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Kick Back and Relax

"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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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."

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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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Musical Notes

By Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein

February 2019

We want your song suggestions for our Kick-Back-And-Relax Shabbatot!

For these special musical Shabbat services, Adam, Lisa and I have been choosing pieces by artists such as Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac and others with which to blend into the traditional Shabbat prayer menu.  It has been such a joy seeing our sanctuary full on these nights with our CBT voices and spirits of all ages. And while our bimah team loves collaborating on our musical picks, I would like to ask for some musical Kick-Back suggestions from all of you.  Below you will find a few prayer categories that help to guide us each Shabbat.  Please have a look and share a title or two that you would like to hear at some of these special services. We are merely the facilitators up there... It is all of you that make the service a soulful community experience. 

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Jodi and Adam's beautiful rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's classic

Here you are:

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Opener-Song emphasizing the receiving of the Sabbath  (akin to L’cha Dodi or Shalom Aleichem)
  • Mi Chamocha- Song for Redemption/Freedom 
  • Hashkiveinu-a petitionary prayer to be able to lie down in peace at night and return to life the following day
  • Birkat Shalom- Prayer for Peace
  • Prayer after Silent Prayer
  • Closing Song

Please submit any suggestions to [email protected] or pop by my office if you are in the building, say hello, and share a song choice.  Looking forward to hearing from you.  Excited to mesh your suggestions into our sacred liturgy.

B’Shalom V’Shira (With Peace and Song),

Jodi Blankstein
Cantorial Soloist