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** 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 interested or for more info, contact CBI at .**We are in need of greeters for Shabbat services on December 22.

Friday, December 7, 9:00 a.m.: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare ourselves for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary; all are welcome!

Friday, December 7, 5:30 p.m.: Shabbat Chanukah Potluck Party
Bring your chanukiyah and candles! We'll sing some Chanukah songs, light all of our chanukiyot and bask in their light, welcome Shabbat with candles and song, and enjoy a vegetarian / dairy potluck (bring a dish to share) with latkes made by Tim Herrmann, as well as a Chanukah-themed craft project with Rabbi Jarah. Please RSVP at so we know how many tables to set up.

Saturday, December 8, 9:30 a.m.: Join Rabbi Pam Wax this Shabbat beginning at 9:30 AM on Saturday to celebrate A LOT, including: 1. Shabbat, 2: Chanukah, 3: Rosh Hodesh/the new moon of Tevet, and 4. the anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights! Our Torah study following services will include study of select passages of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights in light of current events.

Sunday, December 9, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Celebrate Chanukah at Winterlights
Stroll through the illuminated gardens at Naumkeag, Stockbridge with over 125,000 lights and displays. Enjoy a community menorah lighting at 5:30 p.m., songs, latkes, chocolate gelt and dreidels. Free if you register by December 7! $17 at the door. See here for further information and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires event listing for details how to register.

Monday, December 10: Hebrew School will be held.

Friday, December 14, 9:00 a.m.: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare ourselves for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary; all are welcome!

Saturday, December 15, 9:30 a.m.: Rabbi Rachel Barenblat will lead the morning Shabbat services.

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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 Oliver at and join the team!


Every Saturday
9:30 a.m. Shabbat Service
11:15 a.m. 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.

Photo by L. Radin
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L. Radin
L. Radin
 Oct. 12, 1947
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.
Photo by Cheryl Sacks