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Religious School

Jana Zager, Director
On November 8th, the Religious School students participated in Shabbat services by helping to lead the entire service, with guidance from Brian Honigbaum.  Each Hebrew class learned a particular portion of the service and was called to the bima to recite it.  There was a very nice attendance at shul that evening to witness the progress being made in class.   We plan to have another student-led Shabbat service in the near future, so watch the calendar for the date and be sure to attend.

Also mark your calendars; there will be no Religious School on November 24th and December 1st in observance of Thanksgiving and December 22nd and December 29th for Winter Break.  

If you are interested in knowing more about Camp Young Judea, please join us for their camp presentation on Sunday, December 8th at 11:00 in the main sanctuary.

The Greene Family Camp Family Retreat is scheduled for February 28 - March2. 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.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah = Happy Thanksgivikah!

Religious Education Classes

December 8, 15
Classes resume January 5th
Hebrew School
9:15am - 10:15am

Sunday School
10:30am - 12:30pm

Family Corner

Shalom CBI Congregants,

Now that Food Fest and the Thanksgivukkah holidays are behind us, it's time to gear up for our last Family Shabbat Dinner of 2013, which will take place on Friday, December 20th.  We have been priviledged to experience Chanukah on Thanksgiving this year, a phenomenon which will not occur again for 70,000 years!!!  Since we were not able to celebrate Chanukah together as a congregation, we will continue the festivities and enjoy a full dinner with potato latkes and all the fixins!

Soooo … Bring your appetites, a dessert to share, and menorahs with you as we all light up the night together!!!

I would appreciate some extra help in preparing the many latkes for all of us to enjoy, so please give me a call if you can lend a hand.

Can't wait to see ALL of you and break bread (and latkes) together again!  Warm wishes from our home to yours for a very Happy & Healthy 2014 ...

Leslie Green
Programming Director


Youth group for 8th through 12th grade Students
Thank you to all the Youth volunteers for their help with Drinks Sales during Food Fest. Special thanks to Mr. Adler, who helped us transport ice, and to Kyle Kane, who helped set up the booth. Not only was our Youth Group visible and cohesive, the booth was a productive and profitable part of the Food Festival.

Wishing everyone a Happy Chanukah!
Liv Noble for the CBI Youth Group

CBI Sisterhood

I am always amazed at the ability Food Fest has to unify our congregation. Lead by our terrific team of Sisterhood volunteers, the women, men, & children all pitched in to make this year incredibly successful  The crowds were outstanding and no one seemed to miss a beat.  Congregation Beth Israel-our Sisterhood should be proud of what we accomplished.  I will not try to list names because I am afraid I will omit someone by mistake.  I will just say "MAZEL TOV"!

On behalf on your Sisterhood, I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Chanukah to you and your families.  May this be a joyous season for all!

Robin Adams, President


The last program of the 92Y series from New York will take place on Monday, December 16 at 7:15 PM in the Racusin Chapel.

At that time, we shall listen to Jeremy Ben-Ami,, the Executive Director of JStreet and JStreet PAC, the political voice of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement in America.  Mr. Ben-Ami will discuss the question of what it means for the American Jewish community to be pro-Israel today.  Is it acceptable for American Jews to criticize Israeli politics, as Israelis do?  What can we say and what might be out of bounds?

Please join us for this provocative discussion and then for light refreshments after the program.  Members of CBI and guests are most welcome, as always without any charge.


An interfaith service will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Shoreline Blvd. on Sunday, December 1 at 5:30 PM to commemorate International AIDS Day.  Rabbi Roseman will participate.  Anyone who has been touched by this modern-day plague is very much urged to attend.


From Wednesday, December 11 until Sunday, December 15, roughly 5,000 delegates representing Reform Jewish congregations in North America and around the world will gather in San Diego, CA for the Biennial Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism.  This is the largest meeting of its kind in the world.  During the sessions, delegates will share experiences of worship, social action programs, youth and educational activities, congregational management, fund raising and a host of other topics.  Shabbat services will feature innovative music by a special Biennial volunteer choir and a spirit of joy and celebration rarely found elsewhere.

Our congregation will be represented by our President, Suzy Hilliard, and our Sisterhood President, Robin Adams.  In addition, Rabbi Roseman will be there briefly to speak during a session dealing with the merger of synagogues.

Food Fest Thank You

Dear Friends,

Another amazing FoodFest has come and gone, and we are proud to announce that it was a FABULOUS success.  Without your dedication and hard work, this would be impossible and we want you to know that we feel truly honored to have had the opportunity to work with you to make this marvelous yearly event happen once again.  

One of the wonderful things about FoodFest is the positive effect on the community as a whole and the bonding experience it has on us all.  We truly depend on the help and support of every single member of our congregation.  Having said that, there are some that we must single out for individual recognition because without them FoodFest simply would NOT have happened.  

Special thanks must go to Andy and Tobi Taubman, David Jacobs, Jill Jacobs, Mike Hiatt, Rikki Schmitchel, Julia Noble, Phyllis Roseman, Chris and Robert Adler, Susan and Bill Martin, Robin and Bill Adams, Amy Krams, Chip and Barb Schwamb, Laura Hausman, Ann Engel, Catherine Susser, Pat Susser, Natalie Honigbaum,  Norma Levens, Laurie Mintz, Mike Trimyer and Debbie Bustillo .  You guys are amazing.  We think some of you actually slept at the Temple!

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who participated to make FoodFest such a wonderful success.  You make us proud to be members of Congregation Beth Israel.  Once again, together we have shown that while we may be rather small in numbers, we are mighty in spirit!  

With love and gratitude,

Jana Zager, Meredith Ryan and Chris Kuehn



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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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