Upcoming Events

At Home with CBI 2019

We are excited to invite you and our friends to our 7th At Home with CBI, a series of captivating gatherings, fabulous soirée, and friendly get-togethers.
There are 8 outstanding events to choose from. Our generous hosts have outdone themselves designing these events that support our congregation.
As you review the “menu of possibilities” think about friends outside our CBI family that would enjoy attending with you. What a great way to connect with friends, meet new people and have a great time while supporting our congregation!

For more information of the events go to our At Home Page

Our next events:  June 8th – Monterey Museum of Art Private Tour sponsored by Julie and Stuart Chase – Enjoy an evening of art, drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Monterey Museum of Art. Join the museum’s Executive Director, Stuart Chase and our own administrator, Julie for an intimate look at this ground-breaking show. Stuart will speak about the show. Julie will provide the yummy accoutrements. You and your friends will have an inside look at the show and the inside scoop on the museum’s exciting plans.  $54 per person  Please call the CBI office for reservations

June 9th – Love Letters to the Garden sponsored by Laura Arnow, Donna Shore & Malina Breaux – Join us for a brunch and art at CBI.  We will serve a lovely brunch and share art materials to create love letters to the garden we hope to create behind the synagogue.  Bring your creative and playful self, and enjoy a chance to dream about what could grow in our own backyard!  $18  Please call the CBI office for reservations

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend May 17-18 

Gil Hoffman is the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post. Well-connected to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, he has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets. Called “The most optimistic man in Israel” by Israel Television, Hoffman provides a behind the scenes look at the intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena.

Friday evening we will enjoy his first talk in place of the rabbi’s sermon during our 7:30 services.  His talk “Reasons for Optimism Concerning Israel’s Future” should lift our spirits as we enter our Sabbath.

Saturday morning between 10:30 and noon our guest will deliver his second talk in place of the regular Torah study.  Titled “Challenges Facing Israel as its new Government takes Office,” this talk will help us better understand what the modern Israeli was considering when they made their vote.  Why are many younger Israelis supporting the more hawkish right leadership today?  There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Saturday evening we will join in our social hall at 7:00 PM for a dessert buffet and Havdalah service followed by his final talk, “Red States, Blues States and the Jewish State:  A Candid look at US-Israel Relations in a Challenging Time.”  Gil offers a unique perspective; having been raised in America but living and working in Israel and serving as a leading journalist for the Jerusalem Post.  Together we will deepen our understanding of the Israeli perspective on our current events.

Because of the Ted Orliss Scholar-in-Residence fund, we are able to welcome scholars like Gil Hoffman to our community.  We welcome our members and our guests.

Community Shabbat Dinner

Join us Friday May 17th for our monthly Community Shabbat Dinner.   Seating starts at 6:15pm.  Savor a sense of community and food worthy of celebration.  Join us as we offer blessings for the bread and wine and sing traditional songs to begin our gatherings.  Children are welcome.  Evening services follow if you wish to attend.
Please call the CBI office for reservations. Members: $13 for Adults, $5 for Kids under 13.  Others: $23 for Adults, $10 for Kids under 13. 
We do our best to accommodate everyone.  If you decide at the last minute you want to join us, we will do our best to make room.  We only ask that you wait in the foyer until all the reservations have been seated and additional place settings have been set to accommodate the additional seating needed.

Jewish Food
Festival 2019
August 25, 10am to 4pm

Carmel Jewish Film Festival 2019
March 2-17


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Congregation Beth Israel’s mission is to be a welcoming and inclusive center for Jewish life in the Monterey Peninsula area.


As a center for Jewish life in our area, accessible to Jews of all backgrounds and their families, Congregation Beth Israel will serve as a house of prayer, a house of study, and a house of community, consistent with Jewish values and ethics.


Congregation Beth Israel is the dynamic, vibrant center for Jewish life in the Monterey Peninsula area.  Our members celebrate and nurture relationships with God and with each other while respecting and wrestling with our Jewish tradition. 
Our doors are open to all who seek the guidance of our Jewish faith. We strive to make a positive impact on our community, the environment, and on the human condition through Tikkun Olam.