Beginning 5:00 pm today (2-22-17) through 9:00 am on Thursday (2-23-17), our phone system will be offline for servicing. All calls will forward to a cell phone monitored by a staff member. Please limit your calls to emergencies.
Mazal Tov on your forthcoming marriage. The Jewish wedding is a sacred community event. There are many opportunities to customize the ritual to make it most meaningful for you – with the primary commandment being to bring joy to the bride and groom.
We are delighted that you are considering B’nai Israel as a venue for your celebration. We are very proud of our beautiful sanctuary, chapels, social halls, and garden areas. Our staff works tirelessly to ensure that every simcha is a memorable event. Our rabbis and cantors are eager to officiate at weddings for B’nai Israel members. More than speaking under the huppah, we meet with couples to help them understand the dynamics of the Jewish wedding and to begin to explore challenges and opportunities of married life. Nonmembers are also invited to rent our facility. We ask that your rabbi and cantor be in touch with Rabbi Schnitzer and Cantor Perlman in advance.
If you have any questions or would like a personal tour of our buildings and grounds, please do not hesitate to contact our Events Manager, Beth Balinas.
Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer
Rabbi Michael J. Safra
Cantor Josh C. Perlman
Cantor Ilana Wolpert
B’nai Israel has two huppot available for weddings. A stationary huppah with cover (metal poles, gold-colored velvet cover) and a fine arts huppah which fits only on the center bima of Dweck Sanctuary. Please contact Beth Balinas for an appointment to view the huppot.
Your first step when planning your wedding at B’nai Israel is to call the synagogue. Let the synagogue know that you have become engaged so we can properly recognize you in our monthly newsletter, the Scroll!
Next, you will begin the process of selecting a date and confirming the availability of clergy.
For a complete list of steps to planning your wedding at B’nai Israel, please visit our Wedding Planning page.
For additional questions, please contact our Events Manager Beth Balinas.
We have three beautiful indoor venues for wedding ceremonies: Dweck Sanctuary, Hayman Chapel and Goldberg Youth Chapel. The Hurwitz-Guritzky Meditation Garden is a lovely location for an outdoor ceremony. Learn more about additional venues here.
For up to 144 persons, the Hayman Chapel is a beautifully traditional, intimate space. The huppah is placed either on the bima (a short step up) or on the floor directly in front of the bima.
For up to 100 persons, seated, the Hurwitz-Guritzky Meditation Garden is a landscaped courtyard setting for smaller weddings. The huppah can be placed on the stage at the west wall of the courtyard.
The Dweck Sanctuary accommodates weddings with either a huppah on the center bima, or a huppah on the main bima. With seating for 613, large weddings can be accommodated in the Dweck Sanctuary. Our seated capacity for formal receptions in our social areas is 350.