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Who We Are

Mekor Habracha began in 1999 as a community-led congregation in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. Since its inception, it has attracted a diverse group of people ranging from students, young professionals, families, and empty nesters. For eight years the group met under the auspices of the Etz Chaim organization. In 2006, Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch was recruited from New York to lead the congregation, and since his arrival the congregation has grown and flourished. In 2008, the synagogue became an independent organization serving the Center City Philadelphia community. Please join us soon for a unique Shabbat experience!


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.


Our Leadership

Yoella Epstein, Esq.
A litigation associate at Blank Rome LLP, she was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. After graduating from University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, she moved to Center City in 2008 with her husband, Jeremy Kriger. Yoella and Jeremy are the proud parents of  three girls: Neli, Neima and Adel. 

Ellen B. Geller

Director, Executive Office, The college on Problems of Drug Dependence, and Scientific Coordinator for the Center on Substance Abuse Research at Temple Medical School. Ellen has lived in Center City since 1972 and is the synagogue's treasurer.

Dr. David Morley
An emergency Physician, trained at Philadelphia's prestigious Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is originally from Michigan, and moved to Center City in 2010.   

Bethany Nikitenko, Esq., Ex Officio 
A lawyer with the firm McLaughlin & Lauricella. Bethany grew up in Philadelphia, is a Temple University Law School graduate and has lived in Center City since beginning law school in 2003.

Dr. Bruce Taubman
A pediatrician with a practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He has lived in Center City since 1972 and is the synagogue's president.