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

I hope this letter finds you well – safe and secure in your homes.  I pray that the only issues you are dealing with are boredom and a shortage of toilet paper.  These are difficult times, and as the Coronavirus continues to spread across our community, we will all be impacted.  Some of us will get sick, others will have their jobs impacted.  Our lives have been put on hold, our children’s lives have been uprooted, and we are all nervous about what the future will bring.  I wish that I could promise you that everything will be OK.  I cannot.  We can, however, remain hopeful that Corpus Christi will be spared the worst of the virus, and no matter what, we will face this together.  CBI is your temple.  We are family, and we are here for you.  We are here for each other.  

I want to take this opportunity to thank Rabbi Emanuel for his leadership during these trying times.  He embraced the “virtual reality” we find ourselves in and pulled together our live-streamed Services and Torah study in a matter of days. Thank you, Rabbi!   In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Temple will be closed, but we will continue to provide virtual services through at least April 30th.  Although our virtual services are really good, and we are all enjoying them, I can’t wait to see all of you in person at the temple when this is all over!  

Passover begins next week.  Even though it is a holiday that is traditionally observed at home, this year is obviously going to be different.  Our seders will be smaller, and we will not be able to gather at the temple for our 2nd night Seder.  This year, the joy of retelling the story of our people being freed from slavery in Egypt will be tempered by the reality that we are all being held captive by the Coronavirus.   This year, in addition to giving thanks for our freedom, let us pray for an end to the scourge that is the Coronavirus.  

My friends, please stay safe and stay healthy.  Rabbi and I will continue to reach out over the phone to check on how you are doing, and we encourage you to call us if you need anything.  In the meantime, please keep practicing social distancing until we are advised that it is safe to resume normal activities.    

Gregory Marks
President, Congregation Beth Israel



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