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President's Message - January 2016 PDF Print E-mail
A brand new year, 2016….a time to look forward in anticipation of  the upcoming year.  We have quite a few projects and interesting events already on our agenda that I’m certain we will all enjoy.  

I can’t help but take a look back to our CBI year, 2015.  It’s been a good year for us.  Although not naming names, I can’t imagine a better board to work with on an ongoing basis.  The Board Members are excellent.  I began my term as president talking about “shared leadership” and it has worked better than I ever expected.  I only have to mention something that needs to be done, something or someone needing some help, some project that needs a leader, and a board member steps right up to the plate and takes on the project.  On Shabbat evenings, there is no problem getting a board member to share the dais with me….OK, can’t get through this without mentioning a couple of folks that are so willing to help in any capacity.  Greg Marks is a prize for me.  He is always ready to assist, give a respected opinion, take on a project, and show up when we need either his brain or his brawn.  He is pleasant, fun, well spoken, and a great asset to our congregation and especially to the board.  Another star on our board is George Kopf.  He is equally as interested and willing to take on large projects and he follows through with them. We have been discussing helping to sponsor a refugee or family that wants to come to the United States, and George has so ably stepped up to chair this project.  He’s also available for any other projects that need our attention.  Also, to mention one more, Robin Adams, is our Temple Treasurer.  She spends a lot of time keeping the books, overseeing finances, advising me, and serving as our “historian”.  I  could go on, naming each person on the board who has voluntarily given of their time and talents to keep our Temple in tip top shape, but I need to move on to other topics.  Thanks to ALL OF THE CBI BOARD for your ongoing help, your attendance at board meeting, and your attendance at services.  Together, we are a very good team.  I’m happy with our progress and look forward to working with you over the next year.

The Shabbat services continue to be enlightening and interesting.  Thanks to Rabbi Emanuel for being prepared and delivering a nice message to us each week.  We appreciate your attendance at all our events (although too many funerals), and your ideas for “fun” and inviting topics and adventures to all ages.  Especially entertaining was our December 25 Shabbat Service, with some 60 people in attendance. After a “shortened” Shabbat service, we enjoyed delicious Chinese Food and a good movie..(Frisco Kid).  What fun and what a great attendance.  This coming New Year’s Day Shabbat service will be toasted with a wine and cheese Oneg to help usher in the New Year.

Once again, I ask you to join us in attending Shabbat Services on Friday night.  WE NEED YOU…..Give your support to our Temple and our Rabbi and come to services…it’s a wonderful way to wind down the week, and reflect on “all things Jewish”.  Hope to see you Friday evening.

                            Chris Adler
                            President, Congregation Beth Israel

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

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