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Who We Are

Mekor Habracha emerged from a 1990's community-led prayer group in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. Since its inception, it has attracted a diverse group of individuals, ranging from students, young professionals, families, and empty nesters. From 1999-2001, the group met under the auspices of the Etz Chaim organization, and reverted to being mainly lay-led until 2006, when Etz Chaim recruited Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch from New York to lead the group. Since Rabbi Hirsch's arrival, the congregation has grown and flourished, eventually becoming an independent synagogue in 2008, and is now a critical contributing organization to the advancement of Jewish life in Center City. Join us soon for a unique Shabbat and Jewish 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.