We encourage all of our members to become involved in at least one of our many social action opportunities, performing community outreach and/or caring for our own congregants.
CBI hosts Red Cross blood drives 3-4 times each year in the Social Hall. We encourage those who are able to donate blood to give an hour of their time to do so, and ask for a few volunteers the day of the drive. Watch for sign-ups and help save lives!
Chesed (Comfort) Committee
The Chesed Committee is CBI’s link to members who are ill, have had a loss, or just gave birth. Committee members make phone calls and reach out so the congregant feels acknowledged, recognized and cared for. This committee offers meals and helps with Shiva set-ups. CBI also welcomes its newest congregants with Newborn Baby Baskets.
Congregant Care and Our Congregational Nurse
This sub-committee addresses the needs of our congregants who are experiencing illness or isolation. Volunteers assist with transportation needs, sharing or delivering meals, running errands, socializing and in many cases, just being there as someone who cares. Our Congregational Nurse, a CBI volunteer, works with the Hoag Health Ministries Program which provides educational, resource and networking support. We have opportunities for other health care professionals to work with our nurse to assist members who have health needs.
Cooking for Comfort
A fun way to get together with a group of synagogue members is to assemble ready-to-cook kosher meals to have on hand when needed. We periodically prepare meals in the CBI kitchen and store them in the freezer for congregants who would like a meal in times of need – i.e. loss of family member, illness, birth of a new baby, etc…
Flu Shot Clinic
Free flu shots are given at CBI one day in the fall for those who wish to receive them by CBI volunteers who are in the health care profession.
Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees (OCJCR)
CBI is a part of the OCJCR, a volunteer led affiliate of HIAS (formerly known as Hebrew Aid Immigrant Society.) Established in January 2018, OCJCR is a group of individuals, synagogues, and Jewish communal organizations inspired by our people’s history to support refugees locally and worldwide. OCJCR is the local arm of the HIAS Welcome Campaign: a network of 400+ congregations and organizations across the United States who are responding to the largest refugee crisis in human history. Click here for more information.
Helping the homeless and feeding the poor
Family Promise is a program that offers temporary housing for Orange County residents who are looking for jobs and permanent housing. Tustin Presbyterian Church acts as a host for this program 3-4 times a year, during which time CBI joins them as a “support” congregation by providing meals. Click here for more information.
The Lighthouse Ministry serves about 400 meals per week to local poor and homeless. They also operate a quasi-homeless shelter and food pantry. Many organizations support this program, including various churches, the Jewish Community Center, and CBI in partnership with Saddleback Church. The ministry is located in Costa Mesa and these breakfasts are served quarterly by our congregants. Click here for more information.
Congregation B’nai Israel participates in Sunday Supper as part of an interfaith effort in the Tustin area, hosting the supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tustin the 2nd Sunday of every month. Our volunteers plan, cook, and serve those in need (90-130 people). The menu is determined prior to Sunday Supper, food is procured at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine and supplemented with donated ingredients and grocery purchases. Click here for more information.