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

Two Books, Two Movies

Join us on Saturday, February 3 for the third session in the CONECT series on race in America. Ava DuVernay, who also directed Selma, explores the history of racial inequality in the US with the documentary feature 13th.

Lifelong Learning Series

Join Ira Wise beginning Friday, February 2 at noon as he explores the history of the Jews of Iraq and compare it to our own families’ journeys. Then on Sunday, March 4 we will host Michelle Azar’s one-woman show “From Baghdad to Brooklyn.”

AIPAC Community Event

This event, in partnership with 14 Connecticut synagogues, is taking place on January 31, 7:30 p.m., at Temple Israel, Westport, featuring Avi Jorisch, author of the forthcoming book “Thou Shalt Inovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World.” Due to security, RSVP’s are required at  

Jewish Prayer 101

For Believers, Non-Believers and Those-Who-Just-Aren’t-Quite-Sure – beginning Monday evening, January 22. Rabbi Prosnit takes a deep dive into the structure and meaning of our liturgy.

Blood Drive

Sign up today to register to donate blood at our next American Red Cross Blood Drive being held on Monday, February 19, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Call 1-800-RedCross today!

Mitzvah Hero Award

Join us as we celebrate our Mitzvah Hero, Sherry Portnoy, on Sunday, January 28 at the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County. Seating is limited so make your reservation today.

Shabbat Shirah

Sabbath of Song 2018 will honor the late Leonard Bernstein in what would be the year of his 100th birthday during a special concert on Saturday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. The evening will feature a singalong of Bernstein’s classic Broadway show “West Side Story.” You won’t want to miss this!

Ways to Get Involved at B’nai Israel

We often hear from congregants that they are looking for ways to get involved at temple. We’ve compiled a list of groups in B’nai Israel that could use your input or help. Click above for a description and contact for all ways you can make a difference. 

Brick Campaign

Brick Campaign is now live! You can place your order online today or download an order form and send it to the office. Let’s get together and “pave the way.”

Service Schedule

Friday, January 19
Oneg, 5:30 p.m.
Service, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 20
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.
Bat Mitzvah of Samantha Cramer, daughter of Rachel Cramer and Paul Cramer

Live Streaming

Fridays at 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services are available with our new Live Streaming service.

Upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah

January 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Kraft, son of David Kraft and Franca Zanovello