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.
You can preview the book on Amazon.com. If you decide to order the book online, don't forget to order through Amazon Smile so that a portion of your purchase goes to CBI (instructions).
Sukkot and Simchat Torah at CBI !
Sukkot is the weeklong harvest festival following the days of Awe. We eat (and even sleep) in a harvest booth at the synagogue or our own backyard.
The festival culminates in Shemini-Atzeret and Simchat Torah, when we conclude the Torah and begin it anew. It’s a time of rejoicing and we have fun activities nearly every day of the holiday!
The celebration begins on Wednesday, October 8, 7pm, with Welcome the Holiday & Dessert in the Sukkah. Events, including Sukkot Across America, continue through Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm with the Sisterhood Potluck in the Sukkah.
Simchat Torah is celebrated at CBI on Friday, October 17, 7:00pm. Dance with the Torah to live music, wave flags, treats for the kids!
Unroll and reroll the entire Torah as a community.
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.