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Fall 2021 Holiday Programs with CBI

Sukkot/Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Morning Services

Tues, September 21 - Sukkot Day 1

Wed, September 22 - Sukkot Day 2

Tues, September 28- Shemini Atzeret (including Yizkor)

Wed, September 29th - Simchat Torah (including Hakafot)

9:30 AM in CBI Sanctuary or available on Livestream by Clicking Here


Sukkot Tot Shabbat

Friday, September 24th @ 5 PM

Come join your CBI Friends (0 -5) and their families as we celebrate Shabbat and Sukkot in the CBI Sukkah. We will sing, hear stories and learn about Sukkot.

Click Here to register.


Sukkot Family Program

First Day of CBI Religious School

Sunday, September 26th @ 10 AM

Join us as we celebrate the start of the new Religious School Year & Sukkot with a chance to see you fellow students, their families, your new teachers and a special new performance from some of our favorite guests The Bible Players who will teach us the meaning of Sukkot through a fun and interactive comedy show.

Click Here to let us know you will be joining us to kick off the school year.


Kadima & USY Movie In the Hut

Sunday, September 26th @ 5 PM

Join your fellow 6th - 12th graders as we watch a movie & hang out in the Sukkah.

RSVP by clicking here

Follow us on instagram at scotch_plains_usy to help select the movie and plan components of the program


Sisterhood Cocktail Party

Sunday, September 26th @ 5:00 PM

Join the CBI Sisterhood for wine, cocktails & appetizers at the Stage House Tavern to toast the upcoming year. Meet us outside on the side porch unless its raining in which case the party will be moved indoors.

Click Here to RSVP


CBI Simchat Torah Celebration

Tuesday, September 28th @ 7 PM

Watch your email for more information about our Simchat Torah Celebration featuring dancing with the Torah and chances to spend time together as a CBI community.



Meet the Mahzor

Wednesday, August 25th @ 7:30 PM

Virtual & In Person

This year we are thrilled to be using a new High Holiday prayerbook, the Mahzor Lev Shalem. This Mahzor, published by the Rabbinical Assembly, includes our traditional liturgy along with modern, egalitarian translations, a running commentary explaining historical backgrounds and key concepts, as well as several kavvanot, meditational readings to help us focus at central moments. There is so much to offer and we can't wait to share it with you, so please join us at this session to take a look at the Mahzor even before the holidays. This will help you know your way around the Mahzor and be even better prepared for Rosh Hashanah.

CLICK HERE to let us know you are attending and to receive the Zoom link



Community Selichot - 

The Transformational Power of Repentance

Saturday, August 28th @ 8:15 PM


Begin the formal High Holiday season and join together with congregations across Union County for our traditional joint Selichot service. Following Havdallah, we'll learn from Rabbi Igael "Iggy" Gurin-Malous who is a renowned Talmud teacher, spiritual counselor, artist, and educator. He grew up between Belgium, Israel, and the United States in a traditional Jewish Orthodox home. He is a frequent author, speaker, teacher and contributor on subjects ranging from Talmud, Jewish text, spirituality, Addiction, recovery, fatherhood, and LGBTQI+ issues. Today he is the founding rabbi and CEO of T’shuvah Center, a new long term Jewish recovery home and community for addicts of all kinds. Prior to that, Rabbi Iggy was the Director of Spiritual Counseling at Beit T’shuvah in Los Angeles.

 Join us in a night of reflection and conversation integrating Jewish wisdom, text and ritual, psychotherapy, the 12 steps and spirituality. The evening concludes with the Selichot service, offering liturgy, music, and reflections to prepare us for Rosh Hashanah.

Click Here to register & receive the Zoom Link.



Outdoor Shofar Blowing

Sunday, August 29 @ 6:30 PM

Tuesday, August 31 @ 6:30 PM

Thursday, September 2 @ 6:30 PM 

Sunday, September 5 @ 6:30 PM

Join members of the CBI and surrounding community in hearing the sounds of the shofar. CBI shofar blowers will sound the shofar so that all can participate in the mitzvah of hearing the call of the shofar, safely, outdoors. Schedule of date and times below. No registration necessary, all are welcome.

CLICK HERE for location information.


Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Service

Monday, September 6th @ 5:30 PM

Outdoors in CBI Tents

All are welcome to join us outdoors at CBI to begin the new year together! This service mixes traditional liturgy, holiday music, and a story to set the tone for the holiday for kids of all ages.

No membership or tickets are required, but please CLICK HERE to register online to reserve a seat


Tashlich (& Meditation)

Wednesday, September 8th @ 5 PM

Outdoors in CBI Tents

Tashlich is a ritual to help prepare us spiritually for the new year. Please join us in the CBI side parking lot for a unique Tashlich experience. We will begin with a special guided meditation led by CBI's own Tovah Segelman Spring of Tovah Yoga, as a way of enhancing our spiritual preparation.

No registration necessary, but please practice social distancing.


Family Apple Picking

Sunday, September 12th @ 11 AM

Hillview Farms

Don't miss a great chance to see other CBI families while enjoying a fall experience and chance to pick a staple that everyone needs for their Rosh Hashanah tables.

Click Here for more information and to let us know if we will see you there.


Men's Club Tailgate Party

Sunday, September 12th @ 1 PM

CBI Parking Lot

Join the CBI Men's Club in a classic fall experience! Cheer on your team and enjoy spending time with friends. Burgers, dogs and booze provided.

Check back for registration and specific details on which game we will be watching.


CBI Religious School Grade Gatherings

Monday, September 13th

Sunday, September 19th

Monday, September 20th

Wednesday, September 22nd

Thursday, September 23rd

Thursday, September 30th

With religious school not starting until late in September we are bringing back the popular Grade Gatherings for all students in Kindergarten – 7th grade at their fellow grade member’s home. The gatherings will be a chance to see friends and have a  holiday season learning experience.

Watch your emails or click here for updates on exact dates, times and locations for each grade.


Sun, June 4 2023 15 Sivan 5783