Welcome to B'nai Israel - Southbury



  • Our Home

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


  • Shabbat Services

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

  • Martin Luther King Day Celebration

    Honoring MLK

    BIRS 6th & 7th Grade Students Sing to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Martin Luther King Day Celebration

    Honoring MLK

    BIRS 6th & 7th Grade Students Sing to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

welcome to b'nai israel southbury. join us for erev shabbat worship

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Important Messages

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B'nai Israel provides up-to-date resources about our activities, Israel and Jewish life. 


Twitter...at BnaiTweets Facebook.. B'nai Israel of Southbury, CT Instagram...bnai_israel_southbury 


introducing... the SHOP at b'nai israel - JUDAICA




lauren goudsmith *my mitzvah project

Lauren Goudmaith is raising money to help a friend with Alopicia and other kids with the same condition go to camp "Alopiciapalooza". Additonally she is collecting new caps for them as well.  Read more here!


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!



*new spot - i On b'nai israel 

Our NEW photo blogspot where you can see images of events, services and celebrations...a view on all we do!







For full "the weekender" stories, click the o4.o4 update below


ordering mishkan haNefesh - our new high holy days prayer books


enjoy podcasts of prior services

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



plant a tree in israel 

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



snow cancellation policy

Review our snow cancellation policy.



bbyo*b'nai brith youth organization

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 Leslie Crotty.  Visit the BBYO website for more information.



grow with us tv commercial 

growpicView 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!



events at b'nai israel and our common interests


The inescapable reality of life: all that lives must die.  We share this with all who have lived, and all who will ever be. Hence the questions and challenges – how to live? How to understand and commemorate the lives of those we loved, or whom have inspired us? The answer will bring many of us into the Sanctuary in the morning for Yizkor on the last day of this festival.  Let us recall our own beloved dead: fathers and mothers, spouses and children, siblings and in-laws, relatives and dear friends, community members and role-models, and bless their memories.
Rabbi Eric












Rabbi's Blog

Rabbi's Sermon O4.15.16 SHABBAT HAGADOL 5776   "If She Can Search for the Afikoman…"



Visit for interactive news from the Rabbi.

Rabbi Polokoff received his Sacred Theology Master's from Yale Divinity School. His rabbinic ordination, Master's in Hebrew Literature and Doctor of Divinity are from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and his undergraduate degree is from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Earlier in his rabbinate, he was rabbi of Congregation B'nai Chaim of Southbury and an executive in New York at the Reform Movement's umbrella organization, now known as the Union for Reform Judaism.


Calendar of Events

I A C - Our Pledge

israel advocacy committee

Working together to fight for justice in the international community for Israel and its people, including combating antisemitism everywhere.

We teach our congregation the essential and irrevocable connections between Israel and Diaspora Jewry and take up the cause of human rights for all peoples. 

The IAC has close ties with AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee); and with ADL (Anti-Defamation League), and with PRIMER (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting).


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

brad & seth mahler camp scholarship fund


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.

Click to download application. 

Southbury's Distinctive History

when southbury said no! to the nazis:  1937.  ongoing commemoration

bundIn 1937 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 and Emmy nominated 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 US Holocaust Memorial Museum celebrated Southbury's deed in the Spring 2015 issue of its magazine.




Iran's pursuit of nuclear weaponry poses a grave threat to the United States and its allies, most notably Israel. Click here for updates and to learn why our advocacy is so important.