Welcome to Congregation B'nai Israel, where we have been creating community in Gainesville for over 85 years!
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Our diverse and progressive congregation aims to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere where authentic Judaism may be practiced and where innovation, creativity and originality are encouraged. We are proud to be a part of the Conservative/ Masorti Movement.
We strive to enrich our community through education, opportunities for prayer and spiritual growth and acts of loving-kindness.
We offer something for everyone and we invite you to come home to B'nai Israel!
FaithSpeaks Presents Rabbi Mark L. Winer
Social issues are becoming the center of attention more so than even before. Now that people are finally talking about them, we should have more opportunities to discuss them without conflict.
We at Congregation B'nai Israel are proud to offer our community an evening of discussion on the social issue of religion. On Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., we are presenting the second program in a series called FaithSpeaks, which will stimulate the exploration of various religious communities.
The speaker for this program will be Rabbi Mark L. Winer, who was recently appointed as Director of the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Studies of St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Rabbi Winer has been the President of FAITH: the Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony, a US Public Charity, since he founded it in 1995. He has also served as Chairman of the International Interfaith Task Force for the World Union for Progressive Judaism since 1998.
During the program, Rabbi Winer will focus on the future of relationships among people of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. This opportunity to openly discuss religion as a social issue is important for the world to peacefully move forward into the future, so we encourage all of our members to attend.
The event will be held at Congregation B'nai Israel. This program is sponsored by Congregation B’nai Israel with a generous grant from The Jewish Council of North Central Florida.