Lag B'Omer BBQ
May
14
5:00 pm17:00

Lag B'Omer BBQ

Rabbi Ben-Gideon will once again lead the grilling team at this year's Lag B'Omer party, which will also be our opportunity to celebrate our nine years together with the Ben-Gideon family, as they will be relocating to Greensboro, N.C., this summer. Come to BIC and enjoy freshly grilled burgers and hot dogs, live salsa music, a bounce house, and more!

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
May
30
May 31

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Come learn with area rabbis and other scholars as we study into the night at our traditional Tikkun Leil Shavuot. This year's theme is Love. For more information, contact Rabbi Rebecca Ben-Gideon.


Torah & Mindfulness Mini-Retreat
Apr
22
5:00 pm17:00

Torah & Mindfulness Mini-Retreat

Come to Beth Israel Center for a Shabbat afternoon of meditation, chanting, text study and discussion. This mini-retreat will focus on blessing practices. We will connect with the wellspring of love and compassion that is our divine nature and offer blessings for ourselves, our loved ones and all creatures everywhere. Blessing practices draw on the most ancient traditions of Judaism and are a powerful way to change our relationship with our experience, and ground ourselves in these tumultuous times.

The program is free and accessible to all, from beginners to experienced practitioners.

Kolot Kehilla with Jon Pollack
Mar
26
9:30 am09:30

Kolot Kehilla with Jon Pollack

Dunkin' Bagels, Recitals, Solidarity, and the Language of Cash: Yiddish in Black Music

In the mid-20th century, why did Black musicians perform Yiddish songs and insert Yiddish words into scat-singing and other forms of vocal jazz? Join Jon Pollack as he talks about Yiddish in the music of Slim Gaillard, Cab Calloway, Paul Robeson, and more!

Kolot Kehilla, voices of our community, is a Beth Israel Center Adult Education program featuring the expertise of our members. Offered a few times each semester, this Sunday morning speaker series includes a light breakfast. Donations of $5 per person are encouraged to offset the costs of this program.

Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Mar
24
5:45 pm17:45

Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Welcome Shabbat with friends and food at Beth Israel Center. Bring kosher-dairy potluck contributions to share after services.

The evening begins at 5:00 as we start to gather and let go of the week. Services start at 5:45, and dinner follows.

Megillah Reading & After Party
Mar
11
7:00 pm19:00

Megillah Reading & After Party

We'll read the WHOLE MEGILLAH! Come in costume. This year's Purim Party / costume theme is "Alternative Facts." Look for the bacon-cheddar (alternative facts) snacks.

Fiction with Friends
Jan
31
7:00 pm19:00

Fiction with Friends

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE (due to snow on Jan. 25) and come to Beth Israel Center to discuss The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer with old and new friends.

This wonderfully quirky novel celebrates the life of a famous, fictional mathematician, Rachela Karnokovitch. She is a Polish émigré to Madison, Wisconsin, a professor who is rumored to have solved the million-dollar Navier-Stokes Millenium Prize problem, and to have taken the solution to her grave. Spanning decades and continents, from a crowded living room in Madison, Wisconsin, to the windswept beach on the Barents Sea where a young Rachela had her first mathematical breakthrough, The Mathematician's Shiva is an unexpectedly moving and uproariously funny novel that captures humanity's drive not just to survive, but to achieve the impossible.

Discussion will be facilitated by Rabbi Rebecca Ben-Gideon.

Shabbat Dinner
Dec
16
5:45 pm17:45

Shabbat Dinner

Come to Beth Israel Center on the Friday before winter break for a delicious kosher meal, catered by Adamah Neighborhood Table. 
 
Welcome Shabbat starting at 5:00 for a l'chayim, followed by services at 5:45, and then our warm community dinner.

Entree options:
Indonesian Beef Stew
Sweet Potato Curry (vegetarian)
Chicken Tenders 

Cost: $22/person for stew with sides, salad, wine and dessert
$10/person for chicken tenders and dessert.

RSVP by Sunday, December 11. Click here, email office@bethisraelcenter.org, or call (608) 256-7763. Include your entree choice(s) and any seating requests. 

Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Nov
18
5:00 pm17:00

Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck Dinner

Welcome Shabbat with friends and food at Beth Israel Center. Bring kosher-dairy potluck contributions to BIC before 4:00 on Friday.

The evening begins at 5:00 as we start to gather and let go of the week. Services start at 5:45, and dinner follows.

Click here for our kashrut policy..

