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President's Message - December 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Goodness, it’s December.  How can that be?  How did all those months of the year just fly by?  Most likely time has passed quickly as we have been so busy.  Looking both backward and forward, so many activities center on the Temple and the activities we have had. Last month, we were all atwitter about Food Fest…worked and worked, and worked, and then in a blink (to many of us) it was over…I can’t speak enough about the Members of CBI and Sisterhood and those who work and work every year….the meetings and prep work, the shopping, the planning, purchasing, cooking, setting up, taking down….takes every one of us.  A huge THANK YOU for a job well done.

Our joint Thanksgiving Service with Church of the Good Shepherd was a great experience for us.  Rabbi Emanuel did a great job giving the sermon and our contribution of the pies for the social after the service was exceptional.  Thanks to all of you who delivered pies to the church.  It was a pleasure to give THANKS with our community and participate in the service for 81 years.

Looking forward, December is already quite full.  We have some excellent activities planned and hope you will include every one of them on your “to do” calendar. 

First, and actually foremost…We have SHABBAT SERVICES EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT. We need you……We want to look out into the audience and see PEOPLE…Rabbi Emanuel plans a lovely service, has a timely address for us, and we have a short end of week revival of self !!  Please do your best to join us for Shabbat Services when you can.  I guarantee you’ll enjoy the experience…and we’ll love having you with us.

Hannah Dvorkins’ Bat Mitzvah will be the first thing on our calendar. Hannah will participate in services Friday evening , December 4,  and will lead the service on Saturday morning, December 5.  Please come and join us in this very important event for Hannah and her family.

Hanukkah begins Sunday evening.  We have a big Hanukkah party on Sunday evening, December 6, jointly with the Jewish Community Council.  Come to CBI at 6 p.m. for latkes, candle lighting, and an evening of fun for all of us.
Adult Education Committee will sponsor a program on Monday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at the Temple.   Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, from Great Neck, New York,  will join us and speak of the history and culture of the Jews of India.  As you know, we at CBI are donating a torah that Rabbi Tokayer will be delivering to the Jewish community in Mumbai, India.  I’m very excited about this program.  Please join us….it’s going to be a great program and we need to have a nice “showing” for our out of town guest.

Sisterhood Hanukkah Party will be Thursday, December 10, at the home of Robin Adams.  
Men’ Club “scotch tasting” will also be Thursday, December 10, at the home of Howard Mintz.
And on Friday, December 11, Family Shabbat with dinner at CBI….

Please, please join us for as many of the activities as you can.  Folks are going to a lot of time planning activities for us.  It’s fun, it’s supporting your Jewish Community, and it just feels good.

Chris Adler
President, Congregation Beth Israel

President's Message - November 2015 PDF Print E-mail
One word…one thought….FOOD FEST.  It’s right around the corner and we’re all near consumed with preparations for this yearly event.  We’re rolling, boiling, cooking, pulling, mixing, tasting, cutting, cleaning, wrapping, peeling, and…you name it, sisterhood is doing it.  Once again, a huge thank you to Jim Gold for chairing this event.  He, along with Julia Noble in the kitchen, so capably stepped up to the plate and has done a great job leading us in all our preparation and planning.  We still need your help to clean out your shelves, drawers, boxes, and hiding places for vintage jewelry, and other vintage items.  We need earrings, necklaces, purses, scarves, and other items for our food fest vintage sale.  Call Pat Susser for pickup.  We also could use help the weekend of the food fest.  We need help serving, preparing, cleaning up, and a multitude of other jobs.  It takes our whole family to make this event a huge success.

Other events are on our calendar for the coming month.  We have an adult education program Sunday, November 1.  Dr. Ira Schweitzer, recently retired from 24 years as the director of education at Temple Sinai in Toronto, Canada, will join us. He will present a look at the work of Dr. Erica Brown and the realities of who we are as a Jewish people.  What is our Jewish identity?  And what are the options that we have to form our own “peoplehood.”  Please mark your calendar to come to this presentation next Sunday morning, 10:30 a.m.

Services will be at 7:30 next Shabbat.  Please try and come.  We are improving our attendance (36 last Shabbat), but we need you….you’ll enjoy it, I guarantee..

Chris Adler
President, Congregation Beth Israel

President's Message - October 2015 PDF Print E-mail
According to the scriptures (Leviticus 23:42), we shall live in the sukkah for seven days…in order for future generations to know the Israelites were commanded to live in booths when they were brought out of the land of Egypt…and at this point, I’m ready to do just that.  After a very fulfilling, but very busy past few weeks, I think I’d enjoy living in a “booth”…for a few days, or maybe one day.  No cooking, no phone, no e-mail, no TV…well, maybe a couple of hours.  

What wonderful holidays we have enjoyed.  Meaningful, spiritual, thought provoking hours to reflect and re-evaluate our lives and our time.  Rabbi Emanuel did an excellent job preparing and delivering all of our beautiful services.  The music was outstanding and our High Holiday Choir was inspirational and soothing.  Kim and Laurie Bryce, our regular choir, were standouts and we appreciate both of them.

