Unique and meaningful
Shabbat at CBI is a unique and meaningful experience. Our services are innovative, diverse and filled with song, joy and spirituality. We welcome Shabbat on Friday nights in our sanctuary with our congregation and welcome visitors as we join together in worship. The smaller Torah Study group on Saturday mornings provides a more intimate, participatory setting to learn and pray.
One of the central Jewish prayers for those who are ill or recovering from illness or accidents is the Misheberach. The prayer takes its name from two words: “mi" and "sheberach” meaning, “the One who blessed.” It asks that the One who blessed our ancestors bring about a complete healing for the person for whom the blessing is said. On Shabbat and Festivals we offer the Misheberach prayer for those in need of healing (physically & spiritually) and welcome you to submit the names of those who could use our prayers.
HOW DO WE READ THE TORAH?
The Torah is divided into fifty-four sections, each one called a sidrah or parasha. Each week, on Shabbat another portion is read (some weeks have a double portion). In most Reform synagogues, a portion of the sidrah is read. On festivals, Reform congregations read from the portions traditionally assigned to those holidays. In addition, a selection from the Prophets or Writings is read each week. Known as the Haftarah, this reading is selected to relate to the text of the Torah portion. In most synagogues, the Torah and Haftarah portions are chanted.
Most synagogues have at least one Torah scroll, from which the Torah is read during worship services. It is handwritten on parchment made from the specially treated skin of a kosher animal, and the letters are inscribed with a quill pen by a specially trained scribe called a sofer.
The cycle of Torah reading is completed within one year. On the holiday of Simchat Torah, the last and first verses of the Torah are read as the cycle continues.
This is a joyous observance, often accompanied by dancing and music.