Congregation Beth Israel is excited to announce that it is forming many Chavurot to provide opportunities for its membership to build friendships, socialize, study and enjoy Jewish life.

Take the SURVEY!


What is a Chavurah? 

A Chavurah is a small group of temple members who gather to learn, socialize and enjoy Jewish life together. A Chavurah has many different looks, and can include adults, families, couples, or singles who are committed to building a unique bond, an “extended family” at CBI. 

What does a Chavurah do?

Each Chavurah is unique and decides on its own blend of Jewish experiences. Chavurah can focus on study, observance of holidays together, socializing (dinners, etc.) and sharing simchas. Each group is unique in working towards developing a meaningful experience for those in that group.

When does a Chavurah meet?    

Each Chavurah generally meets once a month. The group decides on specific dates and times convenient to the group.

How do I join a Chavurah?                        

Fill out this information and interest SURVEY and come to our Amy’s Ice Cream Kickoff on April 2, 2:00-3:30 pm in Smith Auditorium.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Debbie Roberson- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carly Cera- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 512-454-6806 x204


What are other people from previous generations of Chavurot saying?

"We were looking for a way to connect with the Temple and with families like ours and to build relationships. I count them all among people for whom I care very much about their entire family, and I think they feel the same way...I have made those connections and I do have folks to greet at Temple and I enjoy sharing holidays and other times with them. We have built a history together now, and that counts for a lot.  I'm glad they were part of my children's Jewish upbringing and are still part of my life." -Leslie Friedlander




No Fooling!
Jennifer Smith has been at CBI for 10 Years
Saturday, April 1 
7 - 11pm 

Join us for this very special simcha, where we  honor Jennifer Smith for her 10 years of service at CBI.

 The evening will begin with an open bar and dinner at 7pm in the Helen and Milton Smith Auditorium. 
Featuring the Brian Turner Band, delicious food and some April Fools Day surprises, the evening is sure to be an event not to be missed.

VIP Event – 6:15pm 

Enjoy one another’s company, dine on hors d’oeuvres provided by The Hollow during this special part of the evening.

Purchase Raffle Tickets -  Chance to win one of three raffle prizes:

Sports Ticket Package (Donated by TicketCity)
(Two Tickets for each:  2017 Texas Rangers, 2017 UT Longhorns Football and 2017-18 San Antonio Spurs )

Night out for 2 at Esther's Follies with Dinner

YETI Cooler Package 
(Hopper & 2 Colsters)

$15 each or $36 for three tickets

Drawing: April 1, 2017




To become a sponsor, to put an ad in the Digital Tribute Slide Show or purchase tickets or raffle tickets, click here.

To help honor Jennifer, we will be creating a digital tribute slide show to be played throughout the evening.
If you have photos, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a caption or mail to the office. 

For volunteer and sponsorship information contact our co-chairs:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Michele Schwartz
Carly Cera

Our strength as a congregation comes from the hundreds of individuals who give their time and talent to help our community. We are fortunate to have many committed volunteers, but there is so much more that we could accomplish. Even giving just a few hours of your time can have a huge impact. It is also a great way to meet fellow congregants.

Whatever your interest, there are many volunteer opportunities at CBI from specific short term projects to on-going committees.

Click on the links below for more information about volunteering:


Caring Community

Chevra Kadisha

Circle of Friends (Alzheimer's Respite)

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Shabbat Greeters 


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Teen Retreat Registration -- Please contact Sarah Jew, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All CBI members are invited to share in a fun and meaningful weekend with your temple ‘family’ at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas beginning on Friday evening, November 18th at 5:45 pm and ending at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 20th, 2016. See our new and improved schedule below!

Young adults, empty nesters, retirees, families with young children, singles, and everyone in-between are encouraged to join in the fun! We’ll have plenty of activities for everyone, including ropes course, yoga and meditation, hiking, sports, games, arts and crafts, campfires, musical Shabbat services, late-night movies, and more.

