The early history of Bnai Abraham Synagogue is, in large part, the history of the eastern European immigrants who settled in the Easton area in the late 19th century. Congregation Bnai Abraham has served the Easton Jewish community for more than 100 years.
Initially meeting in the homes of members, the earliest embodiment of Bnai Abraham incorporated the institutions of the mikvah (a ritual purification bath), a Talmud Torah (Hebrew school), a shohet to supervise the observance of kashrut (Jewish dietary laws), social organizations for men and women and a Hevra Kaddisha (Burial Society). In 1907, the congregation hired its first rabbi, and The Daughters of Rebecca was established to organize charitable, social and educational programs.
BNAI ABRAHAM TODAY
Today, Bnai Abraham strives to fulfill the rabbinic vision of the synagogue as a beit tefillah (a house of prayer), a beit midrash (a house of study) and a beit kenesset (a house of communal gathering).
As a house of prayer, Bnai Abraham offers services that are warm, engaging and participatory. Though the text and prayers of our service are traditional, Rabbi Stein and Cantor Weiner create a prayer space of comfort and informality, while maintaining the beauty and aspirational vision of the liturgy. Services include an engaging Torah discussion with Rabbi Stein and, on Shabbat mornings, a kiddush luncheon.
Bnai Abraham is also devoted to the serious Jewish education of all of its members. Our religious school is the first of its kind in the Lehigh Valley: an innovative, family-driven program that strives to teach Judaism as a religion lived within the context of community. As part of the program, students also receive private tutoring in Hebrew language, and, by the time of their bnai mitvot, our students are prepared not just to chant their Torah portion but also to lead substantial portions of the service.
We also care greatly about the Jewish education of our adult members and provide ongoing study opportunities throughout the year. Rabbi Stein offers weekly classes on Jewish topics. Our Men’s Club also provides educational opportunities to our entire community, bringing speakers of national significance to the Lehigh Valley. Finally, speakers of national import frequently visit Bnai Abraham through our partnership with the Jewish Book Council, and virtually through our ongoing partnership with Coursera.
Finally, Bnai Abraham is a place of community. For generations, Bnai Abraham has been a place where members form lifelong friendship and deep ties to the Lehigh Valley. Today, communal bonds are strengthened through excellent cultural programming. Our theater group offers annual trips to the best shows on Broadway, often with great seats to the hottest shows in town. Recent shows have included "The Book of Mormon," "Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway" and "Warhorse." We also create exciting programming in Easton; recent programs have included jazz concerts, art shows and a community talent show.
Today, under the leadership of Rabbi Daniel Stein, Bnai Abraham continues to pursue its greatest goal: to be, in the words of the prophet Isaiah, “A house of prayer for all people.” With membership from Allentown to Phillipsburg, N.J., and beyond, we hope to be the destination for anyone seeking engaging Judaism in a warm, friendly environment.
Friday Nights at 8:00 PM
Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM
Kiddush luncheon follows service
Minyan meets on Thursdays at 7:20 AM
Grades pre-K through 7
Sundays plus one day of private tutoring
High School: Grades 8-12
Kadima: Grades 3-8
LEARNING AND ACTIVITIES
Torah Study, Thursdays at 10:15 AM
Monthly Men’s Club Brunch and Learn
Weekly Coffee with the Rabbi