Shavua tov! Looking forward to Repro Shabbat and more


Join us in the CBI Zoom room at 9:30am on Saturday morning for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Rachel. This week has been designated as Reproductive Justice Shabbat by the National Council of Jewish Women. There will be special poems and readings in our Shabbat service relating to that theme, and Rabbi Pam Wax will offer a d’var Torah about reproductive justice and Jewish values.

Torah Portion and Commentaries

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

And here’s commentary from the URJ:

Havdalah and Concert

There’s also a special event happening on Saturday evening — havdalah (led by Rabbi Rachel) and a concert by acclaimed Jewish musician Neshama Carlebach!

Join community members from across the Berkshires for a special evening of inspiration and light featuring Neshama Carlebach. Complimentary Havdalah candles and spice kit are available for contactless pick up at the Jewish Federation while supplies last. Register here. Co-sponsors: Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Knesset Israel, Temple Anshe Amunim, Hadassah, and the Berkshire Minyan.

Save the Dates

There are two opportunities to celebrate Purim at CBI this year:

Sunday, February 21, 11am: Masked Costume Parade

Join us for a masked costume parade — from the CBI parking lot, down the street and over to the suspension bridge, across the bridge, and back again. All kinds of costumes are welcome! And even if you’re not inclined to wear a costume, show up and applaud for our kids who are excited about an opportunity to dress up as someone else and shine.


Thursday, February 28, 6:30pm: Purim Puppet Spiel In The CBI Zoom Room

Join us for our annual Purim play — this year, on Zoom, featuring glorious papier-mache puppets made by David Lane and kids in our community. The play will be performed by CBI members of many ages. We’ll re-tell the Purim story with laughter and merriment. BYO hamentaschen!

We hope to see you soon at CBI.