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Corpus Christi Community Religious School

October has come and gone in a flash!  Congratulations to Mia Honigbaum, Haley Hausman-Pels, and Greyson and Austin Gordon on their Consecration.  

     We have been quite busy in Sunday School.  During our visit with ISJL Fellow, Missy Goldstein, the kids had the opportunity to put on a “Project Runway Torah” skit about Simchat Torah and had the opportunity to work with Missy on several fun projects.  

     The children are currently working on learning prayers in order to lead a student-led service which will be held on November 8th at 6:00 .  Be sure to attend so that your child can participate in the service and you can witness their progress.  

     Also, please plan to attend the Family Shabbat services once a month so that your child(ren) can begin to learn the order of the service and the melody of the prayers.  It’s also a great opportunity for our children to establish great friendships with their classmates.

     Mark your calendars; there will be no Religious School on November 24th and December 1st in observance of Thanksgiving.  Camp Young Judea has rescheduled their camp presentation for Sunday, December 8th, so if you are interested in learning more about CYJ, please join us at 11:00 in the main sanctuary.

     And lastly, the Greene Family Camp Retreat is November 8-10, as well as the Family Retreat on February 28-March. Registration for both retreats is online.  The Camp Retreat information and registration can be found at www.greene.urjcamps.org/campretreat.  Family Retreat is located at www.greene.urjcamps.org/familyretreat.  Summer camp registration and information is also on their website – www.greene.urjcamps.org/register.

Jana Zager, Director

Religious Education Classes

Hebrew School
9:15am - 10:15am

Sunday School
10:30am - 12:30pm

3, 10, 17

Family Corner

I can't tell you how heartwarming it is to see the wonderful turnouts for our Family Shabbat Dinners!  Life gets so hectic sometimes and it just feels good to halt, pray together, and then relax and catch up with our CBI friends over a yummy meal.  The kids play so nicely together and entertain themselves allowing for a couple of hours of “grown up” time!

Please remember there will be NO Family Shabbat Dinner for the month of November due to the Food Fest activities (November 16th and 17th).   

Our Family Dinners will resume in December, where we will have a belated Hanukah celebration with latkes for everyone!

Until we break bread together again,

Leslie Green
Programming Director


On Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30 P.M., members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and Congregation Beth Israel will gather for their 79th annual joint Thanksgiving service.  The first service was held at Good Shepherd under the leadership of Father William Munds and Rabbi Sidney Wolf in 1934, and the tradition has continued uninterrupted since that year.  In 1936, this practice was considered so unusual in American religious circles that TIME Magazine carried a special article describing how Jews and Christians could honor a national holiday together especially in the light of the growing anti-Jewish oppression in Nazi Germany at that time.

This year’s service will also be held at Good Shepherd, 700 Upper South Broadway.  Clergy from both congregations will participate.  It will be marked by a particularly historic event, the coincidence of the first night of the Jewish Hanukkah festival with the eve of Thanksgiving.  Hanukkah has not fallen so early in relation to the secular calendar as it does in 2013 since 1888 and is certainly not going to do so again in the lifetime of anyone now alive.

The lighting of the nine-branched Hanukkiyah (ritual candelabrum) will be shared by young people representing both congregations as a symbol of our mutual respect and friendship.  While the origins of Thanksgiving are often associated with the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1621, the first Thanksgiving Day was actually proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 as the Civil War raged across North America.  Hanukkah, however, recalls a conflict dated between 168-165 B.C.E. when Seleucid Syrians converted the Temple of God in Jerusalem to a place of idol worship.  Fighting under the leadership of the Maccabees, Jews regained possession of the holy site, rededicated it to the service of God and asserted the right of every people to worship God according to their own beliefs.  Hanukkah represents, then, the first recorded conflict in human history to assure freedom of religion.


Everyone has heard of ALAN DERSHOWITZ, but what do you know about Dershowitz the man?  On Monday, November 4 at 7:00 PM in the Racusin Chapel, you’ll have a chance to meet Alan Dershowitz up-close and personal as he talks about his career with Jeffrey Toubin, author, news analyst and Director of the Fordham University Forum on Law, Culture and Society.

Dershowitz has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil rights lawyer” and one its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights.”  He is also well-known as a vigorous defender of the State of Israel in the court of public opinion.  Among his storied clients have been O.J. Simpson, Bill Clinton, Julian Assange, Patty Hearst, Mike Tyson and many more prominent people.  His narration of his life from Brooklyn to Harvard should enthrall us all.

Then, on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 PM in the Racusin Chapel, we shall listen to Karen
Armstrong and Thomas Cahill as they discuss the meaning of Compassion in both ancient and modern times.  Armstrong is the author of The Case for God and Cahill (who has sold 65 million books) wrote The Gifts of the Jews.  You are cordially invited to join in this inquiry into an essential question about what makes the world a livable place and what happens when compassion’s opposite is allowed to reign.

Everyone, members and guests, are cordially invited to attend both of these programs.  There is no admission charge.



Everyone at CBI knows Mike Trimyer, the security officer who greets us when we come to the synagogue, helps elderly people in and out of cars, moves walls and protects us.  Most of us also know that Mike is not Jewish, although his family and most of the CCPD have always thought he was.

Rabbi Roseman and Mike have been studying Judaism for many months.  He has also been learning Hebrew from Ray Falk.  He has finally decided to make official what so many people assumed about him.  He and Rabbi Roseman invite all Mike’s friends and admirers to join us in the Sanctuary at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13 for Mike’s conversion service.  After the service, you will have a brief opportunity to greet him and express the joy that all of us feel at this very important event.

Rabbi Roseman on Mission to German-Jewish Community

Rabbi Roseman has been chosen to be a member of a fact-finding mission from Central Conference of American Rabbis to visit with the leadership of the Jewish community of Germany.  He and Phyllis will leave on November 1 and return on the 10th.  En route to Berlin, they will  stop in Geneva to have a reunion with people he was in school with  when the Rosemans lived there, beginning in 1949.

There are now approximately 125,000 Jews living in Germany.  Most of them are recent arrivals from Eastern Europe and Israel, and the integration of these newcomers into the community is a challenging process.  How the established communal leadership is coping with this problem will be high on the mission’s agenda.  Rabbi Roseman will certainly report what he learned to the congregation after his return.  In his absence, Brian Honigbaum will lead the Friday Shabbat services and Gary Blum will handle the Saturday morning services.  Thanks in advance to both of these dedicated members of CBI.


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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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