About Us

About CBI

Chartered in 1954 as the Jewish Community of the Monterey Peninsula, Congregation Beth Israel is today serving the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Jews on the Peninsula.

We derive programming and administrative strength from our affiliation with the Union for Reform Judaism, and offer traditional programming to meet the needs of the most observant Jews.

What is Reform Judaism?

Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that Judaism is a living fountain – not an heirloom frozen in time.


The positions of the Reform Movement are based primarily in two sources:

  • resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism
  • resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.