Welcome to Beth Israel Center of Madison, WI
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
* Kabbalat Shabbat in the Park
Friday, September 11
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
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
Learn about mikvah traditions around
Yom Kippur and have the opportunity to
immerse in our beautiful new mikvah.
Women on Sunday, men on Monday.
Please call ahead to ensure a minyan.
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.
- Fridays at 5:45pm
- Saturdays at 9:30 am
- Shabbat Morning Program