Recent Developments

Congregation Beth Israel’s building has seen a variety of beautiful improvements in the last couple of years, including extensive gardening and landscaping done by members, new air-conditioning, remodeling of the Rabbi’s office, a complete remodeling of the Kitchen by the Sisterhood, and development of the Marion J. Corwin Library. We have purchased new Shabbat and Holiday prayer books, a kosher Megillah for Purim, and Haggadot for Passover. In March, 2004, CBI dedicated a second Torah scroll donated by the Halimi extended family.

Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan became spiritual leader of the synagogue in the summer of 2003 and joined our dedicated lay leaders and members in building an active and welcoming Jewish community at Congregation Beth Israel.

In February 2014 CBI celebrated a Triple Anniversary:  10 years with Rabbi Danan, 25 years of Haverot Sisterhood and 45 years of the “New CBI”!  

In August 2015, another change 

Rabbi Julie Danan Installing Reb Lisa Rappaport  - March 2020


occurred at CBI as Rabbi Danan moved to a new congregation in New York. Rabbi David Zaslow became the Interim Rabbi, for the period of October 2015 through May 2016.

Rabbi Sara Abrams became the Rabbi at CBI in August 2016. Rabbi Sara left CBI in December 2018 for a position as a Jewish chaplain at the UCLA Medical Center.

In January 2019, Hazzan Steve Margolin became the Interim Spiritual Leader at CBI.

In July 2019, Reb Lisa Rappaport became the Spiritual Leader at CBI and Hazzan Steve Margolin became the CBI Cantor.