Congregation Beth Israel (Charlottesville, Virginia)

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Beth Israel
Basic information
Location 301 East Jefferson Street,
Charlottesville, Virginia,
 United States
Geographic coordinates 38°01′55″N 78°28′46″W / 38.031817°N 78.479317°W / 38.031817; -78.479317Coordinates: 38°01′55″N 78°28′46″W / 38.031817°N 78.479317°W / 38.031817; -78.479317
Affiliation Reform Judaism
Status Active
Leadership Rabbi: Dan Alexander[1]

Congregation Beth Israel is a Reform synagogue and member of the Union for Reform Judaism located at 301 East Jefferson Street in Charlottesville, Virginia.[2] Founded in 1882,[3] it grew out of Charlottesville's Hebrew Benevolent Society, which was created in 1870.[4]

The congregation's 1882 building is the oldest synagogue building still standing in Virginia.[5] It joined the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in 1927.[3] The synagogue has an active youth group called BITY (Beth Israel Temple Youth), participating in events with the synagogue throughout the year. It also has a preschool, and religious/Hebrew school.[2]

Congregation Beth Israel offers adult education in the form of lectures, films, and Beit Midrash text study. Worship services include Traditional Egalitarian Shabbat Morning Service, Kabbalat Shabbat Service, and Mishkan T'filah (Reform) Services. These services are intended to be appropriate across ages and household composition. CBI is also involved in mitzvot and acts of tikkun olam through association with and grant funding for local Charlottesville non-profits.[2]

As of 2012, the rabbi is Dan Alexander, and the rabbi educator is Tom Gutherz.[1]


  1. ^ a b From the Rabbi, Synagogue website. Accessed January 19, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Synagogue website. Accessed August 23, 2012.
  3. ^ a b History, Synagogue website. Accessed January 19, 2010.
  4. ^ History of CBI PDF (95.8 KB), Synagogue website, About CBI, History. Accessed July 20, 2008.
  5. ^ Mark W. Gordon, "Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues", American Jewish History, 84.1 (1996) 11-27.