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President's Message - June & July 2018 PDF Print E-mail

On April 1, 2018 CBI began our 2018-2019 fiscal year after a rather tumultuous 2017-18 year.  As I look back I see our year constantly shifting with joy and sorrow, happiness and sadness, wonderment and grief, and caring and concern. Take a walk back with me through memory lane of a sample of events that our “Family of Families” experienced this past year:

 · We started with the High Holidays where many of our congregants joyfully participated in the services and delighted in the Yom Kippur breaking of the fast

· The beautification day at Hebrew Rest provided everyone the opportunity to respect and pay tribute to those who passed before us. 

· The success of our Sisterhood Food Fest provided good will for our Corpus Christi community and welcome financial funds for CBI. 

· Our annual Passover Seder was enjoyed by all in attendance.   

· We viewed Israeli movies that were humorous, dramatic and always had an important message. 

· Rabbi Emanuel and Rabbi Roseman presented stimulating adult education lecture series.  

· Our youth were involved in many camp and other activities designed to immerse them in their Jewish culture and heritage. 

· Reform services were held every Friday night and conservative services on Saturday morning.  

· Torah study took place every Saturday.  

· We had a very moving Yom HaShoa service highlighted by the musical performance by Batsheva. 

· Our Mitzvah Committee provided monthly meals and support for those who are homebound. 

· Our Social Action Committee provided socks and food for the homeless among their many activities. 

· Our Shabbat family dinners were well received and a time for Congregants to welcome the Shabbat with friends and family. 

· Congregants responded to Hurricane Harvey by helping clean up in Port Aransas and assisting Congregants by arranging shelter, food and ensuring their basic needs were met.  

· We conducted life cycle events including the naming of babies, weddings and funerals. 

· Our year was  topped off with a beautiful Confirmation Service created and lead by our confirmation students as they described personal heroes they would like to emulate.  

On April 1, 2018 CBI began our 2018-2019 fiscal year after a rather tumultuous 2017-18 year.  As I look back I see our year constantly shifting with joy and sorrow, happiness and sadness, wonderment and grief, and caring and concern. Take a walk back with me through memory lane of a sample of events that our “Family of Families” experienced this past year:  

This is a sampling of the comprehensive and diverse social, religious, and educational programs and services provided to CBI Congregants this past year. These offerings would not be possible if were not for Rabbi Emanuel and the many volunteers who put in countless hours to make these events happen. I want to extend my personal appreciation to our Board of Trustees who have done an excellent job in managing our Temple. A special thanks to Debbie Bustillo, Mike Trimyer, Natalie Honigbaum and Linda Bustillo who ensure CBI is well run, maintained beautifully, and safe. I believe we can say this has been a great year. 

In the coming year we look forward to continuing to provide outstanding programs and services but we also need to take a closer look at how we can effectively address the challenges of decreased membership, declining financial support, and meeting the diverse needs of our Jewish community. Over the next year we will be undertaking a strategic planning process that can only be as good as your participation. There will likely be a Congregation Survey and meetings to discuss our identified needs and develop strategies for addressing them over the next 5-10 years. It is clear that we can no longer just plan from year to year but must look ahead and plan for changing conditions over time. I will be asking each of you to engage in the Temple planning so that CBI can continue to lead the Coastal Bend Jewish community by meeting our congregants diverse social, religious, education, and cultural needs. 

Finally, I urge all of you to attend the Congregation Beth Israel Annual Meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday June 28, 2018.  We will hold elections for Board of Trustees positions, approve the 2018-19 budget, and enjoy a great David Jacobs cookout dinner.

Until then, I wish you all an outstanding summer.

 Jim Gold, CBI President

 
President's Message - May 2018 PDF Print E-mail

In April, Congregation Beth Israel provided an exciting array of programs and services for our Congregation to enjoy.  We offered 2 Israeli movies that were both thought provoking and entertaining. We saw the #1 Israeli movie entitled the Women’s Balcony (preceded with pizza) and later in the month we celebrated Yom Haatzmaut, Jewish Independence Day, with the showing of the popular Israeli film, The Bands Visit which is now a Broadway play. Both of these movies provided us a glimpse into some of the religious and social dynamics of life in Israel today. Both DVD’s are available through our CBI Library.

