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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!

Quick info for what's happening now

Astronomy To Go
Rescheduled to Saturday, February 6, 5:30 pm

Bob Summerfield returns with his pop-up plenetarium and teaches us about the stars.  There will be two 45 minute shows at 6pm (recommended for younger children and their parents) and 7pm. The program is in the dark and is recommended for children ages 4 and up.  Pot luck supper at 5:30.  Bring games to play and we will also have an arts and crafts project.  We'll finish the evening with Havdalah together.  

Space is limited!  $5 /person, $20/family.  Bring your friends.  RSVP by clicking here.  Contact Susan for more information by clicking here.


Congregation Beth Israel of Media presents the Ken Ulansey Ensemble:
"From Beersheba to Broadway"

Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 pm

Join us for this Celebration of Jewish Spirit in American and World Music

This is a free concert.  Snacks and Drinks provided.  Free childcare if registered by March 4.  This concert is presented in partnership with, and funded by, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Click here to register for the Ken Ulansey Ensemble's concert!

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Shabbat Shirah: Shabbat of Song
(Will be rescheduled due to snow)
Friday, January 22 8:00 pm

A music-filled Shabbat service celebrating the cross of the Red Sea. Tefillot led by Rabbi Linda with the BIMAS and the Shalom Singers. Tu B'Shevat fruits and blessings will also be offered before and after the service.


Shalach Manot (Purim Bag) Order Form Here
Deadline is March 1, 2016


 Read about our Green Faith Certification

Strangers Becoming Neighbors: FUSE come to Beth Israel February 4th at 6:30

If you have not yet had the opportunity to attend a FUSE gathering - Fellowship for Urban Suburban Engagement - you will not want to miss February 4th at Beth Israel.  Join fellow congregants and at least sixty of our neighbors from across Delaware County/Chester/ Marcus Hook for a casual dinner and compelling discussion on how to address issues that plague our communities.

The theme for February 4th is centered on the concept of time banking.  Time Banking is a community based endeavor that was founded on five core values:  (1) Everyone has something to offer;  (2) We strengthen ourselves and our communities through helping one another;  (3)  We need each other;  (4) Every Human Being Matters;  (5) Work needs to be recognized and rewarded.   Transition Town Media already has a time bank so we are turning to them to learn more about this possibility.    We don’t know if this is a direction that FUSE will take but one thing is clear.  The values behind time banking are in synch with the values of FUSE.

This is an inter-generational event with children as young as 11 participating in the conversation.  Please come by on February 4th.  And let me know if you’d like to help out in any way that evening.

BI's connection with FUSE, for MLK Day and beyond

Rabbi Linda wrote this on January16th :

 

As our country gears up to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Beth Israel is preparing to commemorate with one another and with the wider Delco community in numerous ways - including opportunities for learning, prayer and community service.  Jewish texts teach that the world rests on these three things: Torah, Service and Acts of Loving Kindness  (Pirkei Avot 1:2).  Service has been defined broadly, including but not limited to prayer.  We serve God when we serve one another, giving of our hearts, time and resources to make the world a better place and to elevate our souls through right relation and just action.  Judaism calls on us to make every day a day of service, but at this time of year we join in the call to connect our service, prayer and learning to the work of this great man who sacrificed for our country. 

Where is the Winter? On Spring Temperatures Following the Winter Solstice

Our community was a proud participant in the recent conference:  “Protecting Creation: A Jewish Response to Climate Change”. I served on the planning committee, two of our leaders attended the day and our Board endorsed sponsorship of the event. It was a successful gathering, drawing people from various corners of the Jewish community and reaching others through coverage in the Inquirer and the Jewish Exponent.

By now most of us are acquainted with the themes raised by the conference:  the Jewish perspective on protecting the earth; the science behind the climate crisis and the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable populations.  We have made changes at the synagogue and in our homes to be mindful of the earth and of our natural resources.  Now what?
That is our challenge. How might we as individuals and as a community continue to respond to these dire needs - even as we work to address other pressing tikkun olam issues?

Our Greenfaith and Gas Conversion committees got us started on this path.  It is time to continue the conversation and to plan our next steps.    Please contact me or our Greenfaith chair, Jennifer Lenway,  if you’d like to become part of this effort.  As the great sage Hillel taught: “If not now, when?”

Beth Israel is proud to support these organizations

       

GreenFaith - Interfaith Partners for the Environment

Mazon | A Jewish Response to Hunger


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