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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 register for Beth Israel's upcoming retreat at Pendle Hill (May 31-June 2), click here.

To sign up for our community seder, please click here. Then, please click here to indicate what you will be bringing for the potluck!

Virtual Shabbat Box

Virtual Shabbat Box

This Virtual Shabbat 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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Rabbi Linda's Blog: Pesach: Celebrating Redemption & Facing Antisemitism  

April 2024

The first seder of Passover falls on the evening of Monday April 22, under the light of the full moon and amidst the beauty of Spring. We recount our story of liberation with props from the seder plate and songs from the Haggadah, celebrating redemption, which along with creation and revelation form the three defining narratives of Judaism. Pesach holds the message that motivates our community to work toward freedom and justice while it lends comfort by reminding us of the promise of redemption. This Pesach, we sorely need that reminder.

The displays of antisemitism that we have been witnessing are both distressing and alarming...

Tot Shabbat is Going Strong

Since last fall we’ve met on the 2nd Friday of every month, coming together to sing, color, play, eat, tell stories and celebrate Shabbat together as a community.

Over the past 6 months we’ve had 30 families participate, with about 5‐7 families per month.

Many thanks to our volunteers and our rabbinic interns, who make it all possible:  Aya Baron, Lynn Cashell, Nora Chernov, Alicia DePaolo, Elaine Feldman, Alisa Herman‐Liu, Lydia Kendis, Randi Raskin Nash, Alan Ross, Kathy Trow. And of course Rabbi Nathan and Rabbi Linda. Special thanks to student rabbi Koach Baruch Frazier, who joined us for our February Tot Shabbat celebration.
If you’d like to attend or help out at a future Tot Shabbat please reach out to Jackie Gelman.

Upcoming dates: 4/12, 5/10

Rabbi Nathan's Blog: Rabbi Ellen Bernstein's Nirtza

April 2024

We end our Passover Seders this month at "Nirzah/The concluding step" with a wish of L'shana Haba'ah biyerushalayim (Next year in Jerusalem). In that spirit I share Rabbi Ellen's Bernstein's Nirtzah which connects to the root Shalem ‐ in Jersualem ‐ to Shalom, to peace:

We pray that Jerusalem ‐‐ the spiritual center for three great traditions ‐‐ experiences the peace that its name promises. We pray that all people everywhere stand in awe of the heavens and earth and know the peace that comes from living lives of wonder. In the year to come, let us dedicate ourselves to making our cities wholesome cities, cities of peace. (Promise of the Land Haggadah, p.65) 
 

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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We delivered our first 50 bags for A Better Start for Babies!

The first 50 bags of baby supplies for mothers and children were delivered to ChesPenn in February. We are targeting 200 bags or more this year, a new record!

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Mon, April 15 2024 7 Nisan 5784