Congregation B’nai Israel is a longstanding cornerstone of Jewish life in the Greater Bridgeport area. While we were founded over 150 years ago, our strength lies in our willingness to look to the future. A recent expansion and renovation of our building included a new chapel, social pavilion, and additional classrooms. 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.
Join us on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. at United Congregational Church – now at the Bessemer Center, 2200 North Avenue, Bridgeport, for this annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering.
Israeli activist, passionate voice for Religious Pluralism and Human Rights in Israel, Anat Hoffman serves as Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and joins us on Monday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Temple Israel and the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County.
World-class band headed by tenor sax player, Rabbi Greg Wall (the “Jazz Rabbi”) and Jamie Baum on flute will be here for a benefit concert on Sunday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. Special appearance and auction by Andres Forero, drummer for the Broadway show “Hamilton.” Reserve your seat today!
Scott Verchin has been teaching Shoah (Holocaust) to our teens for 5 years. This summer he spend a week at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Memorial Center in Jerusalem, with teachers like him. Join Scott on Mondays, November 13 & 20 at 7:00 p.m. as he shares with us what he has learned.
Rabbinic Intern Stephanie Crawley will explore the Jewish inclination towards questioning with this 4-5 week course beginning Friday, November 3 at noon.
November Mitzvah Morning – Sunday, November 19 at 9:30 to assemble food packages for the clients of the Norma Pfriem Urban Outreach Initiative. Donations of food and Stop & Shop gift cards can be brought to the temple. Register today and help make Thanksgiving a happy one for the community.
On Friday, November 10th, Congregation B’nai Israel members gathered for casual Shabbat dinners at homes across our community. Judging by the photos it looks like everyone had a great time!
We often hear from congregants that they are looking for ways to get involved at temple. We’ve compiled a list of groups in B’nai Israel that could use your input or help. Click above for a description and contact for all ways you can make a difference.