We hope you will join us in supporting Sisterhood while having some fun with your sisters! Thank you in advance for your help!
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 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.
Family Shabbat Service
Friday evening, April 1st at 7:00 PM
Celebrate Shabbat with music and prayers, blessings and stories!
Geared especially toward children in grades one through six, yet designed to be welcoming for all adults and children, our Family Shabbat services feature many opportunities for participation, and instrumental accompaniment by CBE's own talented musicians.
This is a wonderful way for children (and parents) to learn and to feel the special sense of joy and pride that comes with leading a community in prayer. Please let Rabbi Mintz or Cantor Spierer know if you or your child would like to help lead.
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!
Zamir Chorale - Double Chai Celebration
The world-renowned Zamir Chorale of Boston comes to CBE on May 22. But did you know that this year also marks the double chai 36-year anniversary of our choir?
Share your love for CBE's choir, and director Judy Kramer, by purchasing an ad or tribute in the Zamir Chorale concert program book.
And while you're at it, don't forget to buy your tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. Concert tickets make wonderful Mother's Day, anniversary and birthday gifts. Invite the relatives from out of town. Did you know that CBE choir will also be performing a few numbers with Zamir? This is an occasion not to be missed, and we expect that seats will sell out! Learn more and buy tickets at http://www.bethelohim.org/zamir.html
Spring Clean Up Day April 17th
Sunday, April 17th 9:30 AM - noon'ish
Please mark your calendar and join us! There's a variety of beautification and maintenance activities to complete.
Young and Old, Parents and Children
Pruning and Clearing, Raking and Sweeping
A chance to enjoy the outdoors and get our synagogue in great shape for Spring!
Many hands make light work...
RSVP if you can to Bob & Deena Ferrara or
Purim Baking, Sisterhood-style!
The Sisters once again ruled supreme in the baking department, producing over 500 Hamantaschen from Karen Collins' wonderful dough circles for the annual Purim Bag distribution.
Hard at work making the goodies for the Purim bags...
Sisterhood bag ladies, displaying their bags...
The Sisterhood hamantaschen factory overflowing with hamantaschen...
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.
Hallelujah! CBE Choir Annual Music Shabbat
A Service of Praise and Celebration Friday, April 8, 7:30 PM
The Beth Elohim Choir looks forward to seeing everyone at its annual music Shabbat. This year's service is inspired by Psalm 150, whose text tells us to praise God with our voices and with instruments.
We will be singing four very different settings of Psalm 150 - contemplative to rhythmic to rousing. And in keeping with the text, we'll have a variety of instrumental accompaniments, including tof, clarinet, flute, cello, guitar, autoharp and piano.
Many of the tunes in the service are among the choir's favorites, and we are sure they will be yours as well!
Don't miss this always popular annual choir event!
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.
Cantor Sarra reading Purim story
Next Tot Shabbat
Friday evening, April 15th at 6:00 PM.
All of our youngest children and their families are invited to sing, dance, pray, and learn with Cantor Sarra at our monthly Tot Shabbat.
During "Torah Time", we'll hear a story and march with our own Torah scrolls. Children with a birthday during the month will receive a special birthday song. After services, we will all come together for Oneg Shabbat, a sweet snack and conversation in the Social Hall. This is a wonderful way to meet new friends in the community!
Seth Barron carrying Torah
Tot Shabbat and ROSH ("Ruach on Shabbat" services for elementary-school aged children and their families) take place on either the third or fourth Friday of each month. Look on CBE's online calendar to find out all of the dates for services this year!
If you'd like, bring your own (dairy) dinner and join us anytime after 5:15 P.M. as we eat together in the Social Hall before the service.All are welcome. Please contact Cantor Sarra with any questions or for more information.
Sisterhood Run Sunday April 24th
Save the date!! The Sisterhood's "Rush Hashanah Run" was such a big hit in the fall, so we decided to organize another team for an upcoming race. The Groton Road Race, which is on Sunday, April 24th, is a fantastic event because they have events for everyone!
There is a Tot Trot for kids under 6 years of age, 2k, 5k and 10k! They also give out great t shirts! And, if you are 65 and over, the race is free! See the link, below, to the race website so you can check it out. If you would like to be part of this event, click on the link below to register. Please email Emily Blumberg so we know if you and/or your family members will be joining us.
This week's photo album features scenes from a variety of recent CBE events. Thanks to our many photo contributors: Paul Friedman, Daniel Shrives, Laura Kelmar, Jodi Barron, Allison Forseter, and Chuck Pollak.
Forgot to bring rice and beans donations to last weekend's Purim festivities?
No problem, as our CBE teens were ready with bags of rice and beans just for you!
Stop the presses! Chuck Pollak just delivered photos from tonight fun Purim Service.
We're not sure what's happening here, but it appears that Rabbi Bernie Mintz and Cantor Hillary Spierer are sharing the pulpit with one of Harry Potter's wizards.
Purim Shpiel players, waiting in the wings, for their moment on stage!
A tense stand-off, good versus evil, during this year's Purim Shpiel!
Three high school seniors at Purim Shpiel, prior to having their first cup of coffee, and then ....
The three high school seniors (Stephanie Margolis, Arielle Sabot, Maxine Markowitz) after having their first cup of coffee!
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