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President's Message

It is an honor and with great pleasure that I humbly begin my tenure as CBS’s new President.  For those of you who do not know me, I am a pediatrician by training but have been working in administrative roles for the past 10 years. My wife Sarah (also a pediatrician) works full-time at Kaiser, and we are blessed to have three grown-up children (Aaron, Hannah, and Lex) and three grandchildren (Faye, Callum, and Neve). We have been members of CBS for the past 10 years.


At my initiation ceremony (Thank you Rabbi and Bob for making that such a meaningful service), I listed some of my goals for the upcoming 18 months:

  • Reviewing and updating CBS’s by-laws to make our organization more nimble

  • Continuing to increase the transparency of CBS operations

  • Continuing to grow our Neshama Hebrew school program

  • Strengthening our committees with more volunteers

  • Attracting and retaining more members to participate in all of CBS’s religious, social, and social justice activities

  • Keeping Reform Judaism relevant for all who join us in person or via Zoom


Note that we have begun to meet again in person for some Shabbat services (the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month) and all Neshama sessions. We will continue to proceed cautiously, following State Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines - requiring proof of COVID vaccination and boosters, and requiring all attendees to be masked and observe social distancing. If you haven’t sent a copy of your vaccinations to CBS, please send it to:


Our Board of Directors is vibrant and highly engaged. We meet the last Thursday of every month (with all congregants invited and encouraged to attend these open meetings open to the entire congregation). We are planning for exciting fundraisers (save the date for our 45th Food Faire on Sunday, September 18th!) religious (think Purim Spiel on Wednesday, March 16th), and social justice activities (with amazing speakers every month and related activities planned as well). We expect the choir to begin rehearsals and participation in services, COVID allowing, in the spring. We have added another team member to our staff in the role of “Outreach Coordinator.” This role will help keep us all more connected to everything going on at CBS by making personal phone calls to all who prefer this to electronic communication.


Our membership is inclusive as we welcome all people. We celebrate the rich diversity of our Reform community and are not limited in membership nor participation by age, race, ethnicity, faith, gender, sex, marital status, disability/ability, nor any of the characteristics used to judge and separate people. We seek to find joy in knowing each other. We celebrate Jewish activities as an inclusive community. By being part of the Beth Shalom community, you are a partner in the richness of G-d’s creation.


I look forward to getting to know all of the members of our congregation, and to welcoming new members who wish to find a home and join the CBS family. 


Feel free to reach out to me at


Shalom, Roy Schutzengel



Tue, December 6 2022 12 Kislev 5783