Category Archives: Shabbaton

Midwinter Shabbaton at CBI: January 19, 2019

A Shabbaton is an immersive Shabbat experience. This year, for the second year in a row, CBI’s Journey Into Judaism class is having a Shabbaton in January. We’ll begin on Friday night with a Shabbat dinner for students and their loved ones, and continue on Saturday with a daylong adventure: morning services, our Tu BiShvat lunch seder (bring a vegetarian / dish to share!), and an afternoon of learning, culminating in havdalah when the sun sets.

The Friday night dinner is a class experience for students in the Journey Into Judaism class and their significant others / kids (of course, you can always have your own Shabbat dinner with friends and loved ones!) but all of Saturday’s events are open to all. Come for some or all of the day, whatever’s possible for you.

If you’re coming, feel free to tell us ( or RSVP at the Facebook Event for the day. But you’re welcome to drop in and out, whatever’s feasible for you — RSVP is not technically required here!

That said, please do RSVP for the Tu BiShvat Lunch Seder (email the office or via FB Event) so we know how many chairs to set up, and please bring a vegetarian / dairy dish to share for lunch.

Shavua tov! Looking forward to our pre-Pesach Shabbaton!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30amWe’ll be reading from the Torah portion known as Tzav.  And stay with us all day for our Shabbat HaGadol Shabbaton with visiting rabbi and scholar Rabbi David Markus as we prepare our hearts and souls for liberation!

Shabbat HaGadol (1)

If you’re joining us on Saturday, please let us know what you’re bringing for the Shabbat lunch potluck (vegetarian / dairy dishes, please) — you can RSVP to the office (

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

Here are a few commentaries from Rabbi David:

And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism: Tzav.

Hope to see y’all at CBI this coming Shabbat!

Wishing you blessings,

Rabbi Rachel

It’s one month until Pesach! Here are two amazing programs we hope you won’t want to miss.

Dear all,
I hope your Purim was wonderful!
From Purim to Pesach there is one month — and sure enough, the first seder is four weeks from tonight.
We have two amazing events coming up at CBI for which I hope you’ll join us. One is a Shabbaton (a Shabbat retreat) over the Shabbat before Pesach, March 24-25, featuring special guest Rabbi David Markus. And the other is our second-night community seder on Saturday March 31.
Please plan to join us — and please RSVP as soon as you are able so we can plan appropriately!
Information on both is enclosed.
Blessings to all for a sweet Shabbat,
Rabbi Rachel
Shabbat HaGadol: Prepare Your Heart & Soul for Freedom
Facebook event page where you can RSVP if you’re a FB user
(if not, please RSVP by emailing
Shabbat HaGadol (1)
Second Night Community Seder
Facebook event page where you can RSVP if you’re a FB user
(if not, please RSVP by emailing

Prepare your heart and soul for freedom: March 23-24 Shabbaton at CBI

Shabbat HaGadol (“The Great Shabbat”):

prepare your heart and soul for freedom!

March 23-24, 2018

Shabbat HaGadol is the special name given to the Shabbat before Passover. Join us for a Shabbaton (an immersive Shabbat experience) featuring Rabbi David Markus and Rabbi Rachel, aimed at helping you prepare your heart and soul for the Festival of Freedom. 

Friday Night March 23:

  • Shabbat Dinner (location and details TBD)

Saturday March 24:

  • 9:30am Shabbat morning davenen (prayer) – Parshat Tzav (Eternal Flame)
  • 11:30am Leisurely potluck Shabbat lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 Prelude to Liberation
  • 2:15-3:15 Intro to Jewish Angelology
  • 3:30-4:30 Contemplative practice (Four-Angel Mincha / bedikat chametz)
  • 4:45-5:45 Angels in the Outfield: Transcendence and Liberation
  • 6:00-7:00 Time of Yearning: niggun and story
  • 7:09pm Havdalah at sundown

We’re exploring the possibility of kids’ programming during the day on Shabbat so that families with children can fully participate. Stay tuned for more information. For now, please save the date and plan to join us!

(For more information see the weekend’s Facebook Event Page.)