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If you send funds on line, please e-mail the cbi office and let us know what these funds are for.
Rabbi Rachel will be out of town until Monday, February 25th. While she has access to her email and cellphone, she may take longer to respond than usual.

If you have any pastoral care emergencies during this time,
please contact Rabbi Seth Wax of Williams College
by email at or by phone at (413) 597-2483.
We are seeking Shabbat Greeters! Shabbat greeters welcome people to Shabbat morning services. 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 you are interested or would like more information, contact Oliver at We are currently in need of greeters for March 16th, April 20th, and April 27th!


Friday, February 22: Morning meditation will not meet this Friday due to school vacation. Weekly meditation will resume on March 1.

Saturday, February 23, 9:30am: Rabbi Lori Shaller will lead the morning Shabbat services.

CBI's Annual Game Night, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 23, will be postponed due to low turnout. Stay tuned for more information!

Sunday, February 24: Take and Eat will be preparing meals at CBI and delivering them to local residents in need. All are welcome to help out!

Monday, February 25, 3:30pm-5pm: Bake for a Cause: Challah for Hunger with Williams College
Families are invited to participate in a very special activity during Hebrew School this week — baking challah for an initiative called Challah for Hunger. Every month, Williams College students bake about 60 loaves of challah that they sell on campus to raise proceeds for the Berkshire Food Project and Mazon. There will be opportunities to purchase challahs on campus, with all proceeds going to efforts to combat food insecurity locally and nationally. Email or call the office at (413) 663-5830 for more information.

Wednesday, February 27, 7pm-8pm: Vigil for Immigrant Justice
Please join us at St. John’s Episcopal Church (35 Park Street in Williamstown) for an interfaith prayer service as part of a Western Massachusetts Day of Prayer for Lucio Perez, who has been in sanctuary in Amherst for almost 17 months. We will unite with diverse congregations in praying for Lucio’s release, for the release of Irida Kakhtiranova (who has been in sanctuary in Northampton for 10 months), and for the millions of families facing deportation, separation, and unjust treatment in our current immigration system.
Friday, March 1: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare ourselves for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary; all are welcome!

Saturday, March 2, 9:30am: Rabbi Rachel Barenblat will lead the morning Shabbat services.


April 12 & 13: Michael W. Twitty
With help from our friends at Be'chol Lashon and with partnership from Williams College, we've lined up Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, to come to CBI and Williams. Stay tuned for more information, but for now save the dates for what promises to be an amazing exploration of race, food, culture, history, and more!
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. Join the conversation on the Jewish Culture Connect Facebook page!

Donations of dry and canned foods for the Berkshire Food Project – as well as toiletries for the Louison House and the Elizabeth Freeman Center – can be left in the shopping cart in our cloak room. Please also consider supporting MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger with a donation.
*480 lbs of food was donated during the High Holidays at CBI.

Every Saturday
9:30am: Shabbat Service
11:15am: Kiddush & Torah Study

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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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L. Radin
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 Oct. 12, 1947
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