Shabbat Service and Talcott Mountain Music Festival


a photo from the 2014 Annual Talcott Mountain Music Festival Friday, July 10, 6pm In early July, we will hold a joint service with Farmington Valley Congregation in Simsbury. An optional congregational experience will follow at the annual Talcott Mountain Music Festival! $10 per adult, $5 per child. Visit for more information. There will also be a brief 5:30pm service at CBI for those who do not wish to venture to … [Read more...]

CBI at Six Flags New England!


Celebrate Shavuot and the end of the year at Six Flags! Sunday, May 24, 11am to 9pm Programming led by Max Schwimmer and Rabbi Dena Shaffer Schedule: - 11am: arrive at CBI for Shavuot Services - 12pm: pizza lunch and Shavuot activity - 1pm: leave for Six Flags New England - 9pm: return to CBI Cost is $40 for advance registration (by May 20th), $50 later. Open to grades 5 through 12. Feel free to bring friends who are not associated … [Read more...]

Adventures in Youth Programming


By Rabbi Dena Shaffer and Max Schwimmer We recently spent a week in New YorkCity at Hebrew Union College, where we learned from inspiring leaders in experiential Jewish education. As students in HUC’s Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults (CAEA), we have been working since the Fall to hone our skills as Jewish educators working with teens and young people. At this week-long Winter Intensive, we took classes … [Read more...]