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We are the South Philadelphia Shtiebel.

The South Philadelphia Shtiebel is a spiritual home for Jewish living, vibrant study, and community connection in South Philadelphia. 

Although we only opened in 2019, the Shtiebel has established itself as a shul, but not just any shul. It is already also a community center, buzzing with spirited Jewish learning, kids playing, new friendships forming, and lively prayer services. It’s a warm and accessible space, where both lifetime shul-goers and people who haven’t set foot in a synagogue in twenty years can feel invited to be active participants in Jewish life. And it’s a genuinely unique space, a space rooted in halacha, or Jewish law, and also a home for emergent ideas. 


We believe in a Judaism that enriches and deeply nourishes us, that informs our everyday values, and that challenges and supports us to become the best people we can be in the world. We believe in yiddishkeit - a Judaism we feel deeply in our bones, that allows us to imagine the world we want to see and build it together.

The South Philadelphia Shtiebel joins a vibrant movement of those who are committed to creating models for relevant and meaningful Jewish life, including Start-Up Shul and Hillel’s Office of Innovation. The Shtiebel is also a proud member of the Beloved Network, a group of 7 clergy-led communities engaged in testing how best to support and nurture 21st century Jewish gathering spaces and their clergy leaders. 


Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter is the founder and spiritual leader of the South Philadelphia Shtiebel. She received semikha in 2016 and completed her M.P.A. in Non-Profit Administration and M.A. in Jewish Studies from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. Rabbanit Fruchter, Wexner Graduate Fellow, is a passionate educator and community builder, and also serves on the clergy team at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, MD as Halachic Advisor for Niddah and Women's Health. She is driven by relationship-based community building, facilitating meaningful ritual, and harnessing the power of spiritual community to make the world a better place.


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