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WHO WE ARE


     "I looked around the room, and I realized this is what I love so much   

about CBH--these wonderful friends coming together, celebrating 

Shabbat, sharing a meal, singing."    --  Pam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words our members use to describe our CBH community:

 

   Judgement-free

   Non-cliquey

   Friendly

   Fun

   Participatory

   Informal

   Homey

   Genuine and authentic

   Creative

   Good energy

 

As a Reconstructionist synagogue, we make Judaism relevant to our modern lives and strive to create a sense of unity among our diverse community – Jew and non-Jew, men and women, straight and LGBTQ, and people of different ethnicities, beliefs, political stripes, and backgrounds.

 

Meet some of our members

 

Our Values 

Caring (Chesed): We support one another through the joys and trials of our personal and communal lives.

 

Inclusivity (Bruchim Ha’Baim): We welcome diversity in all its forms, including sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, age, level of Jewish engagement, and personal history including singles, interfaith couples, and families of all kinds.

 

Social Responsibility (Areivut): We work to improve our local religious and secular communities, our society, and the world.

 

Judgment-free Comfort (Nochiyut): We create an accepting, informal environment in which individuals are comfortable coming as they are.

 

Spirituality (Ruchaniyut): We provide a nurturing environment for exploring our spiritual lives and expressing it in our individual ways.

 

Balancing Tradition and Innovation (Izun Masoret v’Chidush): We respect the traditions that unify all Jews. We balance tradition with innovation to reflect contemporary values.

 

Devotion to Learning (Talmud Torah): We create many and varied opportunities for all our members to continue learning and developing their connection to our rich Jewish culture.

 

Engagement (Me’uravut): We seek to maximize individuals’ involvement and to engage all our members in the life of the community.

 

Collaborative Decision-making (Kabbalat Hachlatot M’shutefet): The membership and our rabbi work together to make decisions that affect our congregation.

 

Jewish Continuity (L’dor v' Dor): We are devoted to making Jewish life compelling for our community’s children and passing to them a strong sense of Jewish identity and pride.

Our History

CBH's history of DIY community-building has a lot to do with the special flavor of the congregation today.  Read about it here.

Wed, August 21 2019 20 Av 5779