On Yom HaShoa, we experienced a remarkable evening of remembrance of the Holocaust with prayer, song and storytelling.  Rabbi Emanuel, accompanied by Holocaust survivor Nina Shannon, walked silently through the  sanctuary carrying  our relished Holocaust Torah. The Rabbi then read a portion of the Song of the Sea from the Torah which reminded us of earlier freedoms achieved. Rev. Sean Maloney provided an ecumenical prayer for all those who died and suffered during the Holocaust regardless of religion. Then Batsheva our visiting musician, singer, and storyteller, beautifully and emotionally sang songs in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino memorializing the evening. She also told stories of people, places, events, and heroes of the time.  There were over 80 people in attendance including many visitors from various churches in the community. We were pleased that at the wine and cheese gathering after the service, our guests and congregants alike expressed how unique, moving and meaningful the experience had been.

I am so excited that recently 14 students accompanied by Greg Marks and Margaret Barnett attended a weekend session at Greene Family camp. Under the leadership of Greg, our youth have experienced their “Jewishness” through not only formal learning but by both having the opportunity to interact with Jewish youth from all over the state and being immersed in Jewish camps, weekend events, and visiting places like the Houston Holocaust Museum. These are the experiences that allow our youth to not only learn about being Jewish, but truly live and feel the Jewish experience which will remain with them forever.

Speaking of youth, I encourage everyone to attend the Confirmation/Shabbat/family dinner evening on May 11 at 6:30 P.M. This service is unique in that the students will be conducting the service and providing their insights into the prayers and what Confirmation means to them. Dinner in honor of the Confirmation Class will be provided by their parents. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Please set aside the evening of June 28, 2018 to attend the Congregation Beth Israel Annual Meeting. You will receive details of the event later in the month.

     Have a great month.

               Jim Gold, CBI President

 
President's Message - April 2018 PDF Print E-mail

The March Family Service and Purim celebration was a joy for all who attended. We were treated to a Rock Musical Purim service highlighted by the Megellah being sang to the tune of rock tunes. Following the service, we were treated to a wonderful Mediterranean dinner prepared and served by the Middle East Market. Special thanks go out to Rabbi Emanuel and Dianne Stillman who created and performed the Purim Rock Musical and to Marcus Lozano for arranging the dinner and to Sue Williams for the Purim piñatas and decorations.

This month we are looking forward to several events at CBI. On April 14th I urge you to join us to view the 2016 #1 Israeli Film entitled, “The Women’s Balcony.” This is a comedy/drama about women speaking the truth to patriarchal power. The film is equally humorous and thought provoking. Pizza will be served at 1:00 pm and the movie will start at 1:30 pm. It will be great fun.

Thanks to Randi Emanuel and Leslie Green, CBI will be holding a rummage sale on April 22, 2018. This is a 100% fundraiser for CBI, so I encourage you participate by donating lightly used goods and furniture and volunteering to assist with the sale. If we all pitch-in we can make this sale a great success.

Torah Study will be  different for the next 7 weeks as we will shift from studying the Torah to examining the Pirkei Avot, often translated as the “Ethics of our Fathers”. Although you may not be familiar with the Pirkei Avot you may be more familiar with the many sayings and aphorisms it contains. There is no halachah or Jewish law, but it is critically important because it provides an important window into our Jewish traditions.  It will generate interesting discussions and be a great group learning experience. I encourage everyone to attend.

Finally, I want to express my sincerest congratulations and thanks to Debbie Bustillo who just celebrated her 10-year anniversary at CBI. Her dedication and ability to effectively juggle all the responsibilities of the CBI office is an incredible asset to CBI. Thank you Debbie for all you do for us.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our wonderful April events.

     Thank you,
               Jim Gold, CBI President

 
President's Message - March 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members,

We had a fantastic time at the February Family Shabbat dinner which featured a Jewish camp theme. Approximately 65 congregants enjoyed a great chicken dinner with all the trimmings, sang songs, and experienced the joy of coming together for Shabbat. The Jewish camping experience provides our youth the opportunity to meet and bond with other Jewish youth, learn about and practice Jewish traditions, and deepen their commitment to Judaism. This is also the time we will be sending out applications for camp scholarships which relieve a portion the parents’ financial burden. Please be aware the funding for camp scholarships comes from special funds established through the generosity of individuals and families.  You can support camp scholarships funds by earmarking your discretionary donations for that purpose.

