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Natan Sharansky's Tips for Quarantine

BSBI Virtual Synagogue

To get things started:

Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:30 am: Join the office staff, to learn how to use Zoom or just join in to say Hi! We will also be able to offer technical assistance if you need help.

  • To join via computer or phone video chat, Click Here to go to  Meeting ID: 178 902 161
  • To join via phone conference, dial 1-929-205-6099. Once you dial in, enter this Meeting ID: 178 902 161#

Friday, March 20, 2020 at 6:00pm: Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Service  
Led by Rabbi Konigsburg from his home to your home. From his computer to yours.

  • To join via computer or phone video chat, Click Here to go to Meeting ID: 962 673 849
  • To join via phone conference, dial 1-929-436-2866. Once you dial in, enter this Meeting ID: 962 673 849#.
  • If you sign in at 5:45, Rabbi Konigsburg will give a short lesson on how to use Zoom. It only takes a few moments to find all the important tools that it has that will make your participation fun.

General Virtual Login Instructions

Computer Video Instructions: 

  1. Click on the link provided in the event description
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: provided in the event description
  3. You will then have the option to turn on/off your microphone and video  camera.

Phone and Tablet Video Instructions:

  1.  If you do not have the Zoom app on your phone or tablet, visit the App Store and download the app. The app is called ZOOM Cloud Meetings. Look for the icon below.
  2. Open the app and click on the link provided in the event description
  3. Enter the Meeting ID: provided in the event description
  4. You will then have the option to turn on/off your microphone and video camera.

Phone Conference Instructions:

  1.  Dial the phone number provided at the time the event is scheduled to begin.
  2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID (provided in the event description) using your keypad and then push #. 

If you need help, email Judy Sawtelle at, and she or Tova will assist you.

COVID-19 Update March 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 16, 2020

It is always our wish to serve our members and the Jewish community with the best service possible. Due to the situation with COVID-19, following state and federal guidelines and for the health and safety of our members and staff; we need to inform you of how we will be operating until further notice:
Beginning Tuesday March 17, 2020:

  •  ALL services are cancelled at BSBI.
  • The building will be closed. There will be no meetings, classes, events or services in the building.
  • The office staff and Rabbi Konigsburg will be available via email. You may also leave a phone message; however, we recommend email.  We will check our messages throughout the day.

          Rabbi Konigsburg -
          Judy Sawtelle –
          Tova Haley –

  • For information about BSBI activities, please check the website and your email.
  • Look for regular spiritual videos on our website .
  • Members of committees should check with the committee chair for information about future meetings.
  • People wishing to make payments to the synagogue should use our online payment system, which accepts credit cards and checks.
    • To pay by check, select credit card/ACH. Under payment details select E-Check, then complete the form.
    • ​​​​​​​Please understand checks sent in the mail to the synagogue may experience processing delays.

Rabbi Konigsburg is always available for emergencies on his cell phone 860-478-0879. You can also text him at that number.  Please do not call the synagogue for emergencies.

Please stay safe and healthy. Consult the CDC guidelines and the recommendations from the CT Dept of Health. Even in these troubled times, we will do our best to serve you.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav says, “All the world is a narrow bridge, the important thing is to not be afraid.”

COVID-19 Update March 13, 2020

Cancelled Events

All Events except Minyans, Shabbat & Holiday Services are cancelled through April 16th

Currently, the office is still open. Please call or email if you need assistance. 

Meetings are at the discretion of the Meeting leader. Meetings are encouraged to meet by phone.

You MUST let Judy Sawtelle know if you are meeting at BSBI. Email Judy, 

March 15 - Hebrew School – Cancelled through April 16

March 15 - New B’nai Mitzvah Meeting – Cancelled

March 22 -Sisterhood Adventure Walk - Cancelled

March 23 - Sandals Lecture ­- Cancelled

March 26 – The King’s Speech @ Hartford Stage - Cancelled

March 28 – No Luncheon, Alysia Bator will still be honored

March 29 – Yoga - Cancelled

April 5 – Brotherhood Breakfast & Speaker - Cancelled

April 5 – Family Pesach Program- Cancelled

April 9 - Community Seder - Cancelled

April 14 - Knit & Kvetch - Cancelled

April 26 – The Band’s Visit @ Bushnell – Cancelled

Sun, May 24 2020 1 Sivan 5780