CEEBJ Blog

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

Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman, our beloved Rabbinic Scholar-in-Residence, died in Chicago on January 31 at the age of 100. He joined his beloved Lotte in the everlasting peace of the world to come just two weeks and two days after her death. I was one of several people who offered Read More

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

Most of the month of March coincides with the Hebrew month of Adar. In Adar, in preparation for the joyous celebration of Purim, our tradition tells us to “greatly increase our joy.” Just as we spend the month of Elul in introspection and reflection in order to prepare for the Read More

From Cantor Barash – March 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
March 1st, 2017

A very special thank you to conductor and composer Chris Tackett who premiered his Shabbat Shirah service on Friday, February 10. The service was lovely and all who attended were enamored with the music; his explanation of his inspiration for the compositions was captivating. Our deepest appreciation to Audrey Brooks Read More

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

The recent rise in anti- Semitic incidents across the country has led many Jewish organizations to reassess their security arrangements. This has been true at CEEBJ as well, as we have spent the past few months working on how to best upgrade the security of our building. I would particularly Read More

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

Does the winter weather ever “wreak havoc” on your mind and body? Some people call this “Cabin Fever.” Although, there’s nothing men and women can do about the weather, here are some events to attempt to quell cabin fever and avoid the wintertime blues. It’s your choice! The first event Read More

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

Once again, the Birds of Prey were at CEEBJ and wowed the attendees. This seems to be an exciting and popular event, combined with some great Chinese food. Thanks so much to Bruce Resnick, Mark Holland and Dan Wilkinson for their part in making this event a reality. Also, thanks Read More

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

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