One of the most exciting events at Congregation B'nai Israel is our First Friday Family Shabbat. They are geared toward giving our students the opportunity to lead the congregation in song and prayer. The service (when live) is followed by a full dinner and further fun for the kids! If you have not come to one of these services you have not felt the energy of our congregation!
Shabbat is the most important time of the week at B’nai Israel, when our congregational family gathers together for prayer, study and camaraderie. We worship together every Friday night and Shabbat morning and seek to offer a diversity of worship styles and experiences. We hope that the experience of communal prayer is meaningful at B’nai Israel for all, no matter a person’s background, education or past experience.
Shabbat is much more than a day of rest and Rabbi Gershon reminds us of this every week. Being at CBI (or with CBI on Zoom) on a Friday evening or Saturday morning ends your week with inspiration.
We welcome Shabbat on Friday evenings in a relaxed atmosphere of friendship with prayer, music and learning.
Our Friday evening service is currently on Zoom at 6 PM. The first Friday of every month is our First Fridays Family Service. Check the calendar for other Friday night special events including Shabbat meals and music.
Shabbat Saturday Mornings
Shabbat and Festival morning services currently begin at 9:30 A.M on Zoom until further notice. The Torah service begins by about 10:30 A.M. and usually includes an opportunity for learning through a D’var Torah (speech or presentation related to the weekly Torah portion) or an engaging and lively discussion. Throughout the year, we often enhance Shabbat morning experiences with special services and programs.
Our worship services are conducted in Hebrew along with English readings. We use Siddur Sim Shalom, the official prayer book of the Conservative Movement, which contains the traditional Hebrew liturgy and a full English translation, plus some transliteration. Our Shabbat morning Torah reading follows the official Triennial Cycle of the Conservative Movement. B’nai Israel is family friendly and welcomes people of all ages to attend our services.
We meet Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays regularly, with other days reserved according to holidays and community needs. It is attended by a friendly and devoted group of people who make up a family within the larger synagogue family. Whether you wish to start your day with communal prayer, recite the mourner's Kaddish, go up to the Torah for an aliyah or observe a yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing of a loved one), you'll be warmly welcomed. Those not familiar with the traditional Hebrew service are always gently helped to follow and understand the service. Anyone may choose to sponsor breakfasts in memory of a loved one, or in celebration of a special moment or experience.
Memorial prayers for loved ones (El Maley Rachamim) can be recited on days when the Torah is read (Mondays and Thursdays). Prayers for healing can be said privately every day and are recited in public when the Torah is read.
Currently we hold minyans at 9:30 AM on Zoom until further notice.