All are welcome at CBI, period. There are a few rare instances in which we pay attention to whether or not someone is Jewish, having to do with certain formal roles in the Torah service and with who’s empowered to vote on matters of congregational religious practice. Otherwise, though, we don’t fret about who’s Jewish and who isn’t. What really matters is whether you want to “do Jewish”.
Does my sexual orientation or gender identity matter?
What if I don’t believe in God?
What if I don’t know the prayers? What if I don’t know Hebrew?
The prayers you need are written in your heart. If you don’t know our traditional prayers, we will lead you. At CBI you can pray in any language you want — and, beyond that, any mode you want: words, silence, chanting, yoga. All of these can be ways of connecting with something beyond yourself.
If you want to use traditional prayers, that’s great. We want to help. The words in the prayer book are amazing resources to help you access what is locked on the inside. Give it some time and keep an eye out for an intro to the siddur (prayer book) course, or schedule time to learn with Reb Rachel.
What type of synagogue is CBI? Does it belong to a denomination?
What if I want to send my kids to learn at CBI but am not sure I want to join (yet)?
What if I don’t keep kosher?
What if I want to check out CBI to see if it’s right for me, but I’m not ready to commit to anything?
Who leads services at CBI?
Our rabbi and spiritual leader, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat leads davenen (prayer) two Shabbats each month, one Friday night and one Saturday Morning. On the other Shabbatot, our services are usually led by Rabbi Pam Wax or Rabbi Jarah Greenfield. Sometimes we have guest (prayer leaders) instead of, or in addition to, our usual leaders of prayer.