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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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June Events at CBI

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at CBI:

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

Robin Black will speak about her incredible study tour in Europe and Israel with the National Hevra Kaddisha. Please join us for a delicious kiddush prepared by The KKs- The Kiddush Kollective. A wonderful small group who provide Shabbat lunch.  If you'd like to participate with one small part of kiddush, please don't hesitate to call the office at 530-342-6146 and we'll create a spot for you!

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

The Brunch Bunch meets at Nash's. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, June 20, 10:30am:  Torah Study

Bring a potluck item to share.

Friday, June 26,  7:30pm:  Kabbalat Shabbat

Rabbi Barry Leff, visiting from Jerusalem, will speak.  Also, Rabbi Julie Danan will lead a Special Blessing for our Newest Jews by Choice, Seth and Janelle Weil. The Oneg Shabbat will be prepared by the Weils.

Saturday, June 27, 10:30am:  Torah Study with Rabbi Barry Leff

Bring a potluck item to share.

Sunday, June 28,  4:00pm:  Renewal of Vows

The community is invited to celebrate with Seth and Janelle Weil as they renew their vows under the chuppah.

July Events at CBI

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at CBI:

Saturday, July 11, 10:00am:  Torah Service with Rabbi Julie Danan

Wednesday, July 15, 11:00am:  Brunch Bunch

The Brunch Bunch meets at Nash's. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, July 17, 7:30pm:  Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Julie Danan

Saturday, July 25, 10:00am:  Torah Service with Rabbi Julie Danan

"Tikkun Chazon: Repairing the Vision"
On Shabbat Chazon we traditionally read a prophecy of the ancient destruction of Jerusalem. To balance this we invite participants to bring a short selection from any positive vision that inspires you (e.g. Rev. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech or a short selection from a biblical prophet).

CBI Newsletter

CBI Newsletter The CBI Newsletter is "in transition”, with its direction coming from this summer’s incoming board. The new format should also be available as a PDF, which can be printed out as needed. If interested in becoming the new editor, email CBI.

Until the “new” newsletter is available, check this website and the weekly emails for news. Archived stories can be found on the recently retired newsletter site and on the old CBI News column CBI News page.