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Congregation Sons of Israel

Orthodox 

MISSION

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 Lehigh Valley. From the Russian, Polish and German immigrants of the late 19th century to the professors and professionals and service workers who compose much of today’s Lehigh Valley Jewish community, the members of Congregation Sons of Israel have always viewed this synagogue as a home for Prayer, Torah study and Community.

 

Today, Congregation Sons of Israel continues to serve those three goals of Prayer, Torah study and Community:

 

PRAYER

We are the only synagogue in the Lehigh Valley and along the NJ/PA I-78 corridor to offer daily morning and evening minyan. We offer weekly Shabbat morning babysitting as well as programs for children as young as two years old, preparing them for the synagogue experience.

 

TORAH

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 Lehigh Valley, to offer coordinated programming in tandem. You can find many of our innovative programs on our newly designed website at www.sonsofisrael.net.

 

COMMUNITY

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 Yeshiva University’s RIETS and a member of the Rabbinical Council of America, is the latest in a long line of rabbis to uphold our tradition of outreach and education. With Rabbi Wilensky’s commitment to creative programming and his warm approach to newcomers, we have seen continued growth and vibrancy in our congregation. Our lay board works with the Rabbi to steer the synagogue in a positive direction while overseeing our financial viability.

About Us

WEEKLY SERVICES:

Friday night: Sunset

Saturday morning: 9 AM

Minyan: Daily

Mornings: 6:45 AM Mon. & Thurs, 6:30 AM Tues., Wed. & Fri, 8:30 AM Sun.

Evenings: Sunset

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS:

Youth groups

Shabbat morning babysitting and
   programming

“Storytime with the Rabbi” programs

   (ages 1-3)

Craft projects (ages 4-7)

“Torah Lishma Club” (grades 3-8)

NCSY (grades 5-12)

Torah Study

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

Sisterhood

Men’s Club

Chesed and Hospitality Committee

   (helps people in times of specific

   need with meals, errands and more)

 

FACILITIES:

Gift shop

Hall rental

Kosher kitchen

Contact Us

2715 West Tilghman Street

Allentown, PA 18104

610.433.6089

www.sonsofisrael.net