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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.

Sisterhood Presents... 2020 Online Holiday Shopping Fair

Some of our favorite vendors have teamed up with us to bring you an online shopping experience.  Place your orders from October 25th to November 9th.  Orders will be delivered to CBE and ready for pickup the week of December 7th.  CLICK HERE for the list of local vendors and the links for ordering. 

Brotherhood Bagel Sale ♦ Order deadline is November 15

The Bagel Sale is back!  Give the gift of bagels to friends or order for yourself.  Choose your bagel package and choose from 8 bagel varieties. CLICK to order.  Your order will be delivered by 9 AM on Sunday, November 22nd.

Sisterhood Movie Night presenting "Crossing Delancey" ♦ Saturday, November 7 ♦ 7:00 pm

Join us for a socially distanced, outdoor movie night in the CBE Lower Parking Lot!  Bring Your Own blanket, chair and movie munchies.  We'll provide the hot mulled cider. No charge for Sisterhood members and spouses.  Non-members pay $18. 25 person limit so register HERE soon.

Grandparenting Through a Jewish Lens led by Leann Shamash ♦ 5 sessions: October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23 ♦ 

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.

Great Arguments in Jewish History: Generational Jewish Debates and What They Say about Jewish Values with Rabbi Mike ♦ Four Wednesdays, starting October 28th ♦ 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Throughout Jewish history, the Jewish world has split into factions, each with differing ideas about the role of Jews and Jewishness.  Join us as we discuss these landmark arguments in Jewish history, and how to see them as models for discussing Jewish life in our day. CLICK to sign up.

Jewish Book Month Author program with Sarah Hurwitz, author of Here All Along ♦ November 15 ♦ 7:00 pm

We are thrilled to welcome nationally renowned speechwriter and Jewish author Sarah Hurwitz.  Sarah Hurwitz, speechwriter for Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in conversation with Rabbi Mike, discussing her personal journey and what it means for American Jews today.  By October 18, email to order the book.   CLICK to sign up.  

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.

High Holidays 2020/5781- Videos and Sermons

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.  We have also included links to all of the sermons and the CBE President's address. You will find all services videos, link to individual Choir videos and audio recordings, month of Elul Shofar sounding videos and Ellen Krueger's class video, Challah in the Round: a Special way to Start the New Year .  

Fri, October 30 2020 12 Cheshvan 5781