We welcome you and your family to continue to learn and pray with us each day in ways that we believe will elevate your search for meaning and deepen your faith.
We also invite you to keep in touch, reach out to us in times of need, and stay informed as we explore together the challenges and responses to COVID-19 through a Jewish lens.
Although our campus is temporarily closed, our community and all that we are able to offer at this time remain available and open to you in new and exciting ways. Some of our current offerings are listed below. May we all enjoy in peace, community, and good health!
Cantor Malachi Kanfer
Malachi Kanfer is the Cantor at Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge, Connecticut, a position he has held since 2013. He also serves as the Education Director for Yahad, the joint Hebrew School of Congregation B’nai Jacob and Congregation Or Shalom. Malachi has devoted his career to the creation of participatory, spiritual prayer experiences, to the education of children and adults, and to pastoral work. He strives to facilitate for his congregants a deeper relationship with self, others and God, with the goal of changing how we act and live outside of the synagogue. Malachi graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received numerous awards, including the Cantor’s Assembly Alumni Award, the Rose S. Rovine Prize in Liturgical Music, and the A.J. Weisgal Award. Malachi is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he performed many operatic roles in both Oberlin and in Italy.
Cantor Malachi Kanfer of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge, Connecticut
Friday February 28th- Sunday March 1st
Below, please find a detailed schedule of your opportunities to meet and engage with the candidates. While they will also teach in Rosenbloom Religious School, Krieger Schechter Day School, Goldsmith Early Childhood Center, and will spend time with our synagogue’s staff and lay leaders, we are are delighted to introduce them to the full Chizuk Amuno community at the following times:
Friday, February 28th 7:30-8:45 a.m. – Morning minyan in the Hoffberger chapel with breakfast to follow 5:30-6 p.m. – OnegShabbat meet and greet in the Stulman Auditorium lobby 6-7:15 p.m. – Musical Shir Shabbat service in the Stulman Auditorium
Saturday, February 29th 9:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Shabbat morning services in the main sanctuary 10:30 a.m. – Family Shabbat service in Hoffberger chapel 12:30-2 p.m. – After lunch with the congregation, singing and answering your questions in the Hoffberger chapel
Sunday, March 1st 11:15-12:15 p.m. – Question and answer session with the congregation in the Esterson Auditorium