Press release from Congregation B’nai Israel

National Poetry Month is just around the corner in April, and the library committee at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) will once again be hosting Café Pinsky 2015: The Poet Next Door, an evening of readings by local Jewish poets.

Named for Long Branch native Robert Pinsky, who served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997-2000, the free event will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7 pm.  In addition to poetry, the evening will feature music, light refreshments, coffee and tea. All are welcome to attend.

Published and unpublished local Jewish poets are invited to enter up to two poems each to the Library Committee by  Monday, March 30, 2015. There is no entry fee.

If the committee selects a poem for inclusion in the program, the poet will be invited to read his or her poem that evening.  Enter your poems at or Library, CBI, 171 Ridge Road, Rumson, NJ 07760.

For further information about the synagogue or this program, please contact CBI Director, Emilie Kovit-Meyer at