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 teamed up with a regular greeter for training. If you are interested or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greeters are needed for...
— August 17
— September 7, 14, 21, & 28
— High Holidays & beyond!
For more information on Shabbat Matot-Masei, along with commentaries on this week's parsha, visit the From the Rabbi blog!
Thursday, August 1: CBI's office will close at 12:30pm. Regular office hours will resume on August 2.
Friday, August 2, 9am: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare ourselves for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary; all are welcome!
Saturday, August 3, 9:30am: Rabbi Rachel Barenblat will lead the morning Shabbat service.
Sunday, August 4, 3pm: Rosh Chodesh Av Circle
All women-identified and gender nonconforming folk are welcome to join CBI's Rosh Chodesh circle. Our next meeting will be in August to discuss Anita Diamant's The Red Tent and to enjoy summer socializing with a dip in the pool! As of now, the location for that gathering is Rabbi Rachel's condo pool, in Greylock Village. Please email email@example.com by the end of the day on August 1 to RSVP.
Saturday, August 10, 9:30am: Steven Green will lead the morning Shabbat service.
Saturday, August 10, 8pm: Tisha b'Av at CBI
Join us for our annual commemoration of Tisha b'Av. With song, prayer, text study, and poetry, together we'll face what's broken: in our people's mythic history, and in the world around us right here and now, connecting Lamentations (the scroll traditionally read at Tisha b'Av) with the stories of refugees seeking safety in America today.
SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, August 11: Tisha B'Av Vigil
Greenfield Franklin County House of Corrections (60 Elm Street in Greenfield, MA)
Join Prayground Minyan & the Pioneer Valley Jewish community as they gather for the second year on Tisha B'Av to lament and bear witness to what is happening in our country at the borders and inside the Greenfield Franklin County Jail, which is being used by ICE as detention center. The protest will include a quiet vigil with shared readings / chantings of Laments (Eichah) and any stories, poems, or songs people choose to bring. For more info, visit their Facebook event page; for a national list of Tisha B'Av events,
Visit JewishCultureConnect.com 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 the High Holidays at CBI.
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Upcoming Dates: August 23
Take & Eat Program Update
Each month, our crew of 50 volunteers shop for, cook, prepare, and deliver meals for over 100 local residents in need. Donations are always welcome and may be given in honor of community simchas or as memorial gifts.
For more information or to join the team, please contact Lauren Gotlieb