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Corpus Christi Community Religious School

Time sure is flying by! In October, We celebrated Sukkot with our annual “Pizza in the Hut” tradition where we shook the lulav and etrog in the sukkah and topped off the day with a pizza party.

This month, we look forward to hosting our ISJL Fellow, Alachua Haskins, during the weekend of November 15-17.  She will be here not only to enjoy our infamous Food Fest, but to engage our Religious School children in some fun, enriching Judaic activities. Please plan to attend services on Friday night, November 15th for Alachua’s first Shabbat with our congregation.  We want to be sure to give her a hearty CBI welcome!  

I want to mention a new program that the Hebrew School students will be participating in this month. Behrman House, a leading publisher of Jewish books, has created an online learning center (OLC) that is crafted specifically for the Jewish educator and their students. The OLC is “a searchable, Jewish multimedia resource library, a homework and Hebrew practice space, a communication device, a teacher prep resource, an assessment tool, a staff development resource, and MORE.” Our Hebrew students will be able to practice their Hebrew from home on their own time.  Because our Hebrew lessons are only taught for one hour a week in the classroom, this will give the students extra practice and reinforcement that is needed to progress.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the Fedder family for setting up and decorating our sukkah!  They are a great team! I’d also like to thank the CBI Board for providing me a new computer!

There will be NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL on November 23rd and 30th in observance of Thanksgiving.
                    Jana Zager

Religious Education Classes

Hebrew School
9:15 am - 10:15 am

Sunday School
10:30am - 12:30pm

November 2, 9 & 16

Family Corner

Although the high holidays are well behind us, our Family Shabbat Dinners continue! We had another record turnout for our October family dinner and enjoyed an upbeat service by Rabbi Emanuel and Diana Stillman on guitar! It was cozy to say our blessings in the sukkah and celebrate the season together!   

Our monthly family dinners are not only a way for us to pray together to bring in the sabbath, but for one night a month, we put aside our stressful week, catch up with our CBI friends, and let someone else do the cooking!  The kids enjoy being together and keeping themselves entertained, for the most part, allowing for a couple of hours of “grown up” time!

Please note that due to the upcoming Food Fest preparations/ activities, there will be NO Family Shabbat Dinner for the month of November, so mark your calendars accordingly.  The next Family Shabbat Dinner will be on Friday, December 12th at 6 pm with dinner to follow.

Until we break bread together again, wishing everyone a very happy & blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

Leslie Green
Family Shabbat Dinner Coordinator

CBI Sisterhood

Our Sisterhood continues to make our High Holidays special and this year was no exception.  Laura Hausman and her team of bakers provided a lovely and delicious oneg following Erev Rosh Hashanah services.  Jaki Hausman and Carol Solovey planned and prepared a wonderful Yom Kippur Break-Fast.  Thank you, Ladies and your teams!

Speaking of baking (and cooking), there has been a lot of that going on in our kitchen lately.  The new ovens and new lighting are wonderful.  We appreciate everyone who has been hard at work preparing for Food Fest and those of you who are volunteering to help these next few weeks in the kitchen, with raffle and silent auction, vintage, gift shop and sweet shop.  

Brittany Sandbach, Susan Martin, & Chris Adler,
Sisterhood Co-Presidents



This Fall, we shall have the honor and the joy to celebrate the 80th consecutive Thanksgiving service with members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. 

This deeply meaningful collaboration began in 1934 as response to rising anti-Semitism in      Europe, showing how Jews and Christians could work together in friendship and with mutual respect.  The tradition has continued uninterrupted to this day. 

This year, the service will be held at Congregation Beth Israel on Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 PM.  As the host congregation, we shall conduct the service.  The sermon will be given by The Reverend Philip May, Associate Rector of Good Shepherd.

As part of this celebration, and as a sign of our gratitude for all we have, we will be asking for donations to the Corpus Christi Food Bank.  The Food Bank desperately requires our assistance, as the needs have escalated with the downturn in the economy, so your generosity will be most appreciated.  And, of course, after services, seasonal refreshments will be served in the Grossman Auditorium.

We encourage all members of CBI and their friends to attend this wonderful celebration of the bounties we enjoy, share a time of fellowship with our sister congregation and its members and inaugurate the Thanksgiving weekend with appropriate prayer, song and friendship.

Adult Education Series

Kabbalah for Rationalists: What you can learn from Jewish Mysticism even if you’re not a mystic.

Mysticism has significant place in Jewish history, thought and practice.  In the form of Kabbalah it has become a central element of modern Jewish spiritual seeking and has been made famous by celebrities like Madonna.  Whether you are deeply mystical or a committed rationalist you can learn valuable lessons about life, ethics and spirituality from Kabbalah. 

Join us as we discuss the history and meaning of Kabbalah in three sessions at Congregation Beth Israel from 11am – 12.30pm:

                ·         Saturday November 1st
                ·         Saturday November 8th
                ·         Saturday November 22nd

92Y Live Broadcasts Continue

Thursday December 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm

America and Israel: The Way Forward
Join Dalia RaAbin, the former Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense and current chairperson of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and Ambassador Dennis Ross, who played a leading role in shaping US involvement in the Middle East peace process, for an enlightening discussion on the future of Israel.

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


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