Shavua tov, chodesh tov, looking forward to Shabbat Chukat

Shavua tov — a good new week to you!

Also chodesh tov, a happy new month to you. We are entering the new lunar month of Tamuz. Here are some teachings about the month of Tamuz and the summer solstice [pdf].

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Rachel.

This week we’re reading Chukat. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ: Chukat at the URJ.

Join us on Shabbat morning for a celebration of Shabbat and summertime!

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Korach and a special visit from Rabbi David!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you!

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for a special Summer Shabbat morning Service led by Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi David Evan Markus!

This week we’re reading Korach. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

Here’s a d’var Torah from Rabbi David: How To Fall On Your Face (The Spiritual Lessons of Leadership.)

And here are commentaries from the URJ: Korach at the URJ.

Join us on Shabbat morning for a celebration of Shabbat and summertime!

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Save the Date for a Special Summer Shabbat With Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi David

Save the date: there’s a special summer Shabbat coming up soon!

On Saturday, June 24 — the Shabbat morning closest to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year — Shabbat morning services will be co-led by Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi David Evan Markus. On that morning, the d’var Torah will be given by our very own Board member Steven Green, chair of Spiritual Life.

Weather permitting, we might aim to daven outdoors as we’ve done in the past. One way or another, expect a joyous, harmony-filled, musical morning during which we’ll celebrate Shabbat and the sweetness of summertime!

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat B’ha’alot’kha

Shavua tov — a good new week to you!

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Pam Wax.

This week we’re reading B’ha’alot’kha. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

Here’s a d’var Torah from my friend and colleague Rabbi David Evan Markus: The Reason for Patience.

And here are commentaries from the URJ:  B’ha’alot’kha at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Naso, and to Shavuot!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you!

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Pam Wax.

This week we’re reading Naso. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ: Naso at the URJ.

This week contains the festival of Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving Torah at Sinai. If you’re not coming to Isabella Freedman with me, please join us at CBI at 8pm on Tuesday night for a tikkun leyl Shavuot (late-night study session) organized by Rabbi Pam Wax, who writes:

1.  Tuesday evening, May 30, 8 PM we will hold our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot at which we all have the opportunity to present something as a representation of the Torah that we want to teach! Our line-up thus far (with more to come, maybe you?) includes “Cryptography” with Dr. Steven Miller, “Asher Kidshanu B’mitzvotav: The Love Song of Jewish Prayer” with Cantor Bob Scherr, “Nathan the Truth-Sayer” with Chaim Bronstein, Barbara Bashevkin, “A Few More of My Favorite Jewish Poems”.“Pi and Judaism” with Shira Bronstein, and “Reproductive Justice Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” with Rabbi Pam Wax. Marc Jaffe — Reflections on Jewish Identity. Patti Lipman will be creating revelatory art, as she did last year.   Contact Pam if you would like to participate either as a presenter or a participant, pwax@bcn.net. Please bring a snack to share!

2.  On Wednesday morning, May 31 at 10 AM, we will stand at Sinai under the chuppah to receive the Ten Commandments. PLEASE RSVP to Pam, pwax@bcn.net, so we can insure that we have a minyan. We will also be commemorating yizkor for our beloved dead at this service, in addition to reviewing the Book of Ruth, the text that is associated with Shavuot.

Blessings to all for a good week and a wonderful Shavuot —

Rabbi Rachel

The June 2017 / Sivan 5777 Newsletter is Here!

The June 2017 / Sivan 5777 issue of the CBI Newsletter is now online!

In this month’s newsletter you’ll find Notes from the Rabbi, service times for Shabbat, the President’s Column, Remembrances of Lag B’Omer, reminders about Shavuot, an update on Dalet Days, and so much more.

Read the whole thing online here.

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Bamidbar!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you!

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Rachel — where we will call Emma Sandstrom to Torah as a bat mitzvah!

This week we’re reading Bamidbar. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

Here’s a d’var Torah from my friend and colleague Rabbi David Evan Markus: In the Wilderness: How to Receive Torah.

And here are commentaries from the URJ: B’midbar at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel