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!”


Welcome the New Month of MarCheshvan – A Return to Normalcy.


Candle Lighting Times and Readings

What's New?

The MBIEE community extends its sympathy to Rabbi Charles Sherman and his family on the tragic loss of their son and brother, Eyal.  May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem.

New Worship Times

  • Kabbalat Shabbat - Every Friday night, now at 5:45 pm - early enough to get home for Shabbos dinner.
  • Mincha, Maariv, Havdalah - Every Saturday evening, beginning at 6:00 pm

Sisterhood Opening Brunch and Paid-Up Membership

Sunday, October 29 - 10:15 am

Hear about the timely work of HIAS
from Cathryn Miller-Wilson
Executive Director of HIAS PA

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Men's Club Shabbat - November 17-18, 2017

Friday evening, November 17
Participate in service - 6:00pm

Soup/Salad/Appetizer/Dessert - 6:45 pm
$20. per person

Please bring liquor contributions to restock the Shul

Saturday morning, November 18
Participate in service - 9:15 am

Men's Club-sponsored Mediterranean Kiddush Luncheon - no charge

Reservations for both days and payment due by November 13.  For questions, call Andy Black: 215-499-7144.

All Men's Club members are invited to participate in services.  Hebrew and English parts are available. 
To volunteer, contact Len Cohen through the office (215-635-1505)

MBIEE Sisterhood Presents:

Vodkas & Latkes

Get in the mood for Hanukkah with your MBIEE Family and Friends
Latkes, Vodkas, Music, Hors D’oeuvres, Desserts and Fun
Enjoy ours or bring your own spiritsDecember 9, 2017 – 7:00-10:00pm (preceded by Havdalah)
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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.

Read the article

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.

Here's the link to the whole article: In the Beginning.  And don't miss a single issue of The Upright Suburbanite.

Basketball Pros Talk Shop at Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El

From the Jewish Exponent, September 27, 2017: A panel of pro basketball experts discussed the Philadelphia 76ers and other NBA issues with the Men’s Club of Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El in Elkins Park on Sept. 14. Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer was joined by team radio play-by-play man Tom McGinnis, along with Spike Eskin, program director at 94-WIP.
The program was sponsored by the MBIEE Men's Club and arranged by Andy Black, its President.