March 1, 2024 -

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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

Visit the CBI Gift Shop for all your Judaica 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

Fridays at 11:00 AM In-Person at CBI
- February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2024
- March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024

Join other CBI members on Friday mornings to study and discuss the week’s Torah portion.


Let's Learn Together!

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Israeli Movie Festival: Documentary & Film Series at CBI

Cost is $5 per movie. SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED

Please RSVP to the office or Kim Brody at

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"Reinventing Rosalee"

Wednesday, February 28, 1:00 PM at CBI

Run time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Rosalee Glass, a 101-year-old Holocaust survivor, transformed her destiny and lives her dreams. In her late 80’s, she began an acting career, won a senior beauty pageant, starred in a Super Bowl commercial, and dared to ride Alaskan sled dogs at the age of 100.

RSVP by Monday, February 26, 2024

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"Sustainable Nation"

Wednesday, March 6, 1:00 PM at CBI

Run time: 1 hour,
In a world where water is everything, three Israeli innovators are applying water technology to an increasingly thirsty planet. They show how solving global water issues is not only a matter of life and death, it's the start of healing the world.

RSVP by Monday, March 4, 2024

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"The Sand and the Sea"

Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 PM at CBI

Run time: 1 hour, 19 minutes
The filmed account of a formidable intimacy, carefully built, between two solitary “heroes” who played a significant role in the creation of the State of Israel.

RSVP by Monday, March 11, 2024

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Havdalah "Have Fun" Night!
Dinner - Games - Fun

Saturday Evening, February 24, 2024 at 6:45 PM In-Person at CBI

After a meaningful Havdalah service, join us for an evening of fun, games, great food & drinks

We will begin the evening with a family Havdalah at 6:45 PM after which the adults will eat and greet in the social hall while the young people adjourn to have pizza and a movie in the library. What’s your game? Canasta? Trivia? Poker? Bingo? Maj? You’ll find that and lots more. Bring your friends & family!


$15 per adult for this FUN evening!

RSVP to the office or Kim Brody at by February 16, 2024.

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Join us for Canasta!

Tuesdays in March March 5, 12, 19, & 26 12:15 - 2:45 PM at CBI

We have had great results teaching and playing canasta on Tuesdays at Congregation B’nai Israel.


If you are interested in learning or playing, please contact Rhoda Miller at

Community Purim Carnival
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Mishloach Manot Making!
Volunteer Event

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 1:00 PM In-Person at CBI

Join us as we assemble Mishloach Manot bags for the CBI Purim Shpiel, Celebration, and Luncheon and to give to CBI members at local living facilities.

RSVP to the office or Kim Brody at to add your name to the volunteer list.

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Seudah Shlishit and Full Megillah Reading

Saturday Evening, March 23, 2024 at 7:00 PM In-Person at CBI

Join us for a quick service at 7:00 PM, then the Shabbat third meal at 7:15 PM, and full reading of the Megillah at 8:30 PM


RSVP to the office or Kim Brody at by March 20, 2024.

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CBI's Purim Shpiel, Celebration, and Luncheon
"Purim Land: Those Were the Days" A Sitcom Magillah

Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM In-Person at CBI

Join us as we observe the three mitzvot of Purim: Tzedakah, Mishloach Manot, & Megillah

Cost is $18 per person. Religious School students and children 12 and under FREE.


RSVP deadline is Wednesday, March 18, 2024. Contact the office or email Kim Brody at

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Women of CBI Book Club
Microjoys: Finding Hope (Especially) When Life Is Not Okay
by Cyndie Spiegel

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 10:30 AM In-Person at CBI

Spiegel, an author and inspirational speaker, writes from experience on how to balance moments of grief and hardship with sparks of joy. The author shares the pain of her grandparents' deaths, losing a classmate to tragedy, and friends she grew up with dying from AIDS. Death and loss are unavoidable, of course, but Spiegel is insistent that we should grow from tragety and rediscover joy. Microjoys "often emerges from the muck" of despair, heartbreak, and personal chaos, and discovering them has brought clarity and great wisdom to the author.

Spiegel inspires readers to find these gifts for themselves within a series of brief chapters that relate a variety of anecdotes about her everyday life -- e.g., her neighborhood spice shop in Brooklyn, her beloved mother's legacy of outspokenness and cake baking, a nature walk, or the excitement when she and her husband left Manhattan six months into the pandemic and moved into a larger apartment with a glassed-in sunroom. Embedded within these moments are subtle expressions of interactive love and appreciation as well practical reminders that we are at our best when we accept life's paradoxes and problems with hopefulness and grace.

Spiegel concludes each chapter with a boxed "consider this" note as a reflection point, driving home the importance of savoring small yet magical moments. She implores readers to slow down and look around, and don't be too self-critical. "You don't always have to be all things to everyone," she writes, "including yourself." Throughout these brief snippets, Spiegel urges readers to appreciate "that love and loss are close dance partners in this lifetime," and "once we've journeyed the depth of loss... from the core of our being comes the capacity to seize every experience differently." A thoughtful reminder to appreciate the seemingly slight elements of life that can bring unexpected glee.


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has 5 physical copies and 3 eAudio copies and 1 eBook. 20 libraries have copies in SearchOhio, and 1 copy in OhioLink.

RSVP to Ellen Federman by Sunday, March 24, 2024.

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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