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Use of the building during COVID-19 restrictions:

Shabbat Services.  Shabbat services are now hybrid.  Anyone coming to the sanctuary is required to wear a mask.  Services will continue to be streamed online for who wish to take part more comfortablely from home. 

Other in-person use of the TBA Building:  We will be using CDC and state guidelines and mandates, and “best practices” for religious institutions.   Some limited use has already occurred and is planned, such as allowing immediate family that live with the Bat or Bar Mitzvah into the Sanctuary for a streamed Shabbat service, allowing community members observing a Yahrzeit to attend in person, and members performing volunteer services for TBA.  For now, we do not anticipate approving large gatherings. 

The religious school will also continue as planned, with strictly followed Covid-19 protocols.

All use of the building will require face masks unless specifically exempted.  Please contact Cindy Poust at 610-337-2222 (extension # 3) or for any request not being directly coordinated with Rabbi Lazar or Director of Life Long Jewish Learning Sharon Forman-Toll.

This Week's Events

Friday night, October 15th
7:30pm Shabbat Evening Service with Choir will be in-person (mask required) and on Zoom. or
Prayer book can be found at
Saturday, October 16th
9:00am Torah Study will be in-person and on Zoom.

10:30am Shabbat Morning Service led by the Bar Mitzvah will be in-person (mask required) and on Zoom. or
Prayer book can be found at

Sunday, October 17th
9:00AM Religious School
12:00PM 7th – 10th Gr Confirmation

4:00PM – Prayerbook Hebrew/Prayer Concepts with Ann Greenstein (
Wednesday, October 20th
7:30a.m. Morning Minyan - to participate in the Morning Minyan
The siddur will be shared onscreen, for your convenience.
Need to say Kaddish? Want to help make a minyan for someone else to be able to say Kaddish?
Just want to start your day with some meaning and inspiration?
Join us for our weekly Morning Minyan - every Wednesday morning.
Thursday, October 21st
12:00PM Torah study with Rabbi Lazar   
7:00 PM SAT Meeting



Saturday, October 23rd ~ Havdallah by the Campfire

Come join us under the stars as Shabbat comes to an end to enjoy family activities, dinner, and s'mores making by the campfire.
Saturday, October 23rd at 4pm
RSVP to Josh Saragovi at


Temple Brith Achim will be honoring our veterans at Shabbat Services on Friday, November 12.  If you have someone you would like honored, please email their name, connection to you, Service information, and a photo if you have one, to WORSHIP@BRITHACHIM.ORG. You may have sent this in the past, but please send it again.

Sunday, November 7th: 2PM 5th & 6th Gr BrATY Buddy Brouhaha
Sunday, November 14th: 5PM 3rd & 4th Gr “UN-Bored” Board Games
Sunday, November 21st:
9AM Chanukkah Gift Show
7PM Interfaith Thanksgiving Service with Central Baptist Church





Prayerbook Hebrew is offered on Sundays at 4 pm.  The course will cover prayer vocabulary and concepts as well as work on prayer fluency.  It is not too late to join. For more info Please contact Ann at
Those interested in learning to read Hebrew may communicate an interest to Ann at the above e-mail.  If there is enough interest, another class will be started.

Caring Community is organizing a new chat group for congregants who would like to get to know each other better and/or just share experiences and ideas.  This is a good opportunity for new members to interact with established members on Zoom for a period of 12 weeks.  If you are interested in participating, we will discuss a time and starting date.  Please share your interest and availability with Ann at


Announcement for RAC-PA Campaign Launch Call

Join Us for the Official Launch Call for RAC-PA’s New Racial Justice Campaign – Thursday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Leaders of RAC-PA spent most of the summer talking with members of Reform congregations across the state to learn what racial justice issues they were most passionate about. We spoke with over 300 congregants, and one issue clearly stood out: voting rights, specifically, ending partisan gerrymandering. The main message we heard was that while there are many problems that must be addressed to achieve racial justice in Pennsylvania, none of them will be solved until legislative districts in the state are drawn fairly.
This year, Pennsylvanians have an opportunity to help determine how our General Assembly and Congressional boundaries are redrawn to reflect the results of the 2020 Census. RAC-PA will be partnering with leading voting rights groups to let our legislators in Harrisburg know: “You don’t pick your voters; we pick our representatives.”
So, please join us on 
Thursday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m. as we officially launch our Racial Justice Campaign, and share details about how the Reform Jewish community will be involved in creating equitable legislative districts in Pennsylvania. To register, visit


TO CONTACT THE CARING COMMUNITY TEAM,  please call Ann Greenstein at 424-524-3938 or e-mail her at

The caring community team is available to help members who need assistance with meals and rides and issues associated with illness and bereavement.  Or, if you just need to hear a friendly voice during this time of isolation, we have a group of volunteers ready to make contact with you.
Caring Matters, and at Brith Achim, we are here for one another.


Please view Ann Greenstein's fundraiser on Facebook asking for assistance for one of our families.

It is sometimes difficult to remember during hard times that there are so many wonderful things happening too, such as births, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, bar and bat mitzvahs, and special achievements,  There are so many reasons to rejoice even when life is difficult or disappointing.  The Caring Community Team is getting ready to focus more on these joyful events, but we need your help. 
We are looking forward to starting a column in the monthly bulletin called mentsch-ening (We can give Rabbi Lazar credit for this idea) and we need your help.  We do not always know when a happy event has happened to you or your family so we ask that you tell us when there is a birth in your family, a wedding, a move to a new home, an honor or award, or anything else special to you.  You can contact Ann at 484-524-3939 (leave message) or at so we can share your joy in the column “Mentsch-ening”. 
Once we expand the Caring Community responsibilities, we will need volunteers to send out birthday cards monthly, and to place calls of congratulations or acknowledgment in other ways.  So, keep in mind what you would like to do to let our members no that we care as much when things are going well as when we need to provide support.


...where you'll be able to get yourself booked into my calendar for either a 20-minute phone call or a 20-minute video call.
Fill me in on the latest news * I can read a story to your kids *I can read a story to you
Tell me a great joke you heard recently * Ask me for a great joke that I heard recently
I can help your kids with their homework * We can pray together
We simply can feel comforted by seeing each other's face and/or hearing each other's voice.
Of course, if you would like to discuss something that necessitates a longer amount of time, and/or a greater amount of attention, please be in touch with me and/or Cindy directly.


TBA Puzzle Swap provides a forum in which members can safely exchange puzzles. There is a table set up in the front (circle door) entrance with puzzles for contactless picking up or dropping off. The front doors are unlocked from 9AM – 3PM each weekday (when the office is open). Please park and use the front circle door entrance, as there is construction at the other entrance. There is hand sanitizer on the table. If you have puzzles to donate, please follow these same contactless steps.  If you are unable to drive or otherwise need assistance to pick up or deliver your puzzle, please contact

For Sunshine Donations: You can donate online Directed Giving donations
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Choose Temple Brith Achim as your charity of choice.

For all those who shop online via Amazon, you can help TBA raise $$ simply by using their Amazon Smile program.  Please click on the following link and sign up via your Amazon account to use AmazonSmile when you shop.  Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase to Temple Brith Achim.


REMINDER: You can access our TBA Congregational Directory anytime. Just sign into your account on our website: Top “right hand” corner click on “login”. If you forgot your password or haven’t used your account yet, click on “forgot/need password”. Then follow the directions to set up a password and sign in. Once you are signed in click on “directory” along the task bar under our TBA banner. NOTE: non-congregants cannot access this directory. Our database will only allow members to sign in with the email address registered with TBA.

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