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Our religious school is off to a great start!  We began our first session on Sunday, September 8, 2013 where we had introductions, a brief meeting and then divided the children into their classrooms while parents registered and enjoyed some refreshments.

Our capable team of teachers this year include Laura Spector-Heinzel with Abby Balkin as her Assistant in the PreK- First grade class; Olivia Noble with Sophie Susser as Assistant, teaching Second and Third grades; substituting are Mara Schechter-Butler and Inna Rogoff team-teaching Fourth through Sixth grades; and Brian Honigbaum and Dave Ryan with Seventh through Ninth grades.  Yoav Kadosh and Rabbi Roseman round out the team as Hebrew teachers.  

Stefani Rozen, with Greene Family Camp, was here with us on Sunday, September 22nd to rally some enthusiasm about overnight summer camp. She was excited to learn that our fundraising focus at CBI this year is toward Jewish summer camp.

Also, on September 22nd, we celebrated Sukkot with “Pizza in the Hut” as we shook the lulav and etrog.  

Consecration will be held prior to services on Friday, September 27th at 5:15 PM and Family Shabbat Services will begin at 6:00, followed by dinner at 7:00.  We will also be celebrating Simchat Torah and will be joined by our ISJL Education Fellow, Missy Goldstein, (weekend of September 27-29) and we hope you will share this special occasion with our young people and come out to meet Missy.

We welcome our returning students as well as the new additions to our school family.

Jana Zager, Director                                                

Religious Education Classes

Hebrew School
9:15am - 10:15am

Sunday School
10:30am - 12:30pm

6, 13, 20 & 27


A big thank you to Tobi and Andy Taubman not only for their help in the kitchen for last month's Simchat Torah dinner, but for the delicious menu they planned for everyone!  We are lucky to have them heading up the CBI kitchen for this year's Food Fest Fundraiser.  It's always a very special treat to hold the Torah with our CBI congregants and start the year anew together!

Our next Family Shabbat Dinner is scheduled for October 25th, so please mark your calendars accordingly.  As a reminder, there will be NO Family Shabbat Dinner for the month of November due to the Food Fest activities (November 16th and 17th).   

As always, if you have some free time, I would welcome help in the kitchen preparing our family dinners.  Just give me a call.

Until we break bread together again,

Leslie Green
Programming Director


As I sat at the memorial service for Dottie Heffler a couple of weeks ago, I found myself reflecting on how much I gained from Dottie over the years.  The time spent in the kitchen preparing for Food Fest was always a time I looked forward to because Dottie was there, taking the reins and leading us.  We shared so many stories along the way and cooking never felt like a chore for me.  The same rang true for the time I spent with Vera Rosenheim.  Fifteen years of assisting her with the treasury was fifteen years I truly treasure.  These women were amazing.  I have always said I gain more than I give with Sisterhood.  The people I have met along the way have been amazing role models.  It is my hope and prayer that we continue the example they set for us.

We are now gearing up for Food Fest and cooking is underway.  If you would like to help in the kitchen, please contact me or the Food Fest chairs: Jana Zagar, Meredith Ryan, or Chris Kuehn.  We would love to have you in the kitchen to pass the knowledge we have gained over the years, down to all the other members of Sisterhood.  

I am excited to say our membership drive is going well.  If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible.  We welcome all the ladies of the congregation to join our team.

Robin Adams – Sisterhood President

 Adult Education Lecture Series

The Adult Education Committee is very pleased to offer another mini-series of talks about Jewish history by Rabbi Kenneth Roseman.  The four-week set of lectures is titled


The series will begin on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM in the Grossman Auditorium.  The topic will be THE DEUTERONOMIC REVOLUTION which occurred in the seventh and sixth centuries BCE (roughly between 650 and 538 BCE).  During this time, the Jewish community learned how to survive in the diaspora, the importance of the land of Israel, how to understand God differently and how to create the final version of Scripture.  It was as a result of these changes that it became possible to live as a Jew in Corpus Christi today.  Light refreshments will be available beginning about 10:00 AM.

We continue on Sunday, October 13 with a discussion of THE RABBINIC REVOLUTION that happened in the century or so after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in the year 70 CE by the Romans.  It was at this time that the Jewish community realized that it would no longer be possible to continue practicing Judaism as ordained in the Bible.  A major reformulation of the religion would be required.  Rabbi Roseman will help us understand what these reforms entailed.

On Sunday, October 20, we shift forward about fifteen hundred years and move from the Mediterranean world to the shtetl of Eastern Europe.  THE HASIDIC REVOLUTION represented a rebellion against the dominant culture of rabbinic Judaism and the way it conferred status on various individuals.

Finally, on October 27, we shift to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and to Western Europe and North America for THE REFORM JEWISH REVOLUTION.  This newest change in Jewish life ultimately came to include Conservative Judaism and demonstrated a major break from all previous ways of understanding the authority structure of Jewish life.

All of these sessions will be held on the Grossman Auditorium, with refreshments at 10:00 AM and the program beginning at 10:30.  We expect to conclude the program about noon.   Everyone, including guests, is cordially invited to attend.


The award-winning series of programs from New York’s 92nd Street “Y” recommences on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 7:15 PM in the Racusin Chapel.  This will be the first program in our fall series.

The major presentation will be delivered by Dr. Paul Zak of the Claremont Graduate School in California.  It will be entitled THE SCIENCE OF GOOD AND EVIL and will address the question of whether human beings are good or evil by nature.  Dr. Zak’s laboratory claims to have discovered what he calls a “moral molecule” that demonstrates that humans are usually good.  Come and hear about his fascinating experiments and find out what they reveal about our nature, society and government.

This program, like all presentations in this series, is offered without any admission fee.  Members of CBI and guests are cordially welcome.  Light refreshments will be served in the Grossman Auditorium following the program – at least for those attendees who live up to Dr. Zak’s behavioral predictions.



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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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