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Good day parents,
I hope everyone enjoyed the winter break and I am glad to see you all back.

After the Thanksgiving and the winter break we are finally back to our normal schedule. I wanted to let you all know that it is important to bring/ pick up your child on time. We do not have much time per week so every minute counts.

January  7, 14, 21, 28

Hebrew starts at 9.00 am ends at 10.15 am

Religious school starts at 10.30 am ends at 12.30 pm

On January the 12th till January the 15th there is “Greenski” for our conformation class students. We will have more information available once we come closer to the date.

Mark your calendar for Nolan Green his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, February 3rd at 10.00 am
I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!
     Manuela Sela
     Religious school Director


Shalom to one and all!

Please mark your calendars for the first 2018 Family Shabbat Dinner scheduled for Friday, January 12th. Let’s have some fun family time together as we welcome Shabbat!

Since National Hat Day falls in mid-January, we thought it would be fun for everyone wear a favorite hat to dinner--- your choice.  It will be interesting to see the variety of hats!

Services begin at 6:30 pm and a traditional Shabbat Dinner will follow.

And please don’t forget to bring a dessert to share!
Venita Crow
January Shabbat Dinner Coordinator

Phone:  361-331-4209
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Shalom everyone,

    We had our Hanukkah party at Iris Lehrman’s house. It was great! I love to see all the sisters spending time together and enjoying good food and fun! A big thank you to Iris. Thank you, for your hospitality and for opening up your home.
    I had the opportunity to go to the URJ Biennial in Boston, together with Jim and Rikki. I am still not sure how I can describe such an amazing conference at the time of writing this bulletin.
    In the morning we started off with a morning plenary and we were taught about innovation and how we can make big changes in reformed Judaism. How we can bring in more (interfaith) families and how will it affect Judaism. During the day we went to different sessions. I was able to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the debut of The Torah: A women’s Commentary. This was based on the women’s view of the Torah and what our thoughts are. Believe it or not, this event was so popular, that the room was completely full (with mostly women) and people were sitting on the floor and standing outside the door, so they were still able to “Attend”.
    One of the other sessions I attended was “Negotiation skills for women. This session was all about your ability to navigate the complex gender dynamic of the organization and advocate more effectively for yourself in key conversations. And again, this room was over full. (Jewish girl power!) other than this there were many more educational and interesting sessions like “Eat well, do right”, and don’t let me even start about the exhibition hall that had been transformed into one major Judaica shop, where you can buy things from a Mezuzah to Jewelry and anything in between. it was amazing!
    In the evenings we went to one of the many concerts. I was able to see the “Nefesh Mountain” a Jewish bluegrass band. I saw great Jewish music artists and it was one big party. And then the highlight was Friday night, which began with a nice Shabbat dinner, where I met people from Washington state. After dinner we went straight to the Kabbalat Shabbat service. And WOW that was such an experience. Shabbat was one big party. 5,500 Jews from near and far came together to sing, dance and to pray, to bring in Shabbat and it was great! After the Shabbat service there was more music and songs session and that lasted till midnight.
    The next morning during the morning Shabbat service, we honored all the congregations who got affected by hurricane Harvey. Jim as the representative of our congregation had the honor to walk with the Torah through the crowd.
we finished the conference Saturday evening with a plenary and Havdalah. This was hosted by Fran Drescher. (also known as the Nanny) It was very amusing and it was a great way to finish this amazing URJ Biennial conference.
    This is just a small piece of everything that I have seen and what I have learned, but the bottom line is: We were all Jews and we will make a change over the world for Reformed Judaism. We were all there with the same goals, the same thoughts and the same feeling. And that feeling is indescribable.
    We are also planning on going to the Ice Rays in February. So please mark you calendar. More information and invitations will come out soon.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!
Manuela Sela , Sisterhood President


Starting our new year off with a bang, CBI has two activities to get involved with this month.  

CBI will be cooking and serving a dinner for the Salvation Army Canteen Truck. We will need several volunteers to prepare the meal at CBI and 5 or 6 people to distribute the food along the streets and centers where the homeless reside or congregate. A sign-up sheet will be on the information table in the front lobby as soon as we have a definite date secured.

For the second year in a row Windsor Park Elementary will be partnering with us for another sock drive. Last year was a huge success and I suspect with additional time we might even surpass it.

For the entire month of January we will be collecting new or gently used socks for men, women and children.  As we did last year, the socks will be shared with Good Samaritan, Metro Ministry, Salvation Army and the Women’s shelter. There will be a container under the informational table in the front lobby for donations. In addition to socks we will also accept coats, winter hats and gloves.



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