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Faces of CBI

Our community is made up of many colorful strands, each a “face” enabling a tapestry of belonging. In the upcoming weeks, as we approach the High Holy Days, we hope to highlight congregants, staff, and activities in our “Faces of CBI” video series. Today we are excited to bring you the first video in the…

Gratitude coupled with memory: Ki Tavo:

“And it shall be that when you come into the land which the Ever-Present-One your God is giving you as a heritage and you possess and settle in it, you shall take some of the first fruit…” In the Torah, that act of gratitude is coupled with specific words for the pilgrim, words also contained…

Davening Workshop #2: Shabbat Shacharit

Have been wanting to learn to lead Shabbat services? Are you interested in learning more about Davening for your personal practice? Would you like to add to your existing Davening repertoire?  Then watch the video below to learn Shabbat Shacharit with CBI’s Baalat Tefillah, Amy Robinson Katz! Click here for a pdf of the handout from Davening…

Rabbi Elie Spitz Reflects On The Passing Of Professor Huston Smith, A Communal, Spiritual Treasure

Huston Smith (2009) Huston Smith, who died at the age of 97 this past Friday in Berkeley, was a towering, spiritual sage. My visits with him endure as gifts of spiritual wisdom and the modeling of genuine goodness. Professor Smith was a trailblazing explorer of religions from the inside, stating, “If we take the world’s enduring…

Torah and Tidbits: Shavuot

Shavuot begins on Saturday night. It is customary to spend that night in study in anticipation of the reenactment in the morning of the revelation at Mount Sinai. Although the Bible account is of God addressing the people with the Ten Commandments, the rabbis expanded the holiday to encompass the giving of the entire Torah. A…