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Beri Schwitzer

Family Activities for Purim

Mitzvah gedola lehiot b’simcah tamid. It’s a great mitzvah to be continuously joyful and the rabbis said that when the month of Adar comes, joy is increased (“MiShenichnas Adar Marbim BeSimcha”). Purim is the reason for the season. The story of Purim is told in the book of Esther, which is in the third section […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

The Shul with a Pool

As many of you know there have been concerns that our membership is not large enough. The board and I have gone through a strategic process to decide how to address this issue. Based on the success of Jewish Community Centers around the country, we’ve decided to become…The Shul with a Pool. As of the […]

Cyd Friedman

Rabbi Zelony Signed New 5 Year Contract

I am so excited to announce that we have signed a new contract with Rabbi Zelony for 5 years! Rabbi Zelony has brought renewed energy toward spirituality, education for adults and children, music and community. We are thrilled that she, Adiv and the kids are as happy here as we are to have them here. […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Inclusion and Mitzvah

February is National Inclusion Month. Our sacred texts teach us not only to include all, but to empower all to be independent. Take a look at this example from the Talmud (Beitzah 16b). “A certain blind man would recite mishnayot for Mar Shmuel, who saw that he was sad. He said to him, ‘Why are […]

Beri Schwitzer

Thugs Who Knew Torah Recap

By the time you read this, the lights of the Hanukkah menorah should still be burning in hearts, the smells of onion and latke still lingering in our homes, and the message of rededication still fresh on our minds. Thugs Who Knew Torah Trip I wanted to share with you a message of rededication and […]

Cyd Friedman

Happy New Year!

Well, we ended the 2016 calendar year with several wonderful events. The MetroCare party was really special, with so many families getting their Christmas wishes realized, along with food, music, and dancing. There were many amazing volunteers, but a special thank you to Joan Kitner and Beth Mond for all of their hard work making […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Just Jew It – Doing Jewish

“Doing Jewish”—embracing Jewish rituals, traditions and law—can be challenging. I know because I’ve been there. However, doing Jewish really helps with being Jewish. Let me start with the challenges, and then I’ll move on to the rewards. Obstacles to Doing Jewish Not growing up with much Jewish ritual in my home meant that sometimes I […]

Inclusion During High Holidays

I know it seems as though the High Holidays were eons ago but there were some special things that occurred of which we absolutely must take note. High Holiday Inclusion For the first time in CBT history, we had many seats identified for specific congregants. As a synagogue, our seating has always been on a […]

Beri Schwitzer

Participation and Our Field of Dreams

I remember seeing the movie “Field of Dreams,” and thinking that it was the most Jewish movie. “If you build it, they will come” is purely an idea from Hillel, the sage whose commentary is found in the Pirke Avot. Hillel wrote, “The more Torah, the more life. The more counsel, the more understanding. The […]