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

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

 
Dear parents,

May is going to be our last month of Religious school. I can’t believe it is already over.

This year we accomplished a lot of things. We had a Tu B’Shevat Seder, we had our Religious school Shabbat, we’ve learned about the holidays, Jewish traditions, we’ve built friendships and much more.  We were able to “hire” assistant teachers. These eager young teachers supported our teachers and even did a small service at the beginning of religious school every week.  They have been a great help and so much inspiration to our students and teachers.

May 5th is going to be our final day for Hebrew and Religious school. Our ISJL Fellow Carrie Bohn is going to visit our school that weekend and she is preparing different activities for our students about Yom HaShoah and we are going to finish class with a school wide quiz about what we’ve learned this year.

As always, we will have our end of the year “pizza pool party” at the JCC. It is going to be on Sunday, May 19 from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm. I hope you all can join us for pizza and fun. Please bring a dish to share.

On June 8th, 2019 at 10 AM, Noah Shai Sela will participate in the Shabbat Service and be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah. I hope you all can join the Sela family and celebrate this very special moment. There is a Kiddush luncheon after the Service.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my amazing teachers and assistant teachers for being there every Sunday and teaching the students more about Jewish life.  I hope to see you all back in the fall and I promise you that we are going to have a lot of fun things on our calendar for next year.

Our first day of school and registration is going to be on Sunday, September 8th, 2019. Registration will start at 9.30 am followed by different family activities and a picnic at 11.30 am. So, make sure you mark your calendars!

I wish you all a safe and good summer and I hope to see you all back in the Fall.

With warm regards,
Manuela Sela, Religious School Director.

IMPORTANT DATES
5/5/19       Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15
                 Religious School 10.30 – 12.30 (Carrie Bohn ISJL)
5/12/19      No school (Mother’s Day)
5/192019    End of the year pool party 2.00 – 4.00 PM
6/8/2019    Bat Mitzvah Noah Shai Sela 10.00 AM
9/8/2019    Registration and family day Fall 2019 – 2020

CBI SISTERHOOD

 
Dear sisterhood members,
After heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, it started to clear up and we had an amazing progressive dinner. A big thank you to Carol Rethmeyer, Chris & Robert Adler and Laurie and Michael Mintz for their hospitality.  Also, a big thank you to all the volunteers. We could not have done it without your help!
This is going to be my final bulletin article as a sisterhood president and while I am typing this it feels a little bit bitter sweet.
On one side I am really looking forward in being a mom of three and take some time off to spend that time with my girls. While on the other side I really enjoyed being part of such a great group of sisters.  The past two years I’ve learned so much about being part of a sisterhood and being part of a community.  The warm feeling you all gave me, from helping me out when I needed help to the great conversations and discussions we’ve had.
I was able to go to the Biennial in Boston in 2017, where I celebrated Shabbat with a huge amount of people, and we all had the same thing in common. Built friendships with Jews all over the states. And learned more about community nationwide. I Was in charge of sisterhood events such as Mama Mia and the Purim Party and we did much more.

I developed myself as a leader and learned more about myself and handling (sometimes) difficult situations, conversations, helping people in need or just be there to listen to their story.

Being the president of the CBI Sisterhood always felt to me as an honor and I will always honor this position and tell other people with lots of pride what I did and what my position was. Although, I am not going to be the president anymore, that doesn’t mean I am not going to be part of the sisterhood anymore. For me it feels like this is only the beginning.
 
Carol Rehtmeyer is going to be the new president and I know that she is going to do a wonderful job!
On this final note as the sisterhood president I wanted to thank each of you for your great support, the trust and faith you gave me and the love and friendship. It has been a true honor to serve all of you.
I am not going to say farewell but see you all soon.

With warm regards,
Manuela  Sela,  Sisterhood President.


SAVE THE DATE


Annual Congregation Meeting
Thursday, June 20th at 6pm



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

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL


Dear parents,

Thank you so much for supporting our students during their own religious school Shabbat. They did such a good job!  We are already in April, and that means that we only have one month of Hebrew and Religious school left. In April we will have our Religious school Passover Seder. Spending time with the students and teaching them more about Passover and the tradition is always so much fun. During our Seder the students will participate with the readings and blessings.       

