One night during Hanukkah in 1993 in Billings, Montana, someone hurled a cinderblock through a window in the home of Tammie and Brian Schnitzer. This act was one of many Billings had suffered in the past year. The town had become subject to a great deal of anti-Black, anti-Hispanic, anti-Indian, […]
LET’S KICK 2020 TO THE CURB AND BRING IN THE LIGHT WITH A HANUKKAH VIRTUAL RAFFLE Happy Hanukkah to our CBS family! Let us celebrate together with a virtual Hanukkah Raffle! Click here for more details!
Hanukkah like you’ve never seen before! Beginning Thursday, December 10 at 7 pm, we’ll come together each night for Zoom candle lighting, with a program or activity following. Please see our Hanukkah Page for more details!
curated by Rabbi Phil Cohen plus The Meaning of Hanukkah! Videos: Mayim Bialik on Hanukkah. Informative and funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYeg7QbGR7E Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf. A Santa’s elf learns about Hanukkah. Perhaps a bit of a stretch, as Santa has a role, but it’s nice, a bit funny, and written in the style of Dr. Seuss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HIQzZC1ejA […]
This week our patriarch Jacob wrestles with an angel. Or is it a person? Or is it God? Or is it his own insecure self? The biblical text is purposely vague on this. But one thing is certain: It’s a momentous moment. A man returning home after many years, about to meet his brother Esau, from […]
Serving a new community in the time of a pandemic is surely no day at the beach. Still, I feel we’ve developed a good relationship, one that will deepen over time. I look forward to continuing to work with you on our many sacred tasks. HanukkahPalooza One reason I’m happy to be a part of this […]
Friends, Next week is Thanksgiving, and it’s going to be a Thanksgiving unlike any Thanksgiving in our lives. In my family, we do our best to gather on the fourth Thursday of November. Distance and my rabbinic responsibilities often prevent us from gathering as a family for the High Holy Days or Pesach. So, for the […]
By last Monday evening I realized I’d been involved in an interesting series of CBS events that began Thursday night. Thursday evening was the Zoom CBS board meeting; Friday our Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat service; Saturday morning, was our bi-weekly Torah study; Sunday morning was Sunday school; later in the afternoon I was part of a […]
I don’t know if we’ll have a president when this piece appears, though I can say with confidence that our fingernails are all considerably closer to the skin than they were a few days ago. So I thought momentarily to remove ourselves from the fate of our nation and take us back in time and […]
In this week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha, God commands Abraham and Sarah to leave their home and go to the place “which I shall show you (Genesis 12:1).” I will make you a blessing, God says. I’ll make your name great. Kind of vague but certainly promising. This command and promise means that this elderly couple are […]