Welcome New Member Messages

A Message of Welcome from Hazzan/Cantor Lichterman:

Cantor Ivor Lichterman

It is my honor and privilege to have you visit with us. I genuinely hope you find our synagogue, its services and programs meaningful, and spiritually motivating.

At B’nai Israel, we pride ourselves as a hospitable and warm congregation, which I have made a benchmark of my ministry here as Hazzan/Cantor. In fact even the very architecture of our round, modern, light-filled sanctuary with central bimah/podium is designed to reflect this image.

I trust you have been made to feel welcome during your visit, and to that end kindly let us know how we can be of further service to you. If you are attending the kiddush/meal after services, please introduce yourselves to us so we can get to know you better.

If you are making the Toledo area your home, I extend to you the warmest invitation to make our Congregation an important and integral part of your life.

Again, beruchim haba’im – welcome!

Hazzan/Cantor Ivor Yitzchak Lichterman

Message from Synagogue President Howard Rosenberg

Howard Rosenberg

Howard Rosenberg

Thank you for visiting our web site. We think that we have something to offer anyone who wishes to be part of our CBI family.

If your background is one of strong Jewish traditions and learning, you will find a meaningful worship service, and other congregants with similar backgrounds. If you are just starting or rekindling an interest in Jewish worship and study, we will do our best to enable you to be as comfortable a participant as you care to be.

In today’s world, families come in various forms. Perhaps not everyone in yours is Jewish. Regardless of the composition, we look forward to the opportunity to have you, as a family, join our congregation. When you come on Shabbat, you will all be welcome. Your whole family can be included, in a meaningful way, as active participants in family celebrations and other significant events in your lives.

If you are new in town and do not have family here, you will find a community at CBI that, for many, feels like a family. Perhaps you are an “empty-nester”, or newly alone. Whatever your situation or history, you will find a welcoming congregation with which to worship, where you can learn and grow, a place to enhance and share your Jewish journey. You will find friends at Congregation B’nai Israel.

Please explore our website and continue your virtual visit. Then come and visit us in person. We will be thrilled to welcome you, and you will not be disappointed.