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An egalitarian Conservative congregation serving the diverse Orange County Jewish Community

Our Rabbi, Staff and Board of Directors work as a team to bring celebration, engagement and wholeness to our congregation and the community.

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Rabbi Adam Greenwald

Rabbi Adam Greenwald

Rabbi Adam Greenwald became Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in 2022. He previously served as Vice President for Jewish Engagement at American Jewish University, where he launched the Maas Center for Jewish Journeys and directed the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program for ten years. Rabbi Greenwald also serves as a Lecturer at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. In 2016, he received the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize in Jewish Education.

Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz

Rabbi Elie Spitz has served as CBI’s spiritual leader since 1988, becoming Rabbi Emeritus in 2021. A graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and Boston University of Law, Rabbi Spitz has authored three books, served for 20 years on the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative Movement, and is a national teacher on spirituality and Jewish Law.

Sharon Alkin

Sharon Alkin has been in the field of Early Childhood for over thirty years. She is a graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, with a degree in Education, and received her Early Childhood Education credential from Saddleback College.

Sheri Galante

Sheri received her Master’s Degree from the University of Judaism. She has been a day camp director, youth group director and resident camp director.

Carl Cedar

Carl brings his joy of music and Judaism to each and every service. In addition to leading services, he teaches music and tefillah at our Religious School with a passion for transmitting the joy of Jewish music to the great kids of CBI.

Kara Norton

Welcome to Kara Norton who is our new Media & Communication Specialist. Kara will be working on marketing, membership, admin, and communications. Kara’s experience is diverse and includes expertise in art history, fashion, and PR. Kara strives creativity, integrity, and details in each of her projects. This is Kara’s first professional role at a synagogue…