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Corpus Christi Community Religious School

Our youngest students have been learning about Bar- and Bat-Mitzvahs.  Although they have several years before this takes place, they learned that they will soon begin studying Hebrew in preparation for that life cycle event.

Students in grades 1 -3 have been studying Israel and the Middle East, so Olivia and Sophie rewarded them with special foods from those regions one Sunday in April. (They weren’t sure where the ice cream was from, but it was a hit!)

4th and 5th graders completed their salt maps of Israel and neighboring countries.  Part of the focus for the class this year has been to learn about Holocaust survivors.  They are now studying Elie Wiesel.   

In addition to their weekly study of Torah, our older students are reading about brave people who came to the rescue of others during the Holocaust.

We will not have Hebrew school or religious school on Sunday, May 12th, because of our Mothers’ Day Brunch.  I hope to see everyone at CBI that day!



May: Sundays 5th & 19th

Hebrew School                         Religious School

9:15am                                     10:00 am

Family Corner

Shalom Everyone!!!

I can't believe another year of Family Shabbat Dinners has come to an end!  It has been wonderful seeing old and new faces during the course of this year.  I want to thank everyone for their help, their attendance, and contributing delicious desserts for each meal.

It has been my absolute pleasure to cook for our congregation during this programming year and I hope you will all not only continue to attend our Family Shabbat Dinners when they begin again in September, but will spread the word for others to join in too!

With warmest wishes to all for a safe, relaxing and fun-filled summer ...

Leslie Green
Programming Director

Mother’s Day Brunch

In honor of all the Congregation Beth Israel Mothers

You are invited to
2nd annual Mother's Day Brunch 
May 12th at 10:00 am

Reservations are a must for this brunch, so please make sure you contact

Debbie Bustillo at CBI no later than Monday, MAY 6TH.  


On Saturday, June 15, 2013, CBI is going to partner with a number of local churches to package meals for hungry children and their families.

Here’s how it works. A production line will be set up at the First United Methodist Church on Shoreline Blvd. The United Way of the Coastal Bend is supplying all the food and packaging materials, so there is no cost to any participant. The activity will be sponsored and organized by Outreach-Kids Care, a national philanthropic organization that runs such programs all across the U.S. The bagged meals will then be distributed to local food pantries. All that is required is that our volunteers show up for a two-hour shift, walk around tables and put dried food into plastic bags and share in the joy of doing a mitzvah with an interfaith coalition of like-minded folks.

We expect to package 100,000 macaroni and cheese meals in two two-hour shifts.  Our shift, since this is the Shabbat, will be from 12:00 noon until 2:00 P.M.  This is an activity that is open to people of all ages, grandparents to grandchildren.  It is especially suitable for families.

Please call the CBI office at 857-8181 to tell us that you’ll join our crew and help the hungry.


I want to thank the volunteers and participants who made the Town Hall Meetings so successful. Your vision of the future for CBI will be invaluable in both the search for a new Rabbi and guiding your Board of Trustees in making decisions regarding the future of the Congregation.

The information is currently being analyzed and put in report form. A copy of the final report will be mailed to each congregant. In addition, the Rabbinic Search Committee will receive the information for their consideration in preparing our application for seeking Rabbinic candidates from the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).  This entire process will be completed by mid-June.

 A very Special thanks goes out to our Sisterhood for their significant donation to CBI. At the April Board meeting Sisterhood announced they were providing $10,000 for the CBI general fund and $10,000 for the CBI Endowment Fund. In addition, Sisterhood has earmarked $20,000 to replace carpeting in the temple. This thoughtful distribution of funds reflects Sisterhood’s focus on ensuring CBI is a vibrant and beautiful family of families today and in the future.

Town Hall Meeting

Attention Religious School Parents

One last Town hall meeting is scheduled for:

Sunday May 5th, 2013 at CBI.

10:30 am– 12:00 pm

Please come to share your thoughts and ideas on topics such as:

Religious School, Ritual, Worship, Social Action, Programs for Youth.

Your opinions are of great value to us, we hope you will join us on the 5th!

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013

    In his first three sessions, Rabbi Roseman discussed the challenges that American Jews have in terms of religious belief and faith, the problem of knowing what is real and true and the changing role of women in modern religion.

    In this last of the four-lecture series, Rabbi Roseman will discuss a number of contemporary religious issues that have been adjudicated by the nine black-robed priests in America’s highest temple of justice, the Supreme Court.  He will help us understand some of the issues that the justices have dealt with and how they have justified their decisions based on constitutional law and, especially, the first amendment.

    Like the previous three sessions, this talk will take place in the Grossman Auditorium at 10:30 A.M.  Everyone is cordially invited, including guests of members of CBI.  Light refreshments will be available at 10:00 A.M.



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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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