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Congregation Or Shalom
835 Darby Paoli Road
Berwyn, PA 19312
Tel: 610-644-9086


Spiritual Leader:
Cantor Stephen Freedman

Betsy Cohen

Education Director:

Office Manager:
Lauren Porter

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Shalom -“He who finds a friend, finds a treasure”

Discovering Congregation Or Shalom is like finding a wonderful treasure — the synagogue has become the core of the ever-growing Jewish community of the western Main Line.

The congregation is made up of people of all ages — singles, newly married, inter-faith couples, families with young children and teens to empty-nesters and senior citizens.

The conservative congregation, founded in 1972, has grown incredibly in four decades along with the ever-booming population of Exton, Malvern, Paoli, Chesterbrook, Wayne, Newtown Square and the small towns along the Main Line.

Or Shalom is dedicated to providing a center of Jewish education for our children and continuing spiritual enrichment for ourselves.

We are active in social justice projects that enhance communal life and we share the joys of holidays and special occasions and support each other when comfort is needed.

Our newest members have an overwhelming pride and enthusiasm about Or Shalom. Stop by on Friday night when our Hebrew school classes lead services once a month or poke around our Gift Shop for a Judaica item.

Getting involved with the Men’s Club, Sisterhood, Social Action,  or enjoying our zany Purim Carnival is the easiest way to appreciate our heimish ways.

Membership Dues

Unlike many Conservative synagogues, we do not charge a set rate for membership.  We have a four tier pledge system based on what you can afford.  The fair share level which we call Gold requires a minimum pledge of $2,500 per year.  For those who can afford to pay more, we have a Platinum level which starts at $3,500.  For those who can’t afford to pay at these levels, we have a Silver level starting at $1,500 and a Bronze level starting at $500.  Those who cannot afford the $500 level can still apply for membership based on what you can afford.  Payments can be paid all at once at the beginning of our fiscal year in July or can be paid weekly, monthly, quarterly or whatever works best for you.  We accept check and Venmo for payment.  Sorry, no credit cards.

We also accept stock transfers.  Some of our older members, use part of their minimum required distribution on their IRA which reduces their taxable income.


Application Form – 2022-2023

Or Shalom Religious School 

We do not have our own school but we have made arrangements with another Conservative Synagogue in the area to accept our children for classes.

Contact Us

If you are new to the area and need a place to put down roots, please call our Office Manager, Lauren Porter at 610-644-9086 or email her at