What's Happening at BSBI?
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. 
If in doubt, call the office at  860-643-9563  or visit our  online calendar .
In order to ensure that we have the best equipment and procedures for emergency situations, we would like to purchase a defibrillator (AED). The cost is about $1,800.00 dollars. To do this, we are asking congregants to make a small donation ($10-$20) as the easiest way to fund this project. You can make your checks out to BSBI and send them to the office marked AED fund. We have been working diligently over the last few years to make our building both secure and safe. This item, although we hope never to have to use it, will be available in the event of a sudden episode.

Thank You,
Ron Abrahams, President
Supper in the Sukkah!
Friday, October 6th
Services 6:00 PM, Dinner 7:00 PM
Registration for the dinner has closed. All are welcome to join us for Shabbat Services at 6:00 pm

Questions? Contact Dawn Steigelfest at steiglfest@sbcglobal.net or 860-659-4029.
Simchat Torah is Silly Hat Night!
Thursday, October 12th
Services 7:00 PM
Simchat Torah1
Simchat Torah has been designated as "Silly Hat Night"! We invite everyone to join us wearing their silliest hat. It is a night of fun and celebration of Torah.

No object in our tradition has more holiness than the Torah scroll. On Simchat Torah we dance with the scrolls as we do the processions around the sanctuary at both the evening and morning services. We will also unfurl the entire scroll so we may surround the entire congregation in its holiness. From Genesis to the end of Deuteronomy, the holy, hand-written letters of the Torah scroll will be on display. We will do a quick review of the Torah, touching on the most significant verses.

Join us for the exciting happening on Simchat Torah night, Thursday, October 12th . The services begins at 7:00 PM.
Tickets for 2nd Annual BSBI Jazz Festival On Sale Now!
The 2nd Annual Jazz Festival is fast approaching, and we need your support! Join us for a great weekend of music Saturday evening, December 2nd , 7-10:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon, December 3rd, 1:30-5:00 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. For a full performance line up, or to learn more about ordering tickets or ads in our program, visit: www.myshul/.org/events/jazz2017 .

For more information, contact Ken Wichman, Finance Committee Chair, at 860-324-8658 or kwentp@m-p-c.necoxmail.com

Interested in placing a personal or business ad in our program? Make sure to submit all materials by October 30th . See our website fore more info.
Beth Sholom B’nai Israel
Interfaith Trip to Israel
March 4-15, 2018
You are invited to join us on a very special journey of faith. Join Rabbi Konigsburg and others from our congregation on a trip to Israel this coming spring. Visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and more! Includes Shabbat in Jerusalem, a visit to Yad Vashem, exploring Mt. Zion and various other historic and biblical sites. View the complete itinerary and reservation form in the BSBI lobby. 
 
Double Room Occupancy:
$3985 per person
Single Room Supplement:
Additional $924.00

Payment is due by December 1st, 2017

Steak and Schnapps in the Sukkah
Sunday, October 8th
4:00 pm
In place of our breakfast meeting on Sunday, October 8th , we will hold our annual Steak and Schnapps event in the Sukkah ! In addition to great food, we will participate in a program called Hearing Men's Voices. Please join us at 4:00 pm .

Men face unique challenges when it comes to sharing personal feelings. Yet, many guys benefit from and enjoy open and honest discussions. Men’s clubs are the natural venue for Jewish men to engage in quality conversations without judgment. Brotherhood members will receive a sign-up form via email.

We will return to our regular Breakfast Meeting on November 5th
Knit & Kvetch
October 10, 1:30 PM
Join us on  Tuesday, October 10th , in the library at 1:30 pm.  If you knit at home, save your work and bring the finished items to BSBI when we have our Annual Distribution in November. We are always asking for knitters, but we’d really like to stress also the importance of receiving donations. This is really important work that we do; everything we make is given away to help others who are not that fortunate keep warm. If you can’t knit you can still help. It doesn't have to be a huge amount; $5.00 goes a long way towards buying yarn.

Please make sure that all donation checks are made out to BSBI Sisterhood and marked "Knit and Kvetch" on the memo line. The checks can be left in the BSBI office for us, but please write Sisterhood on the envelope!
Sisterhood Donor Dinner
October 24th
Minyan 6:00 pm, Dinner 6:15 pm
Our Annual Sisterhood Donor Dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:15 pm. It’s always a special evening when we get together to celebrate “us’ and all we do for BSBI.  Once again we will have the wonderful students of the Dance Progressions Dance Studio to entertain us. We enjoyed them so much when they were here before, we couldn’t wait to have them back. They will be presenting their production of “Dances Into the Future.” 

The menu is choice of chicken, fish or vegetarian option, and contribution levels are: $36 (Bronze); $54 (Silver); $72 (Gold); $108 (Platinum). New members and guests are $18.


