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.
A transition has occurred at CBI as we say 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 rabbi at Pleasantville Community Synagogue, and can be reached via email at email@example.com.
We are excited to welcome Rabbi David Zaslow as our interim rabbi, beginning in October 2015. More information will be made available as we approach the beginning of Rabbi Zaslow’s tenure.
Our High Holiday services will be led by Rabbi David Azen. Come, meet, and daven with Rabbi Azen at Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, August 28 at 7:30pm.
Upcoming Events at CBI
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at CBI:
Saturday, August 15, 10:00am: Torah Service led by our Ritual Committee
Tuesday, August 18, 3:30 - 5:30pm: Shul School - First day of classes
Come and join the fun!
Wednesday, August 19, 11:00am: Brunch Bunch
The Brunch Bunch meets at Nash's on the Esplanade. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Friday, August 21, 7:30pm: Back to Shul and School Night
Come and Celebrate CBI!
Tuesday, August 25, 6:15 - 7:45pm: Confirmation Class Begins
Saturday, August 29, 10:30am: A walk through the Machzor: Getting Ready for the High Holidays
Saturday, September 5, 10:30am: Torah Study
Friday, September 11, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service
The CBI Newsletter is "in transition”, with its direction coming from this summer’s incoming board. The new format should also be available as a PDF, which can be printed out as needed. If interested in becoming the new editor, email CBI.
Until the “new” newsletter is available, check this website and the weekly emails for news. Archived stories can be found on the recently retired newsletter site and on the old CBI News column CBI News page.