Welcome to Congregation B’nai Israel!
The only Conservative Egalitarian Synagogue
in St.Catharines and the Niagara Region
We are a diverse Jewish community which respects the wisdom of its traditions and embraces the family and children. With programs for youth, young adults, families and the elderly there is something for everyone!
Interested in becoming a member of CBI? Download a membership form here!
Our adult education classes are on hiatus for the summer.
Please join us in the Fall!
As someone who has taught young (and not-so-young) adults for some forty years, I know good teaching when I see it. Rabbi Romang qualifies in spades. His bi-weekly class on Torah studies focuses on the “Torah she be’al peh”, the oral Torah of Talmud, Mishnah, Gemara. Using examples drawn from life, he shows the process by which the Rabbis and Sages have built a case for an ethical or ritual principle, drawn from Torah itself and the reasoning of previous scholars.
This week (on June 6th), he turned to the troubling contemporary issue of physician-assisted dying. After presentations by invited congregants of the medical and psychological perspectives, he began to build the case for what seems to be the consensus of Jewish thinking, that life is sacred and that physician-assisted dying (suicide) represents killing in another form. What I found most interesting was not the conclusion (where I disagree) but the reasoning, the evidence, the background in Jewish thought. What was most impressive has been the rapt attention of his audience (invariably over thirty people) and the lively discussion, which he encourages and treats with respect. Indeed, as the scholar that he is, he barely was able to begin the thoroughly researched material that he had prepared: more to come. In the year 2016, in Canada, in a non-orthodox congregation, here are a substantial group of congregants engaged in Torah thought and study, and begging for more. We look forward to continuing the study after the summer hiatus, and I hope that those unable to attend a morning program have access to this experience in an evening.
Professor Emeritus, Brock University (Psychology), St. Catharines, ON.
Secretary, Board of Directors, Congregation B’nai Israel, St. Catharines, ON
Fresh and local Montreal-style bagels and challahs are available on special order from The Bagel Oven!
(All items are baked under the careful supervision of Congregation B’nai Israel’s (CBI) mashgiach in the CBI kitchen.)
Visit The Bagel Oven page to place your order!
Israeli Dancing classes!
When: Wednesday nights at 5:00pm.
How much: $5 a class. These are drop-in classes, so come join us!
Want to practice at home? You can find the music here.