Kesher Israel Congregation

Kesher Israel Makes “Connections” in New Uptown Harrisburg Home

By Mary Klaus

After spending seventy-two years in its majestic shul on North Third Street, Kesher Israel has moved seven blocks uptown, to a new home that helps it live up to its name.

The Orthodox congregation, whose name translates to “connection”, moved from 2500 N Third St. to 3200…

Kesher Israel Breaks Ground on New Uptown Home

By Adam Grobman

Kesher Israel Congregation is on the move.

After purchasing the former Riverside United Methodist Church at 3200 N. 3rd St. in 2020, the congregation broke ground last month on construction that will transform the building into its new home.

The two-level building will be …

Amid Pandemic, Kesher Israel Focuses on Root Message of Passover

By Mary Klaus


A rabbi who for the past year has led his congregation through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic says Jews celebrate Passover and the Exodus story in good times, as well as bad.

“Passover, at its core, is not a feel-good story about how G-d redeemed the Jews and e…

Community Shows Support at KI Vigil

Hundreds of supporters from across the community gathered on Wednesday, August 12, to show support for Kesher Israel Congregation and the Jewish community after two swastikas were painted on Kesher Israel’s building.


Harrisburg Rabbis Elisha Friedman, Ron Muroff, and Peter Kessler al…

Vandalism Found at Kesher Israel Congregation

On Monday, August 10, two swastikas were discovered on the Kesher Israel Congregation building at 2500 North Third Street.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and its Community Relations Council condemn in the strongest possible terms the desecration of the Kesher Israel synagog…