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Virtual Auction

Our 2020 Gala Silent Auction has transitioned to an Online Auction and we hope you will join in the bidding and fun! Here is the link to register: https://cbi2020gala.ggo.bid/ The auction will open on Monday, July 6 at 8:00am and will close Sunday July 12 at 7pm. You can use your computer, smartphone or tablet to bid. Auction items include activities, gift…

CDC Update

June 10, 2020 We are excited to announce that CBI Child Development Center will reopen on Monday, June 15th,  after closing on Friday, March 13th due to COVID concerns.   For the past few weeks, the staff have worked to clean, sanitize, and disinfect the entire school.  This included all toys and materials both inside and…

Camp B’nai Ruach Update

Dear Amazing Families, I am excited to inform you that Camp B’nai Ruach will be providing virtual camp this year.  While it is very disappointing that we are not able to meet in person due to the current COVID-19 situation, there will be so many amazing opportunities virtually. As a parent myself I worried about…

Religious School Update

Celebrating the End of our School Year! May 14, 2020 As we enter our final week of Religious School for the year, none of us could have imagined it would end this way. This also marks the end of my 25th year in Jewish education – a momentous milestone ending with the biggest challenge I…

USY Update

Our teens have really risen to the occasion during this strange time. Despite the disappointment many of them feel with events they’ve been looking forward to all year canceled, they’ve pulled together as a team to create incredible distance programming for CBI USY. Our teens are coming to Zoom lounges and finding ways to make a…

Calm & Caution

This moment calls for calm and caution for this moment is dangerous. We are facing an unprecedented challenge in our lifetimes. No other illness has caused so much uncertainty. With a shudder I watch the spread of COVID-19 and feel great concern for those with the coronavirus and for all of us trying to negotiate…

Responding to Uncertainty

                                This moment calls for calm and caution for this moment is dangerous. We are facing an unprecedented challenge in our lifetimes. No other illness has caused so much uncertainty. With a shudder I watch the spread of COVID-19 and feel great concern for those with the coronavirus and for all of us trying to…

Message from Rabbi Spitz

A State Of National Emergency Our country is now in a “State of National Emergency.” In that light, let me follow-up on my email yesterday with some questions and answers. How is COVID-19 different than the flu?         First and foremost it is far more deadly. The rate of death from the common…

Sweet Smells

The sweet smells of challah baking prompts anticipation of Shabbat. The delicious and beautiful braided egg bread sets the meal apart from the rest of the week, as do the candles and the blessings over wine. The recent “Mega-Challah Bake” drew over 1,200 women from our Orange County to our JCC. What a wonderful celebration…

The Zohar

We are naturally drawn to mystery. And there is no greater mystery than uncovering the pulse and purpose of life, which is the essence of Jewish mysticism. And yet, to read the Zohar, the classical mystical commentary to the Torah, is to become aware that illumination, the meaning of the word Zohar, requires patience, imagination…