OUR STORY & PRESS

The Shtiebel Story 

In 2019, Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter was serving on the clergy team at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, MD, and she announced she would be moving to Philadelphia to found her own Orthodox shul there. She was able to open the shul thanks to a generous grant from Start Up Shul and from private donors. This was an exciting moment for Orthodox women, as she planned to work with the community in South Philadelphia on a grassroots effort to build an Orthodox shul led by a woman with ordination, the first of its kind in this country. 

In addition to being a groundbreaking development in the Orthodox community, the Shtiebel was also going to be a shul that met the needs of the 21st century. Founded on the principles of community organizing with relationships at the center, the Shtiebel would not be just any shul. It would be a center for Jewish gathering, buzzing with spirited Jewish learning, kids playing, new friendships forming, and lively prayer services.

From its first Kabbalat Shabbat service with over 80 in attendance in July 2019, the Shtiebel has proven to be 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. 
 

About Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter

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Rabbanit Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter graduated summa cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College and completed an M.P.A. in Non-Profit Administration and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service She was ordained by the Maharat Semikha Program in 2016 and worked as the Assistant Spiritual Leader at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, MD before founding the South Philadelphia Shtiebel.  

About our Board and Core Team

The Shtiebel Structure is made out of 4 core teams:

  • The Foundations team focuses on what the Shtiebel needs to function and thrive

  • The Learning team builds our classes and educational programs

  • The Community team builds our Shtiebel community together through meals, social programming and more!

  • The Gabbinate takes care of all things davening and ritual

The volunteers on these teams work closely with Rabbanit Fructher and the Shtiebel Board to build and grow our community.

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