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Two Weeks' Event Details
(Note: for Worship Service details, please see the Services this Month page.) 

Tuesday, February 21

  • 7:30 PM, Building Fund Analysis Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 22

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Adult Enrichment: Mastering Biblical Hebrew
  • 12:00-1:00 PM, Adult Enrichment: Practical Jewish Ethics for Our Lives
  • 1:00-2:00 PM, Adult Enrichment: Better Balance and Mobility
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School
  • 7:30 PM, Executive Committee Meeting
  • 8:00 PM, Evening Minyan

Thursday, February 23

  • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Volunteer at The Closet [Offsite]. More Info.
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School
  • 6:30-7:30 PM, Adult Enrichment: Better Balance and Mobility
  • 7:00 PM, Men’s Club Meeting
  • 7:30 PM, Fundraising Committee Meeting
  • 7:30 PM, Membership Committee Meeting

Friday, February 24

  • 7:00 PM, Grade 7 Shabbat Dinner
  • 8:00 PM, Erev Shabbat Service with participation by our Grade 7 Religious School students.

Saturday, February 25

Sunday, February 26

  • 9:00 AM, Rosh Chodesh Adar Torah Service
  • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Religious School
  • 12:00 PM, Purim Shpiel Rehearsal
  • 12:00-1:00 PM, Youth Torah Trope Class
  • 4:15-6:15 PM, Chai School

Monday, February 27

  • 12:00 PM, Order Deadline for Shalach Manot (Purim Baskets). Purim is coming soon; don't miss this opportunity to fulfill the Purim mitzvah to "send portions one to another" and help support the CBE Religious School at the same time! New pickup/delivery options this year. If you have questions or don't receive Shalach Manot ordering instructions in the mail, please go to the shalach manot web page or contact Stephanie Taraday.

Tuesday, February 28

  • 6:00-9:00 PM, Budget Fair
  • 7:00 PM, School Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 1

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Adult Enrichment: Mastering Biblical Hebrew
  • 12:00-1:00 PM, Adult Enrichment: Practical Jewish Ethics for Our Lives
  • 12:30-1:30 PM, Adult Enrichment: Better Balance and Mobility
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School
  • 7:00 PM, Food Service Committee Meeting
  • 8:00 PM, Evening Minyan

Thursday, March 2

  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School
  • 6:30-7:30 PM, Adult Enrichment: Better Balance & Mobility
  • 7:45-9:00 PM, Chorale Rehearsal [Social Hall]

Friday, March 3-Saturday, March 4

  • Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi David Ebstein, entitled Land is a Four Letter Word: Why We Don't Talk about Eretz Yisrael and Why We Should. These discussions will focus on the religious and theological aspects of Israel’s importance to Judaism; Rabbi David will not promote any political agenda and the intent of his visit is to inform rather than persuade. You will surely not want to miss these wonderful opportunities to learn from and with CBE’s own former Rabbi David. All events are free and open to all congregants and friends, and full information on the events and on Rabbi David is at www.bethemeth.org/ebstein.

Friday, March 3

  • Seaboard USY Winter Kinnus at Olam Tikvah [Offsite]
  • 6:00 PM, Family Service with participation by the BEECC Gimel class, followed by Oneg Shabbat in Rooms 8 & 9.
  • 6:45 -8:00 PM, Informal Shabbat Potluck Dinner with Rabbi David before services. Please RSVP with what you will bring at www.bethemeth.org/potluck.
  • 8:00 PM, Erev Shabbat Service enhanced by the CBE and Olam Tikvah Chorales.
  • Following Services, Rabbi David will present: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land. Jewish thinkers have written volumes about the people and state of Israel, but since 1948 we don’t seem to talk about the importance of the land of Israel. In light of the debate about Jews settling on the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria, a clear understanding of the importance of land in Judaism is essential.

Saturday, March 4

  • Seaboard USY Winter Kinnus at Olam Tikvah [Offsite]
  • 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Services. Rabbi David will deliver the sermon, entitled Holy Time (Shabbat) vs. Holy Space (Israel): Which is more important?
  • 10:30 AM, Ruach with Robin and Rebecca! Preschoolers through 5th grade and their families are invited to celebrate Shabbat with Morah Robin Cohen and Hazzan Rebecca Apt at a family-friendly learners’ service! Join us for a fun and engaging Shabbat experience filled with singing, guitar and lots of learning. We also have scheduled one more spirited Saturday Mornings at 10:30 AM, culminating in the sanctuary for the end of services and Oneg Shabbat. Mark your calendar: April 22. No RSVP required, just bring your Shabbat spirit! Questions? Contact Morah Robin.
  • After Kiddush luncheon, Study with Rabbi David “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”: Is it Really? This small piece of land is the flashpoint for the struggle between Palestinians and Israelis. How should we understand the Palestinian claims that the temple never existed, or the extreme right-wing Israeli demands that the temple should be rebuilt? Explore two different versions of reality, two different narratives that are shaping the way we relate to holiness and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Using passages from two important works by Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath, and Israel: An Echo of Eternity and other teachings of our sages, we will explore the idea of holy time and holy space, and learn which Heschel believes to be the more important of the two. Is land important to the Jewish people? Is the land of Israel holy? Is it worth fighting for this land?

