412 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147


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Photo of Dr. Asaf Ramirowski in profile

Special Guest Speaker Event, Nov 21st

Join us Monday November 21st for a guest speaker session with Dr. Asaf Romirowsky. Learn about the political landscape in Israel in the wake of the recent Israeli election and about how the relationship between the United States and Israel will be affected by all of the political intrigue unfolding in both countries.

A spread of foods offered at our Shabbat kiddush luncheon


After services, join us for Shabbat Kiddush luncheon on Saturday, December 3rd. This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Uri and Rachel Shoham, in loving memory of Rachel’s father Eliezer Sirkis.

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 urishoham18@gmail.com 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 information.kesherisrael@gmail.com.

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