Welcome to our home! Temple Covenant of Peace is the Lehigh Valley’s synagogue of the arts. Rabbi Melody Davis and Cantor Jill Pakman believe wholeheartedly that the creative spark within each person is the nexus through which we connect to God. Our worship service is enhanced through music, poetry, stories and traditional davvenning. We are a Reform Jewish congregation, engaging members in meaningful prayer, study, fellowship and acts of loving kindness for our congregational family and the community at large.
We are home to a very diverse congregation including students, families with or without children, single-parent families, couples and unmarried individuals including those who are widowed or divorced, interfaith families and the LGBT community. We are always striving to learn and expand our horizons. Our temple is committed to warm welcomes, mutual responsibility, meaningful relationships and respect for diversity.
Here you will find a place of study for all ages in many different modalities: the arts, literature, traditional text study and prayer - a learning environment committed to excellence. You will find programs relevant to modern Jewish life. Here we seek to ensure that our children will be inspired, and that they will convey that spirituality to their children and grandchildren.
We are a synagogue filled with God’s spirit and human kindness. You will find that we believe that social justice is the core of Jewish tradition, and you will see our commitment to our responsibility to help repair the world.
The Easton Jewish community is one of the oldest in the country. Its first Jewish settlers predate the Revolution, arriving in 1750. Temple Covenant of Peace is the third oldest synagogue in Pennsylvania and the 10th oldest in the United States. It was founded in 1839, and early membership was predominantly of German origin. Sermons, in fact, were given in German until the end of the century. The original building was, until 1959, the oldest synagogue in continuous use - 117 years.
Temple Covenant of Peace moved into its current residence in 1959 and was dedicated on November 27 of that year. The building contains a modern sanctuary (which seats 154 and can be expanded to 210 with added chairs), seven classrooms, adult and children’s libraries, a social hall (which can accommodate up to 275 people) and kitchen facilities.
Temple Covenant of Peace is an expanding congregation, enjoying the influx of many new families into the greater Lehigh Valley from the Poconos and New Jersey. All are invited to worship together with us. We believe that you will find something that touches your neshama (soul) at Covenant of Peace. Please accept this sincere invitation to visit us, learn about us and pray with us.
Warm Folks, Cool Shul!
Friday Night: 7:30 p.m.
Second Friday: 6:30 p.m. - Family Service
Saturday Morning: 4th Shabbat of Each Month - Tot Shabbat 9:15 a.m., Renewal Style Service 10:30 a.m.
Sundays only, from kindergarten through confirmation
Brew-ha-ha Coffeehouse - bi-monthly coffee house to share music, poetry, comedy and theater
National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)