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Midah of the Month of December

12/01/2021 09:59:34 AM


Tara Saltzman

December - Rachamim (Compassion)

 In Hebrew, the word “rachamim” shares the same root with the word for “womb”.  In English, the word “compassion” comes from the Latin words for “with” and “suffer”. “It is the boundary-less love of a mother for her child, a love that stems from the deep knowledge that the child is both of her and not of her.” .
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The Redemptive Power of Music:Siblings, Rivalries, & Reconciliations, Goodman and Armstrong, Jacob and Esau

11/21/2021 10:00:34 AM


Rabbi Jamie Arnold

Good morning.  On this glorious morning I say, thank you!  Pastor Martin and Kim, sister Val, Patrick, Eric and Mamie, Pamela, Sheila, and Elaine, Brenda, Catherine – thank you for inviting Laura and Francesca, and our friends from Congregation Beth Evergreen to sing with you, to worship with you.  Thank you for hosting us with such grace, and for inspiring us with your music, your word, and your faith.

It is no small...

A Little Schmutz Is Good for the Soul

11/14/2021 10:10:33 AM


Luke Colaciello

During the High Holy Days (and even before they start) we ask a lot of questions of ourselves, both individually and collectively: What were my transgressions in the past year? How do I find forgiveness for myself and for others? Where am I right now and where am I headed? How do I bring acts of tzedakah into the world? The list goes on and the questions don’t get any easier. So now what?

I find it interesting that following the...

Middah of the Month of November

11/01/2021 09:55:33 AM


Tara Saltzman

November - Zehirut (Watchfulness, mindfulness)

“ Zehirut comes from the Hebrew root for the word “shine.” When we are watchful, we strive to stay “lit up” at all times without letting our attention fade; we shine a streetlamp on the road ahead of us and look carefully before...Read more...

Holy Places, Holy Times

10/31/2021 10:00:34 AM


Rabbi Jamie Arnold

Holy Places, Holy Times. 

In a span of less than 50 days since Yom Kippur earlier this fall, with your support, we have built a beautiful outdoor amphitheater at CBE.  This is worthy of a celebration!  And thanks to new CBE member Russell Weisfield, I was reminded on the...Read more...

Sitting Shmira, Part 2

10/17/2021 10:48:15 AM


Joanne Greenberg

It’s called Shmira – the root is ‘shamar’, keeping, guarding, and Shmira relates to guarding the dead before they are ritually washed and prepared for burial.  We Jews don’t embalm.  There’s no idea of preserving a dead body.  The coffin is of raw wood, which will degrade and become earth as will the corpse, but while the body is identifiable as a person who was alive and is now defenseless, we want to show care and...Read more...

5782 – The Year of YES

10/03/2021 10:41:21 AM


Laurie Walowitz

Another new beginning.
A chance to do it again and do it better.
A chance to do it for the first time and go all in.
A chance to look back and remember; to look forward and create.

I love new beginnings.
I love the freshness of them.
I love the opportunities they...

Middah of the Month of October

10/01/2021 10:51:09 AM


Tara Saltzman

Hitlamdut is the embodiment of humility, opening to the truth of what we don’t know for the purpose of connection with self, others, and God.  Embrace Hitlamdut as a vehicle for the transformative possibility of deeply immersing in High Holy Day rituals.  And, since “pachad”...Read more...

From the Education Committee

09/19/2021 10:00:26 AM


Melinda Laz

As summer comes to a close and the school year is upon us, it’s a time for both goodbyes and new beginnings. We are excited for the return of in-person learning and holiday celebrations at the religious school. There are some big changes to report relating to the religious school and to the Education Committee. First, Sheri Pinsonneault has stepped down as chair of the committee. We would like to thank Sheri for her hard work and dedication...Read more...

High Holiday Sermons

09/17/2021 09:51:01 AM


Rabbi Jamie Arnold

Rosh Hashanah Evening Sermon: Dispelling Pervasive Prejudices: TIME Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon: Dispelling Pervasive Prejudices: LOVE Kol Nidre Sermon: Dispelling Pervasive Prejudices: God and Community Read more...
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