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Cyd Friedman

Spring Synagogue Events

We had such a meaningful and special March! Our Purim party, megillah reading and shpiel were well attended and so much fun! Every age group enjoyed, participated and felt the beauty of community. Then on March 22, the Beth Torah community joined with the larger community at the JCRC Interfaith Seder. Rabbi Zelony led the Seder, along with Bishop […]

Cyd Friedman

Busy Month Ahead

We have such a wonderful and busy month ahead! But before I get to all of that, I just want to say THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers and congregants! Being at a variety of events over the last month just reminded me of how fortunate we are. We have celebrated and mourned together quite a bit; from […]


Have you ever been Jewbarrassed? It’s a word that describes the embarrassment of feeling we’re supposed to know something Jewish, but we don’t. For example, we might feel Jewbarrassed when people sing birkat hamazon, grace after meals, and everyone but us seems to know the words. Or, maybe we feel it in that moment of not being sure whether […]

Cyd Friedman

Gratitude about CBT

Have you taken a few minutes lately to feel gratitude? Besides the reasons in your personal lives to be thankful for, what about your CBT family and home? I am so grateful to my Beth Torah family, and want to say thank you to all of you in making our home such a unique and special place. Let […]

Synagogue Mascot

The board and I have recently finished reading How to Attract Millions of People to Your Synagogue by Rabbi Abel Bodyman. The chapter that resonated with us the most was about creating a brand for the synagogue. A distinct brand will help people remember our synagogue. Most communities brand their shul with a logo or tagline and, since we […]

Cyd Friedman

Happy New Year! Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year!! It’s hard to believe 2017 is behind us! It was a wonderful year, and we look forward to continuing to spend meaningful team together, starting as early as next week! But first, a quick thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who made the Mitzvah Menorah project work so well, and the special party […]

Cyd Friedman

Grateful for Friends and Congregants

Wow, it’s hard to believe 2017 is almost over. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and close friends. November reminded me of all that we have to be grateful for, with Beth Torah members sharing many life cycle events, some very happy, others sad and difficult. In the last couple of months […]

Cyd Friedman

We Never Stand Still

An amazingly beautiful High Holiday season is now behind us. Thank you to all who participated and helped make it so special for our CBT family. We Never Stand Still But, as you know, we never stand still, and so much more has (and is) happening at Beth Torah. Our new adult education programs are going strong. This […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Torah Fast When Torah is Dropped

It happened. A Torah was dropped during services. That story children whisper in Hebrew school with eyes widened in disbelief about fasting for forty days is true. Well, give or take a few leniencies that rabbis have made over the centuries. However, the important message is not the shocking length of the fast. Rather, it’s the message of community […]