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Hanukkah is around the corner!

Light the first Hanukkah candle the evening of December 12th Second Candle – December 13 Third Candle – December 14 Fourth Candle – December 15 Fifth Candle – December 16 Sixth Candle – December 17 Seventh Candle – December 18 Eighth Candle – December 19 The candles are placed in the menorah from right to left (just…

Ambassador Dennis Ross on American Foreign Policy in the Middle East – In Case You Missed It!

If you missed Dennis Ross’ public conversation, please tune in here: https://www.cbi18.org/sermons/ambassador-dennis-ross-2017/  Click the link above to hear Ambassador Dennis Ross in a Public Conversation with Rabbi Elie Spitz at Congregation B’nai Israel, September 17, 2017 on American Foreign Policy in the Middle East. For more than twelve years, Ambassador Dennis Ross played a leading role…

Sabbatical: Guest Rabbis

Dear Fellow Congregants, As noted in my previous letter, Rabbi Spitz will be going on Sabbatical starting in October and we are busy planning. We anticipate a year of exciting teaching and learning. I want to take this opportunity to introduce the talented group of guest Rabbis that will fill in while he is on…

Sabbatical: Context and gratitude

My friends, This week’s Torah reading describes the Sabbatical year, offering rejuvenation akin to the Sabbath day. Every seventh year,  the Bible commands, the land is to lie fallow (Leviticus 25:2-7; 26:34-35; Exodus 23:10-12). Both the farmer and the land itself would rest. In that light, this coming year is a shared opportunity for renewal…

Message from CBI President Tony Kravitz

May 10, 2017 Dear Fellow Congregants, We are closing out the fiscal year as a spiritually vibrant and financially healthy congregation. We are now focused on planning for the upcoming year and the future. Next year will be a year of exciting possibilities. You may already know that Rabbi Spitz will be going on a…

An Israel Travel Adventure 2017

             Register online at this LINK An Israel Travel Adventure Join us at Congregation B’nai Israel on Thursday, November 10th at 8pm to learn more about this exciting opportunity! Touching the Spirit & Soul of Israel  October 15 – 27, 2017 Co-Sponsored by: Community Scholar Program, Congregation B’nai Israel, Temple Beth El…