Committees

Adult Education – We offer a wide variety of classes, and Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvot. Book groups, various religious studies and text study are all part of our ongoing programs.

Caring Community – Join to support the bereaved, to visit the sick, to lend a hand to those in need in our community. We are looking for volunteers to help with cooking for those in mourning and those who are recovering from an illness, help with transportation, visiting, etc.

Film Festival – Annually in March the Carmel Jewish Film Festival presents domestic and foreign films illuminating Jewish life in a balance of genres that both entertain and educate.  We seek to offer transnational experiences that help to bridge social, cultural, and religious differences and promote community solidarity.  Our Festival builds partnerships with local organizations whose constituents can benefit from our films, and, as a premier regional event, we help to promote the Monterey area as a cultural destination.

Food Festival –  Starting in 1988, the Jewish Food Festival has become a must do event on the Monterey Peninsula.  The Festival, held the last Sunday in August, features traditional Jewish food, tours of the synagogue, the dramatization of a traditional Jewish marriage ceremony, entertainment, and craft booths.  But really it’s all about the food.

Gift Shop – Our shop offers a complete selection of Jewish items. The shop is open Monday- Friday, 9am- 3pm, and by appointment on Sunday mornings.

Interfaith Outreach – In addition to our Interfaith Welcoming Program and family counseling, we are in the process of developing new and innovative programming for interfaith couples and families.

Investments & Endowments

Israel Affairs

Membership – CBI is a vital, growing congregation. As we are transitioning to the pledge model, the committee is actively working to increase our membership.

Religious School – Grades Kindergarten through 10, meeting Sunday mornings and/or midweek afternoons. Four levels of Hebrew are taught, including special Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes. Special events include Model Seder, Holiday workshops, Class Shabbats, Purim Carnival, crafts, music and dancing.

Social Action and Outreach – We participate in community events such as Blood Drives, I-HELP, Food Drives, MITZVAH DAY, and helping feed the hungry.

Social Events – We are busy! We have Havdalah on the Beach, CBI Theater Nights, the Jewish Food Festival, Chanukah celebration, Purim carnival, Community Shabbat Dinners, and more.

Social Media – We are looking for help to take our Social Media initiative to the next level!

Youth Activities – We have three active youth groups, Katanim (4th & 5th graders), Jewniors (6th-8th graders), and Aleynu (9th-12th graders).   All groups meet regularly for fun activities and projects of Jewish, social or community interest.

Worship – While sensitive to tradition, we are open to opportunities for innovation, including such unique observances as monthly Havdalah services during the summer at Carmel Beach. There are also a host of events that bridge the synagogue’s role as a house of prayer and house of meeting, such as Shabbat dinners, Purim festivities, and family holiday celebrations, such as our annual community Seder. Music and chanting is a major component of our worship experience, inspiring participation and providing a deeper connection to prayer.