Rabbi Marci Bellows

Rabbi Bellows gives sermons almost every Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) usually based on that week's Torah portion or with reference to an upcoming holiday. The purpose of a sermon is to use ancient teachings from our tradition to bring spiritual meaning to our lives and to inspire us to act to make our world more whole and just.

The Week of Forbidden Conversations

The Week of Forbidden Conversations

This has been the week of Forbidden Conversations. This has been the week of words being said out loud which make others uncomfortable, or which are painful for us to utter. This has been a week of wrestling with identity, with beliefs, and with our loved ones over difficult events and issues. And none of… Continue Reading

How Much Free Will Do I Actually Have?

I found the following quote from actor Morgan Freeman quite intriguing: “I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don’t believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be. Was… Continue Reading

Why Judaism? Why CBSRZ?

Why Judaism? Why CBSRZ?

Gut Yontif! As many of you know, Seth and I are – ok, I’ll just say it – we’re Trekkies.  Now, where are my fellow Trekkies? Maybe you’ve even noticed the stickers on our car. We’ve attended four Star Trek Conventions over the past few years (and Spencer won cutest Captain Picard in a costume… Continue Reading

This Past Week in Israel

This Past Week in Israel

This past week in Israel was a roller coaster of emotions. In a number of ways, as some might say, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The Best of Times: On Monday, May 14, Israel celebrated its 70th Anniversary, a true milestone worth acknowledging from deep in our hearts.… Continue Reading

Yom Kippur Morning: Bad Things and Good People

Rabbi Harold Kushner, in his ground-breaking book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, shares the following anecdote from the early days of his rabbinate: “I was a young rabbi just starting out in my profession, when I was called on to try to help a family through an unexpected and almost unbearable tragedy. This… Continue Reading

Kol Nidre Sermon: Sorry, Not Sorry

  Tonight is the culmination of the last ten days, or, perhaps, the entire last year – We have reached the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the day to admit to our wrongdoings, our faults, our flaws. The day we acknowledge the ways in which we’ve missed the mark, we’ve behaved poorly, or wronged our… Continue Reading






Friday Evenings

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  • 5:45 (Winter)

First Fridays

  • 7:00 First Friday Fun
  • 7:30 First Friday Service


  • 9:00 Weekly Holy Scrollers Torah Study
  • 10:30 2nd Saturday Shabbat Morning Service & Potluck Kiddush Luncheon


  • 8:00 Wednesday Morning Minyan


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