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Friday, September 8, 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, September 9, 9:30 a.m.: Reb Rachel will lead the morning Shabbat services.

Monday, September 11: The first day of Hebrew School! Singer/Songwriter Ellen Allard ( will join us for a special open house on opening day. Expect refreshments, friends, and singing! School registration materials will be mailed out in middle to late August. For more info, contact the CBI office at

Saturday, September 16, 8:00 p.m.: Havdalah & Selichot (“Forgiveness”) Service. Potluck dessert reception to follow.

Days of Awe at CBI – full schedule in the vestibule of CBI. Please take home.

Wednesday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.: Rosh Hashanah First Evening Service

Thursday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Rosh Hashanah First Day Morning Service. Children’s Service at 10:00 a.m. (childcare all morning) Tashlich (casting bread upon the waters) to follow.

Thursday, September 21: Join us for a Holiday meal after Rosh Hashanah services at The Log, prefixed with choices and kosher style. Please sign up by September 17. $18, payable to CBI.

Friday, September 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Contemplative Second Day of Rosh Hashanah morning service

Sunday, September 24: "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!

Tuesday, October 17, 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.

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 2, 2017.

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

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 95 local residents in need. Since we began doing this work, our cost each month has increased from $180 to $240, with an individual meal costing $2.52. Join this CBI Community Service project. How can you support Take and Eat? You can do any or all of the following:

  Sign up to spend one Sunday a month helping with meal preparation or delivery
  Bring in baked goods to contribute toward the meal
Sponsor a month of meals by making a donation of $240 to feed 95 people.
Make a donation in any amount. Donations to Take and Eat may be given in honor of community simchas or as memorial gifts.

Contact Jack in the CBI office and join the team!


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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