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 regularly 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 in mourning, recovering from illness, or welcoming a new baby, 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.
Cooking for Comfort
We keep prepared meals in the CBI freezer for congregants who would like a meal in times of need. Congregants periodically get together to assemble ready-to-cook kosher meals to have on hand when needed.
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 healthcare 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 about OCJCR.
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 mobile food pantry and a men’s transitional living program. Many organizations support this program, including various churches, the Jewish Community Center, and CBI . The ministry is located in Costa Mesa and these breakfasts are served on major holidays by our congregants and other community members. If you are interested in serving or organizing a breakfast contact the CBI office.
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.
Fresh Beginnings is a 501c3 non profit whose mission is to serve the less fortunate in the community dealing with food insecurity and isolation. They are committed to assisting both individuals and families, housed and homeless veterans who are temporarily living in motels, low-income families, refugees and those challenged by mental illness. CBI has been instrumental in helping Fresh Beginnings conduct a Veterans Day Food Drive and pack food items during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah seasons.