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We like to say Beth Israel feels like family. . . .

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We value Jewish tradition, but are open to new ways. . . .

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Whatever your background, come and learn. Questions are always welcome. . . .

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Prayer is both personal and communal at Beth Israel. Find your path. . . .

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We look forward to hearing from you. . . .

Welcome to Congregation Beth Israel!

We like to say that Beth Israel feels like family. And we mean it. This is a religious community that cares ⎯ if you have a simcha to share, if you're sick, if you experience a loss, if you're new to Worcester and looking for a place to find fellow Jews, if you just need to talk. We come from different backgrounds, levels of religious observance and walks of life, but we're bound together by our shared commitment to Conservative Judaism and each other. Please take a look around our website to learn more . . . and be sure to check out What's Nu?

Tisha B’Av 5778

Tisha B'Av, the Fast of the Ninth Day of Av, is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. This day is traditionally observed through fasting, mourning rituals (not wearing leather) and reading Eicha, the Book of Lamentations.

Saturday, July 21
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Summer potluck. Please contact BI Office for location and details.
8:17 p.m.: Tisha B'Av fast begins. Shabbat ends at 9:08 p.m.
9:00 p.m.: Ma'ariv and chanting of Eicha in the Library. Bring your own flashlights and candles

Sunday, July 22
8:15 a.m.: Shacharit service in the Chapel with Torah and haftorah reading and Eicha. No tallit or tefillin.
2:00 p.m.: Mincha service in the Chapel. We wear tallit and tefillin at this service.
7:00 p.m.: Ma'ariv service in the Chapel.
8:53 p.m.: Fast ends

B’Yachad: Building Together, Growing Together

What a tremendous celebration of our renovated home on June 22-24! Read all about it here, and be sure to read Rabbi Fellman's inspiring words in the T&G here.