The BSBI Fundraising Committee is excited to announce our first event for 2017 which will consist of a raffle. Tickets are available from now until Sunday, May 21st at noon. The drawing will take place at the temple picnic celebrating the end of the BSBI religious school year. Ticket holders need not be present to win.  Tickets are $75.00 each with a limit of 300 available chances. GREAT ODDS!
We are truly fortunate for the generosity of 2 families of the congregation who have offered fabulous prizes for this event.
FIRST PRIZE:  7 days, 6 nights use of the beach home of Jeffrey Lassow and Liza Mandel. This is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom waterfront cottage on a bluff overlooking Niantic Bay. Occupancy limited to 4.
SECOND PRIZE: 3hr. sail out of Mystic around Fishers Island Sound for the 2017 season with the Risa and Roy Filkoff
Our fundraisers raise the necessary dollars that allow us to fund our programs and are built into our balanced budget.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Ken Wichman,  Fund Raising Chairman
Please Join Us for Services!
Monday through Thursday evenings - 7:00 PM 
Friday nights - 6:30 PM  
Shabbat mornings - 10:00 AM

Occasionally service times may vary due to special circumstances. Check calendar below for a particular date or to view upcoming events. If in doubt, call the office at 860-643-9563.

Please note: Saturday Shabbat services which include a Bar or Bat Mitzvah will now begin at the usual service time of 10:00 AM. 

What's Happening at BSBI?
  • May 19th-21st
    • Cantor/Educational Director candidate Sarah Bolts' Visit
  • Saturday, June 3rd
    • Saturday Morning Service, 10:00 AM
  • Saturday, June 13th
    • Saturday Morning Service, 10:00 AM
Important Scrip Changes
Due to decreasing profits, we will be ending the Scrip program. However, we still have significant inventory to sell. Although there will no longer be regular monthly distributions, we encourage you to continue to buy while your favorite store cards are still available. Right now we still have cards for all stores and will try to publish a list of available cards each month. So please, BUY-BUY-BUY NOW while you can still get what you want.
Tikun L'el Shavuot: A Night of Study in Honor of Shavuot
Tuesday, May 30th
6:00 PM
Join us for a Tikun L'el Shavuot - a night of study in honor of the holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah at Sinai. Just as our ancestors waited for redemption on the eve of Passover, we prepare for revelation through the study of Torah. Previous generations would study all night in anticipation of receiving the Torah. Our community is doing something a bit more modest, some special classes with the themes of Shavuot in mind. 
On Tuesday night, May 30th, beginning at 6 pm, we will have a dairy dinner followed by a Yom Tov service and two classes: on Torah and on The Book of Ruth. We will also provide dessert. Dinner will be $10 per person. The service and the study are free, though we request that you register so we may get a sense of about how many people to expect. Join us as we study in honor of God, the People of Israel and the Gift of Torah.
Please RSVP by May 25th by contacting Dawn Steigelfest at 860-659-4029, then send your check (made out to BSBI) and this form to her at 26 Tamarac Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033, or bring it with you to the dinner (before the start of the service). You may also sign up online here
Shabbat Programs 
Our monthly Shabbat programs will be wrapping up for summer at the end of May. Stay tuned to future announcements for details on when they will start up again later in the year.

LearnersMinyan1st Saturday of the month: 
Learner's Minyan, 10:30-11:30 AM
Led by Michelle Konigsburg
Learn the structure and choreography of the Saturday service in a relaxed setting. Bring your questions.

TotShabbat2nd Saturday of the month: 
Tot Shabbat, 10:30-11:30 AM
Led by Joya Libow
Special Shabbat programming for Parents and their Pre-School age children.

MeditationShabbat3rd Saturday of the month: 
Meditation service, 9:15-10:00 AM
Led by Rabbi Konigsburg
Prepare for prayer with chanting of prayers and mindful meditation.

WomensMinyan4th Saturday of the month: 
Women's Minyan, 9:30-10:45 AM 
Led by Michelle Konigsburg
Kol Ruchani L'Nashim-bringing together the spiritual voices of women seeking to delve deeper into the meanings of the prayers collected in our siddur, strengthening our kavannah (intention) in prayer and exploring our personal connection to God.

