Welcome to B'nai Israel - Southbury

  • Teen Volunteers Lead Junior Congregation

    Our teen volunteers did a wonderful job leading Junior Congregation on Rosh Hashanah.

  • Our Home

    The Campus offers a beautiful and spiritual location for worship, education, and social activities.

  • Welcome

    Join B'nai Israel for our community-centered weekly services and seasonal celebrations.  If you are interested in membership click here!

  • Shabbat Services

    Join Rabbi Polokoff and the congregation for Erev Shabbat services each Friday.

  • Members of BISTY on a recent trip to Lake Compounce

News

Wed, 11/26: the Building will be CLOSED on account of inclement weather.  Join us on Fri, 11/28 at 7:30 for Erev Shabbat.

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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.

Follow us on Twitter at BnaiTweets

B'nai Israel provides on Twitter up-to-date resources about our activities, Israel and Jewish life -- follow us at BnaiTweets.

Enjoy Podcasts of Prior Services

 

Listen to podcasts of prior services, including both Shabbat and holidays. A new podcast just added.

 

 

BBYO 

 

BBYOB'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.

 

 

Religious School

Our current Israeli Emissaries Amit & Nir. Check out their Facebook page! 


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B'nai Mitzvah

Do you have a child approaching their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Read more about B'nai Mitzvah here and get all the details in our B'nai Mitzvah Handbook!

 

Review the updated BIRS calendar and our snow cancellation policy.

 

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Plant a Tree in Israel

 

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Plant a tree in Israel through the Jewish National Fund.  Click here to get started!

 

 

News

Grow with us TV Commercial Premiers!

growpicThis 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:

joshuarossJoshua Ross organized and supported a charity basketball tournament, Mitzvah Madness, in Newtown on March 30th as his Bar Mitzvah project. Read more here!

 

 

perelmuterRead about how Melissa and David Perelmuter are working to beautify Ballantine Park as their Mitzvah project here!

 

 

B'nai Israel's Innovative Religious School Curriculum Featured in Jewish Ledger. "High Tech Comes to Hebrew School":

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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:

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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

mlkClick 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!!!

bear The B'nai Bear is a plush bundle of love! A portion of the $18 cost will benefit the community with gifts of caring, comfort, and love! Order yours today!

 

 

 

 

Iran Update

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 Shofar

Read the latest issue of our newsletter on line or visit the archives!

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Blogs

Rabbi EricRabbi's Blog

Visit for interactive news from the Rabbi.

B'nai Blog

Keep up to date on synagogue happenings, Jewish events locally and regionally, and interesting websites.  The initial posts will help you learn to navigate our innovative new website!

Scholarships

Traurig Scholarship

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
 

Camp Scholarships

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.

Collegium Musicum at B'nai Israel

Collegium Musicum of the Taft School sang with B'nai Israel's choir in uplifting and inspiring worship.

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Recent events

When Southbury Said NO! to the Nazis:  1937.  Ongoing Commemoration

bund77 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. 

 

Upcoming Events

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.