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Welcome to Congregation B'nai Israel

Congregation B’nai Israel is the center for Conservative Judaism in the greater Toledo, Ohio area. We are an egalitarian, inclusive congregation, and embrace both Jews and those in the community at large who wish to explore and enhance their connection with God and with Jewish spirituality, learning and culture. We are committed to Jewish tradition, while also recognizing the wonderful diversity of modern life. We enthusiastically welcome interfaith couples and families as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community and those considering associating with the Jewish community.

Our dedication to the concept of lifelong learning includes both adult education and a strong youth program, providing religious services, education, and programs for people of all ages.

CBI In-Person Attendance Policy

CBI welcomes back all members regardless of vaccination status.

Mask-wearing protocols will be determined by COVID levels assessed by the Lucas County Health Department:

RED LEVEL: Mask-wearing at in-person CBI services and programs is MANDATORY for everyone.

YELLOW & GREEN LEVEL: Mask-wearing at in-person CBI services and programs for fully vaccinated and boostered attendees is OPTIONAL.

Unvaccinated attendees are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to wear a mask while in the building.

CBI will communicate COVID levels in the weekly eblast and posted on the front entrance.

Those who prefer not to attend in person are invited to watch our Live Stream or Zoom services.

For security purposes, we ask all guests to call the office at 419.517.8400 before attending.

The CBI board of trustees continuously reviews the safety precautions outlined in the attendance guidelines and will make adjustments based on local health officials and CDC guidelines. 

CBI Live Stream & Zoom Services


Option 2: On your Computer, Tablet or Cell Phone:

At the top of the home page, click on the “Live Stream” tab. When the page opens, you will be connected to the live stream service.

Option 3: On your Smart TV:

Open the YouTube app and search for “Congregation B’nai Israel – Sylvania, Ohio”.
Be sure to click on the listing that says “Sylvania, Ohio”. Please “subscribe” to the CBI channel so that you can easily locate our live stream services in the future.

A Zoom link and passcode will be emailed to CBI members before the service date and time.

If you did not receive the information or are from another congregation and would like to participate, please contact the office during business hours at 419.517.8400.

Daily Services Schedule

Monday & Thursday at 8:00 AM - In Person/Zoom
Monday - Thursday at 5:45 PM - Zoom
Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday at 5:45 PM - Zoom
Shabbat, Saturday at 9:30 AM - In Person/Live Stream

*Please contact the CBI office for the link and passcode to Zoom services.

This Week's Torah Portion

Monthly Calendar of Services and Events

Click the icon above to view and download the CBI Monthly Calendar

Shavuot 5783 Services Schedule

SHAVUOT TIKKUN: Thursday, May 25, 2023
7:00 pm: Mincha & Light Dairy Dinner in the Social Hall
8:00 pm: TIKKUN with Yoni Miller, Ph.D.
8:45 pm: Dramatic Reading of "The Book of Ruth"
9:15 pm: Maariv
9:45 pm: Kiddush & Dessert

SHAVUOT DAY 1: Friday, May 26, 2023
9:30 am: Morning Services - In-Person/Live Stream

SHAVUOT DAY 2: Saturday, May 27, 2023
9:30 am: Morning Services - In-Person/Live Stream
10:45 am: YIZKOR
12:30 pm: Mincha following Kiddush - In Person

Upcoming Events

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Parashat Hashavuah: Torah Portion of the Week

Fridays at 10:00 AM In-Person at CBI

Parashat Hashavuah: Torah Portion of the Week class is on vacation during the months of June, July, & August.
Join us when we resume classes in September 2023.

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Cooking Class with Rebecca Swett

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 10:00 AM In-Person at CBI

CBI member, Rebecca Swett is not only a professional harpist, but also received training as a chef.
Join her to create a delicious entrée and side dish to be served at the Shavuot Tikkun Dinner on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

The menu will be: Mushroom Moussaka, and Mango, Avocado, and Tomato Salad.


Please RSVP to Fran Weinblatt at or Kim Brody at by May 17, 2023.

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2023 : 5783 CBI Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:00 AM In-Person at CBI

Join us at CBI for our annual Meeting. The agenda will include a report on the state of our congregation, induction of new Officers & Board of Trustees, awards ceremony, and remarks from outgoing CBI President, Dr. Corey Russell and Hazzan Ivor Lichterman.

