Bring your friends, roll the dice and enjoy music and dancing as Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) hosts Casino Night on Saturday, March 29 at 8 pm.  Play black jack, roulette and craps; enjoy drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.  Skip Atlantic City and come to Rumson to enter a Texas Hold-Em poker tournament. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of many prizes, including the grand prize of a luxury Caribbean vacation.

“We are hosting a sophisticated casino night to raise funds for a new children’s space called the Outdoor Exploratorium,” said Tootsie Olan, co-chair of Casino Night. “The Exploratorium will replace the existing playground and be the centerpiece of a revitalized outdoor space at CBI,” continued Olan.  “We hope that everyone comes out to support this project, which is important not only for CBI but for the entire Jewish community of Monmouth County.”

“The Gan Yeladim Early Learning Center is our preschool program at CBI,” explained Suzanne Wycoff, director of the Gan.  “Gan Yeladim means a garden of children and every day throughout the school year and summer, dozens of children, ages 2 to 6, come to our classrooms and gym to learn, play and socialize. The Outdoor Exploratorium will provide the children of CBI with a safe, inspiring, outdoor space to create, explore, splash, make music and exercise.”

 “It’s going to be a fantastic evening,” said Melanie Brown, co-chair of Casino Night. “We hope that all our friends and neighbors join in the fun.  But in addition to attending the event, there are other ways to donate to this worthwhile project,” Brown explains. “You can gift a piece of equipment in your family’s name, make a monetary donation, sponsor a gaming table or place an acknowledgment in the ribbon cutting journal.  All of this is explained more thoroughly on our website–”

 The entrance fee for Casino Night is $75 and the grand prize raffle ticket is $25.  The entry fee for the poker tournament is an additional $50 with prizes going to the first, second and third place finishers.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 732-842-1800 x203. For additional information, contact synagogue director, Emilie Kovit-Meyer, at

 CBI is located at 171 Ridge Road, at the corners of Hance and Ridge Roads in Rumson, New Jersey.  Serving the Jewish community for more than 90 years, the synagogue serves as a spiritual home for families throughout Monmouth County, provides religious education for preschoolers to adults and hosts social and civic functions for the Jewish community. For more information about CBI, go to