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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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We have some great events this season. Come join us!
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High Holy Days Honey Sale


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.

Walk About Shabbat With Rabbi Linda
August 8, 2015

Outdoor/Walking Shabbat with Rabbi Linda.  Rabbi Linda will lead a walking Shabbat for the first hour.  Another leader will offer a outside sitting option for that hour.  We will join together for the Torah service outside at about 10:45 am. 

Empty Bowls Workshop
August 27, 2015

Beth Israel is partnering with the Community Arts Center in Wallingford and Empty Bowls to help feed hungry residents of the Delaware Valley. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Potters and craftspeople, educators, and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. The bowls are then sold at an Empty Bowls event. Guests at the event are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for their cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to local food banks.

BI members of all ages will meet on Thursday, August 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford.  No experience necessary!  Instructors from the Pottery Guild will guide us in creating our bowls, which we will donate to CAC’s October Empty Bowls event.  Cost is $18/person.  Click here to register.

Intergenerational Movie Night and Sing-Along
The Wizard of Oz
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Open to all Congregation Beth Israel Members and friends. Join your friends and community, in the costume of your favorite Oz character for an evening of entertainment and refreshments.

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

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

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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