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A mitzvah opportunity – help us make a minyan!

Do a mitzvah of attendance on Friday nights and Sunday mornings: In order for congregants to say Kaddish, we need to make a minyan on Friday nights and at Sunday morning minyan. Please consider committing to 1 or 2 Friday night services during the next 6 months.  Click here to sign up for Friday night and here to sign up…

Passover Resources from Rabbi Spitz

Dear Friends, Our Pesech seders are a celebration of our collective identity. The following are some resources to help you prepare and to enrich your gathering of family and friends. 1.The Order of the Haggadah, a Program. When we read through the Haggadah its structure is unclear, which is ironic since the word “seder” means order.…

Beauty Matters

In Hebrew the phrase hadur mitzvah, means the beautification of a mitzvah. The concept is linked in the Torah with the holiday of Sukkot and the command to take a “fruit from a beautiful tree” -“pri eitz hadar” (Leviticus 23:40). The sages of the Talmud (Sukkah 35a) will identify that fruit specifically with the etrog,…

Everything you need to know for Hanukkah!

On Hanukkah we identify with our distinctive history as a people and celebrate the gift of religious freedom.  May the glow of the candles prompt blessing, gratitude, and song. On behalf of CBI, wishes to you of a Happy Hanukkah. Your rabbi,  Elie Spitz Light the first Hanukkah candle the evening of Sunday, December 2, 2018. Second…

Thanks Giving

Dear Friends, Thanksgiving celebrates the many gifts in our lives.  Please consider adding some sharing with those around your table beginning with “I am grateful for…” May your harvests of gratitude add to your days of happiness. The prayer below, composed by Rabbi Naomi Levy, is a good way to sum up the words that…

Let’s Play More

Let’s Play More – Rabbi Elie Spitz Play is vital to life. Consider the following imagining found in the Talmud [Avodah Zarah 3b]: “Rav Yehuda says, there are twelve hours in a day. The first three-hours God sits and learns the Torah, the second three-hours he sits and judges the world. The third three- hours God…

Finding our strength in the aftermath of tragedy

Good morning, my friends. We move toward another Shabbat still reeling from the massacre in a synagogue in Pittsburgh last Shabbat. I share below two reflections, one by me on “Antisemitism and Being an American” and another by Rabbi Adam Greenwald, which he posted on his Facebook page earlier this week. Tonight at 6pm our USY…

JLife Article: “Graceful Aging”

ON HIGH HOLIDAYS we traditionally chant: “Al tasheicheni l’et ziknah”- “Do not cast me into old age” (Psalm 71:9). My dear teacher, Rabbi Abraham Twerski was healthy until he was 85. He is now over 87 and struggling with pain and physical limitations. He explained that the line of liturgy means, “O G-d, do not bring…