Friday, December 9, 2016 Kislev 9, 5777

Congregation Or Ami - Ivy Ridge

708 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

In 1947 a small group of women who had been meeting regularly for a social evening decided to form a club of interest to Jewish men and women. Calling themselves the “Jewish Community Group of Roxborough,” the group of Jewish men and women met often in various locales. By the following year, the need for a Jewish community center was determined and the fledgling congregation held its first High Holy Day Services in an empty house donated by one of its members. The group became affiliated with the Conservative movement.

Prompted by the move of many congregations to the suburbs, the congregation purchased a tract of land in Lafayette Hill. It is on this land that the present structure was dedicated on May 20, 1960 and enlarged in 1964. Subsequent major enlargements occurred in 1972 and 1990. Each took years of planning and resulted in modernization of the building.
The congregation elected its first full-time rabbi in July, 1961. Rabbi Seymour Prystowsky led the congregation from 1963 until his retirement in June 2001, when he became our Rabbi Emeritus. Rabbi Kenneth Carr became the spiritual leader of the Or Ami Community in July 2001. Cantor Jordan Franzel is our first full time cantor. In 1965, the Ivy Ridge Jewish Community Center became known as Congregation Or Ami. The name means "light of my people."

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