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9 West Bonita Drive, Simi Valley, 805-581-3723

    About Congregation B'nai Emet

    Congregation 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.


      Reform 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.


      We invite 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) 581-3723.

      For information on joining our temple family or purchasing High Holiday tickets, go to our Membership page.

      Weekly Shabbat Services

      Family 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.

      Shabbat 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

      Annual 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.

      Tickets are available to the Jewish community at large. Click here to purchase tickets.

      Services of Clergy

      Rabbi 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 appointment.


      Religious Schools

      We 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.



      CBE 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.



      A program for adult and family groups which pursue special interests involving social and cultural activities.



      Women of Congregation B'nai Emet (Sisterhood)

      Affiliated 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".


      Women 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

      The 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.

      Also, Men's Club arranges occasional family outings and has sponsored the Congregation's Pictorial Membership Directory.


      Supermarket Scrip & Gift Cards

      This 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.


      A 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.

      CBE BOARD 2017-2018

      President - Ryan Richmond
      Executive Vice President - Debbie Knecht
      VP/Membership -
      Frieda Bahr
      VP/Fundraising - Michael Mutal

      VP/Programs - Sanford Miller & Alan Mann
      VP/Havurah -
      Jill Katell
      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 Hollander

      To contact any of the above, send an email to the temple with the person's name as the subject.