Message from Greater Harrisburg’s Rabbinical Leadership and Jewish Agencies

As COVID-19 continues to spread, everyone's physical and spiritual well-being remain our top communal priority.  Each of our organizations is working to ensure that we implement reasonable and appropriate precautions in accordance with the recommendations of experts.  We all want to be sensitive to the changing environment and, most importantly, to take care of those who are most vulnerable.

While we know that uncertainty can create fear and panic, we are committed to being here for each other. As individuals we may hold various affiliations and ideologies, but as a people we are unified. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are in need of assistance. We are here for you.

As Shabbat approaches, we encourage everyone to embrace the spirit of rest and joy at the heart of the day.  Our need for social distance in the midst of pandemic stands in stark contrast to our ongoing need for connection and spiritual embrace.  The spaces we leave between ourselves for physical well-being can be filled with the sense of caring and humanity that will help us all through the difficult times ahead.


Rabbi Eric Cytryn

Beth El Temple


Rabbi Ron Muroff

Chisuk Emuna Congregation


Rabbi Elisha Friedman

Kesher Israel Congregation


Rabbi Carl Choper

Temple Beth Sholom


Rabbi Peter Kessler

Temple Ohev Sholom



Allen Geckle, CEO

Campus of the Jewish Home


Paulette Keifer, Executive Director

Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA


Barry Stein

Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg


Jennifer Ross, President & CEO

Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg


Samara Sofian, Head of School

The Silver Academy