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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 most of 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 Sukkot Box

Virtual Sukkot Box

This Virtual Sukkot Box from the Reconstructionist Movement holds wonderful resources to help you celebrate.

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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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Welcome Beth Israel's new Education Director,
Molly Paul!

Beth Israel is thrilled to welcome our new Education Director, Molly Paul. Molly is a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and is excited to begin inspiring our students to learn about Judaism.

 

Hebrew School News: Classes Now Enrolling

We are now enrolling for our 2021-22 Hebrew School year. Our program includes both academic and activity-based learning, to inspire students at all levels of their Jewish knowledge. We include parents in their children's Jewish journey, and we can't wait to share the new year with you.

Rabbi Linda's Blog: "Turn My Weeping Into Dancing"

July/August 2021

Shall we hold a memorial service to mourn those lost to COVID? That question has circulated in a variety of interfaith discussion groups. Most agree that it is important to mark the losses of the pandemic, including lives lost as well as the variety of physical and emotional hardships that many experienced.

But how and when?

Judaism understands that we need time to mourn. We mourn our personal losses throughout the year at Yarzheits and at Yizkor. We also have an annual day of mourning that is coming up this month ‐ Tisha B'Av. Tisha B'Av, marking the destruction of the 1st and 2nd Temples, invites us to chant Lamentations, to grieve deeply and in so doing, pave the way for healing, for teshuvah and ultimately for joy. Tisha B'Av begins the arc of the High Holiday season, inviting us to embrace the pain of loss before we enter the spiritual work of the Days of Awe, ending in a joyful dance on Simhat Torah.

Rabbi Nathan's Blog:
"The Torah of Transitions"

July/August 2021

I recently listened to a fascinating radio program that focused on a person who was able to listen to and follow four symphonies playing at the same time! This carries multi‐tasking to a new extreme!

This idea of holding and following multiple pushes and pulls at the same time also reflects a bit of our current reality. On the one hand we are still in the midst of a pandemic in our country and are still contending with systematic racism and a fractured political system. On the other hand, Pennsylvania, along with other states is in the process of lifting its mask mandate, signaling a significant shift in our state towards a more minimized pandemic reality. We are more hopeful than we have been in a while, and we find ourselves in a liminal moment of transformation.

Hebrew School News

START A LIFETIME OF JEWISH LEARNING AT OUR HEBREW SCHOOL!

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

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Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782