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Home From the President President's Message - March 2020
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Dear Friends,

As you read through the bulletin, you will notice that we have a lot going on at CBI this month.  In addition to our regular services Torah study and religious school, Purim is coming up, and that means a Purim carnival and a Megillah reading.  Our sock drive is heating up, Anat Hoffman will be here March 14th /15th, the police department will lead an active shooter training on March 16th, and Rabbi David Wolfman will join us March 29th.   Yikes!  That’s a lot of stuff to do, and a lot of trips to the temple.  Why should I do all of that?  Well, that’s a good question.  Rabbi Emanuel touched on part of the reason in his article.  At CBI, we strive to be a Kehillah Kedoshah – a holy community.  The activities and programs that we offer give each of us an opportunity to get together in fellowship and friendship.  Whether we are praying or playing or laughing or learning, we are gathered together as a community.  I believe that community is important.  It is my “why” of being involved in the Jewish community.  

Each of us has our own “why”, our own reason for why CBI is important.  On March 29th, our special guest, Rabbi David Wolfman, will help us explore this concept in a discussion called “Finding your WHY.”  It is a conversation that I am really looking forward to participating in, and I look forward to learning what your “why” is as well.  

Someone who found her “Why” many years ago is Anat Hoffman.  She has fought for women’s rights and the rights of all Reform Jews in Israel for decades.  Although she will not remember me, I had the privilege of meeting Anat Hoffman while I was living in Florida.  She is a dynamic speaker who literally travels the world advocating for inclusion and equality.  It is truly an honor for us to have the opportunity to host her in Corpus Christi.  I encourage each of you to attend her talks.  You will not be disappointed.  

The next program I want to expand on is not fun, but it is important.  The Corpus Christi Police Department will present its Active Shooter training to us on March 16th at 6:00 pm.  Hopefully, none of us will ever be faced with this situation, but we owe it to ourselves to be prepared.  

OK, let’s end on a happy note.  PURIM is coming!  Hamantaschen, groggers, costumes.  Let’s have a party!  Please come out to our Purim party on Saturday, March 7th.  It’s gonna be FUN!!!

Gregory Marks
President, Congregation Beth Israel



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