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Vote Mercaz 2020

We have very few opportunities, as Jews living in America, to influence and make change in Israel.  

This is one of those times.

Every five years, Jews from around the world are asked to step-up and be counted in the World Zionist Congress Election.  The next election begins on January 21, 2020. 152 delegates will be elected to represent the US and asked to make critical decisions about the future of the Jewish people in Israel – religious freedom, democratic principles, and the celebration of diversity – are all at stake.

View Rabbi Konigsburg explain why he is voting Mercaz 2020 by clicking the image below

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Brotherhood in Action Community Breakfast

February 23, 2020


Masonic Temple, 25 East Center Street, Manchester

The BSBI Brotherhood works with other community organizations to hold the annual Brotherhood-in-Action (BIA) breakfast.  For years, our BSBI community has strongly supported this annual event, which raises funds to support area families of children with life-altering diseases or disabilities.  By now, we trust that you have already received our invitation letter and breakfast tickets with a description of this year’s event and beneficiaries.  Please consider supporting BIA through ticket purchase and/or other contributions and also through attendance at the breakfast.  Please note, we gauge our food procurement based on past experience and tickets sold in advance.  Please try to send all donations and tickets payments by mid February to help us better gauge our food and supplies order.
Thank you for your consideration, and a special thanks to those who have already sent in their tickets donations.  We look forward to seeing you at the breakfast on February 23rd
BSBI Brotherhood Representatives to BIA:  Steven D. Cohen, Harold Meyer, Calvin Vinick and Spin Zucker.

The Manchester Brotherhood in Action (BIA) proudly announces that our annual community breakfast will benefit the families of Jayden Szkirka of East Hartford and Icek Dejesus of Manchester. ​

Jayden Szkirka

In March 2019, 10-year old Jayden was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a serious type of bone cancer. Jayden had limb saving surgery on his left leg, just below the knee to remove the tumor and has been in a wheel chair until recently when he started using crutches. Additionally, he struggled with a bacterial infection and challenges from negative reactions to medicine. Jayden just finished his 29th chemotherapy treatment and will begin 6 weeks of radiation therapy after the new year. Now, 11 years old, Jayden is feeling better and is remaining positive with the support of his mother, father, 3 sisters, and his friends from the middle school where he is enrolled in the 6th grade.

Icek Dejesus

Six year old Icek suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was just 3 months old and now suffers from cerebral palsy as a result. He is confined to a wheel chair, is legally blind, and has limited speech. The right side of his body is impacted the most, requiring special braces for both his arm and leg in addition to modifications to his wheel chair as he grows. Even with these challenges, his mother says he remains a very sweet boy. Icek attends school in Manchester where he is enrolled in the first grade. He loves music and is happiest when his brother and sister read to him as he turns the pages.

We are once more requesting assistance from the BSBI Community.  Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12.  Many attendees generously contribute beyond the ticket prices.  Advanced tickets payments help us better estimate food and supply needs and keep costs down.  However, payments and other donations may also be made at the door.  Please know that all donations will be most welcome and helpful. 

Please make checks payable to Brotherhood In Action

Please send all ticket payments and donations to:

BIA c/o Steven D. Cohen

29 Leela Way

Tolland, CT 06084

The King's Speech at Hartford Stage

Written by David Seidler, Directed by Michael Wilson

"With war looming, England's King George V dies, leaving the Crown and the crisis to his youngest son Bertie. Shy, fragile and afflicted with a profound stammer, Bertie is ill-equipped to inspire and lead a people now instantaneously informed by a new invention: the wireless radio.  He seeks help from doctor Lionel Logue and finds an unexpected friendship.  But can Logue actually cure the King?  Their success or failure will seal the destiny of England and, perhaps, the world.  The film based on the play won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler. 

Cost: Only $55, Youth $20 (nearly all the seats around these seats sell for $80-$95)

All seats are in the center section and within the first five rows in front of the stage.  Limited time only. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

**A portion of this ticket price will benefit Beth Sholom B'nai Israel

To download the registration form, Click Here

A Band's Visit at the Bushnell for Performing Arts

“The Band’s Visit” a musical based on the 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian Band getting stranded in a small Israeli Negev town became a huge Broadway hit that was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical!!! The “Band’s Visit” rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.  
It is coming to the Bushnell in April. Sisterhood is organizing a theatre party for the Sunday, April 26th, matinee at 1:00 pm. The Bushnell has reserved mid-mezzanine seats at the discounted ticket prices at $70.25 and they have waived all processing fees for us. These seats are one row behind seats that are $96.
In order for us to get this price, we must have 10 or more people going. And we have to pay for our seats early. They have reserved 30 seats for us, WE MUST SEND OUR CHECKS TO MADDY TURK NO LATER THAN JANUARY 20TH, UNSOLD SEATS WILL THEN BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. Please make out your check to BSBI Sisterhood and send it to Maddy Turk, 10 Valerie Drive, Vernon, CT 06066. For further information you can call her at 860-875-7323 or email her at

Miscellaneous Information 

Founding a Morning Minyan

We believe that a full-service synagogue includes a daily morning minyan as well as a daily evening minyan. While our evening minyan has become a staple of our congregation, it is time to extend our minyan to include the morning as well.

Please take a moment to let us know if you might be interested in a morning minyan, how often you could attend and what times work the best for you. 

click here to download the form

Wed, January 29 2020 3 Shevat 5780