Chanukah: 8 Candles
Dec 31 all-day
New Year’s Eve @ United States
Dec 31 all-day
Parashat Miketz
Dec 31 all-day
Chanukah: 8th Day
Jan 1 all-day

The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights

New Year’s Day @ United States
Jan 1 all-day
No Religious School
Jan 1 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Hebrew School & Gesher
Jan 3 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Chai School
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Chai School 3.1
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Spiritual Journey Group @ TBD
Jan 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A monthly, reflective discussion group exploring character trait refinement through the Jewish practice of Mussar. Alan Morinis’ book, ‘Everyday Holiness’ serves as the core text for these gatherings, and participants are strongly encouraged to purchase their own copy. All are welcome to join the group at any time.

Hebrew School & Gesher
Jan 4 @ 3:45 pm – 7:00 pm
Understanding the Choreography of the Prayer Service
Jan 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Rabbi Gurevitz for a learning session and discussion about the choreography of prayer. This will include a practical guide, the deeper significance of standing during prayer (and the practice of not entering a prayer space while a congregation is standing in prayer), and a little bit of historical context. You’ll also have an opportunity to be part of a Ritual conversation that may bring some changes in choreography to our worship at CBS.

Hebrew School
Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sisterhood Hanukkah Party @ Social Hall
Jan 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Sisterhood will be holding our annual Hanukkah Party on Thursday, January 5th at 6:00 pm at CBS. We will be serving a light non-dairy supper along with latkes, appetizers and desserts. We ask that participants bring non-dairy appetizers (if your last name begins with A-L) or desserts (if your last name begins with M-Z,) if you are able. We invite everyone to join in the Latke Contest by bringing 24 small pre-cooked latkes using your favorite recipe.

We will be making donations to Abby’s House as our community service project. Abby’s House requests new items, such as bedding, or gift cards. Please see their website: We will also be preparing cards to send with our donations. We will need help with set up and clean up.

This event is open to all women. Sisterhood members are free, non-members $5 donation requested.

Sign up here:

Sisterhood Hanukkah Party

Introduction to Judaism
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This course is being co-sponsored and jointly taught by the clergy of Congregation B’nai Shalom, Beth Tikvah Synagogue, and Temple Emanuel-Sinai. 2016 classes will be held at Congregation B’nai Shalom and 2017 classes will be held at Temple Emanuel-Sinai in Worcester. It is designed for all who wish to learn more about Judaism, or get a refresher on the basics. It is for Jews and non-Jews, members and non-members of the sponsoring congregations. The course can provide a foundation for those interested in conversion to Judaism, when accompanied with additional learning and practice as determined with your sponsoring rabbi. For full class details and registration form, go to

Anaf Shul In @ Social Hall
Jan 6 – Jan 7 all-day
Tefilah Band Shabbat Rishon @ Sanctuary
Jan 6 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Parashat Vayigash
Jan 7 all-day

Torah: Genesis 44:18 – 47:27
Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15 – 37:28

Torah and T’filah @ Library
Jan 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Preschool Open Discussion Session – CANCELLED @ Community Room
Jan 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am