Mail your reservations and check made out to BSBI Sisterhood to: Sally Ivaldi, 16 Pinehurst, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Please specify your choice of meal and number of people attending. Deadline is  Tuesday, October 19th .
Join us for Brunch and a show at the Goodspeed Opera House
The musical Rags is playing at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam from October 6th through December 10th. The Sisterhood has reserved a block of 20 tickets for BSBI to get a reduced ticket price for the show on November 26, 2017. We will also enjoy brunch at the synagogue before carpooling to the show. Cost is $90 for side seats, $95 for center seats. Please send your checks made out to BSBI to the office at 400 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040.

Only 20 tickets are available, so get yours while you can!

Brunch, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Show, 2:00 pm

If you are interested in attending this performance, please send an e-mail to Rima Riedel at rimarainbow@cox.net or Jack Steigelfest at  jgs@hksflaw.com  no later than October 26th .

Sisterhood Adventure Walk!
See how We have? Join BSBI Sisterhood on October 29th for our next monthly walk! Meet in the BSBI parking lot at 9:30 AM
Sisterhood New Membership Tea
Sunday, November 5th
Our New Membership Tea will be held on  Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 pm, at the Arbors of Hop Brook, 403 West Center Street, Manchester. It will be an Afternoon Tea with a presentation on the History of Makeup in the last one hundred years and how world events impact on the way women have viewed themselves past and present as a result. This is the presentation that Rima Riedel (our very own playwright) showcased at the Women’s League Convention, and it was a big hit. So come new members to meet us and older members to welcome the new ones for a very special afternoon. 

Joe Davis Award & Luncheon
November 11th
Join us on November 11, 2017 as we honor Dawn & Jack Steigelfest with the Joe Davis Distinguished Service Award. A Kiddush luncheon will follow services. Please RSVP to the office if you plan to attend.
Hadassah/Sisterhood Book Club
November 13th, 7:30 PM
The Hadassah/Sisterhood book club will meet in the Silverstein Center on  Monday, November 13th at 7:30 pm. At our September gathering we decided that the next book for us to read would be The Two-Family House by Lynda C. Loigman. The book will be available at Mary Cheney Library in the reference room. They will be holding multiple copies for us. Please plan to join us for a discussion of this book and to help choose books for future discussions.
Brotherhood Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, November 17th, 6:30 PM
BSBI Brotherhood is once again sponsoring a Kabbalat Shabbat dinner on Friday, November 17th. Services will begin at 6:30 pm, with a traditional "Shabbes" dinner to follow around 7:30 pm. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.

Questions? Call Maury Luxemburg at 860-798-1869 or Dave Alter at 860-729-6803

Return this form by November 10th along with a check made payable to BSBI Brotherhood. Mail to Dave Alter, 5 Eleanor Street Extension, Vernon, CT, 06066

Becca's Backpacks
My name is Rebecca Norman. I am a junior from E.O Smith High School. I make care packages (using backpacks) and give them to homeless people. I need help to make these packages. I am looking for donations; money or donated goods from the community to help lower the cost of the backpacks. My goal is to make and hand out 50 more bags by the end of the year. Each backpack costs about $20. Anything you can do helps. I have a Gofundme page for monetary donations:  https://www.gofundme.com/beccas-backpacks-year-two . Or you can contact me at 860-498-0559 for donated goods information.

Thank you for your support.
Rebecca Norman

Jessie's Garden
The end of our growing season in the BSBI Jessie's Garden is fast approaching. Once again we had a bountiful harvest, all of which went to the Manchester and Rockville food pantries. Join us on Sunday, October 29th at 9:30 am to help clean out the garden for the winter. The more people we have the faster it will go! Please contact Laurie Bayer at lhbay79@gmail.com .
Snow Bird Addresses Needed
We need departure dates, return dates, winter addresses and winter telephone numbers for our members who migrate south during the winter months. Please contact the office so we can forward bulletins and various pieces of mail to you which will reach you in a timely manner. 

Call the office at 860-643-9563 x100 or e-mail admin@myshul.org .
"Count Your Blessings"
Turkey Fund Drive Underway
Once again the Social Action Committee is collecting funds to help feed hungry families this Thanksgiving. Click here to view the flier.
Leave a Jewish Legacy
For more information, e-mail BSBIEndowment@myshul.org  to speak to Roy Filkoff or Jeffrey Wasser.
Mathilde's Mentionables - Providing new and gently used undergarments for women in need.

A new special project of Women's League for Conservative Judaism
Earlier this summer we told you about Mathilda’s Mentionables, a project of the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism to collect women’s undergarments to donate to shelters. Our local chapter has decided to make this project an ongoing collection. There is a bin in the lobby for your contributions, please wrap in a plastic bag to keep them clean. 
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October Bulletin Available Online!
Did you know that we post each month's bulletin online around the 1st of the month? Click here to view the October edition and take a look at some of the great color pictures!

Interested in past bulletins? Take a look at this page on our website , which has every bulletin from the past few years in addition to the latest edition.
BSBI Chesed: Kindness and Caring
BSBI Chesed: Kindness and Caring asks 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,  marilynlassow@gmail.com
Phone calls: Elaine Kahaner, 860-983-3929, elainecrasnick@gmail.com
Visits: Debbie Cinquemani, 860-645-6146, djcinq2000@yahoo.com

Don't forget to contact Rabbi Konigsburg to let him know who is ill or in the hospital.
Find us on Facebook!
Click here to like our page on Facebook and share BSBI with all your friends! The more you interact with our page, the more you will see on your newsfeed!

