Congregation B’nai Israel

Update: Worship During the Pandemic

The Congregation of B’nai Israel is a local, Conservative synagogue which was established over a hundred years ago. The synagogue is located at 253 Prospect Street Northampton, MA beside the Lander-Grinspoon Academy and the Northampton Survival Center. Though the synagogue offers official memberships, services are open to the general public to attend regardless of religious affiliation. Weekly Shabbat service occurs every Saturday morning starting at nine am, paired with a consistent Kabbalat Shabbat service on Fridays from six to seven pm. 

The CBI also provides a Jewish Pre-School, Gan Keshet, and weekly Jewish educational classes for youth members. To support the adult community the congregation also offers Jewish education for all ages through their Adult Education Committee. In affiliation with the Northampton Survival Center and Lander-Grinspoon Academy, the CBI houses a garden called “Abundance Farm”. This garden works to “practice and promote food justice and local food security, build strong community between our three collaborating organizations, and provide outdoor education”. Alongside agricultural work, the garden acts as a place of meeting for Jewish holidays and seasonal celebrations. 

CBI’s current community is made up of around four hundred families from Northampton and surrounding towns. In a pledge to better serve the Conservative Jewish community, the CBI actively works to create the most religiously supportive community. As proof, the synagogue has its very own ritual committee which works alongside their current rabbi, Rabbi David, to maintain and modify rituals for the betterment of their community. Further, the synagogue will help to create a Minyan, a  group of ten (traditionally male) Jewish practitioners needed for certain events, if you cannot yourself do so. If you are interested in learning more about the Congregation of B’nai Israel, you can find more information at WWW.cbinorthampton.org