Congregation B'nai Israel

2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 | (203) 336-1858 | |

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Bruchim Haba’im! Welcome to Congregation B’nai Israel!

Congregation B’nai Israel is a longstanding cornerstone of Jewish life in the Greater Bridgeport area.  While we were founded over 150 years ago, our strength lies in our willingness to look to the future.  A recent expansion and renovation of our building included a new chapel, social pavilion, and additional classrooms. What truly makes us special, however, are the people who belong here.  We pride ourselves in being a place where a diverse intergenerational community forms long-lasting friendships, enriches their lives through shared learning, celebrates joyous occasions and supports one another in times of need.

What's Happening

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Ancient Laws, New Applications

Join Rabbinic Intern Stephanie Crawley on Tuesdays in June from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to explore topics in Jewish law, and discover elements that have relevance for our contemporary lives plus develop new practices and new answers to both the questions of “why” and “how” to be Jewish.


Lunch n’ Learn

Discuss Maimonides book of Blessings with Rabbi Evan Schultz and Rabbinic Intern Stephanie Crawley at Whole Foods in Fairfield on Mondays in June from noon-1:00 p.m.  


Confirmation 2016/5776

CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL Invites You to Celebrate the Confirmation of Fifteen Outstanding Young Men and Women Sunday, June 5th at 2:00 p.m.

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Merkaz Graduation

Graduation ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 5th at B’nai Torah. B’nai Israel has sixteen students in the class.

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot

There is a longstanding tradition of adults learning through the night on Shavuot. Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 for “Sallah Shabbati,” a classic comedic film from Israel that tells the story of a Yemenite family that comes to Israel in 1949.


Celebrate Shavuot

Come rejoice in the Festival of the Giving of the Torah, the Festival of the First Fruit, with prayer, a picnic and planting on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the temple. We will have something for everyone.

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Annual Meeting

Please join us on June 16 as we review the year at B’nai Israel, thank outgoing lay leaders and welcome the incoming Board of Trustees.

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Spring Gala

Join us on Thursday, May 26, as we honor Edward Burger, Philip Eliasoph and Karen Ferleger for their service to the Jewish community.

Austrian Jews

A History of the Jewish People: Journeys through Austria

Join Ira Wise on this exploration of Jewish history with a focus on our people’s experiences in Austria and its precursors. Fridays, May 27, June 3 and 10 at Noon.

Chesed Volunteer

Chesed Program Needs Drivers!

“Chesed” means acts of loving-kindness, goodness, and compassion. Among other things, Chesed arranges rides to synagogue for members, allowing them to participate in religious services and other congregational events. Can you help us do this?


Really Interesting Jews in the Jewish Ledger

Bridgeport rabbi opens a conversation with “Really Interesting Jews.” Read a wonderful article on what Rabbi Schultz has been working on since his return from the URJ Biennial last fall by clicking here.

Service Schedule


Friday, May 27
Oneg, 5:30 p.m.
Service, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 28
Shabbat Service, 8:00 a.m.
Brotherhood Breakfast, 9:00 a.m.
Young Families Havurah, 9:30 a.m.
Torah Study, 9:30 a.m.
Service, 11:00 a.m.
B'not Mitzvah of Emma Hotchkiss, daughter of Marcia Cohen and Mark Hotchkiss, and Eva Wallis, daughter of Jennifer Rogin Wallis and Bruce Wallis

Upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah

June 4th at 11:00 a.m.:
B'nai Mitzvah of Rachel August, daughter of Diana and Jon August, and Evan Smith, son of Susan and Scott Smith

June 18th at 11:00 a.m.:
Bat Mitzvah of Alexandra (Lexi) Lewis, daughter of Nanci and Jonathan Lewis

June 25th at 11:00 a.m.:
B'nai Mitzvah of Michael Kayne, son of Kathleen and David Kayne, and Hayley Murnick, daughter of Elissa and David Murnick