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Monday, October 15, 3:30 p.m.: Hebrew School & Family Learning will be held.

Save the Date! Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.:

ANTISEMITISM in AMERICA: Past vs. Present - Lecture and Discussion by Kenneth S. Stern.
How does antisemitism in America in the past compare to its presence in our country today? How does an historical perspective help us assess the seriousness of the current situation? Do we need new strategies to tackle antisemitism’s recent manifestations in America? Congregation Beth Israel. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.: Judaism’s Great Debates: A Holy Exercise
Our second of five consecutive Tuesday evenings studying how Jews have argued with each other and with the Almighty. In each class, we will take a single issue, examine all sides, and express our own, 21st century points of view.

Whether you can attend any one of or all five sessions, you are welcome. For more information and to express your interest, contact Michael Kaplan at

Saturday, October 20, 5:30pm-9pm: 125th Anniversary Gala (RSVP Deadline is October 12)
Join CBI in celebrating our 125th anniversary in the Berkshires! Activities include a cocktail hour with cash bar, a silent auction to benefit education at CBI, live jazz music, a delicious dinner, and a recognition ceremony for the "Jewish Star" Award winners.  

Save the Dates!

Sunday October 28: "Take and Eat at CBI" prepares and delivers free meals to homebound seniors in North Adams on one Sunday of each month. Help make a difference in people's lives by donating a few hours to bring a hot meal to someone who might otherwise go hungry.

Sunday, November 11, 9:45 a.m.: Rabbi Pam Wax will be teaching a monthly Mussar class at Knesset Israel in Pittsfield on monthly Sundays, 9:45-11:15 AM beginning November 11 through August 4 (10 sessions). If you are curious and/or interested in this spiritual path of cultivating character, join us! Contact Pam at for further info or register through Myrna Hammerling,

Pre-Hanukkah Family Learning & Candle-Dipping Workshop
Fri., Nov. 16, 5:00 p.m.:
This event will explore the theme of light, including an interactive study of the famous Talmudic debate between Hillel and Shammai about how to light the hanukkiah, facts about how our ancestors from the first century C.E. observed the festival of lights in their era, and what it is about bee’s wax that makes it a great choice for making our very own Hanukkah candles from scratch. Following the learning and candle-making activities there will be blessings and dinner and families will be encouraged to stay for the Shabbat service.

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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.

Take and Eat Program Update:

Each month, with support from a crew of 50 volunteers, we shop for, cook, prepare and deliver meals for ~100 local residents in need. Join this CBI Community Service project. Donations are always welcome and may be given in honor of community simchas or as memorial gifts.Contact Jack in the CBI office and join the team!


Every Saturday

9:30 a.m. Shabbat Service

11:15 a.m. Kiddush & Torah Study

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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.

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See over 1500 photos of our activities.
See over 1500 photos of our activities.
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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.
The Weins are married.