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Last year's inaugural launch of Musical Erev Shabbat services was wildly successful!
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We hope you can join us for the Sisterhood Welcome Dinner! It's a great way to meet some women and see what the Sisterhood is all about. We socialize, plan some temple events like the Hanukkah dinner and do social action depending on the interests of our members. You can be as involved as you want, with no obligation. If you decide you would like to join after checking us out, dues are $18 for the year if this is your first time joining the Sisterhood. After that annual dues will be $36.
The Temple follows the Kosher rules so only dairy, eggs, and/or fish for this dinner, no meat or chicken and as always no pork or shellfish. We want to make this easy for you so let us know what you would like to bring when you RSVP. Hate cooking? Pressed for time? Team up with someone else or bring a beverage or paper goods or grab something prepared from your favorite grocery store or restaurant. Love to cook? Make one of your favorite dishes. You will probably get requests for your recipe and many compliments.
Please contact Karen Salemi or Amy Siegel at
Join us on Sunday, October 26th for a very special visit to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst.
The world's first Yiddish museum, the Yiddish Book Center was founded to rescue Yiddish books--in the process, also rescuing a literature and culture that had been in danger of disappearing.
Our visit will include a 90 minute guided tour, plus additional time to explore the Center independently and visit its English language bookstore. Lunch details will be available soon here on the website and in the Weekly Email Bulletin.
On our tour of the Center, we'll:
We will carpool from the temple parking lot in the morning (time TBD - watch for details) and return later in the afternoon. The cost of the trip is $8 per person, plus lunch. Money for the tour will be collected at the Center.
To register, please send an email to
Congregation B’nai Torah’s Connections group will hold its first potluck dinner of the year on Sunday, October 26, starting at 5:30 P.M. at the home of Phyllis and Neil Kaufman.
All adult members of the congregation are invited to attend this event, which is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and stay connected as a community. All attendees are asked to bring food (and in some cases beverages, too) for six people as determined by the first letter of their last names.
For people with last names that begin with:
A–G Please bring a main course.
H–O Please bring a dessert and a bottle (or bottles) of wine, beer, or soda.
P–Z Please bring a salad or appetizer and a bottle (or bottles) of wine, beer, or soda.
Please note that some people may be contacted a few days prior to the event and asked to change their contributions if more items are needed in other categories.
To ensure that there is a good balance of donations for the dinner, as well as paper goods and help to set up and clean up, please contact Nancy Donchin (pot-luck organizer) at
Thank you and hope to see everyone at Connections!
Please join the Adult Learning Committee on Sunday, November 9th at 10 am as we welcome David Kalis, who will speak about his book, Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser.
David grew up in the Boston suburbs. He earned his B.A. in Soviet East European Studies from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. Following his graduation from Tufts, he spent two and a half years abroad in Russia which formed the basis for his memoir and ensuing career choices. In 2006, after many years of talking about the idea of writing his story, he finally began the work. Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser is the culmination of combing through his experiences, organizing his thoughts, and presenting his journey and the life lessons he learned along the way.
The presentation will include:
A book sale and signing will follow the talk. There will be no charge for admission, and all are welcome!
Last year's inaugural launch of Musical Erev Shabbat services was wildly successful!
Now in its second year, Cantor Jacqueline Breines is again presenting a series of Musical Erev Shabbat services, with the service consisting entirely of both stirring and uplifting music from beginning to end. The congregation is provided with lyrics to all melodies, and the entire kahal (community) becomes an instantaneous choir. If you have yet to join in this transformative prayer experience, you are missing out!
This year’s Musical Erev Shabbat services will be held on Sept 19th, Nov 14th, Jan 30th, Feb 27th, Mar 20th, May 8th, and June 19th at 7:30 pm. Please join us, as the entire community lifts its collective voice in song!
All Musical Erev Shabbat services are streamed live over the internet on the Congregation B'nai Torah web site, and are subsequently available on demand at: www.sundaystreams.com/go/cbtwebcast1.
Congregation B’nai Torah welcomes interfaith families, Jews by choice and those considering conversion. All members including non-Jewish family members are treated as full members of our congregation and as such may participate in all aspects of congregational life. We want all of our members regardless of faith to feel comfortable and know that they are a valued part of our community.
The Interfaith Committee was established to provide a channel for families to address interfaith issues and to provide a support system for interfaith families. The Interfaith Committee meets approximately once a month and works to develop programs for interfaith families, families with intermarried/dating children, Jews by choice and those considering conversion. Please contact us with any questions or issues so that we may assist you. The committee and all programs are open to all members of the congregation.
Please join us at the temple on Tuesday, October 28th at 7 pm for our first meeting of the year!
For more information, contact Interfaith Committee coordinators Patty Bleicher and Elissa Nystedt at
Congregation B'nai Torah is proud to be a Welcoming and Affirming congregation! The CBT Board of Directors voted unanimously on June 5, 2014 to officially make CBT a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for LGBT families and individuals. This proposal was presented to the Board by Bob and Tammy Weiser, chairpersons of the Social Action Committee.
A statement welcoming LGBT individuals and families has been added to the CBT Mission Statement, rainbow decals have been placed on the CBT entrance sign and on our front doors, and a framed welcoming statement will be hung in the lobby. In addition, CBT's name has been added to the Welcoming and Affirming list of congregations at PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and at Keshet, a Jewish organization that has been supportive of LGBT rights.
We would like to thank all CBT members who contributed to our 2014 High Holy Day Food Drive. Thanks to your generosity, we collected nearly 140 heavy bags of high quality non-perishable food for those in need in our community.
In the past, your donations have been distributed to the Greater Boston Food Bank. In a new initiative this year, your donations are being distributed more locally to the Sudbury Food Pantry located at Our Lady of Fatima in Sudbury, the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe in Framingham, and A Place to Turn in Natick.
At a time when a growing number of our neighbors are having difficulty putting food on their tables, each of our recipients has expressed tremendous gratitude for your generous contribution.
Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!
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Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 01:00 - 02:00Staff Mtg.
Thursday Oct 23, 2014 01:00 - 02:00Staff Meeting
Thursday Oct 23, 2014 07:00 - 08:30Parent Curriculum Night
Friday Oct 24, 2014 07:00 - 08:00Erev Shabbat - Grade 7
Saturday Oct 25, 2014 10:00 - 12:00Bar/Bat Mitzvah morning service
Sunday Oct 26, 2014 09:00 - 10:00Ad. Learning- Yiddish Book Center Tour
Sunday Oct 26, 2014 10:00 - 12:00Caring Committee Annual Mtg.
Sunday Oct 26, 2014 05:30 - 06:30Connections
Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 07:00 - 08:00Interfaith Group Mtg.
Friday Oct 31, 2014 07:30 - 08:30Erev Shabbat
Saturday Nov 01, 2014 10:00 - 12:00Bar/Bat Mitzvah morning service
Sunday Nov 02, 2014 09:30 - 11:00New Member Brunch
Sunday Nov 02, 2014 12:30 - 01:306th Grade BM Mtg.
Sunday Nov 02, 2014 06:00 - 09:00Sisterhood Holiday Marketplace
Monday Nov 03, 2014 07:30 - 08:30Membership Committee Mtg.
Thursday Nov 06, 2014 06:30 - 07:30Executive Committee Mtg.