RLWRSLunch RLWRS Family Shabbat & Luncheon
May 20th, 10:00 AM
Join us for a Shabbat morning service & luncheon.  Our Hebrew School students  in grades 2-7 will lead the  congregation  in  many  of  the  prayers. A luncheon will follow the service, and will be open to the entire congregation. There is no charge for the luncheon, but an RSVP is REQUIRED so that we prepare enough food. RSVP to Teri Norman at by Wednesday, May 17th. 
Lunch proudly supported by the David Sherman Foster Fund.
Last day of school is May 21st
Students from grades 5-7 created murals emphasizing the uniqueness of Jewish Biblical Personalities. Murals to be explained and presented as a gift to the Synagogue and displayed in the school around our beautiful Chapel. The day will culminate in an end of year BBQ. 
These programs sponsored by the Nat N and Gertrude Sturm Schwedel Endowment Fund and the BSBI Brotherhood.
MitzvahDayMitzvah Day!
May 21st, 9:00 AM
Come help us prepare the community garden and beautify the synagogue! We will be preparing for the growing season and will be planting as well as mulching and weeding. Do a mitzvah and enjoy the spring weather. Please  join us on May 21st at 9 a.m. and if you have some wheelbarrows, shovels or other gardening tools, bring them along!
The Social Action Committee will also be kicking off a "School Supply Collection" for Manchester and Vernon students in cooperation with Cornerstone. Items needed include either new or gently used: Markers, Colored Pencils, 1" loose leaf notebooks, mini manual pencil sharpeners, backpacks and children's books. We will have a bin available in the coatroom or in the front lobby.
Volunteers Needed for Jessie's Garden!

It's that time of year again! We are looking for volunteers to help tend our lovely community garden. We will kick things off on Mitzvah Day, but we will need your help throughout the growing season. If you have any questions, contact  Laurie Bayer at  860-798-5669.
BSBI Library Book Sale
The Library is holding a book sale on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM - Noon. We have many different type of books, both hard cover and soft cover. The genre include mysteries, religion, biographies, philosophy, children's books, etc. Authors include Faye Kellerman and Elie Weisel.  Paper back books are $.50 cents and hard cover books are $1.00.  Proceeds will benefit the Library.
Hadassah/Sisterhood Book Club with Hanna Perlstein Marcus
May 22nd, 7:30 PM
Please join us at BSBI for the Hadassah/Sisterhood Book Review Group.
Our guest speaker, Hanna Perlstein Marcus, will discuss her new book,  Surviving Remnant, the sequel to Sidonia's Thread. In her latest book, Hanna shares her poignant story of coming of age in a community of Holocaust  survivors  in Springfield, Massachusetts. Those attending will have the opportunity to purchase both books along with personalized book signings. If you wish to read the book prior to the event, signed copies of Hanna's books are being sold at our Sisterhood Gift Shop. Hanna's books may also be purchased at Amazon.
  SisterhoodWalkCome Walk With Us, Again and Again!
Walk with Sisterhood May 28th, 9:30-11:00 AM
Sisterhood has decided to take a "Walk" on the last Sunday of each month. Our next outing will be on  May 28th. We will meet in the BSBI parking lot at 9:30 am, decide which of the local beautiful trails to explore and carpool there. We will be back about 11:00 am. Come join us and enjoy the exercise and our company.  In case of inclement weather, there is always the Mall. 
We will be continuing our walks through the summer! Mark the last Sunday of the month for June and July and come walk with us!
Join us for the last breakfast meeting of the year on Sunday, June 4th when our speaker will be Channel 3 sports director Joe Zone. As usual, morning minyan begins at 9:00 a.m., meeting and breakfast at 9:30 a.m., and our speaker will begin about 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.
RSVP by May 23rd!
Wednesday, June 7th
Join us at Manchester Country Club for a fun evening for dinner and other surprises. Sisterhood already has given a scholarship, through our BSBI Scholarship Committee, that helps pay for the camp.  It was thought that it would be also good to help pay for the various sundries that are necessary for campers to take with them to camp.
Our children are our future, and Jewish camps ground them in the Jewish community; therefore it is critical to ensure that all our kids can get a good camp experience, regardless of financial circumstances. This event is a nice supper out on a week night, and the proceeds from the dinner and any extra donations will help this critically important cause.
Download the flier here, send your RSVP to Sue Ellis by May 23rd, and then come enjoy with us.
The 21st Annual  Todd Abitz Memorial  Golf Tournament 
June 14, 2017
Each year, the Brotherhood of BSBI organizes The Todd Abitz Memorial Golf Tournament to raise funds for charity, including the Brotherhood's support of our temple. This year, the Brotherhood has teamed with Manchester Brotherhood in Action. Many of you are familiar with Brotherhood in Action, which holds a charity breakfast each year to support local families with children who have life threatening conditions. Together, we will be presenting the TAMGT this year on June 14th at Blackledge Country Club in Hebron. We hope for your support for this community charity effort. 
If you golf or know anyone who does, please consider our Tournament. If you do not golf, there are many ways you can still participate. Come to dinner for a great evening of kosher food, an entertaining speaker, chances to win in our raffle and the excitement of our auction. And consider a gift of goods or services we can raffle or auction to raise funds for this worthy cause. Volunteer during the day to help us put on the Tournament. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to one of the Tournament co-chairs: Spin Zucker, Glenn Hauer and Jack Steigelfest.
Register now for next school year_

