If you are the last person to leave the synagogue, please be sure to complete our new locking up checklist before you go! This checklist will help ensure that everyone is on the same page so our building is secure during the times we are closed. Copies can be found below the alarm panel and must be submitted before you exit the building for the day.
If you have any questions regarding security, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, contact Oliver at email@example.com.
We are currently in need of greeters for May 31 + June 8, 9, 15, 22, 28, & 29!
Friday, May 17: Morning meditation will not meet. Meditation will resume as usual on May 24.
Saturday, May 18, 9:30am: Steven Green will lead the morning Shabbat service. We are requesting a minyan for this service, so please plan on attending.
Sunday, May 19: Take and Eat will be preparing meals at CBI and delivering them to local residents in need. All are welcome to help out!
Sunday, May 19, 9am-12:30pm: Super Sunday
Volunteers are needed for the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires’ annual community campaign! Funds raised will help feed the hungry, comfort the elderly, build Jewish identity, and inspire Jewish life & learning. Sign up here!
Sunday, May 19, 6:30pm: Documented Screening
Join CBI and St. John's Episcopal Church for a joint screening of Documented (90 mins). The film will be followed by a discussion about immigration and our religious values and will include insight from Clemente Sajquiy, who has spoken with Berkshire Interfaith Organizing about immigration and the Sanctuary movement. The free screening will be held in the lower room of St. John's, located at 35 Park Street in Williamstown, and is open to the public.
Monday, May 20: Hebrew School will be held. Have a great summer!
Friday, May 24, 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, May 25, 10am-12pm: A Shabbat of Art, Nature & Letting Go
Join renowned artist, author, and Morning Altars creator Day Schildkret for a Shabbat immersion into a beautiful seven-step practice of creating devotional art from nature. Come share in this hands-on, heart-opening, transformative Shabbat that is perfect for all ages!
This event will take place at the Clark Trail Head, located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, and will replace traditional Shabbat morning service on May 25. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Facebook event page.Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation
SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, May 31, 6:15pm-7:15pm: Kabbalat Shabbat
Join Rabbi Rachel in welcoming Shabbat with prayer and song as Kabbalat Shabbat service returns to CBI! We'll be holding service on a Friday night near the end of the month all summer. Subsequent dates will include June 28, July 26, and August 23. For a peek into the service, click here!
Now that Passover is in the rear-view window, we are gearing up for Shavuot, the next pilgrimage festival. These two festivals – Passover and Shavuot – are linked by the counting of the Omer, reminding us that freedom must be linked to a system of values (the Torah given at Sinai on Shavuot) for that freedom to have meaning.
Shavuot at CBI
Saturday, June 8, 7pm-9:30pm:
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Please join us for our annual evening of learning, discussing, singing, and eating. If you'd like to teach, pose a question, lead a discussion, share a poem/song, or show us art/videos, please email Rabbi Pam Wax at email@example.com. (She'd also like to know if there are any Shtisel fans out there, as it may be used in her teaching.)
Sunday, June 9, 10am:
Shavuot Festival Service
Continue the Shavuot journey with our festival service! Service will include yizkor and a reading of the Ten Commandments.
Shavuot in New York
Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9:
This year, CBI will be also offering an overnight Shavuot retreat opportunity in New York with Rabbi Rachel. The retreat will begin on Saturday afternoon with mincha (afternoon spiritual practice), followed by making havdalah before segueing into an evening of learning and exploration. On Sunday morning, plan on rising early for spiritual practice, harnessing the energy of the sunrise and opening up to revelation.
For logistical information or to RSVP, please contact Rabbi Rachel by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
9:30am: Shabbat Service
11:15am: Kiddush & Torah Study