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:


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Adult Education

The Mishnah
Study with Rabbi Charles S. Sherman
Time: Third Monday of each month, beginning Monday, October 16, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is a text based course.  Hebrew language skill is not required.

 In the first through the sixth centuries of the common era, successive circles of rabbis in the Holy Land and Babylonia developed Rabbinic Judaism. Transforming the biblical Temple-oriented form of Judaism, they shaped a vision of Judaism centered around the piety of following and studying the Torah to achieve a sense of Divine in this world.  This piety entailed both an intellectual and emotional dimension that spoke to individuals and affected the developing synagogues and local communities of Jews.

The Mishnah does not offer clear cut decisions but invites the reader into the text to join in a chorus of voices and alternatives pursuing a discussion on the meaning of Torah and what the Divine demands of women and men in their everyday world.  This version of Judaism soon became “classical” and would remain formative until today.

We will study actual text with the purpose of absorbing as much Mishnah as time allows.  Reservations are requested to prepare enough source material.  Call the MBIEE office at 215.635.1505 or email   There is no fee.  The class is open to the larger community.

Jewish Literacy
Study with Rabbi Charles S. Sherman
Time: Every Thursday, October 26-December 28, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The course will explore all things you might want to know about the Jewish religion, its people, its history.  Examples include: What does it mean to be a Jew?  We will be concerned with not just what we do, but a discovery of the whys and wherefores of the observance of Jewish activities.  We will have light refreshments, nourishment for the body as well as for the soul.  Reservations are requested to prepare adequate resource materials.  

Call the MBIEE office at 215.635.1505 or email   There is no fee.  The class is open to the larger community.

Chanting the Torah

Study with Arianna Burrows

Time: Individually arranged with Arianna

Graduates will have an opportunity to read a part of the Sedra on a Shabbat morning.

Contact Arianna through the MBIEE office at 215.635.1505 or email

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There will be four mini-courses this year – two in the fall and two in the spring – each to run for three weeks.  Each class will be a stand-alone session, so that participants can miss a class and still learn from the others.  

Fall – Number 1: G-d is infinite, We are Not
Teacher: Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein
           Three sessions: Tuesday nights – October 31, November 7, November 14  –  7:30 pm at MBIEE

Fall – Number 2: Jewish Tombstones – Ancient and Modern
Teacher: Dr. Michael Eisman
           Three sessions: Tuesday nights – November 21, November 28, December 5  –  7:30 pm at MBIEE



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