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!

Sukkot Services
Second Day Chol Hamoed
  Friday, September 24th
8:00 a.m. Minyan on ZOOM
4:00 p.m. Early Kabbalat Shabbat
  Cantor Stephen Freedman on Facebook
6:36 p.m. Candle Lighting
Shabbat Sukkot
  Saturday, September 25th
9:15 a.m. In person & virtual Morning Service
  Rabbi Charles Sherman & Cantor Stephen Freedman
  Haftorah Chanter: Cantor Arlene Unger
6:35 p.m. Mincha, Maariv, Havdala on ZOOM
Fourth Day Chol Hamoed
  Sunday, September 26th
9:00 a.m. Minyan on ZOOM
Hoshana Rabah & Shemini Atzeret Eve
  Monday, September 27th
7:30 a.m. Minyan Hoshana Raba
6:30 p.m. Shemini Atzeret Mincha, Maariv on ZOOM
6:31 p.m. Candle Lighting
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Eve
  Tuesday, September 28th
9:15 a.m. In person & virtual Morning Service with Yizkor
  Rabbi Charles Sherman & Cantor Stephen Freedman
  Haftorah Chanter: David Schachter
6:45 p.m. Mincha
7:00 p.m. Simchat Torah In person & virtual
7:32 p.m. Candle Lighting
Simchat Torah
  Wednesday, September 29th
9:15 a.m. In person & virtual Morning Service
  Rabbi Charles Sherman & Cantor Stephen Freedman
  Chattan Torah -  Jay Rigberg
  Kallat Bereishit - Susan Levey
6:30 p.m. Mincha, Maariv, Havdala on ZOOM

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President's Corner

President’s Remarks:                                                  September 18, 2021

          Shabbat Shalom.

G-d has his own way of reminding us of the sanctity of life.  Some of you might know, my mother and I were involved in a horrific car crash the Monday before Kol Nidre where we almost lost our lives.  My 92 yo mom and I were on Long Island, having just paid our respects to our dearly departed loved ones, driving afterwards to celebrate my mom’s 92nd birthday. However, we found ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time in the way of a criminal in a stolen car who was attempting to evade the police.   We were in the way of his flight and he fought G-d and my car, bashing into it…  again and again and again, to attempt to attain freedom from the law.  He could not escape the police nor the wrath of G-d and my mother and I were, unbeknownst to us at the time… were sealed… so far… in G-d’s plan for 5782 to be alive to tell this tale.  The criminal, on the other hand, was apprehended by the police not 25 feet in front of us.

          I share that with you today because we are about to enter the days of Sukkot.  For the many reasons G-d gave us this joyous season, he also gave it to us to reinforce the fragility and humility of life.  We move from the comfort of our homes, into the meagerness of an unstable structure, the Sukkah, to perform many of our daily requirements… some sleep in it, most eat in it… others celebrate in it… and many of us pray in it.

To this point, due to Covid, our MBIEE family will not be building our own this year; however… I am pleased to share with you that we have been graciously invited into the Sukkah of our neighbors, our friends from Keneseth Israel to share in their space, to worship and celebrate in their Sukkah.  Our holiday schedule will be sent to the Congregation shortly after Shabbat and I look forward to seeing you and rejoicing with you,  our MBIEE Family for Sukkot. 

          The final of the big 4, Simchat Torah begins at sundown September 28.  Services for Simchat Torah will include the festivities around the Chatan Torah and the Kallat Bereishit.  This year, I am so very pleased to share with you that we will honor Jay Rigberg, your Treasurer  and Susan Levey Executive Committee VP for Communication and Security.  While the pandemic may thwart many of our traditional celebratory events, I promise you that it will not diminish our spirit nor the joy of honoring these two most dedicated to our synagogue individuals. 

          Other events in the upcoming weeks include a fabulous program hosted by the men’s club entitled Men’s Health/ Urologic Issues with guest speaker Dr. Steven Hirschberg from Abington Hospital—(I think my husband helped in his training).  This program, which will be hosted at MBIEE, is slated for October 10th from 10:30-12:30.   Sisterhood has its regularly scheduled Monday night Mahjong game except for this coming Monday which of course is erev Sukkot.  And please, contact Helene Katz or Margo Kuno, sisterhood co-presidents for details on how to pick up your Women’s League For Conservative Judaism calendars which are available now… and Torah Fund Pins.  I am proudly a Guardian level sponsor and I encourage women of this congregation (or their significant others)  to give to this cause.  All proceeds to Women’s League benefit the Jewish Theological Seminary.

          Last but not least, let me remind you that our Fob system has been updated and renovated for our enhanced security such that our old Fobs are no longer functional.  New Fobs are available Monday – Friday from 9-3 except on holidays.  See our Office Manager Marley Beacham for a new Fob.  As a reminder, only 1 Fob / family until all families have gotten 1.  After that, 2nd ones can be issued on a first come first served basis.

          On that note, I wish you all a safe and good Shabbos.

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