OUR VALUES AND MESSAGES
A THANKSGIVING PRAYER FROM RABBI ERIC
O God, Eternal One of the universe, on this Thanksgiving we thank you for our many blessings. For family and friends and caregivers; for community and nation; for our People and for Your presence. We are grateful for the precious blessing of freedom, first introduced into our world by Torah. And we thank your for our abundance. Recalling the pilgrims and recalling every other group of immigrants to these shores, on Thanksgiving we reaffirm our pursuit of justice and compassion. May God grant strength unto our People, and may God bless all peoples with peace. And let us say: Amen.
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Enjoy Podcasts of Prior Services
Listen to podcasts of prior services, including both Shabbat and holidays. A new podcast just added.
B'nai Israel has joined forces with Adath Israel of Newtown to debut a new joint BBYO Chapter for the Jewish Community. The newly merged "Noah Pozner BBYO Chapter" is open to all Jewish teens in grades 8th-12th! You do not have to be a member of either temple to join or of BBYO to attend the meeting. Questions?Contact B’nai Israel President Leslie Crotty. Visit the BBYO website for more information.
Our current Israeli Emissaries Amit & Nir. Check out their Facebook page!
Plant a Tree in Israel
Plant a tree in Israel through the Jewish National Fund. Click here to get started!
Grow with us TV Commercial Premiers!
This weekend marks the beginning of our TV outreach efforts with our campaign airing on cable television and reaching more than 110,000 households. Click here to download the ad or you can see it online by clicking here!
B'nai Mitzvah Student Spotlight:
B'nai Israel's Innovative Religious School Curriculum Featured in Jewish Ledger. "High Tech Comes to Hebrew School":
The January 8th edition of the Jewish Ledger featured an article about our participation in the innovative Shalom Learning educational program which is being utilized by our Seventh grade class at the religious school!
A SANDY HOOK KADDISH:
On Friday December 13th, the Eve of the first anniversary of the tragic
school shootings in Sandy Hook, B’nai Israel held a special
Shabbat service commemorating the victims of the tragedy. Read more here.
A MUST SEE -- An AMAZING 80 second video from ADL: Imagine a World Without Hate
Click HERE to watch this video, honoring the Anti-Defamation League's 100 years of impact in fighting hate and promoting understanding.
Rabbi Amy's Published on Rabbinical School Blog
Our own former Student Rabbi, Rabbi Amy Goodman, offered a beautiful and insightful reflection "Affirming Life at the End of Life" for Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Have your very own B'nai Bear!!!
Iran's pursuit of nuclear weaponry poses a grave threat to the United States and its allies, most notably Israel. American and Israeli leaders stand united in the goal of preventing so menacing a government from gaining that capability. Click here to learn why Iran must be stopped, and why our advocacy is so important. During the last legislative session our local legislators co-sponsored a new law tightening sanctions on Iran's oil sector.Click here for more information.
The Louis D. Traurig Scholarship Trust accepts applications for scholarships for college or graduate education. The Trust provides scholarships to students from the Greater Waterbury Area to help defray the cost of college or graduate school education. The application period is now open
The Brad & Seth Mahler Camp Scholarship Fund application period is now open. The Fund provides awards each year to enable youngsters from our congregation to experience Jewish Camping. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need. Contributions to the fund are being accepted.
When Southbury Said NO! to the Nazis: 1937. Ongoing Commemoration
77 years ago the town of Southbury put a halt to the establishment of a Nazi training camp in the Kettletown section. B'nai Israel and the Jewish community have figured prominently in the commemoration, that has included the creation of the award-winning film "Home of the Brave." See "Home of the Brave" trailer here. As part of an educational program "Home of the Brave" was featured on Connecticut Public Television, the United States Senate and the Connecticut State Capitol. Click HERE for a film about the making of "Home of the Brave." Click HERE to learn of upcoming showings.
The Psalms teach:
I rejoiced in my heart when they said to me, let us go to Adonai’s House. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you shall prosper. I will now say, peace be within you… I will seek your good.
Our Siddur/Prayerbook, Mishkan T’filah, includes this prayer:
Avinu shebashamayim - O Heavenly One, Protector and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel which marks the dawning of hope for all who seek peace. Shield it beneath the wings of your love; spread over it the canopy of Your peace; send Your light and truth to all who lead and advise, guiding them with Your good counsel. Establish peace in the land and fullness of joy for all who dwell there. Amen.
At this anxious time in the homeland of the Jewish People, may our thoughts and prayers be with its citizens.