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Chester County, founded in 1682 by William Penn, was one of the first three original counties in Pennsylvania.

The Wall Street Journal selected Chester County as one of the top 20 places to live, work, and raise a family, due to its fine cultural attractions, history, educational opportunities, well-known teaching hospitals, diverse employment choices, and international transportation corridors.

The Chester County region has been an active force in maintaining a strong Jewish community for people who have migrated from metropolitan and suburban areas surrounding Philadelphia, and for those who have relocated from other communities. According to the 2009 Jewish Population Study conducted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia more than 26,000 Jews live in the area and support the county’s 8 synagogues, Jewish organizations, collaborative educational experiences, service opportunities, and other resources.

For more information about Chester County Jewish community programs and activities contact Shelley Rappaport at 484.582.0210 or

Chester County Synagogues & Organizations