​      b'nai israel what happens in our world, can happen in yours

In November 2003, the congregation and the town of Southbury celebrated a gala weekend dedication of our new synagogue, B'nai Israel's first permanent home. The new synagogue structure has become the focus of activity and growth. We share our building with other Jewish organizations and have become part of an integral Jewish campus life.  We are located in the historic district of Southbury on 10 acres of lush green pastures in a pristine country setting.  Our Rabbi, Educator, Administrator, Music Director, and entire staff are committed to making each member feel important.  Whether it is a personal meeting with our Rabbi or a conference with our Director of Education, our members are our first priority.

We are a progressive Reform congregation proudly affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). 

b'nai israel 's history


We are a home for all generations.
      We are committed to life-long learning.
              We are committed to Israel and Jewish survival.
                       We are committed to Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World).

B'nai Israel continues to maintain a position of prominence in the greater Southbury area. Formed by the merger of two Reform congregations, Temple Israel of Waterbury and B'nai Chaim of Southbury, B'nai Israel continues to be a congregation with a rich history of tradition while it embraces the future.  We take pride in our inspiring music, educational excellence and sense of community.  Setting us apart, too, is our spiritual leadership, commitment to advocacy, and inclusiveness -- our welcoming of traditional, non-traditional and interfaith families.

In 1997, Rabbi Eric Polokoff became the Rabbi of B'nai Israel and brought together a diverse population of Reform Jews with a set of common goals: