Welcome to Kesher Israel Congregation

The people of Kesher Israel have a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. 

We want to learn your skills & talents and help you find fulfillment in community. 

Our practice of Judaism is open to everyone who seeks meaning & connection in their life.

We welcome those who…

seek a spiritual home in Chester County.

want to find their place within Jewish tradition.

long to be part of a dynamic community.

We welcome those who…

are part of households where not everyone is Jewish. 

are part of the LGBTQ community.

are Jews of Color.

We welcome those who…

have converted to Judaism.

wish to become Jews by choice.

want to explore Judaism at this moment in their lives.


Every Shabbat we hold prayer services that reflect our love of Torah and Jewish traditions.

We add modern music, meditation, & poetry to the words of our ancestors.

Once a month our Friday night services are…

led by the KI Band.

geared toward families with school aged children.

a lively celebration of young children and their entourage, including all who love kids.

On Shabbat mornings we have a variety of modes…

traditional services with Torah readings and Haftarah.

a deep dive into the Torah portion with study and reflection.

singing psalms and songs of praise and/or contemplative meditation.


We have family education programs where parents can learn together with their children.

Our adult education programs include a variety of interesting and informative classes,

daytimes and evenings, weekdays and weekends.


Our religious school exemplifies our commitment to Talmud Torah.  Students can take part in…

our preschool, as early as one year old.

the monthly Chaverim play group for children 3-5 years old and their adults.

the religious school, 1st – 7th grade.

our Hebrew High School.


I began serving Kesher Israel in July 2020. 

My family includes my partner (Kieran), our young son (Micah), and our goldendoodle (Leo).

It is a pleasure to be the rabbi of this wonderful community.


Rabbi Shelley Goldman