Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
Whoops! We forgot to send out this email on Monday, so you’re getting this note right before Shabbat. Sorry about that.
This week we’re reading the Torah portion called Chayei Sarah (“The life of Sarah”) 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:
- 2005: Chayyei Sarah: the meaning of ownership (Reb Rachel)
- 2008: In the same key [Torah poem] (Reb Rachel)
- 2009: Departure [Torah poem] (Reb Rachel)
- 2010: The years of my life (Reb Rachel)
- 2013: On death and land: thoughts on Chayei Sarah (Reb Rachel)
- 2013: Emulating Rebecca (Reb Rachel)
- Chayei Sarah: 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 Reb Rachel. There will be a special aliyah and blessing for new members, and services will be followed by a brunch where we will welcome new and prospective members — hopefully if you are planning to join us you have already responded to the office to let us know.
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. Shabbat shalom!