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Center City/Philadelphia, PA

About This Community

Center City/Philadelphia is one of the oldest Jewish communities in the United States. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, the Center City Jewish community offers a diverse choice of Orthodox Shuls, competitive job opportunities, affordable and new real estate, a large eruv, many parks for children, and more.

• Center City has an Orthodox preschool; elementary and high schools are within 20-30 minutes by car. Numerous yeshivot, and kolllelim are also within a close drive.

• There are two mikva'ot in Center City, as well as numerous other mikva'ot within short driving distance.

• Several kosher pareve dining options are within Center City. Numerous meat and dairy kosher restaurants are only a 10–25 minute drive away.

• Congregation Mikveh Israel is the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Center City (and the oldest in Pennsylvania). Mikveh Israel operates daily minyanim and has a thriving legacy of maintaining the Spanish & Portuguese Sephardic tradition. Our congregants are Ashkenazi and Sephardic and come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

• Mikveh Israel offers a Shabbat program for children, Shiurim throughout the week, and offers full meals following services every Shabbat and Holiday.

• Other local amenities include Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, many colonial-era museums and sites, world-class hospitals and medical centers (Penn Medicine, Jefferson Medicine, Einstein Medical Center), and the well-known Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Wills Eye Hospital, The Philadelphia Zoo, and the Wells Fargo Center (for sporting events). The Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak station are roughly 10-20 minutes away from most of Center City.

Incentives• Mikveh Israel offers newlywed couples free synagogue membership for the first year.
• There are state tax credits for Yeshiva tuition available to families meeting certain criteria.
• Free use of the Mikveh Israel Social Hall for members of Mikveh Israel. This is Center City/Philadelphia's only Kosher dining hall.

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Our Community Amenities

Yeshiva Elementary Day School
Coed Boys Only Girls Only Chabad Day School
Yeshiva High School
Coed Boys Mesifta Girls Only
Post High School
Yeshiva Bais Medrash Post Israel
Educational Resources
School Programs Funding Assistance
Extra Curricular Programs
Sports Leagues NCSY
Religious Life
Chessed Organizations
Hatzolah Tomchei Shabbos Bikur Cholim
Kosher Dining
Dairy Restaurants Meat Restaurants
Kosher Food Availability
Kosher Store Kosher food widely available in local supermarket Chalav Yisroel
Shabbos Mikvah within walking distance Mikvah within close driving distance
Daily Minyanim (Shacharis/Mincha/Maariv) Available
Ashkenazic Ari
Other Resources
Eruv Vaad Harabonim Yoetzet Halacha
Chofetz Chaim Lakewood Ner Yisroel YU Kollel Unaffiliated
Jobs Assistance Network Mass Transit Available
State Income Tax for Highest Bracket 0%
Low Property Tax Rate Low Corporate Tax
Retiree Amenities
Senior Housing (55+ / Assisted Living) Retiree Programs Retiree Kollel
Singles Resources
Robust Infrastructure Shadchanim/Shidduch Committee
Fair Participation
2024 Fair 2024
Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue PA, Philadelphia, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 206
Mei Shalva – Center City Community Mikvah: PA, Philadelphia,, 509 Pine St,
B'nai Abraham Chabad PA, Philadelphia, 527 Lombard St
Mamash Chabad PA, Philadelphia, 1601 Lombard St,
Congregation Mikveh Israel PA, Philadelphia, 44 N 4th St
(215) 922-5446

Our Community Contacts

Rabbi Yosef Zarnighian 215-922-5446