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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).

Exploring Judaism Offered

Rabbi Danan will teach a free class on Exploring Judaism Wednesday evenings, 7:15-8:15pm, beginning March 11, excluding the first week of the month when a board meeting is scheduled. This class is for anyone who would like to learn more about basic Judaism, including those who are considering becoming Jewish. Contact rabbi@cbichico.org if you would like to take the class (which requires a 3 month commitment).

Yom Hashoah at CBI


Holocaust Memorial Commemoration April 19

Congregation Beth Israel invites the community to an annual commemoration of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, Sunday, April 19, 7:00pm at the synagogue. The program features songs, prayers, and the lighting of memorial candles for all victims of Holocaust and genocide. Guest speakers Pam Bodnar and Gail Desler will discuss “Five Chimneys: Remembering the Holocaust,” and their work as lead trainers for the Holocaust Education Network in Northern California.

Click here for more information about the commemoration.

Passover Info and FAQs

Passover Seder Plate

This year Passover begins with the First Seder on April 3 and concludes on April 11. Click here for more information including links to a guide to observing the holiday and other useful articles.

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.