When our sons and daughters find the partner with whom they wish to make their life commitments, we are delighted to host their weddings. The ceremonies resonate with Jewish tradition and reflect individual wishes. Our clergy generally officiates wedding ceremonies only for members or their children—either at the synagogue or at private homes or venues.  In addition to a wedding ceremony, you may wish to hold other marriage-related events that reflect your family’s minhag and cultural traditions:

  • An Aufruf, a pre-wedding Aliyah, is a tradition when the groom or the couple, is called up to the Torah on the Sabbath before the wedding. After reciting the blessings, the groom or couple will leave the bimah, and the attendees will shower them with candy to symbolize a wish for sweetness in their marriage.
  • A Shabbat Hatan, the groom’s Sabbath, is typically held on the Shabbat after the wedding.

Non-members may rent our awe-inspiring sanctuary and social hall, which accommodates more than 200 people, for dinner and dancing. We ask that the wedding be performed by Jewish clergy approved by our Rabbi if he is not to officiate.

We encourage our families to sponsor a kiddush following the service. Our social hall is available for rental to celebrate in the afternoon or evening. Please see Rentals and Catering.

Call the office at (505) 266-0155 for more information.

Featured events

Hiking and Havdalah at Embudo Trailhead

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Join B’nai Israel Hiking and Havdalah event on Saturday April 27th at the Embudo Trailhead. We will be doing a small 30-45 minute hike and finalize the Shabbat with Havdalah.…

Pesadich BBQ – 2024/5784

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $360.00

The Pesadich BBQ, a beloved Men’s Club tradition, celebrates Passover/Chag HaMatzot with community spirit and delicious food. This year, we continue this cherished event, inviting both new and familiar faces…

Annual Meeting

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sparks of Psalmody and Song

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Friday night service with musical program featuring special guests. Service conducted by Finstons and Rabbi Angress Wine & Lite Bites before service Oneg after service

Confirmation Celebration during Shabbat Services-Kiddush sponsored by the Parents of the Confirmation Students will follow-kitchen needed

May 18 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Shavuot Campout

June 11 @ 3:00 pm - June 13 @ 10:00 am
Free

Congregation B’nai Israel is hosting a Shavuot Campout on the nights of June 11 & 12. Participation is FREE. The plan is as follows:  Anyone who would like to join…

Saturday Night @ the Movies

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A movie night for kids/teens and young families. Two movie selections will be available, one for kids 10 and under and one for kids 11 and up. Movie themed snacks…