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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

We have some great events this season.  Come join us!
Check out recent events, too.

Shabbat Under the Stars
and Dedication of the Back Wood Lot
Pets are welcome (weather permitting)
Friday, June 26, 7:45 Dedication, 8:00 Shabbat service

Join us for a celebration of the completion of the back lot project and Shabbat services under the setting sun and rising stars, with pets (weather permitting), to share in the joy of Shabbat. Click here for more information.

High Holy Days Honey Sale
now - July 13

With just a few clicks, you can send an 8-ounce jar of kosher honey to friends and family in time for Rosh Hashanah 5776. Click here to send this sweet gift. Order by July 13, 2015, for free domestic shipping (except for APO/FPO and international orders). Order soon and often and certainly on or before July 13, 2015.

Tisha b'Av Service
July 26, 2015

Join us on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM as we mourn the destruction of two Temples, among other things, but are comforted with chanting from Eicha (Book of Lamentations) and a walk around the grounds to celebrate being together and the coming High Holidays.

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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