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Aug 21, 2020

Events At Congregation B’nai Israel of Rumson

By Lori Draz

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) invites all to make this a prayerful and reflective month as you join together to celebrate the High Holy days. You are also invited to join the congregation for numerous virtual programs until it is safe to come together again.

CBI’s Cultural Programming Committee welcomes you to join in the new virtual lecture series which will examine messianic movements in Jewish history. Session times are Tuesdays, Sept. 8, 15 and Oct. 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 am and on one Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

This course, led by Dr Andrew Meyer, history professor at Brooklyn College, will cover aspects of the messianic tradition in Jewish history, beginning with a general discussion of the idea of the messiah and its origins in Jewish scripture and religious practice. Subsequent sessions will cover three messianic movements in Jewish history: the Bar Kokhba Revolt (132 C.E. to 136 C.E.), the Sabbatai Zevi (1626 C.E. to 1676 C.E.) Affair and the career of Jacob Frank (1726 C.E. to 1791 C.E.). All sessions will discuss the different ways in which Jews have understood the identity and role of the messiah, the impact that messianic movements have had on the evolution of the Jewish tradition as a whole, and the different ways in which scholars have approached the study of messianism in Jewish history.

The course will be streamed via Zoom, and advance registration is required for each session in order to be sent the Zoom link. Register on the events page at The class will also be streamed and available for viewing at the CBI Facebook page @CBIRumson.

CBI’s High Holidays services will be virtual this year, and as of press date, details are still being worked out, but something special is being planned. To join the virtual services, contact the CBI office, look for information online or like CBI on Facebook. Services will be free for members, and non-members will be asked to make a suggested donation to cover the costs of producing the streamed holiday production.

Rosh Hashanah begins with a service on Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm. First day of Rosh Hashanah, Saturday, Sept. 19, will be an interesting blend of services and programs live streamed from CBI during the morning plus a fun and interactive family service in the afternoon via Zoom. Second day of Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, Sept. 20, will be a traditional service, live streamed directly from the CBI Sanctuary, featuring Rabbi Doug Sagal, Cantor Janet Leuchter and with some inclusion of the CBI Choir.

Yom Kippur begins Sunday, Sept. 27 in the evening with the solemn and beautiful Kol Nidre service. Yom Kippur day, on Monday, Sept. 28, will once again be an interesting, meaningful and highly produced streamed service with different sections broadcast throughout the day.