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.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at CBI:
Friday, May 29, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat led by Confirmation Class
Students will speak about great controversies in Jewish history, the topic of their studies this year. Music by David Frankel; Oneg sponsored by Confirmation Class families.
Saturday, May 30:
9:00 a.m. Last Adult Study Class of Spring
10:00 a.m. Torah Service led by Rabbi Danan
Saturday, June 6: Shabbat in the Mountains: A Sabbath Experience in Nature led by Jeremy and Amy Miller, details TBD.
Shavuot Gathering on May 23, 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
"Tikkun Leil Shavuot"--Shavuot Eve at the Danans'
The Shavuot Eve "late night" Torah study will be held at the Danan home. Please bring a dairy dessert or other nosh to share. We will say the holiday blessings and learn about the Jewish idea of "Torah from Sinai." Plus stories from a special guest storyteller, Lawrence Feinberg.
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.