Celebrate Purim with CBE!

As we look ahead toward our Purim celebrations this year, we can’t help but realize that it marks one year in the Jewish calendar since we were all able to celebrate together in person. All the more reason to follow the Jewish tradition for the month of Adar, and find ways to increase our joy. With that in mind, we’ve extended the festivities for a week of events that we hope will bring joy to our entire community. Chag Purim Sameach!

Purim/Member Mondays Crossover Event: John Horowitz presents “Baking with the President”—Monday, February 22 at 7:30 PM over Zoom

Many of us have been looking for new hobbies or activities to fill our time during this pandemic. Our CBE President, John Horowitz, is no different. About two months into sheltering in place last spring, he turned to baking to alleviate boredom. He had never baked before—not even a roll of cookie dough. But from that first batch of peanut butter cookies, he stumbled upon a habit that occupied his time and brought him and his family much-needed joy during a very challenging time. Every weekend he tried something new, and posted the results on Instagram. There were many successes, and, of course, a few total disasters. Come and get to know John while he makes a batch of hamantaschen and talks with Karen Gerwin about his adventures in baking, shares some of his tips for success, and answers your questions regarding baking, CBE, or whatever is on your mind.

Special Purim Lullabies—Wednesday, February 24 at 7 PM over Zoom

Dress up in your favorite costume and sing with friends from the ECC, Shir L’Shabbat and all of CBE for a special Zoom edition of Debbie Brukman’s lullabies.

Megillah Across Brooklyn — Thursday, February 25 at 7 PM over Zoom

Join friends and neighbors from Jewish communities all over Brooklyn (and beyond!) for a fun, participatory Erev Purim service and full Megillah reading, all live via Zoom. Young families won’t want to miss a 30-minute party with songs and stories. Come in costume and be sure to bring your favorite nosh, drinks, and groggers!

Purim Libations at “The Rusty Grogger” with Anna Solomon, author of The Book of V. — Friday, February 26 at 7:45 PM over Zoom

Ahoy, Machers! Immediately following our Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday night, the CBE Zoom room will transform into The Rusty Grogger, our Purim watering-hole where you may hear Cantor Josh Breitzer’s sea shanty version of a favorite niggun. Grab your noisemakers and help us put the arrrrrr in baruch, while sipping one of our Purim-themed cocktails: The Dirty Vash-tini, Esther…I Hardly Know Her, and Mordechai and Dry (non-alcoholic). At 8 PM, CBE member and acclaimed author, Anna Solomon, will join us to talk about Vashti and Esther, what it means to be a hero as a woman, the role of storytelling in our lives as people and as Jews, and how we tell the stories we need to hear at a given moment.

Click here for the Zoom link.

Pop-up Purim Havdalah — Saturday, February 27 at 5:30 PM at CBE (weather permitting)

Join the CBE clergy on the sanctuary steps for a community candle lighting and Havdalah, and enjoy some hamantaschen to take home at the end. Joyful dancing, celebration, and costumes encouraged, masks and social distancing required.