Kolot Kehilla
Oct
30
9:30 am09:30

Kolot Kehilla

Our Sunday morning speaker series, Kolot Kehilla (Voices of our Community), continues with "A Quick Journey through Italian Jewish History, from the Maccabees to Mussolini and Beyond."

This past spring, Phyllis Weisbard, Laurel Mark and Louise Goldstein had the pleasure of traveling with the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal on their "Jewish Heritage Tour of Italy."  Phyllis and Louise will share what they learned about the very long and interesting history of Jews in what was often referred to as "Ee-Tal-Yah," the "Island of God's Dew."

A light breakfast will be provided. Contributions of $5 per person are requested to cover the cost of this Beth Israel Center Adult Education program.

Simchat Torah Party
Oct
24
6:00 pm18:00

Simchat Torah Party

Dinner at 6:00 (reservations required)

Services & Hakafot (dancing with the Torah) at 6:45 - ALL ARE WELCOME!
Enjoy light snacks and strong drinks.

East Side Sukkah Hop
Oct
23
2:00 pm14:00

East Side Sukkah Hop

The 8th Annual East Side sukkah hop is hosted by members of Beth Israel Center and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim. Click again for times and addresses.

West Side Sukkah Hop
Oct
20
5:45 pm17:45

West Side Sukkah Hop

Enjoy a progressive dinner of appetizers, Mexican make-your-own or lentil soup, cheese and dessert. Click again for times and addresses.

Share the Spirit of Sukkot
Oct
16
Oct 23

Share the Spirit of Sukkot

Building a sukkah this year? Invite people to eat, drink, shake a lulav, or just enjoy each other's company. Contact the office if you'd like to meet someone new in the congregation.

Not building your own sukkah this year? Meet up with friends in Beth Israel's sukkah!

Yom Kippur Break Fast
Oct
12
7:30 pm19:30

Yom Kippur Break Fast

Break the fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur with new and old friends in the BIC Social Hall. Sponsored by the Board of Directors.

Mikvah: An Aid to Teshuvah (Men)
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

Mikvah: An Aid to Teshuvah (Men)

Going to the mikvah to prepare for a holy day -- Yom Kippur in particular -- is a centuries-old tradition that is very much alive today. 

If you are curious about mikvah immersion, about how this custom can be part of your preparation for Yom Kippur, or just want to see our beautiful new mikvah, come to Beth Israel Center on Sunday, Oct. 9 (women) or Monday, Oct. 10 (men) at 7:00pm.

Mikvah: An Aid to Teshuvah (Women)
Oct
9
7:00 pm19:00

Mikvah: An Aid to Teshuvah (Women)

Going to the mikvah to prepare for a holy day -- Yom Kippur in particular -- is a centuries-old tradition that is very much alive today. 

If you are curious about mikvah immersion, about how this custom can be part of your preparation for Yom Kippur, or just want to see our beautiful new mikvah, come to Beth Israel Center on Sunday, Oct. 9 (women) or Monday, Oct. 10 (men) at 7:00pm.

Rabbi Ben-Gideon will lead two nearly identical mikvah education programs on the Sunday and Monday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Come learn about mikvah traditions, explore kavanot (short intentional texts) particular to Yom Kippur, have the opportunity to immerse, and socialize a bit. 7:00pm. 

Please bring a towel. Beth Israel Center provides towels, robes, shampoo, etc., to those who make appointments to use our mikvah. However, we may not have enough of these supplies for everyone who attends these programs. Also, if you wear makeup, nail polish or jewelry, it may be more convenient to remove these things at home before the program (which would not be necessary if you were coming to the mikvah on an individual basis). Please contact Rabbi Ben-Gideon with any questions.

Torah & Mindfulness Shabbat Shuvah Mini-Retreat
Oct
8
1:30 pm13:30

Torah & Mindfulness Shabbat Shuvah Mini-Retreat

Come to Beth Israel Center on the Shabbat afternoon between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and explore how bringing awareness to our experience connects us to our natural chochma, chesed and rachamim (wisdom, loving kindness and compassion). The program will include sitting and walking meditation practice, chanting, and teachings. Reservations not necessary. Contact Matt Banks for more information.

Tashlich Nosh
Oct
3
4:00 pm16:00

Tashlich Nosh

  • Vilas Beach

Come to Vilas Beach on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to schmooze and nosh before the Tashlich service.

Pre-Holiday Shabbat Dinner
Sep
30
5:45 pm17:45

Pre-Holiday Shabbat Dinner


Welcome Shabbat with new and old friends at Beth Israel Center on the Friday before Rosh Hashanah. Take a break from holiday preparations and enjoy a delicious dinner catered by Adamah. Choose from Coconut Curry Chicken, Vegetarian Tofu Curry or chicken fingers. Curry options include saffron rice, seasonal market salad, seasonal vegetables, wine and rugelach for $22/person. Chicken fingers dinners (also including rugelach) are available for $10/person.

