Events At Congregation B’nai Israel of Rumson

By Lori Draz

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) wishes everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and invites you to attend any of the several upcoming events they have planned this December. Please note that CBI will be closed on Christmas Day and December 26, and on New Year’s Day and January 2. The schools will be closed from December 25 through January 2.

On Wednesday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m., the CBI Book Club will be discussing The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich. Francine Klagsburn, Jewish Week columnist and acclaimed author of Voices of Wisdom, writes, “Only Gloria Goldreich could write a novel so grounded in historical truths, yet so exuberantly imaginative.”

It tells the story of the beautiful Ida Chagall, the only daughter of Marc Chagall, who is blossoming in the Paris art world beyond her father’s controlling gaze. But her newfound independence is short-lived. In Nazi-occupied Paris, Marc Chagall’s status as a Jewish artist has made them all targets, yet his devotion to his art blinds him to their danger. When Ida falls in love and her father angrily paints an empty wedding chair (The Bridal Chair) in response, she faces an impossible choice: Does she fight to forge her own path outside her father’s shadow, or abandon her ambitions to save her father from his enemies and himself? Brimming with historic personalities from Europe, America, and Israel, The Bridal Chair is a stunning portrait of love, fortitude, and the sharp divide between art and real life.

All are welcome to this Book Club discussion, sponsored by the CBI Library Committee.

On Sunday, December 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will be the Chanukah Festival. The co-sponsors, CBI’s Membership Committee and Sisterhood, invite you to come enjoy the fun. The event is free for CBI members and Gan Yeladim families. Enjoy a delicious Kosher Chanukah luncheon and a variety of activities for kids of all ages. The event is free; however, registration is requested so they will know how many will be attending. Learn more and register at or contact Executive Director Emilie Kovit-Meyer at (732) 842-1800, ext. 203 or

Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 171 Ridge Road in Rumson. To learn more about upcoming events and this vibrant congregation, visit