Sing with Us at the Hanukkah Program

This year’s Hanukkah Program will be held Sunday, December 17th, at 2:00 p.m. Consider joining one of our groups this season, and prepare some festive songs to share with our community. Adult Choir meets on these Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. Men’s Group meets on these Sundays, 10:10 a.m.—11:00 a.m.: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3. Kids Choir meets on these Sunday mornings, 9:00 a.m.—9:20 a.m.: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10. All groups come together for one large dress rehearsal Sunday afternoon December 10th, at 2:00 p.m. Email Music Director Emily Tummons to sign up: emily@beth-torah.org


The whole enchilada (Kids Choir, Adult Choir, Men's Group) at last year’s CBT Hanukkah Program.


December Shabbat Huddle  

 At our next Shabbat Huddle, we will welcome two guest facilitators: Joel Krichiver and Lezlie Zucker. We will meet in the space behind the ark, 5:45 p.m. — 6:15 p.m., Friday, December 22nd.

Shabbat Huddles are held approximately once per quarter throughout the year. Looking back over this current year, 2017, here are the themes that we have explored together:

1. February 2017 Huddle: At our February Huddle, we featured the songwriting creations of two of our members, Lezlie Zucker and Tim Intfen. Together with the whole music team, we played and sang many of Tim and Lezlie’s original Shabbat-connected songs, like “Hinei Mah Tov,” “Haporeis Sukat Shalom,” “Sing Unto God,” “Stand & Pray,” “Or Chadash,” “Shalom Rav.”

2. May 2017 Huddle: We focused on Jerusalem, given the Huddes proximity in time to Yom Yerushalayim. From our new High Holy Day machzor Mishkan HaNefesh, we pulled together some meaty Israel-themed prayers and readings. We also sang songs like “Bashanah Haba’ah” and, of course, “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.” 

3. September 2017 Huddle: This Huddle was scheduled at the threshold of the Hebrew month of Elul, and so it centered around the liturgy and music of this season of preparation for the Days of Awe. Again we drew on the rich readings and prayers found in Mishkan HaNefesh, and we sang songs like “Dodi Li,” “Achat Shaalti,” “Hashiveinu,” and “Pitchu Li.” 

4. And now, for the December 2017 Huddle, here are some of the themes that Joel and Lezlie will explore: Winter will have just begun the day before, which makes this point of the year the darkest time, the time with the smallest amount of sunlight. Lezlie and Joel will weave together music and meditations about light and darkness, drawing also from the Torah portion for that Shabbat.



New Moon Lab

We will greet the Hebrew month of Sh’vat at our next New Moon Lab, on Saturday, January 20th, at 6:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. Babysitting is always provided for this program. If you have never attended a New Moon Lab before, here is a refresher on exactly what this program is all about: 

There’s an old tradition of the whole community coming together, going outside on a Saturday night early on in the new Jewish month, and saying the birkat halevana, the glorious blessing to greet the new moon. As the moon reappears to face its Creator each month, so we can renew ourselves spiritually in greeting the Shechinah (the Divine Presence) each month, by learning about and then taking part in this custom. Here at CBT, we come together to explore Talmudic texts, make havdalah, say the blessing over the new moon, sing, discuss that month’s themes, experiment with different learning/praying formats, and hang out afterward eating Moon Pies. 

In this photo you can see the group that gathered for this year’s Nisan New Moon Lab (holding up their moon pies!) in April 2017. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth time, please feel free to join us on January 20th.



At our next Shabbat Huddle, we will welcome two guest facilitators: Joel Krichiver and Lezlie Zucker. We will meet in the space behind the ark, 5:45 p.m. — 6:15 p.m., Friday, December 22nd.

Shabbat Huddles are held approximately once per quarter throughout the year. Looking back over this current year, 2017, here are the themes that we have explored together:

1. February 2017 Huddle: At our February Huddle, we featured the songwriting creations of two of our members, Lezlie Zucker and Tim Intfen. Together with the whole music team, we played and sang many of Tim and Lezlie’s original Shabbat-connected songs, like “Hinei Mah Tov,” “Haporeis Sukat Shalom,” “Sing Unto God,” “Stand & Pray,” “Or Chadash,” “Shalom Rav.”

2. May 2017 Huddle: We focused on Jerusalem, given the Huddles proximity in time to Yom Yerushalayim. From our new High Holy Day machzor Mishkan HaNefesh, we pulled together some meaty Israel-themed prayers and readings. We also sang songs like “Bashanah Haba’ah” and, of course, “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.” 

3. September 2017 Huddle: This Huddle was scheduled at the threshold of the Hebrew month of Elul, and so it centered around the liturgy and music of this season of preparation for the Days of Awe. Again we drew on the rich readings and prayers found in Mishkan HaNefesh, and we sang songs like “Dodi Li,” “Achat Shaalti,” “Hashiveinu,” and “Pitchu Li.” 

4. And now, for the December 2017 Huddle, here are some of the themes that Joel and Lezlie will explore: Winter will have just begun the day before, which makes this point of the year the darkest time, the time with the smallest amount of sunlight. Lezlie and Joel will weave together music and meditations about light and darkness, drawing also from the Torah portion for that Shabbat.