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President's Message - August 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Congregants,

I want to express my sincere thank you to the Congregation for allowing me to lead CBI for the next 2 years. I feel privileged, humbled, and excited that the members have placed their confidence in me at a time when the makeup of the Jewish community is changing demographically and in numbers. These changes will challenge us to rethink how we meet the funding, religious, educational, cultural, charitable, and social needs of our congregants and community.

We started the year with an outstanding Annual Meeting. David Jacobs and Sue Williams prepared delicious South Texas hamburgers and fixn’s while Sarah Loeb won all of our hearts with delicious cobblers. Most importantly, the Social Hall was full of great conversation and joy as people met new people and others chatted with old friends and family. Best of all we were really a Family of Families in action.

Once dinner was completed we went into our formal Annual Meeting. Mike Trimyer was presented with the Exemplary Service Award and Maury Wolfson received a special award for his decades of service to CBI and the broader Jewish community. We thank both of them for their extraordinary dedication and contribution to our Congregation and the Coastal Bend Jewish community.

Chris Adler gave an outstanding presentation describing many of the accomplishments achieved under her leadership. Our efforts in Social Action provided the homeless community  4000+ pairs of socks,  food was delivered through manning the Salvation Army Food truck, and planning for additional activities this year has already begun. Educationally, we provided Torah Study, Judaism 101 course, a series of lectures by Rabbi Roseman, and a visiting Scholars weekend with a noted archeologist. Socially we had Havdalah at the Hooks and our Mardi Gras Party. We provided both Traditional and Reform Services each weekend and on the High Holidays under the leadership of Rabbi Emanual.  Our activities with youth have grown with a trip to the Houston Holocaust Museum and increased attendance at Jewish camps and weekend youth events. These are just some of the past year highlights with many more events planned for the coming year.

As we move into 2017-18 we want to make sure that we build upon our prior success and find creative ways for addressing our membership and funding concerns. I am so fortunate to be working with a superb Board of Trustees deeply dedicated to leading the Congregation for the next year.  Our outstanding Executive Committee of Rikki Schmitchel 1st Vice President, Mike Trimyer 2nd Vice President, Greg Marks Treasurer, Leslie Levy Secretary, Odelia Rios Sisterhood Representative and Chris Adler Past President will be instrumental in seeing that the activities, programs and services are implemented to the highest quality.  Our continuing Board members including Gary Blum, Linda Snider, Eva Brown, Sue Williams, Inna Klein, Suzy Hilliard and David Jacobs will provide the continuity, creativity and energy they have so wonderfully demonstrated in the past while our new Board members including Laura Hausman, Carol Rehtmeyer, Odelia Rios, and Eddie Seale will bring energizing new perspectives to help meet the challenges we face. We are fortunate to have a Board of Trustees representative of our diverse Congregation, dedicated to CBI, and eager to work hard to strengthen CBI.

Finally, I need to emphasize it will take each of us sharing ideas, finding a role, doing specific tasks and creating special experiences and relationships for us to continue to build our family of families. I look forward to a great year working with and serving each of you.
           Sincerely, 
           Jim Gold, CBI President

 
President's Message - June & July 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Time goes so quickly when we stay busy…It’s been a very busy month for us and we still have events and activities to look forward to at the end of May.  ONE of the Highlights of the month of May was our Always Andy  musical program at our Temple on May 21.  Andy was in our CBI High Holidays Choir for quite a few years, along with being in many productions at the Harbor Playhouse.    It was a wonderful event and 125 people enjoyed the afternoon program.  We were so enthralled & entertained  by the musical talent right in our own Temple.  Rabbi Emanuel was our “Star”.  He, and we, enjoyed every note of music presented to us by Kim and Laurie Bryce, David Hines, Flicka Rahn, and Ilan Emanuel.  We presented donations of almost $1800 to the Harbor Playhouse to fund summer camp workshops in honor/memory of Andy Moore.  It was a great outreach into the community at large and greatly appreciated by many who were close to  Andy and his wife, Brucie.

Our New Member Shabbat, on Friday, April 28, was widely attended by about 12 of our new member families, along with a large attendance of our members.  We introduced all of the new members, presented them with a “welcome to our family” gift, and then had a delicious dinner.   It was such fun and we enjoy having new people in our community and our Temple.  Welcome the new members and our visitors, and when you see someone you don’t know, stop and say hello.

Havdalah with the Hooks was another fun event.  George Kopf put that program together.  We met at Brewster Street Restaurant for a “no host” dinner and then walked over to the Hooks Field together and watched a great game.  Such a fun evening….perfect weather, great friends, and lots of fun….By the way, who won??? Most of us were so busy talking, laughing,  and eating, we didn’t see much of the game. 

Full month coming up….beginning with Mira Emanuel’s Bat Mitzvah. We’ll  be there cooking, and decorating, and enjoying all of the Emanuel’s relatives that are coming from across the country and grandparents from England.  We love celebrations like this one….happy times are best of all, aren’t they?

I’m sure there’s a calendar of upcoming events, but be sure you plan to attend the CONGREGATION DINNER on Wednesday, June 28, at 6 p.m.  David Jacobs is preparing “gourmet burgers” and other delightful dishes for us to enjoy…We’ll be installing a new slate of officers for the Temple and we need to give them our support.  See you there.

BTW….events that I have talked about don’t just happen….We have people who chair them, bake, come early and set up, help clean up, and many other helpful jobs.  I can’t name all of you, but a jillion thanks to Suzy Hilliard and a dedicated group of men and women for always showing up,  chairing events, filling in gaps, and helping out in so many ways.

