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.

Welcome Cantor Bolts!
We hope that you will all come to services on Saturday, July 15th to help welcome Cantor Sarah Bolts to our congregation! A Kiddush Luncheon will follow the service.

Register Now for Next School Year!

Planning on enrolling your children in RLWRS in the fall? Make sure to return completed registration forms to the BSBI office as soon as possible so we may plan for next year. Copies can be found below.

RSVP Now for Sisterhood Summer Kabbalat Shabbat!

Join BSBI Sisterhood for a summertime Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner on July 28th! Services will begin at 6:30 outside in the garden, followed by dinner.
RSVP by July 21st to Brina Abrahams. $10 per person, dinner options of chicken salad or a vegetarian meal.

Questions? Contact Brina at or 860-872-0820.

Click here to view the flier!

Sisterhood Adventure Walk!
Join BSBI Sisterhood on July 30th for our monthly walk! Meet in the BSBI parking lot at 9:30 AM.

Sisterhood Summer Splash!
Mark your calendars for August 6th for our annual Sisterhood Summer Splash! E njoy lunch, and sun around the pool of our gracious hostess, Sally Ivaldi. All women are invited. Bring a bathing suit – the water’s great!

Knit & Kvetch
Grab your knitting needles and crochet hooks and join us on August 8th from 1:30 - 3:30 PM for Knit & Kvetch! 

Mathilde's Mentionables
 Women's League has an ongoing chesed project, named in honor of our founder, Mathilde Schecter. We are collecting new and gently worn -- clean and looking new -- bras of all kinds to donate to shelters or for natural disasters. All types of bras are welcome, including sports, nursing, and mastectomy bras. To initiate this project, we will be collecting these items to distribute to women in homeless and battered women's shelters in the Seaboard Region at Convention 2017, which Judy Meyer and Rima Riedel will attend from  July 23 to 26 .

A labeled container will be in the lobby until July 20th.

The BSBI Co-Ed Softball Team Needs You!

Help us to maintain the great summer tradition of the Greater Hartford Synagogue Softball League! Last Sunday, for the first time in twenty years, BSBI had to forfeit our game because we could not field the minimum of nine players. Many of those who led us to numerous champion seasons have aged or moved away, and we need new recruits to fill their places! 

Join us on Sunday mornings at the Cigna Fields in Bloomfield for our 10:00 am game every week through August. 

Click here to learn how to sign up!

Update Your Bookmarks!

If you have our BSBI website homepage bookmarked on your computer, make sure to update it with this link: The old link will still work, but the new one will bring you to the most up to date and secure version of our website, so make sure to use it! 

Important Scrip Changes!

Due to decreasing profits, we will be ending the Scrip program. However, we still have significant inventory to sell. Click here to view the most up to date information on what we have in stock.
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Volunteers Needed for Jessie's Garden!

It's that time of year again! We are looking for volunteers to help tend our lovely community garden. We kicked things off on Mitzvah Day, but we will need your help throughout the growing season. If you have any questions, contact  Laurie Bayer at  860-798-5669.
Save the Date! 2nd Annual BSBI Jazz Festival!
Are you free December 2nd and 3rd? If the answer is yes (and hopefully it is this far in advance!), make sure to save those dates for the 2nd Annual BSBI Jazz Festival. This year's performances will feature klezmer, classical music, and New Orleans jazz. More details will follow, keep an eye on for the latest!
June/July Chai Lights Online!

Did you know that we post each month's bulletin online? Click here to view the June/July 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.

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,

Phone calls: Elaine Kahaner, 860-983-3929,

Visits: Debbie Cinquemani, 860-645-6146,


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 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 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 July 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).  

Camp Ramah in New England Prospective Family Day 

10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday, July 16 OR Sunday, July 30, 201​7

Learn about the unique Jewish education program which enables our campers to learn Hebrew and study their Jewish heritage in an informal setting. Meet the Director, Assistant Director and other key staff who will be there to answer questions and tell you about the extraordinary opportunities that await your child at Camp Ramah.

Camp Ramah offers two-week sessions for children currently in grades 2-3 and four or eight-week sessions for children in grades 3-10. To learn more or to RSVP, contact Lori Fish Bard at

JTS in the Berkshires: Paths of Resistance

Fridays, July 21, August 4, August 18, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, Massachusetts


Join JTS scholars as they explore examples of Jewish resistance in different contexts: from civil disobedience and armed action to cultural and spiritual forms of resistance. What lessons we can learn from the struggle to maintain humanity and dignity in dangerous and uncertain times?

Click here for more details!

As Close to Us as Breathing Book Talk
August 8, 6:00 PM

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford invites you to a book talk with Elizabeth Poliner, author of As Close to Us as Breathing, a multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer on the Connecticut shoreline. The talk will be held at the Community Services Building on the Zachs Campus at 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Bring a dairy picnic for dinner and Jewish Historical Society will provide ice cream sundaes for dessert!

Cost is $5 per person; click here to learn more.

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford Presents
On Display through September 24th

The traveling exhibit, From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America traces the history of the original 23 refugees who landed in America in 1654, documenting the way in which Jews made America their home.

The exhibit will be held in the Chase Family Gallery at the Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford, CT from June 29 through September 24, 2017. Exhibit Hours  9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily. Free admission. Docent tours available for groups. Please call the Society office for more information 860-727-6170 or visit online

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