Congregation Bnai Israel opens for 94th year

Fleischmanns — Congregation Bnai Israel begins it 94th year with an exciting weekend of services, an annual membership meeting and a klezmer concert in its historic building.  Rabbi Moshe Pomerantz will return for the opening Sabbath services on Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 30 at 9 a.m.

The annual meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, July 1 at 1 p.m. with the election of officers and board of trustees. At 3 p.m. the klezmer group, the Big Galut(e) will perform.  The clarinetist, Robin Seletsky, is well known to local audiences, having played several times to capacity audiences at the synagogue. The artists are all members of the Glimmerglass Opera orchestra of Cooperstown.  Admission is $10 for adults and there will be no charge for children 12 and younger.

Plans for the season include weekly services conducted by Rabbi Moshe Edelman and Sunday morning Hebrew classes as well as discussions on topics such as: A year after the hurricane, Jonah and the whale, and the Olympic Committee and the 1972 massacre in Munich.

This summer the congregation will partner with the Skene Library in Fleischmanns in presenting a film series to be followed by discussion. A schedule of films will be presented at the first session. Admission is free and open to all.

Congregation Bnai Israel, located on Wagner Avenue in Fleischmanns, is an egalitarian  institution affiliated with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.  Serving the community continuously since 1918, the congregation erected the present building, on the National Register of Historic Places,  in 1920. New members are welcome.  For more information, please call 254-4653.