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Mock Israel Trip - April 29th
Sababa Rocks B'nai Torah - May 6th
Rabbi Anat Moskowitz
Tashlich update
Mission Statement
Shabbat services on Friday night
Celebrating the holidays as a community.

Mock Israel Trip - April 29th

On April 29th, we'll be taking our religious school on a pretend trip to Israel. We'll start at customs with our passports in hand, and move onto El Al Airlines, flight #5. We'll enjoy fallafel, and stops at the Western Wall and Massada.

Sababa Rocks B'nai Torah - May 6th

Tickets are: $10 donation / person ($15 at the door) $20 donation / family ($25 at the door) 13 and under: free

Rabbi Anat Moskowitz

Welcome to Congregation B'nai Torah. Please join us for services on the second and fourth Friday of each month. Guests are always welcome.

Tashlich update

Due to construction, we cannot have Tashlich at England Park. We will be carpooling to Wolff Run park at 76th & Sheridan. Parents must drive their own children unless arrangements have been made with the Rabbi. Please meet at the CBT parking lot at 1:25pm and we will all drive over. Thank you.

Mission Statement

Congregation B’nai Torah serves an inclusive Reform Jewish Community dedicated to learning, teaching and living a Jewish way of life. We are located in Westminster, Colorado. Our membership is diverse in age and background, allowing us to be dynamic, innovative and flexible. We welcome interfaith and non-traditional families and value the active participation of our members in our educational, ritual and social life. Everyone matters.

Shabbat services on Friday night

A small congregation with a BIG heart.

Celebrating the holidays as a community.

Lighting the menorahs.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need to be Jewish to attend a service?

No. We welcome visitors of all faiths.

When and where are services held?

We hold Shabbat services the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. On the 2nd Friday, we hold two services: a family shabbat service at 6:00pm specifically tailored to families with young children, and a regular service at 7:30pm. Occasionally the dates and times are adjusted, so please check our Google calendar and/or Social calendar for changes, or get added to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Services are held downstairs at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 3990 West 74th Avenue in Westminster, Colorado.

You're located in the basement of a church? Really?

We understand that a Jewish congregation sharing space with a church is a little unorthodox, even for a reform congregation. We ask that you come to a service and see who we are and learn about our community even if our location may not be traditional.

Should I call ahead?

Calling ahead is not necessary, but if we know you’re coming, we can watch for you and say hello. If you are unfamiliar with a Shabbat service we can also help you follow along.

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes, there’s a ramp to the front door, and an elevator inside the building. Follow the signs once you’re inside. If we know you’re coming we’ll be happy to guide you.

What is proper attire?

We want you to be comfortable, but pajamas may be a little too comfortable. Some of our congregants wear suit and tie, while others wear jeans. Business casual (khaki pants and a button-down shirt) is a happy medium.

What if I have questions?

We pride ourselves on our community and welcoming attitude. You can ask anyone you see, and if we can’t answer your question, we’ll point you to someone who can, such as Rabbi Moskowitz.

How long is a service?

Shabbat services are typically 1 hour, while the family Shabbat services are closer to 30 minutes.

Do I need to know Hebrew?

You do not need to know Hebrew to enjoy services. Every page has an English translation, as well as a phonetic transliteration of each prayer. You’re also welcome to read the commentary at the bottom of most pages.

What is a siddur?

A siddur is a book of prayers that we use during services. The siddurim (plural of siddur) will have prayers in both Hebrew and English.

What is an Oneg?

An Oneg follows just after service ends and is our time to celebrate Shabbat by being together as a community. The time is spent chatting and enjoying some refreshments and snacks.

What is a cantor?

The cantor, leads the congregation in many of the prayers and songs, and assists the rabbi during services. Diane Firestone is one of CBT’s most treasured assets.

Can I ask the Rabbi questions?

One of the highlights of CBT is Rabbi Moskowitz. She is very approachable and easy to talk to. She would be happy to answer any questions you have .

How do I address a Rabbi when speaking to them?

Rabbi or Rabbi Moskowitz is preferred.

Do I need to become a member to keep coming to service?

A building relies on a strong foundation to support its weight. So too, CBT relies on membership dues and contributions to offset the real costs that allow CBT to function. And as is often the case, if everyone believes that someone else will do something, there’s a likelihood that the thing doesn’t get done.

Like any non-profit organization, we rely on the financial contributions of our members to offset operating costs. While membership is not a requirement for attending services, becoming a member opens the door to our community in a special way. In order to continue serving our community, we encourage you to consider membership.

How can I make a donation?

There are several ways to make donations. We have envelopes available at services, you can mail in your donation and donations can be made on our website.

What does my contribution or dues help to accomplish?

Your contributions can be designated for specific subjects such as our religious school, books, Rabbi’s discretionary fund, etc. General contributions are applied to our operating costs to enable CBT to continue to serve our community.

What can I do to help and participate?

CBT values the active participation of our members in our educational, ritual and social life. It’s written right into our mission statement. There are many ways to become engaged in the community. Hosting an oneg, joining our book group or attending a Board meeting are a few easy ways to become involved, though there are many more.

What other activities does CBT offer?

We are always looking to expand our social activities and welcome feedback and programming ideas. We have adult education sessions, book group meetings, latke making events, etc.

Does CBT offer classes and if so what kind?

We offer monthly adult education sessions, and in the past, we’ve offered classes for learning Hebrew when there was a demand.

How long the community has been around?

The origins of CBT go back to 1987. You can read more about our history here.

How can I pay my membership dues?

We offer several options for paying membership dues. CBT offers an electronic payment service through Vanco Payment Solutions. Electronic transfers or credit card payments can be set up at regular intervals including monthly, quarterly and annually. Just click the Vanco link on our website at the top of the page. Of course, checks can also be sent to our mailing address.

