Click here for a full schedule of our 2014/5775 High Holy Day Services

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Worship at Congregation Beth Israel is inspirational, dynamic and in keeping with the ever-changing face of Reform Judaism.  Most Shabbat services take place in Pollin Chapel in the Schnitzer Family Center, which affords an intimate setting for Friday evening and Saturday morning services led by the clergy.

Our services are led by our Senior Rabbi, Michael Z. Cahana, Senior Cantor, Ida Rae Cahana and Assistant Rabbi, Rachel L. Joseph.

Holy Day and most B’nei Mitzvah services acquire a dignified formality in the splendor of the main Temple. Superb organ and choir music adds to the beauty of worship in this historic sanctuary.

Although children are welcome at all services, the Tot Shabbat services held on the first Saturday of the month at 9:30am and Family Shabbat services held on the second Friday of the month offer families with young children the chance to worship together in an informal and joyful setting.  

Please see our calendar for service times and locations.

Selected Sermons

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Sermon Texts

5775/2014 High Holy Day Sermons

Rabbi Cahana's Kol Nidre Sermon 5775/2014: Facing Israel - The Struggle for Hope

Rabbi Cahana's Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon 5775/2014: Our Struggle with G-d

Rabbi Joseph's Rosh Hashanah Evening Sermon 5775/2014: We Are Shattered Vessels


Sermons from Past Years

Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana
Senior Rabbi

5774/2013 Kol Nidre Sermon Text
Cast a Giant Shadow

5774/2013 Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon Text
Relational Judaism

5774/2013 Prayer at the start of a New Year
Prayer read at the beginning of Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

The Battle for Gun Control - We Are Better than That. 12/21/2012
The Battle for Gun Control

5773 Kol Nidre Sermon Text
Israel - Challenges and Family

5773 Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon Text
Rabbi Sputnik and the Dreams of a Generation

5772 Kol Nidre Sermon Text
The Jewish State

5772 Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon Text
Marriage Equality

5772 Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon Text
We are Broken but We are Valued

Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph
Assistant Rabbi

5774 Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon Text
Ani Ma’amin' - I Believe

5773 Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon Text
Transformational Judaism

Cantor Ida Rae Cahana
Senior Cantor

5772 Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon Text
Hineini. Shofarot: Be present, pay attention to the moment

5772 Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon Text
Remember who you wanted to be