We have our Greene Family Spring camp coming up.  This will be from Friday, April 12 until Sunday April 14.   If your child needs a ride, let us know. Greg Marks will take the students to Camp and will bring them back as well. Thank you, Greg, for taking care of our students!  More information about the departure time will be out soon.

Last month we introduce Ms. Odelia is the article. This month it is time to introduce our assistant teachers.  Our Religious school has a total of four assistant teachers. Eli Green, Elysheva Barrnet, Love Rios and Bella Klein.  The assistant teachers are there to support the teacher in the classroom, helping in preparing lesson plans and to have small discussions with the students about Jewish life.  All four assistants have worked their way up in being involved in the congregation. They attended a conference, they all completed last year’s conformation class, they attended different types of camps and much more to keep them involved in Judaism.

They are a true inspiration for our current students, and I hope that our students will learn from them about how important it is to keep Judaism in their (active) life because later in life they might be serving on the CBI board and being an involved member at a congregation.

If you would like to know more about the assistant teachers feel free to contact me.

IMPORTANT DATES
4/7/19            Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15
                     10.30 – 12.30 Religious School (Passover Seder)
April 12–14     Greene Family Spring Camp
4/14/2019       No school (Camp)
4/21/2019       No School (Passover)
4/28/2019       Hebrew 9.00 – 10.30
                      Religious School 10.30 – 12.30

With warm regards,
Manuela Sela, Religious School Director

 

CBI SISTERHOOD


Dear Sisterhood members,
 
Our Purim party was a great success. Thank you all for helping us. We had almost 100 members attending our party!

Last Sisterhood meeting we talked about the distribution of our Food Fest profits. I am happy to announce that we all agreed on giving the CBI $45,000 donation. We also talked about upgrading the kosher kitchen. We need more materials such as knives, plates, etc. We will invest up to $1000 to upgrade the kitchen. We also discussed our new officers on the board. Next meeting, we will make a final decision, but I can already announce that Carol Rehtmeyer will be the new president for the upcoming two years. Congratulations Carol!

For Passover our sisterhood shop purchased a couple of Passover items such as: Seder plates, Matzah covers, Matzah boxes. Etc.  The sisterhood shop will be open every Friday this month from 5 pm – 6 pm and Every Sunday from 9.00 am – 12.30 pm until Passover.

Don’t  forget to RSVP for our progressive dinner. on Sunday, April 7th and make sure you have your reservations ready for our second night Passover community Seder night on Saturday, April 20 at 6.00pm at CBI.  We can always use volunteers who would like to help during Passover. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering.

IMPORTANT DATES
Sunday, April 07, 2019        Progressive Dinner
Wednesday, April 10, 2019        Sisterhood meeting 5.30 pm @ CBI
Saturday, April 20, 2019        Second night Passover community Seder 6.00 pm at CBI

With warm regards,

Manuela Sela
Sisterhood President

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

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Dear parents,

March is going to be very excited for our students. As some of you already know, our religious school students will be participating in a special religious school Shabbat on Friday, March 29 at 6.30 pm.

Each student will participate during a prayer or reading. Teaching the students about the values of Shabbat and the meaning behind the prayers will also help the students to prepare for their own bar/bat mitzvah. We are looking forward to our Religious school Shabbat and we hope that you all can join us. 

Last month I introduced Jaron Sela to all of you. This month I’ll introduce Odelia Rios to you. Odelia is in her 2nd year as a Hebrew and religious school teacher. She teaches 1st & 2nd graders. She was born in Corpus Christi, TX. When she turned 10 years of age she started travelling while living with her oldest brother. They resided in Emsworth, PA during her school sessions and then travelled while on their breaks. While in school she engaged in classes for ballet, middle Eastern dancing, Spanish flamenco and jazz. At age 12 she started modeling for department stores and beauty salons. She continued modeling until she was 24. She was offered a few recording contracts where she recorded and sang with Willy Nelson, LeeAnn Womack and Chris Perez. Later in her years, she moved to Dallas TX and worked alongside Chuck Norris and Sherri Wilson of Walker, Texas Ranger, at their Bella Vita Spa. When she moved back home, she was offered a position that was created for her as Director of Fundraisers and Special Events at Metro Ministries. She started the Spirit Jam Fest that is still very much alive today. 

She converted to Judaism about 3 years ago but studied Judaism for about 10 years before her conversion. She now resides back in her hometown with her husband, Frank Rios of 15 amazing years. They have 8 children together. She homeschools their youngest daughter, Love Rios. She has applied her years of experience to her teaching through art, music and dance to her wonderful students in our religious school at CBI. 

Next week we will introduce you to Daya Butler. 
 

With Warm Regards,
Manuela Sela, Religious school director


Important dates
3-Mar Hebrew                  9.00 – 10.15
Religious school        10.30 – 12.30
10-Mar NO SCHOOL               Spring Break
17-Mar NO SCHOOL               Spring Break
24-Mar Hebrew                9.00 – 10.15
Religious school    10.30 – 12.30
31-Mar Hebrew                  9.00 – 10.15
Religious school        10.30 – 12.30

Saturday, March 23: Purim party 6 pm -10 pm
Friday, March 29: Religious school Shabbat 6.30 PM
Spring Greene Family Camp, April 12 -14, 2019 

CBI SISTERHOOD

Dear Sisterhood members,
 
I would like to thank all the amazing members who helped me during last Family Shabbat. Food, decoration and organization was great.  Italian night was definitely a big success and we could not have done it without your help!

Due to personal reason I had to postpone our sisterhood meeting. The new date is March 7th at 5.30 at CBI. During this meeting, we are going to discuss how to distribute the money and to whom. And we are going to look more into next years new officers. If you would like to run for officer, please feel free to contact me or join us during the next sisterhood meeting.
 
We have a couple of sisterhood evens coming up. Saturday, March 23rd we have our CBI/Sisterhood Purim party. Join us for music, dancing, costume contest and much more. It starts at 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm.
 
Sisterhood is also planning a progressive dinner on Sunday, April 7th. Once we get closer to the date, we will send out more information, but I know it is going to be a great evening with food, friends and fun! If you would like to volunteer during this day (Setting up, Cooking, Cleaning etc.) please let me know.
 
We are also planning to open our sisterhood gift shop any time soon.  We will sell Seder plates, Matzah covers, and more Passover supplies. Information about the hours of operation will be out soon.

Below are some important dates. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

With warm regards.
Manuela Sela, Sisterhood President

Important Upcoming Dates                                                               
March 7:    Sisterhood meeting at CBI @5.30pm

March 23:   Purim party at CBI 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm

April 7:    Progressive dinner (more information to be followed)

Megillah Reading

6pm Thursday, March 20th in the Racusin Chapel

Fulfill the mitzvah to hear the megillah. Join us for a full reading of the megillah in Hebrew and English.  
There will be laughter, there will be drama, there will be funny voices! 

Purim Family Shabbat Service
6.30pm Friday, March 21 

Join us for our regular Family Service and Dinner with an all singing, all dancing Purim Shpiel  (well, all singing anyway) to the tunes of musicals of stage and screen.  
Come in costume for fun for all the family.

South Texas Fiesta Family Dinner 
hosted by the CBI Board
Friday, March 21st 
Shabbat Service at 6:30 pm
Followed by Family dinner

Don’t forget to bring a dessert to share!



 
What's Going on - January 2019 PDF Print E-mail

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Dear parents,

We are already half way through our religious school year and we did so many fun things already, but much more to come. 

We will teach and talk to with our students about Tu B’shevat, what it means, activities and we will have our second annual Tu B’shevat Seder with our students.  

We will also start practicing for our Shabbat service.  At the end of our school year, our students will lead a Shabbat Service and it always takes some time to practice this with our students.

In a couple of weeks you will receive more information about our Shabbat Service. If you have any questions in a meantime please, feel free to contact me.

And a friendly reminder to all of our parents. Please make sure you will bring your child on time (9.00 for Hebrew and 10.30 for Religious School) and make sure you pick up your child on time (12.30 pm)
 
Shalom, 
Manuela Sela
Religious School Director.

