Toldot (“accounts” or “genealogy”—Genesis 25:19-28:9) tells the story of the household that Isaac and Rebekah established. First let it be stated outright that the portrait the Torah paints is of a less-than-functional family.
Isaac, by most rabbinic thinking, came home psychologically (and possibly theologically) injured from the encounter where he was almost sacrificed to Abraham’s God. It’s no wonder that he takes to spending his days wandering in the desert, far from the tent he used to call home.
And even though he loved Rebekah, I’m not sure how he felt about knowing that the marriage was arranged without consideration for any thoughts or opinions he might have had on the subject (even Rebekah was asked; Isaac never was). Abraham, the father who was willing to sacrifice Isaac on an altar, had simply sent a servant out to get Isaac a wife, a woman Isaac never laid eyes on before, from a place he may have had heard about but that he never even visited. Isaac could be forgiven for feeling some resentment at being set up this way. MORE...
Break the Silence
In a perfect world, no child, no elderly person, no one in a committed relationship would live in fear of being abused or hurt by someone close. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. Even in communities like ours, with above average household incomes and high levels of educational attainment, a bully may target someone in person or via electronic media. Some of our teens may be involved in unhealthy dating relationships. An elderly neighbor may be the victim of family or caretaker neglect. MORE...
Try us out!
“Try Us Out” Program
At Congregation B’nai Torah, we recognize that the decision to join a temple is not easy. In order to reduce the financial stress of such a decision, CBT is proud to offer a unique "Try Us Out" program for new members. Under this special program, all new members can join CBT at a significantly reduced cost in the first year.
First year members who participate in the “Try Us Out” program are encouraged to become involved in all temple activities and take advantage of the numerous programs and services CBT offers. The “Try Us Out” program has been a tremendous success as virtually all First year members who participate in the “Try Us Out” program have made CBT their permanent spiritual home.
We encourage you to give us a try and take advantage of this special program. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Upcoming Family Table Distribution Dates
The following are the dates scheduled for Family Table (all Sundays)
December 1, 2013 (Chanukah distribution) January 5, 2014 February 2, 2014 March 2, 2014 (Purim distribution) April 6, 2014 (Passover distribution) May 18, 2013 (Shavuot distribution) June 22, 2014 July 20, 2014
Family Table helps collect and distribute food and Jewish ritual and holiday items each month to low-income families, isolated seniors, disabled adults, unemployed, and the working poor in our communities. Congregation B'nai Torah, along with many other synagogues, partners with Family Table by collecting specific items on an ongoing basis in a collection box in the lobby (our commitment is collecting ANY TYPE OF WHOLE GRAIN CEREAL & PACKAGES OF TOILET PAPER). MORE...
Streaming Video from B'nai Torah
Announcing the start of a new project at Congregation B'nai Torah! We are streaming live video of worship services and special events.
Congregation B'nai Torah is a growing congregation of 200 families. Located in Sudbury, Massachusetts, B’nai Torah was founded in 1974 by a small group of people who wanted to participate fully in the functioning of their congregation. Since then, we have become known as one of MetroWest’s most innovative Jewish experiences. Our congregation emphasizes a strong Jewish identity reinforcing today’s values, religious education and a shared commitment to the Jewish community. B’nai Torah is a friendly and inclusive congregation, where people brought up in different branches of Judaism worship together, and where interfaith and non-Jewish family members are included completely and comfortably. Our Reform Jewish congregation supports individuals and families from diverse backgrounds on their spiritual journey.
Our members come primarily from Sudbury and the surrounding communities - Framingham, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Stow, Southborough and Northborough. We built and dedicated our first permanent home in 1998. We are located conveniently on Route 20 near Landham Road in Sudbury.
The Board of Directors meets monthly to address current issues and business. Committees include Ritual, School, Adult Education, Social, Membership, Fundraising, Budget, Newsletter and Hospitality. Participation by members is highly encouraged!
Congregation B'nai Torah welcomes newcomers who wish to participate in and belong to a nurturing community with the warmth of Jewish tradition.
Please check out the rest of our website to see all that we offer. We invite you to attend services at B'nai Torah, where friends and families come together in times of worship, happiness, friendship and community action.
All Shabbat Services at B'nai Torah are open to the entire Community.
By Edwin Goldberg The afternoon service – a tradition not usually observed in Reform Judaism – is an important part of Yom Kippur observance for Reform Jews. Not only does it help fill the time between the morning and break-the-fast; it also offers yet another opportunity for reflection and repentance. The editors of the upcoming machzor, […]
The late Rabbi David Hartman, z”l, was honored posthumously tonight at the URJ Biennial Convention in San Diego, CA., by receiving the Reform Movement’s highest honor, the Alexander M. Schindler Award for Service to World Jewry. Named for Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, the second president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations from 1973-1996, this […]
by Rabbi Joshua Weinberg “Rabbi Tarfon and some elders were reclining in an upper chamber in the house of Nitza in Lod when this question came up: Which is greater, study or action? Rabbi Tarfon spoke up and said: Action is greater. Rabbi Akiva spoke up and said: Study is greater. The others then spoke […]
by Rachel Roth [Editor's Note: The following post was presented as a drash at an executive meeting of the American Conference of Cantors on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.] One of the most interesting statistics that I found in the Pew Study is the somewhat low rate of importance of being part of a community as […]
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