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Greater Philadelphia Tri-State Community

Serving Congregations in Eastern PA, Philadelphia, Southern NJ

Welcome to the Greater Philadelphia Tri-State Community. There are thirty four congregations in our community and while we are centered in the greater Philadelphia area, we stretch to Central and Northern PA, Delaware and Southern NJ. I am extremely blessed to work with two wonderfully strong and caring co-chairs Susan Olinsky and Rich Litwin.  We find that congregational leaders value the opportunity to network and to collaborate as well as the access to professional expertise.  And so, our goal is to create a community where our congregational leaders can share and learn from each other, where we can share resources, and in turn strengthen the greater Jewish community.


We are committed to providing an additional link between the URJ and our Community congregations.  This additional layer of communication is a valuable component in keeping our congregations informed and engaged with both the URJ and with the other congregations and leadership in the Greater Philadelphia Tri-State Community. Our over-arching goal is to preserve, support and strengthen the Reform Jewish Community in our region. We look forward to planning and creating gatherings that are important to our congregations and that provide meaningful information and guidance and which will open new channels of communication between congregational leaders. In that regard, we encourage you to play an active role in helping us decide on future topics of interest. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and comments - Kareen Hartwig. 

Community Chair

Kareen Shectman Hartwig

Temple Brith Achim
King of Prussia, PA
Community Vice Chair

Susan Olinsky

Congregation M’Kor Shalom
Cherry Hill, NJ
Community Vice Chair

Rich Litwin

Congregation Beth Emeth
Wilmington, DE
Greater Philadelphia Tri-State Community