Congregation B’nai Israel is a longstanding cornerstone of Jewish life in the Greater Bridgeport area. While we were founded over 160 years ago, our strength lies in our willingness to look to the future. Our building includes a Sanctuary, Chapel, social hall with adjacent pavilion, library, Judaica Shop and an education center with classrooms for both preschool and religious school. What truly makes us special, however, are the people who belong here. We pride ourselves in being a place where a diverse intergenerational community forms long-lasting friendships, enriches their lives through shared learning, celebrates joyous occasions,and supports one another in times of need.R
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Amichai’s poetry will take you on a journey that is as distant as it is personal. Join with Rabbi Marion for this four part series as we take a deep dive into the English translations of a selection of Amichai’s greatest writings – discovering, as we go, own stories and our own journeys carefully positioned Continue Reading »
Join Rabbi Schultz for a fascinating look into the Rabbinic perspective on the Jewish voice. What is the implication of making a vow or an oath? When is it okay to gossip about another person? For these questions and more, join Rabbi Schultz on Fridays at noon, November 1, 8, 15 and 22.
New to the temple? What did you do this summer? How are the kids? Let’s get together and schmooze! Bring a friend, meet up with old friends and make new friends at the home of Mindy Siegel on Thursday, October 17! It’s sure to be a great evening for cocktails, snacks, intergenerational mingling and conversation.
Join Ira Wise at noon on Fridays, October 11, 18 and 25 for a discussion on living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. What are the challenges to being Jewish today and what should we do to ensure that we thrive in the future?
In keeping with our Sukkot theme on celebrating shelter, learn with Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Operation Hope, in a discussion of how their work has shifted through the decades and are responding now to the new challenges of supporting the homeless and the hungry in our area. Sunday, October 13 at 7:15 p.m.
The College Committee serves to remind students who are members of the congregation that even while they are away at school, they remain integral parts of our community. Small gifts and letters from our rabbis help them remain engaged. Please send your child’s name and college mailing address to Lauren Tropp at email@example.com.
On Friday, November 1st we will hold our 3rd Annual Shabbat About Town where we connect with new and old friends in the comfort of congregants’ homes. Children and adults are welcome to take part in this special evening of community, either as a guest or a host! There is no charge. Sign up today!
For this year’s family Sukkot program we are putting the theme of shelter and home into social action by partnering with Operation Hope to help families transitioning from homelessness into permanent housing. We’re collecting new items (i.e. towels, soap, pans, everyday household items) that are need in new homes. Click to read more!
You’re invited to join Rabbi Schultz and Rabbi Marion each week for some Thursday morning fun on Facebook Live! Ask us questions, share what’s going on in your lives and we’ll let you know what’s going on at B’nai Israel. Hope you can join us beginning Thursday, September 5 at 9:30 a.m.