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Life Events - Weddings

(These viewpoints are taken from the USCJ website and are written by Rabbi Jerome Epstein, a Conservative Rabbi. We hope to populate this space with the viewpoints of our own Rabbi Stein once they are penned on paper.)

A Kosher Wedding
Choosing Judaism for Your Family
Publications on Jewish Marriage

Jewish Wedding

Congratulations!

Mazel Tov - you are planning a wedding! This will be a time for personal joy and celebration. It is more. It is a time to link yourselves to the Jewish people and God.

It is God, as the source of joy, about whom we sing in the wedding ceremony itself in the last of the Seven Wedding Blessings, sheva b'rakhot: Blessed are You… who created joy and gladness, bride and groom, pleasure, song, delight and happiness, love and harmony, peace and companionship.

These blessings go on to link the joy of the bride and groom to that of the Jewish people: May there always be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem voices of joy and gladness, voices of bride and groom, the jubilant voices of those joined in marriage under the bridal canopy.

Your wedding is an occasion for joy for the entire Jewish community, since it marks the beginning of a new Jewish home. It is a promise for our future. Thus, it marks your commitment to the Jewish people.

A Jewish wedding adds additional dimensions of meaning to a most significant personal event. It is a public statement that recognizes that the step you are taking has within it an element of sanctity. The ceremony evokes God's presence.

We hope that you will contact Rabbi Stein if you are planning a wedding and strongly encourage the use of our facility to host your special event.

(If you are planning a wedding and need marriage counseling, please contact Rabbi Shrager at Bnai Abraham. The information written directly below is taken from USCJ Website and written by Rabbi Jerome Epstein, a Conservative Rabbi.)

A Kosher Wedding

Choosing Judaism for Your Family

Publications on Jewish Marriage

 

Kosher Makes a Difference

Kashrut - The Jewish Way of Eating

For millennia, Jews have sought to sanctify every aspect of life. Everyday activities such as how we speak to each other, how we do business, and how we eat can be performed in a holy way. The commandments have ethical and spiritual significance. Their observance is an opportunity to live Jewishly in relationship to others, the world, and God.

Eating is appetite in both symbol and fact. It fills a basic human need, but like any human appetite, it can be taken to the extremes of excess or self-deprivation. In Judaism, we strive to raise eating and other physical appetites symbolized by eating to a higher level, to make it more than the expression of desire and need. Eating can be a way to celebrate and enjoy life without excess. It can be a way to relate to God, others, and the world around us. Through the observance of the laws of kashrut, the Jewish dietary laws, we sanctify ourselves through what and how we eat. It is the Jewish way of eating.

Your First Meal as a Married Couple

A marriage marks the beginning not only of the coming together of two Jewish individuals but, hopefully, the creation of a Jewish home. It is certainly a time to take seriously the possibility of "keeping kosher." However, regardless of whether you are currently planning on keeping a kosher home, you should seriously consider making your first meal together, the seudat mitzvah, the special meal celebrating your marriage "according to the laws of Moses and Israel," a kosher one.

It is not "hypocritical" for the wedding meal to be kosher if you do not keep kosher. It is fitting that a Jewish wedding celebration incorporate this Jewish dimension - that it be kosher.

The extra effort and concern you invest will add to the significance of your wedding.

The Wedding is More Than a Part - The Meal is More Than a Meal

Whether the wedding reception is lavish or simple, for 300 or for 30, we tend to put a great amount of time, energy and expense into it. Fish or fowl, wine, appetizers, desserts - we want the meal to reflect our tastes and values and to allow for true celebration.

Interestingly, the wedding meal is also significant in Jewish tradition. Indeed, you may not be aware that in Judaism, the wedding meal is actually considered an integral part of the wedding! It is called seudat mitzvah, a meal ordained to accompany and enhance the sacredness of the occasion.

This fact offers an opportunity to add meaning to your wedding celebration. Discuss with your rabbi the ways that Jewish tradition can enhance your wedding reception. Among these is making the wedding meal a kosher meal.

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Choosing Judaism for Your Family

The rabbis and synagogues of Conservative Judaism invite interfaith parents to choose Judaism for your children. Youngsters can find profound meaning in Judaism, whether intellectually, spiritually or in terms of making a better world.

