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 and innovative leadership from Rabbi Sara Abrams, we are shaping a dynamic and vital future for Judaism in the Northstate.

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Upcoming Events at CBI

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at CBI:

Friday, February 16, 5:30pm: Mishpachah Shabbat

Join us for a delicious potluck dinner and an inspiring service co-led by our Shul School students.

  • 5:30pm: Potluck: please bring a vegetarian or dairy dish to share with everyone.
  • 6:15pm: Mishpachah Shabbat Service.

Saturday, February 17, 10:00am: Contemplative Service

Come experience the abundance of Shabbat through quiet meditation, heart felt chants, and experiential prayer. All are welcome! Meditation will be on the Inner Temple.

Saturday, February 17, 11:00am: Torah Study

Join us for an insightful Torah Study. Kiddush to follow service, sponsored by Helene Ginsberg and Andrew Sabersky.

Wednesday, February 21, 11:00am: Brunch Bunch

The Brunch Bunch meets at Nash's on the Esplanade for good food, good conversation, and great company. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday, February 23, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, March 2, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, March 3, 10:00am: Torah Service

Sunday, March 4, 10:00am: Purim Carnival

Save the Date for our annual Purim carnival. There will be food, fun and games for all ages, plus we will be working on a few beautification projects. If you would like to get involved by helping with the carnival, one of the projects, or even providing some baked goods, please contact CBI at or 530-342-6146. More information will be coming soon.

Friday, March 9, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, March 10, 10:00am: Torah Study

CBI Membership

To learn about membership at CBI, visit our Join/Contribute page. This page includes information about joining CBI, benefits of membership, celebrations at CBI, and how to donate to the synagogue. Also available is a copy of the application form.

Rabbi Sara in the News and on the Air

Rabbi Sara has been featured and interviewed in various publications and TV and radio appearances.

Click here to read, view, or listen to Rabbi Sara.

Tikkun Olam/Social Action

The Tikkun Olam/Social Action committee is pleased to announce CBI’s participation with Safe Space Winter Shelter (SSWS), providing meals February 25-February 28.

Feeding others has been a long tradition for CBI congregants and here is an opportunity to reach out to those less fortunate with four home cooked dinners and all the trimmings. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, either through tzedakah, the Rabbi or the Sisterhood, enough money has been collected to cover the expenses for wholesome and delicious meals. Each night has a leader and we are inviting others to join. There will be opportunity to help in a variety of ways, including cooking, baking, serving, and clean-up. The meal is served around 6-7pm. Clean-up may go a bit longer and preparations will start earlier in the day. You can come for as long as meets your needs and volunteer for more than one day. If you are thinking about bringing children, you may want to check to assure it’s the right fit.

Feel the power of this mitzvah!

To sign up or for more information, contact CBI at or 530-342-6146.

From Our Student Cantor

"The Hatzi Kaddish"

CBI Student Cantor Steve Margolin’s essay about the Hatzi Kaddish, a prayer used in the matbeah shel tefillah (the formal order of prayers) as a transition from one section of prayer to another.

To read the full essay click here.

"Cycles of Time and the Shul Soundscape"

CBI Student Cantor Steve Margolin’s brief essay about the music and sounds of the shul explores how they vary during different events and times during the week and throughout the year, especially during the High Holy Days.

To read the full essay click here.

"What’s All This About Korbanot?"

CBI Student Cantor Steve Margolin’s essay about the korbanot, the sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle and in the Temple in Jerusalem, explores the essence of the korbanot then and ties that to the prayers and synagogue services that are our way to make an offering and experience the Divine in our lives.

To read the full essay click here.

A Message from Rabbi Sara

February 7, 2018
Dear Friends,

Purim is around the corner and we are planning a big celebration for our children on Sunday, March 4. Please see the details in the "Upcoming Events at CBI" section on this page regarding how you can get involved. In terms of an adult Purim celebration, as of now, no one has stepped forward to chair. However, if you are interested in planning an adult evening of Purim fun on March 2 following a brief Friday night service, please reach out to either Steve Margolin or myself so that we can get the ball rolling.

Many blessings,
Rabbi Sara

Hebrew Reading Course

Wednesdays 1:30am-2:45pm
Classes start February 7

This class is for those who have completed our Level 1 class or already know the Hebrew alephbet and vowel signs and can sound out Hebrew words written in Hebrew. Students in the Level 2 class will build on the basics of Level 1, learning to read and understand words and sentences from the siddur (prayerbook), Passover haggadah and similar texts written in Hebrew.

Click here for more info about the class.

To register and pay the course fee, or for more information, contact CBI at or 530-342-6146.

Intro to Judaism III

CBI presents Intro to Judaism III with Rabbi Sara on Tuesday evenings this winter/spring. The nine session class is being held at CBI. Each session is from 7:00 - 8:15pm, with the first session on February 6.

The cost of the class is: $90 for members, $110 for non-members. (Financial aid available.)

Click here for more info about the class.

To register or for more information, contact CBI at or 530-342-6146.

CBI Newsletter

CBI Newsletter

The CBI Newsletter is included in one "Weekly Update" email each month (usually the first Wednesday of each month). During the rest of the month, continue to read the "Weekly Update" emails for the latest information. Previous versions of the newsletter and a link to the recently retired newsletter site are available on the Newsletter archive page. In addition, news is available on the old CBI News column CBI News page.

To submit articles and suggestions for future newsletters, or to be added to our email list, please send email to .

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