Events
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Congregation Beth Israel will be closed through Tuesday, April 7. All physical office hours for both our rabbi and our office administrator will be suspended during this time. Please stay tuned for further updates and announcements as they develop.

For spiritual care concerns, please email Rabbi Rachel Barenblat at rabbibarenblat@gmail.com. She will also be reachable via Zoom; for more information about her Zoom offerings, please click here.

For updates and questions for the Board regarding COVID-19, please email Chris Kelly, CBI President, 

For office inquiries, please email our office administrator at cbinadams@gmail.com.

Our Labyrinth Is Open Even When The Shul Isn't!

You are welcome to come anytime during daylight hours and walk our meditation labyrinth. It is a beautiful practice that can be calming and centering. (Here's more about our labyrinth and about the practice of labyrinth walking.) During this time of pandemic, we ask that if you see others using the labyrinth, you maintain "social distancing" and stay six feet apart from each other.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, March 27, 9am: Online Morning Meditation
Join us at 9am on Fridays in the CBI Zoom room for morning meditation. We’ll begin by centering ourselves in our bodies and following our breath as it comes and goes. We’ll also do some guided meditation and visualization before closing with a niggun, a wordless melody.

Friday, March 27, 2pm: Psalm-Writing with R’ Rachel
What is a psalm? How can psalms (both classical and contemporary) enliven us today? How can we add our own voices to the tapestry of tradition, and how can writing psalms enliven our relationship with text, tradition, ourselves, and our Source? This series of four weekly workshops (on psalms of gratitude, psalms of awareness, psalms of anxiety / fear, and psalms of wholeness / Shabbat) will invite participants into engaging with psalms and writing our own. Each week we’ll read and discuss both traditional psalms and contemporary poems, and guided writing exercises will offer a framework for writing our own psalms in these four different emotional modes.

How To Join R'Rachel's Class:
Video and Audio: https://zoom.us/j/679820498

Audio only: 312-626-6799 , then when prompted enter meeting ID 679 820 498

Saturday, March 28, 9:30am: Please join Rabbi Pam Wax for services through CBI’s Zoom room this Shabbat morning, beginning at 9:30 AM. All relevant songs, prayers, and texts will be shared on the screen, so you need not have a prayerbook in hand (but please join with video rather than by phone so that we see the online community we can build in this unprecedented time, so that you can see the shared screen, AND so that we can count you in the minyan). Following our abbreviated service, we will join in some conversation and study of Judaism’s wisdom about crisis and resilience — with tools to help you navigate this uncertain time in all our lives. Looking forward to SEEING you virtually!

Thursday, April 2, 2pm: Pirkei Avot with R’ David Markus
Pirkei Avot is Judaism’s ancient wisdom text for ethical living, written during a period of crisis and upheaval. We’ll hear its words echo in our own moment of challenge. No experience or books necessary: all materials will be offered online.

How To Join R' Markus' Class:
Video and Audio: http://bit.ly/yourshulbythesea
Audio only: 646-568-7788, then when prompted enter meeting ID 347 646 6955

Friday, April 3, 9am: Online Morning Meditation
Join us at 9am on Fridays in the CBI Zoom room for morning meditation. We’ll begin by centering ourselves in our bodies and following our breath as it comes and goes. We’ll also do some guided meditation and visualization before closing with a niggun, a wordless melody.

Friday, April 3, 2pm: Psalm-Writing with R’ Rachel
What is a psalm? How can psalms (both classical and contemporary) enliven us today? How can we add our own voices to the tapestry of tradition, and how can writing psalms enliven our relationship with text, tradition, ourselves, and our Source? This series of four weekly workshops (on psalms of gratitude, psalms of awareness, psalms of anxiety / fear, and psalms of wholeness / Shabbat) will invite participants into engaging with psalms and writing our own. Each week we’ll read and discuss both traditional psalms and contemporary poems, and guided writing exercises will offer a framework for writing our own psalms in these four different emotional modes.

Saturday, April 4, 9:30am: Shabbat morning service will be led by Rabbi Pam Wax. Services will be livestreamed via Zoom videoconferencing (so we can see each others' faces).
How To Join Morning Meditation & Shabbat Services:

Video and Audio: https://zoom.us/j/3426308329
Audio only: 646-558-8656, then when prompted enter meeting ID 342 630 8329

Preparing for services online:

This free online flipbook of Mishkan T'filah for Shabbat is perfect for following along at home.
The siddur we use for Shabbat services at CBI is also available for Kindle for $5!
For full information about CBI's Zoom offerings, please click here!
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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 last year's High Holiday services at CBI.
 

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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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