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Archives at CBI

Cemetery Tour Brochure - honoring 170 years of our Jewish community

You may contact the Archives by leaving a message at the temple or emailing one of the archivists.

Leah Ezray,

Deborah Gordon,


The Collection

The Archives of Congregation B’nai Israel contain records of temple activities and Sacramento Jewish history dating back to the founding of the congregation in the middle of the 19th century. The collection includes:


  1. Documents (1851-present)
  2. Artifacts (1854-present)
  3. Photographs (1920s-present)
  4. Audiovisual Materials (1930s-present)

    Click here for the archives "Finding Aid", a 
    document containing detailed information about our collection of papers and records.

    The collection is available for public research, by appointment. We are also happy to research specific questions from members of the congregation and the general public.


You may view displays of our archival material in Heritage Hall, the foyer north of the Social Hall in the main temple building. Our permanent exhibits include a display of our confirmation-class pictures from 1927 onward and a collection of enlarged images of documents and photographs tracing the history of the congregation. Temporary exhibits, which change once or twice a year, are displayed in the three archive cases in Heritage Hall.

The Archives of Congregation B’nai Israel also take part in the Sacramento Archives Crawl, held each year in early October. At this regional event, archives from two dozen local institutions exhibit items from their collections at four downtown locations. Learn more about the Crawl at their website:

Mon, June 17 2024 11 Sivan 5784