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Reb Lisa's Message


We are entering the year 5783 with lots of ruach and joy!

Everyday, for over a week, we have had something going on at CBI! The place is literally hopping with activity!

Starting last Tuesday, October 11, Shul School kicked off in the Sukkah! Welcome to our new Director Nathan Sutton, new teacher Skye Gavin and welcome back to teacher Meadow Davis. It was great to see everyone return to Shul School for a year of learning and Jewish community.

The next day on Wednesday, Teen Tikkun met in the Sukkah for dinner and activities including making beautiful paper lanterns for the Sukkah!

Thursday, Hazzan Steve led the Ten Minute Tune Up on Zoom and I met with Sophie Rambach who will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat. Sophie worked diligently with me for two hours on everything from fine tuning her drash, to practicing prayers and her Torah portion. We can’t wait to celebrate with her as she kicks off a new Torah cycle with Parashat Bereishit–Genesis.

Friday the Sukkah was completely bursting at the seams! Menchkin families met for Tot Shabbat and then the whole community gathered for festive appetizers and drinks followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and a lovely dessert oneg under the stars! At the service, we gave L’hitraot blessings to our beloved Loretta who is moving to North Carolina. Oh how we miss her already! It was wonderful to see all the kids playing on their new structure, and for us to be able to share delicious bites and sips outside in the beautiful evening air.

Saturday night, we said goodbye to Shabbat in my home sukkah. We made havdalah, shared drinks and dessert and told lots of great stories and jokes.

Can you believe there’s more?

Sunday morning, a group gathered at CBI for morning prayer and tefillin in the sukkah. Thank you to Daniel Lampert who pitched the idea at Havdallah the night before. Those who attended really enjoyed it. As such, Daniel and Hazzan Steve will now be leading a weekday Shacharit service every Sunday morning at 9:30! Incredible!

Later Sunday morning, there was a sold out Sisterhood event: Bagels, Brushes, and Broads at Brush Strokes Ceramics Studio. Sisterhood had the entire studio to themselves and for two hours this lively group painted Judaica, schmoozed, and ate delicious bages prepared by Larry Trimboli! Wow!

Then…Monday evening, we celebrated Simchat Torah at CBI! We read the end and beginning of the Torah and then with lively music, danced with both Torah scrolls throughout the sanctuary and in the backyard. Thank you to Dana and Daniel Lampert for bringing a wonderful spread of food and drinks for us to enjoy together!

Finally, bringing us to the present, Shul School met again yesterday on Tuesday. Can you believe that we had something happening every single day of the week!

As I said in my drash on Erev Rosh Hashanah, CBI is a wonderful community with literally something for everyone! Let’s keep our community pulsing with joy and meaningful events all year long! I can’t wait to see you at all of them!

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