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: The Little Shul with a BIG Heart!

MLK Day of Service

Carol Weinbaum  and Janet Eisenberg of Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El's Inclusion Committee, collect warm woolen items, school supplies, crayons and coloring books for the patients of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.  This is an annual group mitzvah project. 


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The Mitzvah Food Pantry is gratefully accepting donations of kosher non-perishable food or food gift cards of any denomination to local grocery stores. Please drop off your food in the box in our synagogue lobby. For gift card donations, please place them in a sealed envelope labeled “Food Pantry” and leave them in the synagogue office. Email Carol Weinbaum or call the synagogue office for more information.


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President's Corner

President’s Remarks         

January 15, 2022

Shelley Schwartz, President


Shabbat Shalom,


Thank you to Rabbi Sherman, Cantor Freedman and Cantor Kessler for a truly uplifting service.  And thank you to our “surprise reader” Cantor Freedman  for chanting the Haftarah so perfectly and melodically. 

     Yes… we are in the throws of a Covid surge but our Synagogue calendar is jam-packed with a ton of on-line offering which will educate, uplift, and awe us all.  Higher and Higher Series is now available on Facebook 4 days a week.  Please check our E-Blast or your Shabbat Bulletin, on-line or Hard Copy for the daily offerings. 

This week, not only are we able to enjoy our in-house scholars but we have the distinct honor of partnering with The American Jewish Congress in a most informative discussion entitled “The State of Antisemitism” presented by our own, Marcia Bronstein AJC Regional Director accompanied by Hilary Levine, Associate Director.  The only way to get the link to this illuminating presentation is to pre-register by emailing Sandy Hankin at AJC requesting the Zoom link.  The precise directions for pre-registration are in your Bulletin and in the weekly E-Blast.  You won’t want to miss this special program.  For those who register, this Zoom program is scheduled for Thursday at 12:00 noon.

          Rabbi’s 6 Week Higher and Higher series has been interrupted by a special program this Monday as we celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shevat.  Rabbi will be bringing us the program “Springtime:  A Special Class Celebration of Tu B’Shevat”.  This will occur Monday at 1:00.

And Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein will be presenting on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Parashat of the week and topic titles are also listed in the Bulletin and E-Blast. 

          Monday not only marks Rabbi’s Tu B’Shevat presentation, but it also coincides with Martin Luthor King Day and the end of our Inclusion Committee’s Service Project dedicated to the hospitalized children of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.  Clothing and school supplies for all age groups are being collected and this will continue until end of the day this coming Monday.  Please get your donated items in asap so that you can be a part of helping that these needy families of St. Christopher’s so desperately require aid. 

          Last but not least, some community programming news:  Tomorrow, Congregation KI is presenting their 3rd annual MLK Day of Learning “A Knock At Midnight” and our Congregation has been invited to join them.  This on-line program will air at 1:00 on Zoom.  The registration links can be found in our weekly E-Blast and on the Kehillah website.

          Today’s Grab and Go Kiddush treat is Tu B’Shevat inspired and also coincides with our Covid precautions.  Treats may be picked up after services and enjoyed at home.  Kiddush will be made by Cantor Freedman from the Bimah.

          On that note, that’s all I got!   Shabbat Shalom.

Shelley Schwartz, President

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