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Welcome to Congregation Beth Elohim —

— an egalitarian, community synagogue located in Acton, Massachusetts. Independent and non-affiliated, we welcome diversity, including individuals and interfaith families, regardless of age, race, gender, economic or family status, ethnic background, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation. We draw our membership from surrounding towns including Ayer, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, Stow, and Westford. As an oasis of Jewish life far from areas of high Jewish concentration, we embrace a progressive orientation, combining an appreciation for the sanctity of Jewish traditions with a sensitivity to the needs of a population which is religiously diverse. We commit to building and maintaining an anti-racist Jewish community.  We offer a Jewish-themed preschool, and a K–11th grade religious school. If you'd like to learn more about membership, click here.

Around the Shul

High Holiday Appeal 2020/5781

The High Holiday Appeal is an opportunity for you to invest in your values and our future by supporting the CBE community. CLICK HERE to donate, to learn what we can achieve together and to hear from CBE members about what this community means to them personally. Please consider a generous gift this year.

High Holidays 2020/5781- Videos

If you missed any of the High Holiday services or you want to watch any sections again, you can now view the video recordings HERE. You will find all services videos, month of Elul Shofar sounding videos and even Ellen Krueger's class video, Challah in the Round: a Special way to Start the New Year .  

Sisterhood Membership Event: Virtual Trivia Night 2020 ♦ Sunday, October 18 ♦ 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Connect with Sisterhood, maintain some normalcy, win prizes!  We will deliver a "party in a bag" to your door. The event is free with payment of Sisterhood annual dues, a discounted $36 this year.  CLICK HERE to register by October 11th to ensure bag delivery.  If you aren't attending this event, you may pay your annual dues HERE.

Grandparenting Through a Jewish Lens led by Leann Shamash ♦ 5 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 ♦ 

7:00 - 8:30 pm

This is an online Hebrew College class.  Leann was the Director of Education at CBE for 15 years.  CLICK HERE for the class description.  Cost is $80/person or $130/couple.  Register and pay HERE on the Hebrew College website.

Jewish Meditation Series with Cantor Sarra ♦ Mondays November 9,16, 23 ♦ 7:00 to 8:30 pm

V'ahavta L'reyacha Kamocha: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

These famous words from the Torah are at the heart of so many traditions around the world. Through Jewish teachings, breathing and meditation, we will connect with the still, small, and powerful voice of love that lies within. CLICK to sign up.  

Mussar and Miracles with Cantor Sarra ♦ Monday, November 30 at 7:00 pm

Mussar, the spiritual art of Jewish ethical living, is a path of wisdom and a guide for the way we choose to act in the world.  Through Chanukah stories and the light of our everyday miracles, we will experience Mussar teachings about gratitude, faith, and freedom. CLICK to sign up.

Daily Elul Shofar Sounding ♦ Daily (except Shabbat) month of Elul

During the month of Elul, a congregant sounded the Shofar, virtually, every day for a week (except Shabbat). Each ba'al t'kiah got on Zoom, said a brief introduction and then sounded a t'kiah gadolah! It took at most 10 minutes.  You can find the recorded videos HERE.

Bible & Bourbon ♦ Held Monthly via Zoom

Join us virtually for this casual come-as-you-are time to talk Torah and have a drink with friends! Join us as Rabbi Mike presents a short text with lots of time to discuss and socialize. Click HERE for the list of dates.

Thu, October 1 2020 13 Tishrei 5781