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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, June 24, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Led by Callie Marsters. This is the weekend of her Bat Mitzvah! Mazel Tov to Callie and her family! Oneg provided by Wendy Marsters in honor of Callie's upcoming Bat Mitzvah.

Saturday, June 25, 10:00am: Torah Service

Led by Callie Marsters. Callie will be called up to read from the Torah for the first time as her family and the CBI community celebrate this joyous event! A Kiddush luncheon will be provided by Wendy Marsters in honor of Callie's Bat Mitzvah.

Wednesday, July 20, 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.



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

SHARES card

SHARES cards have gone electronic ! FoodMaxx and SaveMart have  updated their SHARES card program. It now will be conducted without physical cards! Sign up first by clicking the FoodMaxx link. Then, at the store, during checkout, enter your phone number and a portion of your purchase will automatically be donated to CBI -- at no cost to you.

Rabbi Sara Abrams coming to CBI !

Rabbi Sara Abrams

important Update

Rabbi Sara Abrams begins August 1 as new CBI Rabbi !

We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully negotiated hiring Rabbi Sara Abrams as our congregation’s rabbi. The position will be three-quarter time, starting on August 1, 2016.

Rabbi Sara has very impressive credentials, and CBI is truly blessed to have found and hired such a wonderful match for our congregation. Many deserving thanks are in order to all who contributed to this important process.

For questions, please contact CBI co-president, David Halimi .



Transition at CBI

A transition has occurred at CBI as we have said 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 through May 2016, 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. Thanks to Rabbi Zaslow for his help and support during this transition period.

The transition will continue in August 2016 as we welcome Rabbi Sara Abrams as our new rabbi. Stay tuned as we begin this next chapter at CBI.

If you need to contact CBI (urgent or otherwise), email co-president Carol Edelman at cedelman@csuchico.edu or co-president David Halimi at david@halimi.com.



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 his time as the Newsletter editor. To submit articles and suggestions for future newsletters, please send email to admin@cbichico.org .