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Hanukkah is around the corner!

Light the first Hanukkah candle the evening of December 12th Second Candle – December 13 Third Candle – December 14 Fourth Candle – December 15 Fifth Candle – December 16 Sixth Candle – December 17 Seventh Candle – December 18 Eighth Candle – December 19 The candles are placed in the menorah from right to left (just…

Sabbatical: Guest Rabbis

Dear Fellow Congregants, As noted in my previous letter, Rabbi Spitz will be going on Sabbatical starting in October and we are busy planning. We anticipate a year of exciting teaching and learning. I want to take this opportunity to introduce the talented group of guest Rabbis that will fill in while he is on…

What is CBI Sisterhood and Why Should You Care?

What is CBI Sisterhood and Why Should You Care? Since its inception 35 years ago, in 1982, Sisterhood has supported the CBI community.  Whether it was running the synagogue kitchen, catering Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, or providing a welcome religious home for congregants old and new, Sisterhood has been there for all of us.  …

Sabbatical: Context and gratitude

My friends, This week’s Torah reading describes the Sabbatical year, offering rejuvenation akin to the Sabbath day. Every seventh year,  the Bible commands, the land is to lie fallow (Leviticus 25:2-7; 26:34-35; Exodus 23:10-12). Both the farmer and the land itself would rest. In that light, this coming year is a shared opportunity for renewal…

An Israel Travel Adventure 2017

             Register online at this LINK An Israel Travel Adventure Join us at Congregation B’nai Israel on Thursday, November 10th at 8pm to learn more about this exciting opportunity! Touching the Spirit & Soul of Israel  October 15 – 27, 2017 Co-Sponsored by: Community Scholar Program, Congregation B’nai Israel, Temple Beth El…

Camp B’nai Ruach Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Children a Fun, Safe and Jewish Summer Experience

CAMP B’NAI RUACH CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF PROVIDING CHILDREN A FUN, SAFE AND JEWISH SUMMER EXPERIENCE This summer will mark the 20th anniversary of Congregation B’nai Israel’s summer day camp, Camp B’nai Ruach.  Located in Tustin, California, Camp B’nai Ruach provides children grades K – 9 a summer experience filled with exciting activities, programs and…

CBI Hosts Coffee and Discussion for Interfaith Families

On January 29nd Rabbi Spitz led a discussion focusing on the experiences of interfaith families, and how Jewish traditions and celebrations can further enrich their lives. Parents and grandparents participated in the discussion, and childcare was offered for young children. Former CBI Child Development Center Director Lisa Heller has volunteered to continue the discussion with more Sunday morning…