Temple Bnai Israel is located in Willimantic, Connecticut.  We are an open and welcoming community that blends Jewish traditions with modern life.

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MAY, 2020:

Dear Friends, though our Temple building is closed for the foreseeable future, we remain connected, and we are holding our services, discussion, and other events via ZOOM. If you are not familiar with ZOOM, here are two useful beginner guides: Using Zoom for the Very First Time https://bit.ly/3bsaOjz (on most computers, you won’t need an external microphone or headset.) How to Participate in a Zoom Meeting: Using the “Attendee Controls” https://bit.ly/2Ul23lu  If you would like to be added to our email database to receive service announcements and log-in information so that you can join us, please email office@templebnaiisrael.org; we hope to “see” you there!

A message from Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz, March 19, 2020

Dear Friends, while we try to slow the spread of the coronavirus through social distancing, we need not practice social isolation. We will continue to build community, nourish our souls, and work to repair the world. Our Rabbi and a committee will be working on setting up virtual Shabbat connections for our congregation.  Our learning also continues.  Jewish Explorations families will be receiving weekly emails with activities and suggestions, from our talented Morot (teachers). The Introduction To Judaism and Tikkun Olam classes and the Mussar Va’ad will continue to meet by ZOOM.  The Windham Area Interfaith Working Group will be meeting virtually, and as you’ve seen, we continue to find ways to support our neighbors, such as the Covenant Soup Kitchen, virtually.  Please stay sane and healthy, and know that I am available if you’d like to connect.  Rav Jeremy, ravjeremy@templebnaiisrael.org

To Our Wonderful Community, March 18, 2020

While we realize that everyone is doing their best to follow the recommended guidelines that will help minimize the spread of Covid-19 (hand washing, social distancing, etc.), we also understand that as a religious organization, we have additional responsibilities to the community; the most important, the well-being of our members; to that end, and to help our congregation minimize any unintentional spread of this virus, we have made the decision to cancel services and events until further notice.  

We remain available by phone and email (provided below) for any members of the community who need us. We will keep you updated as the situation develops and more information becomes available to us.

Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz, President Anne Willenborg

The Temple building is not open at this time. 
Please call or email.  860-423-3743;  office@templebnaiisrael.org
Temple Bnai Israel is an egalitarian and welcoming community affiliated with the Reconstructing Judaism (RJ). Our community brings us joy and enriches our spirits with varied Shabbat and holiday celebrations, as well as cultural and educational activities. We seek to offer justice, tolerance, and charity within the Temple Bnai Israel community, the larger Jewish community, and the non-Jewish worlds within which we live. We welcome all people who are interested in a meaningful life inspired by Jewish tradition. We cherish our diversity and strive to recognize each person’s personal journey, regardless of their religious background and practices, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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Temple Bnai Israel is a welcoming Jewish community which offers a spiritual, religious, and social home for all Jews. We cherish a belief in one God, the Torah, prayer and the music and beauty of our Jewish culture. We are commanded and committed to passing these blessings on to all future generations. We observe and celebrate Jewish traditions and laws, while remaining open to change which meets the needs of our time, and which will stand the test of time. We intend to be a force for good and comfort as individuals and as a whole. We seek to offer justice, tolerance, and charity within the Temple Bnai Israel community, the larger Jewish community, and the non-Jewish worlds within which we live. Our synagogue recognizes the equality of all Jews. Jewish men and women, including those Jews in interfaith marriages, are entitled to participate equally in all religious rites and all secular and religious leadership positions. Our congregation also reaches out to all who welcome Judaism into their lives. We believe in the ancient teaching:“to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.”
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