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		                                    Welcome to Congregation Beth Israel		                                </span>

We like to say that Beth Israel feels like family. And we mean it. Here you’ll find an egalitarian, caring Jewish community that both cherishes tradition and is open to needs of a changing world — a supportive, sacred space where all are welcome, heard, and valued. Please take a look around to learn more . . .

Upcoming Events

WednesdayWed, 26 JanJanuary, 2022

Exploring Judaism, taught by Rabbi Fellman

Wednesday, Jan 26th 7:45p to 8:45pAn introduction to the Jewish religion taught by Rabbi Fellman.


FridayFri, 28 JanJanuary, 2022

TGIF: Torah Goodness It's Friday

Friday, Jan 28th 10:00a to 11:00aA facilitated discussion on the weekly Torah reading. Rabbi Fellman chooses material from each parasha and presents it to the group with questions to stimulate thinking. Occasionally followed by cooking class with Rabbi Eve Eichenholtz.


SaturdaySat, 29 JanJanuary, 2022

Shabbat Morning Services

Shabbat, Jan 29th 9:30a to 11:45aJoin us in our sanctuary and simulcast on Zoom.


SundaySun, 30 JanJanuary, 2022

Ellis Island Virtual Tour

Sunday, Jan 30th 9:30a to 11:00a Join NYC Tour Guide Michael Morgenthal, whose great grandparents immigrated through Ellis Island from the Ukraine in 1905, on a virtual experience that will help shed new light on the Ellis Island experience. Highlights include: • What immigration was like prior to the opening of Ellis Island, when states had most of the control over the immigration process • Why the Federal Government decided to open immigration stations like Ellis Island (it was not the only one), and what this change meant to the immigrants • From sailing across the ocean, to docking in Manhattan, to being ferried to Ellis Island for processing, to medical, legal and financial examination, we will walk in the footsteps of the immigrants as they took the harrowing, nerve-wracking first steps toward their new lives in America • What immigration officials were looking for when examining/questioning the immigrants, and what criteria were used to admit or deny entry to these unwashed masses • What happened to those who were denied entry • What Ellis Island was like from 1924-1954, when it finally closed as an immigration station • Why Ellis Island was abandoned in 1954 • How Ellis Island became our National Immigration Museum in 1990 • Why Ellis Island is still relevant today, as the US and many parts of the world continue to debate how to handle the issue of immigration.


MondayMon, 31 JanJanuary, 2022

Advanced Beginner Torah Reading Class with Reena Slovin

Monday, Jan 31st 6:00p to 6:45pThis class is perfect for those who either attended the first six-week "Beginner's" level Torah reading session as well as others who have had some introduction to Torah cantillation in the past. The focus will be on reviewing the basic trope sequences learned in the first session as well as learning new, less common ones. The class will also spend time on preparing for the group's chanting of the entire triennial cycle reading of Parashat Terumah on Shabbat, February 5th when class members will each read a 3-4 sentence portion. This class will be held on Zoom until further notice. The cost of the entire six week class is $60.


WednesdayWed, 2 FebFebruary, 2022

Exploring Judaism, taught by Rabbi Fellman

Wednesday, Feb 2nd 7:45p to 8:45pAn introduction to the Jewish religion taught by Rabbi Fellman.


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Beth Israel Online

As we all do our part to stay safe and protect one another during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to our building is restricted. Please see our Covid-19 policy here. Daily morning and evening minyanim, educational programs, and other activities take place primarily online. Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services take place in-person for members or pre-registered guests who are vaccinated, and on Zoom. Masks are required for entry to the building. Find our service schedule here.

If you have a member account, please log in for Zoom links for services and events. For more information, contact the BI Office.

Learn how Beth Israel is operating during the pandemic.

USCJ Seek meaning together    Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts      

Wed, January 26 2022 24 Shevat 5782