6:00 PM Tot Shabbat; Ruach on Shabbat for 3rd - 6th graders 7:30 PM Shabbat Service: After Paris
Saturday, March 19th:
10:00 AM Shabbat morning service Brianna Rowlands will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah
Tot Shabbat: R.O.S. H. = Ruach on Shabbat!
Shabbat Service and Conversation: After Paris
On Friday, March 18th, Sisterhood will once again attempt to bring you a special Shabbat service followed by a discussion of the now not so recent, but still disturbing, acts of terrorism.
With the increasing number of terrorist threats at home and abroad, we are living in a heightened state of anxiety. In times of stress, we know that coming together as a congregation provides us with comfort and helps us sort through our feelings.
In lieu of a regular sermon, Rabbi Mintz will present a brief message. He then will lead a conversation regarding these events, provide spiritual guidance and provide a supportive place for us to talk about the impact these events are having on all of us. The Sisterhood board will host the Oneg that night. The service starts at 7:30 PM. We hope you will join us.
Purim Service and Megillah Reading
CBE Community Purim Service & Megillah Reading
Wednesday evening, March 23rd
Purim service at 6:30 PM
Megillah Reading beginning at 7:00 PM
CBE's Community Purim Services and Megillah Reading are a highlight of the year. This year, over 30 adults, teens, and children from our CBE community will chant verses from the Megillah (scroll)!
Join Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Spierer in telling the story of Esther with costumes, humor, and music. Renowned Klezmer musician Barry Shapiro will accompany members of CBE's own Klezmer Band to make this is a special musical event. If you'd like, bring homemade noisemakers and wear a costume!
We will be collecting donations for the Acton Food Pantry in order to fulfill an important mitzvah of Purim ("matanot l'evyonim"), so please bring a canned good. All are welcome!
Mr. Shapiro, a Klezmer and Jazz pianist and accordionist, is a graduate of The New England Conservatory. One of the founding members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band (along with Hankus Netsky, CBE's 2009 Artist in Residence), he currently leads and plays with several bands, including the "Barry Shapiro Orchestra," and teaches Israeli dancing.
Last year's Sisterhood bakers showing off the fruits of their labor
Sisterhood Volunteers Needed for Purim Gift Bag Project!
Now that the ordering deadline has passed for Sisterhood's Purim gift bag fundraiser, Mishloach Manot, we are looking for Sisterhood volunteers to help with:
Thursday, March 17th, 6-7:30 PM and 7:30 - 9 PM: Hamantashen baking in the CBE kitchen. Karen Collins, proprietor and founder of Bisousweet Confections is generously providing us with pre-rolled, pre-cut dough circles for us to simply fill and bake.
Thursday, March 24th, 7 PM: Gift bag assembly in the CBE social hall.
Sunday, March 27th, 9 AM: Gift bag delivery. Meet in CBE social hall to pick up gift bags and receive delivery instructions.
We hope you will join us in supporting Sisterhood while having some fun with your sisters! Thank you in advance for your help!
Shpiel Saturday Night Adult Celebration
Our much-beloved annual original shpiel is almost here and promises to be as awesome as ever! Plan to attend either Saturday March 19 at 7:00 PM for the adults-only gala performance, or attend either of the Sunday performances, March 20 at 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM, which are free and open to the community and to the public.
Click here to let us know you'll be attending, and to see instructions for paying in advance, which saves you $5.00.
We hope you'll join us for hilarious fun, plus a great party!!!
Price of Admission? Rice and Beans!
Zamir Chorale Concert with CBE Choir
In the form of JEOPARDY... in the category of Jewish Music, for fifty shekels: "As teenagers, Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Sarra both made connections with this special group, leading to their interest in and love of Jewish music."
Answer: "What is the Zamir Chorale of Boston?"
At last Sunday's Brotherhood Breakfast, we welcomed Larry Sandberg, the Concert Manager (and the longest tenured volunteer singer) of the internationally acclaimed Zamir Chorale of Boston. He gave a rousing presentation about the history, music, and mission of the Zamir movement - from its beginnings in Poland in 1899, to its roots in New England today. Many of the breakfast attendees heard the music of Zamir for the first time - and are now looking forward to May 22nd, when CBE will host the Zamir Chorale right here in our sanctuary for a special concert.
During his presentation, Larry shared an old photo of Rabbi Mintz in a teen choir at Camp Yavneh, standing alongside Joshua Jacobson, the future founder of the Zamir Chorale of Boston (and a lifelong friend of Lewis, since well before he was Rabbi). Larry also showed a PBS video featuring a 20-year old "before-she-was-Cantor" Sarra traveling with the Zamir Chorale, singing with the choir throughout Eastern Europe, where Jewish life thrived before WWII. On the more playful side, the video showed our Cantor dancing and singing a solo in what almost appeared like a "teen pop band" in the streets of Poland.
Ticket sales for the May 22nd Zamir Chorale performance - which will include CBE's choir and Cantor - took off following the breakfast. We fully expect this concert to sell out. For more information about the concert, with links to hear Zamir's music, visit: http://www.bethelohim.org/zamir.html
Don't miss this opportunity - buy your tickets now!
Help Us Plan Future Israel Programming!
Thank you for your participation in our Israel weekend! We were thrilled with the enthusiasm and commitment shown!
