Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Emor.

Shavua tov — a good new week to all!

This week’s Shabbat morning services will be led by Steven Green, and we’re reading from parashat Emor.

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: One Standard for Everyone.

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

Sunday, May 19, 9am-12:30pm: Super Sunday

Volunteers are needed for the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires’ annual community campaign! Funds raised will help feed the hungry, comfort the elderly, build Jewish identity, and inspire Jewish life & learning. Sign up here!

Also on Sunday May 19, join CBI and St. John’s Episcopal Church for a joint screening of Documented (90 mins). The film will be followed by a discussion about immigration and our religious values. The free screening will be held in the lower room of St. John’s, located at 35 Park Street in Williamstown, and is open to the public.

We’re in the fourth week of the Omer, the week of netzach (endurance.) Here are 49 poems for the Omer. 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:

Please join us on Saturday, June 8 for our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an evening of learning, discussing, singing, and eating, from 7pm-9:30pm. If you would like to teach, pose a question, lead a discussion, share a poem or a song, show us some art or a video, please email Rabbi Pam Wax at (She also wants to know if there are any other Shtisel fans out there – she’s considering using it in her teaching for that evening.) A great time is always had by all! Then, continue the journey on Sunday, June 9 at 10am for a Shavuot festival service with yizkor and the reading of the Ten Commandments.

There is also an opportunity for an overnight retreat in New York that night with Rabbi Rachel. That retreat will begin on Saturday afternoon (June 8) with mincha (afternoon spiritual practice); then we’ll make havdalah and segue into an evening of learning and exploration. We’ll rise early for spiritual practice at sunrise, harnessing the energy of the rising sun as we open ourselves to revelation. If you’re interested, email Rabbi Rachel directly for logistical information.

May your Omer journey be meaningful and fruitful.

Hope to see you soon at CBI!

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