CBE is a big place, and we want to makes sure you’re able to find your way around! If your question is not answered here, or if you would like to speak with someone at CBE, please contact us!
Can I regularly come to Shabbat services even if I'm not a member?
Our Friday night adult services in the Chapel / Shabbat morning services in the Sanctuary are free and open to all. Whether you are a CBE member, or just looking for a warm and friendly place to attend services; whether you’re Jewish or a non-Jew, we welcome you and your family to join us anytime. No advanced RSVP is needed. We suggest business casual attire.
What methods of payment does CBE accept?
We accept payment for dues, programs, events and other fees in cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).
Does CBE expect adult congregants to wear a kippah/yamulke during services?
We are an open, inclusive community. Participants in CBE services have a broad spectrum of Jewish beliefs and practices and may make personal choices as whether to wear a kippah or other ritual garments such a talit/prayer shawl.
What is the dress code/appropriate attire for services at CBE?
CBE fosters a casual, comfortable atmosphere, but asks that you dress respectfully for services.
To what extent is Hebrew incorporated in prayer services?
CBE has a robust offering of services for adults, families, and children. As the ancient, sacred and universal language of the Jewish people, Hebrew is an important part of all our services. Translation is always available for those who do not read Hebrew. CBE uses Mishkan Tefila, the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) prayer book, which includes transliterations of all its prayers. If you are interested in learning Hebrew, check out our adult learning opportunities.
Will a non-Jewish spouse or relative feel welcome and comfortable at CBE?
Yes! CBE is committed to welcoming those families who have made the decision to raise their children as Jews. Non-Jewish spouses and partners have always been essential to that process. In addition, we value the questions and concerns non-Jews have about Jewish life and are committed to helping provide points of learning and engagement every step of the way!
How can I volunteer at CBE?
CBE is a community of people who work together in sacred partnership with the clergy and our professional staff. Opportunities for volunteering are numerous! Learn about social justice at CBE.
Do you need to be a CBE member to have your child attend Yachad (CBE’s religious school)?
Yes. Learn about our K-12 Jewish and Hebrew Education program, Yachad.
When will my child receive his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah date?
During the second semester of their fifth-grade year, as long as they are enrolled in Yachad (CBE’s religious school) by 5th grade.
Can I have a life cycle event at CBE?
Congregation Beth Elohim supports its members at every stage of their lives. Together, we celebrate the birth of a child, mourn the death of a loved one, and mark important milestones, such as weddings, conversions and B’nei Mitzvah. For weddings, birth announcements, adoption announcements, baby namings, bris, conversion, deaths, funerals and shiva minyanim, please contact us or get information about renting our spaces.
Is CBE wheelchair accessible?
The Rotunda building is fully wheelchair-accessible via a ground-level elevator that opens into the main sanctuary as well as the lower floor of the building. The first floor of the Temple House building is wheelchair-accessible via ramp, and we have a chairlift that runs up to the second floor, where our large ballroom is located.