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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.

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All CBI services and Cultural Programming lectures are streamed on Zoom, with the exception of High Holy Day services that will be live streamed. If you want to be added to our email event list, please email You can also see all our programming on Facebook Live - Like us at @CBIRumson.


Starting on Friday, May 21, we will have our first worship service in the Sanctuary (aside from the B’nai Mitzvah we have held over the past year) for CBI MEMBERS ONLY. We will be starting off with Friday night 7:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat services, as a test, while we smooth out our procedures and new technology setup. Please note that every first Friday of the month we will continue to have Wine and Cheese on Zoom at 6:00 pm. On those days Rabbi will be holding the usual First Fridays early service starting at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Those (members) who can attend in the Sanctuary should come.

All in-person services will be held in our Sanctuary, with a limit of 25 attendees to start, to allow for the required social distancing that we are required to observe. Rabbi Sagal, Fran Semaya, Emilie Kovit-Meyer and the Religious Committee will all be working to make these services as “normal” as possible. Zoom will continue to be available for those who do not wish to attend in person, and for people who are not members of CBI.

A  registration form will be emailed to members on Monday mornings to be returned no later than Thursday at noon to sign up for that Friday night's Kabbalat Shabbat service. Registration will be required - no walk ins will be allowed at this time. We look forward to seeing you in person!

For the full reopening Stage One letter including Health Protocols, please click HERE.

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  • 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


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



  • Morning Minyan ~ 8:00am



                  Chocolate Babka


E-Torah from Congregation B’nai Israel


Shavuot 5781


Shabbat Shalom

As we enter shabbat, Israel seems to be once again on the precipice of war.  What began as conflicts between Jews and Palestinians in Jerusalem has now spread across the country to several cities and there are attacks and counter attacks between Israel and Hamas controlled Gaza.

Not since 2014 has there been this level of conflict.  I was in Jerusalem that terrible summer of the Gaza war, personally experienced the awful barrage of Hamas missiles and this has the same feeling of both concern and sorrow as the nation of Israel is preparing for increasing violence.

The current paralysis of the Israeli government is only adding to the sense of dread as the Prime Minister is unable to unite the nation and it is unclear who will be the next leader of the Jewish state.

Psalm 122:6  declares “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, may those that love her prosper.”

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for the state of Israel and for our people.  We pray for all those who truly seek peace and prosperity for all the inhabitants of the region.

Shabbat Shalom


Rabbi Doug Sagal



  • Join us for a Congregation Read of Away by Amy Bloom. Amy will be discussing this book on June 27 at 11am on Zoom.
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Tue, May 18 2021 7 Sivan 5781