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 .
Deadlines Approaching Fast!
Last chance to sign up!
Reservations close March 16th at noon !

BSBI Community Seder March 31st
Join us as we celebrate the second night of Passover together as a community! Traditional rituals, prayers, and contemporary discussion led by Rabbi Konigsburg. This year’s seder will be held in memory of Judy Krutt who, together with her husband Bernie, helped arrange the BSBI seder for many years.

To register, fill out this form or sign up online here .
Still taking reservations!

Brotherhood Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 16, 2018
Service: 6:30 pm, Dinner: 7:30 pm
The Brotherhood will be holding another Kabbalat Shabbat dinner on March 16th. There is still time to sign up! Contact Dave Alter or Maury Luxemburg ASAP to let them know you are coming, then return this form along with a check made payable to BSBI Brotherhood, to Dave Alter.

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

Annual George and Lillian Sandals Memorial Dinner and Lecture
March 20th
Dinner: 6:00 pm, Minyan: 7:00 pm, Lecture: 7:30 pm
Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, BSBI Sisterhood, and the Manchester Hadassah present our Annual George and Lillian Sandals Memorial Dinner and Lecture.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Barry Holtz, Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary and author of Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud . Why should we care about Akiva, this figure from 2000 years ago? Come listen to Dr. Holtz and learn the answer.

Please RSVP for dinner by March 15th  to Marilyn Lassow, marilynlassow@gmail.com and let her know that you are coming and your choice of dinner, then send her a check made out to BSBI Sisterhood at 102 Hollister Street, Manchester, CT 06042.  Dinner (chicken, fish or vegetarian) is $20 for adults, youths under 18 are $15 or Dessert and Lecture only is $5. 

Torah Study Shabbat
April 20th & 22nd
Our guest scholar will be Dr. Pamela Nadell, the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Nadell’s subject for Shabbat will be “Two Worlds of America’s Jewish Women.” 

To make your reservation for the Friday evening dinner send your check, payable to  BSBI Sisterhood , to Marilyn Lassow, 102 Hollister Street, Manchester, CT 06042 by April 13th . Specify whether your choice is chicken or vegetarian dinner.  The cost is $22.00 for adults, $10.00 for youths under 18. Also, please let us know if you intend to come for the luncheon. There is no cost for it but we would like to make sure that we have enough for everybody. 

Friday, April 20th:
  • 6:00 PM Service
  • 7:00 PM Dinner (Reservation only) 8:15 PM Saul M. and Rebecca B. Silverstein Lecture "Meet the American Jewesses”

Saturday, April 21st:
  • 10:00 AM Shabbat Service
  • D’var Torah by Dr. Pamela Nadell: “A New Kind of Jewess: Meet the Russian Immigrants”
  • Kiddush Luncheon Follows (Please RSVP)
  • 1:15 PM Rabbi Jeshaia and Hilde Schnitzer Memorial Lecture "Two Worlds Converge" 

For further information contact Rima Riedel at 860-649-8507 or rimarainbow@cox.net .  

Prepare for Pesach!
Sell Your Hametz Today!
As you prepare for Pesach, you have two options to deal with your leftover hametz:

  • Bring your unopened hametz to the synagogue by Friday, March 23rd at 11 am, so that we can take it to the Food Pantry for the needy.

  • Put hametz in a closed place you do not intend to use during the holiday, covered or locked. Then return this form to designate Rabbi as your agent in selling your Hametz to Chief Montminy for the duration of the holiday. If you wish to observe this tradition, you may designate Rabbi Konigsburg as your agent for Mechirat Hametz by giving him the enclosed form no later than 10:00 am, Friday, March 30th. Any donations made in conjunction with this tradition will go to the Manchester Police Activities League, an organization which works to build positive relationships between the police and the community. This donation is optional.
B'dikat Hametz , The Search for Leaven
Thursday night, March 29th at your home 
After the house has been thoroughly cleaned and prepared for Pesach, we search again for any crumbs that may have been missed. This search is actually an educational ritual. Several pieces of hametz are "planted" around the house and then "found." This is done in a very ritualistic manner utilizing a feather, a wooden spoon and a candle. The prayers to precede and follow the search may be found in your Haggadah. Be sure to include your children or grandchildren in this fun ritual. 
Siyum Bchorim Service
Why fast when you don't have to? Attend the Siyum B'chorim (First Born service) on Friday, March 30th . The service begins at 7:30 AM and will conclude at 8:15 AM. A light breakfast sponsored by Paul Rubin will be provided following the service.
Passover Schedule
Friday, March 30th
  • 7:30 AM – Service for the First Born. At this service we will conclude a tractate of Mishna and thus are exempt from the fast. A light breakfast, sponsored by Paul Rubin, will be provided.
  • Hametz should not be eaten after 10:30 AM and the burning of Hametz should be done no later than 11:39 AM.
  • No Kabbalat Shabbat service at BSBI
  • Light candles by 6:55 PM
  • In our homes, together with our friends and family, we participate in the centuries-old ritual of seder, the order of telling the tale of going forth from Egypt.

