Welcome to United Brothers Synagogue

We welcome all who are interested in participating in Jewish life.
We use the Reform prayerbooks, Mishkan T’Filah and Miskan Hanefesh.
We are a small, intimate congregation where everyone knows your name.
We are a synagogue with deep roots founded in 1900 and worship in a beautifully preserved, historic building..
We are an independent congregation with an innovative spiritual leader.
We welcome interfaith couples.
We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.

Join us for our Chocolate and Wine Shabbat

Join us for United Brother’s Synagogue unique contribution to contemporary Jewish practice: our annual Chocolate and Wine Shabbat. This will be on February 3 at 7:30.

We are meeting in-person. However, all attendees must show proof of vaccination. Alternatively, you can watch our services on YouTube. This month’s link is https://youtu.be/H7sDzDqBDcI

Missing Prayer Books

Many members borrowed prayer books — both our regular Shabbat service books and High Holiday books — when we were holding online-only services during the pandemic. Please make an effort to return these. You can bring them back when you come for services or drop them off on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM when the Mah-Jong group meets.

Other News

Our weekly Mah-Jong group meets every Tuesday at 7:00PM. All levels of players are welcome. If you are interested, please email us at ubsbristol@gmail.com and we’ll send you all the details. Here’s a recent news article about the group: https://www.jewishrhody.com/stories/for-mahjong-players-april-is-about-more-than-pesach,14433

Cantor Gluck’s Blog

Dear Friends, Tonight begins the festival of the miracle of Hanukkah.  There are many interpretations and midrashim concerning the story of the Maccabees and that single bottle of oil that lasted eight days. Hanukkah literally means “dedication” and over the next week, I invite you to consider what it means to be dedicated.  My view of dedication during the week of Chanukah involves light.  Light is a concept used in Judaism […]

Dear Friends,I needed to take a day to think about and absorb the horrible tragedy that happened in Texas.I still can’t comprehend the enormity and effect that this will have on the entire country.  It is truly heartbreaking to see the faces of those beautiful children whose lives were taken for no reason whatsoever and the heroic teachers who freely gave their lives trying to protect the children in their care.There are no […]

Shabbat Shalom UBS. This week we read the parasha, Acharei Mot.  Acharei Mot means “after death” and it begins with God speaking to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons.  God goes on to describe how Aaron needed to prepare himself to enter the “Shrine” and be near the Ark of the Scrolls.  God says he should be dressed in a linen tunic and wear a linen turban.  He then explains […]

Tonight, we celebrate freedom.  Passover is the time of year when we recall our exodus from Egypt.  Our escape from horrible conditions and a horrible tyrant.For me, this Midrash sums up what this season is all about: “…When Moses was fleeing the Egyptians, he arrived at the Red Sea with his thousands of followers. Moses lifted up his staff, hoping for a miracle—but the sea did not part. The Egyptian soldiers […]

It is with a sad heart that I must write this message.  When I got up this morning, I had no idea that I would be writing a message of comfort to you.  I am shocked, hurt, and scared for what is going on today in Collyville, Texas.  This is another in what seems to be an unending series of attacks against Jews in all corners of the country.Let us combine our […]