Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Acharei Mot II

Dear all,

Because there is comfort in community. Because we are stronger together. Because we will not let hatred and bigotry win. Because we will not be made afraid to gather and to pray. Because it’s good to be together as we grieve. Because it’s good to be together as we give thanks. Because we embrace the beauty of our community, our stories, and our traditions. Because we will not be silenced. Because this is who we are and what we do, now and always. #ShowUpForShabbat — every Saturday morning at 9:30am at CBI.

This week’s Shabbat morning services will be led by Rabbi Rachel, and we’re reading from parashat Acharei Mot (part II).

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s parsha, here are a few:

Here’s Torah commentary at Builders Blog (a project of Bayit: Building Jewish), this week written by Rabbi Rachel, and sketchnoted as always by Steve Silbert: Communities of safety and repair.

#VisualTorah for this week’s Torah commentary at Builders Blog. Read the post here.

And here are commentaries from the URJ on this week’s parsha:

We’re in the second week of the Omer, the week of gevurah (boundaries and strength.) Here are 49 poems for the Omer.

There are a bunch of good Omer-counting apps to help us remember to count and to reflect on the qualities we’re invited to cultivate each day; I recommend MyOmerCounter and the Omer app from NeoHasid.

The 49 days of the Omer count lead us from second seder to Shavuot. During these seven weeks, we prepare ourselves to receive Torah anew. There will be a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at CBI on Saturday June 8 led by Rabbi Pam Wax, and there will also be an opportunity for an overnight retreat in New York that night with Rabbi Rachel — stay tuned for more information on both!

May your Omer journey be meaningful and fruitful.

Hope to see you soon at CBI,


Rabbi Rachel

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