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Southbury Federation and B’nai Israel welcome local church to their shared campus

(SOUTHBURY) August 15, 2018 – The Jewish Federation of Western CT and B’nai Israel of Southbury have opened their doors to Calvary Southbury while the church constructs a new house of worship. The Federation and B’nai Israel, a Reform congregation, share the 17-acre Walzer Community Campus.

“The Walzer Community Campus is already a unique entity in that it combines a Jewish Federation with a Reform synagogue under the same roof. Providing space to fellow members of our larger community while they build their new home is a win-win for all of us,” explained Jade Stoltz, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Western CT.

Rabbi Eric Polokoff, spiritual leader of B’nai Israel, added, “Our facility is recognized in the area as a center for interfaith understanding. Calvary’s utilization of space here adds additional dimension to that effort, as it likewise creates new opportunities for learning and encounter.”

Founded in 1998, Calvary Southbury is a growing non-denominational church that was most currently located in the town’s Bennett Square. The church has outgrown its space and has begun construction on its own building. It is anticipated the church will conduct worship and teaching for a two-year period on the campus.

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