By Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein
November 4th, 2018
At the end of each CBT Shabbat service, Rabbi Eiduson and I link arms and bestow antiphonally, upon this special community, Birkat HaKohanim, the Priestly Blessing.. This is a tri-fold blessing stating: 1. May the Lord bless you and keep you. 2. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. 3. May the Lord lift up His countenance to you and grant you peace (Num. 6:24-26).
In focusing on this ancient benediction, I cannot help but think about the many blessings I have already experienced at Congregation B’nai Torah in just the past few months. I have been blessed to lead a variety of services with Rabbi Eiduson. Our Friday night Shabbat menus have been filled with soulful, meaningful and energetic song, spirit and, yes, laughter! Singing at our Bar and Bat Mitzvah services and watching our young adults show their mastery of Text and prayer is another deeply felt privilege.
And so, as we proceed with our planning of new and creative programing, I am eager. to share some upcoming Shabbatot and musical events for our CBT family, all emphasizing tradition, ritual, and strength of community…blessing upon blessing!
On Friday, Nov 9th, as a community we will come together to observe the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht. The Night of Broken Glass proved to be a precursor to the destruction of European Jewry during the Holocaust. Through heartfelt music and narrative on this night of remembrance, our service with focus on the stories of Jewish adults and children in Germany when their lives would be changed forever. Learn more.
On Friday, Nov 16th, put on your jeans and comfy shoes again to welcome back (by popular demand) our 3rd Kick Back and Relax Shabbat. Adam and I have received more requests for Bob Dylan, the Beatles, John Denver, Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkle, and believe it or not Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, who are they??? The composers of Pure Imagination – think Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. All musical compositions will be woven seamlessly into our liturgy. Come relax with us and welcome the gift of Shabbat with a very “groovy” vibe. A hint of the night... enjoy our recording of Sound of Silence.
Jodi Blankstein, Cantorial Soloist