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CDC Update

September 2, 2020 Our new school year began this past Monday a little different to our past years. Instead of families dropping their child/children off at the classroom, they dropped off in the parking lot. All the staff waited outside at the designated drop off areas to welcome children and parents. Once temperatures were taken,…

Faces Of CBI: Our Rabbi

Dear CBI Family, Preparing for my 33rd High Holy Days at CBI, gives me pause to reflect. In our partnership, we are responding creatively to the needs of this moment by strengthening our bonds with each other. We do so with the legacy of our past, with creativity and care in the present, and with…

Faces Of CBI: Tefillah And Music

How do we find words to express ourselves to God? How do we communicate the deepest truths that have no words? Tefillah and music, richly intertwined in our tradition, are the sacred language we share as Jews. Watch this third video in our Faces of CBI series to see how tefillah and music are alive at CBI!.

Religious School Update

July 29, 2020 Dear Religious School Families, July has moved quickly! Your teachers and I have spent the month learning at the NewCAJE Conference – a Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education. Never before have technological alternatives been explored at such depth! In fact, the whole conference was done via Zoom, with the presenters modeling…

USY Update

Our teens have really risen to the occasion during this strange time. Despite the disappointment many of them feel with events they’ve been looking forward to all year canceled, they’ve pulled together as a team to create incredible distance programming for CBI USY. Our teens are coming to Zoom lounges and finding ways to make a…

Zoom Instructions

Zoom is a free technology for calls & videoconferences. You don’t need a personal Zoom account to use it. Zoom has step-by-step instructions on how to use it here. We will be doing many of our social events and classes by zoom during our coronavirus closing. Zoom Directions: You have lots of options with Zoom. https://zoom.us We…

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,…