April 19 – 10:00 a.m.
Our Chevra Hands Caring Shawl Group is in action. The group makes shawls, lap quilts and blankets to give to newborns, seniors and others for whom being wrapped in love would be a comfort. Anyone interested is welcome.
Pe'ah Garden Season Kick-Off
April 19 – 10:00 a.m.
Attention all Pe’ah gardeners, it is time to get your gardening gloves, shovels and skills fine-tuned as CMI gets ready to dig into another earthly experience. Half of the produce goes to area soup kitchens; half is for personal consumption. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to participate. If you’re interested in participating in this year’s garden, come to the first study session and organizational meeting.
Life Is Delicious
LID will be back in the kitchen to cook for Columbus House’s overflow shelter. Volunteers are needed to shop, set-up, cook, clean, and serve at this and future sessions. Advance sign up is required. Slots fill quickly.
April 19- 9:30 a.m.
Join our Preschool and Kadima teachers, listen to stories, sing with Elise, and create a special craft project around the Jewish year — this month, it’s all about Israel. Our new Tot Program is designed for CMI & MINS families with children age 5 years and under. Crafts will be geared for students ages 2-5 but students younger can complete the project with their parents. All programs are free. Snack is provided.
Family Service & Birthday Blessings
April 24 – 7:00 p.m.
We will be celebrating Birthday Blessings at our monthly Family Service. If your child was born in April and will be at services, please call Tamara at (203) 288-3877.
April 25 – 10:30 a.m.
Families with children ages 6 and under, don’t miss Tot Shabbat! At the short service, we’ll have blessings, sing songs and hear stories. Food and schmooze after the service. Tot Shabbat is open to the community.
Sunday Morning Yoga
April 26 – 9:45 a.m.
Yoga in the morning? What a great way to start your Sundays. Yoga is a wonderful way to become physically, mentally, and emotionally more balanced and this multi-level yoga class will get you moving, twisting, and balancing your way to a healthier you. All levels welcome, but please be prepared to sweat. Cost is $10. Please bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a towel to class.
Peah Garden Work Day
April 26 – 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
The Peah Garden will be prepared for a new planting season on Sunday morning, April 26. There are two shifts: 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Anyone interested in helping is welcome. Bring wheelbarrows, rakes, hoes, gloves, and other gardening tools.
Ritual Potluck Lunch & Learn: Song Session
April 26 – 12:00 noon
The Ritual Committee and clergy are eager to expand the circle of lay leaders who help to lead Friday night and Saturday morning services during the summer months and occasionally during the rest of the year. We’re launching a series of events to bring together individuals who are interested in learning how to lead services. Whether you’ve done it before and would like coaching from the professionals or want to help teach others, or you’ve never led a service but would like to try, come to this Lunch & Learn. Families, groups of friends, teens and adults are welcome.
April 29 – 12:00 noon
The Group will be discussing The Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman. Anyone interested is welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.
175th Anniversary History Weekend: Scholar-in-Residence
May 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Our special guest speaker is Rabbi Gary Zola, Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
175th Anniversary History Weekend: Havdallah & Program
May 2 – 7:00 p.m.
Former CMI Cantor Jonathan Gordon (1981-1998) & Cantor Giglio will lead havdallah. Shari Rabin, the 175th Anniversary historian, will moderate a panel of members whose families date back to the 19th century. The panel will include: Sandra Barnes, Tamar Gendler, Cantor Jonathan Gordon, Ellen Landowne, Betsy Rosenthal, Rabbi Andy Sklarz, and Andy Ullman.
Community Lag B'Omer Celebration
May 3 – 4:00 p.m.
The Jewish community comes together for singing, dancing, bonfires, food and fun on Sunday, May 3, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Free admission; food available for purchase. Sponsored by CMI, Temple Beth Sholom, Congregation B’nai Jacob, Congregation Or Shalom, Temple Emanuel and BEKI.
175th Anniversary History Weekend: Tour of ECA
May 3 – 10:00 a.m.
The CMI Community will visit CMI’s prior home — which is now ACES’ ECA. Our religious school students will present nine different periods in CMI’s history. We will enjoy ACES choir and take a tour of the building.
Brotherhood Annual Deli & Comedy Night
May 9 – 6:00 p.m.
The Brotherhood of Men and Women present their 10th annual Deli and Comedy Night. Comedian Michele Balin returns to the CMI stage as this year’s featured entertainment. The David Chevan Quartet provides music during dinner. The Brotherhood offers its famous deli fare. Admission will be available at the door. Click here for an order form.
Peah Garden Planting Day
May 10 – 11:30 a.m.
The Peah Garden will be dedicated and planted on Sunday, May 10, with a dedication at 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in helping is welcome.
May 10 – 9:00 a.m.
The Gift Shop’s annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale is Sunday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Come see the wide selection of hanging baskets, herbs and annuals. Click here for an order form.
Social Action Film Series
May 16 – 7:00 p.m.
Boston-based Alice Rothchild, a physician, author, activist and filmmaker, is bringing her film, “Voices Across the Divide,” to CMI on Saturday, May 16. At 7 pm. Her documentary, released in 2013, uses personal interviews to tell the little known stories of what the Palestinians call the “Nabka,” or the catastrophe they regard as the establishment of Israel. Dr. Rothchild is an American Jew who was brought up with a keen awareness of the tragedy of the Holocaust and the miracle of the Jewish homeland in Israel. “Voices Across the Divide” is a moving and disturbing film that follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative, exploring through oral histories the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the United States.
175th Anniversary Cantor's Concert
May 31 – 3:30 p.m.
In celebration of our 175th Anniversary, CMI is delighted to present The Maccabeats as the featured entertainer for this year’s Cantor’s Concert. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages. Reserve now online.
Enjoy watching The Maccabeats here.