About Us

Congregation Sons of Israel is an Orthodox synagogue located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the beautiful Lehigh Valley. Founded in 1902 by about 25 Jewish residents, SOI has grown into a flourishing Orthodox community with over 180 member families. Our synagogue offers weekly Shabbat and Holiday services as well as daily minyanim for Shacharit and Mincha/Maariv.

Classes on a variety of Torah subjects, including a Daf Yomi shiur, are offered regularly by our Rabbi, scholars-in-residence, and community members. Well-attended social events, such as weekly kiddushes, Friday night dinners, Jewish music concerts, Purim carnivals, and annual shul banquets, help foster a warm, welcoming community. Activities for youth include Shabbat groups, pre-holiday arts and crafts, and dynamic holiday outings. SOI members can also take advantage of Allentown’s Eruv, Mikvah, day school and JCC, along with easy access to Kosher food.

Being a part of Congregation Sons of Israel provides access to a Torah-committed, vibrant Jewish community. We welcome you to learn more about us!

This Shabbat
Parshat Vayikra
Mincha: 7:05 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 7:07 p.m.

Shacharis: 9:00 a.m.
Mincha: 6:45 p.m.
Shabbat concludes: 8:09 p.m.
Upcoming Events
All youth are invited to join us for chametz burning with our local fire truck on Monday, April 10th at 9:00 AM in the shul parking lot.

All Sons of Israel Teens are invited to Six Flags Chol Hamoed Pesach, Thursday, April 13, leaving from the shul at 9:00 a.m. and returning at 6:00 p.m. A live concert by Benny Friedman, with Mordechai Shapiro, will be at 3:00 p.m. at the park. The cost is $48, which includes transportation, and you must R.S.V.P. with payment by April 5. Kosher for Pesach food will be available for purchase inside the park.  NO outside food is permitted. For more information, contact Alyssa Komarow at arkomarow@gmail.com

Rabbi Wilensky is teaching a new class at the Jewish Day School on Tuesday mornings for parents on “How to Use the Parsha as a Tool to Open Lines of Communication With Your Child”. This class begins at 8:10 a.m. (after drop off at the JDS) and ends at 8:40 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments are served.

Join our weekly Tuesday class with Rabbi Wilensky held in the shul's board room at 8:30 p.m. on "Chovot Halevavot: Nurturing the Inner Feelings of a Jew". This class is open for both men and women and no prior knowledge of Jewish texts is necessary. The class is studying the classic work of Rabbi Bachya Ibn Pekudah of 11th century Spain which focuses on cultivating the thoughts and emotions of self-reflection, trust, belief, humility, devotion, and love. If you are interested in more details, please contact Rabbi Wilensky.