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Beth Israel Center Madison, WI

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Upcoming Events

Sun Aug 30 @ 8:15AM - 09:15AM
Sun. Morning Minyan
Sun Aug 30 @ 5:30PM - 05:50PM
Evening Minyan
Mon Aug 31 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
Morning Minyan
Mon Aug 31 @ 5:30PM - 05:50PM
Evening Minyan
Tue Sep 01 @ 5:30PM - 05:50PM
Evening Minyan
Wed Sep 02 @ 5:30PM - 05:50PM
Evening Minyan
Thu Sep 03 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
Morning Minyan

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Welcome to Beth Israel Center of Madison, WI
Beth Israel Center is a welcoming, traditional, egalitarian Jewish congregation with deep roots in Madison going back to the late 1890s. The nearly three hundred families of Beth Israel Center represent widely diverse backgrounds yet share a belief in the importance of preserving traditional Jewish practice in a modern context.
Serious Jewish learning combined with a commitment to helping all members move forward on their Jewish journeys is at the heart of how we connect with our Jewish heritage and make that connection meaningful in today’s world.
Weekly Shabbat services and lively annual celebrations of Festivals such as Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and Shavuot attract participants of all ages.
Some of Beth Israel Center’s youngest members are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of its founders. As Beth Israel Center approaches its seventh decade, it is a vital part of Jewish life in Madison.

A Traditional, Egalitarian Synagogue

Beth Israel Center is a welcoming, traditional Jewish congregation with deep roots in Madison. The nearly 300 families of Beth Israel Center represent widely diverse backgrounds yet share a belief in the importance of preserving traditional Jewish practice in a modern context. Weekly Shabbat services and lively annual celebrations of Festivals such as Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and Shavuot attract participants of all ages. More info:  Membership, Volunteer for or sponsor a kiddush, Mission & Vision, History, Meet our Staff, Contact Us


 
Upcoming Programs
* Kabbalat Shabbat in the Park
Friday, September 11

5:45pm

Welcome Shabbat in the great outdoors
when BIC's
Kabbalat Shabbat service
moves to
Hoyt Park. Bring kosher-dairy
food or
drink to share at our potluck
Shabbat
dinner following services.
Hoyt Park is at 3902 Regent Street
,

1.7 miles west of Beth Israel Center.

* Torah & Mindfulness Mini-Retreat
Saturday, Sept. 19
2:00-5:00pm 

On Shabbat Shuvah, spend the afternoon
in meditation and discussion of the
connections between mindfulness and the
Yom Kippur liturgy. We will also draw on
This is Real and You are Completely
Unprepared by Rabbi Alan Lew.

* Mikvah Education Programs
Sunday and Monday, Sept. 20 & 21
7:00pm
Learn about mikvah traditions around
Yom Kippur and have the opportunity to
immerse in our beautiful new mikvah.
Women on Sunday, men on Monday.

 
Weekday Services

    Please call ahead to ensure a minyan.
     
    Sol's Chalkboard

    When we know of upcoming yahrzeit
    observances or other needs for a minyan,
    Sol Zaichick records names and dates
    on the whiteboard in the Small
    Sanctuary. Consider this a virtual version
    of Sol's board, and please help make
    the minyan when dates are listed here.
    Services are at Beth Israel Center,
    1406 Mound St., unless otherwise noted.

     
    High Holidays Are Coming!
    Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening, Sept. 13. Current members should purchase tickets by
    Sept 1. Click here to renew membership and order tickets or return the form that was mailed in mid August. Prospective members and University students can contact the office about tickets.

    High Holiday Service Times

    In addition to traditional services on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah, Beth Israel offers many opportunities to celebrate and get to know each other during the fall holidays. Click here for more info.
     
    Melton is Coming to Madison
    Beginning this Fall, the renowned Florence
    Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will
    be offered at Beth Israel Center. This pluralistic
    Jewish learning program goes far beyond
    one-shot lectures or short-term seminars,
    challenging adult Jewish learners to engage
    in Jewish learning in a serious and
    comprehensive way. Each lesson is designed
    to inspire and enlighten students, irrespective
    of their prior experience or background.

    The local faculty will be Rabbis Joshua and Rebecca Ben-Gideon. Classes will meet most Sunday mornings from October 11, 2015 through May 22, 2016. Thanks to an Innovation Grant from Jewish Federation of Madison, Madison students will pay only $265 for the first year, plus the cost of the reader. Regular tuition is $500 per year.

    Register now. Space is limited.
     
    Shabbat Services
      • Fridays at 5:45pm
      • Saturdays at 9:30 am
        • Matchilim
        • Shorashim
        • Haverim
        • Shabbat Morning Program