Sunday, March 5

  • Seaboard USY Winter Kinnus at Olam Tikvah [Offsite]
  • 9:00 AM, Morning Minyan
  • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Religious School
  • 12:00-1:00 PM, Youth Torah Trope Class
  • 3:30 PM, CBE is again hosting a hypothermia-prevention dinner at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. Thank you to everyone who assisted with our previous successful dinners at the shelter! We have one more dinner for 110 guests scheduled this season, and we especially need cooked chicken donations. Hot food will need to be delivered to the shelter on the day of the dinner. More Info/Sign Up.
  • 4:15-6:15 PM, Chai School

Monday, March 6

  • 9:15 AM-1:15 PM, BEECC Silly Week for Purim

Tuesday, March 7

  • 9:15 AM-1:15 PM, BEECC Silly Week for Purim
  • 11:30 AM, Weekly Staff Meeting
  • 3:30-4:30 PM, Tutoring [Room 10]
  • 7:30 PM, Fundraising Committee Meeting


Save the Date


Wednesday, March 6

  • 12:00 PM, Deadline for Ordering Purim Baked Goods from Sunflower. Celebrate Purim with delicious goodies from Sunflower Bakery -- delivered right to CBE on Wednesday, March 8, for your pickup 3:00pm-5:00pm! Enjoy tasty, kosher, pareve hamentaschen (traditional, chocolate dough, chocolate dipped, and gluten free) made by the bakery that serves the community. Help support developmentally disabled people trained at Sunflower. Start by taking a look at the menu of available items at www.sunflowerbakery.org/holidays/purim.

Saturday, March 11

  • 7:00 PM, Purim Megillah Reading. Come in costume!

Sunday, March 12

  • Purim Palooza 5777! Plan ahead to join in the fun, with Purim Shpiels and activities for all ages. Check out the day’s schedule and pre-order to avoid the lines at www.bethemeth.org/purim. Special Shpiel and early carnival opening for the pre-school to 1st grade set and their families. Start getting your costumes ready NOW! This year our Purim tzedakah project is to bring hardcover/hard page children’s books for the shelter.
  • 9:00 AM–2:00 PM, Plan to visit Vashti’s Shuk when you come to the CBE Purim Palooza! The Marilyn Rosenberg Judaica Shop at CBE is holding a one-day sale, called Vashti's Shuk, the day of our Purim festivities. "Lots" of items will be marked down for clearance, and all regularly priced merchandise will be 20% off. Pesach’s just around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to find whatever ceremonial and novelty items you want for the holiday. In addition, you’ll find a wide variety of Judaic items to satisfy your gift, holiday, and everyday needs, so “Shop the Shop” (not the net).

Saturday, March 18

  • 8:30 PM, JCCNV Film Festival Comes to CBE! Please join us for a FREE screening of the 2013 film Kidon, French director Emmanuel Naccache's "surprising and twisted spy comedy about the Mossad's attempts to find out who killed Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh." Hebrew, French, English and Arabic with English Subtitles. Come and spend the evening with your synagogue friends and enjoy this fun and exciting thriller for free! We'll even throw in the snacks – no RSVP required. View the trailer at www.tinyurl.com/cbe-kidon

Keep your eyes on this page for more informatiom about upcoming CBE events!


Other News


Executive Director Search. CBE’s first (and only) executive director, Linda Eisinger, has announced that after 23 rewarding years, she will retire from her role. Linda has set a very high bar for her replacement, and so an Executive Director Search Committee has been established, chaired by Jane Torman with Joel Richards, Alex Stillman, Jim Katzman, Mark Levinson, Joanne Levine, Lori Heisler, and Debbie Katz as committee members. More details about the search will be available in the March Shofar. If you know of any interested candidates (they do not need to be working as Jewish professionals; candidates from other backgrounds are welcome), please refer them to the job posting at www.bethemeth.org/executive-director-search. If you have questions or suggestions for the Search Committee, please contact [email protected].

$100 Credit! Word of mouth is the way many families locate and choose a preschool. Trusted friends are the best source! CBE and BEECC families that successfully refer children to BEECC have the choice of receiving a $100 credit on their CBE dues or their BEECC tuition or donating the $100 back to the congregation.

Are you interested in visiting Israel with your CBE family? We have started the planning process for a 10-day trip, including 2 Shabbatot, during winter break 2017. We will be sending a brief online survey tomorrow (Wednesday) to gauge interest and ask a few questions that will help with planning. As time is short to make reservations for preferred hotels and activities, we hope you will reply to the survey as soon as possible. Your responses are only to help with planning and are not binding! If you have questions, please contact Lois Jacobs or Susan Dilles.

Camp Kaitana is looking for teenagers to volunteer to help out at our preschool day camp this summer! Contact Judy Fox-Tepper at [email protected] or 703-860-4515 ext. 115. These are unpaid positions for volunteer hours.

Do you need a ride to come to CBE services and events? Can you help provide rides to CBE services and events? As a congregation, we want to make sure that all congregants wishing to participate in any CBE event can do so even if they cannot drive themselves. So we started a new Mitzvah Brigade Ride Board to match those members who need a ride with those who can help. We are primarily using an online signup at www.tinyurl.com/CBE-Rides. You can also request a ride by phoning the office at 703-860-4515 ext 101.


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