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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 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

18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast ♦ Monday, January 20 ♦ 8:30 AM

Featuring guest speaker, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, advocate for ecological and social justice, youth engagement, and spirit-filled organizing.  Hear about her journey "From Hip-Hop Activist to Just Transition Pastor: One Woman's Journey to Live at the Intersections." Admission is free, but donations to Na'aseh are encouraged.   Click HERE for more details. 

Climate Change Response Forum ♦ Tuesday, January 28 ♦ 7:00 PM

Join us to discuss 100% renewable energy, net zero building code, gas leaks, carbon pricing and more.  Speakers are Jamie Eldridge and Tami Gouveia who will speak about legislative, local and regional solutions, along with expert panelists.  Snow date is February 4th. Click HERE for the details.

Scholar in Residence Weekend with Dr. Susannah Heschel ♦ January 31 to February 2

Dr. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor and Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College.  Learn with Dr. Heschel in 4 sessions pertaining to the topic:  Diaspora or Exile: Jewish History and Responsibility.  Click HERE for details about the sessions and topics!

Prayers without Boundaries:  An Inclusive Interfaith Musical Experience ♦ Sunday, February 9 ♦ 4:00 PM

Join with people of all faiths as singers and listeners in a powerful and uplifting musical experience.  Led by the One Spirit Jazz Ensemble and Interfaith Chorus.  Co-sponsored by CBE and St. Matthew's UMC.  Free and open to the public.  Click HERE for more details!  And CLICK HERE to sign up!

Sisterhood's Mishloach Manot Purim Gift Bag Fundraiser ♦ Order by 2/20/2020!

Participate in the age-old tradition of giving gifts of food to family and friends for Purim. We fill gift bags with yummy treats, including homemade hamantaschen!  On March 8th, you can pick up the bags or we will deliver to CBE members!  $8 a bag!  CLICK HERE to place your order!

Brotherhood Presents:  Acton House of Pastrami ♦ February 2 ♦ 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Bring the family and join us in the Community Court for Pastrami and other kosher sandwiches from Levine's Deli!  CLICK HERE to pre-order so you guarantee your choice!  Order sandwiches only or combos  including chips and soda.

Adult Education presentsThings We Need to Know for Ourselves and Our Parents ♦Sundays, January 5, March 1, 29: 10-11:30 AM ♦ Sunday, January 26: 2:00-3:30 PM

Join us for this series of four presentations about end of life issues with expert guest speakers: Ethical Wills, Elder Healthcare,  Estate Planning, Jewish Burial Customs. No fee for these presentations.  Click HERE for more details and to sign up.

Sisterhood/Brotherhood Game Night ♦ Saturday, January 25 ♦ 7 PM 'til whenever

Free for Sisterhood and Brotherhood members, $5 fee for non-members or join that night.  Quick Havdalah  beore we start ,  pot-luck dessert and BYOB.   Click HERE for more details!

The Book of Our Lives: Journeys Through the Jewish Prayerbook with Rabbi Mike ♦ Tuesdays in March ♦ 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Join us as we take a deeper look into our siddur and unearth personal meaning.  There is no cost for this Adult Education class.  CLICK HERE for more details and to register!

Bible & Bourbon ♦ Held Monthly at various congregant's homes

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

50 Years 50 Words!  Let's kick start CBE's 50th anniversary year of celebration!

Help archive the first 50 years of this vibrant community!   Click HERE for more details and to submit your reflections and hopes and donate for our celebration.  Click  HERE to read everyone's submissions and see them scrolling on the community court board.

Stepping into Judaism: Exploring Jewish Tradition and Practice with Rabbi Mike ♦ Kick off Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 PM, then, the third Thursday of each month

A course designed both for individuals exploring conversion, and Jews who wish they had a stronger Jewish background.  Click HERE for more details and to sign up.  There is no fee for CBE members.  You may join at any time in the series!

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