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What a wonderful month this has been! We had 8 kids attend Fall Fest at Greene Family Camp October 16-18. It looks like the camp was lots of fun and the kids had a great time bonding with each other as well as other Jewish children from all over Texas. A big thank you to Greg Marks and David Ryan, who took it upon themselves to drive and chaperone all of these kids. This month, we are all looking forward to the biggest Jewish event in Corpus Christi, FOODFEST! Instead of attending Hebrew and Sunday school on November 15, we are asking the kids and parents to volunteer their time and help out with FoodFest. This is an opportunity for all of us to take great pride in our Jewish history and customs and to "show off" our talents to the rest of Corpus Christi.

Some issues needing your attention:                                                                                                                                                      

1)  Please speak to your children about being respectful to the teachers and other students in their class. We have had lots of disruptive behavior during class time. This has primarily been kids interrupting or talking over each other.

2)  Please remind your kids that the temple is not a playground. No running through the hallways, no pillow fights with           the couch cushions, no jumping on the furniture, no feet on the furniture, no screaming, etc.

3)  My plan for discipline is as follows:
    a) the child will receive a warning
    b) if the child is still being disruptive, they will come to my office until they calm down and can apologize
    c) if the behavior continues, the parents will be called and will be asked to come and pick up their child
    d) if the child is not able to return to the class due to disruptive behavior, the parents will be asked to sit in theclass with the child until the child is able to regulate their behavior themselves. If a child is upset and runs out of the building, the parents will be required to stay at the temple during class time for the remainder of the school year.

We want all of the kids to learn as much as possible, therefore, we all need to work together to create an environment where the kids can be successful. We have reviewed the steps above with all of the kids to help give them the guidelines for proper behavior during religious school. If your child has any special needs, please make sure that you communicate that to myself and your child's teacher(s) so that they will know how best to work with them.

            Meredith Ryan
            CBI Religious School Director

Religious School dates:
November 1 & 8

Hebrew School 9:00 am-10:15 am
Sunday School 10:30 am-12:30 pm

SAVE THE DATE - CBI/JCC Hanukkah Party.

Sunday, Dec 6th 6-8 @ CBI
Bring your Chanukiot
Latkes, salad and Sufganiyot will be served.  


Happy Fall to y’all!!!  Many of us have been enjoying a traditional rite of the fall season, cooking and baking.  More precisely, cooking and baking for our fabulous Food Fest!!  I hope you’ve had a chance to take part in the many cooking opportunities here at CBI.  We sure have a great time!!  Be sure to sign up for the many Food Fest volunteer opportunities; we need everyone’s help!!
I want to thank all those who came and rolled (cabbage) with us.  Holy Rollers!!! 1100 beautiful and soon to be scrumptious cabbage rolls were created!!  An enormous thank you to Julia Noble and Mike Trimyer, who prepped all the cabbage and meat for us rollersl!!
Save the Date:  Chanukah Party at Bill and Robin Adams Home on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m.  Invitations and more details will arrive soon!!

Jerri Osberg, President
(361) 443-9894   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



It's always a treat to celebrate Simchas Torah, unroll the entire torah and be blessed enough to hold it as a congregation!  We truly enjoyed bringing in Sabbath together and sharing a delicious meal Family Shabbat Dinner style too!

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!  

Mark your calendars for the next Family Shabbat Dinner on Friday, November 6th at 6 pm with dinner to follow.  If you are new to our CBI Family, we invite you to come join us and make new friends at our monthly event.

As always, I would more than appreciate any help in the kitchen preparing and cooking the meal.  There is always much to be done and it would be most enjoyable to have some company in the kitchen!

Looking forward to breaking bread together again ...

Leslie Green
Family Shabbat Dinner Coordinator


This Fall, we shall have the honor and the joy to celebrate the 81st 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 The Church of the Good Shepherd  on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30 PM.  As the visiting congregation, we shall be responsible for providing delicious pies! The sermon will be given by Rabbi Emanuel.
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. 
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.

92Y Presents: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks:

Not in God’s Name—Confronting Religious Violence
Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 7 pm

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, one of the most admired religious leaders of our time delivers a major address on how we can understand and confront religious violence.

In his powerful and timely new book, Not in God’s Name, Rabbi Sacks tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism. If religion is perceived to be part of the problem, he argues, then it must also form part of the solution. To do this, according to Rabbi Sacks, you first have to understand the concept of “altruistic evil”, of violence committed in the name of God. It is only by understanding our collective past that we will be able to build a better future, one where the three Abrahamic monotheisms—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—exist side-by-side in peace.

Adult Education Opportunity by Rabbi Tokayer

The Jews of India
Monday December 7, 2015 at CBI at 7pm

In honor of the occasion of our congregation donating a Torah scroll to a congregation in India, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer will be visiting our community to accept the scroll on behalf that congregation and will teach us about the fascinating history and culture of the Jewish community of India.

After his ordination as a rabbi, Marvin Tokayer served as United States Air Force Chaplain in Japan. Upon discharge he returned to Tokyo to serve for eight years as the rabbi for the Jewish Community of Japan. He wrote 20 books in Japanese, including several bestsellers; discovered literally the last of the Chinese Jews; and located a long-lost Jewish cemetery in Nagasaki.

After his time in Japan, he founded and led the Cherry Lane Minyan shul in Great Neck, New York for fourteen years, while leading tours of Japan, China,  India and Southeast Asia.



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