Congregation B'nai Israel

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

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Simchat Torah

Outdoor Erev Simchat Torah Service and Celebration

Friday, October 6

Pre-Shabbat Meditation: 5:00-5:30pm (see separate description for details)

Pizza and Crafts: 5:00-6:00pm

Family Friendly Simchat Torah Service: 6:00-7:00pm

Join us for pizza dinner and kid-friendly Torah themed crafts outside in the parking lot at B’nai Israel. All are welcome to stay for our outdoor family friendly Erev Simchat Torah service, starting at 6:00pm, which will feature the joyful sounds of Radio Klez as we unroll and dance with the Torah! If you plan to join us for pizza dinner, RSVP to Lisa Hurlbert at so we can be sure to order enough food.


*New This Year:

Pre-Shabbat Meditation with the Clergy

Select Fridays, from 5:00pm-5:30pm in the Chapel

We all arrive at Shabbat each week with many different emotions and needs. Some of us are celebrating simchas, others are mourning loved ones or navigating illness and sorrow. This pre-Shabbat meditation will provide a quieter space for prayer and contemplation, specifically designed for community members who are mourning loved ones, experiencing illness, praying for the health of a loved one, or who have had a particularly difficult or challenging week. Each pre-Shabbat meditation will always include recitation of Mi Sheberach for healing, Mourner’s Kaddish, as well as an opportunity to reflect and find comfort in the presence of one another.  Following our time together, participants are welcome and encouraged to join for Shabbat oneg at 5:30pm, followed by our congregational Shabbat service at 6:00pm. For more information, please contact Rabbi Sarah at

Our Pre-Shabbat Meditations will be offered on the following Fridays from 5:00-5:30pm:

Friday, October 6

Friday, November 3

Friday, December 8

Friday, January 19

Friday, February 16

Friday, March 15

Friday, April 19

Friday, May 3



Simchat Torah Morning/Yizkor Service

Saturday, October 7 at 10:00am

*Note: There will be no 8am service, Brotherhood breakfast or Torah study that morning. Simchat Torah morning/Yizkor services will begin at 10:00am.