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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

Celebrate Sukkot in a Sukkah every day from Monday, September 20 through Friday, September 24th

Join in the fun in person, outdoors, some via ZOOM!  You'll start with services and a pot luck dinner "with a view", wine & cheese event, Na'aseh meeting, family dinner & movie, sukkot shmooze at congregant's sukkah. Most activities planned to be outdoors.  Order your own Lulav & Etrog.  Check out the Sukkot page for details and links to sign up!  Sign up is required for some activities!

Simchat Torah celebration and services (in person, via ZOOM, some outdoors) ♦ Monday, September 27, 5:30 PM and Tuesday, September 28, 9:30 AM

On Monday evening, erev Simchat Torah celebration, sing and dance the night away with our special guest, Klezmer musician, Barry Shapiro. Bring dinner for a picnic on the CBE lawn prior to the service.  Tuesday morning Sh'mini Azeret service marks the end of our month long holiday season.  More details HERE.

High Holiday Appeal 5782 ♦ Celebrating our CBE Heroes

Nominate a "CBE Hero" from our congregation or staff HERE that you believe reflects Jewish values like Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)  and Gemilut Hasidim (Acts of Loving Kindness), and who provide a beacon to us all. As we celebrate and honor our heroes, please make a financial contribution in whatever amount you can so that CBE is able to grow and live up to our greatest values. 

Come Get Away at the Sisterhood Annual Membership Dinner ♦ Sunday, October 17 ♦ 5:00 PM

Join Sisterhood, outside, under the CBE solar panels for this always fun annual event. In the case of inclement weather,  the event will be held via Zoom and meals will be available for pickup. The fare for this trip is your Sisterhood annual dues. All must pre-register by October 10th to attend.  Register HERE to let us know you are coming and you'll have the option to pay your dues online or by check.

Adult Ed brings us Glimpses of Light and Darkness: Genesis Through a Photographic Lens ♦ 6 Sundays starting October 17 ♦ 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

This is a Hebrew College class, online via ZOOM, taught by Leann Shamash.  This class combines photography and Torah study, looking at six different parshiyot in the book of Genesis. CBE members register HERE and pay a fee of $144, which represents an $18 discount.  

Lunchtime Talmud with Rabbi Mike ♦ Thursdays starting September 23 through June, 2022 ♦ 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Lunchtime Talmud is back by popular demand! Join Rabbi Mike for some noontime learning and discussions for Talmud beginners and up. This may be held both in person and via ZOOM. Sign up and find details about obtaining the version of the Koren Talmud Bavli.

New Director of the CBE Early Learning Center

The CBE Early Learning Center is excited to welcome Wendy Damsky as our new Director, succeeding Susan Perry as she retires. Wendy joins our professional staff as of July 1. Read more about Wendy here.

Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782