Congregation Sons of Israel
To invite every Jew to worship, study and participate in our community.
For more than a century, Congregation Sons of Israel has been a bedrock institution of Torah and Jewish life for the
Today, Congregation Sons of Israel continues to serve those three goals of Prayer, Torah study and Community:
We are the only synagogue in the
We offer a broad spectrum of classes, from Jewish History and Bible to Talmud to Kabbalah, as well as audio classes available on our website. We offer creative programming for children of all ages, from Storytime with the Rabbi for 1-3 year olds to our “Torah Lishma Club” on Sunday mornings, to NCSY activities for Junior High and High School students. We also present scholars in residence, and we frequently team up with other institutions, such as Project Yachad and the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of the
We support a strong Chesed committee of volunteers who work to help out in times of need, and a Social committee that keeps our community strong through popular social events. Our membership also provides the volunteer staff needed to maintain community institutions, including the Lehigh Valley Kashrut Commission, the Lehigh Valley Community Mikvah, the Allentown Chevra Kadisha and the Allentown Eruv. Our Youth have Jewish social activities through Bnei Akiva and NCSY programming.
Congregation Sons of Israel serves a membership of approximately 225 families, as well as the broader Jewish community. One of our unique hallmarks is our commitment to reaching all Jews; we regularly advertise our programs to the entire community, and we design our classes as well as our davening to be a positive experience for all, regardless of background and education. We have achieved great success in this mission; Jews of all backgrounds frequent our synagogue, and at least 25% of our membership identifies itself as something other than Orthodox, and yet comes to us for davening and learning and community.
Our synagogue has been led by Rabbi David Wilensky since September of 2009. Rabbi Wilensky, ordained by
Friday night: Sunset
Saturday morning: 9 AM
Mornings: 6:45 AM Mon. & Thurs, 6:30 AM Tues., Wed. & Fri, 8:30 AM Sun.
Shabbat morning babysitting and
“Storytime with the Rabbi” programs
Craft projects (ages 4-7)
“Torah Lishma Club” (grades 3-8)
NCSY (grades 5-12)
Daily, weekly and monthly classes, as
well as special occasion classes
Classes on topics from Talmud to Jewish
history to Bible to prophets to ethics)
Fully stocked library
Chesed and Hospitality Committee
(helps people in times of specific
need with meals, errands and more)