Beth El, Community Celebrate Rabbi Eric Cytryn

On August 23, community members congratulated Rabbi Eric Cytryn on his retirement from Beth El Temple after 17 years of service. Following a zoom program honoring Rabbi Cytryn, an in-person parade was held, giving participants the opportunity to say goodbye.

Stuart Malina, Musical Directo…

Synagogues Adjust, Reinvent High Holidays During Pandemic

By Mary Klaus

Most years, area Jews mark the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with long services in synagogues filled with the largest crowds of the year,

Not this year.

As the Jewish calendar turns to 5781 at sunset on September 18th, Jews will experience reconfigured obser…

Community Shows Support at KI Vigil

Hundreds of supporters from across the community gathered on Wednesday, August 12, to show support for Kesher Israel Congregation and the Jewish community after two swastikas were painted on Kesher Israel’s building.


Harrisburg Rabbis Elisha Friedman, Ron Muroff, and Peter Kessler al…

Vandalism Found at Kesher Israel Congregation

On Monday, August 10, two swastikas were discovered on the Kesher Israel Congregation building at 2500 North Third Street.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and its Community Relations Council condemn in the strongest possible terms the desecration of the Kesher Israel synagog…

Gesher Appoints New Director of Lifelong Learning

Beth El Temple and Chisuk Emuna Congregation are pleased to announce that Hilary Greenberg has been appointed to serve as our Gesher Director of Lifelong Learning succeeding Rabbi Ilyse Kramer who inaugurated this role in 2015.


Hilary Greenberg is an experienced teacher, education direc…