News Release: Nelson, local leaders request funding for local synagogue

ELKINS PARK, Feb. 8 – Joined by community leaders, state Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, wrote to Gov. Tom Wolf supporting a grant application submitted by Beth Sholom Synagogue. The letter followed a previous message sent by Nelson in October regarding the funding.

Beth Sholom applied for a grant for structural repairs through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program in 2021.

“Beth Sholom has been part of the Elkins Park community since 1951,” Nelson said. “Having been a beautiful centerpiece for decades and designated as a National Historic Landmark, it is paramount that we address the physical structure's needs so that the congregation can continue their amazing outreach to the members of the community in need.”

Nelson said the synagogue prominently features a historic and distinctive roof that is in desperate need of extensive repairs. He also highlighted the many community services Beth Sholom conducts to help their neighbors.

“Beth Sholom, the building, stands as an architectural symbol for our community,” said Brian Rissinger, executive director of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. “Beth Sholom, the congregation, stands as a testament to how lives can be changed through study, worship and social action.”

Beth Sholom was built in Elkins Park in 1951 and was the only synagogue designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.