Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El

The Little Shul with the Big Heart

8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 215-635-1505 | Email:

Welcome to Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El


Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El is the small, haimish, traditional, egalitarian congregation that extends warmth and welcomes a range of diverse ideas so that people of all ages will know they are valued, participate and feel spiritually uplifted. We are a United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism (USCJ) congregation

We invite you to join our warm and welcoming community, and get to know “the Little Shul with a BIG Heart!”

Our Embassy is in Jerusalem – Finally!

Today is Day 49 of the Omer – Shavuot Begins Tomorrow Night.

Candle Lighting Times and Readings

What's New

New Worship Times

  • Kabbalat Shabbat - Every Friday night, at 5:45 pm - early enough to get home for Shabbos dinner.
  • Mincha/Maariv/Havdalah - Every Saturday evening. The time changes with sunset times.
    Time this week:  7:55 pm

Shavuot Schedule

Shavuot begins Saturday night, May 19.  Complete schedule of services

MBIEE New Members
We welcomed 29 new members to our Shul this year.
We are growing!

Our Torah Table is Dedicated

Our Torah Table, custom-designed by a local carpenter, was installed and dedicated on Inclusion Shabbat - morning of February 24.  The Table will allow congregants who use a wheelchair or walker to read Torah or have the honor of an Aliyah without having to climb the steps to the bimah.  Cal HaKavod to the MBIEE Inclusion Committee and to the three generous donors who made possible this enhancement of our Shul.

More Information

The Shofar

The next issue (May - Shavuot) of The Shofar is in press, and should reach congregants by the second week in May.  All previous issues are available for reading or downloading on this web site:

Current and Past Issues of Shofar

Active Listening Devices Available

Active Listening Devices have been installed and are ready for use in our sanctuary.  You may reserve one by calling the office (215-635-1505) or contacting
Fran Sion ( or Sandy Pinsly (









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Ernie Gross Tells His Story at Duke University

     MBIEE congregant, Ernie Gross, was on the road this Yom Ha Shoah to tell his amazing story to a large audience at Duke University.  An interview with Ernie and one of the American soldiers who liberated him from Dachau was recorded by television station WRAL and can be viewed at Ernie Gross at Duke.  The interview included Don Greenbaum, an American GI whose unit freed Ernie and his fellow inmates just before they were scheduled to be murdered by the Nazis. 

For the past ten years, the Holocaust survivor and American liberator have traveled, sharing their story. They say there is a message they want people to take away from it: “You have to be nice to each other, everybody counts. We all come from the same source, so we have to try to get along and make a better world.”


MBIEE in the News and on the Web

Fran Sion Featured in Jewish Learning Ventures Video

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified national initiative during the month of February to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide. Jewish Learning Venture, a Jenkintown-based organization, has as its mission to “inspire and empower people to make Jewish life, learning, and community relevant and meaningful.”

A signature initiative of Jewish Learning Venture,  Whole Community Inclusion strives to ensure that every family raising Jewish children with disabilities are warmly welcomed and included in Jewish community.

In February, 2018 the group featured MBIEE’s Fran Sion in a video explaining the goals and accomplishments of MBIEE’s Inclusion Program. To watch the video, have a look under the Inclusion menu, or click the following link: