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  1. Merkaz 8th Grade Information Session Tuesday, April 1, 7:15 p.m., Rodeph Sholom Merkaz Community High School for Judaic Studies will be holding its annual 8th Grade Information Session on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:15 p.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2385 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. All Jewish 8th graders and their parents from Eastern Fairfield County are invited to hear about Merkaz from the students who are a part of it! Students who have recently moved to the area, or are in grades 9–12 and interested in joining Merkaz, are also encouraged to attend. For more information and to be placed on our mailing list for registration information, contact Marjorie Krubiner, director, at 203-450-5303 or, or Margery Verlezza, program manager, at
  2. Adult Roundtable April 3 and the first Thursday of each month, at 12:30 p.m. This group holds a discussion about current events for anyone who wants to go deeper than the deadlines and enjoys expressing their own opinions and hearing those of others. Facilitated by Gloria Katz. Join us on the first Thursday of each month and bring a sandwich, your opinion, and an open mind.

  3. Sunday Morning Forums: Health and Wellness at B’nai Israel Bright Pink Invites You to a Brighten UpTM Educational Workshop Sunday, April 6 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Join us for a one-of-a-kind educational workshop that educates men and women on the basics of breast and ovarian health, provides concrete strategies for living a proactive lifestyle, and offers tools to assess your personal risk for these diseases.

  4. Come visit Connecticut’s Capitol City with us on Sunday, April 6 Tour the oldest public art museum in the United States, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. View a superb collection of contemporary, European, American/Hudson River School, and decorative arts. Join us for a private docent tour from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at a cost of $7.00 per person. There will be time before and after the tour to visit the outstanding gift shop and visit other exhibits. We’ll follow up the tour with dinner at one of the hottest, upbeat, and eclectic restaurants in Hartford, Trumbull Kitchen (part of the famous Max Restaurant Group). Dinner fee will be divided among the attendees. For reviews of Trumbull Kitchen and more, go to www. For directions and more information on the Wadsworth, go to We hope you’ll join us! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 6. RSVP to Marcia Falk at by March 28.  

  5. Monday Midrasha: The Future of Judaism?
    With Ira Wise. April 7 at 7:00 p.m. Click here.
  6. Rosh Chodesh—Women’s Group
    Thursday, April 10. Click here for more information.
  7. Lifelong Learning: Jews Under Islam Part II: Maimonides, Egypt and the Crusades.
    With Ira Wise. Fridays at noon, April 11, 18 and 25. Click here.

  8. B’nai Israel Book Group, Thursday, April 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Temple book lovers are invited to join an ongoing group. We meet in the temple library the third Thursday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The next meeting will be on April 17. For more information, contact Sue Shane at 203-345-4539. We look forward to seeing you!
  9. Interfaith Passover Seder with St. John’s Church of Bridgeport, Thursday, April 17, 7:00–9:30 p.m.
    Join us as we share and teach some highlights of the Passover Seder and learn from our Christian friends about the holiday of Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper. We will give a tour of the synagogue at 7:00 p.m. and begin the Seder at 7:30 p.m. Tapas-style snacks and Passover desserts will be served. Please contact Lynn Lynch at 203-336-1858 or for more information. We look forward to seeing you!
  10. Religious School will be on vacation from Sunday, April 13 through Monday, April 21.
  11. Community-Wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration Sunday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join us for a community Yom Hashoah commemoration taking place here at Congregation B’nai Israel. We will be joined by synagogues from Fairfield, Trumbull, Bridgeport, Westport, and Norwalk to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day. Click here for more information.
  12. One Temple! One Book! Monday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
    Join us in discussing Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land, the provocative new book about Israel about which many have been talking. Copies are available for purchase in the main office, while supplies last. The cost is $20.00.
  13. Mishpacha Shabbat – Monthly Shabbat Community for Families (children age 5 – 12)
    Friday, April 4 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
    Join other B’nai Israel families for a Shabbat potluck dinner followed by Shabbat singing and a brief, age appropriate Shabbat Service.  To RSVP or for more information or to join the Mishpacha Shabbat email list, please contact our parent coordinator, Rachel Yurdin at, or Rabbi Evan Schultz at
  14. TLC/Temple Loving Care at B’nai Israel
    Who could have imagined a storm hitting our area with such force? Superstorm Sandy wreaked such havoc, causing so many to lose power and sustain extensive damage to their homes and properties. In our synagogue community, there were many who extended much-needed TLC. Once people started to get their electricity back, the wonderful support to others was tremendous! Members and neighbors offered meals, warm beds, and the coveted outlet to charge cell phones. I extend the most sincere, collective, “thank you.” Please let me know if you, or someone you care about, could benefit from some TLC!
    Liz Nigrosh.
  15. The temple has added another domain name that may be easier for congregants and interested Web browsers to key in: You can still use if you like. Now there’s a choice!
  16. The Young Families Havurah at B’nai Israel is a group of young families who celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays together.  We meet every Saturday morning for bagels, family-friendly services, songs, crafts, stories and playground time.  We have exciting events coming soon for Purim and Passover.  Do you know of young families who would like to be part of our fun and relaxed Jewish community?  Our programming is geared for children ages seven and younger.  Everyone is welcome at the Young Families Havurah – families do not need to be members of Congregation B’nai Israel to participate.  Please contact Evan Schultz to join our mailing list and to learn about upcoming events with the Young Families Havurah.
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  18. Is There Ever a Good Time?
    It never seems to be the right time to discuss or purchase cemetery plots. But purchasing a plot for ourselves or a loved one is something many of us will have to deal with. About a year ago, we determined that we could develop additional plots in the new section in the Kings Highway cemetery. Although many of these have been sold, there are still some Kings Highway plots available. If you are interested in learning more, please call the temple office or contact Mark Shangold at or Bernie Jacobs at bjdjacobs@ We can also help you choose plots in our
    cemetery in Monroe.
  19. Hospital Information It has come to our attention that we are not getting accurate information from local hospitals when our congregants or family members are admitted to their facility.  We are particularly concerned when we are asked why our clergy has not made a visit to a particular hospital. Our inquiries always show that the person’s name has been listed under another synagogue and that is the reason we are not made aware of the hospitalization. We are, once again, asking for your help.  If you, a family member, neighbor or friend who belongs to B’nai Israel is admitted to any hospital, please take a minute and call the Temple office with that information.  We would rather have a dozen calls than to not be aware of someone’s hospitalization.

  20. Radio “Outreach” On Friday Nights Do you miss attending Shabbat services because you are homebound?  If so, you can now listen to our Friday night services on special radio receivers which are available to you on loan from the Temple. Contact Cantor Blum.

  21. College is expensive. B'nai Israel can help! Click here to learn more about the Fields/Nussenfeld Scholarship Fund.

  22. Get weekly B'nai Israel news in your e-mail in-box. Subscribe to Reaching Out@Congregation B'nai Israel! Click here!

  23. Are you moving out of town? Let us help you connect with a synagogue in your new community. Click here.


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