9 West Bonita Drive, Simi Valley,
Congregation B'nai Emet
B'nai Emet is a Reform congregation with a warm
approach to tradition...we seek to make Jewish life
meaningful and significant by traditional Jewish
practices with contemporary perspectives. The
original principles: gender equality, participatory
services, family tradition, education for children
and adults, community involvement have remained
central as B'nai Emet has grown and developed.
Judaism is the means by which we practice the
ideals of Judaism. We encourage our synagogue
family to learn and understand these ideals,
always being mindful of our rich heritage and the
history behind our traditions. We take a stand on
the ethics and morals of Judaism, and create an
atmosphere in which all have the opportunity to
choose their individual means of observance of
Jewish customs and ceremonies.
your participation in our congregational family so
that your spiritual needs can be freely expressed
and satisfied. If this is your first visit to
B'nai Emet, we look forward to greeting you during
the Oneg. Let us welcome you and answer any
questions you may have, you may reach us at (805)
information on joining our temple family or
purchasing High Holiday tickets, go to our Membership
Shabbat Services (child and toddler-oriented) are
held the first Friday of the month and begin at
7:00 PM. The rest of our weekly Shabbat evening
services begin Fridays at 8:00 PM.
morning services on Saturday are held for Bar and
Bat Mitzvah and other special occasions. Services
are highly participatory, with lots of singing and
often lively discussion. Families are welcome.
Kiddush and Oneg Shabbat follow every service.
High Holy Day Services are held at the Mt Sinai
Cemetary & Memorial Park in Simi Valley for
the entire membership and their immediate
families. High Holy Day tickets are included with
membership. Admission is by ticket only.
are available to the Jewish community at large. Click here to
Michele Paskow (click for a biography of Rabbi
Michele) leads our Congregation in worship
services with Cantor
Michael Russ (click for a biography of Cantor
Russ). Our clergy are available to perform
all life-cycle events including Bar Mitzvah, Bat
Mitzvah, Confirmation, baby namings, weddings and
funerals. The Rabbi holds office hours by
offer creative programs for kindergarten to high
school students. The curriculum has an emphasis on
the study of Hebrew, Jewish Holidays, customs,
traditions, life cycle events, Israel and
contemporary issues. Judaica High School students
study towards Confirmation. Adult education
programs are ongoing for adult enrichment.
Preschool and Kindergarten holds classes at our
Bonita Drive campus. The fully accredited school
offers programs for full time, half time, prime
time, kindergarten and after school programs.
program for adult and family groups which pursue
special interests involving social and cultural
with the Women of Reform Judaism, Sisterhood
supports the principles and programs of the
Congregation. Monthly meetings generally highlight
items of interest to Jewish women and include
planning for fund raising events; each concludes
with a "social hour".
of CBE maintains and operates a gift shop, Simi's
House of Judaica, with an impressive
selection of religious items appropriate for
education, holidays, and special occasions.
Available year round.
Men's Club meets on a monthly basis, normally at
the home of one of its members. Its primary
purpose is to support the Congregation in its
activities and fund-raising.
Men's Club arranges occasional family outings and
has sponsored the Congregation's Pictorial
program is conducted by the Sisterhood of the
Congregation. Supermarket scrip (market money) is
available for virtually every local market in the
Simi Valley/Moorpark communities. Also available
are gift cards to several local and national
merchants. Contact the Congregation office or go to the
Sisterhood page for more information.
bi-monthly newsletter is published to keep the
membership apprised of Congregational events and
activities, religious school news, discussion of
contemporary issues, and personal happenings. We also
have weekly email bulletins for keeping up with
current temple and community events.
President - Ryan Richmond
Executive Vice President - Debbie Knecht
VP/Membership - Frieda
VP/Fundraising - Michael Mutal
VP/Programs - Sanford Miller & Alan Mann
VP/Havurah - Jill
VP/Religious School - OPEN
Social Action VP - OPEN
Secretary - Daryl Sutton
Treasurer - Les Sutton
Financial Officer - Geri Brandler
Sisterhood President - RuthAnn Rossman
Men's Club President - Michael Enright
Preschool Director - Lindy Schneider
Preschool Office Manager - Robyn Voigt
Religious School Administrator - Meridith Patera
Temple Administrative Assistant - Marilyn
To contact any
of the above, send
an email to the temple with the person's
name as the subject.