HONESDALE - Honesdale's historic 165 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 the country.
Rabbi Allan L. Smith will conduct the High Holy Days beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year on Wednesday evening, September 24 at 8 p.m. and continue on September 25 at 10 a.m.  Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement will begin with the Kol Nidre service on October 3 at 8 p.m. and will continue on October 4 at 10 a.m.
We will also observe Shabbat Shuva on Friday night, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Beth Israel has an active religious school for children that meets on Saturday mornings at 9:30 at the synagogue.
Unlike many other congregations, Beth Israel does not issue tickets or restrict High Holy Day attendance to its members.  Visitors and those wishing to join are welcome to worship and begin this New Year by celebrating in this beautiful temple located at 615 Court Street in Honesdale.   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.