1/6   Hebrew                           9.00 – 10.15
  Religious school               10.30 – 12.30
1/13    Hebrew                           9.00 – 10.15
  Religious school               10.30 – 12.30
  (Tu  B’shevat activities)
1/20    Hebrew                          9.00 – 10.15
  Religious school             10.30 – 12.30
  (Tu B’shevat Seder)
1/27    Hebrew                          9.00 – 10.15
  Religious school               10.30 – 12.30

CBI SISTERHOOD

 
Good Day all, 

I hope everyone had a great winter break. Fast forward to January and the upcoming months. 

We have Mama Mia on January 27 and I am really looking forward  seeing everyone there. I am sure it is going to be a great play. Thank you all who RSVP I really appreciate it.

Sisterhood is going to provide February’s family Shabbat dinner. I will provide more information during our next sisterhood meeting.

And in March we are going to have a Purim Party at CBI. More information to follow.

Also, I would like to thank all the people who brought food to Linda and Dean Snider. Thank you so much for your help.  If you would like to bring food, you can still sign up for the meal drive.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the numbers from food fest yet but I promise you that as soon as I have them, I will share them with all of you.
 
Our next sisterhood meeting is going to be on Wednesday, January 16 at 5.30 pm at CBI. I hope to see you all there.

B’Shalom 
Manuela Sela, Sisterhood President  



Genesis of the Abrahamic Faiths:
The Story of Abraham and Sarah, the First Jews

Saturday January 12, 19, and 26 at 11am at CBI     
                                                                                                   
Judaism understands Abraham and Sarah to be the first Jews but their stories are also the basis of Christianity and Islam, known as the Abrahamic Faiths.  
Join Rabbi Emanuel and Fr Jonathan Wickham us as we join with All Saints Episcopal Church to learn about the fascinating, inspiring and challenging stories of our common    ancestors Abraham and Sarah. 

LICENSE TO CARRY CLASS
 
Due to numerous requests, we have contracted to have a license to carry (handgun class), for members of Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, January 6, 2019. 

This class will be for CBI members only.  We promised at least ten individuals will take the class. The instructor is a retired CCPD officer. Please contact Debbie at the CBI office to reserve your place, by December 20th. You may contact me with any additional questions. I will be on hand to assist. 

Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 9am
RSVP: (Contact Debbie at CBI Office) 

The 1st session will be a classroom setting and will take place here at CBI.
Hands on training and shooting will take place after the classroom session on the same date at a location to be determined.
 
Additional information will follow, including cost per person. 

Thank you,
Mike Trimyer, CBI Security Chair

GROSSMAN SERIES

Congregation Beth Israel is very pleased to announce the first programs of stimulating interest, sponsored by our new Harvey Grossman Memorial Fund for Film and Continuing Education.  This Fund was established by a bequest in the estate of our late member, Harvey Grossman, and makes it possible to invite a guest speaker to bring timely and interesting insights to us.


Our guest in February 2019 will be Steven R. Weisman.  Mr. Weisman was for many years chief diplomatic and economics correspondent for the New York Times.  He served on the editorial board of the paper and was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize by the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  He is now Vice-President for Publications and Communications of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Mr. Weisman has edited a book of the letters of the late Senator Daniel Moynihan and in 2016 wrote a book about moral dilemmas in an era of globalization.  His most recent book is entitled The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion

On Friday evening, February 22, our guest will discuss one particular insight that emerged from his research: that America and America’s Jews developed a very particular notion of the relationship of the government to religion.  He will then contrast this perspective with a different model in contemporary Israeli society.

The program on Saturday, February 23, will focus on the American-Jewish community at the time of our nation’s Civil War.  Many of our institutions and attitudes were formed during these years.  Jews enlisted in the two armies at a rate that exceeded that of their neighbors; it is estimated that 200 Jews fought for the Confederacy.

Finally, during the morning of Sunday, February 24, Mr. Weisman will speak on the subject “Fake News: Reporting for the New York Times.”  We probably don’t need to tell you that this presentation will elicit a lively and informative interchange.

More specific details about the times for these sessions will be forthcoming.  You should know, however, that the programs are presented without charge thanks to the generosity of the Harvey Grossman Memorial Fund for Film and Continuing Education and that all members of the Jewish community and their friends are cordially invited to attend.

