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We pride ourselves on the relationships and social interaction. Our smaller size allows us to get to know each other on a more personal level beyond the congregation.

Community at B’nai Torah is like having an extended family to share good times and the rough times with. They were bringing home-cooked meals and cleaning my house when I was going through chemotherapy, and they were there celebrating my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah with us. B’nai Torah has also been a great place for my children to learn about and enjoy being Jewish. – Congregant

I first joined over 20 years ago. At the time my then-wife and I loved the feel of the congregation. Now, I unfortunately have to drive from Centennial to Westminster to attend. The drive is ugly, but I prefer CBT to any other congregation closer to me. The congregation is warm and friendly, and the rabbis have all been superlative. The current rabbi, Anat Moskowitz, comes thoroughly prepared, is warm and welcoming, and both uplifts and instructs at all levels. I just wish the drive weren’t so long. – Steven, Centennial  

I have been strongly attracted to Judaism and the clarity of vision, kindness and intelligence, connection to G_d and community for over 3 years. Three years ago I had attended a harp retreat and met Rabbi Moskowitz. A year ago I decided I wanted to convert to Judaism for various reasons. I called her and casually mentioned this and she invited me to Shabbat (I was surprised she remembered me from 3 years ago). When I came for the first time, everyone was welcoming in a genuine open-hearted friendliness and acceptance. This continues with everyone I meet. CBT is a place of natural authenticity. There is an ease in the flow of life, Torah and prayer: Everyone is truly welcome here, and welcoming. Rabbi M. is consistent in her joy, her compassion, her attention to the beauty and care of the earth and her peaceful, peace-filled message. The strong link with music provides a haven where my voice feels safe and I can grow spiritually, and can grow as a human being. I feel a balanced gratitude in my heart for the gift of being part of CBT. – Aneesha

I joined about 4 months after “CBT” had started up as a community group with no name. We were later became the Northwest Jewish Community. So why did I join? When I first made a meeting, I found a sense of community. Living in an area that is not predominately Jewish, it felt comfortable. And being on the cutting edge of a new Synagogue made it even more exciting. I like that my family could be a “pioneer” of sorts, a founding family of CBT. – Paula 

I grew up in a mixed religion family and have my own mixed religion family. The community is so incredibly welcoming. My rowdy children are loved and embraced, not yelled Everyone is welcome at every event. Rabbi is amazing, kind, and brilliant. – Michelle

The moment I walked into the shul I was warmly greeted by community members. I was gently guided through the service and felt welcome for the entirety of the evening. I wanted to be more involved in a community of like minded people. I wanted to participate and be a part of Tikkun Olam. I desired to share my Jewish beliefs with other Jews. I wanted to deepen my understanding of Jewish life, culture, wisdom and religion. Are mixed religion families ok? What about non-traditional families? – Jesse

After all the years of attending CBT and many other congregations as a non-member, I realized that if I joined a congregation I would also have a rabbi. I thought long and hard about which of the many local rabbis I wanted a more personal and deeper relationship with, and I decided that Rabbi Moskowitz would be the perfect fit for me and the one I would be happy to call “my rabbi”. – Susan