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In the coming days you will hear the greeting “Shana Tova” used over and over again at CBI.  It is a greeting used during the High Holidays that many of us heard first as youngsters and understand the translation to be Happy New Year or have a good year. I want to suggest that the greeting may have an alternative meaning  which better conveys more than just hope for the new year but reflects our responsibility to act.

In Hebrew words are usually made up of 2 or more root letters that when combined with other vowels can take on another meaning. Adding other  vowels to  the three root letters of “shanah” you can create the word “shoneh” which means to be “different” or the verb “l’shanot”, which means to “change”.  

To me, thinking of  “l’shana Tova” as meaning “change” truly conveys what the High Holidays are about. Individually we must act by reflecting internally and externally on how we have improved or changed over the past year and what we need to improve or change next year to make ourselves, our families, our communities and yes, our congregation better. 

I leave it to each of you to reflect and identify changes that will improve yourselves, family, and community. However, I am asking that each member, young and old, new or tenured, traditional or reform, to consider new ways to increase your Jewish identity at CBI.  Attend programs and services, serve on one of our new Committee Teams, volunteer to participate in services (light the candles/carry the Torah), participate in adult education activities or volunteer a few hours in the office to help CBI flourish by helping provide the programs and services needed to meet the diverse needs of our “Family of Families.

You will also have an opportunity this year to tell us how we can serve you better through a Strategic Planning Process which will include survey(s) and discussion groups. Please take advantage of these opportunities to help us reflect on how we can meet the  current and changing needs of our congregants. Our goal, through your involvement, is to be a welcoming congregation that flourishes now and in the future by serving the  Jewish spiritual, educational, and social needs  of our diverse Coastal Bend Jewish community.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the High Holiday services. Remember there are no tickets, fees or dues requirements. Just come and welcome the new year with friends.

L’Shana Tova-
Wishing you all a happy New Year  and good changes for 5779.
Jim Gold, CBI President 



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