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Home From the President President's Message - June & July 2019
President's Message - June & July 2019 PDF Print E-mail

As my term of office as your CBI President comes to an end, I want to thank all the Board Members, volunteers, and Congregants who have given so generously of their time, energy, and financial resources to make our ‘Family of Families’ such a success. During this period, we had  beautiful events such as the Yom Hashoa program with Batsheva, a very meaningful Confirmation Class Program in which our students shined, and a wonderful Purim Carnival attended by young and old alike. We demonstrated our commitment to Tikkun Olam by making sure our congregants’ needs created by  hurricane Harvey were met and then assisted the general Costal Bend community with a day of service helping people in Port Aransas clean up.   Through the Harvey Grossman Memorial Fund for Film and Education we had a spectacular weekend with Mr. Steven Weisman making several presentations which drew  large attendance and overwhelming praise.  Our adult education program was enhanced by the addition of technology which allows us access to experts and courses around the world and has added greatly to our  7-week Omer Study.   Religiously we continued to fully support our commitment to both reform and traditional services during holidays and on a weekly basis. We added to the reform service by having men and women participate by lighting the candles and carrying the Torah. Organizationally, we began to reconstitute a CBI Committee system in which we combined several committees into 5 Teams so that committees would consist of more than one or two people and be more representative of the congregation.

Of course, we continued to do the things we do so well. Food Fest was an outstanding  success both years. Our second night Passover seder continues to be a wonderful community event. The dedicated Mitzvah Committee did a fabulous job in providing both food and support for congregants who are homebound. Our Social Action Team was active in continuing to provide for the homeless and was very active in voter registration. Our cemeteries continue to be well maintained as we honor those who came before us. Our youth have been well served through religious and Hebrew school, Jewish camp participation, and NFTY events throughout the state. All-in-all the past 2 years have been full of exciting events and changes that has drawn participation from all segments of our congregation.

As joyful as the events have been my tenure has faced challenges that did not necessarily start in the last  2 years and likely not be totally resolved quickly. We have experienced a decline in number of members, lower total dues contributions, increased facility costs, and increasing lower participation in regular religious services. This has resulted in taking increased amounts from our reserves and CBI Trust Fund interests. Although these resources are intended to be used for supporting the congregation, the increasing use of these resources will deplete them at some point, too soon in the future – removing the safety net that was there for us but not for our children, grandchildren and future members.

In the near future I believe that we can continue with our successful activities and programs but need to consider what the Congregation should look like in 3, 5, 10, and 15 years. When those considerations are  discussed the conclusion will likely consist of both minor and major changes that will need to be implemented in order for CBI to be viable in the long run. I don’t know what those changes will be, however,  I believe it is better to start planning now in order to implement changes as smoothly as possible, limit the personal differences that come with change, and to preserve as many of our funds as possible.

Unfortunately,  events in the world have caused us to focus on ensuring the safety and security of our Congregants. A study was conducted and we are now in the process of implementing many of the recommendations which will “Harden” our building against unwanted intruders. Doors will be reinforced, special shatter-proof film will be put on select windows, the Sunday School wing will be secured and people will be more aware of what to do in an emergency. We don’t expect any problems in Corpus Christi but we want congregants to feel comfortable participating in events at CBI.

Your 2019-20 Board of Trustees will provide the leadership required to both continue to support the successful programs and services and provide direction for the future. You can help by volunteering, participating in programs and services and supporting the congregation financially. By everyone focusing on the congregation’s success the future will be bright for our “Family of Families”.

Jim Gold, CBI President



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