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Midah of the Month of January: Responsibility

01/01/2022 10:00:14 AM


Tara Saltzman

Responsibility is easily associated with personal accountability for our own welfare and behaviors.  The deeper meaning of Achrayut is understanding our accountability for the welfare of our world and each other.  The liturgical poem “Aleynu” (we must) is a closing prayer for...Read more...

ATTN: Beth Evergreen Closed Dec. 27-31!

12/22/2021 12:19:08 PM


Dear Friends,

We continue to live through extra challenging times and it is imperative that we are intentional about creating time for self-care and personal wellbeing. In an effort to provide extra support to our staff and their wellbeing, CBE will be closed next week, from Dec. 27-31. We hope that each of you will find ways to take care of yourself and your loved ones during this holiday season.

And with that, we recognize...

Alternative Gift Fair Thank You

12/20/2021 10:08:00 AM


Randi Murray

A Huge THANK YOU, to all those who volunteered, baked, or shopped at this year’s Alternative Gift Fair. Your participation made the fair a great success.

Though smaller this year, we still had 1400 shoppers. The vendors were so appreciative for the opportunity and space to support their organizations. Below is a thank you from one of the Vendors.

My little non-profit garnered a little over $1,000...

President’s Message

12/05/2021 10:01:54 AM


Laurie Walowitz

A friend recently sent me a text - it read -
“Are you going through it or growing through it?”

At first read, I admit, I was puzzled. That morning, he had also sent me links to two articles he thought I would be interested in.  I went back and skimmed them both, wondering if this question was referring back to one of the articles.

Finding nothing, and really looking at that text, I realized the question had...Read more...

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.” .
Enjoy this video.  While it is an excellent...

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...

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