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!”

Tisha B’Av – June 21

Candle Lighting Times and Readings

What's New

Shabbat 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:  8:05 pm

MBIEE New Members

We welcomed 29 new members to our Shul last year.
We are growing!

Tisha B'Av

July 21 8:10pm - Services with reading of Eicha (Lamentations)

The Shofar

The summer issue of The Shofar has been mailed to congregants.  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 (

Save the Date 

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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.”

A TishaB’Av Memory

I was working on the Lower East Side during the weeks preceding Tisha B’Av, the anniversary of the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, a day of fasting and mourning for all traditional Jews. I had never heard of Tisha B’Av before that summer.

On Tisha B’Av the bimah was shrouded with black curtains, and only a few candles lit the murky room. The congregants, sitting on the floor in the traditional position of mourning, chanted dirges from the Book of Lamentations … that Tisha B’Av I felt an unexpected sense of pride … watching the old men, my kinsmen, keeping our imperiled history alive.

I suppose I felt a certain envy too…. Just seven years, earlier, three men, Andy Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney, had been martyred because they were willing to die for freedom…. the murders at Kent State had occurred only two years before. … (We) had not created ceremonies to commemorate those tragedies, which shook a generation. Would my grandchildren know anything about them?

There is no liberation without the memory of liberation, or the memory of oppression. The old men in their murky downtown shuls were remembering. That precious feature of their religion - my religion - was entirely absent from the politics that had been my faith for nearly a decade.

An Orphan in History, page 164, by Paul Cowan,