Beth Israel offering free membership

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Area Jewish residents are invited to become members of Beth Israel Congregation in Washington for free.


With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur being held very early this year, and because several small Jewish congregations in Western Pennsylvania have closed recently, Beth Israel is offering a free one-year membership to any new member.


“This is an important time of year for Jews around the world, and it is unfortunate that some small congregations have had to close,” said Beth Israel president Marilyn Posner. “We have a friendly group of members, a full-time rabbi and a large building – all making it a perfect place for those looking for a new congregation or a place to pray and participate in Jewish activities while they are deciding.


“Beth Israel tries to accommodate all segments of Jewish observance, and interfaith couples are welcome as well. We are the only Jewish congregation in Washington and Greene counties, and we want people to know that whether Jews want to find a place to pray once or regularly, a place to send their children for religious education, to have a wedding, a funeral or just to have fellowship, Beth Israel is here for you.”


Beth Israel has a religious school, kosher kitchen and regular Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Activities during the year include a Yom Kippur break-the-fast, Chanukah luncheon, Purim hamantashen bake and sale and community Passover seder.


Rosh Hashanah services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, and opening services will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 5 and 6, followed by the Torah service at 10.


Kol Nidre service will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.


Yom Kippur services will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 14, followed by Torah services at 11. Musaf and Yizkor services are at 11:30 a.m. The later services of Mincha, Torah and Neilah will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a covered-dish break-the-fast.


For more information about services or to learn how to receive a free one-year membership, call the synagogue office at 724-225-7080, membership chairman Richard Littman at 412-519-9499, or Posner at 724-225-1873.


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