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Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.: The weekly meditation minyan will be held. No meditation experience necessary and all are welcome!

Saturday, October 21, 9:30 a.m.: As we cope with news of historic fires and floods, we return to the Biblical story of Noah, a paradigmatic flood survivor. Join Rabbi Pam Wax and the CBI community this Saturday for Shabbat services and stay for Torah study and conversation about Noah, living in times of disaster, and strategies for resilience. Services at 9:30 AM, Torah study at approximately 11:15 AM.

Sunday, October 22: "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.

Sunday, Oct 22, 10:00 am: The Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS) will be hosting a talk on “Cemetery Records and Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy.” The talk will be held at the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY (the Golub Center) and is free and open to the public. RSVP by email or phone 518-608-5559. 

The Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS) will be hosting guest speaker Nolan Altman, on Sunday, October 22. Nolan will be discussing how cemetery records can provide insight into the evolution of family naming conventions, serving as a valuable resource to connecting generations of ancestors. He will explain the significance of many symbols inscribed on Jewish tombstones and demonstrate examples taken from worldwide cemetery databases. Nolan promises to add humor to this topic, so as not to make his talk too grave.

The presentation will begin at 10am, at the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203. There will be time after the presentation for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public. Please rsvp to or 518-608-5559.

Monday, October 23, 3:30 p.m.: Hebrew School will be held.

Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 pm: New Class on “our heroes” in the Bible
Over the course of five consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7:30 beginning October 17th we will consider the characters in the Bible as real people. In this latest series of classes led by Michael Kaplan, we will transform our biblical “heroes” into humans like each of us. We will look at Abraham, the four matriarchs, Moses, King David and we will go beyond the Hebrew Bible to consider an important Jew in the Second Temple era in Jerusalem: Jesus of Nazareth – all of them real, living personalities with their own experiences, accomplishments and faults.
The course is open to all, regardless of background, and there is no charge. Participants can attend any or all classes. For more information, contact Michael Kaplan at

Friday, October 27, 5:45 p.m.: Congregation Beth Israel’s Jewish Food Shabbat, welcoming Shabbat and celebrating the amazing diversity of Jewish cuisine with a Dairy/Vegetarian Potluck dinner.
“Jewish Cuisine” features Darra Goldstein, award-winning author of international cookbooks, who will discuss how Jewish food evolved, and how our cuisine reflects the places Jews settled. She is Professor Emerita of Russian at Williams College and founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.
The potluck kicks off at 5:45 pm, with a Shabbat service at 7:00 pm, followed by an informal presentation and discussion led by Darra Goldstein.
There is no charge and everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you bring a dish. Just, please, RSVP so we will know how many we can expect. Kindly include in your RSVP:
  1. The number of people attending and
2. The name of your special dish, if you will be contributing one, along with a brief description of its origins.

Please email your RSVP to Jack Hockridge no later than October 17, 2017.

This program is the work of CBI’s Speakers Committee.

Saturday, October 28, 9:30 a.m.: Rabbi Lori Shaller will lead the morning Shabbat services.

Visit 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.

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!

SERVICE TIMES (see above for High Holiday service schedule)

Every Saturday
9:30 a.m. Shabbat Service
11:15 a.m. Kiddush & Torah Study

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Tour of Jewish North Adams

North Adams has a rich Jewish history, 150 (or so) years of it. Starting in the summer of 2017, you will be able to take a guided tour of Jewish North Adams. Appointment necessary.

Film Series

In the summer of 2017, we will screen films on the topic of Jewish women. TBA

Guest Speakers

From time to time we present guest speaker, book readings, lectures, etc.

CBI Library

Our library has a large collection of books of a variety of topics. Members may sign out books for free.


Join us on Friday mornings from 9 to 9:30 a.m. for silent meditation interspersed with a few teachings and closing with a niggun. No meditation experience necessary.

Torah Study

Join us on Saturday mornings at 11 for Torah study after services (or: join us at 9:30 am for services, and then for Torah study!). Please note that sometimes Torah study is folded in to the service; we'll try to indicate in announcements when that's going to be the case.

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