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President's Message - December 2016 PDF Print E-mail

JUST ZIPPING BY….for months we’ve been talking about the Jewish  holidays, (the Third Jewish High Holiday (Food Fest),  as someone mentioned to me, Thanksgiving, and a variety of other events recently.  And now, they’re all in our recent past and we’re already preparing for next year.  With huge successes in all areas, we move forward toward a new year and more exciting times for our Temple. 

We had a very good board meeting last week.  Suzy Hilliard reported on the membership committee and we can welcome two new members to our congregation.  Fifi Keishnik is a new member.  She has been a great help in all areas (especially Food Fest) for several years, and we are so happy she decided to put her membership with us.  Frank and Odelia Rios are also new members and we are very happy about this.  They attend all services and work frequently at CBI events.  WELCOME TO BOTH FAMILIES!

Mike Trimyer reported on the Fine Arts committee.  The new memorial plaque, a replica of our large menorah on the front lawn, is here and installed in our social hall.  It is beautiful and has 119 plaques available to honor or memorialize someone in our community.  We will begin sending information on this very soon. 

Mike Hiatt is chairing the Scholarship Committee, along with members Eva Brown and Roz Josephs Ferrell.  All camp and program applications with be directed to this committee for vetting and recommendations.

Adult Education is a great ongoing addition to our programing.  David Jacobs is/has done a great job setting up movies and programs for our adults.  The most recent, an archeologist, Professor Eberling, presented two very informative programs on early Israeli life and the Jezreel Dig in Israel to our congregants and friends. Professor Eberling was excellent.

Our social action committee, headed by Linda Snider and Sue Williams, continue to keep us updated and involved in the “homeless initiative” in Corpus Christi.  Another member, EB, is an ongoing volunteer at the Women’s Shelter. She has recently completed several weeks of training that is required of all Volunteers.  We are very proud of this Social Action Committee and the work they are doing.  WE STILL NEED SOCKS…ALL SIZES, COLORS, NEW, OR GENTLY USED.  We have donated several hundred pair.  Please check that sock drawer and bring any spare socks to CBI.

Have a happy and healthy month.
Chris Adler, President
Congregation Beth Israel

 
President's Message - September 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Beginning a new year….the last one passed so quickly, didn’t it?

The board of CBI had our first meeting this past week.  It was an excellent meeting and I’m optimistic we’ll continue with the same level of enthusiasm as we began last year.   Welcome to our newest Board Members….Gregg Silverman, Sue Williams,  Inna Klein, and Dianne Lee. So many things we’re looking forward to, and I’m pretty anxious to get the new year started.

Suzy Hilliard presented two new families for membership.  She told me she has another one for the next meeting.  That’s a great way to begin a new year, Suzy.  Keep up the good work.  Remember we’re counting on YOU to help us with membership.  Let Suzy know if you hear of a new Jewish family coming to Corpus Christi, or know someone who may be interested in joining.  

Mike Trimyer and Laurie Mintz are co-chairing the Fine Arts Committee.  They oversaw the work that was done on the Menorah in our front yard.  It is beautiful and we thank them for the meetings and work.  

Scholarship Committee, chaired by Mike Hiatt, will be reviewing our policies for scholarships for summer camps.  We have guidelines for the scholarships, but they need to be updated.  

Adult Education Committee, chaired by David Jacobs, reported on several Adult Education programs on our calendar for the coming year.  A “re-vamp” of the Film Festival, spreading the films over several months, and probability of very good speakers, including a Scholar In Residence for one weekend, program on Jewish Ancestors, an archaeologist,  musical programs, and other interesting events.

Men’s Club, headed by Greg Marks, reported some very interesting programs in the planning….How about a football party?

Sue Williams reported on the Homeless Initiative that we have become VERY involved in.  Sue and Eva Brown are both working very hard for this program.  Sue reports the call for the homeless for RIGHT NOW…WE NEED SOCKS….MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN SIZES….Grab a bag and clean out your sock drawer…Bring us some socks to distribute to the Homeless at various shelters.  Leave them in the bin at the door of the shul by the office.

FOOD FEST is right around the corner.  In fact, we have our first meeting tonight.  Jim Gold (Good as Gold) has stepped up to the plate again to co-chair the event, along with Rikki Schmitchel.  You’ll be hearing a LOT more about that.

In closing, after quite a bit of discussion on the High Holiday appeal letter we send out yearly, we have come to the conclusion that ….”Our house is a very fine house”, but our beautiful building (“our house” of worship) needs some major repairs that have been postponed.  I’ll tell you all about that in a letter that will be coming soon.

Hope you are well, and saving up some energy for Food Fest and the upcoming events.
     Chris Adler, President
     Congregation Beth Israel              

                        
 
President's Message - August 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Friends….Experiencing the “dog days” of summer is standard for all of us. Seems we are getting a double dose of hot and dry days.  I hope you are all staying well and staying inside as much as possible.  Several of our Temple youth are away at camp right now, and enjoying the programs that have been planned for each of them.  I’m sure you’re missing your children (??) , but know they are having great times with other Jewish children at sleep away camps.  It’s a great experience for them to spend time in an “all Jewish” atmosphere. The experiences they have at summer camp are life changing and will stay with them all their lives.

