Beth Sholom B'nai Israel's Board Members, Clergy, and Staff wish all of you a Healthy, Happy, and Very Sweet New Year!
Last chance to order your Etrog & Lulav Sets!
To fully observe the holiday of Sukkot, you will want to own a set of Arba Minim , the Four Species (Etrog and Lulav), which we bless each morning, reminding us of God’s bounties toward us. We will place a group order and have them available for pickup at Beth Sholom B’nai Israel. This will save you both time and money.

Call us at 860-643-9563 TODAY, then send your check to the office. You can also place your order online with this link .

PRICE: $36.00

Deadline: Friday, September 15th
Selichot Service to be held at BSBI in September!
September 16, 2017
8:00 PM
Why wait until the New Year to make a change for the better? Join us for Selichot, a night made for turning: Turning over a new leaf, Turning a life around, Turning a hard life into a life of compassion.

Join us Saturday night right here at BSBI as we prepare to turn the New Year into something special. The program begins September 16th at 8:00 PM with music by harpist Debbie Vinick with special music for the holidays. We will then have a special service as we change our Torah Mantles to their Holiday Whites. Finally, we will have a special service of Selichot, of Forgiveness, featuring the music of our own Cantor Bolts, readings collected by Rabbi Konigsburg and participation by all those in attendance.
Selichot  is the official start of the  Yamim Noraim , the Days of Awe, the High Holy Day period on the Jewish calendar. Traditionally it was held at midnight to show that we wanted to begin the cycle of penitence and forgiveness at the first possible moment.

Please join us as we open the gates to begin the spiritual journey that takes place over the Days of Awe.

Click here for a printable schedule of services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at BSBI.
High Holiday Ticket Reminders
Tickets have been mailed out to members in good standing. If you have not received your tickets, need more tickets, or have any questions, please contact Saundie at 860-643-9563 x100 as soon as possible.

Please bring your ticket with you when you attend services, as it will be checked at the door. This policy is for the security of everyone in the building and will be strictly enforced. If a guest or non-member without a ticket would like to attend, they will be asked to show some form of identification, such as a driver’s license. If an individual does not wish to carry on Yom Kippur, then he/she should register with the office prior to the holiday. 
Remember, our ticket policy is for your safety. Those checking tickets are volunteers providing an important service, and your cooperation is appreciated.  If you would like to volunteer for one hour during the holidays to check tickets, call Arnie Keyser at 860-930-6630.
Needed: People for Blowing Shofar
Anyone with the ability to blow Shofar for Rosh Hashanah should be in contact with Rabbi Konigsburg. We are looking for Baalei Tekiot for the holidays. If you can blow shofar well, perhaps we can use you on the "big stage" for the holidays. Contact Rabbi Konigsburg by phone or email to participate in our service.
Youth Services/Childcare
Please let the office know right away if you plan to sign your children up for services or childcare
Youth Services will be offered this year on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. Childcare will also be available both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. For the safety of our children, preregistration is required.

Tashlich : Casting Away Our Sins
On Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, September 21st , members of Beth Sholom B’nai Israel and their guests will meet at the brook in front of North United Methodist Church (corner of Parker and Jordt Streets, a block from BSBI) to observe the custom of Tashlich at 6:15 PM. With song, prayer, and bread, we will join together to symbolically cast away our sins and begin the year with a clean slate. If you have not participated in Tashlich in the past, this is a good year to begin.
Tashlich (Hebrew, meaning "casting off") is a practice on Rosh Hashanah to go to a large, natural body of flowing water, such as a river, lake, sea or ocean, and throw some bread, or a similar food item, into the water, symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year. We invite you to join us with your whole family to participate in this special service.
Kever Avot Cemetery Service 
It is a long-standing tradition to visit the graves of loved ones between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This visit is traditionally referred to as Kever Avot , literally “Parents’ Graves.” At this holiday time it is appropriate to remember those who are now gone from our family with this visit.

We will hold a brief memorial service at our Temple Beth Sholom Memorial Park on Sunday, September 24th, at 10:00 AM. In this age of dispersed families, many people have parents buried in distant parts of the country or overseas. In some cases, children of Holocaust martyrs do not know where their parents’ remains are to be found. All participants will have the opportunity to include the names of loved ones remembered on this occasion. 

Please plan to arrive early for Erev Yom Kippur Services on September 29th. It is imperative that we start on time as Kol Nidre must be finished by sundown. Plus, you’ll get better parking and a better seat!

Beth Olam Cemetery Monument Dedication
October 1st, 1:00 pm
On Sunday, October 1st, at 1:00 pm , BSBI will dedicate a monument at the Beth Olam Cemetery honoring Jean and Barney Moses, who donated the land for this site. Through their generosity the synagogue can continue to provide our members with a final resting place cared for lovingly and with respect by our congregation. We hope that you will join for this special ceremony. Beth Olam is located at 65 Edith Road, Vernon, CT.    
High Holiday Food Drive
Social Action will hold a High Holiday food drive running from Now through October 1st . All unopened, non-perishable food items will be donated to HVCC and MACC.
Supper in the Sukkah!
Friday, October 6th
Services 6:00 PM, Dinner 7:00 PM
Enjoy a tasty Shabbat meal in the BSBI sukkah this Sukkot! For dinner reservations, complete the form below and mail with your check, payable to BSBI, to: Dawn Steigelfest, 26 Tamarac Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Note the deadline — October 1st

For information, contact Dawn Steigelfest at or 860-659-4029.

Simchat Torah is Silly Hat Night!
Thursday, October 12th
Services 7:00 PM
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Simchat Torah has been designated as "Silly Hat Night"! We invite everyone to join us wearing their craziest 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 school 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.
Beth Sholom B'nai Israel | 400 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040

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