Click on calendar events for more information.
If you send funds on line, please e-mail the cbi office and let us know what these funds are for.
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat will be out of town from Friday, January 23 through Monday, January 27.
If you have any pastoral care emergencies during this time, please contact Rabbi Seth Wax
by email at or by phone at (413) 597-2483.

We are seeking Shabbat greeters! Shabbat greeters welcome people to Shabbat and holiday services. Greeters can choose the frequency with which they are scheduled and can be paired with a regular greeter for training. If you would like more information on how to help out, please email
Greeters are needed for...
 — February 1, 8, 22, & 29
 — March 7, 14, & 28
 — April 4, 11, 18, & 25 + more!
Click here to sign up for services through April 2020!

The CBI office will be open on Friday, January 24 from 12:30pm to 3pm only.
If you wish to make an appointment or have any questions, please email Regular office hours will resume on Monday, January 27.

Saturday, January 25, 9:30am: Rabbi Pam Wax will lead the morning Shabbat service.

Sunday, January 26: Take & Eat
Our Take & Eat team will be preparing meals at CBI and delivering them to local residents in need. All are welcome to help out! Please contact Lauren Gotlieb at as soon as possible with your availability.

Monday, January 27: Hebrew School will be held.

Friday, January 31, 9am: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary – all are welcome!

Saturday, February 1, 9:30am: Rabbi Rachel Barenblat will lead the morning Shabbat service. We are in need of a greeter for this service — please contact the office at if you're able to help out!
Please note that the 3rd Annual Journey Into Judaism Shabbaton has been postponed until later this Spring – stay tuned for more information!

Sunday, February 9, 11:30am–12:30pm: Immigrant Support Group Educational Event

Please join us as students from the Williams College chapter of No Lost Generation will come to CBI to speak with us about the global refugee crisis and migration, local immigrant populations and initiatives, and what we as a community can do to help. Light refreshments to follow. Hosted by the Congregation Beth Israel Immigrant Support Group.

Saturday, March 14: Game Night at CBI!

Mark your calendars and prepare for an exciting night of games! Stay tuned for more details to come! Hosted by the CBI Membership Committee.

Medical & Pharmacy Supply Drive for Cuba
The Jews of Cuba lack much that we might consider basic necessities. That's why, with support from the CBI Board of Directors, our community is continuing to collect medical and pharmacy supplies such as toothbrushes, aspirin, and vitamins to send to Cuba with future groups of travelers. Please bring such items (or view a more detailed list here) to the donation box in the foyer. When the box fills up, we'll send its contents to the Cuba-America Jewish Mission, where they'll be carried to Cuba by the next mission. Thank you!

Visit for a up-to-date listing of Jewish arts and culture in western MA, including the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires, and southern VT. Search events for kids and families, adult learning, on campus, spirit and holiday, and more. Join the conversation on the Jewish Culture Connect Facebook page!

Donations of dry and canned foods for the Berkshire Food Project – as well as toiletries for the Louison House and the Elizabeth Freeman Center – can be left in the shopping cart in our cloak room. Please also consider supporting MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger with a donation.
*480 lbs of food was donated during last year's High Holiday services at CBI.​

On Wikipedia:  Wikipedia
On Flickr (pictures): Flickr

CBI Library
Our library has a large collection of books of a variety of topics. Members may sign out books for free.

Join us on Friday mornings from 9 to 9:30 a.m. for silent meditation interspersed with a few teachings and closing with a niggun. No meditation experience necessary.

Torah Study
Join us on Saturday mornings at 11 for Torah study after services (or: join us at 9:30 am for services, and then for Torah study!). Please note that sometimes Torah study is folded in to the service; we'll try to indicate in announcements when that's going to be the case.

Photo by L. Radin
See over 1800 photos of our activities.
See over 1800 photos of our activities.
For more information on all CBI events, please visit the From the Rabbi blog at ; for 1800 pictures of our activities, follow us on Flickr here; follow us on Facebook at 
L. Radin
L. Radin
 Oct. 12, 1947
As we approach the CBI 125th Gala Celebration, we are reminded of our long history and of all the wonderful people who nurtured our great community.