Mission Statement: Congregation Beth Israel is a Jewish community dedicated to worship and spiritual growth in an environment that welcomes diversity, engages congregants, provides supportive care to members and invests in future generations through education. We promote social justice, charitable giving and lifelong learning.
Congregation Beth Israel provides Charlottesville, Albemarle and surrounding counties with a welcoming Jewish environment in which people can study, worship, socialize and take part in helping others. CBI offers both Reform and Conservative worship services.
Rabbi Dan 25th Year
CBI Celebrates 25 Years of Rabbi Dan Alexander
CBI recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Rabbi Dan Alexander joining the synagogue with a special shabbat service and kiddush luncheon.
CBI has created a new online calendar that anyone can use to sign up to host an Oneg or Kiddush! Just click on the link to open the calendar, add your name on the date you wish to host, be sure to save the document, and that's it! Hosting an Oneg or Kiddush is a generous and thoughtful way to contribute to the CBI community. Celebrate a birthday, wedding, or birth of a child; congratulate a fellow member on an achievement; commemorate a loved one, or just use it as a chance to meet your fellow members.
CBI has created a new online calendar that anyone can use to sign up to read the Torah at Saturday morning services! Just click on the link to open the calendar, add your name on the date and portion of the Torah you wish to read, that's it! Signing up to read the Torah is a wonderful way to contribute to the CBI community. For additional information please contact Gerry Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org. For technical assistance please contact the CBI office by phone or at email@example.com.
News & Information From the Union for Reform Judaism
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has realeased a new video as in introduction to Reform Judaism, you can see it below, or by clicking here.
The URJ has also launched the new website, www.reformjudaism.org, which showcases Jewish life, practice, learning, and social justice from a modern Jewish perspective. Geared toward anyone who is interested in Judaism, the site invites visitors to find recipes, holiday information, read personal stories about Jewish journeys, study Torah, participate in lively discussions, advocate for a favorite cause, find a congregation, and much more.
Can’t join us next week at the URJ Biennial? You can be a part of the convention from the comfort of your own home! We’ll be live-streaming all plenary sessions and Shabbat worship at www.urj.org/biennial, or you can watch the sessions on cable when they play live on JLTV. You can also join the conversation […]
OSRUI's Father and; Son Kallah provided Neil Rigler the chance to focus exclusively on his boys for the weekend in a dynamic Jewish context. He was also able to connect with other dads and talk about the challenges of being a father in today's world, and what the Jewish component of that can and should be.
By Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky The Eileh Ezkerah with which most Reform Jews are currently familiar does not bring to mind familiar melodies. While thematically, Eileh Ezkerah fits well with Yom Kippur, it does not hark to the sounds of the High Holy Day melodies we typically quote. What, then, is to be done with its […]
The way we look at early childhood engagement is rapidly changing. In a recent JTA article titled, “Free tuition? Jewish preschool leaders say money’s not the problem,” URJ Faculty Member Cathy Rolland discusses the Reform Movement’s role in the evolving realm of early childhood education and the importance of building a collective voice in the […]
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