BZBI, where you thrive


As a young married couple moving to Philadelphia who grew up in the conservative movement, we were naturally attracted to BZBI. Over the last six months we have met many new friends. We are so grateful to have BZBI as a part of our new home in Philadelphia.

—Oren and Reena Pollak

Welcome to BZBI! We are an urban inclusive, egalitarian, Conservative congregation in the heart of Center City. BZBI has been part of the fabric of Jewish Center City for 175 years. We are truly a neighborhood shul, in Rittenhouse Square, where you will see your BZBI friends around town. Together we are building a community that is caring, connected, and fulfilling. Join us for any of our services or programs. All are welcome regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, or gender identity.

Since March 2020, we have moved our programs and services online. All are welcome to participate. Our online programs and virtual services include daily and Shabbat services, yoga, Tot Shabbat, lectures, classes, and so much more. (hyperlink to events page on website)

  • Rabbis Abe Friedman and Rabbi Annie Lewis lead our congregation together
  • Over 400 member families
  • Neziner Hebrew School – Using the best online tools and experiential education to ensure that our children continue to enjoy Jewish learning and community, whether that is in the building or in virtual space.
  • Laurie Wagman Playschool and Abigail R. Cohen Preschool – Joyful Jewish education
    for children 18 months to 5 years old. (hyperlink to preschool page)

We want to connect with you! Reach out to us by email or phone at (215) 735-5148.

To find out more you can:

  1. Sign up today to join our mailing list for our weekly eCongregation newsletter. Each week you will receive an email on Thursday highlighting services, events, and congregational news
  2. Read our Shofar Blog.
  3. Connect with BZBI on Facebook, Twitter , and Instagram.
  4. Check out our monthly events calendar.

If you are interested in a further connection with BZBI, please reach out to us by email or phone at (215) 735-5148.


Sharon Gries, Chair, Membership Committee