• 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


  • Our Faculty in the News

  • 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.

    Service Times with Descriptions:


    Erev Rosh Hashanah – Thursday, September 20 – Service time remains 8:00pm Tickets are not required

    Rosh Hashanah Morning – Friday, September 21:

    8:30 am – Adult Service 1 - with parallel child programming.  Babysitting will also be offered. Tickets are required

    11:45 am – Adult Service 2 Tickets are required

    3:00 pm – Tot/Family Service (All ages welcome) Tickets are not required

    4:15 – Tashlich at Flat Rock Park* Tickets are not required

    Kol Nidre,  Friday, September 29 - Service time remains 8:00pm Tickets are required

    Yom Kippur Day, Saturday, September 30

    8:30 am – 30 minute Tot Service (For Toddler and Preschool) Tickets are not required

    9:30 am – Family Service  - Designed for Elementary School students and their parents, but all are welcome. Tickets are required

    11:45 am – Adult Service Tickets are required

    2:45 pm – Adult Study or Nature Walk Tickets are not required

    4:15 pm – Yizkor Tickets are not required

    4:45 pm – Afternoon Service Tickets are not required

    6:15 pm – Neilah Tickets are not required

    Lite breakfast at the conclusion of Neilah.

  • Beth David in the News

    Jewish Exponent: The first of two parts

    WHITWELL, TENN. — It’s hard to look at an ordinary paper clip and assign any kind of symbolism to it.

    But for students here and a visiting delegation from Philadelphia, a paper clip is more than just a mere office supply.


  • Annual Congregational Meeting

    In case you missed it...CLICK HERE

  • 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.

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
    Monday July 10, 2017   2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Click Here to Schedule an Appointment or call 1-800-Red-Cross

    Red Cross work impacts lives every day: Real impact. Saving lives.

    ·        190times a day we help a family affected by a disaster.

    ·        5,600times a day someone receives a Red Cross unit of blood.


    ·        1,000times a day we provide services to military members, veterans and their families.


    Want to save 15 minutes before donating? Try our new RapidPass feature and start the blood donation process in the comfort of your own home.

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    Donate blood – Give LIFE

    Not sure if you’re eligible?  Click Here