Saturday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.: CBI Board Member Steven Green will be leading the morning Shabbat services.
Saturday, October 20, 5:30pm-9pm: 125th Anniversary Gala (Sold Out!)
Our 125th anniversary in the Berkshires! Activities include a cocktail hour with cash bar, a silent auction to benefit education at CBI, live jazz music, a delicious dinner, and a recognition ceremony for the "Jewish Star" Award winners.
Monday, October 22, 3:30 p.m.: Hebrew School will be held.
Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.: Judaism’s Great Debates: A Holy Exercise
Our third of five consecutive Tuesday evenings studying 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
Sunday October 28: "Take and Eat at CBI" prepares and delivers free meals to homebound seniors in North Adams on one Sunday of each month. Help make a difference in people's lives by donating a few hours to bring a hot meal to someone who might otherwise go hungry.
Save the Dates!
November 1 – December 1: PJ Library Pajama Drive.
It is disturbing that during the cold winter months many children in our community go to sleep cold, without the comfort of warm pajamas. Drop off your brand new pajamas (sizes newborn to teen) at CBI. Your generous donations will be delivered to the MA Department of Children and Families in Pittsfield.
Sunday, November 11, 9:45 a.m.: Rabbi Pam Wax will be teaching a monthly Mussar class at Knesset Israel in Pittsfield on monthly Sundays, 9:45-11:15 AM beginning November 11 through August 4 (10 sessions). If you are curious and/or interested in this spiritual path of cultivating character, join us! Contact Pam for further info or register through Myrna Hammerling,
Pre-Hanukkah Family Learning & Candle-Dipping Workshop
Fri., Nov. 16, 5:00 p.m.:
This event will explore the theme of light, including an interactive study of the famous Talmudic debate between Hillel and Shammai about how to light the hanukkiah, facts about how our ancestors from the first century C.E. observed the festival of lights in their era, and what it is about bee’s wax that makes it a great choice for making our very own Hanukkah candles from scratch. Following the learning and candle-making activities there will be blessings and dinner and families will be encouraged to stay for the Shabbat service.
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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 at CBI.
Take and Eat Program Update:
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