10:00 AM Shabbat morning service Ariel Levine will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah
Family Shabbat Service
This 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 Matt Liebman.
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!
Sisterhood Spreads the Joy of Purim
Sisterhood owes a huge thanks to the 23 sister volunteers who donated their time and energy to bake 500 hamentashen cookies, fill 157 orders for Purim gift bags with hamentashen and other treats, and deliver the gift bags to congregant homes in Acton and way beyond. Why all the fuss? Sisterhood is continuing Mishloach Manot, the age-old tradition of sending gifts of food to friends and family for Purim. Not only did we raise nearly $500 for Sisterhood and CBE causes, but more importantly we reinforced the connections that make our CBE community so strong.
In particular, we thank the Mishloach Manot volunteers: Laura Kelmar, Ellen Krueger, Eve Aronoff, Randi Wallen, Risa Selig, Debbie Murphy, Marcy Hoban, Lori Lotterman, Sue Gruskay, Lauren Pollak, Julie Agapite, Honi Kawut, Karen Capland, Julie Agapite, Pam Laufer, Michelle Jacob, Julie McCall, Susan Seger, Sue Gruskay, Andrew Gruskay, Karen Augustine, Barbara Frank, Tina Bloom, Barbara Epstein, and Candy Bowe.
We also thank Karen Collins, CBE congregant and proprietor of Bisousweet Confections, for generously providing us with the 500 pre-cut dough circles for hamentashen baking. A round of applause goes to the Sisterhood Mishloach Manot committee: Sue Gruskay (chair, grand shopper and route mapper), Julie Agapite (creative publicity), Julie McCall (order fulfillment and spreadsheet wizard), and Laura Kelmar (supreme baker/ coordinator). We once again owe gratitude to Leann Shamash who was the brainchild behind yet another wonderful tradition for CBE.
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 at email@example.com.
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.
Adult Education Committee Seeks New Members!
Are you passionate about Jewish Educaton, and have fresh ideas about classes and courses that can be taught here?
Or do you just want to help organize and run classes? Please contact Julie Kozhukhin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at email@example.com 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.
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
Me'ah Select Program
Me'ah Select classes are intensive and unique single- term classes that focus on particular themes, historical periods, texts and/or personalities in Jewish history. These classes adhere to the same high standards of instruction as the Me'ah Classic program, and are targeted to adults of all backgrounds who are seeking to take a first or ongoing step on their Jewish journeys.
The Adult Education committee wants to bring this program to CBE next academic year and needs your input. The tuition for each semester-long class depends on the class enrollment and is expected to be around $350. Financial assistance is available.
Hebrew College (the facilitator of the program) suggested a few classes for us. The class descriptions can be found here. If you are interested in any of these classes, please either take a survey on the same form or email Julie Kozhukhin at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you take the survey, please make sure to go through both sections and press "Submit" button at the end. If the suggested classes do not interest you, please take a look at other classes offered in the Boston area and let us know what might interest you now or in the future: http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/meah-select#sthash.5FyY2hKv.dpuf
Sign Up to Host an Oneg
When considering Oneg, think about celebrating the special moments in your life. If you're 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.
We continue an occasional Star-Lite feature: congregant-submitted humor! Please submit your Jewish jokes to email@example.com.
Our next Jewish joke comes from your editor. Given his questionable sense of humor, we would welcome additional contributions from more comical congregants:
Mrs. Hurwitz complains to her husband: "Just look at that couple down the road, how lovely they are. He keeps holding her hand, kissing her, holding the door for her, why can't you do the same?" Mr. Hurwitz replies: "Are you mad? I barely know the woman!"
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. Thanks again to our many photo contributors: Paul Friedman, Daniel Shrives, Laura Kelmar, Jodi Barron, Allison Forseter, and Chuck Pollak.
Your Star-Lite editor is not sure if this is another scene from the recent Sisterhood mah jongg worskshop, or a bunch of folks staring at a pile of biscottis on the table.
The Lelchook family took part in the fun at the Megillah reading...
ELC Director Meryl Alpert makes sure that her students feel the Purim spirit, too.
Spielers just gotta have fun...!
"Did you bring the hamentaschen?"
"No, I thought you brought the hamentaschen!"
As always, your Star-Lite editor welcomes all congregants to send in your photos of synagogue life. Email photos firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch a STAR!
Catch a Star.... the monthly STAR online, that is. Click here to download the current issue, and many past issues.
CBE We've Got Mail ... Updated with Current Board Listings