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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.

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:
Jewish Wisdom

February 2024

Which Jewish texts, prayers or practices sustain you through the challenges of life? One verse that speaks to me at this time comes from Micah, one of the Nevi’im (Prophets), who lived in a time of great upheaval and sorrow. The words that I’m about to share are some of the most oft-quoted in prophetic literature. The verse was considered by some as summing up the essence of all the Mitzvot. 

The Hebrew text can translate as follows:

God has told you, mortal, what is good, and what the Lord demands of you; only to do justice, to love loving-kindness, and to walk modestly with your God.

הִגִּ֥יד לְךָ֛ אָדָ֖ם מַה־טּ֑וֹב וּמָֽה־יְהֹוָ֞ה דּוֹרֵ֣שׁ מִמְּךָ֗ כִּ֣י אִם־עֲשׂ֤וֹת מִשְׁפָּט֙ וְאַ֣הֲבַת חֶ֔סֶד וְהַצְנֵ֥עַ לֶ֖כֶת עִם־אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ

When I read this text, it helps me set...

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: 3/8, 4/12, 5/10

Rabbi Nathan's Blog: "Winter Trees"

February 2024

Friends, as we find ourselves wintering down, I am reminded of William Carlos Williams poem, Winter Trees.

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

May we, in this moment between Tu B’shvat and Purim, allow ourselves the wisdom of rest and renewal, remembering that the buds of our creativity are ready to emerge. And may we also appreciate the beauty of the starker landscapes around us, remembering that these too, are blessings.

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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