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 .
April Bulletin Available Online!
Did you know that we post each month's Chai Lights online by the 1st of the month? Click here to view the April 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.
Please note recent change!

Brotherhood Meeting &
S peaker Elon Stricker
April 8th
Morning Minyan: 9:00 am
Breakfast Meeting & Speaker: 9:30 am
Join us at 9am for Morning Minyan, which will be followed by our breakfast meeting and speaker. Due to a scheduling conflict, we have a new speaker for this Sunday's Brotherhood Breakfast!

Elon Stricker has been a member of the AIPAC professional staff for seven years and actively involved in the pro-Israel political movement for a decade. Elon currently serves as the AIPAC New England Synagogue Initiative Director. Elon partners with clergy and community leaders from synagogues across the region to increase the level of pro-Israel political activism within the Jewish community. Elon provides training and education to ensure congregations in New England understand the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel alliance and have the opportunity to meaningfully impact Israel’s safety and security by getting involved in the American political process.

Elon previously served as the National Field Director of AIPAC’s student program where he oversaw the implementation of AIPAC’s campus initiatives on over 150 campuses across the country to engage, train, and mobilize pro-Israel student activists.

Passover Updates
Passover Schedule
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.
Passover Project Thank-You
Sisterhood thanks everyone who donated to our recent Passover Project. As you know, part of the proceeds support the synagogue; part support Mazon, which supports the hungry in the US; and part support an organization in Israel called Leket, which provides food to those in need there. Three of us just met with a Leket representative, who conveyed his thanks to everyone who donated. He encouraged us to visit or volunteer with them when in Israel. Here is a link to a short clip with English subtitles, showing recipients enjoying a hot meal while explaining what a difference it makes in their lives.
Deadlines Approaching Fast!
Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut with a
"Taste of Israel"
April 18th, 7:00 pm
Israeli Cous Cous
Join us for "A Taste of Israel" as we celebrate the 70th year of the State Israel. Sample an assortment of Israeli cuisine prepared by local chefs who will demonstrate their talents and techniques. The program will begin with an evening minyan at 7:00 to acknowledge our gratitude with special prayers for this joyous holiday. There is no charge for attending, but we request that you RSVP to by April 13th so that our chefs can prepare enough food! 
Deadline April 13th!

Torah Study Shabbat
April 20th & 21st
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.”  It’s a very special opportunity to hear a renowned scholar of modern Jewish history. The three parts of Dr Nadell’s presentation - Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday after lunch - make up a coherent whole story. We encourage people to come for all three!

While we ask that you register for the meals, the talks are all free and open to all! The Kiddush Luncheon is also free, but please let us know if you plan to attend!

To make your reservation for the Friday evening dinner or to RSVP for the Saturday Luncheon, email Marilyn Lassow at , then 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. 

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 (No charge, but please RSVP so we can order enough food)
  • 1:15 PM Rabbi Jeshaia and Hilde Schnitzer Memorial Lecture "Two Worlds Converge" 

For further information contact Rima Riedel at 860-649-8507 or .  

Save the Date!
Legacy Giving Seminar
May 2nd
Since August 2017, the BSBI Endowment has included multiple articles in the monthly Bulletin describing different giving opportunities that may be optimized for both the donor and recipient of legacies. Some issues have been raised about the mechanism of leaving a legacy and additional details about specialized giving opportunities.

To address these questions, the Endowment of BSBI, in conjunction with the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF), will be sponsoring a discussion of charitable and legacy giving on May 2, 2018, at 7:30 PM in the Silverstein Center. Rabbi Konigsburg will offer a D’var Torah, and we have invited two guest speakers to join us at this information session. Hollis Dorman of the Jewish Community Foundation will discuss giving opportunities, some of which may offer unique benefits to the donor and BSBI in partnership with JCF. Monique Polidoro, a Partner at Rogin Nassau, LLC the law firm used by the BSBI Endowment, will discuss the “ins and outs” of legacy giving. A pareve dessert, coffee, and tea will be provided. There will be ample time for questions. This session is for informational purposes only and to answer some of the questions that have been raised by BSBI members who have expressed an interest in legacy giving.

All congregants are invited to attend. This will be a great opportunity to learn how we may Leave a Jewish Legacy for future generations. For more information or to RSVP to this event, email Jeff Wasser at or .
BSBI Annual Meeting
May 14, 2018
Save the date and plan to join us on May 14th for the BSBI Annual Meeting. Minyan will be held at 6:30 pm that evening and will be followed by a light deli dinner and the annual meeting. Please note: Food will only be available to those who preregister!

Please RSVP to Jeanne at by May 7th if you plan on coming for dinner and bring $6 per person to cover the cost of the food.
Come one, Come all
To Our Event to Support Our Jewish Campers!
Thursday, May 3, 2018
7:15 PM
Manchester Country Club, 305 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
Cost: $28 per person (includes supper)
Additional donations are greatly appreciated. Your generous support allows us to provide our campers with funds to cover the cost of some of the incidentals they will need to enjoy their camp experience, regardless of which Jewish camp they attend!
Seating is limited—RSVP by April 26th!

Torah Fund Dessert and Film Night
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:30 PM
The Sisterhood of BSBI, as part of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, invites congregants and friends to our annual Torah Fund Dessert to support our Conservative/Masorti seminaries in New York, Los Angeles, Jerusalem, and Buenos Aires. We will show a short film about Israel’s Lone Soldiers.

To contribute, please return this form, make out a check to “Torah Fund,” and mail it by May 7th to Sylvia Cheerman. Your gift helps educate our future Conservative/Masorti clergy, educators, and more. A donation in any amount is your admission to our film and dessert; $180 or more will earn you a special pin on this year’s Torah Fund theme of Mah Tovu, which means “how good”. The pin features the number 100 in raised letters and is a keepsake of the Women’s League centennial celebration.

