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Congregation B’nai Jacob is a vibrant Conservative synagogue committed to the full expression of Jewish life for all its members and families. Our members come from all over the Greater New Haven community.

Explore your Judaism more deeply, connecting to others who are on the same journey, and enrich your spiritual life. We offer meaningful and lively Shabbat and holiday services; numerous educational programs for adults, children, and families; a rich array of social action programming; and opportunities to connect to one another.






Sunday, October 24, 10am
Herbert Newman, FAIA
Founder of Newman Architects
The Architecture of Spirituality
Human beings are spiritual. Since the beginning of our time, we have recognized places, natural and human-made, which have evoked awe and wonder. We have prayed and honored, and in some instances, destroyed and desecrated them. In an illustrated presentation and conversation we will discuss some of these places, their past, and our future.

Beginning, October 11, 7:30pm
Rabbi Rona Shapiro
Monday Night Class

Faith in Jewish Tradition
Jews sometimes recoil at the word, “faith,” as if it were a Christian concept. But faith lies at the  heart of our tradition, although it is nuanced differently from other faith traditions and, across Jewish traditions. Come explore what faith means in Judaism by going back to the sources. Do we argue with God? Do we submit to God? Are we intimate with God or is He far away? Do we have an independent understanding of ethics or do we obey what we are told? How do we understand faith in times of tragedy? at moments of blessing?  This course is part of the Shalom Hartman’s new series, “Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism.”  

In person and on Zoom
Full Schedule:  Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15 ,29, Dec 6, 13,  Jan 31,  Feb 7, 14, 28






The deadline to sign up for Friday night dinner is this Thursday, October 21.

Register directly with Westville Synagogue.

No other events require advanced sign-up or payment.

Only Sunday’s talk will be available on zoom and live stream; everything else is in person only.

The light breakfast on Sunday at B'nai Jacob will have indoor and outdoor options, weather permitting.

There will be no service at B'nai Jacob on Friday evening.

We look forward to seeing you for one or all of these gatherings!!











Saturday, November 6, 12 noon

Roya Hakakian
“A Beginner’s Guide to America:
For the Immigrant and the Curious”
At a time when America seems more divided than ever, Roya Hakakian, a naturalized immigrant from a Jewish Irani family, shares her American experience, and tells others what it took to fall in love with America, despite its flaws. This is a witty and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Her perceptive and humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider.  

Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782