Hebrew Benevolent Society founded by Jewish merchants in the town of Shasta



Baby Charles Brownstein of Red Bluff is interred on consecrated grounds maintained by the Hebrew Benevolent Society. This is the oldest Jewish burial site north of Sacramento.



Oct        Meeting of women interested in organizing a Jewish community held at the home of Mary Hendricks

Nov       10th Jewish Community Center organized, temporary officers approved.

Agreed to hold services 4th Friday each month, celebrate major festivals, and conduct religious education program for both children and adults.

Nov       26th First Shabbat services as the Jewish Community Center held at the Retail Clerks Union Hall.



Sept         High Holy Day services led by our first student rabbi Gary Loeb



Student rabbis were only contracted for High Holy Days. Rabbi Arthur Kolatch from San Francisco came up periodically for other rituals such as circumcisions, B’nei Mitzvahs, and the conversion ceremony of four women.



Sept         First directory of charter members: Includes 34 adults in 22 households.

May         First Bar Mitzvah – Geoffry ZeBrack



May       The congregation voted to affiliate with the UAHC (now the URJ) and the name was changed to Congregation Beth Israel of Redding



April         Rabbi Morris Hershman, UAHC regional director presents CBI with its charter.



Jan         CBI accepts a generous invitation from Pilgrim Congregational Church to use the church facilities for services and other activities. Thus beginning a 15 year relationship.



Sept      Through the generosity of Congregation Beth Israel-Judea of San Francisco the congregation acquires a Torah scroll on long-term loan.



CBI expands its relationship with the HUC for one year and brings up student rabbi Jennifer Diamond for High Holy days and one weekend visit per month. From 1987-1991 we continue the monthly arrangement with the HUC.



Shasta County Board of Supervisors grant CBI a deed to property in Shasta listed on the county rolls since 1872 as a Jewish Cemetery. This 3 ½ acre property was bisected when the current path of Hwy 299 was established.



June         Dedication of a new headstone for the Pioneer Baby’s Grave



Begin a long-term association with Reconstructionist student Rabbi David Zaslow, of Oregon, for HH Days and monthly visits. He is later ordained. From 1991-2009 we are served mostly by a mix of Reconstructionist student rabbis and ordained rabbis.



Nov       Congregation purchases its own home on Placer Rd. Our name is changed to Temple Beth Israel. Dedication Shabbat led by Rabbi Arlene Schuster.



Feb        George Wandrocke donates a newer Torah to the congregation and our loaner Torah is returned to its home in the Bay area.



We resume our relationship with the HUC and contract for monthly visits from student rabbis.



The sanctuary is remodeled and new flooring put into the classrooms.



June       We finish paying off our mortgage holders and celebrate by burning the mortgage!