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Marc Abo and Harvey Cartine, Co-Presidents Bnai Shalom


Candle Lighting Times and Service Schedule


Due to the recent spike in Covid cases in the Lehigh Valley, we will be making some short-term changes for December and January for the safety of our congregation. After discussion with Dr. Walker (Medical Committee), Rabbi Davis, Ritual Committee, and Executive Board, there will be no onegs, dinners or in–house services. Services will be held via zoom only. Religious School will continue in person. This policy will be re-evaluated in January.

Call in number is the same for all zoom events – 1–646–558–8656 unless otherwise stated.


Friday Services via Zoom only

Fri, Jan 1 – 7:30 P.M.

Fri, Jan 14 – 7:30 P.M.

Fri, Jan 21 – 7:30 P.M.

Fri, Jan 28 – 7:30 P.M.

CALL OFFICE AHEAD TO REGISTER! Friday Night Zoom Link: Phone 1-646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 823 5166 1097
Saturday Morning Services via Zoom only

Jan 8 – 10:00 A.M. Shabbat Service Conservative

Jan 15 – 10:00 A.M. Junior Congregation Shabbat Service


Fri, Jan 7 - 4:32 P.M.

Fri, Jan 14 - 4:39 P.M.

Fri, Jan 21 - 4:47 P.M.

Fri, Jan 28 - 4:56 P.M.

Dinner & Movie @ Bnai Shalom

Imagine Chinese food take out boxes and chopsticks

Update! Dinner on Saturday, December 25th – 5:00 P.M. at Bnai Shalom has been cancelled per Covid-19 committee. This event may be rescheduled at a later date. Contact the office for more information.

Play Mahjong at Bnai Shalom

Mahjong players at game table

Update! This event will not be meeting in-person on Sunday, January 9th per Covid-19 committee. This event may be rescheduled at a later date. Contact the office for more information. Anita Solow will be teaching Mahjong.

Mahjong is a tile game developed in China during the Qing dynasty and is popular in the United States and around the world.

Please answer the following questions when you register.

    1) What is your level of experience?

      A. I am a novice and/or never played

      B. I have some experience

      C. I am an experienced player

    2) Do you need childcare? If so, please let us know the ages of your children.

    3) Do you have a Mahjong set?

If you are interested, please RSVP by January 2nd by calling Irene or email The cost is $50 for four classes.

We look forward to seeing you January 9th!

Bar Mitzvah Project

Photo of Asa Hochhauser

Asa Hochhauser was called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on October 30, 2021. Asa is an eighth grade student at the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley and loves playing basketball at the JCC and attending Camp Ramah in the Poconos during the summer.

As part of his Bar Mitzvah preparations, Asa began researching mitzvah projects this past spring and made the decision to actively seek support and funding for Magen David Adom.

Magen David Adom

I chose to raise money for Magen David because they are the primary first responder organization in Israel, formally recognized by the Red Cross as Israel’s official rescue organization, and operator of the national blood bank. For example, they help victims of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and all types of life threatening emergencies. The people they help are often traumatized and in situations beyond their control. Magen David helps them out for no personal gain. Read more

Please visit the website below to make your donation to my Bar Mitzvah campaign because Magen David saves lives. Thank you for helping this great organization.

Board Members and Membership Committee Members are not eligible for these contests.

Picnic Tables Jon organized to be built for Thomas Stuart Park

Jonathan Murdoch Becomes Eagle Scout

Jonathan Murdoch, son of Sharon and Jeff Murdoch has earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers. Jon is a member of Boy Scout Troop #61 and is a resident of Stewartsville, New Jersey. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain this prestigious honor. Jon is also a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Jon, 19, of Phillipsburg High and now Virginia Wesleyan University, earned 30 merit badges. (21 merit badges are required to receive the Eagle Scout award.)

For his final project he managed an effort to build a full set of heavy-duty picnic tables for the pavilion in the new Thomas Stewart Park in his hometown. Mazal tov to Jon and his family!

We are so proud of his accomplishment!

Tzedakah Program

Congregation Bnai Shalom will continue helping those in need by making the mitzvah of Tzedakah a regular feature. We will highlight two charities each month in addition to helping Bnai Shalom. This form of social justice is a commitment that will continue to enrich those needing support and, in turn, enrich those who donate.Please send it to the attention of our secretary, Irene Kurpen at Bnai Shalom. She in turn will place the sealed donations into the Tzedakah Box. Under the auspices of Rabbi Melody and our accountant, there will be regular accounting and distribution of the funds. You, in turn, will receive a receipt of your donation. Since the beginnings of our previous congregations, we have been an integral part of the Easton community. Our logical focus will be to serve needy recipients in our community. If you have suggestions for our upcoming Tzedakah spotlight, please send them to Herb Woolf at:

Three options for this month’s donations:

1. PRoJeCT of Easton's mission is to build a better community by helping people help themselves. 320 Ferry St, Easton, PA 18042

Visit PRoJeCT of Easton's website.

2. Safe Harbor’s mission is to foster lifelong success and stability in homeless men and women by addressing the root causes of their homelessness.

536 Bushkill Drive Easton, PA 18042

Visit Safe Harbor's website.

3. Tzedakah Box - Bnai Shalom (attention Irene Kurpen) 1545 Bushkill Street, PA 18042.

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Congregation Bnai Shalom has served the Easton Jewish Community since 1839. These neighboring synagogues have merged as of August 1, 2020 and are now Congregation Bnai Shalom...

About our history

    December 2021 - no meeting

    Chicken Soup

    If you're sick or under the weather, let us know. We always have homemade kosher chicken soup available. Vegetarian ‘chicken soup’ too! If possible we will drop it off to you or you can arrange to have someone pick it up. Call the office at 610-258-5343 and let us know.

    Baked Hannukah Cookies

    Bnai Shalom sends a special thank you to all those who baked, packed, and delivered Hanukkah cookies for the Congregation. Judy Woolf was gracious enough to Chair this event. The committee participants included Aliette Abo, Hannah Brough, Liz Cartine, Nancy Ebert, Theo Lemon, Sue Mandela, Rabbi Melody, Susan Nussbaum, Vickie Semmel, Robin Smith, Anita Solow, Sue Sosnow and Jessica Ytkin

    Payment Update!
    • Please make your checks payable to Bnai Shalom and mail to 1545 Bushkill St. Easton, PA 18042
    • Cancelled Activities
      • Book Club activities cancelled.
      • Knitting Group activities cancelled.
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Make a one time and/or automatic monthly donation to Bnai Shalom with any major credit card. If you prefer the donation be allocated to a specific fund please contact the office. Unless specified, all donations will be deposited into the General Operating fund.

Thank you for your generosity.
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