Our History

Beth Israel Congregation was established in Coatesville in 1904 and formally chartered in 1916 when it officially took the name ‘Beth Israel’. We have impacted thousands of people who have walked through our doors and have positively affected our community by ensuring the continuation of the Jewish people. We have a proud, rich 111-year legacy and the responsibility of continuity falls on us, the present generation of Beth Israel, to ensure that our children’s generation will keep the Jewish people alive and vibrant.

Our survival is dependent upon our ability to adapt, change and be open. One of the reasons Beth Israel has sustained a long and rich history is because of its progressiveness and forward thinking such as having one of the first female rabbis, Linda Holtzman, holding a pulpit position. She was the first female rabbi to have a pulpit in a Conservative synagogue as well as being one of the first, if not the first, openly gay rabbis to hold a pulpit in any synagogue. In 1979 that was a very radical move.

We offer a modern interpretation of our Jewish heritage that is both educational and meaningful as we focus on the Jews of both today and tomorrow. Our congregation unites members from diverse religious backgrounds to worship in harmony as Jews; spanning a membership spectrum all ages, races, families, singles, seniors, and students. We warmly welcome Jews of all backgrounds to join us in our warm and caring environment as we practice our faith together.

Institutions that are able to recognize the present issues and are able to respond knowing that there may be risk are able to survive, grow and be enriched. The longevity of Beth Israel is the proof of this strength.

A reunion of all Beth israel B'nai Mitzvah!!  
 Saturday April 27, services at 9:30 AM 
Kiddush Luncheon follows

If you or your children became a bat/bar mitzvah at Beth Israel, we are having a celebration to honor you!  We want to locate and invite all those who became bat/bar mitzvah over the long history of Beth Israel.  

RSVP to biccsyn1@gmail.com or call the office, 610-458-8550

Find out what's new at our religious school
Contact Joan Sharp at sharpjoanie@yahoo.com

Learning through personal connection, experience, and community. Contact Beth Israel's office at 610-458-8550 for more information. To download our registration forms, please go to the Education menu item and select the Religious School page.

Beth Israel Choir is singing at the kimmel Center! 
Wednesday, feb. 20, 8:00PM

Our very own Beth Israel choir has been given the honor of performing at The Kimmel Center Presents Sing Hallelujah Jewish Music of the American Jewish Community.  Sing Hallelujah will include choruses, soloists, instrumental ensemble and feature Canto Azi Schwarz of New York's Park Avenue Synagogue.  

To buy tickets to this unique event, go to the Kimmel Center web site, use the code BICC15 to save 15%.  If you are interested in riding the bus (leaving from Beth Israel at 4PM) please call the Beth Israel office at 610-458-8550

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Beth Israel Congregation of Chester County provides for the spiritual, religious, and educational needs of its congregational family and the local Jewish community.

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Building on over a century of rich synagogue history, Beth Israel continues to foster Jewish living and learning, as well as religious observance and a strong sense of Jewish identity, to help ensure and safeguard a Jewish future.

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Our doors are always open! Please feel free to come join us on Friday night or Saturday morning for regular weekly Shabbat Services. We will be happy to talk to you and answer any questions. please feel free to contact us.