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Religious School

December was a quiet month for Religious School.  Camp Young Judea visited for a presentation to show our children how fun summer camp can be!  Please remember that if you are interested in sending your child(ren) to Jewish sleep away camp, whether it be CYJ or Greene Family Camp here in Texas or one of the many other Jewish camps in the US,  there are many opportunities to help with funding, beginning right here at CBI, as this year’s fundraising focus is on helping our children to experience Jewish overnight summer camp.

Mark your calendars: There is no Sunday School on December 22nd or December 29th for Winter Break.  Sessions will resume on January 5th.  Have a restful vacation!

Jana Zager, CCCRS Director

Religious Education Classes

January 5, 12, 26
Hebrew School
9:15am - 10:15am

Sunday School
10:30am - 12:30pm

Family Corner

Happy New Year CBI Family!!

I don't know about you, but 2013 just zipped by!  Hope you all had a fun holiday season and got to spend time with those you love – that's what it's all about!  I want to thank everyone who helped make our December Family Shabbat Dinner a great success and am looking forward to seeing more families at our upcoming dinners this year.  If you have some free time to help me in the kitchen, just give me a call and join in the cooking fun!

Our next Family Shabbat Dinner will be on Friday, January 24th at 6pm with dinner to follow.    Take a break from cooking and let's bring in Shabbat together.  Remember to bring 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

CBI Sisterhood

As I sit in the airport waiting to depart for home from the URJ biennial in San Diego, I want to thank our Sisterhood for the opportunity to attend this conference.  The experience has been amazing.  I spent time with women from neighboring sisterhoods in our region & discussed accomplishments.  I was almost embarrassed (but proud) of how much better we are at fundraising than most of the other cities.  There was no comparison on the monies raised each year.  However, they seem better at "fun" raising & that is now the personal challenge I am giving myself.  I hope to come up with a couple of events for the remainder of the year for our ladies to enjoy.  I hope that each and everyone of them will join me at these events.

Since I am also the congregation's treasurer! I had the opportunity to attend meetings on dues, art in the synagogue, music, and transitioning to a new rabbi. All of the meetings were meaningful learning experiences.

I have to say, aside from spending time with my long-time, good friend Suzy Hilliard, the best part of the conference was worship.  To celebrate Shabbat with 5000+ fellow Jews was incredible.  It is hard to put into words, but the singing and dancing is an experience each of you should partake of.  It is truly a feeling of healing and peace.  I am so proud to be a Jew and celebrating in a very different format than our norm was the greatest part of my trip.

I highly recommend that each of you take the time to attend one of these conferences.  Again, I thank you for allowing me this adventure.

Happy holidays!
Robin Adams, President


Youth group for 8th through 12th grade Students


HOLY COW! has been grazing in the CBI lobby since June of this year.  In August we milked her for the first time and sent $227.55 to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission.  On Sunday, December 15, we emptied her milk can a second time.  She’s been hard at work, and the check that is being sent to GSRM this time totals $635.18.

Congratulations to our 2013 Confirmation class who built and painted this wonderful tzedakah motivator.  Thanks to everyone who put change and even folding money down her throat; you have done a real mitzvah in helping the needy and homeless of our city live a more comfortable and productive life.  Most of all, thanks to everyone who has given our young people the opportunity to be partners of God in tikkun olam, in repairing the brokenness of our world.  What a great satisfaction to have been able to do this mitzvah on behalf of all the contributors and what a wonderful sense of fulfillment you should have to have helped make this act of Jewish goodness possible.

Now that HOLY COW! is empty again, we’re counting on you to drop a few coins or bills down her throat.  She’s hungry, but you can feed her.


We are very pleased to announce that again in 2014 scholarship assistance will be available to young people from CBI who wish to attend either Camp Young Judea or Greene Family Camp.  Information about the sessions of these fine camps is available at CBI or on-line at the appropriate sites.  To apply for scholarship assistance, a letter of request and a copy of the notification from the camp that the young person will be attending are required.  Please submit these letters to “Camp Scholarship Committee c/o CBI.”

In addition, the Union for Reform Judaism is offering places in its summer Mitzvah Corps.  Groups of teenagers will engage in hands-on social justice service programs to apply the Jewish value of “tikkun olam” in specific situations.  Groups will be located in Washington DC, New Orleans, Portland OR, New Jersey, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Israel and at the URJ Kutz Camp in Massachusetts.   Most of the sessions last between ten and fourteen days, and scholarship assistance is available both from CBI and from the URJ itself.  To find out more information, secure one of the brochures from the CBI office or go to mitzvahcorps.org.   


