Frequently Asked Questions

Some answers to some frequently asked questions!

  • Kesher Israel was founded in 1914 by a handful of Jews living in West Chester, and we now have approximately 310 families, couples and individuals as members.
  • We draw our members from all over Chester County, including West Chester, Malvern, Exton, Downingtown, Chadds Ford, Great Valley, Garnet Valley and Coatesville.
  • Our membership is very diverse, including those with a variety of Jewish backgrounds and observance levels, as well as many who are part of an interfaith family.
  • We are committed to finding a place for anyone who wants to be part of our community – no one is turned away for financial reasons.
  • Kesher Israel Members in good standing shall enjoy the following privileges:
    • To participate in the religious worship, education, and social life of the community.
    • To enroll their children in the Religious School of the Congregation and to have their children have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the synagogue.
    • To attend all regular and special meetings of the Congregation and of the Board of Directors and participate in discussions.
    • To have a vote at all regular and special meetings of the Congregation.
    • To become a Director or to hold office in the Congregation
    • To use the facilities of the Congregation according to its rules and regulations.
    • To engage the services of the rabbi for life-cycle events.
  • High Holy Day tickets are included in Membership, and there are no assigned seats at High Holy Day services. During the holidays, in addition to regular services, we offer  Junior Congregation, a young family service and a teen discussion group.
  • We have approximately 190 children in our Preschool
  • We have approximately 85 children in our Religious School.
    • Grades K-2 meet on Sunday mornings
    • Grades 3-6 meet on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings
    • Grade 7 meets on Sunday mornings
    • Junior congregation is held approximately twice a month
    • Our curriculum emphasizes Hebrew, prayer, holidays, Jewish values, Israel, creative arts and Jewish history
    • Confirmation program
    • Youth Groups for grades 2-12.
  • It is very easy to get involved, and we have many committees that afford you the opportunity to do so.
  • Services are held on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m., with monthly Tot Shabbat  and Family services  at 6:00 p.m., followed by an optional family friendly dinner.
  • Shabbat morning services start at 9:30 a.m., with an interactive Torah study at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Torah service at 10:30 a.m.