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Important News from CEEBJ

  • Press Release: ARZA/CCAR Statement on Two-State Solution, US Policy.
  • It is with sadness that we report the death of our former Rabbinic Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Herman Schaalman. Click for the obituary and the words spoken by Rabbi Berkson at the funeral.
  • The Eighteenth Annual “Name the Costume for the Rabbis’ Purim Appearance” Contest is underway.  Click for details and entry form.  Entry deadline is Feb. 26.
  • AFS Dinner & Service, March 10. Please consider participating in the AFS Shabbat by sharing a meal and services with an AFS student.  Here’s how!
  • Annual Passover Congregational Dinner, April 11. Join us on the second night of Passover for a festive, participatory Seder and delicious dinner.  All are welcome. To reserve and pay for your seats, please go to the Reservations & Payments option in the main menu by April 5.


From Rabbi Marc Berkson – February 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2017

As I noted several years ago, installation is the act of putting something in place. We think of installing a carpet or installing appliances. Yet installation is also the act of putting a person in an appropriate place, i.e. an appropriate office or position. And, while Toba Schaller was ordained Read More

From Rabbi Toba Schaller – Feburary 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2017

Have you seen the email or facebook post floating around reminding you to be thankful even when you might not initially feel the inspiration to be? It comes around several times a year and has been prevalent on my feeds lately. Almost in the form of a prayer it offers Read More

From CEEBJ President Michael Levin – February 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2017

We at CEEBJ are blessed with a terrific, supportive staff. Without their assistance, none of the many activities of our congregation would be able to take place. With all the many and varied services and events, our few staff members have their hands full keeping everything running smoothly. Our Women Read More

From Brotherhood President Garrett Butenhoff – February 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2017

The Brotherhood has been around for over 80 years and continues to be a vibrant part of this Congregation. All of the programs and fundraising that we do could not be accomplished without the volunteers who give of their time for the betterment of the Congregation. While the Brotherhood membership Read More

From Women of Emanu-El President Ruth Treisman – February 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2017

We have all made New Year resolutions to guide us for the upcoming year. This year’s Woman of Emanu-El’s theme is “It’s your choice!” which will provide many interesting topics to discuss, as well as enable you to reflect upon your esolutions over the coming year. I believe we are Read More

From Rabbi Marc Berkson – January 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
December 30th, 2016

I write these words as 2016 nears an end taking them from the words I offered to the congregation over several Sabbaths, words of hope and prayer for our President-Elect. I originally spoke of the power of words, how words can create and how words can destroy. As I did, Read More

From Rabbi Toba Schaller – January 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
December 30th, 2016

From Our Director of Lifelong Learning By the time I graduated the 8th grade, my religious school class of three had dwindled down to just me. My sister had long been the solo kid in her grade and had been forced to join in the grades above and below until Read More

Cantor David Barash – “Musical Happenings” – January 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
December 30th, 2016

A hearty thank you to the members of our Children’s Choir: Hazel Alpren, Alex Berg, Alan Cohen, Isaac Feiges, Julianna Franklin, Lucy Girton, Ahlena Jacobsohn, Will Jacobsohn, Benji Kane, Hailey Kane, Eli Levin, Elliot Lippman, Sam Lippman, Brian McMahon, Logan McMahon, Ashtyn Michael, Adelyne O’Connor, Benjamin Raphael, Nathan Raphael, Hailee Read More

From Debbi Carter Berkson (Social Action Chair) – January 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
December 30th, 2016

This last year our nation has been through an election cycle that has been far more bitter and filled with messages of hate and intolerance than our country has experienced in more than a generation. This month we will be remembering Martin Luther King’s Birthday. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke Read More

From CEEBJ President Michael Levin – January 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
December 30th, 2016

I have heard from many congregants worried about the recent election and its aftermath. We have witnessed the voices of hatred unleashed in this country in a way that none of us can remember ever hearing before. Many of us wonder what we can do to fight against what is Read More

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