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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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Back to Shul: August 29, 7:30 pm


Don't miss a true CBI tradition: Back to Shul (and Shul School!) Night, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for a lively service led by Rabbi Danan with great music from our CBI Band.

The service will be followed by an ice-cream oneg from our CBI Board, which will also receive a blessing during the service. Also, kids who received camp scholarships from the Gert Lenner fund will share their camp experiences.

CBI & Annie B’s Community Drive

Annie B Community Drive

CBI is once again participating in the Annie B’s Community Drive. The Drive allows us to take advantage of an exceptional grant program from AnnieB’s sponsor, the North Valley Community Foundation. The Foundation will add an additional percentage to donations made to CBI between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2014. Both members of CBI and non-member friends of CBI are encouraged to participate.

Although our operating funds (membership dues and religious school fees) are not subject to this match, all other donations to CBI, such as the General Fund, Building Fund, Yiskor and Yahrzeit donations, Gert Lenner Fund (youth camp), Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund (for community welfare needs), Religious School Fund, and High Holy Day donations are subject to the additional dollars.

Your donation check should be made out to “Annie B’s/CBI” and sent to CBI (see address below).  We will then submit the checks to Annie B’s foundation. All of the funds contributed to CBI through Annie B’s Community Drive are then returned to CBI along with the funds added by the Foundation.

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.