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About Us

Our History 
Established in 1934, our synagogue has a long and dynamic history, from the congregation's days on Pike Street in Pontiac through our move to West Bloomfield more than 30 years ago and our recent rebirth as B'nai Israel Synagogue. Kiddush lunch and minyan breakfast are hallmarks of our community, reaching back many decades. Known for a family-friendly atmosphere and lay-led services, B'nai Israel
Synagogue is proud of its place among the family of Conservative congregations in Metro Detroit.

Our Rabbi 

Michael Gilboa is an 8th generation Iowan who moved to California for film school but ended up falling in love with Torah. Before rabbinical school he spent his time as an executive assistant to a senior rabbi and executive director at a mid-size Reform temple in California and as a Birthright Israel tour guide, as well as studying Hebrew at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has a degree in Religion from Chapman University and received his rabbinical ordination with a concentration in Jewish Philosophy from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Gilboa has previously worked at synagogues in Kansas and California and at a Jewish day school in Illinois. He is the founder of The Footpath, an online Intro to Judaism program that works with small synagogues across the country, and co-founder of Onkelos, a community and resource center for Jewish clergy who converted to Judaism.

Rabbi Gilboa is passionate about welcoming newcomers and he has built an innovative approach to synagogue engagement known as "Open Outreach." This method views the synagogue as a unique "third space" (neither home nor work) that sits at the intersection of community belonging and deep personal meaning. Open Outreach focuses on the viral power of shared, transformative experience, and sees a synagogue's numerical growth as an effect of successful spiritual growth. Rabbi Gilboa has taught his Open Outreach process to Jewish leaders throughout the United States and Canada (including at the Conference for Rabbis Serving Small Conservative Congregations) and he looks forward to bringing these ideas to Michigan.

Rabbi Gilboa has served on the Rabbinic Cabinet of Be'chol Lashon, a non-profit organization that works to strengthen Jewish identity by raising awareness of the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the Jewish people. As part of a loving interfaith and multiracial family himself, Rabbi Gilboa believes in building every synagogue into a Jewish home open to people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Rabbi Gilboa, his wife Emily, and their three kids love outdoor travel, having visited more than a dozen national parks in the U.S. and Israel. They are excited to begin their exploration of Michigan and the surrounding area. He can be reached at rabbigilboa@bnaiisraelwb.org.

Membership 
If you are interested in membership or would like to be added to our email list, please contact us. You can reach us at (248) 432-2729 or via email at info@bnaiisraelwb.org. If you are curious about our congregation, please join us for services and introduce yourself. WE WILL CERTAINLY INTRODUCE OURSELVES! B'nai Israel offers a range of dues levels based on age and family status. We also encourage our members to participate as minyan leaders and volunteers.

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