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As we approach the CBI 125th Gala Celebration, we are reminded of our long history and of all the wonderful people who nurtured our great community.
Letter from President of CBI
Guidelines for Gathering
Our Labyrinth Is Open Even When The Shul Isn't!

You are welcome to come anytime during daylight hours and walk our meditation labyrinth. It is a beautiful practice that can be calming and centering. (Here's more about our labyrinth and about the practice of labyrinth walking.) During this time of pandemic, we ask that if you see others using the labyrinth, you maintain "social distancing" and stay six feet apart from each other.

The Runway to the Days of Awe

Week One: Seven Weeks Until Rosh Hashanah
Week Two: Creating Sacred Space at Home
Week Three: Music

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Please click here to make a donation online to our High Holiday Appeal!
To submit names for this year's Yizkor Memorial Book, click here!
A Note From the CBI Cemetery Committee

If the families of those who are buried in the Beth Israel Cemetery in Clarksburg, MA are interested in having headstones cleaned, please contact Dave Nuvallie at (413) 652-2841. He is currently gathering a list of those who would like cleanings done and aims to perform these requests in a timely manner. He'll be able to provide more information about the cost of the work and answer any questions you might have regarding the process.

If you have any other questions concerning this service, please reach out to Jane Miller at (413) 281-3181.

** Please note that costs are not included as part of the perpetual care fee that was charged with burial.

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 

CBI is holding a FREE outdoor, socially distanced First Aid/CPR/AED training this Sunday, August 16 from 1pm to 4:30pm at the synagogue. We have 4 more slots available for CBI members, first come, first serve. RSVP to by no later than Friday, August 7 at 2pm if you are interested in participating – we need to know how many people are coming as soon as possible.

The training will be provided by Ray Ferrin, EMT and Ambulance Director for the Town of Becket. Please bring a face mask. You may also bring a snack and water if you like. This opportunity is being funded by the security grant CBI received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Saturday, August 15, 9:30am: Shabbat Morning Services
Shabbat morning service will be led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield. Services will be livestreamed via Zoom videoconferencing (so we can see each others' faces).

Monday, August 17, 1pm: Rabbinic Drop-In Hour
No appointment needed! Come chat with Rabbi Rachel about whatever’s on your mind in CBI's Zoom room. Bring your own cup of tea!

Tuesday August 18, 5pm–6pm: Reverse Omer Count With Jen Burt
In the spring we count the seven weeks of the Omer between Pesach and Shavuot; now we count the seven weeks from Tisha b'Av to Rosh Hashanah in a reverse Omer count. We will be studying the haftorot of consolation and will move through them on a weekly basis accompanied by the text This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared by Rabbi Alan Lew. I invite all participants to teach or co-teach on any week that speaks to them personally. Please consider joining for as much or as little of this class as you are able and to take as much or as little leadership as you feel comfortable with.

Thursday, August 20, 1pm: Making Our Home Altars with Rebecca Missel
Where does holiness happen when we're praying at home? Rebecca Missel, Director of Partnerships at, will lead this interactive webinar on creating sacred space – even in a small apartment. This online (Zoom) webinar is open to all, though space is limited. Learn wise tips and tricks for creating a dedicated sacred space in your home to sustain your spirit during the pandemic and beyond! RSVPs are required; please click here to RSVP!

Saturday, August 21, 9:30am: Shabbat Morning Services
Shabbat morning service will be led by Rabbi Pam Wax. Services will be livestreamed via Zoom videoconferencing (so we can see each others' faces).

Thursday, September 3, 11am: Rosh Hashanah Zoom Gathering for Families

The PJ Library and Federation families will be doing an interactive Rosh Hashanah Zoom gathering led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield, geared toward ages 6 and younger. Each family will have the opportunity to pick up one kit with art materials, honey sticks, blessings, stickers, coloring sheets and a toy shofar; as we're still arranging the logistics, it would be a great help to know who from CBI is interested – please let Rabbi Jarah know if your family would like to participate!

Saturday, September 5, 9:30am: Outdoor Shabbat Morning Services

We are currently planning an outdoor, masked, socially distant, no-singing Shabbat morning service at CBI led by Rabbi Rachel. Please RSVP to let us know if you will attend that service so we know how many chairs to set up on our patio / outside the synagogue building. During that service, our bathrooms will be open for you to use at your own risk. (If it rains that day, we’ll offer services over Zoom instead.)

Saturday, September 12, 8pm: Selichot: An Evening of Spiritual Preparation

Selichot invites us to open our hearts as we prepare to welcome the new year. Join the rabbis of Reform congregations across Berkshire County for a heart-opening Selichot celebration. Our celebration will include havdalah, poetry, prayer and music to help each of us move into the Days of Awe with intention. We invite you to set up a sacred space for yourself as you join us via Zoom, as well as paper and pen for some reflective writing.

Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Anshe Amunim, and Hevreh of Southern Berkshire.
Sunday, September 20, 2pm: Socially-Distanced & Masked Outdoor Family Service

For Rosh Hashanah, we'll be holding a socially distant, masked family service outside CBI, led by Jane Shiyah. Families will experience storytelling, learning about the season, and opportunities for age-appropriate prayer. Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks! (Our rain date will be Sunday, September 27.)