Congregation B'nai Israel

2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 | (203) 336-1858 | |

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Bruchim Haba’im! Welcome to Congregation B’nai Israel!

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.

What's Happening

Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering

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.

Guest Speaker – Anat Hoffman

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.

Save The Date!

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!

Yad Vashem & How We View The Shoah

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.

Why Do Jews Answer Questions With Questions?

Rabbinic Intern Stephanie Crawley will explore the Jewish inclination towards questioning with this 4-5 week course beginning Friday, November 3 at noon.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

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.

Shabbat About Town

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! 

Ways to Get Involved at B’nai Israel

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. 

Brick Campaign

Brick Campaign is now live! You can place your order online today or download an order form and send it to the office. Let’s get together and “pave the way.”

Service Schedule

Friday, November 17
Oneg, 5:30 p.m.
Service, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 18
Service, 8:00 a.m.
Brotherhood Breakfast, 9:00 a.m.
Young Families Havurah, 9:00 a.m.
Torah Study, 9:30 a.m.
Service, 11:00 a.m.
B'not Mitzvah of Brooke Berry, daughter of Caryn and David Berry, and Emma Lopes, daughter of Shari and Dane Lopes

Live Streaming

Fridays at 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services are available with our new Live Streaming service.

Upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah

November 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Fink, daughter of Pamela and Neal Fink

December 2 at 11:00 a.m.
B'nai Mitzvah of Samuel Cohen, son of Helen and Mark Cohen, and Noah Kingsly, son of Katherine and Kenneth Kingsly

December 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Bat Mitzvah of Amber Borofsky, daughter of Beth Natt and Jeff Borofsky