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22 N. Orchard Street
P.O. Box 536
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 269-5983
 
 












 

A Friendly Community


What draws you to religion?
a. Spirituality
b. Relationship with G-d
c. Community
d. Tradition and heritage
d. Other

Here at Beth Israel, we explore this question in various ways, whether through our well-attended weekly Torah study sessions, our cozy Shabbat services, or our family-style celebrations. We are a small congregation, where members feel valued and comfortable to ask any question. Check out our calendar of upcoming events here. Please join us!
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Historic Congregation Beth Israel has its roots in the Wallingford Hebrew Association and dates back over one hundred years, to 1901.

Read the unbelievable memoir from an early Wallingford Jewish family here.

In the early 1900s, the Congregation purchased property on North Orchard Street and established a permanent house of worship and center of Wallingford's Jewish culture, dedicated in 1908.
The Congregation experienced a modest growth and by the late 1960s instituted a major renovation and expansion, adding classrooms, a large kitchen, social hall, office and library.

To meet the needs of Wallingford's changing Jewish community at that time, the Congregation shed its orthodox affiliation and joined the United Synagogues of America, a conservative denomination. Beth Israel has chosen not to be affiliated at this time, to better reflect the realities and uniqueness of its membership.

While our membership numbers have fluctuated over the years, we remain an intimate group of approximately fifty to sixty families.

Throughout the years Beth Israel has maintained its character - a welcoming, warm and inclusive community - as it strives to meet the needs of contemporary Jewish life in our vicinity.
Welcome to Our Congregation!
Beth Israel has been welcoming families for over 100 years. Let us welcome yours. Walk into Beth Israel Synagogue, and it feels like home. A small, friendly, family-oriented congregation can be found just inside our doors.

Please contact Alida Cella to join our mailing list, or join our community on Facebook or on Twitter for our latest updates.
Our Activities Throughout the Year
The High Holidays brought together the community of Beth Israel Synagogue. Click here to read Rabbi Alpert's blog.

On the social scene, we have enjoyed pot lucks, Sukkots, swim parties, and game nights. Sunday School is in session with Bnai Abraham in Meriden. This has been a very successful endeavor as our children have the benefit of excellent teaching and resources.

The women of the synagogue have enjoyed getting together on Rosh Chodesh at various homes with pot luck and a teaching on subjects pertaining to women.

As for adult education, we have been blessed by wonderful teaching from Rabbi Alpert. To name a few subjects: end of life issues, Why care about Israel, and the history of Judaism.

Our Saturday morning Torah study, Rabbi Alpert along with the wonderful input of Rabbi Sommer leads us into wonderful discussion. For many of us, this has not only been informative but life changing as well. This has been one of our most attended activities.

Of great note is our free annual second night Family Passover Seder. This is open to the Jewish community and our last one was very well attended with nearly eighty people in attendance.

Our congregation also focuses on community service, as we sponsor a blood drive at Zandri's Inn several times a year.
Beth Israel Endowment Fund
Beth Israel Synagogue established an endowment fund with the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. The monies used to establish the endowment were part of a charitable bequest from the late Debra Kaplan Fallon. The Foundation provides independent, professional oversight and their prudent management can ensure the endowment continues in perpetuity. Click here to learn more.
Supporting Interfaith Families
Historic Beth Israel Synagogue in Wallingford prides itself in being a haven for interfaith families. In support of that mission, we are working with Jewish Family Services of New Haven to provide supportive programming for our many interfaith families.

We have held forums encouraging interfaith couples to speak about their particular needs and identity issues regarding child rearing, family synagogue involvement, adult education, lifecycles, and more.

For more information about interfaith programming, please call Alida Cella at (203) 949-8656 or Rabbi Hesch Sommer at Jewish Family Service (203-389-5599 ext. 117).
About Us
We are a dedicated and active group, committed to our traditional past and working hard to blend it with our present lives, enabling us to move into a future that is reflective of all that we have been, are and can be. Our membership is a mix of all types of backgrounds - more traditional and less traditional, interfaith couples and singles; and everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and participate at their own level of comfort.
Congregation Beth Israel warmly welcomes all Jewish individuals and families, interfaith and non-traditional.