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 unique, haimish, traditional egalitarian, small 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 invite you to join our warm and welcoming community, and get to know “the Little Shul with a BIG Heart!”

Be Happy, It’s Adar!

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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: 5:20 pm.

Welcome to Our MBIEE New Members

We welcomed 27 new members to our Shul this year.
We are growing!

Purim at MBIEE

Join the MBIEE family for our annual Purim celebration.
Wednesday, February 28, 6:45 pm
Maariv, Megillah Reading, Berson Purim Spiel
Followed by Pizza and Ice Cream Party
Entertainment by Bruce Fagan
Open to the Entire Community - No Cost

Celebrate Purim and Support MBIEE Sisterhood 

Send a virtual Shalach Manot basket to your friends, neighbors, and family.
En lieu of a traditional basket, the recipients will receive a festive card  and a piece of candy indicating a donation to the MBIEE Sisterhood in their honor.

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Our Torah Table is Coming

Our Torah Table, custom-designed by a local carpenter, will be installed early next year.  It will be 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.

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MBIEE in the News

Jewish Exponent Features the Life of Eyal Sherman

The October 5, 2017 issue of the Jewish Exponent featured a full page obituary of Eyal Sherman, son of Rabbi and Mrs. Charles Sherman, who died tragically at the age of 36 on September 24.

The article was written as a tribute to Eyal's life and emphasized his remarkable ability to overcome the quadriplegia that he lived with from the age of 4.  Among his many accomplishments were his graduation from Syracuse University with a degree in Fine Arts and his national reputation as a painter.  As shown in the photograph, Eyal painted by holding a fitted paintbrush in his mouth.

MBIEE Rabbi Charles Sherman is extensively quoted in the article, including this tribute to MBIEE: "I think of Psalm 23, the valley of the shadow, and you've got to walk through it, you need somebody to walk through that valley with you, and these people have made us feel ... I can hardly tell you."

Rabbi Sherman is the author of a book about Eyal, entitled, The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy After Heartbreak, which was awarded a Kirkus Star for books of exceptional merit.

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In the Beginning - A Homage to MBIEE and Our Rabbi

The Uptight Suburbanite is a local publication that most of us receive in our mail boxes.  The magazine describes itself as "A Sophisticated Little Monthly with Attitude."  It's always been worth a read, not just because of its extensive local advertisements, listings of community events, pithy restaurant reviews, and indispensable recipes, but because each issue features highly literate and witty essays on subjects ranging from current social issues to the latest musical program of the Warminster Symphony.  Many of the pieces are written by Allen Herman, a member of MBIEE.  Perusing the October issue will inform you of the surprising fact that Joan of Arc was not French (who knew?).  But more significant to our community is a beautifully-composed and moving essay about MBIEE and our spiritual leader, Rabbi Charles Sherman.  It was written shortly after the untimely death of Eyal Sherman, and expresses feelings elicited by that tragic event that we all must share.

Don't miss a single issue of The Uptight Suburbanite.