Adult Education – We offer a wide variety of classes, and Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvot. Book groups, various religious students, 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 – The annual film festival presents a series of films on Jewish and Israeli themes. Some of the films are shown at Beth Israel, and some are shown at other locations around the area. The film festival is given in March.
Food Festival – Since 1988, the Annual Jewish Food Festival (“JFF”) has been put on by our entire congregation for the entire community. It has become a “must-do” for many in the general community. The JFF features traditional Jewish food, tours of the synagogue with explanations of Jewish traditions, the dramatization of a traditional Jewish marriage ceremony, entertainment, and craft booths.
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
Membership – CBI is a vital, growing congregation. We average 300 member households. We are actively seeking to increase our membership.
Religious School – Grades Kindergarten through 10, meeting Saturday and/or 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, 8th, 9th, & 10th grades annual trips, crafts, music and dancing.
Social Action and Outreach – We involve ourselves in reaching out to intermarried couples, singles, Russian immigrants, and other groups in need of our attention. We participate in such community events such as Blood Drives, I-HELP, Food drives, MITZVAH DAY projext to aid the Women’s shelter, and helping feed the hungry.
Social Events – We are busy! We have Havdalah & Movie nights, an annual Food Festival, Chanukah celebration, Purim celebration, Israeli dancing, musical evenings, 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 BIRTY, Beth Israel Reform Temple Youth (9th-12th graders). All groups meet regularly for fun activities and projects of Jewish, social or community interest.
Worship – We welcome you to join us as a member of CBI. We are from diverse backgrounds and are unified in our Jewish spirit. Our members are the most valued component of our success as a congregation. As the largest synagogue on the Peninsula, we have worked to create a place where Jews from Reform, Conservative, and more traditional backgrounds can feel spiritually comfortable; a place where Jewish tradition is honored, and where individual expressions of Jewish values and customs are encouraged.
Shabbat morning services tend to be more traditional than Friday evening services. They are preceded by an hour of study of based on the Bible text, and follow a pattern of worship that we have developed over the years. There is a greater attentiveness to the Hebrew on Shabbat morning both in the prayer and in the reading of Torah and Haftarah. Conversely, we strive for greater innovation and texture in our Friday evening services though variation in music, sermon, or discussion topic. The first Friday of each month is devoted to a family-oriented service that begins at 7:30 pm.
While sensitive to tradition, we are open to opportunities for innovation, including such unique observances as an Erev Shavuot service led by confirmation students, and monthly Havdalah services during the summer Havdalah 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.