Congregation B'nai Israel

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

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Kesher Project

The Kesher Project is currently seeking volunteers, Bat/Bar Mitzvah Makers with their parents, high school teens seeking community service hours or anyone else interested in the program. The calendar is listed below. Please contact Kesher program leaders, Sherry Portnoy, ( or Rhea Farbman, ( for more info.

Hi Kesher friends,
Please enter these dates on your calendar now.  
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rhea and Sherry

September 19, 2019
October 17, 2019
November 21, 2019
December 19, 2019
February 20, 2020
March 19, 2020
April 23, 2020
May 21, 2020
June 11, 2020

Kesher means “Connection” for adults with developmental disabilities

The Kesher Project is a privately funded, not-for-profit program that kindles the light of Judaism in developmentally challenged adults.

It focuses on the ritual and spirit of Jewish holidays and incorporates arts and crafts and snacks with the traditional Jewish songs of each holiday. There is dancing to piano music, moving to rhythms using musical instruments or scarves, and singing in a group around the piano.

The group has bonded into a loving family, and visitors to its meetings leave with a very warm and special feeling. The participants’ enthusiasm and joy in learning and sharing with each other is truly wonderful for them, for their families and for the volunteers who work with them.

Kesher is searching for additional participants who are living with their families, in group homes or in their own apartments. Participants need not be members of Congregation B’nai Israel. Meetings are held monthly, from September through May, at the synagogue.

If you would like to be on the group’s mailing list or have any questions, please contact the Temple office at 203-336-1858. The participants thank the Probus Club, the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, and Congregation B’nai Israel for their ongoing support. Contributions to this program can be made by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Kesher program leaders, Sherry Portnoy, or Rhea Farbman,