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Letter to the Community

11/17/2023 03:01:07 PM


CBI Leadership

Dear CBI Community,

Over these past difficult weeks we have been hearing from many of you about your pain, your grief, your aspirations, as well as your hopes for how the CBI community can meet you in your needs. We have deeply appreciated hearing from all of your voices - through letters, meetings, conversations, phone calls - that span across the political spectrum. We continue to believe even in this hard moment that CBI needs all of us, and that our community is enriched and strengthened by the energy that each of us carries. You can read our 10/24 letter to the community here.

We hear you wanting to be held, wanting to be together, and wanting to process. We hear you feeling alone and lost. We also hear from many of you who are eager for ways to better understand the situation in Israel and Gaza, and to channel your energy into taking action. More than anything, we are hearing that whatever you are seeking, you seek to do it together in community. 

To that end, we are grateful to be able to share some new opportunities for gathering in the coming weeks. More details on each of these will be in the CBI weekly email. We know that many of you have reached out to us about additional offerings that are still in process, and we will continue to update you on a weekly basis and as details get finalized. 

New and Upcoming Opportunities:

As mentioned, we’ll continue to send updates as new offerings get finalized. None of these would be possible without your partnership, and we welcome your energy and ideas in continuing to meet all of our community’s needs for processing, togetherness, learning, and action. In partnership, we can meet this moment in a way that represents the fullness of who our community is, and enable each of us to show up as our full selves. 

Thank you for sharing your voices, and entrusting us with your pain, grief, and hopes. Together, we can and will work toward building a better future for Israelis, Palestinians, and the world, and reinforce the values that enable so many of us to call CBI our collective home. 

As we enter into this new month of Kislev (which started on Tuesday) and anticipate Chanukah’s arrival, we hope you find warmth and coziness to face the lengthening nights. And as we head into Shabbat, we wish you a Shabbat Shalom Umevorach, a Shabbat filled with peace, wholeness, and blessing. 


Emily Kieval, Rabbi Ariella Rosen, and Rabbi Jacob Fine

Sun, April 14 2024 6 Nisan 5784