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We are seeking Shabbat Greeters! Shabbat greeters welcome people to Shabbat morning services. Greeters can choose the frequency with which they are scheduled and we can team you up with a regular greeter the first time you serve. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Oliver at We are currently in need of greeters for April 20th and May onwards!


Friday, March 22, 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, March 23, 9:30am: Steven Green will lead the morning Shabbat services. We are requesting a minyan so Rabbi Rachel will be able to say Kaddish.

Monday, March 25: Hebrew School will not meet, but families are welcome to attend a fun event on March 31 – see below for more details! Classes will resume as usual on April 1.

Friday, March 29, 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, March 30, 9:30am: Rabbi Lori Shaller will lead the morning Shabbat services.

Sunday, March 31The Great Berkshire Matzah Bake

Educators and bakers from Abundance Farm in Northampton are heading to CBI to teach us how to make our very own matzah from scratch. This free hands-on learning experience is at 10:30am-11:30am for families with younger kids, 11:30am-12:30pm for families with elementary-age kids, and 12:30pm-1:30pm for teens and adults of all ages!

For more information or to RSVP, please email or respond to our Facebook event!


April 12 & 13: Michael W. Twitty
With help from our friends at Be'chol Lashon and with partnership from Williams College, we've lined up Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, to come to CBI and Williams. Stay tuned for more information, but for now save the dates for what promises to be an amazing exploration of race, food, culture, history, and more!

Great news! Thanks to the generosity of the CBI community, Chris Kelly's matching challenge for Beside Still Waters: A Journey of Comfort and Renewal has been completed! Thank you again to Chris for her immense generosity. If others in the community are interested in offering a similar matching challenge now that this one has concluded, please let us know by contacting the office.

We continue to invite you to donate toward the purchase of copies for CBI at $12.60 a piece, which you can dedicate in memory of someone.

Please email to let us know how many copies you would like to donate and we'll make the necessary arrangements. For full information, click here.
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 the High Holidays at CBI.

Every Saturday
9:30am: Shabbat Service
11:15am: Kiddush & Torah Study

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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.

Photo by L. Radin
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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.
Photo by Len Radin
See more images of our Purim celebration here.