Shalom and welcome to Congregation Beth Israel. We are the largest and oldest Synagogue on the Monterey Peninsula. There is a strong sense of community here. We want all our members and visitors to feel comfortable at CBI.
We are a Reform Congregation, a member of the Union For Reform Judaism, in the mainstream of liberal Judaism. As liberal Jews we look to our heritage as a repository of wisdom, insight and numerous possibilities for religious expression.
We welcome you to join us at one of our Friday evening or Saturday morning Shabbat services. To learn more about the Temple through personal contact, please contact our Temple office at (831) 624-2015 or E-mail email@example.com. We would be delighted to go over membership possibilities for you and to answer any questions you might have.
09/05 - 7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Service including Birthday Blessings with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum
Thank you to our Oneg Hosts: PLEASE CALL TO HOST THIS ONEG, THANK YOU!
09/06 - 9:00 AM Traditional Service with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum, Ellen Saxby, members and friends of CBI
10:45 AM Morning Shabbat Study with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum
09/07 - 1:00 PM Religious School Teacher Orientation
5:00 PM I-Help sponsored by the Board of Trustees
09/01 to 10/19 - Annual High Holy Days Food Drive
CBI Annual Open House, September 14th
Join Congregation Beth Israel for our Open House!
Sunday, September 14th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 p.m.
CBI Members, please invite your Jewish friends and neighbors to join us at our Open House. This is also our opening day for religious school. Families with children will get to see our religious school in action. Children can even join in for the last 30 minutes of class if they choose to do so. Guests will get to visit with the Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and our lay leaders and learn about many of our great services and activities.
Invite guests to join you at some of our wonderful programs. Holiday and Shabbat services as well as adult education classes are just part of what we do here! CBI offers great children's education program along with active junior and senior youth groups, just to name a few of the many programs offered at Congregation Beth Israel.
Let others know that we would love to have them join us. Encourage your Jewish friends to check us out! Please help us grow by inviting others to join us.
Also pray with us on: ROSH HASHANAH, September 24th - 26th
YOM KIPPUR, October 3rd & 4th
For Holiday name badges and information, call (831) 624-2015
CBI Mitzvah Opportunities
Ongoing Food Drive - One in five Monterey County residents (90,000) are served annually by the Food Bank. Nearly half of them are children. CBI is joining other local faicommunities to stock the Food Bank shelves for the winter and is maintaining food collection barrels in our foyer. Please donate non-perishable food items to the Monterey County Food Bank. If you prefer, an easy alternative is to participate in the "Buy Food for a Hungry Family" virtual food drive by making a monetary donation to www.foodbankformontereycounty.org.
I-HELP - Additional donations of men's socks, undergarments, coats and sweatshirts are greatly needed during the winter season. Donations can be dropped off at CBI and will be distributed at the dinner each month.
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This year we begin our Holy Day observance on Saturday, September 20 with our Selichot study and services. The first study session, led by Alisa Fineman, starts at 7:30 pm. Alisa will share some of her experiences from her 6 weeks living in Israel this summer. A second study will be led by Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum at 8:45. Selichot services follow at 10:00 pm. Join us Wednesday evening September 24 at 7:30 pm for our Erev Rosh HaShanah services. The next morning, Thursday, September 5, we begin with a children's service in the main sanctuary at 9:30 am followed by our morning service at 10:30 am. That afternoon we gather at 4:00 pm on Carmel Beach below 13th for our Tashlich observance. Second day Rosh HaShanah services are on Friday, September 26, starting at 10:30 a.m.
On Sunday, September 28 we will gather at 3:00 pm at Mission Memorial Cemetery at our Gan HaZikaron for memorial service. Kol Nidre services begin Friday evening, October at 7:30 pm. Our main morning Yom Kippur service begins Saturday at 10:00 am followed by our Children's service at 1:15 pm, discussions led by Beryl Levinger and another CBI lay leader, the afternoon service at 3:00 pm, the Yizkor service at approximately 4:45 pm and a closing service beginning at approximately 5:30 pm. Please bring your name tags for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Evening and morning services. Military personnel, other guests, and those under 21 years of age will be given name tags at the door. Our light community break the fast will begin after the final community Shofar blast (bring your shofars) and Havdalah service!
Once again we have hired parking attendants for our evening services. If you are willing to come early for our morning services and assist in directing parking below the synagogue, please call our Administrator Alethea Horne at 624-2015. For security purposes and in support of our congregation, please bring your name tags to all our Holy Day services. Temporary name tags for guests will be available for those who are not CBI members. While you can still get name tags the day of the services, if possible, please call the office and make arrangements in advance.