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Three CBTers volunteered for WGBH’s High School Quiz Show Super Sunday event on November 16th, where over 120 high schools competed for 16 slots. Marc Rubenfield (left) and CBT’s own Cantor, Jacqui Breines (right) volunteered as moderators. Sheldon Golder, who took this picture, volunteered as a photographer.
On Sunday, October 26, 2014, a dozen CBT members and guests traveled to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.
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.
Everyone enjoyed the guided tour, as well as recounting stories and memories that the many exhibits invoked.
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!
Sunday April 6th, Congregation B’nai Torah hosted it’s third annual Books and Bagels breakfast. After a breakfast of bagels and lox, authors Hallie Ephron, Leonard Rosen, and Ray Daniel discussed the topic of evil in fiction.
The three local mystery authors discussed the broad range of evil
Read more: Books and Bagels
/ Oompa loompa doompadee doo / I’ve got another puzzle for you / Oompa loompa doompadah dee / If you are wise you’ll listen to me / What do you do after an amazing Purim Show / Attend the Carnival sponsored by the Temple Bro’s
Continuing the tradition of a lively and family fun Purim weekend, the temple held it’s annual Purim Carnival immediately following the highly entertaining Purim Spiel.
Read more: Purim 2014!
Rolling pins, flour, and dough filled the Congregation B'nai Torah kitchen this year as the temple board members whipped up a batch of hamentaschen for the temple using Myra Miller's ancestral recipe.
Afterwards the board members showed the ultimate restraint as they packaged up all the hamentaschen and delivered them to the congregation
Of course, some of the cookies had gotten broken in the process of being baked, and in these cases the board members dutifully ate the shards to avoid waste on the holiday. Such sacrifice is to be commended.
This year the thirteenth day of Adar started with the welcoming of Shabbat. When Purim and Shabbat happen on the same day we observe two mitzvot. The first is to remember and observe the sabbath. The second is to read the story of Esther.
Our shabbat service maintained a balance between prayer and merriment. Ten different congregants, adults and children, read one the ten books of Esther. Some congregants wore costumes, as is customary on this holiday, while others donned loaner masks provided by the synagogue. Every time the name Hmn was mentioned, the groggers spun in full force.
When the reading was over the congregation enjoyed an Oneg to celebrate both Shabbat and Purim.
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