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Chester County is a vibrant community, rich with Jewish resources for you and your family.

Chester County, founded in 1682 by William Penn, was one of the first three original counties in Pennsylvania. It consistently ranks among the top places to live, work, and raise a family, due to its fine cultural attractions, history, educational opportunities, well-known teaching hospitals, and diverse employment choices. The Chester County Kehillah is an active force in maintaining a strong Jewish community for people who have migrated from metropolitan Philadelphia and for those who have relocated from other communities.

ABOUT Chester COUNTY KEHILLAH

According to the Jewish Federation’s 2019 population study, approximately 6% of the Jewish households that comprise the Greater Philadelphia area live in Chester County. Jewish life in Chester County is vibrant – the county’s eight congregations represent a diversity of denominations, along with a variety of Jewish organizations, collaborative educational experiences, service opportunities, and other resources. Popular Jewish community programs offered by the Kehillah of Chester County include its annual Summer Shorts Film Festival and musical performances by the Tzofim Friendship Caravan.

For more information about the Chester County Kehillah’s Jewish community programs as well as Jewish life in general in Chester County, contact Shelley Rappaport, Director, Kehillah of Chester County at 484.582.0210 or chestercounty@kehillah.jewishphilly.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Fest: Apple and Pumpkin Picking
Sunday, October 16 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Highland Orchards;
1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd, West Chester, PA 19380

Celebrate the Harvest Festival of Sukkot by picking apples and pumpkins with the Kehillah of Chester County and community partners! Bring friends and family to Highland Orchards to connect over an Autumn afternoon, filled with hay rides, farm animals and pumpkin patches. For the last day of Sukkot, end the holiday with music, arts and crafts, and goodie bags. This community program is free with the exception of what Highland Orchards charges for apple picking. Advance registration is requested and closes Thursday, October 13. To register, click here. 

CHESTER COUNTY SYNAGOGUES & ORGANIZATIONS

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