Today is December 14, 2019 -

Congregation B'nai Israel

153 Years of Consecrated Service to God, Torah and Israel.

6525 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Phone: (419) 517-8400


For many years B’nai Israel’s library, home to a collection of over 2,000 books, was managed by volunteer librarians who worked hours cataloging and organizing it to keep it as a valuable resource. In the last few years with the time-consuming move to our new building, the collection has become disorganized with books shelved in the three media rooms and chapel.

Caren Zaft observed how books were strewn on the shelves, some arranged in a decimal system-style that were once accompanied by catalog cards, no longer available. Shelves were at maximum capacity, so additional books were stored elsewhere and not in any particular order. Books are not cataloged, not arranged in easily retrievable order nor can the books on the upper shelves be easily reached.

Never having obtained any library training or experience, Caren is learning cataloging the current high-tech way. Determined to rescue this valuable resource Caren has taken on the daunting task of reorganizing the books by categories suggested by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Among her ambitious goals are:

  • Remove duplicate books to free up shelf space
  • Remove general interest books from the Youth Lounge
  • Catalog all books on All CBI members will have online access to search and review titles in our collection,
  • Establish a library committee to brainstorm and develop suggested policies and procedures for organization, distribution, purchases, disposal of discards and other matters as recommended by the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • Promote the library as an interesting, “living”, valuable resource

So next time you’re at CBI, be sure and check out our reorganized library. You might find a great title to read.

To view the current collection recently indexed online, go to Congregation B’nai Israel’s pages on LibraryThing.

Daily Service Schedule

Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m., 5:45 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Minyan is at at 9:30 a.m.when Religious School is in session.

Visitors and guests are welcome to attend Saturday morning services with prior notice. It is mandatory that you call the office as least 24 hours in advance so that we know to expect you. Plan to arrive at 10:00 a.m.

If you are looking for a weekday minyan to attend, please call our office.
Office : (419)517-8400