Seating will be assigned, and seating requests will be honored.

RSVP here or via email to office@bethisraelcenter.org by Sept. 23

Pre-Holiday Yardwork Day
Sep
25
11:00 am11:00

Pre-Holiday Yardwork Day

Come lend a hand making sure Beth Israel Center looks its best before the High Holidays. Volunteers will be tending to our planting beds starting at 11:00am. End time to be determined by the size and energy of the crew! Bring weeding tools and gloves if you have 'em.

Sukkah Building Workshop
Sep
18
1:00 pm13:00

Sukkah Building Workshop

NEW this year, Beth Israel Center offers a sukkah building workshop, about a month before Sukkot. Come to Beth Israel Center and learn what makes a sukkah kosher and how to build one that will easily store between holiday seasons.

Annual Membership Meeting
Sep
13
6:30 pm18:30

Annual Membership Meeting

Hear from Officers, Committee Chairs and staff about the state of our shul. Also elect new officers and directors to our Board.

Dinner will be served beginning at 5:45pm for those who RSVP in advance.

Kolot Kehilla with Nate Rudin
Sep
11
9:30 am09:30

Kolot Kehilla with Nate Rudin

Kolot Kehilla (Voices of our Community)
Managing Chronic Pain: What You Should Know.
by Dr. Nathan Rudin

Come learn....

  • How chronic pain develops, its effects on the nervous system and the soul
  • Goals and expectations for chronic pain care - the functional approach
  • Pain medications: Benefits, risks, and controversies, including the new state opioid prescribing guidelines
  • Physical, behavioral, and technological tools for pain management

Kolot Kehilla is a Beth Israel Center Adult Education program. Offered several times each year, Kolot Kehilla presenters represent the diverse skills and expertise of members of Beth Israel Center. A light breakfast will be served, and donations of $5 are suggested to offset the costs of the program.

Children's Services
Aug
27
10:30 am10:30

Children's Services

Our popular Shabbat morning services for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school-age children will be offered on select weeks during the summer:

  • June 4
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • August 6
  • August 27

All are welcome. Younger children should bring their grownups along. Adults accompanying older children may attend services in the Main Sanctuary while their children participate downstairs. Children's services meet in Room 5 on the lower level, which is just past the restrooms. Please contact Beth Copelovitch with any questions. education@bethisraelcenter.org or 608-256-7763.

Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck in Hoyt Park
Aug
26
5:45 pm17:45

Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck in Hoyt Park

Welcome Shabbat in the great outdoors with Kabbalat Shabbat in Hoyt Park. A kosher-dairy potluck dinner follows our joyous, song-filled service. Lots of green space, a basketball court and playground are all within sight of the shelter where we'll hold services and serve dinner. Bring friends of all ages!

Torah & Mindfulness
Aug
22
7:00 pm19:00

Torah & Mindfulness

Torah & Mindfulness will meet this summer on alternating Monday evenings.

Come to Beth Israel Center for mindfulness practice and discussion of This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation, by Rabbi Alan Lew. Book discussions will be led by Jonathan Pollack. Meditation guided by Matt Banks.

This is the last in this series. Discussion will focus on chapters 8-10.

Attendance at all sessions is not required. All are welcome.

Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck in Hoyt Park
Jul
29
5:45 pm17:45

Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck in Hoyt Park

Welcome Shabbat in the great outdoors with Kabbalat Shabbat in Hoyt Park. A kosher-dairy potluck dinner follows our joyous, song-filled service. Lots of green space, a basketball court and playground are all within sight of the shelter where we'll hold services and serve dinner. Bring friends of all ages!

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Jun
11
Jun 12

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Join us for a night of Jewish learning! This year’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot will explore the concept of freedom within the context of American Judaism.

FREEDOM
What does freedom mean to you? This is the question that the Israelites faced at the foot of the mountain, as they waited to receive the Torah. And it is the question that is on all our minds during this season of heated political discourse and handwringing.

Free will. Free Market. Free Love. Free Lunch. Free speech.
Are we free? Has there ever been a time when or a way in which you have not been free? How does the American concept of freedom resonate or conflict with a Jewish sense of this idea? How do we understand the essential Jewish story of the Exodus if we consider going free the beginning of the story, not the end?

Come for all of this exhilarating evening. Enjoy traditional Shavuot treats -- dairy dessert delights and first fruits of the season.