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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, February 5, 7:30pm: Sisterhood Kabbalat Shabbat

Led by our Haverot (Sisterhood). D'rash and Kiddush by the Sisterhood as well. Everyone is invited to attend this warm and meaningful service.

Saturday, February 13, 10:00am: Torah Service

Led by Steve Margolin and the Ritual Committee. Drash by Aaron Arnold, who had his bar mitzvah here in November. The Kiddush will be potluck, so please bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share.

Wednesday, February 17, 11:00am: Brunch Bunch

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

Friday, February 19, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Led by Irv Schiffman. Expect a wry and irreverent sense of humor in addition to the (mostly) traditional service.

Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27: Rabbi Zaslow at CBI

If you need to speak to Rabbi Zaslow, he can be reached at shalomrav@aol.com. Email him to make arrangements to speak by phone or Skype.

Friday, February 26, 6:00pm: Shabbat Israeli Style

Special guest Baruch Morris, a cantorial student with ALEPH, and Rabbi David Zaslow will lead this musical Kabbalat Shabbat service. A potluck dinner will kick off the evening, so please bring your favorite dish to share or try out a new recipe.

Friday, March 4, 6:00pm: Shabbat Across America

CBI will be joining hundreds of synagogues throughout the USA and Canada for this amazing and fun event. More info to follow soon.

CBI and AmazonSmile Program

Smile Amazon CBI is participating in the AmazonSmile program. It is easy to sign up from Amazon.com's main page. CBI gets a small percentage of your sale, and you get to do a Mitzvah! After you sign up, just start at http://smile.amazon.com whenever you shop on Amazon.

 Click here for more information about the program on the Amazon website.

CBI and S.H.A.R.E.S


We have S.H.A.R.E.S. cards back in stock in the CBI office, so come by anytime during office hours or call (530-342-6146) to have one mailed to you. This is an easy way to help CBI while you shop at FoodMaxx, Lucky, or SaveMart. When you give the cashier the SHARES card (which has no information about you), CBI gets a small percentage of your purchase as a donation. Simply use the card and know you are doing a mitzvah.

Rabbinical Opportunity at CBI

As noted below, CBI has said goodbye to Rabbi Julie Danan. Rabbi David Zaslow is serving as our interim rabbi while a search for the next rabbi at CBI is underway.

Are you interested in becoming that rabbi? Click here for more information about the position, including a job description and video.

Transition at CBI

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 the rabbi at Pleasantville Community Synagogue, and can be reached via email at rabbi@shalompcs.com.

In October 2015, 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, including how to contact Rabbi Zaslow.

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 becoming the Newsletter editor. See the September 2015 and October 2015 issues for information on contacting Shlomo and submitting articles and suggestions.