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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 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:

You can find the weekly sermons on our Rabbi's Sermons page.

Friday, February 24, 7:30pm: Rabbi Sara's Installation

Join us for Rabbi Sara's Formal Installation. Oneg to follow.

Saturday, February 25, 10:00am: Torah Service with Rabbi Laura Geller

Rabbi Geller will be giving a special teaching on The Power of Shabbat. Following a kiddush lunch, Rabbi Geller will also be giving an afternoon teaching at 1:00pm on The True Story of Purim: The Story You Didn't Learn in Sunday School.

Click here for more info about the events this weekend.

Save the dates! RSVP for the kiddush lunch at (530) 342-6146, or by email to admin@cbichico.org.

Friday, March 3, 6:30pm: Shabbat Across America

Details coming soon.

Sunday, March 5, 11:00am: Family Purim Carnival

Dress in costume is encouraged. All children and their parents are welcome, including CBI members, guests, and visitors. More details to follow.

Friday, March 10, 6:00pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Purim Celebration

Save the date, more details to follow.

Saturday, March 11, 10:00am: Torah Service with Torah Study

Wednesday, March 15, 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, March 17, 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, March 18, 10:00am: Contemplative Service

Saturday, March 18, 11:00am: Torah Study

Sunday, March 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Kosher Deli Lunch Fundraiser

Be sure to support the CBI Shul School by coming to the annual kosher deli lunch fundraiser. Kosher meat sandwiches, soups, salads, and dessert will be served. Details to follow.




Rabbi Sara on the Air

On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Rabbi Sara Abrams and David Halimi were interviewed on Action News Now, local Chico channels 12 and 24. If you missed it, you can watch the interview here.

On Friday, December 16, 2016, Rabbi Sara was on KZFR 90.1FM, discussing finding peace in our troubled times. In case you missed it, you can listen to it here.

Installation of Rabbi Sara Abrams

CBI presents the Installation of Rabbi Sara Abrams !

Join CBI for the formal installation of Rabbi Sara Abrams.

The festivities begin on Friday, February 24, at 7:30pm with Rabbi Sara's Installation. Join us for the installation, followed by an Oneg.

On Saturday, February 25, at 10:00am, there will be a Torah Service with Rabbi Laura Geller. Rabbi Geller will be giving a special teaching on The Power of Shabbat. Following a kiddush lunch, Rabbi Geller will also be giving an afternoon teaching at 1:00pm on The True Story of Purim: The Story You Didn't Learn in Sunday School.

Click here for more info about the events this weekend, or click here to view a larger version of the event flyer. To learn more about Rabbi Geller, click to read a feature written in the spring in the Jewish Journal.

Save the dates! RSVP for the kiddush lunch at (530) 342-6146, or by email to admin@cbichico.org.





An Intro to Hebrew Angels

CBI presents An Intro to Hebrew Angels with Rabbi Sara on the first three Tuesdays in February. The classes at CBI are on Feb, 7, 14, and 21, at 7:00pm.

Feb. 7: Angelic Appearances in the Tanach
Feb. 14: Messengers of the Divine
Feb. 21: The Angels of Jewish Mysticism

Click here for more info about these classes.

Please RSVP to admin@cbichico.org or 530-342-6146.

Stay tuned for our Intro to Judaism Course, a ten session spring class beginning Tuesdays in March.





From Our Cantor

"What’s All This About Korbanot?"

CBI Student Cantor Steve Margolin’s brief 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

02-15-2017
Dear Friends,

We are just a little bit more than a week away from my installation weekend when Rabbi Laura Geller will be visiting us and sharing her wisdom. I am very excited and grateful for all the hard work so many of you are putting in. To learn more about Rabbi Geller, click to read a feature written in the spring in the Jewish Journal.

Also, we are pleased to announce our Arts and Culture online fundraiser. You will be receiving an e-mail this week which will give you the opportunity to donate so that we can enrich and enhance our cultural programming and outreach into the Chico Jewish Community. You can also click here to donate online, or scroll down for more information.

This Shabbat is our Mishpachah Shabbat. Truly, everyone is welcome! It's a joyful service in which we celebrate our young people. Please come support our students and families, and bring a dish to share in our potluck Shabbat meal.

With blessing,

Rabbi Sara



Fundraiser in honor of Rabbi Sara



At CBI, we have a desire to enhance our lives with Jewish teachers, music, and learning and hope to increase our presence in Butte County as a center for Jewish life as well as spiritual practice. On the occasion of Rabbi Sara Abrams' installation on February 24, we are establishing an Arts and Culture fund in order to open our doors even wider to our fellow Chicoans.

We are asking friends, members, and supporters who would like to have visiting teachers and musicians at CBI to give what you can to make this initiative successful. We need your support and your donations. Thank you for joining us and helping CBI to grow and continue to give back to the greater Butte County community. Please keep in mind that all donations are tax deductible.

Click here or above to donate online.



CBI Newsletter

CBI Newsletter

The CBI Newsletter is being redesigned and will debut soon. Until that occurs, 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, please send email to admin@cbichico.org .

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