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Kick Back and Relax

The final Kick-Back-and-Relax Shabbat Service of 2019!

During these cold, dark days, please join us for last Kick-Back-and-Relax Shabbat Service of 2019 as the CBT community embraces light and song.

Friday, December 13 at 7:00 pm

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Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

It's never too late 

Join our new adult B'nai Mitzvah program, led by our Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein.

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Why We Joined

"The open and caring environment, the relaxed feel of Friday services, and weekday-only Hebrew School were the best fit for our busy family. It’s a diverse and inclusive congregation, with many interfaith families — something that is very important to us."

- The Illiano Family

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CBT Winter Learning Series

Find new meaning in Judaism

... by joining an inspirational adult learning series led by Rabbi Eiduson.

January 28 & February 4 at 9:30am

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Jewish Heritage Tour

Poland And Prague

Join Rabbis Lisa Eiduson and Rachel Gurewitz on a journey through Eastern Europe to experience centuries of Jewish history and culture.

March 22 - April 1, 2020

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Boost Your Brain Health

Learn about the award-winning Brain Healthy Cooking Program sponsored by JFS Healthy Aging.

Thursday, December 19 at noon

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Photo Gallery

Explore life at Congregation B'nai Torah by browsing our photo collection.

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Our Holocaust Memorial Torah Scroll

Congregation B’nai Torah is honored to have been chosen to receive one of the 1564 Czech Torah Scrolls rescued from a storage area of the Michle Synagogue in Prague. Our Memorial Scroll #1044 is on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

A number of thriving Jewish communities lived throughout Bohemia and Moravia for more than a millennia. Branching out from a central hub in Prague, at least 350 synagogues have been known to exist. In 1939, the Nazi regime invaded and by the end of their occupation more than sixty congregations had been destroyed with another 300 left abandoned. The subsequent Communist era saw another eighty temples ruined and ransacked.

In 1942, members of Prague’s Jewish community were able to securely deliver more than 100,000 Jewish artifacts, including 1,800 Torah scrolls to the Central Jewish Museum of Prague which was later known re-founded as the Jewish Museum of Prague. The museum and its contents became property of the communist Czechoslovak Government after the war.

In 1963, 1,564 Scrolls of the Law were purchased and taken to Westminster Synagogue by Jews living in London for further safekeeping and the eventual dispersal to Jewish communities around the world. The scrolls today are each a memorial to the Jewish tragedy and a beacon of hope for future generations. 

Congregation B’nai Torah proudly holds the Sefer Torah #1044, one of the 1,564 Czech Memorial Sifre Torah. This scroll orginated from Polna and was written in the 19th century. 

The Memorial Scrolls Trust, a U.K. non-profit organization, has recently begun to reach out to synagogues and other institutions who received the Czech Scrolls to gather and record up to date information about them. They plan to continue to build their website, creating "a repository of all knowledge concerning the 1564 scrolls.” More information about the Memorial Scrolls Trust is available on their website.