Chadashot - May 24, 2018

Thank you to our members who have already voted for our 2018-2019 Board of Trustees.

If you have not yet voted, please click  here and do so. It takes less than one minute to vote!

Please submit your ballot as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, June 1, 2018. If you prefer to have a paper ballot, please call the temple office at 916-446-4861. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail Leslie Oberst, Executive Director at

Memorial Day Service at Home of Peace Cemetery
Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

The annual Memorial Day Service will be held at Home of Peace Cemetery on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10:00 am, located at 
6200 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento. 

Join us in celebrating the Jewish Memorial Day Ceremony and honoring those who have fallen and those you are currently serving in the Armed Force. This event features a combined effort of the local rabbis and members of the Congregation B'nai Israel and Mosaic Law Choirs.

Pride Shabbat
Celebrate Pride Shabbat on Friday evening, June 1
and the Sacramento Pride Parade on Sunday, Jun 10

Pride Shabbat begins with the Erev Shabbat Service on June 1st at 7:30 pm, lead by Rabbi Mona Alfi and Can tor Julie Steinberg.  CBI member Shayna Horwitz will be giving the drash, and the Pride Committee will host an Oneg a fter the service.
Pride Shabbat celebrations continue Sunday, June 10th with a CBI contingent marching in the Sacramento Pride Parade.  Anyone interested in joining the march is encouraged to arrive by
10:30 am at the parking lot just north of the Crocker Art Gallery at 3rd and N Streets. Please call Ezra Cole, at 916-531-8395 or by email for more information.

Please join the Women of B'nai Israel
for a delicious Brunch and the
Installation of the 2018-2020 Officers

Date:      Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time:     10:30 AM
Place:     CBI, Social Hall, 3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 

Please RSVP before May 29, 2018, and mail your $30.00 check made payable to Women of B'nai Israel to:
Bonnie Penix
62 Watershore Circle
Sacramento, CA 95831
Email RSVP:
If you are unable to attend but wish to honor Sandy Lee, the outgoing President or Eve Panush, the incoming President, or any other board member, please send your donation to Bonnie at the above address and mark the check "in honor of". All donations will go to the Women of B'nai Israel General Fund unless otherwise designated.  Kindly include a note indicating any honoree(s)on you wish to honor.

Eve Panush President                                                            
Sharon Rogoff Executive Vice President
Jan Goldsmith Secretary
Esther Gaines Treasurer                                                           
Suzy Underwood VP Membership
Jan Gutierrez VP Programming                                               
Jackie Fields VP for Communications                                  
Helen Nusbaum VP for Social Action                                         
Sandy Lee Immediate Past President                              

Brotherhood Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 3 at 10:30AM
CBI Multipurpose Room 15

Come nosh on a delicious breakfast and schmooze with fellow members -- this is also the annual member's update on the state of Brotherhood and elections for the upcoming board term.

No charge for Brotherhood members -- Please RSVP Here  

Camp Shelanu is Hiring! 

Camp Shelanu - Congregation B'nai Israel's summer day camp program - is looking for compassionate, fun, and creative camp staff! If you like to play, sing, create, laugh and interact with campers between 5 and 15 years old, we want you to be part of our Camp Shelanu team. It's a great opportunity to work with kids while developing new and effective leadership skills.
Our camp consists of five one-week sessions from July 2- August 3. There is one week of staff training from June 25th-29th. And during the last two days of camp, you are expected to stay late to help with camp cleanup. You must be available for the entire timeframe.


If you have any questions, please contact Keren Schatz at

We're Hiring! Cooking Specialist, Hebrew Teacher, and Judaica Teacher Positions Open in our Religious School program! 

Our religious school faculty focuses on creating engaging and thoughtful Judaic and Hebrew programs for students and their families that provide a strong foundation for lasting Jewish identities. We are searching for dynamic, enthusiastic, caring and knowledgeable teachers who can help us meet our educational goals.

Teachers are expected to be: 
* Open-minded and creative; 
* Passionate about Judaism;
* Capable of inspiring curiosity and interest in Jewish cultur among our students and families; 
* A collaborative partner and a reliable communicator with parents, faculty colleagues and Education Director 

We have open positions for a Cooking Specialist (Sundays from 9:30am-1:00 pm) Hebrew teachers (Sundays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.) and Judaica teachers (Sundays 9:30-12:30 pm). Members and non-members are welcome to apply.

For more information and to apply please email resume and cover letter to: 
Denise Crevin, Educator


Save the date - June, 10, 2018
5:00 pm dinner, 6:00 pm meeting

We hope you can join us! In addition to reporting on our accomplishments and finances, we will elect members of the Board of Trustees and honor volunteers.
Plus we will be honoring several wonderful congregants:

Bernheimer Award: Sandi Kaufman and Ann Soloway,
for their work with Family Promise

Rabinovitz Youth Award: Maddy Halseth

Volunteers of the Year Award: Deni and Steve Marshall

Please attend the annual meeting and celebrate all of our accomplishments!

Save the Date!

Sukkot Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 23 at CBI

A Sukkot Fall Harvest Festival is coming this September to CBI! We will have, activities, booths and art for the young and young at heart, including a cookoff! 

If you're interested in getting involved at CBI or helping to plan this event, please contact Sherry Okun-Rudnak at
The planning is just getting underway, so please reach out if you're interested in lending a hand.

On Sunday, June 3rd, at 6:30pm, join Kenesset Israel Torah Center, as we celebrate 36 yrs since our founding. Our annual gala will feature a sit down dinner, wine & beer tastings, silent and live auction, live music and a chance to enjoy our beautiful grounds on a late spring evening!  Many sponsorships are available and tickets are $90.

Please purchase your tickets: 
Any questions call Laura Weisberg at  916-296-7164

Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Tony Chakurian: The Magners - Continuing to Rediscover Lost Family Heritages
Sunday, June 10, 10:00 am
Using traditional genealogy, Tony Chakurian was able to trace his Jewish family, who migrated to the United States in the 1850s, back to their homeland in Germany. He also used traditional methods and DNA to trace his Chilean family back to the California Gold Country in the 1860s, discovering an unknown family branch leading back to Colonial America.
Tony is a geologist by trade with a Master's degree in economic geology. A board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, he has been doing genealogy for more than 10 years. He is also president of the Gold Country chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
All are welcome to attend the May 20 and June 10 meetings at the Einstein Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento. For more information on the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, contact Mort Rumberg (JGSS president) at


A Taste of Melton
Sara Kahn Shapiro and Rabbi Garth Silberstein
Monday, June 11, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, at Kenesset Israel Torah Center, 1165 Morse Avenue, Sacramento
Have you ever wished there was a way to put the bits and pieces of your Jewish knowledge into a coherent, intellectual framework? Come to A Taste of Melton and see what a dynamic Jewish learning experience can look like. Melton is a workout for the brain and refreshment for the spirit.
The Melton School Core Curriculum is a comprehensive, sequential series of text-based lessons, comprised of four courses taught over two years. Each course focuses on at least one major area of Jewish learning, and forms a thread in a carefully woven fabric which integrates Jewish history, religion, ritual, language, ethics, philosophy, literature, theology, and contemporary Jewish life.
No fee; all are welcome. For more information, contact Sara Kahn Shapiro (Melton Sacramento Director) at or 916-488-6397.


You & Your Family Are Invited for a Camp Shabbat!

Join your CBI community at URJ Camp Newman
on Friday, July 20 for a Camp Shabbat.

Get a taste of camp life with a special reception with the camp directors and a moving Shabbat service followed by a delicious dinner, festive singing and Israeli dancing!

Festivities are from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Register and get lots more info at