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"Arts Matter" Shabbat Service

A creative approach to Simchat Torah through arts and music.

Friday, October 25 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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Explore life at Congregation B'nai Torah by browsing our photo collection.

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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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Religious School Schedule

Classes will resume:

  • Grades K/1: Thursday, October 24 at 4-6 pm
  • Grades 2-6: Thursday, October 17 at 4-6 pm
  • Grades 7-11: Tuesday, October 15 at 6-8 pm

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Musical Notes

This month's Musical Notes feature an article written by Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein about our upcoming Arts Matter Shabbat.

MUSICAL NOTES

Torah Stitch By Stitch

A spectacular tapestry of the five books of Torah.

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Shabbat on the Beach

This year's final beach Shabbat was filled with song, spirit and the most spectacular sunset. Many thanks to all who joined us for a beautiful moment in time. We are looking forward to next year!

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Shabbat Shira

Join us for a multigenerational community Shabbat service filled with inspirational music.

Date: Friday, January 18

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Congregation B'nai Torah

January 18th is Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song. It is during this Shabbat that we chant Shirat Hayam, the Song of the Sea, found in the parsha (portion) B’shalach in the Book of Exodus. As Moses and the Israelites miraculously pass to freedom, they share their joy and awe in song.  The words of Shirat Hayam express their gratitude to G-d and their awareness of their divine liberation at the shore of the Sea of Reeds. 

The chanting/singing of Shirat Hayam is quite distinctive. Perhaps to add eloquence and a sense of triumph, the phrases that contain G-d’s name are sung with a special melody. One of the verses sung to this festive tune is the Mi Chamocha, our prayer of freedom that is part of our weekday, Shabbat and Festival liturgy.  Each time we chant the Mi Chamocha we thank G-d for our miraculous deliverance from Egypt. Those verses in Shirat Hayam without G-d’s name are chanted using the traditional cantilation that we hear on a typical Shabbat.  Shifting between the traditional cantilation and the special melody creates a uniquely characteristic sound. Come and listen to this triumphal poetic song of thankfulness and faith. Our Shabbat Shira on Jan. 18h at 7PM, will be a primarily musical service. Some of our CBT children will share a couple of melodies they have been learning during T’filah, and our adult choir will join me on some old favorites as well. Other familiar pieces highlighting freedom will be also be shared throughout the night! This is a multigenerational community Shabbat service meant to inspire us to embrace our freedom through our voices.