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Sundays December 2 & 9

Hebrew School  9:15am—10:15am
Sunday School 10:15 am—12 pm
Confirmation Class 12pm—1pm

Sunday School Winter Break
December 16th -30th

Family Corner

Shalom CBI Congregants,

Now that Food Fest and the Thanksgiving holiday are behind us, it's time to gear up for our Chanukah festivities!!!  I have to admit, this is one of my favorite Jewish holidays ... and what better way to celebrate then all  together at our next Family Shabbat Dinner on Friday, December 7th.  Bring your appetites, a dessert to share, and menorahs with you as we all light up the night together!!!

I shall be busy in the kitchen making oodles of potato latkes and a full dinner to go with them.  I shall need extra help to prepare the many latkes for all of us to enjoy, so please consider lending a hand with this project.

Can't wait to see ALL of you and break bread (and latkes) together again,

Leslie Green
Programming Director


We couldn’t have done it without you!  I would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all our congregants and friends for their support of our annual Food Fest.  This year was another great success story.

After taking a break to recuperate from Food Fest and enjoy Thanksgiving with our families, Sisterhood is hard at work planning a Chanukah celebration at Trinity Towers.  This event is scheduled for 3pm on Sunday, December 9, 2012.  We look forward to celebrating this holiday with the residents of Trinity Tower.

Robin Adams, CBI Sisterhood President


Have you ever wondered why some people spell the name of this holiday with an “H” and others use “CH?”  And why is the letter “K” often doubled, but not always?  There are good reasons for each option, so here are some explanations.

The Hebrew word “Hanukkah” begins with the letter “HET,” which is a guttural sound.  That means it is made in the back of the throat.  We don’t have this sound in English, but you could mimic it by saying the name of the Scottish body of water, Loch Ness, or the German exclamation, Ach.  So the choice of “CH” is intended to help us make this sound in English.  On the other hand, “CH” in English is regularly confused with the same letters as they are softly pronounced in the name Charles or harder, as in Christmas.  Neither one of these would correctly imitate the Hebrew sound, so there is sometimes a tendency to substitute the letter “H,” where these confusions are not likely.  But, on the other hand, “H” is an aspirated sound, made in the front of the mouth; you can feel the air move by your teeth as you say the letter.  So, it’s not really the same as the Hebrew either.  Which form you choose is perfectly OK, so long as you remember what the real message of the festival is.

Now, as to the doubling of the consonant “K.”  In Hebrew, there is a little grammatical dot in the middle of the letter that signifies a doubling or hardening of the letter.  So, double spelling in English makes some sense, except that it doesn’t make any difference in English whether you have one or two “Ks.”

There’s a story about President Harry S. Truman that his advisors used to propose two options dealing with the business climate.  “On the one hand,” they would say, “but then on the other hand.”  Truman, so the legend goes, became so fed up that he ordered them to bring him a one-handed economist.  You can have candles on both arms of your Hanukkiyah, and whatever choice you make will be the right one!

For some good programming ideas and some nice background information, go to http://urj.org/holidays/chanukah/.

As part of our pre-holiday preparation, Rabbi Roseman will continue his adult education series on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM in the Grossman Auditorium.  On Sunday, December 2, he will lead us into the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the treasure trove of Jewish manuscripts found near Jericho in caves in 1947 and the following years.  He will follow this talk on December 9 with a discussion of the Cairo Geniza, the mass of Jewish documents found in the late nineteenth century by Rabbi Solomon Schechter.  Among the documents that this British scholar unearthed were ancient texts of the books of Maccabees, the earliest source of the story of Hanukkah.   Since the story of Hanukkah involves the clash of Jewish and Hellenistic cultures, both sessions should fit nicely with the theme of the season.  Both sessions are open to the public and light refreshments will be available at about 10:00 AM.


Between Thanksgiving and the end of the calendar year, it is usually a time of “good cheer,” friendship and celebration.  We are blessed that we can continue largely in this mode this year.  But In Israel, the mood is quite different.  There is a general sense of foreboding, an apprehension that the skirmishes on the Gaza border could escalate into another major conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors.  That unease is added to the concern about the nuclear armaments that everyone assumes Iran is creating and its readiness to dispatch destructive missiles aimed at Israel.  It’s hardly the usual spirit of the holiday season in Israel.

The stress has been particularly traumatic for children who live in the southern part of the country – in the region of Gaza, in Beersheva, in Ashkelon and Ashdod and in the many kibbutzim and moshavot that dot the landscape of the northern Negev.  It is not hard for us to imagine the disruption that occurs when you are rousted from your bed or from your school desk several times a day, given less than a minute to race to a bomb shelter and then to spend anxious hours huddled with friends, family and strangers as the sounds of explosions rock your neighborhood.  For adults, the disruptions are difficult to handle; for children they are almost unbearable.

This year, you can give a special holiday gift to the children of Israel.  Two special funds have been set up to help remove them, even if only temporarily, from the rocketed zone and provide them with a respite from the attacks and the trauma.  Please consider sending a donation of whatever amount you wish to either of these two funds:
Jewish National Fund
78 Randall Ave.
Rockville Centre, NY  11570
JNF.org/emergency relief

Jewish Federations of North America 
Israel Terror Relief Fund

Please make your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah festivities even  richer by giving thanks for what we have by making a special gift to the children of Israel.  Thank you.




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Religious Services


Friday,  November 30
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm


Saturday,  December 1
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday,  December 7
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm
*Family dinner to follow

Saturday, December 8
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday, December 14
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  December 15
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday, December 21
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  December 22
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am

Friday,  December 28
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  December 29
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am


Friday,  January 4
Shabbat Service @ 6:30 pm

Saturday,  January 5
Shabbat Service @ 9:00 am 

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