Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Congregation B’nai Israel is led by our Clergy and Board of Trustees. Representative participation is critical to our success.

Executive CommitteeTrustees

Alan M. Steinberg
President

 

Greg Hubbs
VP Education

 

Stan Wallin
VP Facilities

 

Elizabeth Landsberg
VP Administration

 

Alex Swedlow
VP Finance

 

Marc Koenigsberg
VP Membership

 

Joel Schwartz
Chief Financial Officer

 

Eileen Jacobowitz
Secretary

 

Barbara Allen-Brecher
Immediate Past President

 

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Bendan Blue
Terri Gaines
Diego Horenstein
David Lang
Davita Levin-Robinson
Jon Meltzer
Jason Weiner
Illene Carroll
Dana Hirschel
Bina Lefkovitz
Jody Prunier
Sharon Rogoff
Katharine Severson

 

By Virtue of Office

Lexi Nicodemus
BISY President

 

Sandy Lee
WBI President

 

Jonathan Meltzer
Brotherhood President

 

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The existing bylaws were approved by the membership in August 2008.
Click here to see the temple bylaws.

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Membership

AmericanRiverCleanupMembers of B'nai Israel's Social Action Committee participate in the American River Cleanup. Congregation B'nai Israel is an inclusive religious community where there is something for everyone.

Application for Membership
Complete this form if you are applying for a new membership. This information will form the basis of our membership database and guides us in program planning. Click here to download the Application for Membership.

Membership Pledge Form
Each year, every member of B'nai Israel is asked to provide financial support to the congregation. Click here to download our Membership Pledge Form. (2016-17)

Young Adult Membership Pledge Form
Young Adults (up to age 36), whether single or married. Click here to download the Young Adult pledge form.

Lifecycle Services
B'nai Israel provides a variety of lifecycle services. Click here to see our lifecycle brochure.

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Keeping Connected Online
We are seeking feedback from the CBI community on membership issues and looking at more electronic communication avenues for the congregation. Email your comments to Leslie Oberst, Interim Executive Director.

Gift Shop

Women of B'nai Israel Jonas Goldman Judaica Shop

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The staff of the Jonas Goldman Judaica Gift Shop at Congregation B'nai Israel is here to help you. We have a wonderful selection of Judaica ritual items, beautiful Israeli jewelry, and other gift selections for every occasion.

If you have questions, or need an appointment, call B'nai Israel at 916-446-4861.

Serving your needs for Jewish holidays, Ritual and Gift Collections

  • Shofars, New Year's cards, apple & honey dishes
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah and wedding gifts, including gift registry and personalized kippot
  • Candlesticks, matchbook holders & candles, Kiddush wine cups, challah plates & knives
  • Holiday decorations, tabletop & accents
  • Menorahs, dreidels & gelt
  • Seder & Matzah plates, Elijah & Miriam's cups
  • Baby & children's gifts for all of the holidays including books, bibs,
  • stuffed animals, Hebrew blocks & activity booklets
  • Tallit, kippot (yarmulkes), mezuzahs, tzedakah boxes, yads,
  • keepsake boxes in stained glass and wood, and yahrzeit candles and holders
  • A wide selection of books for adults and children, including Torah commentaries,
  • prayer books, Hebrew dictionaries, B'nai Mitzvah guides,
  • and books focusing on spirituality, Jewish holiday & observance,
  • Jewish women's issues and a myriad of other topics.
  • Cards for all Jewish life cycle events and holidays
  • Exquisite jewelry by Jewish artisans, including many pieces from Israel, including several new Israeli artists
  • Shabbat and Yahrzeit candles (also available for sale in the temple office)

No matter what the holiday or occasion, please come see our wonderful Jewish holiday and gift selection before you schlep all the way to the Bay Area. Many of our B'nai Mitzvah students have a "wish list" in the shop.

When Religious School is in session, the Jonas Goldman Judaica Shop is open Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m, and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To view the Religious School calendar for 2015-2016, please click here.

If you have questions, or need an appointment, call B'nai Israel @ 916-446-4861.

Our Staff

Our Professional Staff


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Click here to read a selection of Rabbi Alfi's sermons

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DENISE CREVIN, EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR 

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JULIE STEINBERG, CANTOR

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Sermons:

"Any interest in giving the drash this week?" - August 12, 2011

 

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Our Administrative Staff

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Calendar Highlights

24Nov
Nov 24, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Shabbat Evening Service
25Nov
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Torah Study
25Nov
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Shabbat Morning Services
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