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Sign up here to volunteer at CBI

CBI is a thriving community that offers a robust variety of programs and services.  We invite you to be part of the work we do to repair the world and to build community. Whether you can offer one day per year, or several hours per week, we are so grateful for your commitment to the growth and vibrancy of our synagogue community.

Help prepare kiddush: Join us in the CBI kitchen to prepare kiddush lunch for the community.

Be a greeter at services: Welcome congregants as they arrive at shul on Shabbat.

Setup and cleanup at events: Help with chairs, tables, food, and sound equipment at events and services.

Welcome new members: Deliver welcome bags and plan new member gatherings as part of the membership committee.  

Offer care: Add your name to the list of volunteers who provide care to our community. See the Chesed Committee information below.

Visit those in need: See the Bikkur Holim information below. 

Invite community members to your holiday or Shabbat table: If you have an extra place at your gathering  for a member who is alone, please let us know. This includes Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Thanksgiving.

Bikkur Holim Committee

Bikkur Holim is the Jewish tradition of providing comfort and support to people who are ill, homebound, isolated and/or otherwise in distress.  Opportunities are available to make short monthly visits to Jewish patients at Cooley Dickinson Hospital or to CBI Seniors who would welcome a short visit. Contact Norbert Goldfield - Chair

Chesed Committee

This committee focuses on helping others in our community, such as the elderly, those who have suffered a loss, and those suffering from illness. Our committee is looking for volunteers. There are many ways you can help including: 1) Make a simple phone call to check in with someone who is not well; 2) Offer a short drive to an appointment; 3) Run an errand such as picking up some groceries; 4) Make a warm, home-cooked meal; 5) Support a family as they prepare for shiva.   Contact Susan Mosler or Maxine Stein - Co-Chairs



צדק צדק תרדוף 

(Justice, Justice, Shall You Pursue)

Deuteronomy 16:20

Tikkun Olam

Our Tikkun Olam Committee helps to lead our community in intensive engagement in the work of repairing the world. The full committee meets bi-monthly and then conducts its work largely organized by teams focused on priority issues.  New teams can form around these priority issues at any time, with any small group of interested members. Our priority issue areas include:

Climate Change
Criminal Justice Reform
Economic Justice
Food Justice
Health Care Access
Immigration and Refugee Rights
Protecting Democracy

Check out the Tikkun Olam page for more info and how to join!

Sign Up for CBI Tikkun Olam Action Alerts
Click on the link below to join our Jewish social justice action network. Each email alert outlines specific actions you can take to advance our priority issues, all grounded in our pursuit of social justice. 

Cot Shelter Volunteers

CBI is committed to preparing and serving dinner to guests at the Northampton Cot Shelter at 43 Center Street, Northampton from November through April. CBI members have supported the Cot Shelter for decades. The shelter encourages volunteers to stay and eat dinner with the guests. *Volunteers must be 14 or older.

Dates:  1/29, 3/29, 4/30

We need volunteers to provide the following: appetizer (non-dip, non-communal), main entree, vegetable or salad, bread, dessert, and non-caffeinated beverages. Choose one or more of these and provide enough to feed 20-25 people. The food needs to be delivered in disposable containers by 5 pm.

*Volunteers can be reimbursed for their purchases. Please keep receipts to email to CBI*

The shelter provides margarine, condiments, salad dressings, plates, cups, silverware, napkins, and gloves. Stove should only be used to heat food - food should be prepared before bringing to the shelter.

5:40 pm:  Arrival 
6:00 pm:  Appetizers 
6:30 p.m: Dinner served
7:00-7:30 pm: Clean up

*Food is served cafeteria-style. Please wear gloves at all times. No leftovers can remain in the kitchen -  please take home or take to Grove Street Inn Shelter (91 Grove Street).  Call first: 413-586-6001.

Volunteer questions for the cot shelter night? Contact Naomi, P: 413-584-3593 Ext 202, E:

More questions about the interfaith cot shelter meals? Contact Pauline Bassett, P: 413-320-6486, E:

Tue, February 7 2023 16 Shevat 5783