Shavu’ot 5780: Unity in Times of Separation
Thursday, May 28, 7:00pm
Join an online Leil Shavu’ot Study Session with Justin Goldstein here.
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With services unavoidably cancelled, the Ritual Committee is working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person. It’s very distressing to be unable to say Kaddish for a loved one, or to contemplate not sharing a Seder meal with friends and family. We’d like to share with you some plans we have for filling these gaps in our lives.
Please join me beginning this Friday, March 27, at 6:00pm, when we will begin holding Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom. A rotation of folks will lead the service, including Josefa, who will lead Family Shabbat on the second Friday of each month. As long as at least 10 adults log in, we’ll be able to say Kaddish, so please consider attending, even if you’re not a Friday night regular.
A link to the online service is below. Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we welcome Shabbat. If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Friday at 6:00pm. You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 406 391 4937. Easy instructions are below this message.
We recognize that this is a big departure from traditional practice, and the Ritual Committee did not make this decision without serious discussion. This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.
If you’d like to borrow a siddur for use at home while services are cancelled, we’ll be happy to lend you one! Please contact the office for details.
CBI Ritual Chair
Instructions for Downloading Zoom
The first time you ever use Zoom on a computer, do the following:
Go to https://zoom.us
Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears
Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”
If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”
Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer
The first time you ever use Zoom on a smart phone, do the following:
Go to the App Store and find “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and download it (it is free)
Instructions for attending services on CBI’s Zoom Account 1:
Right before the start of services, either go to https://zoom.us on your computer or open your Zoom app on your smartphone
Click “Join a Meeting”
Type in this Meeting ID: 406 391 4937 and click “Join”
If you’re using the computer and Zoom asks you to allow it to open “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes” or “Open” and then click “Join With Computer Audio”
If you’re using a smart phone and Zoom asks you to allow using the microphone/camera, allow it
If it says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”, just wait a few minutes for CBI’s service leader to start the meeting
We regret that in-person services are cancelled at this time due to the COVID 19 situation. Please stay tuned as we find alternative ways of worshiping as a community.
Rabbi Wolff Alterman will lead a short Yizkor service on Shavu’ot on Saturday, May 30 at 10:00am. You can attend online via Zoom here.
Due to new Zoom security requirements, you must have your own Zoom account before joining a meeting. Setting up a Zoom account is fast and free.
Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.
Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary. This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at email@example.com for the online meeting information.
Join us on the last Sunday of the month online for a refreshing and often provocative discussion. Each month, we take on a new topic – often ripped from the headlines of today’s news. We spend the first 45 minutes wrapping our arms around it, defining it, dissecting and analyzing it from various viewpoints. Then we spend the rest of the time discussing it from Judaism’s point of view.
- What’s Judaism’s take on universal healthcare?
- Would Moses walk the streets of Chicago today packing heat?
- Is it okay to punch a white supremacist?
Torah on Tap gives us a chance to learn, vent, share and, most of all, understand what 4,000 years of cultural development, debate and dialogue has to say about some of the issues that confront us today. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged.
See you there!
Join us in honoring longtime CBI members Caren Kessler, Jay and Marlene Jacoby for their years of service to our congregation on Sunday, May 31 at Congregation Beth Israel.
5:30-6:15pm – Cocktail Hour/Reception/Silent Auction
6:30-8:00pm – Catered Dinner & program
8:00 – 9:00pm – Dessert/Jazz/Silent Auction
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Please inform the CBI office at (828) 252-8660 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have special dietary needs or have seating requests. While seating requests can not be guaranteed, we will make every effort to honor them when possible.