Temple Bnai Israel has been part of the greater Willimantic community for over 108 years. We have been in our building on Jackson Street since the mid-1960’s. We are proud to have passed a spark of Torah from generation to generation.
Our Temple became affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities (now named Reconstructing Judaism) in 2001 (RJ). The Reconstructionist movement considers Judaism an evolving religious civilization and views our religious traditions as reflecting our ancestors’ search for meaning, purpose, and values. For Reconstructionists, Judaism is more than Jewish religion; it is the entire cultural legacy of the Jewish people. As a Reconstructionist congregation, we value communal learning and democratic decision-making.
We come from a wide range of backgrounds, observe in different manners and chose varied ways to be involved in Temple life. As you will see when you join us for services and special events, we also have much in common: warmth, friendliness, and dedication to one another, the Temple Bnai Israel community, and the larger community we live in.
We embrace all who welcome Judaism into their lives. We support the commitment of interfaith couples who work together to raise Jewish children in an atmosphere of respect for all. Our non-Jewish family members are very much involved in a wide variety of Temple activities.
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 a 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 world 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.”
Administrator Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (when sunset arrives later than 6:00 p.m.) 12:00 p.m. to sunset when sunset arrives earlier than 6:00 p.m. Please feel free to leave a message on our voice mail at any time (860-423-3743), or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org