From the Spiritual Life Committee
In April, CBH celebrates spring – renewal, hope and community.
SATURDAY APRIL 1, 9:30 A.M.
Charlotte and Georgia Lipnick will become b’not mitzvah in services they will lead with Rabbi Orden and the CBH Singers. B’nai mitzvah at CBH are not private events; they are the congregation’s Shabbat, a time to be together, recognize our young people’s achievement, and celebrate as a community. Be part of it!
WEDNESDAY APRIL 3, 7 P.M.
We are holding our 2nd annual Liberation Seder. With our friends from Fountain Baptist Church, we’ll explore the shared experience of Jews and African-Americans and compare our narratives of slavery and freedom in song and prayer. RSVP at bethhatikvah.org.
FRIDAY APRIL 7, 7:30 P.M.
Music Shabbat is a unique CBH way of welcoming the Sabbath in song. Join Rabbi Orden, Andy Kaplan and the CBH Singers for music, prayer, holiness and friendship.
FRIDAY APRIL 14, 7:30 P.M.
It’s Social Justice Shabbat. Grace Vinokur, casework supervisor for the International Rescue Committee, will speak on “Refugee Resettlement and Integration in Union County.” The presentation will include highlights from the IRC’s 33 years of experience welcoming refugees to northern New Jersey. Opportunities for advocacy and engagement will also be discussed.
SATURDAY APRIL 15, 9:30 A.M.
We celebrate Passover with a seder at home, but we also celebrate with a Festival Service! Join Rabbi Orden and Lay Cantor Steve Wetter for a Shabbat morning service that includes Hallel (songs of praise) and excerpts from Song of Songs, our tradition’s celebration of love and rebirth in springtime. Stay after for oneg and togetherness.
TUESDAY APRIL 18, 7:30 P.M.
Rabbi Orden will lead Yizkor prayers in memory of our loved ones as Passover concludes.
FRIDAY APRIL 21, 6:30 P.M.
Make Shabbat B’yachad, our monthly “Togetherness Shabbat,” your family tradition. Start the evening with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a service at 7:30 p.m. that’s scheduled to last no more than an hour. Mark Ticknor, who becomes a bar mitzvah this weekend, will join Rabbi Orden in leading services.
For the dinner, if your last name begins A-G, bring a main course; H-O, bring a salad; P-Z, bring a side dish. The meal is dairy/pareve, which means no meat or chicken. If you have questions about our food policy, please ask the Rabbi.
SATURDAY APRIL 22, 9:30 A.M.
Mark Ticknor will become a bar mitzvah during a service he will lead with Rabbi Orden and the CBH Singers. B’nai mitzvah services at CBH are not private events; they are the congregation’s celebration of Shabbat, of community and of our young people’s achievement. Be part of it!
FRIDAY APRIL 28, 7:30 P.M.
Come to CBH to share the hopefulness and warmth of spring. Join our Lay Cantor Steve Wetter in an intimate service with time to lift our voices in prayer and song, reflect on the past week, and connect with others in our community.
Kabbalat Shabbat at CBH
Shabbat is welcomed all year long at CBH. Each Friday evening we welcome Shabbat as a community in a variety of ways. Check the CBH calendar on the homepage for weekly service types and times.
All of our Shabbat services are casual - in atmosphere and dress. Everyone of all ages is welcome to attend.
The entire community is welcome, and encouraged, to attend services when a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is being celebrated.