Judaism offers:

At different points in a son's or daughter's lifetimes, each of these contexts might become more important and inspiring. Judaism is a rich and competing legacy, speaking powerfully to people today as it has throughout millennia. Hebrew Scripture is the foundation upon which the monotheisms of Christianity and Islam arose. Its universalism regards righteous people from all faith communities as meriting a blessed place in the hereafter.

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Publications on Jewish Marriage

General Resource Materials on Marriage Within the Faith

The Ideal Conservative Jew: Eight Behavioral Expectations (pamphlet) - Offers eight behavioral expectations to help you build the foundation of a strong and committed Conservative Jewish lifestyle.

A Return to the Mitzvah of Endogamy - Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein suggests that given the limited resources within the Jewish community, prevention of intermarriage must be a higher priority than keruv. Statistical data supporting this approach is included.

Convert: Genuine Jew? - Dr. Morton K. Siegel presents a brief positive argument on the authenticity of a Jew by choice. Cost: $2 per copy. To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

Enriching Jewish Life: Building Blocks for Marrying Within the Faith - This 220-page book, produced by the New York Metropolitan Region, contains replicable programs for nursery schools, afternoon Hebrew schools, bar/bat mitzvah, teenage youth groups, families, college youth and post-college singles, to promote Jewish living and marriage within the faith. Also includes listings of informal education facilities as well as other resources. Cost: $25. To order, contact METNY, Ext. 2150.

Intermarriage: Our Grounds For Concern: 14 Questions, 14 Answers - Author Alan Silverstein poses the questions that someone contemplating the issues of interdating and intermarriage would ask, and then provides thoughtful answers to these questions based on the values of Conservative Judaism. Cost: $3.75 per copy. To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

It All Begins with a Date: Parent/Young Adult Dialogues About Interdating - In this 35-page booklet, Rabbi Alan Silverstein poses nine common, challenging questions young adults ask when seeking to know why parents object to interdating. The piece is intended to assist dialogue about interdating in intergenerational settings of parents and their children or with groups of parents or teens. Cost: $5. To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

Why Be Jewish? What is the Gain, the Pride, the Joy? - In this booklet, Rabbi Alan Silverstein helps adults, and particularly parents of teenagers, consider reasons for being Jewish. Can be read alone or as part of Figuring It Out Together: A Program of Family Study and Experiences. Cost: $5.95 (quantity rates available). To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

Figuring It Out Together - A manual for program facilitators by Susan Werk and Rabbi Shelley Kniaz, which guides a parent-child pre- bar/bat mitzvah program. For use in conjunction with 8Why Be Jewish? Cost: $9. To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

Resources for Educators and Youth Leaders

Future Thinking: The Effects of Intermarriage - A 10-lesson module for pre- and post- bar/bat mitzvah classes and older students, by Greta Bernard Brown. Includes a teacherfs guide with lesson plans and a student notebook. Cost: Teachers Guide, $5.50; Student Notebook, $1.25 (15 copies or more @ $1.10). To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

Interdating Intermarriage: Intervention - A complete program guide to help confront this critical issue, written by Edward Edelstein. Geared to teens and/or parents, it describes how to administer programs on interdating and intermarriage prevention and can be used in conjunction with Intermarriage: Our Grounds for Concern. Cost: $5 per copy. To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

Intermarriage: What Can We Do? What Should We Do? - Filled with concrete advice and practical guidance for congregational leaders, both lay and professional, on how synagogues can respond to the multifaceted dimensions of the problem. Cost: $2 per copy. To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

Principles and Compassion: Guidelines and Casebook for Teaching with Children of Intermarried Parents in Our Synagogue Schools - This publication, written by Rabbi Shelley Kniaz, is designed for rabbis, principals, teachers, and lay leaders. It includes recommended policies and procedures as well as 20 case studies for staff discussion and training, with analyses and suggested responses. Cost: $9.50 per copy. To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

Syllabus for the Teacher of Choosing Jews - Curricular outlines for introduction to 8basicse of Judaism (including ideological, historical, and communal material). Cost: $15 each. To order, contact the USCJ Book Service, 1 (800) 594-5617.

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