during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have moved our activities online:

  • Shabbat and weekday services:  Join us for a brief morning service Mondays and Thursdays at 9 AM (about a half-hour), and for Shabbat evening and morning services. This is a time for reflection, spiritual practice, and community. Meeting links will be sent to Beth Israel members, or click here to request the link.
  • Daily Jewish learning: We are offering a variety of on-line learning opportunities during the pandemic which we are noting on our daily and weekly emails. For more information about learning opportunities, please contact our administrator Diane Longenecker here.
  • Informal events hosted by our members:  Our members are sharing their knowledge and their interests with our community.  Topics include knitting and other crafts, art, virtual tours, computers, cooking, and more!
  • Above all, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch (virtually) with your friends and loved ones.

Virtual Shabbat Box

Virtual Shabbat Box

Stay healthy - both physically and spiritually - with the Reconstructionist movement's Virtual Shabbat Box.

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Adult Education

Adult Education

We believe that Jewish learning is a lifelong journey. Join us for classes on Torah, Hebrew, finding your way in our ever-changing world, and much more!

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Join Us In Prayer

We offer a participatory, inclusive, and vibrant community exploring Jewish life with dedication, warmth and enthusiasm.

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Social Action

We believe in living our values. Join us in Social Action activities to Heal the World (Tikkun Olam). Scroll down or click here for Social Action news and events.

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A Strong Jewish Education

We encourage each student to deepen and expand their Jewish knowledge in ways that are meaningful to them.

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Rent Space at Beth Israel

Beth Israel now offers space for rent. We have spaces to accommodate groups large and small. Call us at 610-566-4645 or click on the button below.

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Hebrew School News: Mechina Class Now Enrolling

Children ages 3 to 5 (and their parents!) are welcome to join our Mechina class, without needing to be members of Beth Israel.  Our program offers your child meaningful experiences – learning through play and arts, songs and stories, in a warm and accepting environment with friends and community.


Movie Discussion with Julie Mayer: "Crip Camp"

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on disability.  The movie Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution is a documentary that begins at Camp Jened in 1971, a camp in the Catskills for adolescents with disabilities.  The film then focuses on some of the campers as they become activists for the disability rights movement.

Rabbi Linda's Blog: "Answering the Call to End Racism: How to Move Forward"

“Where are you?” is the first question in the Torah, posed from God to Adam, after the first couple eat from the Tree of Knowledge. The reader understands that God knows where they are physically. The question posed is deeper and existential.

Where are we right now? Among other things, we are living radically constricted lives in response to a deadly pandemic. We need comfort and strength and discipline for the long days ahead...

2020 Scholar in Residence Rabbi Jill Hammer on "Faces of the Divine Feminine"

Click here to learn more about this ongoing program and Rabbi Hammer's class.

Hebrew School News


Looking for a vibrant Hebrew School?  Check out what our school has to offer.

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Adult Education


Judaism is a religion and also a civilization encompassing history, literature, and culture. Join us to explore our shared past and our communal experience of worship, study and celebration.

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Social Action Committee

Honey for the High Holidays On Sale!

Give the gift of honey for the High Holidays! On sale now, free shipping until July 7th. Just $13 per bottle. Click here to order yours!

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