September 21, 2023 -

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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 is OPTIONAL.

We ask that if you are feeling unwell or are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 or other illnesses that you either avoid in-person services or wear a mask to protect others.

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.

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
*Sunday at 9:30 AM - In Person/Zoom
*when Religious School is in session

*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

2023- 5784 CBI High Holidays Services Schedule

Click the icon above to view and download the 2023-5784 CBI High Holidays Services Schedule

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Kever Avot

Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Beth Shalom Cemetery

Kever Avot, the tradition of visiting the graves of our parents and loved ones between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, can evoke a wealth of emotions and memories.

We will meet at Beth Shalom Cemetery (420 Otter Creek Road, Oregon, Ohio) where Hazzan Lichterman will assist those wanting special memorial prayers recited at the graves of their loved ones. If there is inclement weather, we will meet in the Chapel followed by Hazzan Lichterman visiting individual graves at the cemetery.



Rosh Hashanah - Day 1: Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 5:15 PM at the JCC Pond

On or before Rosh Hashanah it is tradition to go to a river or spring (preferably one that has fish in it) and recite special penitential prayers. Tossing bread crumbs in the water is symbolic of casting away our sins and starting a new year with a clean slate.

Bring your own bread and meet us at the lake behind the campus.

Break the Fast

Break the Fast at CBI

Monday, September 25, 2023 at approximately 8:00 PM following the Yom Kippur N'eilah Service

$20 per person. Reservations required by Wednesday, September 18, 2023.


If you have questions or would like to register, please call the office at 419-517-8400.

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Simchat Torah Celebration & Dessert

Saturday Evening, October 7, 2023 at 7:00 PM In-Person & Live Stream
Simchat Torah Services & Hakafot to follow

No cost, however voluntary donations would be appreciated. Please let us know when you make your reservation.
Reservations required by Monday, October 2, 2023.


Join us in the sanctuary and social hall where we will sing festive songs, dance with the Torah, drink a l'chaim, wave our flags, show off our craziest hats, and unroll the entire Torah scroll. Our Religious School students will also be invited to participate in hakafot.

We will also enjoy a delicious ice cream bar.

If you have questions or would like to register, please call the office at 419-517-8400.

Visit the CBI Gift Shop for all your High Holiday needs

• Shabbat Candles • Candlesticks • Kiddush cups • Challah Covers • Challah Knives & Boards • Havdallah Sets • Holiday Items • Shofars • Menorahs • Jewelry Assortment • Mezuzzot & Scrolls • Tallits (Prayer Shawls) • Women's & Men's Kippot • Tzedakah Boxes • Jewish Books • Kid's Holiday Items • Jewish Books and much, much more!

To make an appointment, please contact the office at 419-517-8400.

Click the icon above to go to the Gift Shop web page.

Upcoming Events

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Parashat Hashavuah: Torah Portion of the Week

Friday, September 1, 8, 22, 29 at 10:00 AM In-Person at CBI

Join us each Friday morning to discuss and learn the weekly Torah portion with Miriam Beckerman.


Let's Learn Together!

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CBI Israeli Movie Festival - Four Wednesdays in August

Cost is $5 per movie .



RSVP by calling the CBI office at 419-517-8400 or email Kim Brody at

The Muses Isaac Bashevis Singer web


August 30, 2023 - RSVP by Friday, August 25, 2023

1 hour, 12 minutes
Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a 'harem' of dozens of translators behind him. Today nine remain to tell his story. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to portray the unknown story of an author who charmed and enchanted his audiences, just like he charmed and enchanted his translators.

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WCBI Women's Gathering

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20, 2023 In-Person at CBI

You are invited... attend a unique 2 day event for Toledo Jewish women of all ages to get together to socialize, laugh, learn, relax, be inspired and to reconnect.

Our special guest will be Rabbi Aura Ahuvia

A gifted musician and singer, Aura Ahuvia was ordained as both rabbi and spiritual director with ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She has served Reform and Conservative congregations. She holds master’s degrees in journalism and Judaic studies from the University of Michigan, and served on the board of ALEPH for nine years, including the last five as board president.

We know you will enjoy workshops such as Challah making, Tai Chi for health, Self Defense, wine & food pairing among others. Join together for a meaningful Kabbalat Shabbat & delicious Shabbat dinner.

Due to the generosity of The Toledo Jewish Federation and Foundation, Congregation B’nai Israel and anonymous contributors the cost for the 2 days is only $80 which includes all meals, activities and our tikkun olam (Nature’s Nursery). Please contact Cantor Lichterman for financial assistance, if needed.

Contact Sandy Traugott to request a Registration Form by August 15. (419) 841-6865.

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.

Congregation B'nai Israel
6525 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio 43560
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