Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Matot – and our special Rumi Shabbat

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

Shavua tov / a good week to you! This Shabbat, our shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader) for morning services will be Rabbi Rachel. This week we’ll be holding a Rumi Shabbat Service, in which the prayers of our morning liturgy are interwoven with poems by the Sufi mystic poet Rumi. Our Torah study on Shabbat morning will be a conversation about the Rumi poems and our prayers and how they reflect and refract each other.

This week we’re reading the Torah portion called Matot in the book of Numbers. The name of the Torah portion is a hyperlink; click on it to be taken to the Torah portion in English if you want to read the portion before coming to Shabbat services. If you would like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are some which Rabbi Rachel has shared over the years:

And here’s a link to the Union for Reform Judaism’s page for this Torah portion, which contains several different Reform commentaries:


We extend a hearty thank you in advance to this week’s service host. If you would like to join the shamashim (“helpers”) who welcome people to our Shabbat services and who host our light kiddush afterwards, contact Pattie Lipman.

We also thank our member Helene Armet for the home-baked challah!

We hope to see you soon at CBI. Have a great week!

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