Beth Chaim Reform Congregation was established in 1992 by several families who wished to have a Reform Jewish presence in the greater Chester County area. The aim was to establish a Jewish house of worship where all people could enjoy the practice of Reform Judaism and be a part of the larger Jewish family. As a great many of our families are of mixed religious backgrounds, we pride ourselves on being a Jewish congregation where all feel they belong. Diversity is our strength.
We are affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Through these organizations, we have the opportunity for involvement in a wide range of Jewish activities throughout the Delaware Valley and the nation.
After years of conducting services and religious school at a variety of facilities, we have built and embraced our own house of worship. On August 26, 2007, we moved our Torah into our new home in Malvern. Beth Chaim remains close to its grass roots history and continues to rely on its members to create its atmosphere and choose the direction it will grow.
Our Rabbi, Michelle Pearlman, enthusiastically provides leadership, spiritual guidance, and a vision for our congregation. She is a skilled teacher and a careful and caring listener. Rabbi Pearlman is committed to building relationships in our community and her joy of Judaism comes across in every encounter. Under Rabbi Pearlman’s leadership, the Congregation is dedicated to meeting all of the life cycle events and rabbinical care needs of our members.
Religious School meets on Sunday mornings, grades kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah. There is also a spirited pre-school group, which meets monthly, a Tuesday B’nai Mitzvah class for those approaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and a Confirmation class also on Sundays. Beth Chaim hosts various adult education programs throughout the year which is a particular interest to our Rabbi who is committed to life long learning.
Beth Chaim offers many different ways for members and the community to be involved whether through its Sisterhood, Men’s Club, or Committees such as Social Action, Caring Community, Membership, Religious School Education, Ritual, Building, Finance, the Culture Club. We also host many activities, functions and events for youth, teens, families and empty nesters. Join us on Facebook (Beth Chaim Reform Congregation) https://www.facebook.com/BethChaimReform?fref=ts to enjoy our online interaction and discussion.