Saturday, July 30, 2016 Tammuz 24, 5776

Temple Brith Achim

481 South Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Temple Brith Achim, a Reform synagogue affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, began in 1971 as Brotherhood Temple Brith Achim, when a small group of families established a Jewish presence in the Valley Forge area.  They dreamed of a place to worship, to celebrate the holidays and simchas together, to mourn their loved ones, and to teach their children about their heritage and to be comfortable with their Jewishness.  They felt a deep love for Judaism and a high regard for its principles and traditions.  But they also understood that a religion must be relevant to its people and the ever-changing world they live in.

For the first eleven years, we met at the Valley Forge Presbyterian Church and the Upper Merion Cultural Center, while using other local venues for services and religious school.  Then, on September 12, 1982, we dedicated our first “real home” at 481 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia.  At that time, we changed our name to “Temple Brith Achim.”

With our own building came our first full-time Reform rabbi, Rabbi David Cahn-Lipman, and membership growth so rapid -- especially among families with young children -- that the religious school had to institute double sessions.

In 1986, Rabbi Robert Ourach became our rabbi.  In 1987, we expanded the existing building to meet the new programming needs of our rapidly growing and increasingly diverse congregation.

We recently reached a crossroads where we needed to make improvements to our infrastructure to stay vital and vibrant.  So, supported and encouraged by Rabbi Eric J. Lazar (who became our rabbi in 2004) and Sharon Forman-Toll, our director of Lifelong Jewish Learning, we built a new wing to house the Center for Lifelong Learning and made significant improvements to our existing building.

It’s an exciting time for Temple Brith Achim, and we invite you to join us as we continue to explore our Jewish heritage and become the best we can be.


More Events From Temple Brith Achim

Wed. Aug 10
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Temple Brith Achim Ice Cream Social for All Members and Prospects.  Enjoy ice cream with new friends and stay for a tour of our Synaogue and Hebrew School.
Sat. Aug 13
9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Shabbat morning service geared to the little one's.  Come and join the fun.  Snacks, songs, and crafts will be included. 
Sat. Aug 13
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Musical Shabbat Service with Rabbi Lazar.  Also featured Jay Popky and Matt Shapiro, on guitar.  Enjoy a wonderful Shabbat morning service and enjoy being outside.  All are welcome.  Lunch will be
Sun. Aug 21
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Temple Brith Achim Ice Cream Social for Members and Prospective Members.  Enjoy ice cream with new friends and stay for a tour of our Synagogue and Hebrew School.

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