HONESDALE - Honesdale's historic 168 year old Congregation Beth Israel will soon celebrate the Jewish New Year and all are welcome to join.

Founded in 1849, the congregation met in homes until the synagogue was built in 1856 on land donated by the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company. It is the oldest synagogue in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the second oldest synagogue housing its original congregation in North America.

This year, Rabbi Elliott Kleinman will conduct the High Holy Days beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on Wednesday evening, September 20 at 8 p.m. and continuing on September 21 at 10 a.m. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will begin with the Kol Nidre service on Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, September 30 at 10 a.m.

Rabbi Kleinman is the rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel. He also serves as the Chief Engagement Officer at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.

In addition to High Holy Day services, the congregation has regular Shabbat services each month. Beth Israel also has an active religious school for children that meets on Saturday mornings at 9:30 at the synagogue. More information about the schedule and the congregation can be found at congregationbethisraelhonesdale.org.

Visitors and those wishing to join are welcome to worship with them and begin this New Year by celebrating in this beautiful and historic building located at 615 Court Street in Honesdale.

Reservations are required. Please call 570-253-2222 or email bethisraelhonesdale@gmail.com to make reservations to attend services or to inquire about the religious school and membership.