Two updates: on winter weather, and this week’s shaliach tzibbur

On shul closure and winter weather

If the weather is inclement and it seems possible that our shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader) might be unable to reach CBI, and/or that the roads might be unsafe, please check our Facebook page for a status update which would alert you to the synagogue being closed. That page is public, and can be accessed by anyone with a web browser, regardless of whether or not one has a Facebook account. If we have to cancel services, we’ll post a message there to let everyone know. Thank you!

Welcoming a new prayer leader to our roster

The Executive Committee and Rabbi Rachel are pleased to welcome Rabbi Dennis Ross as one of our service leaders this year at CBI.  He will be our shaliach tzibbur (service leader) this Saturday morning.  Our sweet Shabbat service (parashat B’shalach) begins at 9:30 followed by a kiddush with home baked challah from Helene Armet.  The morning concludes with an insightful Torah study with Rabbi Ross.  Many thanks in advance to our service hosts and kiddush providers, Karen Kelly and Bill Levy.

Below is a brief bio of Rabbi Ross taken from an article in the Albany Times Union:

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross is director of Concerned Clergy for Choice, a multifaith advocacy group, and associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. Rabbi Ross was born in Brooklyn, graduated from Queens College and received a Master of Social Work at New York University. Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion of the Reform movement in Manhattan, he has served congregations in New York, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts and taught bio-medical ethics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is married to Rabbi Deborah Zecher, who serves at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington, Mass., where they live. They have three children: Joshua, who works in musical theater, Adam, who lives in Israel, and Miriam, who is a senior at Clark University.

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