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Welcome to CBI!

Founded in 1925, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) is a traditional, respectful, egalitarian and multi-generational community serving a diverse cross-section of Conservative Jews. Our families live in all areas of Essex and Union counties.

Characterized by a unique blend of high energy in a low key, warm and welcoming environment, CBI is a place where congregants come together to pursue religious fulfillment, diversified programming and social and community leadership.

The congregation embraces members with different levels of observance, learning and commitment. CBI’s focus on the Jewish value of life-long learning is reflected in the warm, nurturing CBI Preschool, its award-winning Blanche Bayar Religious School and extensive family and adult education programming.

Our Shabbat and Holiday services, Adult Forum, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Hearts & Hands, Inclusion and Youth Groups are but a few of the paths to participation in congregational life at CBI.  As a member of Congregation B’nai Israel, you will have the opportunity to make a difference at our congregation as well as the community at large (just ask us how you can get involved)!  Regular and varied activities take place in and around CBI and cater to all age groups.


Our Mission Statement

Congregation B’nai Israel is a center of Jewish life where we come together in a warm and welcoming environment.

We are:

  • rooted in Conservative traditional Jewish values, Torah, our connections to each other, our community, spirituality and Israel
  • committed to creating a place where everyone feels comfortable and engaged, and is encouraged to participate
  • an inclusive, family-friendly, multi-generational, egalitarian congregation that pursues lifelong fulfillment through education, observance and social action
  • present and supportive of one another whether celebrating life’s joys or sharing its sorrows
  • distinguished by passionate professional and lay leadership


Congregation B’nai Israel is dedicated to inspiring current and future generations to experience rich Jewish lives.

Join Our Dynamic Community

We would love to talk to you about how you can become part of our intimate and dynamic community. Most of all, we would love to have you visit our “home” and introduce you to Rabbi Isenberg and Cantor Wallach plus our education director, Rabbi Julie Schwarzwald, and Harvey Brenner, our Executive Director.

Please fill out the form, call our synagogue office directly to speak to our Executive Director, Harvey Brenner, at 973-379-3811, or, email us at cbimembership@cbi-nj.org.

We would love to hear from you!