President's Message

Welcome to Congregation Beth Shalom! 

I have belonged to CBS for 30 years, my son became a bar mitzvah here, and my grandson became a bar mitzvah here just last year. I served as president in the early 90’s, and once again I am honored to occupy that office.

We at CBS are always pleased when someone remarks on our slogan, “Where Everyone is Family,” because it truly represents who we are. No one enters our doors who isn’t greeted warmly and sincerely welcomed. Whether you are looking for adult education for yourself, religious education for your children, pastoral counseling from the Rabbi, or social interactions with new friends, you will find it here at CBS.

Our children have many opportunities for a full Jewish experience. Our religious school program, Kehillah, is an educational partnership with Mosaic Law Congregation. Now entering its second year, it serves children and teens pre-K through 12th grade. Kehillah classes will meet at CBS on Sunday mornings and MLC on Wednesday afternoons.

In addition, we have two youth groups. BSTY (Beth Shalom Temple Youth) is our affiliate with URJ’s National Federation of Temple Youth. BSTY brings our teens together to socialize while laying the foundation for leadership development. We also have CLUB KEF for our 3rd-6th graders. At CLUB KEF, our kids enjoy monthly social activities and begin to form a lifetime commitment to social action.

Our Shabbat services calendar includes a Family Shabbat on the first Friday of each month.  Generally, this service starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by a family dinner prepared by a dedicated committee of fabulous cooks. On the third Friday of the month, we celebrate “Shabbat with a Beat,” with the CBS band helping to lead the service. New this year is a focus on Social Action. Speakers representing a wide variety of social action issues will be featured on the third Friday. Except for the Family Shabbat, our services start at 7:30 p.m. Beginning in October, start time will be 7:00 p.m. Please check the “Worship” tab for more information.

And let’s not forget our famous Annual Jewish Food Faire. 2018 will be the 41st year for this community-wide event! This is our major fundraiser, and we encourage all members as well as friends of the congregation to find a spot to volunteer. It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with friends, make new friends, and feel a part of the Sacramento Jewish Community.

Throughout the year, Congregation Beth Shalom celebrates Jewish life. From the High Holy Days in the fall, to our Chanukah Menorah Lighting and Latke Dinner, to our highly original and entertaining Purim Shpiel, to our always uplifting Community Passover Seder, we strive to make our congregational home a place for us to come together in joy and peace.

I hope to see you at one of our Shabbat services, educational programs, or the Jewish Food Faire. Feel free to visit for a Q&A and tour and see what we have to offer to families and children of all ages. It is my wish that you, too, will want to belong to our family.


Debby Nelson, President CBS
president@cbshalom.org