What if I don’t know the prayers? What if I don’t know Hebrew?
The prayers you need are written in your heart. The words in the prayer book are amazing resources to help you access what is locked on the inside. If you want to use traditional prayers, that’s great — give it some time and keep an eye out for an intro to the siddur (prayer book) course, or make the time to do some learning with Reb Rachel, and you can pick up some skills there. But at CBI you can pray in any language you want — and, beyond that, any mode you want: words, silence, chanting, yoga. All of these can be ways of connecting with something beyond yourself.
What if I’m interested in something Jewish but CBI isn’t doing it?
Tell us what you want, and if we can make it happen, we will. Also, if you have the energy to make something happen, let us know – we are eager to get new and creative programs up and running.
Our rabbi and spiritual leader, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat leads davenen (prayer) two Shabbats each month, one Friday night and one Saturday Morning. On the other Shabbatot, our services are usually led by Rabbi Pam Wax or Rabbi Jarah Greenfield. Sometimes we have guest (prayer leaders) instead of, or in addition to, our usual leaders of prayer. Our google calendar usually indicates who’s leading services when.