Presentation of special awards:
- Board Member of the Year
- Congregant of the Year
- Samuel Schwartz Minyan Award

Members of CBI, please do your best to attend this meeting as a quorum is needed to induct nominated new officers and board members.
Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to the office by Monday, June 5th by calling 419.517.8400.

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34th Annual Interfaith Blood Drive

Saturday, June 24, 2023 12:00 - 2:30 PM at Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe Street

There is a desperate need for blood.

This blood drive is critical in helping cover the needs of our community over the July 4th holiday. When levels are low, patients in need of transfusions are forced to wait until the blood is available.

Do a mitzvah and help save someone's life.
Please sign up for the Blood Drive and represent CBI by contacting Devorah Shulamit at to schedule an appointment.

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WCBI Book Club: June Selection
Cooking alla Giudia by Benedetta Jasmine Guetta

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 11:00 AM at the home of Fran Weinblatt

This will be an off-site program with book club memebers preparing recipes from the cookbook.
Miriam Beckerman will host a demonstration of one of the recipes from the cookbook.

Cooking alla Giudia is the ultimate tribute to the wonderfully rich, yet still largely unknown, culinary heritage of the Jews of Italy. From Roman deep-fried artichokes (carciofi alla giudia) to Venetian sarde in saor (sweet-and-sour sardines), Apulian orecchiette pasta, and Sicilian caponata, some of Italy’s best-known dishes are Jewish in origin. But little is known about the Jewish people in Italy and their culinary traditions. It was the Jews, for example, who taught Italians to eat the eggplant, and thus helped inspire the classic eggplant parmigiana and many other local specialties. With a collection of kosher recipes from all regions of Italy, including plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, author Benedetta Jasmine Guetta is on a mission to tell the story of how the Jews changed Italian food, to preserve these recipes, and to share with home cooks the extraordinary dishes prepared in the Jewish communities of Italy. Highlighted throughout the book are menus with regional Italian specialties, along with short, useful guides to the Italian cities with Jewish history. The book will show how to integrate the recipes into your everyday meals and holiday traditions as well.

Space is limited to the first 18 people who RSVP.
Contact Ellen Federman at to reserve your place at this program.


CBI Kabbalat Shabbat Cookout

Friday, July 7, 2023 5:45 PM In-Person at CBI

Join us at CBI for Mincha at 5:45 PM, followed by a delicious pre-Shabbat cookout on the patio. Kabbalat Shabbat services will commence after the dinner.

$10 per person, $5 for children 12 & under, $20 per family

Please RSVP to the office by Friday, June 30th by calling 419.517.8400 or email Kim Brody at

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CBI's Toledo Mud Hens Outing

Sunday, July 23, 2023 2:00 PM at Mud Hens Stadium, Downtown Toledo

Join other CBI members at the ballpark during Family Day at Mud Hens Stadium.

We are holding up to 35 tickets near the 3rd base line, area 104 & 105.

$11 per ticket to be paid to CBI by Friday, June 30th. Make checks payable to CBI.
Tickets will be available for pickup during CBI office hours, 9 AM - 3 PM from July 17-20, 2023.

RSVP to Kim Brody at

Useful Links

Congregation B'nai Israel welcomes Interfaith families, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and all who seek a meaningful Jewish experience.


From the North:

Take US 23 to Sylvania Exit, turn left on Monroe St. to Harroun Rd. Take Harroun Rd. to Holland-Sylvania Ave., turn left at light. Take Holland-Sylvania Ave. to Sylvania Ave., turn right at light. Follow Sylvania Ave. about 1/2 mile to entrance to JCC/YMCA drive, turn left, then follow signs.

From the South:

Take US 23 to the Central Ave. Exit, turn left on Central Ave. Take Central Ave. to McCord Rd. (second light), turn right. Take McCord Rd. to Sylvania Ave. (about one mile), turn right, go about 1/4 mile to next light, turn right into JCC/YMCA drive, follow signs.

From the East:

Take I-475 West to Talmadge Rd. Exit, turn right on Talmadge Rd. Go to next light at Sylvania Ave. and turn left on Sylvania. Go about 2 and 1/2 miles on Sylvania Ave. to red light at entrance to JCC/YMCA drive, turn left, then follow signs.

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