We are a family-oriented community of religious worship, lifelong education, inclusiveness, spiritual guidance, and Jewish life cycle support.
Congregation Or Shalom was started as “The Conservative Synagogue of the Main Line” in 1974. We first worshipped and provided education in rental space in Wayne PA. We later purchased a building in Wayne which is now the Wayne Hotel. In 1985, we sold that building and moved into our present location at 835 Darby Paoli Road in Berwyn, PA. The congregation has grown and we have added two additions to the building since its purchase.
We are a Conservative Synagogue with a ‘liberal” outlook. We were one of the first Conservative synagogues to provide full equality to women members of our synagogue. We try to make all members welcome including those that are “a blended family”
For the first two years, services were conducted by lay leadership. Later we were able to engage Rabbi David A. Goldstein (z”l) and later Rabbi David Wortman (z”l) as part time rabbi. By the late 80s we were able to engage a full time rabbi. Rabbi Ronald Kaplan, Rabbi Alan Iser, and Rabbi Mitchell Romirowsky have led our synagogue. Our current rabbi is Rabbi Jacob Rosner.
We have an afternoon and Sunday religious school for our children as well as providing adult education. The Cambridge School is our tenant and provides day care, pre-school as well as providing before and after school care to the community.
Our Web site can only give you a tiny taste of what we are about. You have to come visit to know for sure. If you are new to the area or want a place where you can belong, please call the synagogue office at 610-644-9086. We can hardly wait to meet you!