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Friday, January 18, 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, January 19, 9:30am: Rabbi Rachel Barenblat will lead the morning Shabbat services – with some special Tu BiShvat treats in it! Stick around afterwards for the seder; for more information, read on below!

Saturday, January 19, 11am-1pm: Tu BiShvat Lunch Seder
Join us for Tu BiShvat, the New Year of the Trees! Our Tu BiShvat lunch seder begins at 11am and will be led by Rabbi Rachel. Please bring a vegetarian / dairy dish to share at our potluck! Integrated into our lunchtime seder adventure will be a family-friendly creative project led by Rabbi Jarah. Bless and eat tree fruits! Experience a mystical journey through the four seasons and the Four Worlds! Rekindle your commitment to caring for our earth!
RSVP to or call the office at (413) 663-5830. If you use Facebook, please RSVP on our event page!
This program is supported by a grant from the Grinspoon Foundation.

Saturday, January 19, 1pm-5pm: Midwinter Shabbaton
Stick around after the seder concludes for our 2nd Annual Midwinter Shabbaton! The schedule of topics is as follows:
1pm: Making Prayer Our Own - What are some of the core Jewish prayers and how can we make them our own?
2pm: Song at the Sea - A deeper dive into the morning's parsha
3pm: Torah, MLK, Justice - Exploring Martin Luther King Jr's teachings through a Jewish lens
4pm: Poetry & Niggun - Sharing poetry and wordless melodies together
5pm: Sundown & Havdalah
Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the hour-long teachings, even if you're not in Rabbi Rachel's Journey Into Judaism class or can't commit to staying for the entire day.
For more information and to RSVP, visit our Facebook event page or email
Monday, January 21: The CBI office will be closed. Regular hours will resume on January 22 and Hebrew School will resume on January 28.

Friday, January 25, 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, January 26, 9:30am: Rabbi Pam Wax will lead the morning Shabbat services.

Sunday, January 27: Take and Eat will be preparing meals at CBI and delivering them to local residents in need.
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Donations of dry and canned foods to the Berkshire Food Project can be left in the shopping cart in the cloak room. Please also support MAZON: Jewish Response to Hunger. *480 lbs of food were donated during the High Holidays at CBI.**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 February 9th, February 16th, March 16th, April 13th, April 20th, and April 27th!

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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.
Photo by Cheryl Sacks