Welcome Messages

Welcome from the Rabbi

Welcome to Kesher Israel Congregation!

It is a real pleasure to be the rabbi of this wonderful community. It is a congregation with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. I hope that you will take the opportunity to explore our website and the calendar of events and I know that you will see the richness of our synagogue life.

Every Shabbat we hold prayer services that reflects both our love of Torah and the Jewish tradition but also our desire to find new ways to incorporate modern culture and to welcome everyone into a communal spiritual experience. The second Friday night each month we hold Tot Shabbat and Family Services which we emphasize the involvement of children and young families. These services are followed by a family friendly Shabbat dinner.

It is important to me that our services continually reflect our desire to innovate and experiment in order to expand involvement in the liturgy and the study of Torah. On many Shabbatot we hold Torah study discussions on the weekly parashah. In the past we have brought in experts in “Bibliodrama,” “Storahtelling,” and meditation and we have a congregational choir and musicians. We hope that you will come and become part of our worshiping community.

Our religious school is one of the centers of our congregation that exemplifies our commitment to Talmud Torah. It is the largest Jewish religious school in the area. Our students often begins with our preschool, continue with our religious school and now can attend our new Hebrew High School. We have family education programs where parents can participate and learn together with their children. We also have three youth groups (Re’ut, Kadimah, USY) for children from grades 2-12.

Our adult education program includes a variety of interesting and informative classes and programs, several of which I teach, and we participate in larger, community-wide, programs.

At Kesher Israel, we look to have every family find their place within the community and the Jewish tradition. We are a diverse congregation which is welcoming to any individual or family that is looking for a spiritual home in Chester County. This includes households where not every member of the household was born Jewish or is currently Jewish.  We believe that our tradition is open to everyone who is seeking meaning and connection in their lives. We strive to emulate that idea in our community.

We hope that when you come to our synagogue for whatever reason you will feel how we embody the values that I have enumerated. In the meantime, explore our website and learn who we are, what we believe and what we do.


Rabbi Lawrence Troster