In March we be celebrating both Purim and Passover. On March 2 we will be hold our Purim Shabbat Service.  The celebration will include a special Purim Rock Opera musical by Rabbi Emanuel and Diane Stillman with instrumental accompaniment. The family dinner will be a  Middle East delight with cabbage rolls, falafel, Mediterranean salad and of course that Purim standard -  hamentaschen. We thank Marcus Lozano for arranging this special culinary delight. It will be a celebration to remember.

On March 31 we will have our second night CBI Community Passover Seder which always draws a full house. It is a wonderful event which reminds us of our forefathers’ exodus from Egyptian bondage which set them on the path to Mt. Sinai. It is also a reminder that today we have the responsibility of Tikkun Olam to help repressed, enslaved and downtrodden people. Be sure to get your reservations in early since there is a limited number of seats available.

In February the CBI Board of Trustees voted to design a proposal for developing a Congregation Beth Israel Strategic Plan. The proposal will provide a way to collect and analyze information regarding our Jewish community’s shifting demographics, congregants’ current and future needs, and strategies for meeting those identified needs. The total process will take 9-12 months to complete and will provide Congregation Beth Israel a vision and blueprint for the future.

We have instituted a few changes in our Friday night Shabbat service that I would encourage your participation.  Congregants are now doing the Blessing of the Candles and the carrying of the Torah through the synagogue as part of the Torah service. Women and men can participate in either activity or you may do this as a family.  This change has been very well received and congregants are greatly moved by the event. Call Debbie at the temple office and we will work out the scheduling on a date convenient to you.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our wonderful February events.

                    Thank you,
                              Jim Gold, CBI President

 
President's Message - February 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members,

The January Shabbat family dinner was a culinary delight that reminded us all of how the family Shabbat dinner brings us together in a very special way. We enjoyed an outstanding “traditional” meal with many extras, kibitzed with old friends and met new people. The genuine feeling of Shabbat was highlighted with the singing of several songs lead by Rabbi Emanuel. As I walked around the room I could truly feel that our “family of families” was connecting to each other and to our Jewish heritage. We thank Venita Crow, Linda Snider, Sue Williams, and Randi Emanuel for meticulously planning, preparing and serving the meal and providing the beautiful decorations.

Our Social Action Committee was very active this month preparing food and delivering it to the homeless of Corpus Christi via the Salvation Army Food Truck. As a result, many of our less fortunate residents received not only food but support and compassion from our Congregation. Thank you, Linda and Dean Snider, Sue Williams, Andrea and Art Bussy, and Nelda Garcia for your dedication and hard work in genuinely exemplifying our core value of Tikkun Olam.

The last Shabbat of the month Torah portion was B’shalach which for most of us is better known as the Song of the Sea. Rabbi Emanuel read the Torah portion from the Holocaust Scroll encased in glass on the side of sanctuary. I had mixed emotions of joy knowing that this represented both freedom for Jews 2000 years ago and sadness that the scroll belonged to those who not only lost their freedom but also their lives because they were Jewish.  This reading also provides the hope that despite setbacks and barriers the Jewish people have always adjusted to changing conditions to not only to survive but to thrive.  

The development and implementation of a Strategic Planning Process (SPP) for Congregation Beth Israel will be discussed at the Board of Trustees February meeting. As a result of the SPP our congregation will have a clear and documented understanding of 1) our current vision, strengths and challenges, 2) how demographic and other changes in our community may impact our congregation’s needs over the next 10 years, and 3) the strategies needed to address the anticipated changes in our congregations needs. Most importantly this collaborative process will be designed to make sure every member of the congregation will have several opportunities to contribute to the development of this plan.

I look forward to working with each of you on this most important project --your contribution will be critical to helping us develop a plan that will ensure CBI will provide the religious, educational, social and charitable programs required for the Coastal Bend Jewish community to thrive long into the future.  

                    Thank you,
                              Jim Gold, CBI President

 
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