Despite being founded in 2007, Congregation B'nai Torah has its roots deep within the Jewish Community of the Greater Springfield area. As indicated by our interlaced Magan Dovid logo, B'nai Torah was born from an amalgamation of three of the original Orthodox synagogues in our community, Beth Israel, Kesser Israel, and Kodimah. After much discussion, the three synagogues, while unique in their own right, found that they actually had much in common. From there, the talks blossomed into Congregation B'nai Torah.
In 2008, in order to keep up with the changing demographics, the Congregation purchased and renovated a new location, in the beautiful suburban community of Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The location is ideally situated next to our community's Jewish Community Campus, which is home to our JCC, one of our area's Jewish pre-schools, as well as the offices of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.
In Judaism, history teaches us many things, after all, the Torah is an elaborate written account of the history of the Jewish people. Needless to say, history is quite important to Jews, and Congregation B'nai Torah has a very storied history, which dates back to the nineteenth century.
As noted above, Congregation B'nai Torah was born from three different Shuls, Beth Israel, Kesser Israel, and Kodimoh Synagogue, which came together in 2007 to form the Alliance of Orthodox Congregations (AOC).
We have gone to great lengths to preserve our Shul's rich history. In fact, we maintain a special museum, which proudly displays the many artifacts and decades of documents and photos that tell our story. Please feel free to stop by and browse our museum.