150th Events and Programs
CBE launched its year of celebration at the Opening Ceremony on October 7th, 2012.
The opening ceremony included a breakfast with Soferet Linda Coppelson and many distinguished guests. The keynote address was given by Nicole Krauss. The scribing of the sefer torah began with an emotional ceremony where Rabbi Emeritus Weider and CBE's past presidents scribed the first word of the Torah, Breishit.
*Have You Made Your Date to Scribe?
Many of our congregants have made their dates and time slots are harder to get with more than half sold out. Only 4 appointments left for private scribing on Opening Day! Make your appointment before it's too late at cbebk.org.
Save the date for other upcoming events and programs:
March 9th, 2013 at 12:30
History of CBE in Ten Items: BBC told the history of the world in 100 items; we can tell ours in 10! Learn from our historian and archivist Martha Foley about the rich history of our community and play with the original key to the building.
April 18, 2013 at 7:30pm
The changing face of Reform Judaism at CBE: A retrospective with Rabbi Gerald Wieder
The shift that occurred at CBE over the 1970's, 80's, and 90's were a reflection of huge shift occurring within Reform Judaism around the country. Come learn about just how much CBE has changed over Rabbi Gerald Weider's long and succesful career as Senior Rabbi of CBE and what it meant to push for those changes. Rabbi Weider will be interviewed and in discussion with Rabbi Marc Katz and Cantor Josh Breitzer.
April 27, 2013
150th Gala at Steiner Studios
May 5th, 2013 at 9:30 am
Give Voice to Power, A Gathering to Celebrate Women Change Makers from our Matriarchs to our Torah Scribe, to our Political, Cultural and Social Heroines. Click here for details.
September 22, 2013
Siyyum: Closing Ceremony
We conclude our 150th year with the writing of the final letters in our Torah. Join us as we sing and dance in the streets.
For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Rabbi Marc Katz at 718-768-3814, ext. 256 or Mkatz@cbebk.org or April Mellas at ext. 263 or Amellas@cbebk.org
Past events at CBE
Learn to Chant Torah: In honor of the 150th birthday of CBE and the Sefer Torah project, we are looking to help 150 people read Torah this year. Look out in the coming weeks for these opportunities. Never read before and want to learn? Our clergy are always available to meet with you and help you prepare for this mitzvah.
October 20th at 12:30 (after Yachad)
Raiders of the Lost Plaque: a behind the scene tour of CBE's plaques and windows. Every name tells a story, but there are many we don’t know! Come learn the stories (and juicy history) behind the names on the plaques and windows around CBE. Led by CBE archivist and historian Martha Foley.
December 14, 2012
Our 150th Hanukkah Reunion & Shabbat
Celebrate our 150th Hanukkah as a community with a special Shabbat service and festive oneg.
January 17th, 2013
Pluralism and the Future of American Judaism
Come hear our distinguished panel of speakers, Rabbis Asher Lopatin (Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in Chicago and incoming head of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah), Rick Jacobs (President of the Union for Reform Judaism), Joy Levitt (Executive Director at The JCC in Manhattan), David Ellenson (President of Hebrew Union College), and David Hoffman (Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America) as they examine changes in American Judaism in previous decades and discuss the changing landscape for the future. What is the future of our movement structure? What unites and divides the diversity of practice and ideology of American Jewry. This panel will be moderated by Rabbi Andy Bachman, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim.