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 .
Join us for a BSBI Alumni Luncheon in Florida!
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Join Rabbi Konigsburg in Florida this March for a BSBI reunion! We are looking for Florida addresses for past and present members of Temple Beth Sholom, Congregation B'nai Israel, or Beth Sholom B'nai Israel so that we can send out invitations.

Send addresses to Jeanne at programming@myshul.org.
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!
Early Bird Deadline is February 12th - Next Monday!

Jewish Values Coaching Havurah
Make Every Day More Meaningful - Find More Meaning in the Everyday
Life Coaching is a holistic process that recognizes the connectivity between personal, professional, spiritual, and physical health. A Havurah is a Jewish fellowship that gathers to discuss, experience, and share Jewish rituals, practices, and values. The Coaching Havurah is a 10-month program of reflection and personal growth in a faith-based group setting that blends coaching strategies and life skills with the wisdom of Jewish tradition. This program will be facilitated by Rabbi Konigsburg and Stacey Zackin, Phd, MSW, PCC.

Program Dates: The First Monday of the month: March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, (summer break), September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3, 2018, January 7 and February 4, 2019

Application Process:   Applications due on February 23, 2018
Tuition:
$180 for BSBI members who register by February 12th
$360 for BSBI members
$720 for 10-month program
             
This program needs a minimum of five participants and will be capped at 15 people.
 
Social Action Collecting Food for Hurricane Relief Through February 9th
Thousands of Puerto Rican and other Caribbean refugees are expected to arrive in Hartford fleeing the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Hundreds have already arrived – and they need our help to start a new life.

Please donate the following unopened, unexpired food items:
  • Grace or Goya brand products including bags of rice, bags of beans, and cans of tomato sauce or tomato paste
  • Spices and seasonings including sugar, salt, adobo, sazón and garlic powder
  • Cereal: all Kellogg’s brand cereals, Cheerios, Cream of Wheat and Quaker Oats
  • Coffee or juice including Bustelo, Pilon or Maxwell brand coffee and Capri Sun brand juice drink

Donations will be distributed by the Centro de Ayuda Para Nuestros Amigos Caribeños (Relief Center for our Caribbean Friends) in Hartford, managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).
Shirat HaLev with Cantor Bolts
February 10th 10:00-11:00 AM
Awaken your soul with a musical, contemplative interpretation of the Shabbat morning service.
Movie Night: The Women's Balcony
February 10th, 7:00 PM
The BSBI Sisterhood is hosting a screening of the movie, The Women’s Balcony on Saturday evening, February 10th, at 7:00 pm. This Israeli box office sensation focuses on a congregation dealing with both the physical and emotional fallout after their synagogue’s balcony collapses, leaving the women without any appropriate place to worship. When a charismatic rabbi enters their lives, some women in this Jerusalem congregation attempt to unite their neighborhood and preserve their traditions. While the mood is that of a gentle and affectionate comedy, the film makes some extremely sharp points about fanaticism, sexism masked as holiness, and tolerance among the faithful.
Knit & Kvetch
February 13th,1:30 - 3:00 PM
Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 13th at 1:30 pm in the Temple Library. We would love to have some new participants!

Please note: A typographical error on page 2 of the February bulletin incorrectly listed Knit & Kvetch on multiple dates. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Workshops in Synagogue Music – Cantillation: Chanting Sacred Text
February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
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.
BSBI Academy: Why You Can't Pray and What You Can Do About It
February 13, 20, 2018
Join Rabbi Konigsburg for a guide to bringing Jewish values and practices into your life.

For more details on this or any of our other courses or to register, visit: https://www.myshul.org/education/continuing-education/ . You can also download the Continuing Education brochure here .
Pesach Project Reminder
Keep an eye on your mailbox and your e-mail for more information regarding this year's Pesach project. You will receive your own personal log in that you can use to make your selections. The link to the log in page will be posted on the front page of the synagogue website sometime next week.   
Sisterhood Adventure Walk
February 25th, 9:30-11:00 AM
We are continuing our “Walking and Adventuring” on the last Sunday of each month. Our next one will be on Sunday, February 25th,  9:30 - 11:00 am. 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.
Brotherhood in Action Breakfast
February 25th, East Center St. Masonic Temple
February 25 is the Brotherhood In Action Breakfast, which will be held at the East Center St. Masonic Temple. Brotherhood supports this both financially and with person-power. This annual event raises funds to support area families of children with life-altering diseases or disabilities. In the past, the BSBI community has strongly supported this effort through member contributions and attendance at the breakfast. 
Purim Services & Megillah Reading
Wednesday, February 28th, 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 1st, 8:00 am
Put on your best costume and join us for a Ma’ariv service and full Megillah reading on Wednesday, February 28th at 6pm. Please note: There will be no 7:00 pm service that evening.

You also have the option of joining us for an abbreviated morning Megillah reading! Costumes optional, just come as you are!
Shabbat Across America
Friday, March 9, 2018
Jews across the U.S. and Canada will come together in celebration of Shabbat. Join us at BSBI for a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:00 pm. Our students in grades 2 – 7 will participate in leading prayers, followed by a Kosher Shabbat dinner at 6:45 pm. Be a participant in this opportunity to share Shabbat with thousands of Jews across North America!

Send this form & check, payable to BSBI, by March 2nd to:
 Dawn Steigelfest, 26 Tamarac Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Questions? Contact Dawn at 860-659-4029
Brotherhood Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 16, 2018
The Brotherhood will be holding another Kabbalat Shabbat dinner on March 16th. Return this form by March 9th 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
Save the Date!
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 .
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Leave a Jewish Legacy
For more information, e-mail BSBIEndowment@myshul.org  to speak to Roy Filkoff or Jeffrey Wasser.
February 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 February 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
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 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
Help a child learn to read!
Become a Preschool PALS Reading Mentor!
Each year, more than 1 in 3 American children starts kindergarten without the language skills they need in order to learn to read. You can help by becoming a Preschool Pals Reading Mentor! Attend a training session, then select a 30-minute-per-week time slot to read to a preschooler in Bloomfield or Hartford. You can meet during the school day or after school. Anyone age 12 or older can be a mentor. Spring mentorships last 10 weeks; six-week summer mentorships are also available.

Preschool Pals Volunteer Training Sessions
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, February 27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Snow Date: Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT

RSVP to Ronni Breiter by February 20, 2018 at  860.727.6129  or  rbreiter@jewishhartford.org .

Preschool Pals is a program of Children's Reading Partners.For more information, please call 860.236.READ (7323) or email READ@jewishhartford.org .
Welcoming the Stranger:
Immigration from a Jewish Perspective
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Sunday, March 4, 2018 
Temple Sinai, Newington
Refreshments at 1:30 with talk at 2 pm

Rabbi Herbert Brockman will give a talk on the topic of Immigration through a Jewish lens. Rabbi Brockman is rabbi of Mishkan Israel in Hamden. He has been long involved in Tikkun Olam -- Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Settlement, The Peah Project, Growing fresh food for those in need, and
Abraham’s Tent, Providing food and shelter to the homeless.

Open to all, click here for more information and to RSVP
Mah Jongg Tournament
Sunday, March 4, 2018 
Starts at 8:45 am
Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford
Emanuel Sisterhood is sponsoring a Mah Jongg tournament on March 4th . Registration closes February 25th or when they reach 100 players, whichever comes first. NO WALK-INS.

Cost: $36

Questions? Contact Randie Fierberg randie79@aol.com

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

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

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