Programs

Adult Education
Shul School
Menchkins
Sisterhood
Senior Sages
Gemilut Hasadim/Senior Assistance Program
Book Club
Hevra Kaddisha
CBI Band

If contact information is not included for a program of interest, please contact CBI at 530-342-6146 for assistance.

Adult Education

Congregation Beth Israel offers a variety of Adult Education opportunities. At each Shabbat service there is a Devar Torah (Word of Torah). On Friday nights we have programs such as “Shabbat Scholars” (local University professors speaking on topics of Jewish interest) and “Hot Topics” (explorations of current issues from a Jewish perspective). Saturday morning services include a Torah reading, Torah study and discussion.

The rabbi leads a Shabbat Shiur (Adult Study Group) on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. during the school year. Topics have included Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah), Introduction to the Talmud, and “The David Saga,” about the origins of the Israelite monarchy in the bible.

The rabbi may teach a class on “Basic Judaism” for adults on Thursday afternoons during the spring semsester at CBI. This free class is suitable for those seeking to learn more about their Jewish heritage, as well as those exploring conversion to Judaism. Check in the spring if this class is available.

In addition, Congregation Beth Israel frequently offers lectures, programs and classes on topics of interest to the community. Recent topics have included Current Events in Israel, the “New” Anti-Semitism, and Jewish Meditation. We also have an active Book Club that reads and discusses books of Jewish interest. We are always interested in new ideas for lifelong Jewish learning.

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Shul School-Where Judaism Comes to Life!

Jewish youth education at CBI offers programs from birth to Bar and Bat Mitzvah and beyond!  Shul School’s passionate, dedicated teachers bring innovative curriculum to the classroom.  Our students participate in hands-on, engaging activities while making Jewish friends and creating life long memories.

We learn about…

  • Jewish Identity, History and Culture
  • Jewish Values and Ethics
  • Shabbat, Jewish Holidays and Traditions
  • Hebrew and the Alef-Bet
  • Our Jewish Community
  • Torah

Programs for every age…

  • The Menchkins Program (Birth to 5 years)   A family program for parents and children to learn and explore their Jewish world together. We offer playgroups, outings and activities full of hands-on, sensory experiences. Jewish learning begins at birth!
  • Formal Shul School (5 years through B’nai Mitzvah) Students continue exploring their heritage while also embarking on the Bar and Bat Mitzvah journey.
  • Confirmation (post B’nai Mitzvah education for teens) A bi-weekly class focusing on Jewish history and heroes, hot topics, and comparative religion. A great place for teens to learn important values and mature their identity with their Jewish peers.

For more information about these exciting programs contact Ruth Gordon, Shul School Education Director at ruth_gordon57@yahoo.com.

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Menchkins Early Childhood Program

Menchkins are the youngest members of the local and diverse Jewish community, from birth to 5 years. The events planned just for this group and their families and friends are always informal, playful, and full of songs, hands-on activities, and exploration of our Jewish world.

Tot Shabbat

In addition to Jewish holiday play groups and activities, we also offer Tot Shabbat, a lively half-hour service to welcome Shabbat on the first Friday of alternate months, followed by Shabbat dinner with the Shul School families.

Free Jewish Books for Young Children

PJ Library, a national program,  provides free monthly books and CD’s to all Jewish children in our region from age 6 months to 8 years. Sign up here: http://pjlibrary.org/

To get on our email list for Menchkins activities, contact admin@cbichico.org.

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Sisterhood

The objective of Haverot, the sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel, is to foster and further the highest ideals of Judaism, to promote close fellowship among our members, to cooperate with the congregation in activities that are religious, social and educational, and to serve Jewish and humanitarian causes. Our current president is Karen Rogers.

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Senior Sages

CBI Senior Sages (age 50 and better) are invited to a monthly brunch, including socializing and discussion or a speaker. Seniors are also found participating actively in a variety of general CBI programs, including services, sisterhood, committees, book club and more. They are invited to programs at the Religious School as well.

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Gemilut Hasadim/Senior Assistance Program

Help out Senior Sages or other congregants who are in need by simply making a sunshine call, visiting their home and/or driving them to a CBI event. Let’s think outside our own schedules and think about the extra space inside our cars. Contact our “Sunshine and Mitzvot” Chairperson Sherri Trimboli if you can make friendly visits or give someone a ride.

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Book Club

HaSifriyah  ›◊ The Library Corner
Books are made for use, not to be hidden away.”
—Sefer Hasidim

CBI members are welcome to join in the fun of our book discussion group! Watch the newsletter for announcements and contact Irv Schiffman, ischiffman@csuchico.edu for details about dates and locations.

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Hevra Kaddisha

The Hevra Kaddisha of Congregation Beth Israel of Chico is a group of volunteers who assist individuals and families after the death of a loved one by providing the services of k’vod ha’met (sh’mirah and tahara), and who work to inform our community about the Jewish traditions and practices when a death occurs.

Sh’mirah is the guarding of the deceased. A shomer, or guardian, is present at the funeral home, as close to the deceased as is practicable, and recites psalms, reads from Lamentations or studies other religious texts.

Tahara is the ritual washing and purification of the body of the deceased, followed by dressing in the traditional burial garments and placing the body in the casket, all accompanied by psalms and other traditional prayers. Tahara is performed by trained members of the Hevra Kaddisha. Men perform tahara for men, and women perform tahara for women. The work of a tahara team is strictly confidential, to protect the privacy of the deceased and the deceased’s loved ones.

The service of the Hevra Kaddisha dovetails with the service of others in our Congregation, including our Rabbi and the Sunshine and Mitzvot Committee, whose volunteers support those who have lost a loved one in many ways beyond the ritual focus of the Hevra Kaddisha.

For more information, contact Sharon Kaplan at 530-893-2264 or by e-mail:  13kappy@gmail.com .

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CBI Band

The CBI Band plays for CBI events and some religious services. The current membership includes a vocalist and local musicians playing the piano, guitar, bass, and clarinet.

If you are interested in learning more about the band, please contact CBI at 530-342-6146 for more information.

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