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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...

 — September 14, 21, & 28
 — October 5, 12, 19, & 26
 — High Holidays & beyond!

Tuesday, September 17, 1pm: A funeral service will be held for Marsha Altschuler z"l at the Williams College cemetery. All are welcome to join the family in mourning and remembrance.

Friday, September 20, 9am: Please join us for silence, chant, and meditation designed to help us prepare for Shabbat. No meditation experience necessary – all are welcome!

Friday, September 20, 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!

Saturday, September 21, 9:30am: Rabbi Rachel Barenblat will lead the morning Shabbat service. We're currently in need of a greeter for this service – please email as soon as possible if you're able to help out!

Saturday, September 21, 8pm-9pm: Fall Equinox & Selichot Service
We'll begin this year's Days of Awe season with a Selichot (forgiveness) service led by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. As the autumnal equinox approaches, we too are invited to start the journey to turn over our own "new leaf." A potluck dessert reception will follow service; if you would like to contribute sweets, cake, cookies, or other treats for the potluck, please contact Laura Dumouchel by email at

Sunday, September 22: Take & Eat will be preparing meals at CBI and delivering them to local residents in need. All are welcome to help out! Please contact Lauren Gotlieb at as soon as possible with your availability.

Sunday, September 22, 2pm-2:30pm: Cemetery Service
Join us at the Beth Israel Cemetery (512 Walker Street in Clarksburg) for a brief remembrance service.


Learn more about this year's theme: Come, Whoever You Are
Make your annual appeal donation online!
Fill out our digital Yizkor Memorial Book form by September 30
RSVP for our Break-The-Fast meal by October 1st

Do You Blow Shofar?

CBI seeks a shofar-blower for our high holiday services! If this might be you, let the rabbi know by contacting her at (And if you don't yet blow shofar but would like to learn, let us know that too!)

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.

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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.
See more images of our Passover Seder here