An illustration of a radio tower that reads "G-d broadcasts on all channels. We receive that broadcast when we attune ourselves to the Voice that continues to sound."

Reb Zalman z”l — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, of blessed memory; a formative teacher for me before and during rabbinical school — used to say that revelation is like the radio. God is the Source of the broadcast, and that broadcast is always streaming into creation. And as for us? We’re radio receivers. We receive revelation on the levels to which we’re attuned.

We’ll begin with Festival Maariv with Hallel and Yizkor from 7:30-9:00pm.

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Schedule

  • 9:00pm Bart Sobel (TBE) – Ethical storytelling
  • 9:10pm Shari Berkowitz (TBE) – Speech language pathology and Moses
  • 9:30pm R. Rachel Barenblat (CBI) – Theophany in Midrash and Art
  • 9:50pm Barbara Gold (TBE) – Spiritual meditation
  • 10:00pm R. Pam Wax (CBI) or R. Rachel (CBI) – Retelling Ruth
  • 10:10pm Elma Sanders (CBI) – Days of the week and Sabbath
  • 10:20pm Mary Redstone (CBI) – Italian Jewry
  • 10:30pm Jen Burt (CBI) – Torah yoga and the Omer
  • 10:40pm R. David Markus (TBE) – “Oh God” 
  • 11:00pm Movie and Discussion – The Story of God: Holy Laws, featuring Morgan Freeman

(Times are approximate, but this is our best guess.)

In between lessons: poetry and niggunim (wordless melodies), including Lubavitch niggunim from Chaim Bronstein (CBI).

Our mystical tradition teaches that special blessings flow when we study Torah at midnight, and especially on Shavuot, so our learning will culminate with a midnight module:

Tikkun Chatzot (Learning At Midnight)

  • Rachel Rudansky (TBE) on the power of silence
  • R. Cyn Hoffman on the music of the spheres

As a reminder: the login information will not be publicly posted anywhere, but will be sent to members of CBI and TBE in our weekly announcements emails.

Shavuot Supplies

If you need a Yizkor candle for Shavuot, please reach out to the office. We have a box of them on hand, and will gladly share them with you — just connect with Ollie to confirm a time to pick one up.

See you at Sinai!

Shabbat Services This Week

Join us in the CBI Zoom room at 10:30am on Saturday morning (note the different time) for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Rachel, where we will call Sadie Lentzner to Torah as a bat mitzvah!

Torah Portion and Commentaries

This week we’re reading from parashat Bamidbar. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s parsha, here are a few:

And here’s commentary from the URJ:

Shavuot Is Almost Here!

And save the date for our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot — on Sunday May 16 starting at 7:30pm, we’ll celebrate the revelation of Torah with learning, song, poetry, and more! As we did at Tu BiShvat and Pesach, we’ll join together with Temple Beth El of City Island and Rabbi David Markus for a joint festival celebration, with special guest Rabbi Cyn Hoffman in addition to our own Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi Pam.

We’ll begin at 7:30pm with Festival Maariv (Evening Prayer) — featuring some beautiful melodies we don’t usually hear, and the joyful psalms of Hallel, and also the memorial prayers of Yizkor recited four times a year. We’ll continue at 9pm with Late Night Learning, featuring teachings from members of CBI and members of TBE, the four rabbis in attendance, and even Morgan Freeman, culminating at midnight with a teaching from the Zohar about midnight in the garden of Eden and opening to divine flow.

Things to have on hand for Shavuot

If you need a Yizkor candle for Shavuot, please reach out to the office. We have a box of them on hand, and will gladly share them with you — just connect with Ollie to confirm a time to pick one up.

We hope to see you soon at CBI.

Shabbat Dinner This Week

Join us in the CBI Zoom room at 7:30pm on Friday night for Zoom Shabbat Dinner. Bring your own candles, wine or juice, bread to bless, and meal to eat!

Shabbat Services This Week

Join us in the CBI Zoom room at 9:30am on Saturday morning for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield.

Torah Portion and Commentaries

This week we’re reading from parashat Behar-Bechukotai. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s parsha, here are a few:

And here’s commentary from the URJ:

Save the Dates

Join us for Shabbat morning services at 10:30am (note the unusual time!) on Saturday May 15 as we call Sadie Lentzner to Torah as a bat mitzvah.

And save the date for our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot — on Sunday May 16 starting at 7:30pm, we’ll celebrate the revelation of Torah with learning, song, poetry, and more! As we did at Tu BiShvat and Pesach, we’ll join together with Temple Beth El of City Island and Rabbi David Markus for a joint festival celebration, with special guest Rabbi Cyn Hoffman in addition to our own Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi Pam.

We’ll begin at 7:30pm with Festival Maariv (Evening Prayer) — featuring some beautiful melodies we don’t usually hear, and the joyful psalms of Hallel, and also the memorial prayers of Yizkor recited four times a year. We’ll continue at 9pm with Late Night Learning, featuring teachings from members of CBI and members of TBE, the four rabbis in attendance, and even Morgan Freeman, culminating at midnight with a teaching from the Zohar about midnight in the garden of Eden and opening to divine flow.

We hope to see you soon at CBI.

Kabbalat Shabbat Services This Week

Join us in the CBI Zoom room at 7:30pm on Friday evening for Kabbalat Shabbat services led by Rabbi Rachel! We’ll welcome Shabbat with song, poetry, and joy.

Torah Portion and Commentaries

This week we’re reading from parashat Tazria-Metzora. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s parsha, here are a few:

And here’s commentary from the URJ:

Save the Dates

Our next First Friday Zoom Shabbat Dinner will be at 7:30pm on May 7 in the CBI Zoom Room.

And save the date for our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot — on Sunday May 16 starting at 7:30pm, we’ll celebrate the revelation of Torah with learning, song, poetry, and more! As we did at Tu BiShvat and Pesach, we’ll join together with Temple Beth El of City Island and Rabbi David Markus for a joint festival celebration, with special guests Rabbi Bella Bogart and Rabbi Cyn Hoffman in addition to our own Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi Pam.

We’ll begin at 7:30pm with Festival Maariv (Evening Prayer) — featuring some beautiful melodies we don’t usually hear, and the joyful psalms of Hallel, and also the memorial prayers of Yizkor recited four times a year. We’ll continue at 9pm with Late Night Learning, culminating at midnight with a teaching from the Zohar about midnight in the garden of Eden and opening to divine flow.

Plan to join us; more information is coming soon.

We hope to see you soon at CBI.