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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 our rabbi, 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:

Friday, May 27, 7:30pm: Confirmation Class Graduation and Kabbalat Shabbat Service

This year we have two Confirmation Class graduates who will talk about their experiences. They have studied three years beyond their b'nai mitzvah and we are so proud of them !

Friday, June 3, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

The drash will be given by Dr. Hesh Kaplan and promises to be fascinating! More details to follow.

Saturday, June 11, 10:00am: Shavuot Torah Service

Shavuot is finally here. Join us for a dairy luncheon -- details to follow. Michael Passovoy will give the D'var Torah.

Wednesday, June 15, 11:00am: Brunch Bunch

The Brunch Bunch meets at Nash's on the Esplanade. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday, June 17, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Renee Everett will give the drash.

Saturday, June 18, 10:00am: Torah Service

Jeremy Miller will give the drash.

Rabbi Sara Abrams coming to CBI !

Rabbi Sara Abrams

important Update

Rabbi Sara Abrams begins August 1 as new CBI Rabbi !

We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully negotiated hiring Rabbi Sara Abrams as our congregation’s rabbi. The position will be three-quarter time, starting on August 1, 2016.

Rabbi Sara has very impressive credentials, and CBI is truly blessed to have found and hired such a wonderful match for our congregation. Many deserving thanks are in order to all who contributed to this important process.

For questions, please contact CBI co-president, David Halimi .

Transition at CBI

A transition has occurred at CBI as we have said goodbye to Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan. We wish to thank her and Avraham for their many years of service to our community and wish them well in their new adventure. Rabbi Danan has become the rabbi at Pleasantville Community Synagogue, and can be reached via email at rabbi@shalompcs.com.

In October 2015 through May 2016, we welcomed Rabbi David Zaslow as our interim rabbi. Serving half-time in his home community in Ashland, OR, he specializes in working in a part-time capacity as an interim rabbi. Please see Our Rabbi for more details. Thanks to Rabbi Zaslow for his help and support during this transition period.

The transition will continue in August 2016 as we welcome Rabbi Sara Abrams as our new rabbi. Stay tuned as we begin this next chapter at CBI.

CBI Newsletter

CBI Newsletter

The CBI Newsletter has returned to its previous format. Congregants will receive a monthly email with a link to the newsletter as a downloadable PDF file. The newsletter also will be available on the Newsletter archive page. Archived stories can be found on the recently retired newsletter site and on the old CBI News column CBI News page.

Thanks to Shlomo Phillips for his time as the Newsletter editor. To submit articles and suggestions for future newsletters, please send email to admin@cbichico.org .