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CBE Chanukah Celebration 2021/5782

Chanukah is coming! We will light the first candle on Sunday, November 28th.

This year we will be highlighting the meaning of Chanukah, dedication, by re-dedicating ourselves to our community, to family, and to fun.

The week will include events for adults and for families of younger kids, including candle-lighting, donuts, and cocoa at the downtown Maynard "Chanukiah" outdoor menorah, a "simcha and sweetness" event with Rabbi Mike and Cantor Sarra, and a post-religious school Hanukkah party!

This Chanukah @ CBE — A Time for Rededication.  

The word Chanukah means “dedication,” in honor of the rededication of the Temple by our Jewish ancestors. This year we will be rededicating ourselves to Jewish values, and welcome professional Sofer (Torah scribe) Rabbi Kevin Hale to repair and rededicate our Torah scrolls. 

For events on ZOOM, check the STAR-Lite for ZOOM links and passwords.  You may also email Leslie Knight at or contact Shoshana, the synagogue administrator, at 978-263-3061.

Tuesday, November 30 • 7:30 - 8:30 PM

Social Justice Class/Simcha and Sweetness • Rabbi Mike and Cantor Sarra

 A special Chanukah offering combining Cantor Sarra’s Simcha (Joy) Circle with Rabbi Mike’s class on social justice. Join us as we sing, chant, and talk about the Jewish principles behind ethical consumption, and enjoy some fair trade Chanukah gelt.
This event will be in person in the CBE Sanctuary and accessible via Rabbi Mike's Zoom. 


Wednesday, December 1 • 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Menorah Lighting in Maynard

Outdoor Candle Lighting in Maynard at the downtown Chanukiah - Sponsored by the CBE School Committee

Join Congregation Beth Elohim as we light the big Chanukah Menorah in Maynard with singing, donuts and hot chocolate! For more information or questions, contact Beth Goldstein at

We'll meet at the Maynard Chanukiah located at Veteran's Memorial Park, Maynard at the corner of Nason and Summer Streets.  Park in the town lot, enter on Summer Street across from the Fine Arts Theater.

Thursday, December 2 (and December 14) •  7:00 - 8:30 PM

Racial Justice Group Meeting

Join us for a ZOOM Chanukah Menorah lighting and discussion of Heather McGhee's book, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" on Thursday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 14

The Racial Justice Committee is leading two workshops on what racism costs all of us.  The discussions will draw from Heather McGhee's book, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together."

"Collaboration across races yields a "Solidarity Dividend,' making us all better off..."
Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor
On Thursday, December 2nd, we will look at how the story of Chanukah inspires us to call on our tradition of resilience to overcome injustice.
The book is available at Silver Unicorn in Acton, other bookstores, and online.  There are also some excellent interviews with Heather McGhee online.  If you can't read the book, watch the videos and come be a part of the discussion.  Everyone's voice is valuable! Here are some links and you can google her name to find others:   Youtube Video;  TED Talk Video

Friday, December 3 • 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Tot Shabbat, Ruach and Camp Shabbat & Communal Menorah Candle Lighting

All are in person in the CBE sanctuary and on ZOOM.

5:30pm - 6:15pm: Tot Shabbat 

All of our youngest children and their grownups are invited to sing, dance and pray with Rabbi Mike and Beth Goldstein. This service will end with a menorah lighting. Please note this is in person only and will not be accessible on Zoom.

6:45pm - 7:00pm: Communal Menorah Candle Lighting 

Bring your own menorah and help us spread the light with a communal menorah candle lighting ceremony.

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Ruach and Camp Shabbat 

Join together for a joyous Shabbat service for all ages filled with fun Chanukah songs and stories! The service will be led by students who went to Jewish camp this past summer.

Saturday, December 4 • 9:00 – 11:45 AM

Shabbat Morning Service "Bring in the Light" and Kabbalah of Genesis Study

9:00-10:30am: Extended Shabbat morning service

Join CBE for an extended Shabbat morning service where we will bring in the light and have three torah readings and a special haftarah.   This service is in person in the CBE sanctuary and via ZOOM.

10:45am - 11:45am:  Kabbalah of Genesis: Studies in the Zohar.  This study is in person and via ZOOM.

Join us in the CBE Sanctuary after the morning Shachrit service for Kabbalah of Genesis: Studies in the Zohar. This study is in person and via Zoom. 

Saturday, December 4 • 7:30 PM on ZOOM

Sisterhood Latke Vodka Night!

Celebrate Chanukah with the CBE Sisterhood and Mixologist John Krebs!

Learn how to make some fun drinks and shmooze with the sisters. 

Ingredient list and latke recipes will be sent out prior to the event.

Cost is $5 for Sisterhood members and $18 for non-Sisterhood members.


If you have not yet joined Sisterhood and paid your dues for the 2021-2022 membership year, CLICK HERE to join and then come back and sign up and pay as a member!

Sunday, December 5 • 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Family Chanukah Party! 

Join us immediately following Hebrew School. This is in person only at CBE.

Join us at CBE for latkes, pizza, a dreidel competition, and singing!  And... see a real Sofer, Rabbi Kevin Hale (Torah scribe) as he begins the process of rededicating our Torah scrolls.  This event is free and open to everyone.

For more information or questions, contact Beth Goldstein at  

Food will be served outside under a tent. 

Sunday, December 5 • 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Open Studio Torah Repair with Sofer Rabbi Kevin Hale

Adults are welcome to join us in the CBE Sanctuary with Rabbi Kevin Hale as he works on rededicating our Torah Scrolls. Rabbi Hale conducted a wonderful workshop at CBE on his work as a sofer back in 2016.

This is in person only at CBE.

Wed, November 30 2022 6 Kislev 5783