Monthly Archives: May 2017

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

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Emor.

Shavua tov — a good new week to you!

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

This week we’re reading Emor. 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 Jennifer Singer, shared through ALEPH: Learning to see beyond the physical.

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

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

The May CBI Newsletter is online!

The May 2017 / Iyar 5777 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 our refugee-themed speakers night, a reminder about Super Sunday, and so much more…

Read it here: May 2017 / Iyar 5777 CBI Newsletter

Shavua tov; looking forward to Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you!

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

This week we’re reading Acharei Mot-Kedoshim. 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: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel