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What's Going On - Febuary 2020 PDF Print E-mail


Dear Parents,

Thank you all for your continued support and involvement in Religious school! February is a full month of Sunday school. We hope to see all your children in attendance. This month we will be focusing on Tu B’shvat which is the New Year for Trees. Not only will we be teaching that it is customary to consume on this day the species of the fruit which the land of Israel is praised for, but shall also, in celebration, be planting trees on our temple grounds.

Our students will come to understand an inner meaning of this holiday, in deciding to choose our path in a harmonious environment, plant and invest ourselves in it, so that we may grow to become more connected.  We must be strengthened with the quality of kindness, because for this we merit fruit, which is called ‘a tree bearing fruit.”” On this day we remember that “man is a tree of the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19).

The blessing recited on fruit is
Baruch atah A-donoy, Elo-heinu Melech Ha’Olam borei pri ha-aitz.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.


Odelia Rios     
CBI Religious School Lead Teacher

February School Schedule:
February 2, 9, 16 and 23rd

Hebrew     9:00 – 10:15am
Religious   10:30 – 12:30pm


Spring is just around the corner and the Sisterhood is active and in full bloom planning!  We want you to be engaged.  We have many programs, activities and roles that are meaningful, engaging and fun that we would love for you to be a part.  What can you do? Become a member if you are not.  If you are a member, upgrade to the Kavod membership and get a 24K gold plated custom designed Sisterhood pendant.  Join a committee, serve in a leadership role for Foodfest, as a Passover coordinator, lead a social or simply come to one of our many social events!  You’ll read about several of these below.

So how did we do for Foodfest 2019?  We did well, but how well?  The Sisterhood engaged an accounting firm to bring its records up to date.  The process has been slower than anticipated but we look forward to having up to date accounting books.  The accounting delay has made it difficult for us to assess the Foodfest 2019 results.  It appears that the Foodfest sales were slightly stronger than the previous year while costs were up a bit.  However, the lack of a raffle in 2019 greatly impacted our bottom line.  While we await a full, accurate accounting, the Sisterhood voted to give CBI $30,000 and hopes to have additional funds to provide once we have a full financial picture.  We will share the full financial results as soon as these are made available. 

Now it’s time to turn our focus to Foodfest 2020!  We are pleased to announce the 2020 Foodfest dates:  November 14 & 15th! Rikki met with leaders of the Greekfest and is looking into efficiencies to improve the flow of Foodfest for this year.  Sisterhood members determined that we should bring back the raffle.

A huge thank you with much gratitude to Foodfest co-chair (Big Dogs, as they liked to call it), Chris Adler and Phyllis Roseman who led two years of very successful and well-run events.  So many incredible individuals come together each year to make this fundraising festival so fantastic.  A special thank you to Rikki Schmitchel who is essentially the project manager, PR and glue to Foodfest every year and has led this effort for the past 13 years!!   We seek two individuals to co- chair the 2020 Foodfest and work with Rikki and all of us who do our part to make the event so successful.  This is a wonderful mitzvah to do for our congregation.  Foodfest is so well planned that leadership should be easily managed. Interested parties, please contact me regarding this opportunity.

At our last meeting, Sisterhood discussed adding several socials to our programming.  These include a return of the popular Progressive Dinner that will take place May 17th.   Be sure to mark this on your calendar!  Other socials discussed include “Bowling with the Brotherhood” and a “Bunko night”.  More details to come for all the above. 

Other news:  Manuela suggested and led the charge for Sisterhood to provide two changing tables in the CBI bathrooms.  We are thrilled that families will have access to this wonderful addition.

It was voted to close the Sisterhood shop.  The remaining items in the store will be sold at a “fire-sale” that will take place during the Purim Carnival, March 7th at CBI.  You’ll be able to pick up some of the remaining inventory at decent prices at the carnival event so be sure to come!

More ways to be a part: The Sisterhood membership drive will begin soon.  We are looking for a chairperson and committee members to help drive memberships.  Other opportunities?  Consider becoming a Passover coordinator for the upcoming CBI seder.  We will also be looking for officers for next year.  Please consider being a part of this amazing group of women and the heart of the congregation.   Lots of ways to be engaged and we need you!  Men and women can both be a part of all we do, so please reach out to me and be a part of our wonderful Sisterhood as we support Congregational Beth Israel!

I can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and by phone or text: 630-287-0900.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards and happy almost Spring!
Carol Rehtmeyer




It's hard to be a liberal Jew in Israel. The Orthodox establishment assumes that theirs is the only legitimate form of Jewish religion, that they have an exclusive right to power and money and government support. Reform rabbis cannot officiate at marriages or funerals; our conversions are challenged; our rights are always under assault.

 At no place is this situation more dramatic than at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Men and women are strictly separated, and the only form of worship allowed is Orthodox. Heaven forbid that a woman might want to wear a tallit or read from the Torah. The authorities are quite certain that God told Moses on Sinai that gender segregation and Orthodox practice were to be the perpetual order of Jewish prayer.

Enter ANAT HOFFMAN, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center in Jerusalem. Since 2002, this powerful community leader has spearheaded Reform Judaism's drive to promote equality, justice and religious freedom. A native Israeli, but educated at UCLA, Anat and her staff tirelessly seek to overturn laws and customs that discriminate against liberal Jews and other groups whose rights are diminished in Israel.

Thanks to the Harvey Grossman Fund for Continuing Education, Anat will join us for two talks in mid-March. Her motivational presentations will both educate us about current Israeli events and will inspire us to further involvement. Some CBI members have heard her speak, and they will testify that she is a remarkable person.

Please join us at CBI on Saturday, March 14 at 5:00PM for light refreshments. At 5:30, we shall gather in the Sanctuary to listen, as she speaks about

Women of the Wall and Other Efforts to Secure
Liberal Jewish Rights in Israel


On Sunday morning, March 15,
we'll have a nosh at 10:00 AM, followed by Anat's second talk.

The Alleged Orthodox Monopoly Or How One Side Distorts the Jewish State and What You Can Do About It



Celebrating the 100th anniversary of
Women Winning the Vote!

There will be several Corpus Christi events throughout 2020 celebrating the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

On Saturday, March 7 at 10:00am, the Social Action Committee will be joining the first event which will be a short march beginning at the Nueces County Courthouse and ending at the Artesian Park. Preceding the march there will be opening remarks by Judge Barbara Canales in the Central Jury Room. It is free, open to the public, and you are encouraged to attend. 

* please also note- While at the Courthouse you don’t want to miss a wonderful historical exhibit “Women’s Right to Vote: Celebrating the U.S. Suffrage Movement, 1848-1920.” In the lobby near the cafeteria. 









What's Going On - January 2020 PDF Print E-mail


Welcome back everyone!

Winter break has come to an end! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and family time! It is now time to get back into the swing of  things. 

Religious school will resume Sunday, January 12th! We will be focusing our studies and activities on the birth of the world, B’reishit - Genesis, creation, nature, and as Tu B’shvat nears we will have a school wide activity! I will keep you all posted. We look forward to seeing you all back soon!

Please note that the month of January is another short Sunday school month. Please see our January schedule below. 

Odelia Rios
CBI Religious School Lead Teacher

January Sunday School schedule:

01/12   Hebrew school 9:00am - 10:15am
           Religious school 10:30am - 12:30pm
01/19   NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL (MLK Observance)
01/26   Hebrew school 9:00am - 10:15am
           Religious school 10:30am - 12:30pm

Sisterhood members,

The Sisterhood had a fabulous Hanukkah event at the HEB House in December.

Thank you to all who attended, brought desserts, latkes and participated in our white elephant gift exchange.  We are such a nice group, no one was stealing presents!  A special thank you to Sue Williams and Jackie Abels for all your work to prepare, set up and help clean up after the event.  Also, thank you to the Ed Rachal Foundation for providing the venue and valet parking.

Our next general Sisterhood meeting will be Monday, January 27th at 6pm at the temple.  Agenda item requests can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

If you haven’t become a member, I encourage you to do so now!  We have two membership levels, our double chai $36 and our Cavot honor membership at $100.  Cavot members will receive a 14k plated custom sisterhood pendant and have special recognition, renew or become a member by contacting Venita Crow at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or at our upcoming meeting.

Carol Rehtmeyer, CBI Sisterhood


The Metro Ministries Christmas lunch was a big success thanks to all of our volunteers.
For serving and cleanup: Jackie, Sue, Jason, Eli, Nolan, Dean, Linda 
For Cookies: Donna, Sue, Jackie, and Venita
For Socks-:Jackie, Sue, Venita, Carla, Frank, Odelia, 
      Carla, Dean/Linda, Yochanon

Apologies to anyone else unknown who may have left socks or cookies. The remaining cookies that were left were delivered to Fire station #6 on Weber, which is the  fire station nearest to CBI.
Stay tuned for discussions about these future volunteer opportunities that are in the works:
Helping inspect, sort, and box donated food at the Coastal Bend Food Bank warehouse
Mentoring children who need role models (a possible CBI Big Brother/Big Sister chapter)
Assisting the homeless to connect with their families using the Miracle Messages program
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend
The Purple Door (local domestic abuse shelter)

Contact Linda Snider- Social Action Committee Chair This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you wish to be added to the CBI Social Action committee, or have additional ideas for volunteer activities. 

Old fashioned pot luck dinner!
Show us your best dish.

Friday, January 10, 6:30 pm

Fried Chicken provided for all members and their guests by the Adlers in appreciation for your  kindness during Robert’s recent illness. 

Suggested items: Salad, Pasta, Mac ‘n Cheese,  vegetables and desserts


Thanks to the generosity of our late member, Harvey Grossman, we are delighted to announce the first HARVEY GROSSMAN JEWISH FILM SERIES.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2pm, the first film of the series will be ‘MY SO-CALLED ENEMY.”  This award-winning Israeli film follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls as they participate in a cross-cultural leadership program.  The film documents how the transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives in the Middle East.  The creation of new relationships across emotional, ideological, religious and physical boundaries becomes the first steps toward resolving conflict.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2pm, we shall screen a film entitled ROSENWALD.  Julius Rosenwald was the Jewish financier and leader in Chicago who took a foundering little company established by Richard Sears and made it into America’s premier catalogue and brick-and-mortar emporium.  His management and merchandising genius made Sears, Roebuck an American household icon.  But what is remarkable about Rosenwald’s story is the surprising use to which he put a large portion of his fortune.  You may be amazed to learn how this member of Chicago’s German-Jewish elite exemplified the most precious Jewish values in the use of his money.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2pm, we shall enjoy at least one of the two very funny comedies.  The first of these is DOUGH.  This hilarious comedy shows you don't have to be baked to make some DOUGH! An old Jewish baker takes on a young Muslim apprentice to save his failing kosher bakery.When his apprentice's marijuana stash accidentally falls in the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves! DOUGH is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. 

Each of these screenings is open to the public without charge and will be held in the

Auditorium of the Art Museum of South Texas

1902 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Plan to save all three dates and join us at the movies.


The U.S. Census Bureau will be making an even bigger effort in 2020 to get an accurate count of the population in every town and city. An organization named Nueces Together has formed to focus on the Nueces County population. You will publicly start hearing more about this beginning in January. The Census will be taken between March 12 and July 31. There are only 10 questions and it can be done by phone or online. 

There are three important reasons why an accurate count is critical to our county:
1. Allocation of Federal Dollars -every person represents $1500-$1900 in federal funding from our tax dollars.
2. Economic Development for Nueces County-  Businesses determine if they will open or invest in our area based on it’s size and demographics.
3. Representation in Government- The number of members that represent  Nueces County in state and federal government depends on the population count. 
Talk about how important this is to your friends and neighbors. An accurate number really matters. 

What's Going On - December 2019 PDF Print E-mail


Chag Sameach!!   

First and foremost, GREAT JOB to everyone for all their hard work, time and effort for our 34th Annual Jewish Food Fest! Also, kudos to our teens and youth who helped so much as well!!! We had another successful year and from what I’m hearing a record-breaking attendance!! Everyone give yourself a nice pat on the back for a job well done!

December is now coming upon us! Time to prepare for the celebration of the Festival of Lights! We will be studying and focusing on the story of the Maccabees, as well as discussing the miracle and the meaning of Chanukah. We will be teaching our students how the lighting of the Chanukah candles, lighting one more candle each night, can teach us that the way to conquer darkness is by increasing our light within us.

As for our Sunday school schedule this will be a short month, once again. Please see schedule below. May you all have a wonderful winter break!

Odelia Rios
CBI Religious School Lead Teacher

December Schedule:
12/08   Hebrew school 9am-10:15am
            Religious School 10:30am – 12:30pm
12/15   Hebrew school 9am-10:15am
            Religious School 10:30am – 12:30pm




December 15, 2019

FOOD      DRINK      FUN
White Elephant Gift Exchange!
(bring a wrapped gift valued at $30.00 to participate ) and a dessert!

At HEB House
3745 Ocean Drive
Valet Parking available
RSVP: by Tuesday, December 10th 

What's Going On - November 2019 PDF Print E-mail


At The Church of the Good Shepherd 
 700 S Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 

This Fall, we shall have the honor and the joy to celebrate the 85th consecutive Thanksgiving service with members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. 

This deeply meaningful collaboration began in 1934 as response to rising anti-Semitism in Europe, showing how Jews and Christians could work together in friendship and with mutual respect.  The tradition has continued uninterrupted to this day. 

The sermon will be given by Rabbi Emanuel.
We encourage all members of CBI and their friends to attend this wonderful celebration of the bounties we enjoy, share a time of fellowship with our sister congregation and its members, and inaugurate the Thanksgiving weekend with appropriate prayer, song and friendship.
What's Going On - October 2019 PDF Print E-mail


Shanah Tovah! שנה טובה!

Religious school is in full gear and off to a great start! Teachers and students are all settled in!
On our first day we started a giant Moshe-ic (Mosaic) Menorah created with colorful cardstock decorated with our students artwork. We will be continuing this project throughout the school year until our giant menorah is complete.

Please make note that Sunday, October 13th Religious school will be starting in the afternoon at 4:00 pm to have our students decorate the Sukkah before we all join in for our Sukkot celebration at Temple starting at 6:00 pm with a Pot Luck dinner to follow! Please bring a kosher style dish to share!

CBI Religious School wishes everyone a Happy and Sweet New Year & Wonderful High Holidays!

Odelia Rios, Religious School Lead Teacher


During the break between morning and afternoon services on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Roseman will lead a discussion on the topic  “YOU SHALL WALK ON YOUR WAY SAFELY….WHEN YOU LIE DOWN, YOU SHALL NOT BE AFRAID…BE NOT AFRAID OF SUDDEN FEAR…FOR GOD SHALL ENGENDER YOUR CONFIDENCE….” (Psalm 3:23-26)

In this time, when so much seems beyond our reach and the world appears to be spinning out of control, we risk feeling inadequate and diminished.  How do we handle our insecurities  and anxieties?  Can we find peace of mind in such a turbulent and chaotic situation?
Let’s talk about ways we have found to alleviate distress and find hope.

Remember what Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
The program will begin at 2:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, October 9.  
We look forward to your contributions to the discussion.


The High Holy Days are here. It is a time for introspection, healing and renewal.  It is also a time when more of us will gather together to pray than at any other time during the year.  Unfortunately, in this day and age, that is also cause for concern.  While there is no evidence of a threat, not even a whisper, we must prepare as if there was, and that is why we will have an armed off duty C.C.P.D. officer at the Temple during each service.  This is not enough.  Last spring, we hired a consultant to assess the physical security of the temple and make recommendations regarding upgrading our security.  Our consultant provided us with a 36 page report that included numerous recommendations on how to make our building safer.
The Board of Trustees has prioritized the following improvements to start the process:
Installing bollards at appropriate entrances,
Installing impact resistant film on our glass doors and windows,
Replacing several exterior doors and installing door jamming devices,
Updating our video surveillance system,
Hiring off duty C.C.P.D. officers for other events throughout the year, and training and providing non-lethal options to congregant 
        volunteers to assist with security.

These improvements are expensive, and we need your help to pay for them.  On behalf of your Board of Trustees, we are appealing to everyone to consider contributing towards the safety and security of our Congregation.  Last year our Congregation very generously responded to our request for funds and we hope each and every one of you can help us meet our goal for this year’s project.


During the break between morning and afternoon services on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Roseman will lead a discussion on the topic  “YOU SHALL WALK ON YOUR WAY SAFELY….WHEN YOU LIE DOWN, YOU SHALL NOT BE AFRAID…BE NOT AFRAID OF SUDDEN FEAR…FOR GOD SHALL ENGENDER YOUR CONFIDENCE….” (Psalm 3:23-26)

In this time, when so much seems beyond our reach and the world appears to be spinning out of control, we risk feeling inadequate and diminished.  How do we handle our insecurities  and anxieties?  Can we find peace of mind in such a turbulent and chaotic situation?

Let’s talk about ways we have found to alleviate distress and find hope.

Remember what Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

The program will begin at 2:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, October 9.  
We look forward to your contributions to the discussion.

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