Library Information

Sosnick Library

Library Chairs

After its destruction by arsonists in 1999, CBI’s Sosnick Library has been rebuilt to house one of the largest synagogue collections in Northern California. The collection contains more than 7,000 adult and children's books, as well as hundreds of DVDs and CDs. The guest computers provide access to hundreds of additional Jewish resources.

Hours & Location

The Sosnick Library, located at the south end of the Administrative office building, is open for browsing and self-checkout during regular business hours. The Library is staffed on Sunday mornings during Religious School. WiFi and guest computers are available for all patrons while the temple is open. For more information or for an appointment call the office at 916-446-4861 or email
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NEW Books!
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Jewish Virtual Library

American Jewish Archives


National Library of Israel

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

International Institute for Jewish Genealogy

AJL iTunes podcasts

Association of Jewish Libraries

AJL ValuesFinder

Judaica Libraries and Archives on the Web

Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica/Judaica



A place to study and to meet. The library is a place that provides multiple services. Some use it for research and study. Other times it serves as a conference room or for Torah study. It is also a meeting place for friends to visit quietly and a place where parents share the love of books with their children. Please be sensitive to those who are using the library as a quiet space.

Using the Sosnick Library


Borrow: When there is no staff in the library you may self-check-out for materials including DVDs. You’ll find the self-checkout procedures listed at the front desk of the library. Fill in one of the self-check-out cards with name, address, e-mail and the barcode number of the item, then place the card in the box. For a DVD, go to the temple office to collect it. Non-members are limited to two books at one time.


Renew: You may keep materials for three weeks. Renewal is not available if the item is on hold. If the item can be renewed, you may do so in person, through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at (916) 446-4861 x18.


Return: The DVD and book return is mounted on the face of the counter, to your left, as you enter the library. Materials can be returned anytime the temple is open. If the materials are kept past the due date, e-mail reminders will be sent. Those who keep materials more than six weeks past the due date will be billed for the cost of a replacement.




Funds for the library, like other CBI programs, are limited. Please click HERE to support the Sosnick Library.

Youth Choir

B'nai Israel Youth Choir


Ensemble Katan

What is it? A youth choir for young people in the 4th Grade and older who are enrolled in Religious School or whose family are members of the Congregation B'nai Israel. Ensemble Katan sings at congregational Shabbat, festival, and holiday services, Religious School T'filah, and other events. We join the CBI adult choir during the High Holy Days, for the bi-annual Mediterranean Experience, and for some Shabbat, festival, and holiday services.

Do you have to read music? No. Rehearsal tapes are provided along with lyrics and music.

Do you have to read Hebrew? No. All Hebrew is transliterated.

When and where are rehearsals? Normally, Sundays after religious school, 12:30-1:30PM, in the chapel. Preparation to sing with the adult CBI choir usually includes 2 short (1 hour or less) Wednesday evening rehearsals. Details of these rehearsals will be worked out with individual chorister's schedules.

Is attendance at all rehearsals mandatory? No. Regular attendance is encouraged because we cover a lot of material in a very short time. But if schedule conflicts force a chorister to miss a series a rehearsals, the chorister can return when the conflicts resolve.

Click here to download the Application for Ensemble Katan.

For additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



2014confirmationclassphoto2014 Confirmation Class Many of our students choose to continue their Jewish studies beyond their b'nai mitzvah. At CBI, confirmation occurs in the tenth grade following intensive study with clergy.

The concept of confirmation began in the 1800's in Europe with Judaism's Reform movement. Confirmation provides a goal for continuing studies and permits students to explore concepts in greater depth and understanding then would have been possible at a younger age. Unlike the individual focus of the b'nai mitzvah process, confirmation is a community of young adults confirming their commitment to Judaism and Jewish living.

Reform leaders drew a parallel between the Jewish people's acceptance of the Torah at Mount Sinai and Jewish confirmation students accepting the role of Judaism in their lives. Thus, it has become customary to hold confirmation ceremonies on the festival of Shavuot, which celebrates the anniversary of receiving the Torah. Confirmands conduct a service together, reading Torah and presenting their d'roshes, or teachings.

At CBI, the culmination of confirmation for most students is the confirmation class trip. It has become a tradition for most of the participants in each year's confirmation class to travel as a group to Israel for several weeks in the summer. Their trip is generally affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth.

To bond as a community, and to defray the costs of the trip, the group, together with their families, perform a variety of fundraising activities. These may include raffles, theater events, "Parent's Night Out" childcare, pizza sales and car washes all marketed to the congregation.

Please click here to register for Kesher.

For additional information, please contact Denise Crevin, Education Administrator: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 916-446-4861, x16.

Teen Programs

Teen Programs

Kesher 2015-2016 Program Bubble

Kesher Top Photo

Kesher Limud (8th -12th grade) 

Kesher ("connection") is a coordinated effort to increase Jewish experiences for our post B'nai Mitzvah teens by incorporating Torah (learning), Avodah (worship) and Gemilut Chasidim (community service) into CBI teen programming. We aim to create a connection between educational, social, and philanthropic opportunities for our teens and further increase their connection to their Judaism and our temple community. We have a variety of activities and programs in which teens can be involved in ways that are meaningful for them. We have BISY, our high school youth group, BISY Jr. for 7th and 8th graders, Confirmation for 10th graders, our Madrichim program, our Shabbat Childcare provider program, and more. Kesher Shul-ins take place three times during the year and are open to all teens enrolled in any teen program. For those not enrolled, there is a fee (see registration form for details). Teens will participate in engaging programs while spending time with Jewish friends enjoying food and fun!

 Maddy and Leeza

Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing
The participants in our "girls only" groups engage in creative ritual, games, arts & crafts, and drama to explore issues such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress and become comfortable with themselves and their Jewish identity. Leslie Oberst, a long-time B'nai Israel teacher and mother of three, leads our older group and Jenny Berg, a long-time B’nai Israel member who currently works at the Capitol, leads our younger group. We offer a group for 6th-7th grade girls and a group for 8th grade girls and older.  Both groups meet once a month and you can register here.


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Madrichim: Leaders, Guides and Role Models (8th-12th grade)

One of the ways that our post-B'nai Mitzvahteens can demonstrate their commitment to Judaism and to their community is through service. We offer our teens the opportunity to help teachers lead the day-to-day activities of our Religious School and Hebrew school, ensuring they gain valuable leadership and job skill experience in the process.Madrichimcan earn community service hours or scholarship credit toward Jewish camp, Israel trips, NFTY events or other Jewish experiences. Click here for the Madrichim application.


Calendar Highlights

Jan 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Shabbat Evening Service
Jan 20, 2018 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Torah Study
Jan 20, 2018 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Shabbat Morning Services
Jan 23, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Israeli Dancing