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Morning Meditation and Weekly Psalm-Writing with Rabbi Rachel will not be held;
both will resume on Friday, June 5.

Saturday, May 30, 9:30am: Shavuot Morning with Yizkor Service
Shabbat morning service will be led by Rabbi Pam Wax and will include yizkor. Services will be livestreamed via Zoom videoconferencing (so we can see each others' faces).

Monday, June 1, 9am – 2:30pm: Jewish Community Blood Drive
We are living through unprecedented times and many of us feel helpless. What can we do? Donate life-saving blood! The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires with support from our congregations has arranged for a Jewish Community Blood Drive. Professional bloodmobile staff will be adhering to strict health and social distancing protocols to ensure a smooth and safe process. Everyone who is able to donate is urged to help. Donations are by appointment 

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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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Guidelines for Gathering
Monday, June 1, 1pm: Rabbinic Drop-In Hour
No appointment needed! Come chat with Rabbi Rachel about whatever’s on your mind in CBI's Zoom room. Bring your own cup of tea!

Friday, June 5, 9am: Morning Meditation
Join us 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, June 5, 1pm: Weekly Psalm-Writing with Rabbi Rachel
Each week we'll read a psalm together, delve into how it speaks to us and where it takes us, and then do a pair of writing exercises together (one to open the channels, one to work with whatever emerged during the first exercise) and then share psalms with each other as we prepare heart and soul for Shabbat. Open to members of CBI and members of TBE. There is no fee for members of our two shuls. Participants will be welcome to submit their psalms for occasional publication in the shul newsletter, with preference given to those who have not previously published their work.

Saturday, June 6, 9:30am: Shabbat Morning Services
Shabbat morning service will be led by Rabbi Pam Wax. Services will be livestreamed via Zoom videoconferencing (so we can see each others' faces).

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!
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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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Shabbat Morning Service
Every Saturday at 9:30am
Kabbalat Shabbat
One Friday a month at 6pm
We are seeking Shabbat hosts! Hosts welcome people to Shabbat and holiday services. Hosts can choose the frequency with which they are scheduled and can be paired with a regular host for training. If you would like more information on how to help out, please email

Take & Eat Program Update
Each month, our crew of 50 volunteers shop for, cook, prepare, and deliver meals for over 100 local residents in need. Donations are always welcome and may be given in honor of community simchas or as memorial gifts.

For more information or to join the team, please contact Lauren Gotlieb  

"If there is a heaven, each volunteer and driver through their compassion and unselfish actions has earned their place in paradise.
Thank you one and all!"
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.