It's that time of year already! RLWRS families probably have received your registration for the 2017-2018 school year. Please respond as soon as possible so we can plan accurately for the next school year. 

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Get Your Photo Directory Now!
The directories are in! People who had their picture included may pick them up from the BSBI office on Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Fridays 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM when Jeanne is in the office. If coming in during the week is difficult for you, please make other arrangements with Jeanne  at or 860-643-9563 x103
BSBI Chesed: Kindness and Caring
BSBI Chesed: Kindness and Caring is asking you to
 let us know who might benefit from a card, a call, or a visit.  Help us extend the friendliness and warmth the congregation wishes to provide to all its members. We can be reached by phone or email:
Cards:  Marilyn Lassow, 860-646-2291,
Phone calls: Elaine Kahaner, 860-983-3929,
Visits: Debbie Cinquemani, 860-645-6146,

Don't forget to contact Rabbi Konigsburg to let him know who is ill or in the hospital.
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Have an  announcement  for the bulletin or e-mail? Contact  Jeanne at    or by dialing  extension  103 when you call the temple. If she doesn't know about it, she can't include it, and that would be a shame! 

If you are planning an event or meeting at BSBI, you MUST also speak to Saundie at extension 100 or as soon as possible to put it on the calendar and make sure there are no conflicts. Thanks!
Community Announcements
Greater Hartford Jewish Community Newsletter
Stay up to date with the goings on in the Greater Hartford Jewish Community! The May edition of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford's monthly community e-blast can be viewed at this link. If you would like these announcements sent directly to you, you can sign up at the bottom of the JLink announcement page. (You'll only get one e-mail a month from them). 
Jewish Teen Learning Connection  cordially invites you to the 2017 JTConnect Graduation  on  Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m . The ceremony will take place at Beth El Temple , 2626 Albany Avenue. Open to the community. Kindly R.S.V.P. to  860-727-6110  or .
FVJC Sisterhood Holds Mah Jongg Tournament 
June 4th
Calling all mah jongg mavens! The Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation - Emek Shalom Sisterhood will hold a Mah Jongg Tournament on Sunday, June 4, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the synagogue, which is located at 55 Bushy Hill Road in Simsbury. The tournament includes six rounds, coffee, a catered kosher-style lunch and a cash raffle. The cost is $36 per person; you can bring your own set (no vintage sets please). Registration closes on May 30 or at 80 players, whichever comes first. Click here for a downloadable registration form. Please contact Terry Cole with any questions at 860-558-2587.
Hebrew High School of New England's Annual Unity 5K Color Run
June 7th
Join Hebrew High School of New England for the Third Annual 5K Unity Color Run on June 7! The event begins with 5:30 p.m. registration on the HHNE campus at 300 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. At 6:00 p.m. we cross over to the Zachs Campus, and the run starts at 6:15. A celebration follows. Options are available for 2.5K and 5K routes. Registration is open to individuals and teams; walkers are welcome. Teens and families are encouraged to participate! To learn more or to register, click here.
Beth Sholom B'nai Israel  
 400 Middle Turnpike East,  Manchester, CT  06040  
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