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.

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

8th Annual Summer Shorts Film Festival
Screening Links: Sunday – Wednesday of Each Week
Zoom Discussion: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Explore and discover the richness, complexity and diversity of Jewish experiences through film — all in your own home! Grab some popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy your virtual nights at the movies! After registering, you will receive links and passwords to screen the movies and to participate in a weekly Zoom discussion with film experts. The program fee is $10.00/person per week. This fee allows us to provide this incredible festival for the community.  If the cost is a barrier, please contact Shelley Rappaport at chestercounty@kehillah.jewishphilly.org. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Our Weekly Themes:

  • Week of August 1: Films by Israeli Filmmakers
  • Week of August 8: Humor
  • Week of August 15: Jewish Arts, Culture and Ritual
  • Week of August 22: Food

Click here to see the film lineup and to register.

Chester County Synagogues & Organizations