Congregation B'nai Israel is a vibrant community in the heart of Sacramento, California where people of diverse backgrounds pursue their Jewish journeys. They are an inclusive congregation committed to experiencing the joy and beauty of Jewish life.

They are multi-generational and multi-cultural. Whether you are married, single, with or without kids, a member of the LGBTQIA community, a Jew by choice or by birth, in an interfaith family, or disabled, they welcome you. They proudly offer a broad range of programs for all ages, including various worship opportunities. Both their formal and informal study leads to social action in a community committed to improving our lives inside the building and the world outside of our building.
Together they learn and pray, share friendships, celebrate life’s joys, and maintain an active commitment to tikkun olam, the repair of the world.


"Love your neighbor as yourself" (Lev. 19:18) is a fundamental cornerstone of Congregation B'nai Israel.  In 2016, their Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution to declare Congregation B'nai Israel a Sanctuary Synagogue. 




Opening Doors Inc. assists underserved members of the Greater Sacramento Area to find greater opportunities within the US social and economic system, to become self-sufficient, and to realize their dreams of a better future. Their programs help those escaping human trafficking and newly-arriving refugees to restart safe and healthy lives.


They provide tools for immigrants, refugees, and low-income citizens to build or grow small businesses, and to gain greater control over their personal finances. They do this with a very hardworking multi-cultural staff and group of volunteers that respect the cultural identities and individual goals of our clients.

Their mission is to empower refugees, immigrants, human trafficking survivors, and underserved Sacramento area residents to achieve self-sufficiency by accessing opportunities to mainstream economic and social systems. They do this by providing safe places, skills development, business loans, and connections to community resources, assisting our clients to build financial and personal assets while maintaining their cultural identity and individual goals.


A Big "Thank You" to


PrintWorks Elk Grove

Printworks is located in Elk Grove, CA - just outside of Sacramento. They offer a wide array of affordable design, marketing and printing services for individuals, small businesses and nonprofits. They are family-owned, family operated business with over 15 years of hands on industry experience and have been in business for themselves since 2015.




Photos by Joan Cusick

 Joan Cusick is a documentary photographer who focuses on stories that bring generations together. She is available for editorial and corporate assignments and also uses her documentary skills to capture major life events, such as bar mitzvahs and weddings. Joan's journalistic style and corporate experience make her well-suited to a wide range of clients who need everything from a quick "head shot" to long-term documentary photography.