Next week I will go to Philadelphia, and I don't know the place. Since other sites tend to be outdated, I thought that we may help each other by listing synagogues and restaurants, whenever someone travels abroad. Therefore I would like to ask those, who know Philadelphia, to give me some ideas. I'm mainly interested in Ashkenaz (but feel free to add others).

To facilitate my job, give one single answer and edit that one. Please list location, available days and branch for synagogues, style for restaurants and focus on the city centre.

See my entry on Meta.

  • philly-direct.com/frum – rosends Nov 8 '17 at 20:42
  • @rosends Thanks indeed! However, I wrote a few weeks ago to a shul close to my place from a similar list, but never got answer. – Kazi bácsi Nov 8 '17 at 20:49
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    godaven.com/… – ezra Nov 8 '17 at 21:04
  • Commentless downvoter, why? – ezra Nov 9 '17 at 20:37
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    @DonielF It would have been nice to read your opinion on Meta. – Kazi bácsi Nov 11 '17 at 18:00

Synagogues and Restaurants. If you like Israeli style felafel type stuff, Mama's Vegetarian in center city Philadelphia is affordable, consistent and tasty. Take out or eat-in. Enjoy your visit.

DANF] I can vouch for the New Harmony Vegetarian Restaurant in Chinatown (downtown area). They are vegetarian, and they had a reliable hechsher as of about 4 years ago, last time I was there. I thought they were quite good.

The Swiss Haus Bakery in downtown Philly (I think it was around S 19 St.) was under International Kosher, as of about 4 years ago. I don't know what its status is now. But, if it's still kosher, some of their cupcakes were so good, I would specifically travel to Philadelphia just for them.

Downtown area has picked up quite a number of kosher places within the last few years. Otherwise, the kosher places tend to be clustered around Castor Ave. in NE Philly.

Kazi: I attended Mekor Habracha, which is not a kapoteh and shtreimel place, but is packed with young and nice people on Shabbat. For the less religious Beth Zion - Beth Israel may be a good option. The 1818 Market Street minyan was also a good choice for weekday mincha. I've heard good things of Mama's Vegetarian, even though they accept only cash. Hey Hummus is serving meat as well, it has an IKC hekhsher (please decide, whether you consider that reliable). It seemed to me that Hamifgash was closed, while Swiss Haus received again heksher under IKC. I found that Rittenhouse Market was selling quite many kosher products, including bread, dairy stuff and grape juice.

  • Do you know by chance a synagogue with a particularly good rabbi/chazan/atmosphere? – Kazi bácsi Nov 8 '17 at 20:54
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    In center city, for Shabbat, in my opinion the pickings are slim. You might enjoy Lower Merion Synagogue or Chabad of the Main Line with Rabbi Shraga Sherman. The communities are nice. The hospitality is good and they usually have some kind of interesting programs going on. – Yaacov Deane Nov 9 '17 at 0:15
  • I've found this regarding the bakery: mekorhabracha.org/2017/02/13/Swiss-Hause-Not-Kosher.html – Kazi bácsi Nov 9 '17 at 8:54
  • To my knowledge, IKC Kosher is not considered reliable as a supervising agency. – Yaacov Deane Nov 9 '17 at 11:58
  • Hamifgash seems to be out of business... – Kazi bácsi Nov 15 '17 at 17:49

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