Today is December 14, 2018 -

Congregation Beth Israel

A spiritual oasis for the Jewish community

6 Dundee Park
Andover, MA 01810

(978) 474-0540

The President’s Corner

Dear Friends,

We live in challenging times. We were all shocked and saddened by the tragic and senseless murders recently at the Shabbat at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  Our synagogues should serve as a safe haven for our community to come together, especially on Shabbat.  However, during a Shabbat service of reflection, prayer, and celebration, 11 people were murdered and another six injured by a suspected anti-Semitic extremist in what was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history.
We are outraged by the hatred this senseless act demonstrated, and distraught by the bloodshed brought once again by gun violence. This violence occurs at a time when we’ve seen a historic increase in anti-Semitic incidents and online harassment. Never has it been more important for us to stand together as a community, in solidarity. For the victims, we mourn. For the living, we will continue to fight for a better, more just world.

And to this end, the dedication of CBI’s new home this month, could not come at a better time. Our congregation is built on over a century of tradition, observance, and pride. Our 16th century Torah was rescued out of the hands of Nazis who intended to display it in a “Museum to an Extinct Race”. It stands along with our ark, as a source of collective pride and a symbol of resilience.

On Sunday, November 18th, as we invite the Merrimack Valley community to join us in our new home, we have the opportunity to remind the world around us of CBI’s resiliency, joy, and significance. Please make sure to join us for this important and special event!

Proceeds from this event will help CBI meet its fiscal responsibilities. Congregants, local businesses, and organizations are invited to take part in this unique and special event to help celebrate our new home. Any solicitations you can help with would be greatly appreciated. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund.

We stand together united within our CBI Community, and with the greater Merrimack Valley Community as well. Together we are stronger, and will continue to support each other in times of need, sorrow, as well as times of joy and hope. We look forward to seeing you all on the 18th!

Robin Rose and Howard Spector