412 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147


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Uri Shoham reading from the torah during Shabbat services

Uri and Rachel Shoham Special Shabbat, February 11

Please join us at Historic Congregation Kesher Israel on Shabbat morning, February 11, 2023, when we will honor our friends and much loved members Uri and Rachel Shoham.

Portrait of Chazzan Steven Friedell standing in black jacket and white shirt with a blue bowtie.

Steve Friedell, Kesher's new Chazzan

The Board of Directors of Historic Congregation Kesher Israel is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Friedell as Chazzan.
Steve will be leading Kesher religious services on Shabbat and the Holidays. Congregants who recently attended Saturday Shabbat services have already seen and heard him chant our services.
Steve is not a newcomer to Kesher Israel. He was the Chazzan here from the 1990's until 2002. Steve reflected on returning to Kesher Israel: "I'm delighted to return to Kesher Israel. The congregation has changed; I think it has grown and developed. It has a wonderful Rabbi. I still feel the spirit of Abe Mersky (former longtime president of Kesher Israel) when I walk in the door. It's a very special place, very welcoming. I'm looking forward to helping the congregation grow and develop."
Steve is a Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School in Camden, NJ. He also continues to take voice lessons at Settlement Music School in Queen Village.
Steve is married to Ellen and has two adult children. He has lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years.

A spread of foods offered at our Shabbat kiddush luncheon


After services, join us for Shabbat Kiddush luncheon on Saturday, February 4th. This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Colleen and Norman Millan, in honor of Stuart Herman and Simon Jankovic, who make every Shabbat lunch a special time for Kesher congregants.

Tug at My Tallis

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. Judaism doesn’t have to be boring or bewildering. Want to learn more about the Jewish topics that have always puzzled you?

Community is at the heart of everything we do at Historic Kesher Israel. We are a multigenerational congregation of diverse backgrounds, bound by enduring connections and sustained by frequent fellowship. We invite you to visit us and share in the warmth of our cherished spiritual home. We have a lot to offer: Shabbat services, daily minyan, holiday services, preschool, and Hebrew school.

Daily minyan

Weekday Mornings, Led by Gabbai Uri Shoham, live from 8:00 AM – 8:40 AM, Sunday through Friday, on Zoom. Please email [email protected] for password access.You may follow along by downloading the the Weekday Sim Shalom HERE


9:15AM - 11:30AM in our shul

Historic Congregation Kesher Israel Sanctuary


Welcome to Historic Kesher Israel

To Our Valued Members of Congregation Kesher Israel:

First, and most importantly, we sincerely hope that you and your family are healthy and well. We want to reassure you that safety is our #1 priority for our members, employees, and community during this unprecedented health crisis. We have been, and will continue to, closely monitor the updates around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Effective March 1, 2021, we have reinstated our in-person Shabbat Morning Service. Face masks and 6-foot physical distancing are still required for all congregants and synagogue staff. All visitors will have their temperature taken and recorded upon arrival at the front door.

Our synagogue remains committed to the safety of all who joins us, and congregants may still reach us by phone at (215) 922-1776 or by email at [email protected].

We are all in this together; our goal is to help ensure everyone stays as healthy as possible during this challenging time. We will be sure to send follow-up emails and post notices on our website with all important updates.

Thank you for your continued support of Historic Congregation Kesher Israel; it is our pleasure to serve you, our congregants, and the community. We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.


Meet Our Clergy


Norman J. Millan

Executive Director

Administrative Assistant

Stuart R. Herman

Kiddush Coordinator

Uri Shoham


Board of Directors

Rick Millan

Executive Board

Lewis Cohen

Board Member

Sandi Foxx-Jones

Executive Board

Ira Schwartz

Board Member

Mark E. Levine

Executive Board

Eli Kowalski

Board Member

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Historic Kesher Israel
412 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147