Get to know your fellow temple family members, as well as rabbis and professional staff, while enjoying the beautiful camp setting. Babysitting and kids’ activities will be available for ages 2 - seventh grade, led by qualified and experienced staff.

Cost is $150 per adult, $90 for students Kindergarten through Seventh grade, and 4 & under are free
This includes all accommodations (which have both heating and AC), meals, activities, and babysitting/kids’ activities.
Join us for this amazing weekend of community and fun!

Questions? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can’t wait to see you there!



Teen Retreat Registration -- Please contact Sarah Jew, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CBI 2015 Retreat Promo from Steven Folberg on Vimeo.


Schedule (Subject to change)

Friday, November 18

2 PM               Check-in Available at GFC
2-8 PM            Welcome table open for nametags, registration, etc. 
5:45 PM          Shabbat blessings
6:00 PM          Shabbat dinner
7:00 PM          Musical Shabbat Services

8:00PM           Dessert Potluck and Shmoozing

9:00PM           Board Games for Kids! and Jammin' and Drinkin' with Dave B (BYOB)


Saturday, November 19

7:00 AM           Early Morning Run with Sarah Avner

7:30 AM           Breakfast available
8:00 AM           Morning Activities: Yoga with Rabbi E., Stroller-Friendly Hike, Hiking Challenge, Walking Group, Running Group; Outdoor Games for Kids!
9:45 AM           Shabbat Morning Service (Shacharit)
10:30 AM         Torah Study with Rabbi Folberg, Rabbi Epstein, and Torah Study for Kids with Carly
11:20 AM         Torah Service
12:15 PM         Shabbat Lunch and Greene Family Camp Presentation

1:30-5:30 PM   Afternoon Activities: "Ask Me Anything" with Rabbi Rose, Challah-Making with Rabbi Epstein, Zip-line, Arts and Crafts, Tour of GFC, Happy Hour Torah Study with Rabbi Rose, Basketball, Mah Jong, Game Room, and more! Or, just relax and enjoy Shabbat!

6:00 PM           Dinner

7:00 PM           Group Picture!  Havdallah, Campfire, and Smores 

8 PM               Finding Dory!  Popcorn and Movies for the Family (Babysitting available)
                      Wine Pairing with Rabbi Epstein and Sarah Avner - Enjoy different types of delicious wines paired with yummy treats! 

9 PM                Optional overnight in the Chadar Ochel for kids ages 7 and up, with counselors.  Bring your sleeping bag!

Sunday, November 22

8:30 AM           Breakfast Available

9:00 AM           Babysitting and Packing Up; Morning Walk and Run

10:30 AM         Depart Greene Family Camp


Packing List for Family Retreat

  • Tallit and kippah (optional)
  • Dessert to share
  • BYOB - whatever you like to drink
  • At least two pairs closed-toed shoes with backs that are good for walking in different kinds of weather.
  • At least two pairs of socks for each day.
  • Long Pants & Long Sleeve Shirts
  • The Usual – underwear, socks, pajamas, etc.
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.
  • A Jacket & Layers – extra t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. – It can be cold at night and warm during the day. The cabins are heated and air conditioned, but we will be outside on our way to and from activities, etc.
  • Your own towels.
  • Your own pillows and pillowcase.
  • Your own sleeping bag and/or blankets to make up as many twin beds as you will need for your family.
  • Any rain gear that you want to bring – jackets, hats, etc.
  • Yoga mat (optional)
  • Sleeping bag for kids ages 7 and up if they want to sleep overnight on Saturday in the Chadar Ochel



Congregation Beth Israel is Austin's oldest congregation, but we are also oriented toward Tikkun Olam (mending the world) and social justice. For the past 10 years we have dreamed of cutting our carbon footprint and setting an example for the Austin faith community by going solar. Last year, three of our members, Forrest Novy, Leon Barish and David Todd, spearheaded an effort to finally bring this dream to fruition.

Click here to see how our panels are performing.

Click here for the article in the Jewish Outlook about the Solar Panels.

These videos were taken by Rabbi Folberg during the construction of the panels.

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May 23, 2014

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