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Welcome 

Since 1922, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) located in Monmouth County, has served as a religious, cultural and educational synagogue for Jewish residents of the greater Red Bank area. Multi-generational and egalitarian, CBI is a place for prayer, spirituality, shared observance, Judaic learning and social mingling...a place to honor life-cycle events and celebrate Jewish holidays. A member of the conservative movement, CBI is dedicated to guiding our children and ourselves to appreciate the values, customs and history of our Jewish heritage, to live a life of mitzvot, to support Israel and to transmit the love of Judaism and pride in our Jewish identity to succeeding generations - L'Dor Va'Dor.

Join our Services 

We are happy to welcome you back for in-person services. Join us for Friday night services live in our Sanctuary and enjoy an Oneg to Go!

At this time, all who attend our services age 12 and older must be vaccinated with proof of vaccination. Masks are required for all. To upload your vaccination card please use this form.

All CBI services and Cultural Programming lectures are shared via Zoom, with the exception of High Holy Day services which will be live streamed.

If you want to be added to our email event list, please email emilie.kovit-meyer@cbirumson.org

service times

Shabbat

Friday

  • Kabbalat Service ~ 7:30 pm
  • First Friday of month: 6:00 pm wine & cheese, 6:30 pm service
  • Fourth Friday of month additional service for families with kids - 6:00 pm. Fourth Friday will resume in the fall.

Saturday

  • Shabbat Service ~ 9:30 am
  • Havdalah - 7:30 pm

weekday

Thursday

  • Morning Minyan ~ 8:00am

 

E-Torah

As the High Holydays approach, thoughts increasingly turn to teshuva, repentance. A number of people have asked me about a story I told two years ago about myself and my own grappling with doing what is right. In the spirit of the upcoming holydays, I offer it again….

 

It was the Friday afternoon before Simchat Torah many years ago.  Like many of my colleagues in the rabbinate and cantorate, I was exhausted. Selichot, Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot-these are spiritually joyful and uplifting holydays, but for those of us who serve the Jewish people, emotionally and physically draining. The final challenge, Simchat Torah approached-festive and fun, but endlessly complicated with a special dinner, Consecration of our newest religious school students, and an exuberant worship service complete with klezmer and dancing. I was looking forward to the blessed approach of Heshvan-the month with no holidays other than the promise of shabbat rest.

    The phone rang at 3:30, I was packing up to go home for a brief shower before coming back to the shul. The woman on the other end of the line sounded sad and desperate. “Rabbi, she said, thank goodness I reached you.  We don’t live near here, in fact we live far away, but my daughter has undergone surgery at the hospital near your temple for Crohn’s Disease-her fourth surgery in four months. Please, can you arrange for challah and juice to be brought to our room? We never miss shabbat and I don’t want to leave her”.  I was tired and cranky and selfish enough to think to myself-“She is not a member, they don’t live here-and besides, I’ve got enough to do.” I did try calling the local JCC-they provide a “shabbat kit”-but they had already closed. I called the woman, apologized for not being able to help, and assured her that the next time she was in this predicament, we would of course be of assistance.

    I hung up and stared at the phone.  I looked at my watch. No time, I said, no time. They are not members. I am so tired. I have so much to do. I left the shul and drove to the supermarket, bought a challah and sparkling grape juice and went to the hospital. I gingerly knocked on their door and entered. Seated in a wheelchair was a girl of bat mitzvah age, looking nauseated and uncomfortable. She was intubated and bandaged. Her mother and grandparents were standing around her.  They looked up. “I’m the rabbi you called,” I said, “I just couldn’t let you sit here in my community without a proper shabbas. I apologize for not coming by right away.”   The mother thanked me with wet eyes, and the grandparents nodded their thanks. I looked at the girl. “I wish you well, a complete recovery.” I touched her hand. She nodded, looking drawn and pale. I knelt in front of her. “I also want to wish you shabbat shalom.” The girl nodded again.

      I left the hospital grounds, feeling more awake and alive than I had in days. The sheer joy in performing a simple mitzvah, had reinvigorated my whole being. No one in my congregation would know-indeed, the woman and her daughter were not even affiliated Jews. I had preached to hundreds of people over the last few weeks, but that simple mitzvah in the hospital seemed more vital, more meaningful than anything I had accomplished on the pulpit. That night, I danced with the Torah with particular joy. Even rabbis need to do mitzvot.

Rabbi Doug Sagal

Announcements

  • Our guest cantor for the 2021 High Holidays will be Hazzan Joel Lichterman.
  • Fourth Friday will be on hiatus during the summer months. Our next Fourth Friday will be October 22, 2021.
  • CBI is listed as an eligible charity on AMAZON SMILE! Go to Amazon Smile and select Congregation B'nai Israel (make sure it's our address) as your designated charity and make your purchases. Bookmark the Amazon Smile link so you can easily go through Amazon Smile when shopping.

Thu, September 23 2021 17 Tishrei 5782