Who We Are

Mekor Habracha is a vibrant and inclusive congregation located in Center City, Philadelphia. We have a diverse membership from all across the city, and visitors, whether local residents or out-of-towners, are always welcome.

Since it was founded in 2007, the Shul has attracted, and continues to attract a diverse group of people including students, young professionals, newlyweds, families and empty nesters. We offer a range of religious, educational and social activities, as well as plenty of opportunities for community members to get involved.

Our History

Mekor Habracha emerged from a 1990s independent chavura in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. From 1999 to 2001 the group met under the auspices of Etz Chaim, and reverted to being mainly lay-led until 2006, when Etz Chaim recruited Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch from New York to lead the group. Since Rabbi Hirsch’s arrival, the congregation has grown and flourished, eventually becoming an independent synagogue in 2007, and is now a critical contributing organization to the advancement of Jewish life in Center City.

Our Mission

The mission of Mekor Habracha is to serve the spiritual, social, and educational needs of Center City’s diverse Jewish community. We aspire to provide an environment where people of all ages and religious backgrounds are welcome to participate in the synagogue’s activities and Orthodox services.


Services at Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue

Please check our Calendar (by clicking on the Homepage icon) for weekly service times. Also feel free to email us at mekorhabracha@gmail.com if you would like additional information about our services or our shul.

Hospitality Requests

  • If you are seeking a Shabbat meal, our Hospitality Committee will make every effort to help find a host. To make a request, please email mekorhospitality@gmail.com, specifying which meal you are requesting, and how many adult & children will be accompanying you.
  • If we are unable to find a host for you, or you prefer to prepare food on your own, please email us at mekorhabracha@gmail.com to request a list of neighborhood grocery stores which carry kosher food.
  • Unfortunately, our Hospitality Committe cannot assist with requests for sleeping accommodations. If you would like a list of nearby hotels, please email us at mekorhabracha@gmail.com.
  • If you would like any other information about Mekor Habracha or our Center City neighborhood for your visit, please do not hesitate to email us at mekorhabacha@gmail.com.

Kosher Restaurants in Center City

A list of restaurants, bakeries, etc. in Center City Philadelphia can be found under the Philadelphia tab, Eating Out. Or email us at mekorhabracha@gmail.com to request our current list.