Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
Shavua tov / a (slightly belated) good week to you!
This week we’re reading the Torah portion called Noach (Noah) in the book of Bereshit (Genesis). 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 a few:
- On stories and floods, by Reb Rachel (2005)
- Leaving the ark, by Reb Rachel (2006)
- Integration, a Torah poem by Reb Rachel (2008)
- Blameless , a Torah poem by Reb Rachel (2009)
- Insights on Babel: how groupthink damages our relationship with God by Reb Rachel, 2012
- Deep waters: a d’var Torah for parashat Noach, by Reb Rachel, 2013
- Noach: Reform Commentaries (the Union for Reform Judaism’s page for this Torah portion, which contains several different Reform commentaries)
This Shabbat, our shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader) for morning services will be ALEPH rabbinic student Lori Shaller. Reb Lori will receive rabbinic smicha (ordination) from ALEPH in January. She has led davenen at CBI a few times in recent years. Here’s how she introduces herself:
I live on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with my husband Matt Pelikan (a restoration ecologist for The Nature Conservancy) and our cat Pitzi. I am studying in the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Rabbinic Ordination Program. I’ve been an educator for more than 20 years and currently write English and History curricula and teach teachers in content institutes. Areas of expertise include curriculum design and alternative assessment, Shakespeare and World and American History. I am currently writing curriculum on Jewish Women in the Labor Movement for the Jewish Women’s Archive. I occasionally also work as a personal chef and a meeting facilitator. I enjoy being outdoors walking, running, cycling, hiking and gardening, and I am an active member of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.
This coming Shabbat will also herald a new moon and new month, the Jewish month of Cheshvan.
We extend a hearty thank you in advance to this week’s service hosts. 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 extend thanks to our member Helene Armet for the beautiful home-baked challah!
We hope to see you soon at CBI. Have a great week!