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If you send funds on line, please e-mail the cbi office and let us know what these funds are for.
The CBI office will be closed on November 14 and 15.
If you have any immediate concerns, please contact Chris Kelly at
For pastoral care, please contact Rabbi Rachel Barenblat at
All emails and voicemails will be answered once our office administrator returns on November 18.

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

Greeters are needed for...

 — November 30
 — December 14 & 28
 — January 2020 & beyond!

Friday, November 15, 9am: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary – all are welcome!

Saturday, November 16: Shabbat morning service will not be held this week. If you want to pray in community this Shabbat or need to say kaddish, you are welcome to do so at the Jewish Religious Center at Williams College on Friday, November 15 at 6pm.

Monday, November 18: Hebrew School will be held.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30pm: Please join us at the synagogue for CBI's Annual Meeting. We will provide an overview of the state of the synagogue and hold a Q & A period. We will also share an update on our finances and vote on the slate of officers and directors. To review the agenda and Annual Report, please click here. To join in from home, visit our FreeConferenceCall event at the beginning of the meeting.

Thursday, November 21, 8pm: An Evening with Mark Feuerstein (at Williams College)
Come hear actor Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains, West Wing, What Women Want, In Her Shoes, Defiance, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later) share stories from his life and career. Join him at Paresky Auditorium for a conversation about a life in the arts as a proud Jew and an actor-writer-director-producer who has a unique perspective on Jewish identity in the Media. Mark will ask questions and help lead a dialogue about the importance of how, as Jews, we represent ourselves in the face of assimilation and navigate the subtle historical tendency to "keep our heads down."

Friday, November 22, 9am: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary – all are welcome!

Friday, November 22, 6:15pm: Kabbalat Shabbat
Join us for monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service, led by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. The evening service will last about an hour, bringing in Shabbat with music and joy! Please note that this service will take the place of Saturday morning Shabbat service.

Sunday, November 24: 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 as soon as possible with your availability.

Sunday, November 24, 11:30am: Immigrant/Refugee Support Committee
Our November Immigrant/Refugee Support Committee meeting will be held at CBI. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! If you have ideas, questions, or would like more information, please contact Cindy Polinsky  

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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.

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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.
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