Please let us know if you plan to attend on May 15th!

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 .

$10 Admissions will get you into both events! Register online here . Contact for more info.

Upcoming Programs
BSBI Choir Rehearsals on Tuesdays Starting April 3rd!
7:30 pm
Due to snow in March, the BSBI Choir will begin rehearsals on April 3rd. Anyone interested in joining should contact Cantor Bolts at .
Knit & Kvetch
April 10, 1:30 pm
Join us as we make blankets, hats, and more for people in need! 
Nusach Workshop
April 10, 17, 24, 6:00 pm
The history and practice of nusach, the traditional chanted melodies of the prayer service. This class will cover the basics of nusach for weekdays and Shabbat morning. Open to all levels! Whether you’ve been leading services for years or are wondering what exactly nusach means, there will be something here for you to learn.
Yom HaShoah Service and Program
April 11th, 7:00pm
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.
Shirat HaLev
April 14th, 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.
Mincha/Ma'ariv Service and Yom Hazikaron Program
April 17th, 7:00 pm
A short program and prayers observing Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, will be incorporated into our usual Mincha/Ma'ariv Service.
Hadassah/Sisterhood Book Club
May 7th, 7:30 pm
The Hadassah/Sisterhood book club will meet in the Silverstein Center on Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 7:30. The book under discussion will be Day After Night by Anita Diamant. . 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.
Sisterhood Adventure Walk
April 29th, 9:30 am
Join us for some fresh air and some invigorating exercise together. Meet us in the BSBI parking lot on April 29th, at 9:30 am, and we’ll decide where to go. We will be back about 11:00 am.
Announcements & Reminders
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.

Deadline Approaching Fast! Return School Registration for Early Bird Rate!
Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year at RLWRS! Please pick up your registration forms in the shul lobby or download them from our website .

  Early bird rates apply until
May 15th.

New Teen Program at BSBI!
Register now for Journeys, the new teen program at BSBI, which will kick off in Fall 2018! The Journeys program combines Jewish learning, social action, community leadership, and community building with Jewish peers. All learning and social action projects are self-directed and geared towards the interests of each year's group of teens. Teens will work toward the completion of an independent confirmation project at the end of 11th grade, which will focus on social action, learning, and/or community leadership. The program will culminate in each student presenting their project to the community on Shavuot at the end of their last year in the program.

Journeys will be co-taught by Teri Norman and Michael Chernicoff. The program is open to teens entering grades 8-11. The program will meet every other Thursday afternoon from 4:30-6:30 pm, starting in September 2018. A complete list of dates will be forthcoming.

Visit our website for more details and registration forms.
Hebrew Names Needed!
Cantor Bolts is collecting Hebrew names to make aliyah cards for the gabbaim. Please contact her at to make sure that she has yours!
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Leave a Jewish Legacy
For more information, e-mail  to speak to Roy Filkoff or Jeffrey Wasser.
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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 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 as soon as possible to put it on the calendar and make sure there are no conflicts. Thanks!
Community Announcements
Democracy, Human Rights and Security in Israel:
Realities we Cannot Overlook in the Israel/Palestine Conflict
The Unitarian Universalist Society: East
Sunday, April 8th, 2:00 PM
The Unitarian Universalist Society: East welcomes Rabbi Richard Plavin, who will share his experience of life in Israel and his perspective on Israeli security, democracy, and human rights. The Unitarian Universalist Society: East is located at 153 West Vernon Street, Manchester, CT. Call (860) 646-5151 for more information. 
Deadline Extended!
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.

Mimi Kalman is being honored in the afternoon as our Sisterhood’s Woman of Distinction for all her contributions to Sisterhood over the last several decades, particularly as our editor for the Sisterhood Speaks column in the Bulletin.  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 and check directly to the address on the form, then let Lieba Bernstein ( ) know if you signed up for the whole day so that she can reimburse them for the amount over $18. Also contact Judy Meyer so she can coordinate the car pools. Contact Judy also if you have trouble accessing the form.

For more information, contact Judy Meyer by phone at 860-644-9271 or by email at .
40th Annual State of Connecticut 
Holocaust Commemoration
Friday, April 20, 2018

Connecticut State Capitol |  210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford  
11:30 a.m. Ceremony - Senate Chambers

12:30 p.m. Lunch - North Lobby
For Holocaust survivors, program participants and elected officials.
Kosher dietary laws observed.

RSVP required for lunch to Ayelet Weber at  or  860.727.5771 .

Buses available for Holocaust survivors. Please RSVP to Ayelet Weber (above).

Co-sponsored by Voices of Hope and the Jewish Federations of: Eastern Connecticut, New Haven, Greenwich, Greater Hartford, Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, and Western Connecticut, and in coordination with the Anti-Defamation League, the State of Connecticut and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Monuments Men:
A Daughter's Discovery of her Father's Role in the Search for Nazi Plunder
Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
7:00 pm
Baltimore Journalist Susan Fisher Sullam will tell the fascinating story of her discovery of her father's role in "Task Force Fisher". As a member of General Dwight Eisenhower's staff during World War II, Lt. Commander Joel Fisher kept records detailing one of the greatest treasure hunts in history. His documents, found by his daughter after his death, chronicled how Fisher led a task force during the closing month of the war that located and recovered billions of dollars' worth of gold, silver, currency and artwork looted by the Nazis.

Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

For more information, contact Lynn Newman at  or 860-727-6170
Beth Sholom B'nai Israel | 400 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040

860-643-9563 |