Also, a couple of pictures attached on some important repairs we are doing at the Temple.  We had a leaky roof a time ago, and have started fixing it.  If you recall, our 2016 High Holiday funds were designated for general repairs to our building.  Thank goodness for that!!  We are using those funds for repairs.

Thanks to you all for all you do for our Temple.  YOU ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Chris Adler,
President Congregation Beth Israel

 
President's Message - March 2017 PDF Print E-mail

CBI March Bulletin…2017
“The March Bulletin”…”March”….how can that be? I imagine you are feeling about the same way.  It’s really been a good year.  We have a new board coming into place in about 2 months.  We renewed the Rabbi’s contract for 3 years, we’ve had great events….Adult Education programs, Shabbat Family dinners, great Food Fest, several new members, and more on the way…and a “plethora” of great activities.  I’m proud of our Temple and I’m hoping you are, too. 


At our last board meeting on February 8, we had an ongoing discussion about our “funds”, mainly our Endowment Funds, Cemetery Funds, and Trust Funds.  Richard Leshin has agreed to come to our March board meeting and explain some changes being made to our Funds & Endowments to keep us in compliance with the Laws.  Again, ongoing thanks to Richard for authoring these documents, providing updates, and changes as needed.  He also serves, along with David Engel and Don Feferman, as trustees of our Trust Documents.  Thanks to all of you who volunteer your time and energy to our important committees.  We truly appreciate you. 


Other activities for the month include a great Sisterhood party at Blue Clove, and a trip to the Mosque in Victoria, to take the check ($1800) from our congregation to the Islamic Center in Victoria.  I’m sure you’re aware their mosque was completely destroyed by arson.  The Imam was very receptive and thankful for our gift.


At this point, I’m looking at Sunday, April 2, for our Hebrew Rest ‘workday’.  We’ll get a little closer, and set a date IN INK.  Anything you know of that keep us from turning out on April 2 to clean up that beautiful old cemetery?
Have a great March…

Chris Adler
President, Congregation Beth Israel

 
President's Message - February 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Friends….We’re off to a very good start for 2017.  Our board met recently and had a review and did some planning for the upcoming months.  One of the topics we spoke about, was FOOD FEST.  I’m sure our Sisterhood President will report on this, but I have to say, it was a huge success. Be sure to look for her report and see our totals.  I stop here to mention how much we thank Sisterhood for their most generous donation to our CBI budget. I know it’s “us” working and contributing for “us”, but it’s the Sisterhood project and we appreciate their contribution to our Temple.  It has supplemented our financial picture for several years and is greatly appreciated.

We have several events planned for our congregation in the upcoming months.  I’m excited about a HEBREW REST CEMETERY work day.  That beautiful cemetery needs an overhaul and updating.  We are taking bids for a new fence around the side and back, for work on the front stucco fence, for sandblasting and repairing the front metal gate, and other repairs.  However, in advance of that work, we planning a work day, to do some clean up trimming, repairs, etc. for the property.  It’s something WE can easily do.  I sent a note out about this, and about 30 people have responded that they will help.  I’m so happy. I mentioned we would be doing it when the weather “warms up”, but it looks like (from the temperature this week) we’ll need to look for a day when it “cools off” a bit.  Will keep you informed, but looking forward to a great day together.

We also have planned a memorial musical program honoring a great friend of CBI, Mr. Andy Moore, who has been a big part of our Holiday Services in the past years.  We are planning a musical evening, in the near future and will let you know details soon.

We also are planning a NEW MEMBER SHABBAT for April 28, to coincide with the Family Shabbat dinner.  We have several new members this year, and want to celebrate their new memberships. 

The Nominating Committee is hard at work.  Jim Gold is chairing this committee, and we expect a new slate of officers to be presented in the next couple of weeks.  Two years gone by…..I can hardly believe it.

Have a great week….month….year.

Chris Adler
President, Congregation Beth Israel

 
President's Message - January 2017 PDF Print E-mail
2017----Many changes occurring already, and more to come.  It's going to be an interesting year and hopefully we, and Israel, will emerge stronger than ever.
I hope all of you have a very happy AND HEALTHY new year.  We at Congregation Beth Israel continue to plan for our new year.  We are looking at our priorities for the coming year.  One thing that has come to the forefront and seems to be at the top of most of our lists or objectives, is that of outreach within the Jewish Community.  We want to reach out to members and non-members in the immediate Jewish Community and to encourage membership and participation by those folks that do not belong to CBI, pay dues, or participate in our activities.  We need those individuals and families to join our "family".  Help us to identify and encourage participation.  With your help, we can increase our membership.
In the next few days, you will be receiving a survey about the times for our Shabbat Services on Friday nights.  Several members have requested a change in the time we begin our Friday night service.  At present, we alternate weekly times to begin, one Friday night at 6 p.m. and the next week Services are at 7:30.  Suggestions have been made to standardize the start time.  Please be thinking what you prefer...
 
1) Leave it as is-rotating times of services every other week
2) Shabbat Services begin at 6:00
3) Shabbat Services begin at 6:30
4) Shabbat Services begin at 7:30
 
Monthly, our Family Shabbat services, with dinner provided, will continue to begin at 6 p.m. This will not change.
 
Our "homeless initiative" and participation in the city project is amazing, thanks to Linda Snider and Sue Williams.  Collecting 2,430 pairs of socks for the homeless last month was no small task. Linda and Sue picked up over 400 pairs from Tuloso Midway Rotary Interact Club and another 2,000+ at Windsor Park School (a challenge made at the Simpson Bat Mitzvah).  We also served Christmas Day lunch to the Metro Ministries homeless shelter.  About 10 of our congregation members participated in this. 
Lots more going on.....come out and join us.  We need YOU and welcome your participation.

Chris Adler, President
Congregation Beth Israel

 
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