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

Friday is 21 Days of the Omer

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: 7:30 pm

The Lewis Lisman Distinguished Speaker Series Program

Saturday, May 5 - at MBIEE
Dr. Paul Finkelman
President, Gratz College
"Is the Supreme Court a Friend of the Jews?"
Complete information and registration

Welcome Rabbi Alpert
A warm welcome to Rabbi Robert L. Alpert, our new Baal Koreh (Torah Reader).  His debut was Shabbat morning, February 24.

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.

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The Shofar

The new issue (March/April) of The Shofar is out.  If you didn't receive a copy in the mail, you can pick one up on the table in our lobby, or you can access a PDF 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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A Bisel Yiddish

  • Di oi’eren heren nit vos dos moil redt
    The ears don’t hear what the mouth utters
  • Vos lenger a blinder lebt, alts mer zet er
    The longer a blind man lives, the more he sees
  • Der shpigel nart kainem nisht op, nor dem miessen.
    The mirror fools none but the ugly.
  • A klap fargait, a vort bashtait
    A blow is forgotten; a spoken word lingers on
  • A hunt iz a mol getrei’er fun a kind
    A dog is sometimes more faithful than a child
  • A nar ken fregen mer frages in a sho vi a kluger ken entferen in a yor
    A fool can ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in a year
  • A khave iz nit dafke der vos visht dir op di trern nor der vos brengt dikh bekhlal nit tsi trern
    A friend is not someone who wipes your tears; he’s someone who doesn’t make you cry
  • Odem yesode meofe vesofe leofe,” beyno—lveyno iz gut a trink bronfn
    “A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end”—and in the meantime it is good to drink vodka

Look for a new collection of  Yiddish proverbs every few weeks.  They are reprinted at the courtesy of Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue. Send comments/criticisms/suggestions to

If these gems whet your taste for Yiddish, why not try the Yiddish Cultural Club of MBIEE? It meets the 2d Wednesday of each month at 12:20pm at MBIEE. Contact Len Cohen through the MBIEE office.
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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: