Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

At the heart of Temple Bnai Israel, is our Congregation!  Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, observe in different ways, and get involved when it’s right for them.  To put it simply, we truly celebrate diversity and live by the statement…We embrace all who welcome Judaism into their lives!

We're Open to All

When we say that we’re open to everyone, all races, and all lifestyles…we really mean it!  We understand that some people have had less than perfect experiences in the past, so we want to help you change the way you think and get excited about being part of a Temple Community again.  At Temple Bnai Israel, we live by a simple philosophy – Come as You Are!  No matter what your religious background may be, we want to get to know you.  The simple fact that you’re interested in learning more about our synagogue is good enough for us, and we can’t think of a better starting point for a conversation.

Our members are diverse and inclusive of all…LGBTQ, interfaith families, all racial backgrounds, and all those inquiring of Judaism. This is our strength and sustenance!

A Reconstructionist Synagogue

You may be asking yourself, What is a Reconstructionist Synagogue?  Quite simply, it’s Judaism we all live in!  We take the fundamentals of Judaism and interpret them for the modern world we all live in…reconstructing Judaism to fit our times.  We celebrate and expand our traditions as we all adapt to an ever-changing world, and we view Jewish life as so much more than the world “religion” implies.

If you would like to learn more about Reconstructionism, Click Here.

Our Rabbi

A lot of different words and images probably come to mind when you think of a RabbiWell…there’s a good chance that many of them won’t accurately describe Rav Jeremy.  Click below to learn about his leadership and his style at Temple Bnai Israel.

Affiliations

As an active member of the Willimantic community for over 100 years, we’re proud to support the following organizations.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) – hias.org
Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger – mazon.org
Windham Area Interfaith Ministry – waimct.org
Windham Area No Freeze Hospitality Center – windhamnofreeze.com
Covenant Soup Kitchen – covenantsoupkitchen.org
UCONN Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life – judaicstudies.uconn.edu
Quiet Corner Refugee Resettlement Group