Saturday, March 31st
  • 10:00 AM – Yom Tov morning service
  • 7:30 PM – BSBI Community Seder.
  • Light candles after 7:48 PM
  • We observe the mitzvah of telling the story of our liberation from bondage at the second seder. We begin counting the Omer tonight.

Sunday, April 1st
  • 10:00 AM – Yom Tov morning service
  • Havdalah at 7:49 PM

Thursday, April 5th
  • 6:00 PM – Mincha/Ma’ariv Service
  • Light candles at 7:02 PM

Friday, April 6th
  • 10:00 AM - Yom Tov morning service
  • 6:30 PM – Yom Tov Kabbalat Shabbat Service
  • Light candles at 8:03 PM

Saturday, April 7th
  • 10:00 AM – Yom Tov Shabbat morning service, Yizkor prayers.
  • Pesach ends at 7:56 PM
  • Hametz that was sold to Chief Montminy can be eaten after the holiday is over.
Pesach Project Reminder
By now you should have received your personal log in information for the Pesach Project. The link to the log in page can be found on the front of www.myshul.org . Please make sure to make your selections no later than March 21st .
Rabbinical Assembly Pesach Guide
A copy of the Rabbinical Assembly Pesach Guide, detailing what foods are permitted and prohibited, and how to prepare your kitchen may be found at:
Upcoming Programs
Dedicate Our New Prayer Books
We are proud to announce that our congregation will be switching to the new  Siddur Lev Shalem in the coming months. Similar to the Machzor Lev Shalem we use on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Siddur Lev Shalem includes informational side notes and extra readings on each page to help everyone get more out of Shabbat Tephillot (prayer). Thanks to the generosity of Risa and Roy Filkoff, we are able to provide the new siddur to everyone who comes to our services looking for inspiration.

We are now offering opportunities to dedicate these siddurim in honor of people or events in our lives or in memory of loved ones. A siddur can be dedicated for just $50 a book. We hope that everyone will participate in making these new siddurim an important addition to our services and a record of all the good people and good moments in our lives. If you would like to see a copy of the new Siddur, they are available for inspection at the synagogue.

BSBI Chai Lights Update
We have heard from a number of congregants that the March bulletin was delayed in arriving. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, it seems to be an ongoing issue with the post office that is out of our control. If you only received your bulletin this week (or have not yet received it), please contact the USPS using this link to let them know about the problem. Hopefully, if they hear from enough people, they will look into it.

As a reminder, we always post the bulletin on our website by the first of the month. Click here to view the March Bulletin .
BSBI Choir Rehearsals Start March 13th!
7:30 pm
Interested in joining the BSBI Choir? Rehearsals will start on March 13th. For more information, contact Cantor Bolts at cantor@myshul.org
Workshops in Synagogue Music – Cantillation: Chanting Sacred Text
March 13, 6:00 pm
The theory and practice of cantillation, the chanted melodies for Torah, Haftarah, and megillot. This class will cover the basics of Torah cantillation and will continue into March. All levels are welcome to attend. Contact Cantor Bolts at cantor@myshul.org for more information.
School Registration is Open!
Registration forms for the 2018-2019 School Year are available on our website.

Note that the early bird registration deadline is May 15th, so get your forms in early! The sooner we get them, the better we can plan for our next school year!
New Teen Program at BSBI!
Journeys, the new teen program at BSBI, will be kicking off in Fall 2018! The program will combine self-directed Jewish learning, social action, and community-building among Jewish teens. Registration is now open! Visit our website for more details and registration forms.
Shirat HaLev
March 10, 10:00 am
Awaken your soul with a musical, contemplative interpretation of the Shabbat morning service. Led by Cantor Bolts.

Services begin at 10am and the program runs from 10-11. Everyone is welcome to join us in the sanctuary after the program.
Hadassah/Sisterhood Book Club
March 12, 7:30 pm
The Hadassah/Sisterhood book club will meet in the Silverstein Center on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:30. The book under discussion will be Snow in August by Pete Hamill. Multiple copies are available at Mary Cheney Library in the reference room. Please plan to join us for a discussion of this book and to help choose books for future discussions.
Knit & Kvetch
March 13, 1:30 pm
Join us as we make blankets, hats, and more for people in need! 
Meditation Service
Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Prepare for prayer with the chanting of prayers and mindful meditation. Led by Rabbi Konigsburg.

Services begin at 10am and the program runs from 9:30-10:30am. Everyone is welcome to join us in the sanctuary after the program.
Social Action Meeting
March 18, 11:00 am
The Social Action Committee will next meet on March 18 at 11 am. New members are always welcome!
Life, the Universe, and Judaism
Saturday, March 24th, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Come learn what science has to say about our universe and life as we know it, then discuss Judaism’s views on the same subjects. Suggestions for upcoming topics are welcome. Led by Michael Chernicoff.

