Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Behar

Shavua tov– a  good week to you! Join us this coming Shabbat morning for services led by Rabbi Rachel, during which we will call Gabe Schoenbaum to the Torah as a bar mitzvah.

return-to-shabbatIf you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, Behar, some links follow:

And here’s the URJ’s compilation of commentaries on this week’s Torah portion: Behar at the URJ.

Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact the office.

 

As we move from Pesach to Shavuot, we enter deeper into the journey of counting the Omer — the days which connect our festival of liberation with our festival of revelation.

Don’t forget to register for the Shavuot retreat at Isabella Freedman! As members of an ALEPH Network community we receive a substantial discount; include the registration code VELVETEEN and you’ll get a $150 discount on that retreat.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Don’t miss Shavuot at Isabella Freedman with Rabbi Rachel

Don’t miss Shavuot at Isabella Freedman! Join the CBI delegation traveling the short distance to this renowned Jewish retreat center in Northern Connecticut for an amazing Shavuot retreat. Use the discount code VELVETEEN at check-out and receive a special $150 discount because you’re a member of an ALEPH Network community.

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Read all about it and register now at the Hazon website.

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Emor

Shavua tov – a  good week to you! Join us this coming Shabbat morning for services led by Rabbi Lori Shaller. Rabbi Lori writes:

I am looking forward to being back with the CBI community on Shabbat morning, May 21.  I will once again lead a contemplative service with movement.  Please bring your yoga mat if you have one, and wear clothes in which you will be comfortable to move.  If it’s warm enough and people agree, we will pray outdoors.   What you can expect:  freedom to move in any way that makes sense to you and that feels good in your body, plus some suggestions for movement; chant; a contemplative approach to the parshah; Amidah and Mourners Kaddish.  I look forward to praying with you.

return-to-shabbatIf you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, some links follow:

And here’s the URJ’s compilation of commentaries on this week’s Torah portion: Emor at the URJ.

Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact the office.

As we move from Pesach to Shavuot, we enter deeper into the journey of counting the Omer — the days which connect our festival of liberation with our festival of revelation.

Don’t forget to register for the Shavuot retreat at Isabella Freedman! As members of an ALEPH Network community we receive a substantial discount; include the registration code VELVETEEN and you’ll get a $150 discount on that retreat.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Rabbi Rachel named one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis

Each year, the Forward solicits nominations from the public for their Most Inspiring Rabbis list. This year they received 350 nominations, and chose 32 rabbis for this national honor. Our own Rabbi Rachel was one of those 32! Congratulations to Rabbi Rachel.

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat K’doshim.

Shavua tov – a  good week to you! Join us this coming Shabbat morning for services led by Rabbi Pam Wax. This week we’re reading parashat Kedoshim from the book of Vayikra (Leviticus)

return-to-shabbatIf you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, some links follow:

And here’s the URJ’s compilation of commentaries on this week’s Torah portion: K’doshim at the URJ.

Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact Pattie Lipman.

As we move from Pesach to Shavuot, we enter deeper into the journey of counting the Omer — the days which connect our festival of liberation with our festival of revelation.

Don’t forget to register for the Shavuot retreat at Isabella Freedman! As members of an ALEPH Network community we receive a substantial discount; include the registration code VELVETEEN and you’ll get a $150 discount on that retreat.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Join us this week for Kabbalat Shabbat at CBI!

Kabalat-ShabbatJoin us this Friday evening at 6pm for Kabbalat Shabbat — the service of joyful songs, psalms, and prayers with which we “receive the face of Shabbat” and welcome the Shabbat Bride into our midst. Put a seal on the week and relax into the joy of Shabbat!

To whet your appetite, here are a couple of the melodies we will use this Friday night:

Shalom Aleichem, the song which welcomes the angels of Shabbat:

(Melody: Shneyer; Recording: Jeff Klepper.)

Yedid Nefesh, the medieval love song to God (this recording is Hebrew only; we will sing some in English, too):

(Melody: Traditional; Recording: Danny Maseng)

Here is an online folder which contains these mp3s (and a couple of others as well)- you are welcome to listen to them online or to save them to your own computer. And, of course, please support the artists by buying their music.

We hope to see you this Friday night at CBI!

Shavua tov! Looking forward to (our second) Shabbat Acharei Mot and a bar mitzvah.

Shavua tov – a  good week to you! This week we are once again reading from the Torah portion known as Acharei Mot.  (Because Reform communities observe only seven days of Pesach, as is the custom in the land of Israel, we adjust our Torah reading cycle slightly in order to remain in sync with the rest of the Jewish world. This year, that meant dividing this week’s Torah portion into two halves. We read from the first half last week, and will read from the second half this week.)

Please join us on Shabbat morning as we call Sasha Rooney to the Torah as a bar mitzvah! If you’re looking for commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

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As we move from Pesach to Shavuot, we enter deeper into the journey of counting the Omer — the days which connect our festival of liberation with our festival of revelation. If you’re looking for Omer-counting resources, there are a few more copies of Rabbi Rachel’s Toward Sinai: Omer Poems available at the synagogue. There are also a variety of places online where one can sign up for daily Omer teachings via email or Facebook — I especially like the Omer teachings at A Way In at Mishkan Shalom.

Don’t forget to register for the Shavuot retreat at Isabella Freedman! As members of an ALEPH Network community we receive a substantial discount; include the registration code VELVETEEN and you’ll get a $150 discount on that retreat.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel