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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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CBI Summer Shabbat Schedule: June

Saturday, June 7, 10:30 a.m. Torah Study of Be-ha’alotecha, led by Rabbi Danan, Potluck Brunch (veggie-dairy).

Friday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. Summer Shabbat Picnic in the CBI backyard (and if it’s too hot, enjoy the air-conditioning!) We’ll share a Potluck Dinner (veggie dairy) with Shabbat blessings, songs, and stories from Rabbi Danan (no formal service).

Saturday, June 14 10 a.m. Torah service led by Rabbi Danan (last one prior to her sabbatical/summer vacation).

Saturday, June 28 10:30 a.m. Torah Study led by Ritual Committee, with a Potluck Brunch (veggie dairy).

CBI Summer Shabbat Schedule: July

Learning/Teaching Services
In July, the Ritual Committee will team- lead two Learning/Teaching services for anyone who wants to learn about prayer. The purpose of these services is to provide a relaxed, “low stress” environment in which you can ask questions, take your time, and learn about the service as you pray. There will be one Friday and one Saturday Learning-Teaching service in July:

Friday, July 11, 7:30 p.m., Parashat Pinchas

Saturday, July 26, 10:00 a.m., Parashat Masei

Email Steve Margolin if you have any questions or suggestions for these services, or would like to help lead.

For more information on any of the summer activities, contact CBI at (530) 342-6146 or by email, or by using our Contact page.

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