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!”

Taste of Melrose – June 30

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:  8:15 pm

MBIEE New Members

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

A Taste of Melrose

For three Shabbat mornings this summer we will extend a special welcome to people in the community who are not yet members of MBIEE but may be interested in getting more information about our Shul.  The first Taste of Melrose will be Shabbat morning, June 30, 9:15am.  Services will be followed by a free luncheon.  Because of the temporary loss of air conditioning in the MBIEE chapel, services and lunch will be moved to the KI chapel and lobby.  Tours of the MBIEE facility will be available.  Reservations are not necessary, but if you are a non-member and you are planning to attend, we would appreciate your informing the MBIEE  office: 215-635-1505 or

A Taste of Melrose - Complete Information

The Shofar

The summer issue of The Shofar will be distributed in July.  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 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El's
Anniversary Celebration

A Broadway Cabaret and more









MBIEE Privacy Statement

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: