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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 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.

Friday, December 9, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Join us as Rabbi Sara gives a sermon entitled Letting Your Intuition Take the Lead.

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

The CBI Silent Auction will be at CBI on Saturday evening, December 10, from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a wide variety of items to bid on. Admission is free and includes refreshments. All proceeds benefit the congregation's youth and adult education programs. Click here for more information or contact Irv Schiffman with any questions.

Sunday, December 11, 2:00pm: Sisterhood Craft Social

The Sisterhood will be hosting a time of fellowship along with a fun and creative project. Food, beverages and craft supplies will be provided. Watch for your e-vite or contact Pam Dakof for more information.

Wednesday, December 21, 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.

Friday, December 23, 5:30pm: CBI's Annual Hanukkah Party

Save the date! More details to follow.




CBI Gift Shop Hours

Having a hard time finding just the right gift? The CBI Gift Shop will be open Dec. 6, 13, and 20 from 3:30 to 5:30pm. The gift shop will also be open during the Silent Auction and the Annual Hanukkah party. Come on down and find a gift for everyone on your list.


Interview with Rabbi Sara and David Halimi

On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 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.

CBI Silent Auction

CBI Silent Auction

Silent Auction at CBI
December 10, 6:30pm

The CBI Silent Auction will be at CBI, 1336 Hemlock Street, on Saturday evening, December 10, from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a wide variety of items to bid on. Admission is free and includes refreshments. All proceeds benefit the congregation's youth and adult education programs. Click here for more information or contact Irv Schiffman with any questions.




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.



A Message from Rabbi Sara

12-07-2016
Dear Friends,

In the midst of this busy season for us, the Torah tells of Jacob's dream of an otherworldly ladder with angels ascending heavenward and descending toward earth. How do we explain this image and our patriarch's dream? Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk wrote, "The heavens are the heavens of God, and the earth is given to human beings, that is to make of the earth a heaven." I know so many of us at CBI work to make the earth, and our community a little more heavenly, a little more caring, by facilitating more connection and more love. This may have been the message of Jacob's dream.

So please come out to CBI this Saturday evening for our Silent Auction and help to strengthen and uplift our community. Connect with friends, snack on our refreshments, and support our synagogue. You may just find some heavenly items that have made their way down to earth!!

See you here,

Rabbi Sara



CBI Newsletter

CBI Newsletter

The CBI Newsletter is being redesigned and will debut soon. Until that occurs, continue to read the "Weekly Update" emails for the latest information. Previous versions of the newsletter and a link to the recently retired newsletter site are available on the Newsletter archive page. In addition, news is available on the old CBI News column CBI News page.

To submit articles and suggestions for future newsletters, please send email to admin@cbichico.org .

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