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Religious School Registration & First Day of Classes

Sunday, September 23, 2012
10:00 AM
Congregation Beth Israel
(Classes will be over at 12:00)

Call Susan Martin or the CBI office with any questions.


In keeping with our custom, a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat service will take place in the Racusin Chapel on Friday, August 17 at 7:30 PM.  This worship service will be led by members of the congregation.  After its conclusion, worshippers are invited to join the remainder of the congregation in the Sanctuary for the sermon and the conclusion of the service, followed by the Oneg Shabbat.



For the first two weeks of August, Rabbi Roseman will be on vacation.  Services will be conducted, both Friday evenings and Shabbat mornings by Rabbi Ari Plost and Cantor Star Trompeter.  We are delighted to welcome them back to CBI and hope that you will join them for services.  They bring a different approach to our worship that we think you will enjoy.

On the fourth Friday evening of August, we are going to try AN EXPERIMENT, partly in response to suggestions from members of the congregation.

This Friday evening service will be held at 6:00 P.M.  It will last approximately one hour, and the traditional sermon will be replaced by  a d’var Torah, a short commentary on the week’s Torah reading.

 After service, we hope groups of congregants will join together at local restaurants to share a Sabbath meal.  To facilitate this process, you can do one of three things:

   1.  You can call a few friends in advance and make plans to get together after services wherever you wish.

    2. You can tell us in advance by calling the office that you would like to be paired up with other folks.  We’ll make arrangements for these small groups at a moderately-priced restaurant.  There will be a sign-up list for each restaurant option.

    3. You can just come to services, meet others and become part of one of the groups that is already in place.

This may be a little chaotic until we get the kinks worked out of the system, and we ask your understanding.   But we think the objective of enhancing Shabbat through social contact among members of the congregation is well-worth the challenge.  So join us for his experiment and let’s have Shabbat dinner with our old and new friends.  


Last September, nine congregations in Corpus Christi pooled their resources to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11.  You may remember that we joined to conduct a number of civic projects (beach clean up, helping at the food bank, sending boxes to deployed troops and collecting toiletries for the Good Samaritan Shelter), each used its Sabbath worship to highlight the destruction and the lessons to be learned and then we had a combined service at the First United Methodist Church that was attended by roughly 900 people.

Following that successful interfaith venture, we concluded that it would be a shame if the good feelings and mutual commitment to understanding and to the welfare of our community were dissipated.  So, this fall, we shall offer something different to the combined religious citizens of our city.

On Sunday, October 7, we shall hold an interfaith concert at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.  Music, a remarkably common language for all peoples, will come from a variety of religious, national and ethnic traditions.  We anticipate welcoming a group of Islamic Sufi mystics who are whirling dervishes, a cantor, various other musical groups from Corpus Christi and, perhaps, a group sing-along at the end of the evening.  Our theme will be music that highlights PEACE AND FREEDOM.

We hope you will mark your calendars now for this free and exciting opportunity.  It’s our way of expressing the value that we can respect each other’s differences at the same time that we can find unity in our society.  You’ll hear more details in the fall, but let’s plan to make the evening a celebration of the best that characterizes our community.


We’ve got three major initiatives during the Fall that you’ll want to pursue.

First, the Train Library continues its reorganization.  Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Helen Barron and Jeanetta Caplan, the books are now much more easily accessible.  Barbara Schwamb has now become librarian, and she and David Jacobs press forward to make the Library a resource where everyone can find Jewish stimulation and information.  We hope you’ll stop in and browse the shelves, take out a book or two, and enjoy the riches of Jewish learning.

Second, we are really happy to be able to tell you now that the 92nd Street YMHA-TWHA lecture series will continue this fall.  There will be three scheduled presentations, with the possibility of a fourth.  Mark your calendars now for these events; we’ll give you more details in future issues of the newsletter.

Tuesday, October 2    Eminent journalist Thomas Friedman will address the topic “That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back”

Among the other possibilities to be considered by the Adult Education Committee are, programs on the Search for Meaning with Rabbi of Great Britain, Jonathon Sacks, a discussion of Thomas Jefferson and a panel of these famous octogenarians discussing what they have learned from their lives.  We also may be able to add a panel discussion of three authors and scholars on the topic “God is One: Moses,
Jesus, Muhammad.” 

Finally, Rabbi Roseman will offer a Sunday Morning series of talks on Great Discoveries in Jewish History, beginning in early November.  Watch for the details after the High Holydays, but be prepared to follow in the footsteps of great Jewish archaeologists, researchers and just plain snoops as they uncover treasures of our people.  We’ll learn about books that were found in Aleppo (Syria) and Sarajevo (Yugoslavia), the geniza storehouse in the Fustat synagogue of ancient Cairo, the synagogue art of Beit Alpha and Dura Europus and, of course, the Dead Sea Scrolls.  We’ll share the excitement of the discovery of these hidden and remarkable beauties of the Jewish past.  Details to follow.


We are planning a Jewish trip to New York City for members of CBI in mid-April 2013.  The likely dates are Thursday, April 11 through Monday, April 15.

Among the sights we shall explore are the Lower East Side of Manhattan, including the Tenement Museum and the Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum, Ellis Island, the Jewish Museum and the Hasidic community of Crown Heights in Brooklyn.  We shall welcome the Sabbath either at Temple Emanu-El or at Sherith Israel Congregation (The Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue).  Some of our meals will be pre-arranged, while others will be on our own.  There will be ample time for shopping and theatrical or musical performances.  We shall also have the opportunity to watch part of the Israel Day Parade as it marches south along Fifth Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

At this point, we cannot provide a reliable estimate of the cost of this trip, largely because airline fares are so unpredictable.  However, every effort will be made to keep the cost under control.

If you are interested (without any commitment at this point), please call the CBI Office and put your name on the list.  Once we get more detail, we shall be in touch.  Don’t miss this exciting adventure as members of CBI explore the Jewish dimensions of the Big Apple.


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Religious Services


Friday,  March 1
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  March 2
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday, March 8
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  March 9
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday, March 15
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  March 16
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday,  March 22
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm
*Family dinner to follow

Saturday,  March 23
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday,  March 29
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  March 30
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

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