Sisterhood was responsible for our Rosh Hoshana Oneg and for our Yom Kippur Break Fast. Both were delightful events…and many thanks to all of you who contributed to their success. Thank you, thank you.  Our appreciation to Joe Gazin and Maurice Schmidt for their discussions during the Yom Kippur afternoon break.  All in all, it was an interesting hour of thought provoking issues. The Day of Fasting was over quickly and I know we felt renewed.

DON’T FORGET THE HIGH HOLIDAYS APPEAL.  Several of our funds need replenishing…the Mitzvah Fund, the Cemetery Fund,  the Camp Fund, and the Adult Education Fund, to name a few.  Please pick your favorite fund and send your check to the Temple.  Each of these funds are very important and are used regularly…we need your help.

The Sukkoth program at the JCC in the sukkah was a great experience.  We have Dr. David Ryan to thank for the idea of having Sukkot at the JCC and for building a sukkah large enough for all to get inside and have a meal.   We plan on using the sukkah for many years to come, as it is packable and can be stored for later use.  Thank you, David Ryan.

We have other holidays coming soon.  The holidays are a great time for all of us to get together for “family” events.  And they are great fun and strengthen our ties to each other.

FOOD FEST IS ON THE HORIZON (November 14-15)… ACTUALLY,  it’s well into all the preps and planning for this huge community event.  We need each of YOU to help…cook, serve, clean up, sell pickles, make cabbage rolls, donate a silent auction item….the list is almost endless. Thank you, JIM GOLD, for chairing this important public relations/fundraising event for CBI. WE APPRECIATE YOU.

We’re already preparing for the High Holy Days next year.  The Ritual Committee has ALREADY met to review and redesign some areas of services in order to closely meet our needs and expectations.  If you have suggestions, send them to me….We strive to please.

Chris Adler
President, Congregation Beth Israel

President's Message - September 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Friends,

I used to laugh when my folks would say..”the years are just flying by”…and now, I’m saying the same thing.  A new year is right upon us.  Seems recently, we were preparing for the High Holy Days, 2014, and here it is, the High Holy Days of 2015.  I look forward to the upcoming holidays.  It’s a reflective time of the year and one to review the past year and make plans for the upcoming year.  Rosh Hoshana is literally the “Head of the Year”, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination, and repentance.   This period, also known as the Days of Awe or the High Holy Days, is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, many with prayer and reflection in a synagogue.  We’re making plans for the coming year, 5776, (the number of years which have elapsed since creation) for our Temple as well.   There’s a new board in place and we are making plans for the future of our Temple.  We welcome new members in our congregation and look forward to getting to know you.  We are seeking input on expanding our membership, securing a more secure financial base, and further developing our outreach program.  Additional participation in activities and programs at our Temple is one goal.  Also, the term “Shared Leadership” is creeping into our vocabulary.  We want the members of our congregation to be more involved.  We need you at services, working at Food Fest, coming to family events, calling a friend or neighbor and inviting them to services or offering them a ride.  Sometimes we overuse the word, “FAMILY”, but that is what we are, A Family of FAMILIES…We’re here for you if you need something.  We can help.

Robert and I, along with the entire Adler family, wish you a very peaceful and healthy New Year.  We look forward to sharing several holiday customs with each of you…hearing the sound of the shofar, eating a round challah and tasting the apples and honey (ours especially produced,  gathered and sent to us by our niece, Liz Tilton, in Cincinnati, Ohio) to help us get our New Year off to a sweet start.  We send you the same New Year wish.

Chris Adler
President, Congregation Beth Israel

President's Message - August 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Thank you is at the top of my list, to all of you.  I am honored to be serving as President of Congregation Beth Israel.  I stand in the steps of some outstanding presidents, including Suzy Harris Hilliard, who has just completed her term as president.  Suzy was a very good president and is continuing to help me get acclimated to my new job.    I’m sure we all want to say “Thank you, Suzy, for great leadership, and for the time you gave to our Temple”.  
Having been in this office for 3 weeks, I’ve been reviewing the committees, and familiarizing myself with many of the details of the Temple.  We have a lot of members who give so much time and energy to our Temple.  I don’t think any of us realize the hours that go into keeping our Temple running smoothly.  Not to get into naming all of them, but Julia keeps our kitchen running smoothly, David keeps our library current and maintains our social media (Facebook) page, Bill spends so much time on maintenance, and keeping everything in working condition.  There are others…who would appreciate a pat on the back, or a thank you for their on-going volunteer time and dedication.

We have a few new board members for the coming year, and I want you to get to know them.  We had an Executive Committee meeting of the Board meeting last week, just to explore some directions, discuss some ideas, and set some schedules.  Finances are very near the top of our agenda.  We will be exploring new ways to add income and new activities.  We will continue with our new Outreach program to new and/or unaffiliated Jewish residents, and of course one of our largest events, Food Fest, is one of our priorities.  Jim Gold will head our Food Fest event.  Many capable people have stepped forward to chair committees and volunteer to help with Food Fest. We need YOU to help with this huge community focused project.   Our new SISTERHOOD PRESIDENT, Jerri Osberg, is already hard at work on several activities.  We are very happy to have Jerri leading our Sisterhood this year.  Thanks, Jerri, for “stepping up”.
Our first board meeting will be on Wednesday, August 12th, at 6:30 at the Temple.   I look forward to beginning a new year, preparing for the upcoming High Holy Days, and working with each of you.  

Chris Adler
President, Congregation Beth Israel

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