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Corpus Christi Community Religious School

Students met for class only twice in December, but took advantage of the time to study and work on crafts for Hanukkah. Look for pictures in this bulletin of various classes reading holiday stories, playing games, and making their own Hanukkiyot.

Classes also gathered in the auditorium to play Hanukkah Jewpardy, run candle relays, and enjoy donut holes. (We opted for the donut holes rather than sufganiyot typically eaten during Hanukkah.)

I have received brochures from Greene Family Camp which are available in the CBI foyer. For further information and/or to register, go to www.greene.urjcamps.org.

I forwarded an email to parents from Camp Young Judaea – Texas about a Passover Camp, March 28-31, 2013, in Wimberley. This is a great opportunity for Jewish families from all over Texas to spend time with each other during the holiday. For more information, log onto www.cyjtexas.org/passovercamp.

We will resume Hebrew and religious school classes on Sunday, January 6, 2013. See you then. Enjoy your winter break and Happy New Year!



Sundays January 6, 13 & 27

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

Family Corner 

Happy New Year CBI Family!!

It's hard to believe we are already in 2013 (5773 on the Jewish calendar).  You know, my parents always said, “the older you get, the faster time goes!”  I'm afraid they were right!  Our Chanukah dinner had a record turnout this year and I'm glad you all enjoyed the yummy potato latkes too!  Thanks to all who brought delicious desserts to share!  A very special thanks to my “boyfriend,” George Barron, for helping me in the kitchen and to Linda and Suzie for all their hard work serving and cleaning up when the dinner was over!  I couldn't have done this holiday without all of you.

Our next Family Shabbat Dinner will be on Friday, January 25th at 6pm with dinner to follow.  Take a break from cooking … Let's bring in shabbat together.  Bring yourself and a yummy dessert to share and we'll do the rest!!!  Food, fun and friendship is really what it's all about. 

Until we break bread together again, wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, Joyous and Prosperous New Year.

Leslie Green
Programming Director


The on-going study group that meets at 11:00 AM every Saturday morning for both gastronomic and intellectual nourishment has now finished the Talmudic tractate Pirke Avot and has had a wonderful taste of Moses Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah and Joseph Karo’s Shulchan Aruch.  But now we are moving on to a new and very exciting adventure in learning.  We have decided to do something probably unique in the annals of liberal synagogue study.  We are going to work our way through a collection of post-biblical books that together are considered the “Apocrypha.”  That term simply means “outside books,” or books which were not included in the Hebrew Scriptures.  Nor are they part of the New Testament, although some Catholic Bibles bind them as a separate unit between the Old and the New.

Among the books of the Apocrypha are I and II Maccabees, the first description of the events that came to be the basis for Hanukkah and Ben Sirach, the most wonderful description of what it might have been like to witness the rituals of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.  If those ideas don’t move you, you might want to read about “Bel and the Dragon” or “The Rest of Esther.”  This is literature that is almost never opened by Jews, but which tells us a great deal about the period from roughly 400 BCE until about 100 BCE.  These are often called “The Biblical Dark Ages,” and we have determined to find a little illumination for ourselves.

You are cordially invited to join our study group.  It’s stimulating and challenging and where else on Saturday morning can you get a free cup of coffee?!



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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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