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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 Attendance Policy During the Covid-19 Pandemic

CBI welcomes back all members regardless of vaccination status.
Mask-wearing at in-person services and programs is now OPTIONAL for vaccinated and boostered individuals. Unvaccinated attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

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

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

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. 


We welcome back all CBI members regardless of vaccination status.

Mask-wearing at in-person services and programs is now OPTIONAL for vaccinated and boostered individuals. Unvaccinated attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

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


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

Upcoming Events

Red Cross Blood Drive

33rd Interfaith Blood Drive

Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 12:00-2:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe Street, Toledo

Please contact Devorah Shulamit at 419-356-5280 or email shalom1836@bex.net to schedule an appointment.


There is a desperate need for blood. Do a mitzvah and save someone's life!

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2022 - 5782 CBI Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM at CBI

Induction of Incoming Slate of Officers and Board of Trustees & Presentation of Special Awards

Join us in-person at CBI for our Annual Meeting. Learn about the state of our Congregation, watch the induction of our new Officers & Board of Trustees, view the awards ceremony, and hear remarks from CBI President, Dr. Corey Russell and Hazzan Ivor Lichterman.

Please do your best to attend this meeting, as a quorum is needed to induct nominated new officers and board members. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to the office by Sunday, June 19th by calling 419.517.8400.


WCBI Book Club:
Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the home of Cathy Sperling

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

Join us as we take closer look at the collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the New York Times bestselling author of Plenty, one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011. In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi re-teams with his friend (and the co-owner of his restaurants) Sami Tamimi. Together they explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city--with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian, and Armenian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year--Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This cookbook offers recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspectives including Charred Baby Okra with Tomato and Preserved Lemon, Braised Lamb Meatballs with Sour Cherries, and Clementine and Almond Cake. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; Jerusalem is his most personal, original, and beautiful cookbook yet.

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

Kabbalat Cookout web

CBI Kabbalat Shabbat Cookout

Friday, July 1, 2022 at 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.

Dinner is free of charge, but you must RSVP. Please contact the office by Friday, June 24th by calling 419.517.8400.

MahJongg popular culture book

WCBI Joint Sisterhoods Book Club Meeting & Luncheon:
Mah-Jongg in 1920's Popular Culture: Illustrated Sets & Rules of Play
by Jeffrey J. Gordon

Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Lunch at 12:00 PM, Program at 1:00 PM at Congregation Etz Chayim
Mr. Gordon will attend the luncheon and sign copies of his book which will be available for purchase at the program.

The cost is $10 per person, payable at the door.

Mah-Jongg in 1920s Popular Culture: Illustrated Sets and Rules of Play by Jeffrey J. Gordon is an expanded guide to his Mah-Jongg Sets and How the Game was Played in the 1920s. It retains the geography, history, Jewish contribution, and exceptional importance of Mah-Jongg in 1920s popular culture, as well as explaining Mah-Jongg set components and game play. It also retains detailed coverage of the many varieties of 1920s Mah-Jongg sets showing their boxes, tiles, dice, wind discs, counters, instruction booklets, and racks. In addition, many full color illustrations of the most striking boxes and English translations of the Chinese writing on boxes and tiles are included. This welcome book fills a gap and is sure to be appreciated by Mah-Jongg players and collectors.

Please RSVP to Elsa Leveton at 419.473.2401 or email elsa@etzchayimtoledo.org by July 20, 2022.

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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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