Several of us attended a program at Del Mar College this week.  Dr. Bryan Stone, professor of history at the college for the past 12 years, presented a lecture and program for the community.  He has recently collaborated with some Texas families and published a book on Memories of Two Generations: A Yiddish Life in Russia and Texas. It was an excellent presentation and the 50+ attendees enjoyed hearing about the steps taken by Russian families who came to San Antonio in the 1800s, set up business and communities, then spread to other parts of Texas.  We spoke to Dr. Stone about conducting an Adult Education program for us at CBI.  He is delighted to come and speak to us, and we will make definite plans for his presentations in the Fall.

Joshua Yaker was called to the Torah and became a Bar Mitzvah Saturday, July 16. The Yaker family hosted a delightful  lunch following the Bar Mitzvah.  Congratulations to Josh and the Yaker family.

Be sure and notice the newly updated Menorah wall in front of our Temple.  Mike Trimyer and the Fine Arts Committee met on several occasions and chose the tiles and colors, and are responsible for updating this structure facing Saratoga.

 Sisterhood Kickoff meeting will be Thursday, August 18 at Ginger Café.  Mark your calendars now to attend this fun event.  Also, it’s time to pay your Sisterhood dues. 

Our first NEW CBI BOARD meeting will be Wednesday, August 24.  You will be receiving more information about this soon. 

Enjoy the rest of the summer.  Try to attend services on Friday Evening at 6 p.m. and/or Torah Study on Saturday.  We need YOU.
                 

                                Chris Adler, President
                                Congregation Beth Israel
 
President's Message - June & July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
One year gone by….how can that be??? I think it’s been a quick year for our Temple as things have been moving along smoothly, and no major problems have arisen. We are at a time in our Temple year to look both backward, and forward, at the same time.  It’s evaluation time in so many areas….. short and long term planning is ongoing, but now we write them down so we can actually see……What have we accomplished, where we need to go, and how is the best way to get there?  Where do we need to improve?  What do we need to offer our members?  How do we stretch our budget in order to meet all the needs of our congregation, AND prepare for the long term financial security for the Temple, certainly including both our cemeteries?  We’re re-evaluating our programs, looking for new ways to fundraise in order to bring some additional funds into our congregation, new ways to attract new members, new ways to improve attendance at regular Shabbat activities and other activities as well.  I solicit your advice and ideas.  Many of our congregants have made suggestions that have shown great enthusiasm and been well received by different areas of the Temple.  The Men’s Club has had a re-birth, and is very successful.  The interest and participation of several of our members who have become very involved in our homeless in the community, has been a standout program.  The relocation and resettlement of new immigrant families in Corpus Christi has proven very successful as we are working together with Catholic Charities to help with their programs.    What’s your idea?  What suggestion do you have?  

Our nominating committee has about completed the board for the upcoming year.  Thanks, Suzy Hilliard, for heading this committee and to all of you for an excellent job.  I look forward to working with the incoming board. 

Our Sisterhood is busy planning their coming year.  Jerri Osberg and the sisterhood membership have made significant financial contributions to the Temple for our ongoing expenses.  We give a SINCERE THANK YOU to Sisterhood for their assistance and help.  Some suggestions for additional sources of revenue are BINGO Fun nights and possibly a Freezer Sale.  Music and Art programs seem to always be a favorite “draw” and bringing a Klezmer Band to Corpus Christi, or a musical program featuring Rabbi Emanuel and our Choir for an evening of entertainment is also a favorite idea.  The Jewish Film Festival was very successful and it has been suggested we continue it next year.  Thanks to David Jacobs for chairing this project and coming up with some great films.  I’m sure YOU could come up with some ideas you would like.  Share those ideas with us, please.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS….THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING IS THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 30TH AT 7 P.M.  We need you to come and discuss the “state of the Temple”.  It’s a fun, informative meeting and your participation is great appreciated.  We’ll be naming an outstanding CBI member, have something good to eat (not sure what yet, but you can count on it), and support your Temple…Please make every effort to come…Much more to come in the next couple of weeks….

Chris Adler, President
Congregation Beth Israel
Corpus Christi, Texas

 
President's Message - May 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Almost in the blink of an eye, MAY IS HERE.  As they year progresses, we seem to get busier and busier, don't we?  Great activities going on at the Temple....especially our 2nd Seder, with over 100 in attendance.  It was such fun and so many people in attendance.  It was great to have such a good turnout.  The food was delicious,  the service , prepared by Rabbi Emanuel, was fun, especially the questions for the children in attendance, and the fellowship is second to none. Another fun event, Dr. Haysam Dawod came one recent Sunday morning and taught us to make "incredible" humus....Had a nice group of Adults for the presentation, and the Sunday School students had an opportunity to learn to make humus, too.  It's delicious and thanks to Dr. Dawod for coming to our Adult Education workshop. 

May and June are busy Temple months also.  It's the end of our fiscal year and Robin Adams and her committee are working hard on our 2016-2017 budget.  Suzy Hilliard, chair of the Nominating Committee, has been working on filling our board positions for the coming year.  Other committees and groups continue meeting and fulfilling their commitments to make sure our Temple is running smoothly and our plans for our congregation are met. 

Thanks to all of you.
Mark your calendars now, please:
CBI CONGREGATIONAL MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 30....Much more on that coming soon.

In closing, let me remind you of a note I had in my bulletin message to you last month ....PLEASE keep a close eye on your children while you are at the Temple.  This is a holy place of worship.  Respect and Responsibility are up to you and me...We want the children here at Temple, but they MUST be monitored and supervised by their PARENTS. 

Have a good day, week, month....We're glad you are a member of CBI and we appreciate YOU.

Chris Adler, President
Congregation Beth Israel

 
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