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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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Welcome

High Holy Day Services Information

High Holy Day Highlights

High Holy Day Service Schedule

Child Care Code of Conduct and Registration
Can be completed online and e-mailed back

Click here for Yiskor book information

Sukkot Services - click for RSVP link or flyer (PDF)

High Holy Days Honey Sale

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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 soon and often.
 


Welcome Back BBQ
Friday, September 4, 2015

A chance to eat, schmooze, pray and dance together, and to celebrate a recent marriage. RSVP by Friday, August 28, 2015.  

Click here to register and RSVP.


Make Your Own Shofar!

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 10:00-11:00

Members of all ages can gather to make your own Shofar.  Pre-registration is required and the deadline for signing up is August 14.  $20 per shofar.

 

Read about our Green Faith Certification


Welcoming

This is a season of welcoming. We greet a new moon, a new month, a season of introspection and many visitors to our community who are hoping that Congregation Beth Israel of Media will be the right place for them. It is my pleasure to engage in meetings and conversations with people and families who are searching for the right community. People seem drawn to us for a variety of reasons - the warmth, the culture of learning, the commitment to tikkun olam, the possibilities for spiritual and cultural growth, the sweetness of the Hebrew School. I believe that one key ingredient to our success is the culture of participation that defines Beth Israel (BI).

Our High Holiday services are filled with opportunities for anyone who so desires a role: Hebrew prayers; English readings; Instrumental or vocal music; Original words; Torah Honors; Ushering. BI takes it further. Our Selihot program - the program to help us prepare for Rosh Hashanah - includes a component on Teshuvah Through Art with an accomplished artist from our community. Our Tashlich program - casting out our sins symbolically by throwing crumbs into running water - will include a kayaking component. We manage to combine the Hamish with the avant-garde

As we prepare to welcome the new year we invite all comers to jump into the magic that is Beth Israel. Repentance is serious business - too difficult to undertake alone. Join us for classes, programs or services. Undertake the sacred work of Heshbon HaNefesh - the accounting of the soul and evaluation of one's deeds and misdeeds of the past year - with a supportive, interesting group of people.

The Hebrew for "welcome" is Baruchim Habaim, which translates - Blessed Are Those Who Come. May you be blessed as you enter the traditions of this season and the doors of Beth Israel. Welcome to a sacred season, a new year and the glorious possibilities of community.

Superheroes with Super Powers

If you were a superhero with superpowers how might you use them to heal the world? That was the question I asked a Hebrew School student who was struggling to identify a tikkun olam (repair the world/social action) Bar Mitzvah project. It turned out to be fruitful, as he immediately identified the heartbreak of homelessness, stating he would use his superpowers to shelter those in need. We then brainstormed about something a little more down-to-earth -how he might use his limited mortal powers to help those who are homeless.

We live in a miraculous and beautiful world that is also filled with tragedy and heartbreak. As Jews we are commanded to notice and to give thanks – to bless – that which is good, but also commanded to heal that which is broken. The text Pirket Avot brings us the famous quotation attributed to Rabbi Tarfon: "It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either" (2:16).

As a Jewish community, we are committed to taking part in the sacred work of tikkun olam. If only we were superheroes who could magically fix all the evils of the world... Sadly, we are not. But together, we can work toward building a world that is more just, peaceful and loving. On Yom Kippur afternoon – with our bellies empty and our hearts full – we will engage in the conversation our young Hebrew school student inspired- if we were superheroes, how would we heal the world? To what cause will we put our best tikkun olam efforts?

Beth Israel is proud to support these organizations

       

GreenFaith - Interfaith Partners for the Environment

Mazon | A Jewish Response to Hunger


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