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Home From the President President's Message - November 2019
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Dear Friends,

By the time you read this article, our 34th annual Food Fest will be only a few days away.  The excitement is building. The smells coming out of the kitchen are divine.  The silent auction is on-line, and people are begging to get into the vintage shop early!  It takes tremendous effort from all of us to make Food Fest the successful event that it is, and I would like to thank each and every one of you for helping out this year.  Food Fest is such a wonderful event, and it is important to us in so many ways beyond the money it brings in to help support our congregation.  It is, of course, a major source of revenue, but it also introduces us to the broader community.  It gives the people of Corpus Christi a peek into our Jewish life and culture.  More than that, it helps create and reinforce relationships between us and our non-Jewish neighbors.  As important as all of that is, I submit to you that the best thing about Food Fest is the bond it creates among us.  It is hard work, but it is also fun, and it reminds us that we are all part of this wonderful community called Congregation Beth Israel.  

I leave you with a story from this past weekend that involves both Jewish geography and relationships formed at CBI.  I spent the weekend with my son Ryan at Indiana University in Bloomington (Go Hoosiers!).  It was Dad’s weekend at his fraternity, and about 50 dads gathered for a weekend of fun and football, with a little beer thrown in for good measure.  I was talking with a father who was in from Chicago.  He seemed like a nice guy, and his son is Ryan’s little brother in the fraternity.  When we got to talking about Corpus, the dad’s eyes lit up and he looked at me with a big grin and said, “Oh, we used to live in Corpus.  We loved it there, and my son had his Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Roseman!” It turns out that I was talking to Ed McKinley!  They have fond memories of their time here in Corpus and at CBI.  Ed says hello, and Ryan and Alec have uncovered a mutual connection to CBI that will strengthen their friendship as the years go by.  Our congregation is strong and proud.  The relationships we create and nurture here at CBI are important, and those relationships reach far beyond our walls.   

Gregory Marks
President, Congregation Beth Israel



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