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 leadership from Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan, we are shaping a dynamic and vital future for Judaism in the Northstate.
This year, in memory of her Rebbe, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Reb Zalman), Rabbi Danan's classes will focus on his teachings. The first class will be held on Saturday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m., with a potluck brunch. Please purchase Jewish With Feeling for the class. Starting November 1, the class will be held at 9 a.m. before services.
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Tikkun Olam with Danny Siegel
Danny Siegel will be at CBI from November 7 through November 9 to share his inventive ideas on Tzedakah (charity, righteousness) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world, social action), which are central to our Jewish observance.
Danny is probably the key Jewish leader most associated with popularizing ideas like: hands-on personalized Tzedakah, b'nei mitzvah tzedakah projects, recognizing Mitzvah Heroes, promoting micro-philanthropy (doing great good with small amounts of money—his Ziv Tzedakah fund harnessed contributions as small as $10 into $14 million of giving), and Tikkun Olam, all as an integral part of Jewish observance. It is a great opportunity to have him in Chico. Please come and bring your friends, Jewish and others, who are interested in making the world a better place.
The events begin on Friday, November 7, 7:30pm, with Danny speaking at Kabbalat Shabbat, continue on November 8 at CBI, and conclude on November 9 with a program for our younger members.
Click here for more information , including a full schedule of events and a change to the time for one of the events, or contact CBI at (530) 342-6146, by email, or by using our Contact page.
CBI Newsletter Now Online
Beginning with the August 2014 edition, the CBI Newsletter has entered the digital age as an online blog. Our new format allows fast and frequent updates and keeps the news and information flowing with fewer volunteer and staff hours. Plus, you can interact by commenting on posts and by submitting your stories and news using the online form, which goes to our editor.