Have an announcement for the bulletin or e-mail?
Contact Jeanne at programming@myshul.org or by dialing extension 103 when you call the synagogue. If she doesn't know about it, she can't include it, and that would be a shame!  

Remember: If you are planning an event or meeting at BSBI, you MUST also speak to Saundie at extension 100 or tbsadmin@sbcglobal.net 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 October 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).
Manchester Hadassah Special Gifts
Brunch with Speaker Joyce Saltman
Manchester Country Club, 305 South Main Street, Manchester, CT
Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:30 am
Join Manchester Hadassah for a talk by Joyce Saltman, Professor Emeritus of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University, entitled, Laughter: Rx for Survival . Joyce is an expert in the physiological benefits of laughter, studies on the mind-body connection, and practical (plus some not-so-practical!) suggestions on ways to bring more laughter into your life. She combines scientific data with comedy, in an effort to provide a mirth-provoking educational experience. Her innovative teaching style has led to the development of a graduate course entitled, “The Enhancement of Learning Through Humor.” Intermittently referred to as the “Guru of Laughter,” and “The Chubby Broad from Brooklyn," Joyce helps people lighten up wherever she goes!

Please join us. RSVP to Florence Cole at fndcole@aol.com or 860-643-5414 to reserve a seat.
CROP Walk 2017 is on October 29th
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by  Church World Service  and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. A local event will take place on October 29th, meeting at the Center Congregational Church at 12:30 pm for registration and refreshments. Envelopes are available at Center Congregational Church at 11 Center Street, Manchester, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The route will be clearly marked and will take us through Center Springs Park. Come one and all to this awesome event. The money goes to Church World Services which provides life giving services across the globe including those recently affect by hurricanes and earthquakes. Twenty-five percent will stay locally to support Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC).

If you have questions please call Joyce O. Crutchfield at 860-647-9941 ext. 1

Thank you for your support and commitment to caring for our brothers and sisters in need!
Next JTS Livestream Lecture is October 31st!
JTS is kicking off their new season of livestreaming public lectures on  Tuesday, Oct. 31 , 7:30 pm  (Eastern time). Best-selling author Rabbi Naomi Levy will be speaking about her acclaimed new book  “Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul.”  

More information can be found   here .
 
The program will be livestreamed at  www.jtsa.edu/live

Teen Leadership & Philanthropy Institute (TLPI)  
TLPI is a weekly interactive course for teens to explore philanthropy, social responsibility and community leadership. Meeting on Monday evenings at Beth El Temple in West Hartford from 7:00-8:40pm (dinner included), teens will learn about giving from a Jewish perspective, visit community agencies and learn about their work, solicit and evaluate grant proposals, allocate money to community agencies, while adding substance to their resumes. TLPI starts on Nov. 6, is open to teens in 10th-12th grade and is limited to 12 students.

JTCares & Trick or Canning  
Become inspired to take Jewish values to the next level! For 3 hours on 7 differen t Sundays from 1pm-4pm (lunc h included), teens will come together to create a community of young adults who care about the world around them and who actively take part in the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World.  Open to teens in 7th-12th grade! JTCares starts with  Trick or Canning on Oct. 29th, during which teens will learn about hunger & poverty with guests from Hands on Hartford. Teens will then hit the streets, ring door bells and collect cans for our local pantries. 

The Catskills of Connecticut: Remembering the Jewish Summer Retreats
Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford
Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:00 pm
From the late 1880s through the early 20th century, Jewish urban workers and their families came to Connecticut farms as summer boarders looking for rest and relaxation in the countryside. City dwellers flocked by steamboat, rail, and later car to numerous boarding houses, camps, cottage colonies, and resorts in Connecticut. Over time, many Jewish farmers developed thriving resorts in Colchester, Moodus, Lebanon, and East Haddam. Ken Simon, filmmaker and historian of Connecticut’s ethnic resorts, will examine the phenomena that created “The Catskills of Connecticut”.  Those with memories of the resorts are invited to share stories and photos during a discussion following Simon’s lecture.

Cost: $5 Members, $7 Non-Members & Walk Ins

For more information, contact Lynn Newman at lnewman@jewishhartford.org  or 860-727-6170. You can also find out about all of our upcoming programs by visiting www.jhsgh.org .
Institute for Basic Judaism Classes Begin in November
The Institute for Basic Judaism program is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge. In 21 sessions we will provide a journey into Jewish spirituality, thought, ritual and culture. We will also discuss the scope of Jewish history, the meaning of Jewish peoplehood, Jewish diversity and the importance of Israel to the Jewish people. The course will be led by several area rabbis, including Rabbi Konigsburg and Rabbi Plavin.

Classes are now forming, the first session will be held Thursday night, November 2nd, at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117 where classes will be meeting.

Learn more about the program on their website, www.ibjewish.org or on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ibjct/

Beth Sholom B'nai Israel | 400 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040

860-643-9563 | www.myshul.org