Embracing Judaism in Chico

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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Adult Study on Jewish Ethics / Exploring Judaism

Rabbi Danan’s Shabbat morning study this year will be on Jewish ethics. The class begins on Saturday, October 19, at 9:00am. The class is free, but participants should purchase the book, Jewish Ethics, Vol. I: You Shall Be Holy, by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Rabbi Danan will offer "Exploring Judaism" on Thursdays at 5 p.m. beginning February 6. This class is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the Jewish heritage, including those who want to convert. The class is free and a commitment to regular attendance is expected.

For more information, including schedules, contact CBI at (530) 342-6146 or by using our Contact page.

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day: Monday, April 28, 7:00 pm

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An Evening With Survivor Bernie Marks


We will observe Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, at CBI on Monday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. Our guest speaker is Holocaust survivor Bernie Marks, from Sacramento. Bernie has spoken in Chico before to packed crowds at Chico State and area schools. There are few survivors left to give eye-witness accounts, so attending—and bringing mature children and teens— is imperative while we still have the opportunity.

Bernie’s life as a prisoner started when he was just seven years old, during the invasion of Poland by the Germans. His family went from the ghetto to the concentration camps. Only Marks’ father, two cousins, and an aunt survived the war. His survival against all odds is a testament to the human spirit and to the power of his father’s love. Bernie finally became a Bar Mitzvah at the age of 79. Today Bernie travels the world, telling his life story in many different languages. It is our privilege to host him at CBI and to hear this spellbinding narrative.

The evening will also include songs, prayers, and an interfaith candle-lighting ceremony, followed by a reception to meet our speaker.

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