Lifecycles

WeddingWedding under the ChuppaWhether it's for a wedding or some other celebration, click here to see what B'nai Israel's wonderful facility can offer.

If you are interested in observing a life cycle event at CBI, contact Rabbi Alfi's assistant, Sandora Di Fiore, by calling (916) 446-4861 or simply email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information please see our Life Cycles Brochure.

If you would like to reserve space in which to celebrate an upcoming simchah, such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Brit Milah, etc, please contact our Administrator, Mandy Greene, at (916) 446-4861 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To make event planning easier, click here to obtain a diagram of our Social Hall floor.

Birth & Baby
Names? Mohel? Before your baby is born, you may discuss the choice of Hebrew names, the Brit Milah (circumcision) ceremony for boys or the Brit Bat (naming) ceremony for girls, and other issues with our rabbi or cantor. Our clergy will be there to help you and your family celebrate these ceremonies and to welcome your new child into the Jewish people. For more information, please contact Rabbi Alfi's Assistant, Sandora Di Fiore, at (916) 446-4861 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beginning Religious School
During our Simchat Torah service each fall we consecrate those children (typically 5 years of age) who are beginning their CBI religious school training. For more information, please contact CBI Director of Congregational Learning, Rabbi Michal Loving at (916) 446-4861, x16 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Training to become B'nai (Bar or Bat) Mitzvah is part of our religious school program. Click here for more Bar/Bat Mitzvah information.

Confirmation
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah needn't be the end of student Jewish education. Many of our Religious School students expand their knowledge, as they work toward confirmation in the tenth grade.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah
Some Jewish adults did not have the opportunity to celebrate becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah with a service at the age of thirteen. To address this need, our clergy leads a small group of adults in a two-year study of Jewish history and tradition, theology, Hebrew, studying the Torah portion, Torah reading or chanting, haftarah reading or chanting, and the skills needed to conduct a Shabbat service. The class culminates in the participants' conducting a Shabbat morning service. If you are interested in participating in the next B'nai Mitzvah class, please contact Rabbi Alfi's assistant, Sandora Di Fiore at (916) 446-4861 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Choosing Judaism
As part of the adult education program at CBI, the objective of this class is to prepare individuals for conversion. It will largely consist of dialogue with Rabbi Alfi and other participants. A prerequisite is past or current attendance in the adult education class Introduction to Judaism. If you are interested in joining this class, please call Rabbi Alfi's assistant, Sandora Di Fiore, by calling (916) 446-4861 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weddings
Our clergy meet with couples in premarital counseling several times in the months leading up to the joyous event. The series of meetings is meant to prepare the couple not only for the ceremony, but also for the beginning of their married life together. For more information, please contact Rabbi Alfi's assistant, Sandora Di Fiore at (916) 446-4861 or emai This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Illness
Our Shabbat Mishebeirach includes the names of those in our community and their loved ones who are ill or recovering their health. To add a name to our healing list for up to four weeks, please contact Sandora with the following information: The name of the person who is ill, your name & your relationship to the individual, and the nature of the illness, as well as any additional information you would like us to have. Contact Rabbi Alfi's assistant, Sandora Di Fiore by calling (916) 446-4861 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Hineini Committee (formerly the Caring Committee) reaches out to our congregation in times of illness and following the death of loved ones.

Funeral – Death and Dying
When sorrow comes, our clergy can guide you -- in a loving, meaningful, and supportive way -- through what must be done. Our clergy can also help in pre-need arrangements for the cemetery and funeral as well as guide you and your family through the Jewish ritual of death. Following the funeral, our clergy will be honored to lead Shiva minyan services for the family as well. For more information, please contact Rabbi Alfi's assistant, Sandora Di Fiore by calling (916) 446-4861or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Home of Peace, 6200 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento CA 95824, is the Sacramento Jewish community's cemetery. The cemetery is closed on Shabbat and holidays. For more information, please contact Lew Rosenberg at (916) 446-1409.

Memorial Plaques
Memorial plaques offer a lasting remembrance to honor loved ones who have passed away. Memorial plaques are displayed on a wall in our newly renovated Memorial Room -- the north foyer of the sanctuary.
To create a memorial name plate for a loved one who has died, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call the temple office at (916) 446-4861. You can also click here to download the Yahrzeit Plaque Request Form.