In the Torah, our ancestors asked G-d to heal them in times of need. At Congregation B’nai Israel, our clergy and staff are here to comfort our synagogue family. Our clergy can provide guidance and accompany you on your spiritual journey as you wrestle with questions about life and G-d. Our Rabbis and Cantor can help you search for answers as you question your own purpose and meaning and can help you maintain well-being as you grow.

When you become a member of our CBI family, you are gaining exactly that, a family, and a place to turn to for all of your life’s joys and sorrows. We look forward to walking with you on your journey.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with a member of our clergy, please contact Natalie Matus.

Pastoral Request

At Congregation B’nai Israel, our clergy are always available to offer rabbinical assistance, prayer, or counseling. If you are in need of assistance, whether it is for a joyous occasion, a sorrowful loss, or you need guidance and counseling, we are here to help.

Pastoral Request

Misheberach Request

One of the central Jewish prayers for those who are ill or recovering from illness or accidents is the Misheberach. The prayer takes its name from two words: “mi" and "sheberach” meaning, “the One who blessed.” It asks that the One who blessed our ancestors bring about a complete healing for the person for whom the blessing is said. On Shabbat and Festivals we offer the Misheberach prayer for those in need of healing (physically & spiritually).

Please provide us the names (either English or Hebrew) of your friends and loved ones whose names you wish us to include. We will keep the person's name active on our list for a period of three months. At that time, you may resubmit your request if you wish us to continue saying the blessing. In addition, please notify us if the name may be removed from the list by emailing Natalie Matus.

Misheberach Request

Jewish Family Services

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) has partnered with Congregation B'nai Israel in order to bring all of JFS’ programs and services into the community.

JFS offers help and hope across a broad spectrum of service areas such as Food & Financial Assistance (Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels), Senior Services, Counseling & Mental Health Services, Career & Employment Services, and the Center for Families and Children.

Shlomit Karasik, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will be available through CBI in order to assist and help congregants in getting linked to JFS services.

For more information or to make an appointment, please email Shlomit or call at (561) 852-3326.

Ezrat Am – Members Support

One of the great roles that a congregational community can play in the lives of its member families is providing a place to turn to in times of difficulty, trial, or illness. Here, as in many other areas of life, the old saying has it right: “It is better to give than to receive.”

Ezrat-Am is the "Caring Committee" at Congregation B’nai Israel. They provide assistance to members who are going through difficult times in a variety of ways.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance or if you are willing and able to offer your professional expertise, please click below or contact Susan Stein-Chiesa, Chair, at 561.735.4933. You can also contact clergy in complete confidentiality.

Volunteer for Ezrat Am

Bereavement Group

At Congregation B’nai Israel we understand that grief is powerful and sometimes overwhelming. Losing a loved one brings on different emotional, physical, and spiritual feelings. Each Monday at 7:00 PM CBI hosts an on-going group for those in all stages of grief. Facilitated by Rabbi Alli Cohen & Jenna Lazar, MSW from Jewish Family Services

*Please contact Rabbi Cohen to be added to the sign-up list at rabbicohen@cbiboca.org or 561.922.8978

Recovery Group

Tzevet T'shuvah/ צוות תשובה

Congregation B’nai Israel's Tzevet T'shuvah/Recovery Team works to make the congregation open for the alcoholic or addict, and their family members, to share their stories, ask for help, and receive comfort. If you have a friend or family member with an addiction problem, we can help! Many of our team members are available to offer support and guidance. CBI has a dedicated, confidential Recovery Team Advisor, Dennis Bliden. He can be reached at (561) 254-1305.

Our mission is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment at CBI to discuss and understand alcoholism, gambling, other addictions, and the prevention of substance abuse. Look for our team members, identified by a Tzevet T’shuvah name tag at Friday night services. We value and uphold confidentiality.

Meetings Held Weekly at Congregation B'nai Israel

AA for Professional Women:

Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm

Room 302