"Circle of Friends" Alzheimer's Caregivers Respite group is truly one of the most rewarding programs you will ever take part in. We sing, dance, play games, create art, and enjoy the company of some wonderful people coping with Alzheimer's, while providing a much-needed respite for their caregivers.

Your help is needed to provide support with morning welcoming, breakfast set-up, assisting friends with getting their breakfast and/or lunch, and moving to and from activities such as music and art therapy, bingo and dominoes. Relief volunteers are also needed to assist during the lunch hour and clean up. All shifts last 3 to 5 hours. Whether you're available once a month or every week, participating in this program is both a mitzvah and a joy. If you are interested in volunteering in a warm, loving and fun environment or you have a loved one you would like to enroll in this program please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (512) 845-5374 or Faith Steinberg at (512) 926-1477.

Our Congregation provides its members with many opportunities for social action.  By reaching out to people in need, we not only help to repair the world, but also strengthen our Jewish identity and provide an important example of our values for our children.

Social Action Projects: CBI members participate in a variety of hands-on projects to meet the immediate needs of those less fortunate.

Examples of these projects include:

    • Hosting Interfaith Hospitality Network at CBI four times a year. We are the only synagogue in Austin that provides housing and meals to homeless families in our facility on a rotating basis with other faith communities.
    • Hosting regular blood drives for the benefit of The Blood Center of Central Texas
    • Regular food drives and volunteer days to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank
    • Providing volunteers as needed for local community needs, a few of which have included "Hands-On Housing" with iACT, volunteering at Seton Hospital every Christmas day to allow Christian volunteers to be with their families, and organizing teams for breast cancer walks and bike rides.

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