Services begin at 10am and the program runs from 10-11. Everyone is welcome to join us in the sanctuary after the program.
Yom HaShoah Service and Program
April 11, 6:00pm
By now, you should have received your yellow candle purchased and distributed by the BSBI Brotherhood to honor the six million Jews killed by Nazis in the Holocaust. Please take time on the evening of Wednesday, April 11th to light the candle for those who may not have anyone left to light a yahrzeit candle in their memory.
Please also join us for our annual Yom HaShoah commemoration service and program. This year, our speaker is Barbara Bergren, who will discuss her father’s compelling account of loss, survival, and determination to endure. Following his liberation, Martin made a brave decision to leave the displaced persons camp outside of Dachau after his belongings were stolen. That decision changed the course of his life. Mr. Weigen’s harrowing journey through concentration camps, is also a story of racial harmony, where two men and their families are touched by war, discrimination, and—through acts of kindness—recovery.
BSBI Annual Meeting
May 14, 2018
Save the date and plan to join us on May 14th for the BSBI Annual Meeting. As in the past, there will be a light deli dinner served. Stay tuned for more information and how to register.
Save the Dates!
Celebrating Israel's 70th Anniversary Programs at BSBI!

May 24th: Rock In The Red Zone  Film, 7:30-9:30 PM
June 7th: Micha Biton Concert & Social Gathering, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Mark your calendars for two exciting events this spring sponsored by the Saul and Carol Nesselroth Fund for Israel Advocacy to celebrate Israel at 70.

The first will be a screening of the film Rock in the Red Zone , featuring Israeli musician Micha Biton, on May 24th. It is a personal view from the ground on the front lines of an endless war and a powerful exploration into the lives and art of musicians struggling to create in a conflict zone. This movie demonstrates the power of artistic creation to transcend even the most challenging circumstances. It also reminds us that sometimes in the least expected places, we can find magic.

Then, on June 7th, come see Micha Biton in concert. The performance will be followed by a social gathering, where you can meet the musician, purchase a CD, and have something to eat! To get a glimpse of the musician before the event, visit https://michabiton.bandcamp.com/ .

$10 Admissions will get you into both events! Online registration will be available soon, for now take a look at the flier !
Hebrew Names Needed!
Cantor Bolts is collecting Hebrew names to make aliyah cards for the gabbaim. Please contact her at cantor@myshul.org to make sure that she has yours!
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Leave a Jewish Legacy
For more information, e-mail BSBIEndowment@myshul.org  to speak to Roy Filkoff or Jeffrey Wasser.
March Bulletin Available Online!
Did you know that we post each month's Chai Lights online around the 1st of the month? Click here to view the March edition and take a look at some of the great color pictures! Stay tuned next week for the March bulletin (which is being mailed right now!).

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.
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 Judy at extension 100 or admin@myshul.org as soon as possible to put it on the calendar and make sure there are no conflicts. Thanks!
Community Announcements
Women’s League North Atlantic Region (NAR) Conference
April 15th, 8:30 am - 5:15 pm
Temple Israel, 125 Pond Street, Sharon, MA
The theme for the day is “ Ma Tovu - Feeling Good about Yourself: How Good It Is to Be Healthy.” There are two ways to attend. The whole day option is 8:30 am to 5:15 pm, and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and dessert reception, and Chai Tea will be served. There will be speakers, a panel, workshops on women’s health, a choral group, and more. The Afternoon-only option, is from 3:00 pm to 5:15 pm. There will be a Mincha/Rosh Chodesh Service, NAR board installation, and the presentation of the Woman of Distinction awards. Judy Meyer will be leading Mincha at 3:30 pm and Rima Riedel will lead workshops on movement and on the history of women’s makeup in the last century from 1:30 - 3:15 pm.

BSBI Sisterhood will subsidize the cost for members attending the full day. Please return this form with a check for $18 made out to “NAR-WLCJ”, to Lieba Bernstein, 42 Orchard Rd, Windsor, CT 06095, by  March 16 . Please specify if you are going for the full day or only the afternoon. If you are willing to drive, please mention this to Lieba. We will send all the forms in at once, together with a payment for the difference in cost for those going for the full day.

For more information, contact Judy Meyer by phone at 860-644-9271 or by email at jgm06074@yahoo.com .
MACC Charities is OUT  of the following food items in the pantry; they go out as fast as they get them. The Pantry serves over 25 families a day and go upwards of 37+ mid month to the end of the month when SNAP funds are low or run out. Thank you to anyone who can help. Please bring these emergency donations directly to MACC.

Ketchup, Mayo, Pasta sauce, Pasta, Cereal, Oatmeal, Grape jelly, Tuna, Canned pasta (like Chef Boyardee), Beef stew, Red kidney beans, Chicken soups (not noodle or cream)
Family History Day
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
March 25, 9:30 - 4pm
Learn how to preserve and discover your family's story at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford. Join us for a full day of workshops on genealogy, oral history interviewing, photo and document preservation, memoir writing and much more.

Cost: $24 per person (non-members), $20 per person (Society Members), Students free.

For more information, contact Lynn Newman at lnewman@jewishhartford.org  or 860-727-6170

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