Shalom! Welcome to Baton Rouge. Congregation B'nai Israel is located in the center of Baton Rouge in the beautiful Garden District. We know that finding a spiritual home for your family is important so let us introduce you to CBI.
We are a Reform synagogue that has been serving 200 Jewish families for over 150 years. For so many of us, the congregation is our Jewish Community Center because it offers a wide variety of religious, cultural, educational and social programs and activities.
Although Jews are a small minority of the population of Baton Rouge, our congregation is known for being active in the affairs of our city and many of our members are involved and influential in important areas of civic life.
Whatever your reason for joining a congregation, we will help you feel welcome as part of the B'nai Israel family.
CBI is known for having one of the finest religious schools in the South!
The goal of our Religious School Program is to instill in our children a love for Judaism and an appreciation of the values and ideals of our Jewish heritage.
The Religious School meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to noon from September to May. Most of our teachers have been teaching for many years and are respected for their educational background and teaching experience. The faculty participates in continuing teacher education programs each year.
- Religious school commences with pre-school classes and continues up to 8th grade Hebrew and Judaic studies.
- Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes - In addition to a group class, each student is given personal training by Rabbi Jordan. This includes a B'nai Mitzvah Family Seminar to prepare the entire family for their special day.
- Confirmation Class is a two year program for 9th-10th graders taught by Rabbi Jordan.
- Mini-Mishpacha is a program which introduces toddlers to the Jewish Holidays and basic Jewish concepts.
- Henry S. Jacobs Camp A high percentage of our children attend summer camp at Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS.
B'nai Israel is committed to the principle that education is a continuous and life- long activity. Programs and courses of study have been and continue to be developed for our adult members.
Our adult education program includes classes such as:
- Hebrew Reading
- Adult B'nai Mitzvah
- Mussar /Jewish Spirituality
- Torah Study
- Shmooze with the Rabbi
- Florence Melton Adult mini-School
- Introduction to Judaism
- Interfaith Couples Group
- Havdalah Lectures/Movie Nights
- Summer Sundays
- Trip to Israel
Our social activities are an important part of the communal experience at CBI. Some of these include:
· Sha-Potluck Dinners
· Jewish Comedy Night
· Rosh Hashana Oneg
· Tashlich Picnic
· Sukkot under the Stars
· Chanukah Latke Dinner
· Purim Concert
· Havdalah Movie Nights
A number of other social events are conducted by our affiliates.
The experience of belonging to the Jewish community is enhanced by our organizations that appeal to specific target groups. There is at least one affiliate whose activities will appeal to each member of your family, and they are a great place to make new friends.
- Sisterhood Our women meet regularly to serve the congregation and socialize together as sisters. The Sisterhood runs the gift shop and undertakes many special projects throughout the year.
- Men's Club Our men meet monthly for Breakfast and Brotherhood as well as provide other social activities and service projects for the temple.
- Rosh Chodesh Our Rosh Chodesh women's group gathers together each month for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages.
- Jewish Singles Group (Age 45 +) Our older singles meet monthly for Coffee & Chat and plan other social events during the year
- BaRFTY Our Senior Youth Group, for High School age kids, meets several times a month for social, educational, and community service programs. They attend all regional NFTY conclaves and kallot.
- JYG Our Junior Youth Group for Middle School age kids, meets socially each month.
Shabbat and Holiday Services
· Family Services These services are usually held the first week of every month at 6:00 pm. This is an abbreviated service with a story told by the rabbi followed by a Shabbat potluck dinner.
· Gates of Prayers Services Our regular Shabbat services are held at 7:00 pm on all weeks when there is not a Family Service.
· Union Prayer Book Services These services are held at 5:30 pm once or twice each month and include classical Reform traditions and music.
· Shabbat Morning Prayer and Torah Study This informal minyan meets every Saturday in the Gary J. Weill Youth Lounge at 10:00. This is an opportunity to ask questions about the service and to discuss the weekly Torah portion.
Please check the calendar for detailed information on dates and times of Shabbat Services.
High Holy Days - We invite all those who wish to attend High Holiday services to join us. While we do not sell tickets for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we ask that you consider supporting our congregation by including us in your tzedakah (charitable giving) during the holiday season.
We welcome all who wish to come and worship with us at Shabbat and festival services.
There is so much more to tell you about Congregation B'nai Israel. Please explore our website and contact us so that we can arrange a tour of the temple or a meeting with our rabbi or one of our members. If you wish you may complete the Membership Inquiry Form and one of the members of our Membership Committee will contact you to answer your questions.
or fill out the APPLICATION now.