About CBI “The world is sustained by three things: Torah, service to G-d and loving kindness.” - Avot: 1:2

Services Inspiring and connecting a diverse community

We exist to make life’s Jewish journey more meaningful together. Our services, led by our clergy, are innovative, diverse and filled with song, joy and spirituality. From preschool education, guest speakers and social groups to philanthropic initiatives that unite us, we offer a multitude of engaging opportunities rooted in faith and togetherness.

Our History In 1984, four couples and a rabbi set out to create a welcoming synagogue.

They envisioned a synagogue that was about the people, the congregation, with a commitment to “Tikkun Olam,” repairing the world. CBI is now considered one of the landmark reform congregations in the country, and we continue to grow and meet the challenges of a vastly changing world, using the traditions of Judaism to keep us together.

CBI through the years

The Journey Of MST#1403 Torah Scroll

MST#1403 was written in the latter part of the 18th century and comes from the town of Kostelec nad Labem, Czechoslovakia, where a Jewish community flourished until the 1940s, when all of its citizens were deported by the Nazis. Historians believe Jewish communities were allowed to bring scrolls and over 200,000 other items of Judaica to Prague for safe storing.

In 1987, the Torah was made available by the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London to Congregation B’nai Israel on “permanent loan.” Our generous members, Ira Futeran (z’l”) and Phyllis Malmuth went to London and brought the Torah back to CBI.

Since then our congregation has cherished this historic scroll that connects us to the Jews of the Czech Republic, who perished during the Holocaust. It lives in a beautiful case donated by the L’Dor V’Dor Seniors and has been an integral part of our synagogue’s spiritual life, especially during B’nai Mitzvahs of grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.