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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 Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan, we are shaping a dynamic and vital future for Judaism in the Northstate.

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Adult Study: Jewish with Feeling

Jewish with Feeling book cover 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).

NJOP Course in Hebrew Writing

NJOP Crash Course in Hebrew Writing with Rabbi Danan
November 18, 6:00pm

Rabbi Danan will teach a free Crash Course in Hebrew Writing, sponsored by NJOP, the National Jewish Outreach program. The class will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 6:00pm. It is open to all adults and teens who can already read Hebrew.

A light dinner will be served (donations appreciated for dinner costs). We'll have a fun, relaxing evening as we refresh our Hebrew skills by learning to print Hebrew and get a quick intro. to writing Hebrew script as well. Some important Hebrew value and conversational words will be emphasized as we learn.

The class is slated to last a couple of hours with a follow-up hour to be scheduled as needed.

RSVP as soon as possible to: rabbi@cbichico.org.

CBI Silent Auction


The Silent Auction is only a few weeks away, Dec. 6, at 6:30pm. For more information, including how and what to donate, click Silent Auction info.

CBI Newsletter

CBI Newsletter page CBI Newsletter Now Online

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.

Access the newsletter at http://cbichico.wix.com/cbinews .

Archived editions of the newsletter (in pdf format) can be accessed on the Newletter page on this website: Newsletter.

Archived stories from the old CBI News column can be found on the CBI News page.