First constructed in 1964, the Adath Jeshurun Synagogue building features many spaces ideal for learning, prayer, celebration and community gathering. With multiple features including ramps leading to the bimah, large-type prayer books and earphones for the hearing impaired, it is a truly accessible structure. Our inviting spaces include:
The Main Sanctuary — used for High Holy Days and Shabbat services, as well as special occasions. The remarkable sculptures at the front and rear of the Sanctuary capture the prime theological themes of Creation (the Ark Doors by Albert Paley, Revelation and Redemption (the facing panels by Zigi Ben-Haim).
The Strauss Chapel (adjacent to the Main Sanctuary) — used for daily minyan and Kabbalat Shabbat, as well as for summer Shabbat services. The Chapel incorporates elements and materials from AJ’s previous building at Broad and Diamond Streets, as well as from the Daroff Chapel which occupied this space before the renovation in 2001.
The Orleans Auditorium (upper level) — used for additional High Holy Day service seating, as well as for wedding receptions, dinners/dinner dances, and Shabbat Kiddush luncheons. The Orleans has the ability to be one or two separate spaces. The auditorium can also be rented as a meeting space during the week.
The Sanctuary Foyer (Main Lobby)— a light open space that can be used for cocktail receptions, small Kiddush luncheons, or Oneg Shabbat receptions.
The Braemer Auditorium (lower level) — used for congregational and community meetings. Additionally, the Braemer Foyer is often used for small group gatherings.
Our building features many spaces available for use to both members and non-members for meetings, celebrations and events. For more information, call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611.
Once AJ’s founding members had rented a meeting place and secured the services of a hazzan to lead them in prayer and to teach in a school for their children, land was purchased for a cemetery at Bridge and Walker Streets in the, at the time, semi-rural town of Frankford that had only recently been incorporated into the City of Philadelphia.
Since its incorporation in 1861, the Adath Jeshurun Cemetery, located at 1855 Bridge Street has continued to serve the internment needs of congregants as well as offer a place for remembrance and reflection. While its lovingly manicured landscape offers plots available for loved ones, the site additionally holds interests for history buffs with many historical monuments and personages, including Civil War veterans, and AJ’s own Rabbi Klein.
The AJ Cemetery is open every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Shabbat and Festivals. For information regarding the purchase of a gravesite, perpetual care, and/or burial fees, please contact the synagogue office at 215.635.6611.
Directions to the Adath Jeshurun Cemetery: