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Incorporated in 1922, Congregation B’nai Israel will joyously celebrate its centennial in 2022.  Special events are planned to mark this landmark milestone.  Rooted in the legacy of its founders, membership still includes multi-generational families, along with many others who have migrated to our area. 


  Watch video above and then read about our history in:  A History of Congregation B'nai Israel, The First Hundred Years. 



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.


15 Av 5782/12 August 2022

This week in the Torah we continue the long speech by Moses as he implores the people to follow God’s ways after they enter the Promised Land without him.

Moses is punished by God for striking a rock with his staff to bring forth water rather than obeying God and speaking to the rock.  This staff of Moses is the same staff that decades earlier had turned into a snake before Moses and before Pharaoh, and when grasped by the tail turned once again into a harmless staff.

My teacher Melila  Hellner-Eshed, a leading professor of Kabbalah, has argued that the lesson here is that in every staff there lurks a snake.  In other words, if the staff is a symbol of power and authority, there always lurks in the powerful leader the temptation to abuse their authority, to go the “dark side” and rule corruptly.  This is not limited to one party or one type of leader, but is a risk for every leader who wields authority, no matter how well intentioned they may be.  In every staff, even the staff of Moses, there lurks a snake.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Doug Sagal

Attend worship this Shabbat-it may not change you, but I your presence will change us!

Covid Updates as of June 1, 2022

June 1, 2022 

Dear Congregation B'nai Israel Family, 

As promised, the Covid Task Force and leadership have been monitoring the status of Covid-19 infection and transmission in our community. 

At present, the CDC has placed Monmouth County, New Jersey in the Covid Community Transmission Level of ‘high.’  Recommended actions based on this level include wearing a mask indoors in public.

Our Mask Optional Policy remains in place.  To comply with the CDC recommendations, and to keep each other safe, we encourage you to wear a mask in the building (preferably N95 or KN95).  

For Onegs and Kiddushim, we will try to socially distance or, weather permitting, eat outdoors. 
We thank you and wish you and your family good health.

Barbara Newman Rosen,  CBI President
Dr. Joel Edman, Covid Task Force Chair

service times



  • Kabbalat Service ~ 7:30 pm
  • First Friday of month: 6:00 pm wine & cheese, 6:30 pm service


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



  • Morning Minyan ~ 8:00am



  • 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.
Sat, August 20 2022 23 Av 5782