** CBI Office will be closed on Yom Kippur thru Friday, Sept 21. For pastoral concerns, contact Rabbi Rachel Barenblat at (413) 822-5267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
** We are seeking Shabbat Greeters! Shabbat Greeters welcome people to Shabbat morning services. Duties include handing out prayer books (and occasionally inserts handouts into prayer books), setting out wine and challah for Kiddush, cleaning up, and ensuring the building is locked. Knowledge of the alarm and having a key are not necessary (but can be provided). Greeters can choose the frequency with which they are scheduled. And we can team you up with a regular greeter the first time you serve. If interested or for more info, contact CBI at email@example.com .
Friday, September 21.: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare ourselves for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary; all are welcome!
Kol Nidre (with childcare) Tues. Sept. 18, 6:30pm (arrive at 6:00 for music to open the heart)
Yom Kippur Morning service, Weds. September 19, 9:30am-12:30pm
Children’s service, 10am (childcare all morning)
Yizkor /Memorial Service will take place at the end of the morning service
Feel free to stay through the afternoon, walk our meditation labyrinth, read a seasonally-appropriate book, relax on the grounds, etc.
Contemplative Practice with Steven Green and Rose Ellis, 3-4pm
Yom Kippur Afternoon service, 4pm
New: The afternoon service this year will include a teaching by Hazzan Randall about his recent travels in Eastern Europe, as a way of engaging with the "Martyrology," the traditional liturgy that remembers Jews across the generations who have died for being Jews.
Yom Kippur Ne’ilah service, 6:30pm (sundown: 6:47pm)
Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast: after services. ($20; kids $7)
Saturday. September 22, 9:30 a.m.: Rabbi Jarah Greenfield will lead the morning Shabbat services.
Monday, September 25, 3:30 p.m.: First day of Hebrew School.
Friday, September 28, 5:30pm: Sukkot / Shabbat Potluck
Join us as we enjoy a potluck in the fresh air! Weather permitting, we'll follow the meal with a sleepover in the synagogue sukkah. Please RSVP by September 24 to Jack (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saturday, September 29, 9:30 a.m.: Rabbi Pam wax will lead the morning Shabbat services. (We are in need of a Shabbat Greeter for this service)
Monday, October 1, 11 a.m.: Shemini Atzeret Services with Yizkor
Save the Dates! Tuesday, October 2: Judaism’s Great Debates: A Holy Exercise
Beginning October 2nd and for a total of five consecutive Tuesday evenings we will study how Jews have argued with each other and with the Almighty. In each class, we will take a single issue, examine all sides, and express our own, 21st century points of view.
Whether you can attend any one of or all five sessions, you are welcome. For more information and to express your interest, contact Michael Kaplan at email@example.com.
Save the Date! Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.:
ANTISEMITISM in AMERICA: Past vs. Present Lecture and Discussion by Kenneth S. Stern.
How does antisemitism in America in the past compare to its presence in our country today? How does an historical perspective help us assess the seriousness of the current situation? Do we need new strategies to tackle antisemitism’s recent manifestations in America? Congregation Beth Israel. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Visit www.JewishCultureConnect.com for a up-to-date listing of Jewish arts and culture in western MA, including the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires, and southern VT. Search events for kids and families, adult learning, on campus, spirit and holiday, and more. Then join the conversation on the Jewish Culture Connect Facebook page!
Donations of dry and canned foods to the Berkshire Food Project can be left in the shopping cart in the cloak room. Please also support MAZON: Jewish Response to Hunger. *480 lbs of food were donated during the High Holidays
Saturday, October 20
125th Anniversary Gala!! This is not to be missed!
Take and Eat
Each month, with support from a crew of 50 volunteers, we shop for, cook, prepare and deliver meals for ~100 local residents in need. Join this CBI Community Service project. Donations are always welcome and may be given in honor of community simchas or as memorial gifts.
Contact Jack in the CBI office and join the team!
9:30 a.m. Shabbat Service
11:15 a.m. Kiddush & Torah Study