Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Behar

Shavua tov — a good new week to all!

This week we will have a special Shabbat experience in place of our usual Shabbat services.

Morning Altars: Art, Nature & Letting Go – Saturday, May 25th, 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Clark Art Museum Trail Head, near the water feature (Rain location: CBI)Please see our FB Event page for details and to RSVP!

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 Jennifer Singer, and sketchnoted as always by Steve Silbert: A Time to Build and a Time to Refrain from Building.

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

We’re in the fifth week of the Omer, the week of hod (humble splendor.) 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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