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Congregation B'nai Israel


What does it take to fix a mistake?  Sometimes, it can be as simple as saying “I’m sorry,” but other times, it takes so much more.  In this week’s Torah portion Ki Tisa, we come across a famous scene.  While Moses is on Mount Sinai, receiving instruction from God, the Israelites start to panic.  They have not seen Moses for 40 days, and don’t know what to do without a leader.  In order to quell their fear/anger/anxiety, Aaron creates the Golden Calf, which they then start to worship.  Moses, carrying the tablets written in God’s own hand down the mountain, witnesses this sight and in his anger, he smashes the tablets upon the ground. Moses’s anger continues to rage as he questions his brother about how this happened. Ultimately, Moses punishes all those who had participated in worshiping the Golden Calf.  But that isn’t enough.  Moses had destroyed a precious gift from God, the Tablets of the Covenant. In Exodus 34:28, we are told that Moses spent another 40 days on Mount Sinai, with no food or water, solely focused carving the words of the Covenant into two new tablets. Eventually, this new set of tablets would be housed in the Ark along with the remains of the original set.  From Moses we learn about the necessity to take responsibility for the destruction of our anger. While we cannot always repair the damage that is done, we should embrace the opportunities to create something new out of the rubble. 


Kulanu Announcements: 

Reminder for Sunday, Mar. 12th: Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend! We will be losing an hour of sleep. Please check your clocks to arrive at Kulanu on time.

Parents! Please join other parents and hang out in the Social Hall after T'filah (9:30 am- 10:00 am) with some coffee and bagels in the morning. 

Our sanctuary is a sacred space for the whole community.  To keep it clean, we ask that food not be eaten or brought into the sanctuary.  Todah Rabbah!
**Please check the Snack Assignment list for your upcoming date.  If you cannot make it on your assigned weekend, please let Rabbi Stacy know. Kulanu Calendar at a Glance:

  • March 12th- Regular Kulanu Program, Shamrock'n Run
  • March 19th- Regular Kulanu Program, New Member Mixer, 6th & 7th grade Field Trip
  • March 26th- Regular Kulanu
  • April 2nd and 9th - NO KULANU
  • April 16th- Regular Kulanu
Hebrew Calendar at a Glance:
  • March 14th- Regular Tuesday Hebrew
  • ​​​​​​​March 21st- Regular Tuesday Hebrew
  • March 28th- Regular Tuesday Hebrew
  • April 4th- NO TUESDAY HEBREW
  • ​​​​​​​April 11th- Regular Tuesday Hebrew

Upcoming Shabbat Participation

  • March 10th: 1st Grade, 4th & 5th Grade
  • April 14th: 3rd Grade, 6th Grade
  • May 12th: Shabbat honoring our teachers     


Shamrock'n Run | Sunday, March 12, 2023

The race is from 8:00 am -11:30am
Riverside will be closed!
 Police will let anyone through to the temple. 

 Please see map below

Upcoming Events

6th & 7th Grade Field Trip Jewiwsh Film Festival '23 Crocker Art Museum  Sunday, March 19 2023 at 10:30 am "The Samuel Project" This show is FREE to our 6th and 7th grade students!!!


Camp Shelanu registration is open!!!

Join us for new adventures and creative experiences through a Jewish lens in a warm, welcoming, and supportive community!

Please click here for registration!



CBI's Camp Scholarship Application '23

Interested in joining Camp Shelanu or any URJ camp this year but need assistance! Apply for the camp scholarship application. Families who are in good standard qualify! Provide a detailed reason for your scholarship request and Mitzvah project. Please click here to apply. 


Applications for Jewish overnight camp scholarships are due by March 3, 2023. Any applications received after that will be considered based on the remaining funds available.

Applications for Camp Shelanu scholarships are due by May 31, 2023. Any applications received after that will be considered based on the remaining funds available.

Exciting news: CBI teens are receiving their very own teen room! We need your help furnishing the space for the teens. Please find the teens' wishlist on the  Kesher website. If you are able to donate any of these gently-used items or are willing to purchase them (or something else!), please email Rachel Chancellor at . Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Please find the important links:  Full Year Kulanu & Tuesday Hebrew Calendar Kulanu 22-23 Class Snack Assignments: CBI Kulanu Snack Assignments Kulanu daily schedule: Kulanu Daily Schedule 22-23  Tuesday Hebrew schedule: Tuesday Hebrew 22-23                                                                                                                                   Scholarships: Scholarships - Congregation B'nai Israel (

Thu, March 23 2023 1 Nisan 5783