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I have studied with Rabbi Shai Held at Hadar and have the utmost respect for him and his Torah erudition. Rabbi Held is president and dean of the Hadar Institute, a center for traditional, egalitarian Jewish learning in New York City. As a follow-up to my recent post, I share ...continue reading "Finding Hope in a Hopeless America by Rabbi Shai Held"

Message to the Jewish Community and CBI Acknowledging the Burdens of the Black Community Rabbi Dov Gartenberg 6/1/2020 I recall when I my children were about to go to college, that I sat down with them to talk about Anti-Semitism they might encounter during their college years. I would share ...continue reading "Acknowledging the Burdens of the Black Community"

Brought to you by Congregation B’Nai Israel and Rabbi Dov’s Jewish Music Artists’  Fund Chava Mirel Wednesday, June 3rd, 7 PM Virtual Jewish “Singing Circle”: Chava uses song and meditative silence to inspire and reduce stress. Friday, June 12th , 6 - 7 PM, Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat: Welcome shabbat with ...continue reading "Virtual Services and Concerts with Great Jewish Musical Artists, June 2020"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg With the Governor’s 1st phase reopening guidelines, it is possible for Houses of Worship to gather at 25% capacity. At the time of this writing, the CBI leadership is deliberating on what makes sense for our congregation.  I have recommended a cautious approach to gathering physically. While ...continue reading "Trying to Return to Reading the Torah: A Thought Experiment"