BZBI, where you belong

About BZBI

Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel (BZBI) is a Conservative Synagogue affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism: USCJ.



300 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Access to the Temple office is restricted in accordance with Pennsylvania and Philadelphia regulations. Please call 215-735-5148 in advance to confirm our open hours and make an appointment if necessary. We are closed on federal holidays and many Jewish holidays (including their Erev). Please call if you have questions.


Founded in 1840

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel – Where You Belong

Where You Belong is not just our tagline, it is a guiding principle. All are welcome to worship with our community. If you are new to the liturgy, have grown up with it all your life, are returning to observance, or are seeking to learn more and build a new relationship with Judaism, we are committed to an open, inclusive, and egalitarian Conservative Jewish tradition. We welcome all to join us in creating this community.

BZBI is formed by the joining of three congregations: Temple Beth Zion, Beth Israel, and the Neziner Congregation. The union of these three communities and their individual characteristics created the center for Conservative Judaism in Center City Philadelphia that Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel has become. Proud of our rich history, we hope to bring the spirit of these synagogues into the twenty first century.

Fulfilling the three essential pillars of Judaism, BZBI is:

  • a Beit Knesset – House of Assembly, celebrating our Jewishness through acts of of mitzvoth (good deeds);
  • a Beit Midrash – House of Study, a place of learning for all ages; and
  • a Beit T’fillah – a House of Prayer, gathering in worship on Shabbat, Holy Days, and every day.
A golden anniversary as a member of BZBI brings back many wonderful memories. My husband Ernst, a Dutch Holocaust survivor, and I came to Philadelphia in 1966 and joined the synagogue at the High Holy Days. Thank you, BZBI, for half a century of inspiration and deep religious meaning here in Philadelphia.

—Barbara Presseisen

Photos on this website were taken by BZBI congregants:
Harry Roth, Cara Levinson and Lisa Weinberger.
Event photography by Shira Yudkoff photography.