We are a warm and friendly Jewish community in Chico, California

Congregation Beth Israel is an open and welcoming Jewish community dedicated to the principle of Klal Yisrael, the unity of the Jewish people. True to that spirit, our historically rooted congregation embraces a diverse membership of Jews from all backgrounds as well as interfaith couples and those exploring Judaism. The ideal to which we strive is Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan’s concept of the “synagogue center,” in which a congregation serves as both a house of worship and a community center for Jewish life. We seek to engage the “head, heart, and hand”: the head through learning, the heart through meaningful spiritual and cultural experiences, and the hand through service. CBI is a place to find community, raise kids to love Judaism, and call your spiritual home. With inspirational and innovative leadership from Rabbi Sara Abrams, we are shaping a dynamic and vital future for Judaism in the Northstate.

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Upcoming Events at CBI

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at CBI:

You can find the weekly sermons on our Rabbi's Sermons page.

Wednesday, August 3, 12:00pm: TV interview

Rabbi Sara Abrams and David Halimi were interviewed on Action News Now, local Chico channels 12 and 24. If you missed it, you can watch the interview here.

Sunday, October 16, 4:00pm: Sukkot begins

Welcome the Holiday with a Harvest Fruit and Dessert Potluck.

Tuesday, October 18, 5:00pm: Decorate the Sukkah

CBI families will be gathering to decorate the Sukkah! We will be having a pot luck taco bar together in the sukkah. Please bring one or more items to make our tacos delicious. We will provide the tortillas and drinks. Bring harvest from your home to decorate the sukkah. Be there or be sukkah shaped!

Friday, October 21, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Shabbat of Sukkot service. Rabbi Sara will complete her series Divine Love Advice from the Bible's Book of Love with a sermon titled This Message is for You.

Saturday, October 22, 10:00am: Contemplative Shabbat

Come experience the abundance of Shabbat through quiet meditation, heart felt chants, and experiential prayer. If the weather is good, we will be praying in the sukkah. All are welcome!

Saturday, October 22, 11:00am: Torah Study

After relaxing and meditating together, we will join guest teacher, Rabbi Elihu Gevirtz for a Torah learning, "Only Joy." Rabbi Gevirtz will guide us through the path of joy through mystical understandings of sukkah, lulav, and etrog.

Sunday, October 23, 4:00pm: Sukkot Across America

Celebrate "NJOP's Sukkot Across America" with CBI. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, October 25, 5:00pm: Simchat Torah Extravaganza

Unroll and reroll the entire Torah as a community. Dance with the Torah, wave flags, enjoy refreshments, along with treats for the kids! Consecration for our newest Schul School students. Music by our own CBI band!

Saturday, October 29, 10:00am: Torah Service

Led by Steve Margolin and the lay leaders. Potluck to follow service.

Wednesday, November 16, 11:00am: Brunch Bunch

The Brunch Bunch meets at Nash's on the Esplanade for good food, good conversation, and great company. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Saturday, December 10, 6:30pm: CBI Silent Auction

The CBI Silent Auction is set for Saturday evening, December 10. It’s not too early to think about items you can contribute to the Auction, or to obtain gift certificates from restaurants, hair parlors, and other retailers that you patronize. Any questions, contact Irv Schiffman.

High Holy Days 5777 at CBI

High Holy Days 5777 Please join us for the Days of Awe / High Holy Days 5777 at Congregation Beth Israel, 1336 Hemlock Street, (530) 342-6146. Our services are warm, welcoming, inspiring, and participatory. This year our services will be led by Rabbi Sara Abrams. Sing along to lively music by our great CBI band, and enjoy the contributions of many soloists, leaders, readers, and “team tekiah,” our shofar blowers. We also have children’s services led by Ruth Gordon. Click here to read past High Holy Day sermons.

Tickets are required for the High Holy Days services. For more information, including a schedule, please click this link or contact CBI at (530) 342-6146.

CBI welcomes Rabbi Sara Abrams !

Rabbi Sara Abrams

Rabbi Sara Abrams begins August 1 as the new CBI Rabbi !

We are very pleased to welcome Rabbi Sara Abrams as our congregation’s rabbi. The position will be three-quarter time, starting on August 1, 2016.

Rabbi Sara joins CBI from Westchester, New York, as Rabbi and spiritual leader. Rabbi Sara brings her passion for teaching children and families. She will provide pastoral care, and spiritual growth for CBI and will cultivate opportunities for social action in the greater Chico community.

Rabbi Sara holds a Master’s in Hebrew Letters and ordination from Hebrew Union College, a Master of Arts in Religious Studies, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education. She has worked as a hospital chaplain, and is a teacher of all ages.

Rabbi Sara practices and instructs others in yoga, kabbalistic meditation, and has written her own prayers, poetry, and music–all with the purpose of uplifting the spirit and elevating the soul. She is deeply committed to a philosophy that transcends human­made boundaries and spreads the message of achdut (unity) and chesed (loving­kindness).

We welcomed Rabbi Sara at her first Shabbat Service on Friday, August 5! Thanks to all who participated and made this a memorable event.

Sukkot Across America at CBI

Sponsored by a grant from NJOP (National Jewish Outreach Program), CBI celebrates Sukkot Across America on Sunday, October 23, at 4:00pm.

Come shake the lulav and etrog, enjoy the interactive magic show by magician Kris Bentz at 4:15pm, and stay for a Kosher BBQ dinner in the Sukkah! Bring your family and friends!

Click here for more information, or contact CBI at (530) 342-6146 or by email.

A Message from Rabbi Sara

Dear Friends,

What an amazing holiday season! I have truly enjoyed our time together as it gave me a window into the myriad talents we have as a community. I know there are many more to discover. I hope that the messages of the High Holy Days: of saying Hineini, of Laying Down our Swords and reaching out to hold each others hands, and of nurturing a culture of grassroots giving, will continue to resonate for all of us throughout the year. You can read my sermons on our web site.

As your new rabbi, many of you have inquired as to how I like to be addressed. To answer for whole the congregation, I am most comfortable being called "Rabbi," or "Rabbi Sara." Thanks for asking!

Next week begins the month of Cheshvan, when after all of our celebration we finally get to breathe and relax. Shabbat will be our only holiday this coming month. May each Shabbat carry the seeds of joy and compassion that we planted in the month of Tishrei.

I will be away next week but will be thinking of you.

With blessing,

Rabbi Sara

CBI Newsletter

CBI Newsletter

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