• Our New Educator


    Our New Educator



    Dear friends,

    We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Kevin Bernstein will be joining Beth David’s professional team on June 1 as our next Director of Education. Our Educator Search Committee and so many of you who gave us feedback after meeting him were all impressed by his warmth, his passion for Jewish education, and his natural connection with teens and children. As the head of the Religious School, Rabbi Bernstein will work closely with Rabbi Kalisch and Cantor Levy to make sure Beth David continues to be a vibrant and nurturing learning community for children, teens, and parents.

    Rabbi Bernstein was ordained in 2007 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he most recently worked as the Assistant Director of Development. His rich experience as a Jewish professional includes serving as the Director of Education at Germantown Jewish Centre; a special needs Hebrew teacher, science teacher, and rabbi of the middle school at Perelman Jewish Day School; an educational consultant for organizations including Moving Traditions and the Jewish Community Center Association; a coordinator for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Mitzvah Corps program for teens; a cantorial soloist; and a moyel helping parents to welcome new babies through circumcision and naming ceremonies.

    All of this experience working in the Jewish community - in fact, working with humans - is Rabbi Bernstein's second career. Previously, he worked for 15 years as a veterinarian in the United States, Holland, and Israel, including work in a small animal clinic, in vaccine research, and on a kibbutz. He and his wife, Rebecca Meyer, live in Elkins Park, but also raised their three daughters in Israel; all are dual citizens. Currently, he and his wife are enjoying an emptying nest, with daughters living in Tel Aviv and Madison, Wisconsin. Rabbi Bernstein is a sports fan and has been an avid recreational softball player for the past forty years, including a stint on the Israel National Fast Pitch Team.

    Please watch your e-mail for announcements regarding opportunities to meet Rabbi Bernstein during the spring, summer and fall. Or feel free to stop by Beth David and introduce yourself after he officially joins us on June 1.

    We want to extend our gratitude to the members of the Educator Search Committee for their hard work, persistence, and diligence. Rachel Mauceri, Alex Helpin, Ben Helpin, Donna Kramer, Lisa Schreiber, Steve Sokoll, Sue Sukonik, and Larry Ward have all devoted many hours over the entire 18-month search, and Elaine Savoy, Marjorie Volpp, and Gary Zimmer also served on the committee during the first year of the search.

    And, finally, we want to offer our deepest thanks to Susan Levey, who is leaving us a lasting educational legacy after 25 years of service. There is no replacing Susan, but we know our congregation’s future is brighter because of the foundation of caring and connection that she built.


    Susan Cohen-Dickler and Jason Newman, Co-chairs, Educator Search Committee
    Rabbi Beth Kalisch
    Ray Reed, President

  • Order Your Rosh Hashanah Honey Now

    This 8-ounce jar of delicious kosher honey arrives in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, decorated with a colorful label, and includes a personalized card reading “L’Shana Tova—Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year.” This card also lets the recipients know that a donation has been made in their honor to Beth David WRJ.

    Your cost is $11.00 per jar which includes shipping and handling within the United States through July 24, 2017.  We will gladly mail orders outside the United States for an additional fee. 

    To order honey CLICK HERE, and follow the step-by-step instructions. 
    If you would like us to place your honey order, NO PROBLEM! Contact: Carol Shiffrin: 610-664-8387 or crshiffrin@verizon.net


  • High Holy Days 5778/2017

    We’re excited to roll out the new High Holy Day Machzor/Prayerbooks this coming High Holy Days.  With a new book comes some changes so we are pleased to be offering some Get to Know our New Machzor tutorials several times before Rosh Hashanah.  Stay tuned for more details on these opportunities.

    Wednesday, September 20:
    8:00pm - Rosh Hashanah Evening Service

    Thursday, September 21:
    **8:30am – Traditional Adult Morning Service 1
    Parallel children’s service, programming, and babysitting (ages 0-12) - Led by Director of Education Rabbi Kevin Bernstein, faculty, and madrichim
    **11:45am – Traditional Adult Morning Service 2
    3:00pm – Tot/Family Service (Designed for ages 2-7, but all are welcome)
    4:15pm – Tashlich at Flat Rock Park

    Friday, September 29:
    **8:00pm - Kol Nidre Service

    Saturday, September 30:
    8:30am – 30 minute Tot Service (Designed for ages 0-5)
    9:30am – Family Friendly Morning Service (Designed for ages 5 and up and parents, but all are welcome)
    Not a member and wish to come?  Please email us.
    **11:45am – Traditional Adult Morning Service
    2:45pm – Adult Study or Nature Walk
    4:15pm – Yizkor Service
    4:45 pm – Afternoon Service
    6:15 pm – N’ilah Service
    Light break fast at the conclusion of N’ilah

    ** = Tickets Required

  • We're Broadway Bound!

    Beth David WRJ is Broadway Bound once again on November 1, 2017.  There are two shows, a musical, The Band's Visit and a play, M. Butterfly

    The Band's Visit is a story about an Egyptian Police Band that arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. This show stars Tony Shalhoub and John Cariani and has received several awards during it's off broadway run. The theater is located at 243 West 47th Street. Front Mezzanine seats only are $185.


    M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer—a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west—while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.  This show stars Clive Owens in this Tony Award winning revival.  The theater is located at 138 West 48th Street.  Orchestra seats only are $185.

    Reservations to Nancy Goldstein ngoldstein717@gmail.com

    Checks Payable to Beth David WRJ

    Mail to: Debby Weinstein
    1637 Oakwood Drive, S-118, Penn Valley, PA 19072

    Bus Departs Promptly from Beth David at 8:30AM

    Tickets are non-refundable


    Make your selection EARLY as there are LIMITED tickets and LIMITED seats on the bus.  You MUST email me to make your reservation.  If you send your check to Debby without contacting me first, you may not get a ticket. You will get on the list faster by emailing me - then mailing a check.

    Please let me know if you are interested in a "ticket only - no bus" reservation.  

    Thank you for supporting Beth David WRJ.  Hope you can join us - all friends and family are welcome.  

    Nancy Goldstein

  • Our Membership Policy

    Many of our members are interfaith couples who are committed to establishing a Jewish home, and the non-Jewish spouse is welcome at all synagogue events as a part of our community.  Beth David is a proud partner of InterfaithFamilythe premiere resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. InterfaithFamily offers educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals, and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy, and other program providers; and their InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative, provides coordinated comprehensive offerings in local communities.

    Additionally, we also warmly welcome LGBTQ, Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning members interested in joining us.

    It is the policy of Beth David to consider family units as two adults living in a marriage, civil union, or committed relationship, with or without children in the household, and without regard to individual religious beliefs of each spouse or partner.

  • Pajama and Rita's Rama 2017
    Wednesday August 16, 2017   6:00 PM

    Join us for a fun read-a-loud with Rabbi Kalisch, sing-along with Cantor Levy, and meet Rabbi Bernstein who will be scooping yummy Rita's water ice for us all to enjoy;  Gladwyne Park, 921 Youngs Ford Road, Gladwyne, 19035 (rain location/Beth David).


    Pajama-Rama is a Jewish Community Collaboration of the Kehillah of Lower Merion.

    Click here for other hosts and locations.