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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

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

CBI RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Dear parents and students,

I am so happy to have you all back for another great school year! We have lots of fun and educational activities planned for this upcoming year.

On September 2nd from 10.00—10.30 you can register your child(ren) and there will be a parent orientation meeting from 10.30 -11.00. We will go over our policies, event calendar and classrooms.

On September 9th Hebrew and Religious school starts. Hebrew is from 9.00 am – 10.15 and religious school starts at 10.30 till 12.30 We start our school year wide a school-wide Rosh Hashana celebration and Activities. A small snack will be provided at school during a small break.

Because of the high holidays, September will be a month full of activities based on the holidays

We are all very excited to see you all soon.

L’ Shana Tova I wish you all a sweet and happy new year

Manuela Sela
Religious School Director.

SCHEDULE 

September 2nd
Hebrew and Religious School Registration 10.00 – 10.30
followed by parent orientation 10.30 – 11.00
September 9th
Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15 am
Religious School 10.30 – 12.30 (Rosh Hashana Celebration)
September 16th
Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15 am
Religious School 10.30 – 12.30
September 23rd
Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15 am
Religious School 10.30 – 12.30 (Sukkot Activities)
September 30th
Hebrew 9.00 – 10.15 am
Religious School 10.30 – 12.30


CBI SISTERHOOD

L’Shanah Tovah all,

Our Kickoff party at Ginger Café was a great success. Thank you to those who attended.

CBI Sisterhood had a great first meeting and membership applications have been mailed out. If you know a Jewish woman in your community invite her to our Sisterhood meetings and activities. If you haven’t sent your dues and registration forms, please do this as soon as possible.  
                                                                                                                                                            
During our Sisterhood meeting we’ve decided that we are going to close our sisterhood gift shop. We will open the gift shop during Food Fest. 

Our Rosh Hashana Oneg and Yom Kippur Break the Fast are being organized by great ladies. Thank you, Sal Loeb and Norma Levens! Let them know if you would like to bake or donate money to one of these events. We truly appreciate it.

This year Food Fest will be held on November 10 and 11. Organizing this great and successful food fest requires a lot of help from our CBI Congregants. In order to make this upcoming Food Fest another great success, please consider helping out in any way you can. For more information please contact Laura Hausman.

One of the components of the Food Fest is the Vintage Sale.  Please help us by donating your unwanted purses, costume jewelry or any vintage furs lingering in your or your friend’s closets.  Donations will be received in the CBI Office.  Another component of the Food Fest is the Wine Pull.  Please consider donating a bottle/s of wine valued at $20 or more. 

On behalf of the Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood, we would like to wish you and your family L’Shanah  Tovah. May the year ahead be sweet and blessed for you and your loved ones.

B’Shalom
Manuela Sela
Sisterhood President.


SUKKOT

Join us for a celebration of Sukkot
on Sunday September 23rd
at 6.30 PM. 

We will begin with a Sukkot Service outside in our Sukkah followed by a kosher style potluck in the social hall.  


 SIMCHAT TORAH

 join us on riday night September 28th at 6.30
as we celebrate Simchat Torah. 

Services will be at 6.30 followed by oneg reception. 
Come ready to dance and sing as we parade and celebrate with the Torah and conclude and begin again the reading of the Torah portions.   


Adult Education Series

Save the Date! 

Tikun Olam (Fixing the world) is one of the most important ideas in modern Judaism. 
What does it mean and how its meaning develop through the  ages of Jewish thought and practice?

Join Rabbi Emanuel on Sunday, October 7, 14, and 21 at 11am to learn about what this idea means to Judaism and to you. 

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

Religious School

Dear parents and students,

I hope you all enjoyed your summer and time off. It is already August and that means that we are going to start preparing for another new Hebrew and Religious school year.

This year we have a lot of fun and educational project planned, such as: Passover Seder, Tu B’shevat Seder, Chanukah program and much more.

September 2nd at 10 am –Registration and Orientation only
September 9th– First day of Religious and Hebrew School


Feel free to contact me for more information on 361-446-4321 or send me an email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hope to see you all soon!

Manuela Sela
Religious school director

 


 

CBI Sisterhood

Dear Sisterhood Members,

As the fall is approaching we will prepare ourselves for the High Holidays.  Honoring, remembering and lots of food will bring us through these days and will bring us together.  You have until August 9th to order your Honey for Rosh Hashana and bring the sweets in your own house.
But before we are going into the high holidays we have our annual kick off party on Wednesday August 22. More information and invitations to be follow.
If you are not a member yet or if you want to renew your sisterhood membership this is the time! We have sent out sisterhood our membership form for our new year. Please fill it out and send it to the CBI Sisterhood.
The next sisterhood meeting will be on Wednesday, August 15 at 5.30 pm at CBI.
I hope to see you all at the sisterhood kickoff party!

B’Shalom
Manuela Sela
Sisterhood President.

 


 

Rabbi Ari Vernon to Lead Conservative Services

Rabbi Ari Vernon is currently the Judaic Studies department chair at The Emery/Weiner School in Houston.  He has previously led high holiday services for Congregation Sons of Israel in Amsterdam, NY, Congregation Ahavas Shalom in Newark, NJ, Rodeph Shalom Synagogue in Mumbai, India, and Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community in St. Louis, MO. Rabbi Vernon was ordained in 2004 at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.


Rabbi Vernon is looking forward to getting to know the Beth Israel community soon. In his own words: “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Beth Israel community, and I am excited to be leading a minyan in the High Holiday prayer service again.  I’ve enjoyed leading communities in prayer for as long as I can remember – at least as early as 2nd grade.  I was raised in Conservative congregations, soaking up the melodies of traditional hazzanut, and I love the way the words, combined with music, connect us across generations, pluck at our heartstrings, and inspire us live up to the mission of our people.  It is my hope that our communal prayer and High Holiday experience will fill these coming days of awe with passionate spiritual expression and deep meaning.”

 
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