Getting Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with Congregation B'nai Torah.


Give us a review on Google

Google review

    Just search 'B'nai Torah Westminster Colorado' and write a review.

 

 

 

 

  


Amazon Smile program

Many of us shop at Amazon.com, but did you know about Amazon Smile? The Amazon Smile Program allows registered non-profit organizations to receive donations from the AmazonSmile Foundation when customers make qualifying purchases. In short, CBT can benefit from the purchases you're already making. To start, click here.

Please consider signing up for the program, and selecting 'Congregation Bnai Torah' as your designated organization. For additional details and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the Amazon Smile Program FAQ page.


King Soopers Card program

Puchase a $15 King Soopers gift card from CBT and use it when you buy your groceries. You can add money to your gift card right at the register. CBT receives a percentage of all sales charged to our gift cards. This is an easy way of contributing to CBT and the only cost is the initial $15.

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Oneg Hosting

If you have a special occasion to celebrate (Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Engagement, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversary, New Baby, etc) and would like to share these important milestones in your life with our Congregation that is a good time to host an Oneg. If you wish to honor and remember someone who is no longer with us, (Yahrzeit, Birthday, etc) that is a good time to host an Oneg. If you are new to B'nai Torah and are reluctant to sign up, there is an Oneg Information Sheet that will give you specific guidelines.  There are always people to lend a hand with setup and cleanup. It's a good way to get to know people and for them to get to know you. The signup sheets and Oneg Host information will be on a clipboard on the table at the entrance to Nickless Hall.

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Volunteer

There are always opportunities to volunteer. Have an idea? Let us know. If not, send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask how you can help.


Other Opportunities

  • Join our mailing list to keep up on upcoming events by receiving our bi-monthly 'This Week at CBT' email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us to join.
  • Of course, donations and financial contributions are always welcome.

About Us

Congregation B’nai Torah is a Reform congregation and a member of the Union of Reform Judaism. We are a small congregation that is friendly, warm, and inviting. Community is a vital part of our congregation and is evident in many of the programs we offer. We welcome traditional, non-traditional and interfaith families.

Congregation B’nai Torah provides programs for all ages from preschool through adult including Hebrew classes. Our synagogue serves the Northwest Metro area - Arvada, Broomfield, Denver, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Northglenn, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, and Thornton and other surrounding areas. We would love to meet you. Please check the calendar for upcoming events and times.


CBT is Green

We also strive to be green and environmentally-conscious wherever and whenever possible. We have taken several initiatives to reduce waste including e-Communications, re-usable cups and plates and/or compostables for our onegs, and recycling. We thank Hazon Colorado for their grant and generous support in helping us meet our environmental goals.

Mission Statement

Congregation B’nai Torah serves an inclusive Reform Jewish Community dedicated to learning, teaching and living a Jewish way of life.  We are located in Westminster, Colorado.  Our membership is diverse in age and background, allowing us to be dynamic, innovative and flexible.  We welcome interfaith and non-traditional families and value the active participation of our members in our educational, ritual and social life.  Everyone matters.

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Directions

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3990 West 74th Avenue 
Westminster 
Colorado 80030 
(303) 552-0498
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rabbi Anat Moskowitz
(719) 351-0647

Our History

In 1987, Linda Eisen-Renner had a vision. She was living in the Northwest area of Metro Denver (Westminster) and was traveling either to Boulder (18 miles away) or to South Denver (40 miles away) to attend synagogue. Linda was certain that there were other people of the Jewish faith in the area that did not want to drive so far to pray, etc. So 200 letters were sent to families in the Northwest Metro area in February 1987 to meet and discuss starting their own synagogue. Four families met that night and the rest is history. While this little known group was forming, they met in each other’s home for services, potlucks, socials, adult education, and even a few meetings to discuss direction of the new Northwest Jewish Community. As word of mouth spread, and numbers grew, this group began to meet in local Clubhouses in the area. Then as numbers increased even more the group, now renamed Congregation B’nai Torah, leased space from the Broomfield Methodist Church. And in 1995, Congregation B’nai Torah moved to its present location at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Religious School began in 1989 in the home of member Vickie Lutz assisted by Ruthie Kaplan with 2 classes. As space became an issue, the school moved to the YMCA cottages at 68th and Wadsworth. With the congregation growing and enrollment increasing in Religious School, the school was moved to a local playhouse in Thornton at 84th and I –25, then to a daycare at 94th and Wadsworth until the daycare folded, then to 7 Oaks daycare (behind the Costco on 92nd) where the school spent several years before moving to another daycare at 101st and Sheridan. And back to the daycare at 94th and Wadsworth until it was sold in 2000. It was at this time that the board of trustees decided to have all synagogue activities in one place and religious school became housed at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Sara Emeson was the first Bat Mitzvah of Congregation B’nai Torah May of 1984 at the Broomfield Methodist Church. Since then, over two-dozen young adults have been Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Congregation B’nai Torah. And in 2003, the first Adult B’nai Mitzvah was held. 

Our Leadership

The leadership of B'nai Torah is provided by a board elected by the trustees. Our board meets monthly and sets the agenda and the course for the congregation. However, the leadership of our community is much more than just our Board of Directors. We are community based and community led - everyone has a stake in making our congregation great.

Our current president, Jack Kaufman, is in his 6th year as a member of the Board of Trustees, and his second as President. Rabbi Anat Moskowitz brings an enthusiasm that fits our community spirit when a close-knit group comes together to worship. Barbara Jacobs is our Religious School director, continuing a long tradition of a great educational program which has always been a mainstay of the congregation.

Upcoming Events

02/25/18 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Religious School
02/25/18 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Board Meeting
03/04/18 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mah-Jong
03/04/18 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Religious School - Purim