MEANWHILE, MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019 AND PLAN TO JOIN US FOR SOME STIMULATING LEARNING AND CONVERSATION.




 
What's Going On - December 2018 PDF Print E-mail

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Chag Sameach all,
I can’t believe it is already December. They say time flies when you are having fun, I believe that is true.

I would like to thank all of the students who volunteered their time during our 33rd annual food fest. You all did an amazing job and made our Food fest another great success!

December is a month full of festivities. Our topic this month is Chanukah and we will do a Chanukah “kick off” on December 2nd with a school wide Chanukah program.

We also have Ms. Stefanie Rozen visiting our Religious school on December 16. Ms. Rozen is the Green Family Camp summer director. She will talk about Green Family Camp and she will provide a school wide activity for our students.

I hope you all can join us on December 2nd   from 6 pm – 8 pm at the JCC for our Chanukah party. We will eat latket, light the huge menorah and have music provided by Joe Buchanan.

Please bring a dish to share and don’t forget your own Chanukkiah.
Happy Chanukah.
Manuela Sela,
Religious school director.

Important dates:

December 2nd     Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15
        Religious 10.30 – 12.30
        (School wide Chanukah program)

December 9th     Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15
        Religious school 10.30 – 12.30 (Chanukah)

December 16    Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15
        Religious School 10.30 – 12.30
        (Stefanie Rozen from Green Family Camp)

December 23    No school (Winter break)

December 30    No school (Winter Break)



CBI SISTERHOOD


Chag Sameach!

First of all, thank you to all volunteers who helped during our 33rd annual food fest. You all did an amazing job and we could not have done it without your support. Hopefully next month I will have the food fest numbers ready to share.

We are gathering together for much more festivities and celebration in the month of December. Chanukah is our festival of light. I cannot wait until I can eat the latkes and sufganya. The first night of Chanukah start Sunday, December 2nd and there will be a Chanukah party at the JCC that night starting at 6pm. We will light the huge Chanukkiah outside and Joe Buchanan will come and play music for us. If you would like to join us don’t forget your own Chanukkiah and bring a dish to share.

Friday, December 7th CBI will host their Chanukah family Shabbat dinner. Please join us for services and a nice dinner afterwards. And don’t forget a dessert to share.

There will be no sisterhood meeting in December because of the winter break. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 16 at 5.30 pm at CBI.

I wish everyone happy Chanukah.

B’Shalom
Manuela Sela,
Sisterhood president   


SOCIAL ACTION


DECEMBER SOCIAL ACTION ANNOUNCEMENTS

EASY WAY TO HELP HOMELESS
MAKE A PURCHASE AT CINNABON IN THE MALL
ON DECEMBER 15th BETWEEN 4:00-9:00 AND A
PERCENTAGE OF THAT PURCHASE WILL BECOME A
DONATION TO THE HOMELESS ISSUES PARTNERSHIP.
YOU MUST SAY YOU WANT THE DONATION TO GO TO
HOMELESS ISSUES PARTNERSHIP WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR
PURCHASE.

WE AGAIN NEED 6-8 WILLING VOLUNTEERS FOR THE METRO MINISTRIES’
CHRISTMAS MEAL. THAT MEANS SET-UP, SERVING, AND CLEANING AFTERWARDS.
ARRIVE AT 11:15, SERVING MEAL 12:00, CLEAN-UP 1:00-2:00 SERVERS SHOULD HAVE FOOD HANDLERS PERMIT. **WE WILL NEED HOME-MADE COOKIES OR MUFFINS FOR THIS.
METRO MINISTRIES IS LOCATED AT 1919 LEOPARD STREET (FISHES & LOAVES ENTRANCE)
PARKING IS ON THE STREET

WE HAVE BEGUN COLLECTING TOILETRY ITEMS AND NEW OR GENTLY USED SOCKS, BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN, MALE AND FEMALE. BASKET UNDER LOBBY INFORMATION TABLE

HELP MAKE EVERYONE’S DECEMBER A LITTLE HAPPIER
JUST DON’T STOP THERE

 
 
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