A Call to Conscience on Tisha b'Av

We are proud to announce that our Board voted to co-sponsor a Tisha b’Av service and protest that will be held outside of the Philadelphia ICE field office at 2nd and Chestnut. The service will be on Tisha b’Av morning, July 22nd from 11:00-1:00, and will include prayers, songs, brief speeches, and the chanting of Eichah. The purpose is to raise a Jewish communal voice around the message of ahavat ha-ger, (love the stranger), of our own people’s experience of marginalization and demonization, and a refusal to remain silent in the face of injustice. May our observances bring us nearer to personal teshuva and to societal justice and healing.

Intro to Biblical Hebrew

The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner's Path to Biblical HebrewA Wonderful Opportunity this Fall!  Beginning just after the High Holidays, Mekom Torah is offering a new course in Beginning Biblical Hebrew, taught by the talented and kind Laura Lee Blechner. This course is for people who can read the letters but have little or no background in understanding what they read.

High Holy Days at Congregation Beth Israel - 2018

Beginning on Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 11), the blasts of the shofar will herald the new year and call us to the task of looking inward as we prepare to do teshuvah – to repent, to return, to make positive change.  Our services during these Days of Awe (Yamim Nora’im) gather the entire community together to engage with this important spiritual work.

To promote that engagement, we encourage you to review in advance the information below:

Spiritual Nourishment In Times of Transition

Ten years ago I created a support group for members who were in transition.   At that time most of the vicissitudes were professional but some members were dealing with health crises, relationship or family changes and various types of loss.   We met for many years until there seemed to be no need.  Recently I have wondered if there may be renewed interest in a similar group.   If you are going through any kind of significant change in your life and would like some support please join us.  We'll engage in personal sharing, mutual respect, helpful learning and prayer and meditation.  Please let me know if you are interested as it will help me plan.  The first meeting of this monthly group will be held on Thursday May 10th from 4-5pm in my office at BI.  Here’s to finding strength through community as we move through life!   L'Chaim!

Rabbi Linda