Congregation B'nai Israel

2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 | (203) 336-1858 | |

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Community Outreach

High Holy Day Food Drive

Every year during the High Holy Days, our BIFTY teenagers organize a large-scale congregational food drive. Bags are distributed by our high school congregants at Rosh Hashanah and then collected at Yom Kippur. We donate all of the food that we collect to Operation Hope and the Salem Lutheran Food Pantry. Last year we donated over 7,000 tons of food.

Monthly meatloaf at St. John’s Church and Operation Hope

Each month, B’nai Israel volunteers prepare 65 pounds of meatloaf to feed over 100 people. On the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month, we provide dinner to residents of the homeless shelter in Fairfield – Operation Hope (, and to those in the Bridgeport community at the St. John’s Episcopal Church Community Supper. B’nai Israel volunteers also serve dinner at the St. John’s Supper the first Tuesday of the month. There is opportunity to help by either shopping, cooking, delivering and serving. To learn more about volunteering, contact Dale Barcham at

Norma Pfriem Urban Outreach Initiative

B’nai Israel volunteers work with the NPUOI at the Calvary St. George’s Episcopal Church’s Fellowship Hall located at 755 Clinton Ave at Beechwood Avenue, in many ways. On Thursday afternoons, the Feel the Warmth suppers are wonderful ways to get involved. Volunteers assist from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. prior to the supper and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to serve food and assist with clean-up. To learn more about volunteering, please email or Bob Sussman at

We also help to distribute food to local Bridgpeort residence in their food pantry several Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:15 p.m. throughout the year. For more information about this program, contact Judy Blumenthal at

CT Food Bank

Volunteers throughout the year go to the Connecticut Food Bank at the Fairfield Warehouse, 74 Linwood Avenue, Fairfield to participate in the Kids Backpack Program. We fill bags of “weekend food” for kids in need and for whom many it is their only source of nutrition. This takes place on Wednesday afternoons throughout the year, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. For more information about this, contact Judy Blumenthal at