On Friday night, January 24, 2014, CBI will host the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio in a concert of chamber music.   All three of these young performers have gained distinction as solo musicians, and their ensemble playing has been uniformly praised by reviewers.

This concert will follow services, which will be held at 6:00 PM and a family dinner after services.  The concert is a gift from the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society which annually arranges for one of its guest groups to perform in the community.  You are invited to join other members of the general community for this musical treat, for which there is no admission charge.

Interfaith Concert Scheduled for January 26

Last year, many of us joined together to enjoy a concert sponsored by the Corpus Christi Interfaith Alliance at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of TAMUCC.  That concert was headlined by a traveling group of whirling dervishes from Turkey.  Roughly 900 people attended the concert that was intended to convey the message that each of the different religious sponsoring groups practiced its own faith with commitment, integrity and pride, but that we are also unified and linked together in pursuit of the welfare of our total community.

This year, the concert will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM in the same venue.    The theme of all the music performed this year will be FREEDOM, and there will be selections from various faiths and nationalities.  We are delighted to announce that the headline performer will be RUTHIE FOSTER, a renowned blues and folk singer from Austin.  Ms. Foster has been acclaimed as “the next Aretha Franklin,” and her recordings and performances are featured around the world.  Her appearance in Corpus Christi is a real coup for our community, and spending an hour listening to her promises to be well worth the time.

The Corpus Christi Interfaith Alliance, which sponsors this concert, is a group of churches, synagogues and mosques representing the breadth of the religious community in our region.   Its members meet monthly to discuss issues of common concern and annually offer the gift of a public concert to the community to underline their commitment to both diversity and unity.  Congregation Beth Israel is proud to be associated with other leaders of conscience in our city’s religious community who care so deeply about the welfare of the total community.  We invite everyone to the concert at the PAC.  There is no charge for attendance, which is made possible through the generosity of the CCIA congregations as their gift to the community.

Scholarly Rabbi-in-Residence: Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl

During the weekend of January 31 – February 2, 2014, we shall have the pleasure and honor of welcoming Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl of San Antonio to CBI.  Rabbi Stahl will be giving a series of three talks, focusing on the relations of Jews and Christians in contemporary American life.

Rabbi Stahl served twenty-six years as the Senior Rabbi  of Temple Beth El in San Antonio.  Prior to that time, he was the rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel in Galveston and a chaplain in the US Army.  He is deeply committed to enhancing interfaith relations and was the first Jewish leader to receive awards from the Texas Conference of Churches.  He is the author of two books and has been editor of the Journal of Reform Judaism.  He also serves on the staff of the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state each summer.  He and hiss wife Lynn have two daughters and five grandchildren.  

On Friday night during Shabbat services, he will discuss THE FUTURE OF NON-ORTHODOX JUDAISM.

On Saturday morning, we shall convene for our traditional services at 9:00 AM.  Following a brief Kiddush, we shall continue our usual Torah study session.  After a brief lunch, Rabbi Stahl will continue his series with a talk entitled A RABBI LOOKS AT CHRISTIANITY.  This talk will take place in the Racusin Chapel at 1:15 PM.

During Religious School on Sunday morning at 11:00 AM, Rabbi Stahl will address the issue of JEWS AND CHRISTIANS LOOK AT THE STATE OF ISRAEL.  This talk and the discussion to follow will take place in the Grossman Auditorium.  Light refreshments will be served at 10:30.

All of these programs are sponsored by the Adult Education Committee which offers them to our members and guests without charge.  We invite everyone to attend.


On Tuesday, January 14 at 7:15 PM, we shall air the first program of the winter-spring series of the 92Y speakers series.  This program will be a conversation between two veteran newscasters, Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley.  They will discuss how people in “the lucky generation – the boomers” – who have reached middle age can fill their lives with something different or something more.  They will offer inspiring ideas and anecdotes about how to change your life and enrich it with new experiences and challenges.

The program will take place in the Racusin Chapel, and all are invited without any entrance fee.

Look for details of a second program on Tuesday, February 11 that will deal with Iran and its place in today’s world.  A third program will feature the Nobel Prize laureate, Elie Wiesel, on May 22.  Specifics will be forthcoming in each monthly newsletter.


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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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