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Upcoming Events

Shemini Atzeret Services and Yizkor

Date: October 5, 2015 Time: 9:30 am - 11:55 am

Erev Simhat Torah service

Date: October 5, 2015 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Simhat Torah morning services

Date: October 6, 2015 Time: 9:30 am - 11:55 am

Meet the Midrash

Date: October 7, 2015 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Living Torah with Rabbi Goldstein

Date: October 8, 2015 Time: 8:30 am - 9:15 am

Saturday Morning Services

Date: October 10, 2015 Time: 9:30 am - 11:55 am

Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle

Date: October 11, 2015 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

News from CBI

Friday Noon Study Group

Fridays, 12-1 pm

The Study Group is currently discussing Professor Julie Galambush's The Reluctant Parting:  How the New Testament's Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book. 

Now in its 15th consecutive year, our informal Study Group meets every Friday from 12 to 1 P.M. in the CBI Social Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of our sessions. Expertise, prior Jewish education, or participation in previous Friday Noon discussions is NOT a requirement for attending.  Copies of Laqueur’s book can be ordered online at a variety of outlets on the Internet. 

Honoring Frank Goldsmith at One Light Gala

Read the Text of Caren Kessler's Introductory Remarks

Frank and I tried several weeks ago to figure out when we first met. We know it’s somewhere between 20 and 25 years, probably closer to 25. But we do know exactly where we met. We were both signed up to take an 8-hour learning Hebrew while standing on one leg class. I have been a Francophile ever since. So I was delighted when Dee and Frank asked me to introduce him tonight as he is so justifiably honored.

Frank Goldsmith's Keynote at the One Light Gala

Read the Text of Frank Goldsmith's Keynote at the One Light Gala

Thank you, Caren, for that wonderful introduction, and thank you, Rabbi, for your generous remarks.

And thank you, Rick, for being our splendid MC this evening.

And thanks especially to all the creators and organizers of this event, in particular Sally Gooze and Lisa Harnish. Lisa was the first to break the news to me — in the produce section of Trader Joe’s — that I had been selected as the honoree for this event. I was overwhelmed. How could I have been asked to follow in the footsteps of none other than Walter Ziffer? I am so honored, and so grateful that all of you have come.


Meet the Midrash

Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 pm

Out of the texts of the Torah, the Rabbis created teachings bringing deeper meanings to the wisdom of the Jewish people known as Midrash. Each week we will explore some of these teachings based on the weekly Torah portion.

Hasidishe Kiddush

Last Shabbat of Each Month

Fill your heart and soul with Torah (and schnapps...) and join together to learn Hasidic thought and wisdom on the parashat ha'shavua. Last Shabbat of each month, 12:30 pm in the library

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