Beth Israel is an independent congregation, a welcoming traditional egalitarian community devoted to the principle of an intentioned and meaningful Jewish life, expressed through our core values of education, spirituality, celebration, and social justice.



Upcoming Events

Sing Along at CBI

Date: July 7, 2015 Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sing Along at CBI

Date: July 7, 2015 Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet the Midrash

Date: July 8, 2015 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Friday Noon Study Group

Date: July 10, 2015 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Saturday Morning Services

Date: July 11, 2015 Time: 9:30 am - 11:55 am

Amici Music Concert & Art Show: Jazzical 2 - Claude Bolling

Date: July 12, 2015 Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet the Midrash

Date: July 15, 2015 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

News from CBI

Friday Noon Study Group

Fridays, 12-1 pm

The Study Group got off to a great start last week as it began its exploration of Song of Songs.  We looked at several visualizations of this biblical text, ranging from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary tattoos.  We reviewed speculations about its authorship:  King Solomon, King Hezekiah, a woman, multiple authors, and about its date: anywhere from the 10th to the 2nd century BCE. Now in its 15th consecutive year, our informal Study Group meets every Friday from 12 to 1 P.M. in the CBI Social Hall.

Honoring Frank Goldsmith at One Light Gala

Read the Text of Caren Kessler's Introductory Remarks

Frank and I tried several weeks ago to figure out when we first met. We know it’s somewhere between 20 and 25 years, probably closer to 25. But we do know exactly where we met. We were both signed up to take an 8-hour learning Hebrew while standing on one leg class. I have been a Francophile ever since. So I was delighted when Dee and Frank asked me to introduce him tonight as he is so justifiably honored.

Frank Goldsmith's Keynote at the One Light Gala

Read the Text of Frank Goldsmith's Keynote at the One Light Gala

Thank you, Caren, for that wonderful introduction, and thank you, Rabbi, for your generous remarks.

And thank you, Rick, for being our splendid MC this evening.

And thanks especially to all the creators and organizers of this event, in particular Sally Gooze and Lisa Harnish. Lisa was the first to break the news to me — in the produce section of Trader Joe’s — that I had been selected as the honoree for this event. I was overwhelmed. How could I have been asked to follow in the footsteps of none other than Walter Ziffer? I am so honored, and so grateful that all of you have come.


Meet the Midrash

Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 pm

Out of the texts of the Torah, the Rabbis created teachings bringing deeper meanings to the wisdom of the Jewish people known as Midrash. Each week we will explore some of these teachings based on the weekly Torah portion.

Hasidishe Kiddush

Last Shabbat of Each Month

Fill your heart and soul with Torah (and schnapps...) and join together to learn Hasidic thought and wisdom on the parashat ha'shavua. Last Shabbat of each month, 12:30 pm in the library

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