If you'd like to be a part of the Israel committee and work on future Israel programming, please contact me.
Sisterhood Trip to the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Sisterhood Seeking New Board Members!
Are you looking to get more involved in the CBE community? The CBE Sisterhood board can provide exactly that opportunity.
We're seeking new board members to help with programming, membership recruitment or other activities. We accomplish a lot during our monthly meetings while having a few laughs along the way.
CBE Sisterhood is a diverse group of women spanning all ages, interests, and lots of ideas!
If you'd like to learn more about serving on the board, please contact Julie McCall or Pam Laufer.
Volunteer at Cor Unum on Easter
Social Action is looking for volunteers to feed the hungry on Easter Sunday, March 27th at Cor Unum in Lawrence. Because we had such a great CBE response this past Christmas, we will have two opportunities to help on Easter:
Easter Dinner - We are looking for 35 CBE volunteers to arrive at 4:00 PM to help set tables, serve food, bus
tables, wash dishes, and clean the dining room and kitchen.
Easter Breakfast - For those of you who are early birds, we would like 10 volunteers to arrive at 5:45 AM, as breakfast is served at 6:00. This crew should finish about 8:15 AM.
If you're interested in joining us, please email our event coordinator, Jo-Anne Nyer. We will fill the slots on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, we have had to turn away volunteers in the past, so please sign up early. Thank you!
Serve Community Dinner at Mt. Calvary
Closer to home, Social Action will be serving dinner at Acton's Community Supper on Wednesday, March 30th in the Mt. Calvary Church across the street from CBE.
Volunteers ages 18 and up are needed to cook, serve, and clean up. Cooks should arrive between 2-2:30 PM, to start cooking between 2-2:30 PM. Servers should arrive at 4:45 PM. The cooking starts at 3:00 PM and the meal is served at 5:00 PM. For more information, contact our event coordinator, Barbara Michaelsen.
Next Brotherhood Breakfast
Mark your calendars to join us April 10th at 9:00 AM at CBE, when our guest speaker will be Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe.
An Op-Ed columnist and nationally recognized conservative voice, Jacoby was hired from the Boston Herald in 1987. He briefly practiced law and was a commentator for WBUR-FM. His awards include the 1999 Breindel Prize and the 2004 Thomas Paine Award.
Jewish Spain Trip Informational Meeting
CBE is planning a trip to Jewish Spain in April, 2017. If you would like more information about our trip, you are invited to an informational meeting on Thursday, May 12th at 7 PM at CBE.
We will be meeting with our trip's guide, a representative of Keshet, Kayla Ship. Spread the word and join us!
Please RSVP if you are interested to Leann Shamash
Sign Up to Host an Oneg
When considering Oneg, think about celebrating the special moments in your life. If you are attending services, please consider being the host.
Many dates are available throughout the rest of the year.
Scheduling your Oneg hosting in advance helps weekly Shabbat planning.
The SignUpGenius website makes it easy for you to see all available dates in 2016 through June. Click: CBE Oneg Hosting.
Jewish Jokes from Comical Congregants
We continue an occasional Star-Lite feature: congregant-submitted humor! Please submit your Jewish jokes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next Jewish joke comes from your fellow comical congregant, Dan Klein. We would welcome additional contributions from other comical congregants:
Maurice and Becky are arguing over who should brew the coffee each morning.
Becky says, "As you get up first in the morning, Maurice, you should make it. Then we won't have to wait too long for our coffee."
"But you're in charge of all the cooking," replies Maurice, "that's your job, so you should make it. And if I have to wait for my coffee in the morning, well, I don't mind."
"But it says in the bible that the man should make the coffee," says Becky.
"OK," responds Maurice, "if you can show me where it says that, I'll never question you again."
Next day, Becky borrows a bible from her neighbor and shows Maurice that on the top of several pages it indeed says 'Hebrews'.
Do you have a Jewish joke, or any other ideas for Star-Lite features?
This week's photo album features scenes from a variety of recent CBE events.
Taste of Israel:
Dinner at hosts Rick and Cindi Silverman - other hosts were Julie and Robert McCall, Jaymi and Joe Fromaggio, Abbott and Barbara Weiss, Alan and Arlene Weiss, Julie Agapite and Neal Silverman, Barbara and Chris Hirsch, Andrew and Susan Cohen- Child, Lauren and Chuck Pollak, and Jen and Paul Friedman.
There were 88 total attendees!
Our delicious Israeli inspired dinner: Moroccan Salmon, Israeli Couscous, asparagus ..preceded by roasted eggplant with tahini sauce, assorted olives, and
Desserts were baked by our own CBE bakers: Shelley Sherman, Ellen Krueger, Terri Block, and Linda Friedman.
Here we see guest at the home of Linda and Denis Friedman, enjoying live music after dessert.
Linda Friedman (barely seen standing at right), introduces live entertainment courtesy of Eat, Play, Love; a string ensemble from Acton-Boxborough High School.
Your Purim Shpiel players are hard at work preparing to bring you lots of entertainment and laughs. Don't miss this annual extravaganza!
A mug shot, but not of the police variety!
Here we see Cantor Sarra beaming after presenting the Zamir Chorale of Boston director one of our new CBE mugs.
As always, your Star-Lite editor welcomes all congregants to send in your photos of synagogue life. Email photos email@example.com
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