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Welcome, Rabbi Goldstein!

Hi everyone, For those of you who haven’t met me yet, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Ben Goldstein and I will be serving as the interim rabbi here at CBI. As I’m writing this, we’ve just finished Yom Kippur. I had the privilege of joining in the services with the amazing team…

Our Rabbi Search

To our CBI Family: We have begun the search for our new permanent rabbi! As a part of this process, we have created an informational video that explains the process, introduces the search committee and covers many of the topics that you may have concerns about.   Please click here or on the arrow below…

“A Summation and My Psalm-like Poem”

What are my favorite Psalms? What is the nature of Psalms? Who wrote them? And how were they edited? What have I learned from sixteen months of learning and teaching Psalms? What has translating them taught me about poetry? To better understand the nature of Psalms and inspired, I have written my first such poem (see below). I look to share with…

Psalm Conversation with Benjamin Segal

Rabbi Benjamin Segal, more than any other commentator, offered me insight into the literary artistry of the Psalms. Please join in a conversation with Rabbi Segal exploring what has drawn him to his in-depth study and what he believes that we as readers will gain from engagement with these ancient poems to God. Rabbi Segal…

Psalm Conversation with Rabbi Martin Cohen

Rabbi Martin Cohen is among the luminaries of the Conservative Movement today. Rabbi of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, NY for close to twenty years, he has authored many books, including novels and Jewish theology. In my preparation of Psalms, I regularly consulted his book, Our Haven and Our Strength: The Book of Psalms (Aviv Press,…

Jerusalem Post Opinion – Rabbi Spitz

My converts to Judaism should feel Jewish – opinion By ELIE KAPLAN SPITZ MAY 6, 2021 Rabbi David Eliezrie is my friend and yet, as a Conservative Rabbi, I see God and Judaism quite differently. I would want those whom I convert to know that in choosing Judaism they are joining the Jewish people, which includes a…

Faces of CBI

Our community is made up of many colorful strands, each a “face” enabling a tapestry of belonging. We are excited to bring you the first video in the series, and speaking of faces, you will see many familiar ones in this video!  To see all of our Faces of CBI videos click here.