Mekor Habracha Community
Becoming a Community
Mekor Habracha emerged from a 1990s independent chavura in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. From 1999 to 2001 the group met under the auspices of Etz Chaim (currently Aish Chaim), and reverted to being mainly lay-led until 2006, when Etz Chaim recruited Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch from New York to lead the group. Since Rabbi Hirsch’s arrival, the congregation has grown and flourished, eventually becoming an independent synagogue in 2007, and is now a critical contributing organization to the advancement of Jewish life in Center City. You can read more about Mekor's origins and subsequent growth here, and a recent article about our community here.
Serve the Center City Jewish Community
The mission of Mekor Habracha is to serve the spiritual, social, and educational needs of Center City’s diverse Jewish community. We aspire to provide an environment where people of all ages and religious backgrounds are welcome to participate in the synagogue’s activities and Orthodox services.
WHO WE ARE
Vibrant and Inclusive
Mekor Habracha is a vibrant and inclusive congregation located in Center City, Philadelphia. We have a diverse membership from all across the city, and visitors, whether local residents or out-of-towners, are always welcome.
Since it was founded in 2007, the Shul has attracted, and continues to attract a diverse group of people including students, young professionals, newlyweds, families, and empty nesters. We offer a range of religious, educational, and social activities, as well as plenty of opportunities for community members to get involved.
We are proud that a number of wonderfully matched married couples first met at Mekor. Check out the growing list of "Mekor Couples" here.