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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, tikkun olam (repairing the world), and creating wonderful memories with terrific social events.  Come join us!

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Decoding the Concept of "Revelation"
in Modern Jewish Thought

Thursdays May 7, 14 & 21 7:15 - 9:30

Jewish tradition makes a variety of claims about the nature of the Revelation of Torah with coordinate implications for the degree to which Jewish law, commandments and beliefs are obligatory or optional.

At one end of the spectrum is the claim of orthodoxy that the Torah as we have it is verbatim transmission from God through Moses. At the other end is the contemporary historical perspective (embraced by Reconstructionism) that the Torah is a composite collection of texts of human origin. Across the spectrum are various attempts to root Torah in revelation while acknowledging the human hands that have shaped the Torah.

As we prepare for Shavuot, the holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah (which the Torah itself seems not to know about -- one curiosity among others that we will examine), we will look at contemporary approaches to the problem of revelation and how the Torah tradition might remain sacred even if secular.

Rabbi Richard Hirsh is the interim associate rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood for the 2014-2015 year

Congregational Meeting, Sunday, May 17

Shavuot Services, Saturday night, May 23 - click here

Read about our Green Faith Certification

From Summer To Autumn

Rabbi's Message, Rabbi Linda Potemken

From Summer to Autumn

The signposts of September are here: shorter days,shifting weather, turning leaves, heavier traffic, school in session. We welcome Autumn as we say our goodbyes to this strange Summer of 2014. So many blessings, so many tears. Our local Summer weather was the best ever and many of us found opportunities for rest and rejuvenation. But it has also been a difficult Summer . In addition to the personal joys and sorrows that make up a life we are still grappling with the painful and confusing events in Israel, the Middle East and other places in the world.

In our Jewish world the signs of September signal the approach of a profound season and a new year. In addition to the comfort and joy that we find in our Beth Israel community, this season demands that we challenge ourselves in the service of living a meaningful life. In the weeks leading up to the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim or High Holy Days) we are asked to prepare ourselves. This is a time to examine our relationships with others and with our world. It is the season where we explore our purpose in life and evaluate how we use the precious gift of time. We are invited to identify that which is broken in our lives and in need of healing.

Welcome To Pesach; Welcome To Spring; Liberating Ourselves; Liberating The Earth

Pesach celebrates the exodus from slavery in Egypt, the birth of our people and the redeeming power of God.  It also celebrates the arrival of the Spring, symbolized by the karpas (green vegetable) on the seder plate.   This year, our Spring festival will be joyously welcomed as we bid goodbye to a particularly oppressive Winter and open our hearts and our windows to the yearly miracles that we witness in the Spring.

The harshness of this Winter has been attributed to the environmental climate crisis that plagues our earth.  Organizations like COEJL(the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life) and Greenfaith have developed materials for Pesach to help us explore the ways in which materialism and our over consumption both enslave us individually and threaten the survival of other species and of our planet.  I'd like to share some of these ideas with you and invite you to take the opportunity at seder time to work with them.  Together, we can make this season of our liberation into a year round quest to liberate ourselves in ways that are salvific to us and to our world.

Beth Israel is proud to support these organizations


GreenFaith - Interfaith Partners for the Environment

Mazon | A Jewish Response to Hunger


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